January 2023 Newsletter
Rangeley Lake Snowmobile Club
Early January Newsletter
We hope you all had wonderful holidays. While the beginning of winter is a busy season for all of us as we prepare for the holidays and such, the Board of Directors have been busy preparing for the snowmobile season. We are looking forward to all getting out there and riding. Get your boots on and get doing your snow dance everyone!
Our Board members new and old have hit the trails running this fall and into winter. Our President was busy working with State Agencies, landowners big and small, other area Snowmobile Clubs to ensure we have the most trails as possible for the season. As you know we constantly face trail closures for one reason or another, and without the advocacy of our President and cooperation with the land owners we are able to do the best we can.
Mike Koob, Vice President, worked on a new trail route for ITS 84 towards NH. He routed, mapped and cleared this route out.
The Groomer Barn workers and volunteers have busted hump and have all five tractors with drags ready to go. Thank you Matt and Chad for your dedication to that equipment and the groomer barn.
Jon Lewis and Chris Wargo, Co-Trailmasters, have been busy overseeing the repairs, trail work and trail access. Before the year ended we had a devastating storm which brought many trees down and damaged the trail system. With the help of groomer operators, volunteers and board members the trails were cleaned up in no time. Thank you everyone as we were able to open the trails on December 29th even if the conditions only allowed for just a day of riding before a warm up. Some riders were lucky and got some throttle time in.
Brian Clarke, Director has been busy building and installing 8 new trail kiosks, These kiosks will feature the trail map and all of our business sponsors. Without volunteers and donations none of this could be possible. These kiosks are a work in progress and more signage will be added as we go. Wait till you see them thumbs up to Brian, Reid and the Rhode Island crew.
Jake Beaiulieu and John aka Gramps Merriman have been attending the past couple MSA meetings and keeping us updated on the business of the MSA. These two have also been out with volunteers adding signs, snow fence and roping to be sure that our landowners properties are respected.
The Board held a Christmas Party at the beginning of December and had a great turn out. The owners of the Loon Lodge along with management Sue and Brian graciously donated the venue and the food for the party. Thank you! We held a small auction with donated items, heard great music and had an overall great time. Thank you all for attending.
Faye has been working the bugs out of the new membership portal and website seems to be running smoothly with a few hiccups. We decided this year we were going to try to save on postage and not mail out the renewals and also only mail out renewed memberships with stickers upon request. We have almost 500 memberships processed and decided to give away swag to the 500th membership. Visit rangeleysnowmobile.com to get your memberships in.
Our new maps are in and available at area locations. Thank you Mickey Clarke for the donation of the map cost this year! Brian Clarke and Reid Wischnowsky built new counter top boxes for cash donations and map sales. Check the website news for locations to purchase maps.
This year's fundraiser is 500 Club, we will sell 500 tickets at $100 each and draw once a month January to September; three prizes drawn each month will be $750, $500, and $250. We will have 3 super draws of $1,000 each if all tickets are sold. The first drawing is January 6th at our Board meeting. Get your name on the list, buy at an event or send a check to RLSC PO Box 950 Rangeley, Maine 04970.
The first drawing was held on January 6 with winners being $700 Paul Perla, $500 Jon Leahy (thank you for donating back) and $250 Kevin Dunne (thank you for donating $100 back).
The Board has been working on the planning of events. This year's Snodeo is the 40th anniversary of Snodeo.
Snodeo will be held January 19-22 this year and will feature:
Casino Night at Bald Mountain Camps 7 PM
Poker Run Registration Bald Mountain Camps 7 pm
We will have Snodeo Swag, RLSC Swag, 500 Club Tickets, Membership Drive
BMC will have live music in the bar following the Casino Night.
Poker Run registration begins at 8am to 10am at Oquossoc Marine and Boss Power Equipment Poker Run $10 per hand with a finish at the Groomer Barn between 4-6. We will have a bonfire, music, hot cocoa bar and smores.
Radar Runs hosted by Harrison Riders at Bald Mountain Camps
Mardi Gras theme Parade line up at 5:30pm with parade starts at 6
Fireworks to follow the parade
Locations around town will host music events nightly. Be sure to check them out.
February 18th Mardi Gras “Let the Good Times Roll” a shared event with Rangeley Health and Wellness featuring music and dancing more details to come
March 4th Annual Vintage Ride sponsored by Greg’s Restorations
March 11th Clarkies Annual Pig Roast all donations go to the Groomer Barn Fund
March 24th Chili Chowder hosted by Rangeley Lake Snowmobile at Saddleback Mountain lodge
March 25 Auction outdoors at Portage
April 21- 22 King of Mountain Hill Climb at Saddleback Mountain
June Annual Membership Meeting TBD
September 15 Golf Tournament more details to come
We had four resignations from the Board of Directors and we would like to thank them for their help and dedication to the club. We elected in December at a Membership Meeting the following: Eric Pomerleau, Erika Roy, Reid Wischnowsky and Gisele Nadeau who is our new Secretary.
Lee Libby, President
Mike Koob, Vice President
Ashley Quimby, Treasurer
Gisele Nadeau, Secretary
John Lewis, Co Trail Master
Christine Wargo, Co Trail Master
Board of Directors:
The board will hold monthly meetings on the first Tuesday of every month, please feel free to attend in person or via zoom and meetings will be posted the week before.
We would like to thank the board, officers, groomer crew, msa, volunteers and members for continued support. Think snow!!