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SDSA not only helped with promoting the South Dakota Trail System but assisted with Kids riding the 120 sleds. If you have not attended this event you need to put it on your to do list!!
February 6, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mary Anne Grabow
The International Snowmobile Manufacturer’s Association (ISMA) recently awarded the South Dakota Snowmobile Association (SDSA) with a $3,000 grant for SDSA’s 2020 Governor’s Ride.
SDSA is host to the annual Governor’s Snowmobile Ride headquartered from Hardy Camp, near Lead, SD which is held on the Saturday of the President’s Day Weekend in February. This year’s ride, the 40th, will be held on February 15th in honor of South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and her family, as well as Lt. Governor Larry Rhoden and all South Dakota Senators and Representatives. Invitations have also been extended to Senator John Thune and Mike Rounds, US Forest Service, Black Hills Badlands and Lakes Association, and several key people from South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks (GF&P).
The Governor’s Ride is an opportunity for SDSA members to showcase the Black Hills Snowmobile Trail system, one of the finest in the country featuring 350 miles of marked and groomed trails. This annual event continues to grow in legislative attendees and continues to increase the opportunities SDSA has to foster relationships that can be used to secure and maintain the necessary support from the legislators for land access throughout the Black Hills Snowmobile Trail system as well as the 1100+ miles of trail that make up the East River Trail System. Also highlighted throughout the day is the $130 million economic impact that snowmobiling brings to South Dakota on an annual basis.
The Governor’s Ride is a full day event beginning with a brunch breakfast served at Hardy Camp. A short program allows for dignitary introductions, keynote speakers, including the Governor, extending SDSA’s appreciation to partners and sponsors and an explanation of the rules of the day and safety on the trail. The Black Hills Trails District Supervisor, along with assistance from the SDSA’s Governor’s Ride Committee, is responsible for planning the ride route which will be dependant also upon snow conditions. The route itself is approximately 3 hours with a stopping point mid-way through the route at a scenic campground or meadow area. This spot provides a time for discussing the trail conditions, the fun and excitement of snowmobiling and to answer any questions on snowmobiling the guests may have. The event concludes with an evening social.
The ISMA Grant funds will help defray the cost of rental sleds and gas as well as the evening social event.
SDSA is a non-profit corporation comprised of 25 snowmobile clubs across the entire state. Membership includes approximately 1100 families and individual memberships along with over 100 associate (business) memberships in South Dakota. While the 350-mile Black Hills Trails system is marked, groomed and maintained by the SD Game Fish and Parks, there are 15 clubs that mark, groom and maintain over 1100 miles East River and 11 different trail systems as part of the Grant-in-Aid Program through the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks. SDSA is dedicated to the preservation of snowmobiling as a safe and organized, Family Sport. The purpose of this association is to promote, protect, and represent snowmobiling in a positive, safe manner, bringing together people who have a common interest and enjoy exciting and constructive snowmobiling activities. Greg Nordstrom of Sioux Falls currently serves as President, with Jon LaFramboise of Rapid City as Past President. Each area of the state is served by a District Director: Mike Boock, Rapid City; Kelly Weaver, Aberdeen; Duane Stahl, DeSmet; Tim Lund, Parker; Duane Duerr, Brandon; Jason Shepherd, Watertown; Trace Damm Lake Norden. Kirsten VanDenHemel of Sioux Falls represents the YETIS (Youth Empowerment through Involvement in Snowmobiling), SDSA’s recently organized youth group. Mary Anne Grabow, Gary is Editor and Secretary and Diane Hiles, DeSmet is the Association’s Treasurer.
The International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association (ISMA) is an organization representing the four snowmobile manufacturers. ISMA coordinates committees within the industry to handle concerns such as snowmobile safety, the promotion of the life-style activity of snowmobiling, keeping accurate statistics, reporting the growth of the industry and the positive economic impact the life-style activity has throughout the world. There are four major manufacturers that build snowmobiles: Arctic Cat, Ski-Doo/Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), Polaris Industries and Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA.
The ISMA Grant Program provides grants to state/provincial/territorial snowmobile organizations who are in good standing with either the American Council Snowmobile Association (ACSA) or the Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations (CCSO). SDSA is a member of ACSA. ISMA grants may be awarded in the areas of: Support of Government Rides, Safe Rider support efforts, Increasing or maintaining land access, Precedent- setting lawsuits regarding land access issues.
Jakob was a boy that loved to experience the thrill of adventure. He loved all aspects of the outdoors, particularly riding his Polaris RZR and Snowmobile. Jakob thought all kids should be able to ride and asked many of his friends to ride with him. Jakob’s earthly life ended at the young age of 9, but he will “Forever Ride With Us Together” in the Heavens above.
