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    NH Sno-Shakers, Fort Mountain Trailwinders, Town Line Trail Dusters, Baker River Valley SC, Gilmanton Snowmobile Association, Bee Hole Beavers SC

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  1. Hi George,

    My understanding is that for F&G the primary goal of the NHSA Online Membership program was to have a single 12-digit membership number for all club members. That 12-digit number was considered as proof that the registration applicant was a club member.Not so much to have  access to the NHSA database, but to simplify a financial audit of the membership rolls. It would appear that isn't happening. 

    On May 19, 2016 John Wimsatt wrote: "The key feature to the system would be to provide one verifiable, auditable and unique numbering system to ensure proper control measures and ensure accurate reconciliation.  Currently, the NHFG registration system accepts more than one numbering system to include a club number, proof of a paid club membership receipt, and an NHSA electronic voucher number. The reason we currently accept all of these formats is derived from the existing statutes and associated administrative rules. "

    I believe that those laws and rules are still in place, so if a club doesn't want to participate in the Club Portal, they can, and the applicant can still get the discount without that 12-digit number. Until the law is changed nothing else will change. F&G will continue to rely on incomplete data.

  2. Letter from respected Past County Director

    So, does this mean that a club can have members that the NHSA doesn't know about and won't appear in the NHSA database?
  3. Letter from respected Past County Director

    Thank you.
  4. Letter from respected Past County Director

    Thanks for the correction. How does simply removing public access to the online membership portal resolve the issue of standard membership pricing? Is it that with the individual members not involved with the portal the process is only between the NHSA and the clubs?
  5. Letter from respected Past County Director

    Hi PolarisCobra, Don't be embarrassed about getting confused about the roles the various players in this game take. For many years NH F&G has owned the registration process, law enforcement, search & rescue, and safety education. The Bureau of Trails does trails of many types. Several years ago the accounting arm of the NH legislature (the Legislative Budget Assistant or LBA) told F&G they needed to provide an audit trail for the public revenues from the registrations, which included the granting of discounts to NHSA affiliated clubs' members. The NHSA created the database of club memberships.The repercussions of that process are still continuing. The BoT has been moved to another state agency, but, I think, their mission remains the same. Information on this move hasn't been updated on agency web sites. As for the Granite State Snowmobile Association, I think I'm in the majority in knowing nothing about them. More significantly, Almighty Google doesn't know anything about them, and that means the GSSA is well underground. To replicate the current club infrastructure would be difficult, and under current state law a club that defected from the NHSA wouldn't be able to offer their members the registration discount. I'm waiting for a public reaction to the announced termination of the online club membership database from NH F&G. If if does go missing, F&G will have to come up with another way to provide that audit trail the LBA demanded. The attraction of the current club membership process to F&G is that NHSA created and maintains the database and the clubs provide data input. F&G gets the final product. George (Winnocturn) has stated the issues some clubs have with the online database, but many individual members, especially non-residents, find it convenient. Finally, in response to your comment that " I think it's more critical to refocus the NHSA on where it's core mission", I think that before we try that we should decide what that core mission is. The original mission was: ARTICLE II - PURPOSE A. To promote and foster snowmobiling as a sport and recreation for its members. B. To aid and guide in the enacting of sensible legislation governing snow traveling vehicles and related activities. C. To exchange ideas, trail information, group activities and information pertinent to the welfare of snowmobiling. D. To create and maintain, mark and map a system of trails for the use of snowmobiles. E. To educate its members on good conduct, sportsmanship, safety and conservation practices. F. To publish the newsletter, “Sno-Traveler,” of which a copy of each issue shall be sent to each member of the New Hampshire Snowmobile Association (NHSA). G. To promote snowmobile tourism in New Hampshire. You can do, or not do, a lot of things under that mission statement. What's your #1 priority in the above list? #2? #3?
  6. Letter from respected Past County Director

