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  1. So how do you fix the driver of the registration increase suggestion... the F&G funding from registrations? John, I am offering a solution that is available now and it’s availible to everyone. I agree that F&G needs more funding, but any increase will take at least two years to become a reality. Yes my solution does not fund one agency $12.00 and change but it does address many other problems. And it’s free, we just need to get the word out and get the snowmobiling public on board. Thanks for your question Dave Copeland
  2. Our sport is in crisis. Whether anyone wants to admit it or not, we need more funding. I would like to provide a low-cost fix that is immediately available and I have been suggesting for years. REGISTER: REGISTER without taking the discount, you pay $96.00 per sled. 1. Yes it will cost more money, and if you REGISTER more than one sled it’s going to cost $ 30.00 for each additional sleds, but remember the old discount of $30.00 has been reduced to well let’s see. You must buy a voucher for $10.00 plus $2.00 transaction fee and in order to do this you must join a club which and that will cost the club a $10.00 membership fee to the NHSA. And if want to be a member of the NHSA or your club by-laws say that the club members will be 100% NHSA members that’s another $10.00. That s a grand total of $32.00, didn’ realize this, you are not alone, I’m sure that at least 50% of the NHSA board of directors have no clue. Probably your clubs old membership fee of $30.00 or less is not going to work and it just cost $32.00 to get a $30.00 discount. 2. Be aware do not think that you are going to go to a dealership or agent and buy a voucher and REGISTER, the NHSA has taken that away from you. To do this your club would have to buy a tablet or computer and printer and put them at every location to sell club memberships and vouchers. 3. As recent posts have shown, the $30.00 for every sled REGISTERED goes directly to Grant in Aid, this is the best way to get the highest percentage of your REGISTATION dollars to Grant in Aid. Even higher than proposed increases and if enough people participate there will be less of a need for a REGISTATION increase! 4. Since the $30.00 will go directly to improving snowmobile trails, this is the best $30.00 accessory you can by for your sled or sleds. Better trails make for a more enjoyable and safe ride and less ware and tear on your sled. SUPPORT; SUPPORT a club or clubs 1. Yes Support , you are not seeking membership,. As previously reported it seems that $10.00 will be accessed for every member that JOINS a club 2. Yes, this will cost you more money. Before you were taking the $30.00 discount and using this money to Join a club, now you have wisely invested that $30 in Grant in Aid. 3. Now your only additional cost is that of SUPPORTING a club or clubs that will give you the most benefit for your REGISTRATION dollars SUPPORT the club or clubs you have chosen. 1. Above all attend meetings, events, functions, and SUPPORT your fellow SUPPORTERS. 2. Become involved as an officer, committee member, work parties to make the trails you ride safe and enjoyable, groomer operator and/or groomer maintenance. Remember most trails are groomed and maintained by SUPPORTERS like yourself. 3. SUPPORT your neighboring club’s events and functions, yes you are both competing for SUPPORTERS and may the best club win. One exception, if one club is Supporting the sport (promoting paying $96.00 and Supporting a club) and the other is promoting itself (sounds like an association I have heard of) then of course SUPPORT the club that SUPPORTS the sport. THE ADVANTAGE Your club no longer has to deal with vouchers, portals, contracts, and your club membership person is only concerned with club SUPPORTERS. Yes, in the rare case that someone wants to join the NHSA you would have to use the portal and most clubs are planning on charging an additional $5.00 to $10.00 for this service. So that would be $10.00 to join NHSA, $10.00 membership fee, and $10.00 portal fee or $30.00 to join the NHSA, any takers! Another option would be to not even offer the option to join the NHSA. This reduces your involvement with the NHSA, less stress, frustration, accounting, and no need to sign the contract. Until the NHSA changes it deceptive ways and starts to SUPPORT the sport and those of us that SUPPORT it, it is very hard to support an association that is only concerned with itself and it’s bottom line. Just think where we would be if the association put as much effort into the sport as they do the grass drags and Easter Seals. I would be the first to join the NHSA if they put as much effort in the sport, as they do these two events. CONCLUSION We all know of the proposed REGISTRATION increases in the works, but we all work together we can succeed and just maybe our state association will realize that if you treat people fairly and up front with everyone you can get things done. This will take a grass roots effort by all of you. Someday maybe we will want to join and SUPPORT our association because we want to, not because they have spent our money on lawyers to find ways to force us to join. Thanks Dave Copeland Yes, you can forward, copy, post, send at copy to your Senator, AG’s office or anywhere it will be read.
  3. REGISTER RIGHT to keep it FLAT and WHITE. 1 Dump the discount, put the $30 where it will do the most to keep it FLAT and WHITE, the Trails Bureau (Grant in Aid). Remember the $30 is now $18 because you have to throw away $12 to get $30 and by registering this way it should put off the proposed registration increase to $150 to $180 per sled. 2 Join a Club to keep it FLAT and WHITE, where you live, ride, or both and yes the money helps but the money and your involvement makes a difference, remember most trails are maintained and groomed by club volunteers. 3 Be nice, say please and thank you, treat people like you would like or expect to be treated. 4 Stay away from associations that are only concerned with there bottom line 5 Remember not everyone rides the same sled as you or has the same riding style. We are all snowmobilers and if we work together, support each other, respect landowners and law enforcement we can MAKE SNOWMOBILING GREAT AGAIN. THANKS Dave Copeland
  4. NHSA Bonus Program

    Yes BUT, if your club works 600 hrs at $10.00 = $6,000.00 and with the possible bonus =$6,900.00 Another way would be 600hrs at $12.00 = $7,200.00 which gives you a $300.00 bonus over the 15% bonus. The success of the event is controlled by the weather and what is the budgeted profit?, probably a closely guarded secret that will be announced after the event. The NHSA board of directors have budgeted $12.00 per hr for labor for the last 3 Year’s, but apparently you are not working hard enough or they are unaware of inflation. Thanks for the site.
  5. Letter from respected Past County Director

    Clarification of your clarification.pdf
  6. Great video, ask the camera guy to stay closer to other sleds so we can see the action. This may of been the final because there was some lapping in the heat.
  7. Checked the track this morning hard as a rock, thanks to everyone that plowed and built the track. The same configuration as always. Weather sounds perfect. See you there.
  8. Track is all built, looks great, great job by all the Crankpullers, hope to see every one this Sat. At the first vintage race in New England.
  9. Sometimes I miss the 70's

    Zekester I remember those days, you might of been on a Ski-doo demo in the winter of 73.
  10. You never know who your going to "bump" into

    Good message for all, thanks for sharing that with all of us Dave
  11. Done, if we could only clone Larry Gomes, great job Larry
  12. Radar run question

    Dave, $5.00 per run, 5 for $20.00, good luck with your clubs event Thanks Dave Copeland.
  13. what drag doo you use?

    The Northwood club purchased their ASV with MM and a pindle hitch not a 5th wheel because northwoods trails are so twisty thinking that the pindle would follow and swept the turns better and it dose. The ASV and MM get around fine in all conditions, ice is the only short comming, not studded our choice.
  14. what drag doo you use?

    The Northwood Crankpullers have the same machine (Scout) and we pull a 7- 16 Mougel Master, works excellent. Having the drag wider than the tractor is a real plus, you are more than welcome to try this machine this winter if you like. D. Copeland b