    On one level I agree the “NHSA sucks, amirite?” comment has some truth. I think the author of this letter has a very negative opinion of the current NHSA management, and makes that very clear in his letter. I don’t know the letter author’s motive or intent in writing, and now releasing, this letter, nor do I have any insider information on NHSA or the happenings in Rockingham County. I can read plain English with some degree of understanding, and this letter is very understandable. Maybe not in the references to what happened in 2006, I’d have to have been following NHSA politics much more closely than I have. Still, his/her point that what’s called the “Executive Board” has taken over complete control of NHSA and has pushed the county directors into being a rubber stamp for them is made plainly and clearly. Whether that point is true is another question, and there are differing opinions out there. A reading of the NHSA bylaws would seem to say that there is one Board of Directors consisting of the five executive officers, the county directors, and one contributor/dealer director. The NHSA President leads all Board meetings and appoints any needed committees. The Executive Officers on the board include the President, the Vice-President, the Treasurer, the Secretary, and the immediate past President. There’s an Advisory Board made up of past presidents (and some others if needed) who serve a consulting role for the executive officers and the Board of Directors. The bylaws do seem to be pretty clear as to who manages the NHSA and the duties of the officers and the board. “The Association shall be governed by a Board of Directors. Executive Officers upon election shall be members of the Board of Directors. It shall be the duty of the Board of Directors to carry out the wishes of the majority of the Membership.” The question raised by this letter seems to be “is the NHSA currently being operated in a manner consistent with the bylaws ?” It seems the original target for this letter was an “insider” audience that understands the inner workings of the NHSA. Now this letter is “out in the wild”, and a general audience needs to do some research to understand some of the references. But, a plain English reading makes clear that the author believes that current NHSA management has gone off the tracks, and I think that’s a fair subject for debate.
  7. Hi John,

    Just wanted to tell you that your video of Darling Hill was one of your best, and that I've sent YouTube  links to friends who also enjoyed it. Darling Hill looks like what we think all of New England used to look like and should look like now. Another one of those "if it isn't true, it should be" things. One friend that's seen the video recently migrated from Vermont to New Hampshire, and accused me of encouraging her to move back to Vermont. She described the video as "so pastoral." I pointed out to her that the farms on Darling Hill didn't look like a typical northern New England working farm (no rusted farm equipment scattered about, no manure piles, no abandoned snowmobiles bleaching in the summer sun,  no random junk in the back yard) By any chance, is most of the property on Darling Hill owned by folks from away?

    Anyway, I liked it and my friends and family liked it, so it doesn't matter if places like Darling Hill are the "real" northern New England, it's what northern New England should have been.

  8. Another club bites the dust

    I just visited the online club membership page and it seems to be working, and the Pemi club is gone.
  9. Aerial view of Darling Hill in Lyndon, VT

    I guess the compost video plays into the gardening/farming sites I visit, but those sites don't tend to feature the CaliKim type of farmer. Not that I have anything at all against that sort of farmer.
  10. Forum sofware update

    This sounds like a very true statement. Much like I haven't received a copy of Pravda since he upgraded the site software, and I hold him equally accountable. You guys need to get on the ball.
  11. the new season

    Since the clubs have no control over the weather and state regulations and laws, aggressive actions to retain and increase club memberships seems to be the only way the clubs will survive. It also seems that SNHSS is doing the work needed to be on the right track, and let's hope you're rewarded with a decent winter and no dumb moves by the state.
  12. the new season

    An old saying is that "most people don't buy things, they're sold things." A person who's made their living in retail sales would be a good choice for a club membership chairman.
  13. the new season

    August is 3 days away, so in 6 weeks we'll be well into Fall. So, how many people have joined a club or registered a sled? Interestingly, I haven't received any emails from the clubs asking me to renew my memberships. I guess they just wait for people to join.
  14. Aerial view of Darling Hill in Lyndon, VT

    I'm sorry, John, but YouTube has put you up against some tough competition for eyeballs here. After your video finishes, this is the YouTube screen shot. I suspect some of your traffic also has a great interest in compost.
  15. New England Forest Rally

    In the age of YouTube, with its ability to "monetize" risky videos, there's an extra incentive to ramp up the action for stunts with sleds, motorcycles, and cars. Back in the day, most traveling carnivals had a "Wall of Death" where a motorcycle (usually an Indian) was ridden inside a vertical wooden drum. These stunts were monetized through a ticket window, not on YouTube, but the game plans were similar. Levi LaVallee seems to be doing okay with similar stunts on sleds. On the other end of the spectrum there's Larry Enticer, who takes his last name from his choice of a sled for his stunts: a 340cc Yamaha Enticer.