The Jakob Hohm Off-Road Adventures Foundation was created in his memory and to keep his dream of allowing others to experience an outdoor adventure.
Jakob Hohm Off-Road Adventures Mission Statement
Keeping Jakob’s dream alive by lifting the spirits of today’s youth through his love for off-road adventures.
***MUST BE TYPED***
High School: Graduation Date:
Anticipated Tech School, College, or University:
Please name 3 quality characteristics about you:
How would you introduce another young person to snowmobiling or riding ATV’s? Why would that be important to you?
Application is due April 3, 2020
Please mail scholarship application to:
615 7th St SW
De Smet, SD 57231
The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor individuals who have been instrumental in the development and continued success of SDSA.
These nominees have been active members of the local club for 36+ years when tallied between them.
These nominees have attended the Governor’s Winter Games, the Ride for the Ribbon, Snowmobilers 4 Snowmobiler events and numerous other poker runs and events around the state, showing support for other club’s activities.
These nominees have also attended multiple Governor’s Advisory Council Meetings, State conventions, International Snowmobile Congresses, ACSA meetings, Washington DC-Fly-ins, representing the State of South Dakota and the local club snowmobile club.
These nominees are continually promoting the fun of snowmobiling showing how to have fun doing it with family and friends. High school kids learned how to make doughnuts, high mark a cornice and how to get themselves out of a creek while snowmobiling with these nominees. Even though once and a while it ended up in a trip to an ER, still smiling and willing to go again.
These nominees have attended forums sponsored by the Black Hills National Forest commenting on legislative issues to include RPT Funding and Access issues. Additionally, they have met with the Secretary of the Interior while in Washington, DC encouraging better access to our National Forests.
Between them, these nominees have held leadership positions, at the club, state and national level. They have coordinated state conventions and our state’s hosting of the International Snowmobile Congress in 2016.
Protecting public access has been one of the main reasons for continued involvement and taking on these leadership roles. Being able to present the ACSA Legal Defense Fund with over $13,000 in donations from SDSA members, which amount grew to over $18,000, was a great accomplishment through the leadership of these nominees.
The long time involvement in snowmobiling – starting with the local club, to SDSA leadership, to ACSA leadership and ISC involvement, or just simply interacting with Millennials while in Washington, DC conversing with them about why access to public lands is important for all is part of this couple’s DNA. It is a true testament of the dedication and continued success of SDSA, of ACSA and the overall sport of snowmobiling and why these individuals are worthy of having the SDSA Hall of Fame recognition be bestowed upon him.
It is with great pleasure and pride that the South Dakota Snowmobile Association awards the Hall of Fame recognition to Greg & Diane Hiles.
Juel & Sally Rall mean so much to the Black Hills Snowmobile Club, that we renamed our yearly snowmobiler award after them! This award is given out every year at our Spring banquet and it goes to someone in the club who helps promote safe snowmobiling, is actively involved in the club and who has a great attitude around others.
Juel & Sally could honestly receive this award every year, so we named it after them 2 years ago.
Originally it was called the “Bob Nye Award”. Bob was very active in starting the BHSC and SDSA.
Juel & Sally have been involved with the BHSC since 1986 and have been instrumental in keeping the club organized and functioning as it should.Sally has been our club secretary for many years, and they are both faithful in giving of their time at our club events. They always have a smile on their face and love to ecourage those they are around. Juel could keep a room entertained for hours with his stories of “the good old days” and Sally is usually right there beside him correcting him when he’s wrong. They have a great attitude that can be infectious at times. Sally
loves to keep the young ones in line on our club trips and Juel is right there just trying to keep up.
We (the young ones) push both of them pretty hard on our club ride to Dubois WY. It’s great to see the smiles on their face when they accomplish something they weren’t too sure they were going to be able to do.
The Black Hills Snowmobile Club is honored to nominate Sally & Juel for the SDSA Hall of Fame as we feel they lead by example
and are great ambassadors to our sport.
Doug Moeller has been and/or is currently a member of the Poinsett
Pounder Snowmobile Club and Town & Country Snowmobile Club. Doug
was a Charter Member of the Bryant Drift Busters throughout the 1970’s
Doug Moeller has been a member of SDSA for 41 proud years.
Doug Moeller’s lifelong love of snowmobiling began in the winter of 1968 –
1969. His uncle owned the only snowmobile at the time in Bryant. The
snowmobile was a 1968 Polaris Mustang one cylinder. During that specific
winter and Doug having the only snowmobile in town, he helped out
people stranded both in town and in the country. Doug performed many
errands such as: taking people home, going to the country to pick up
medicine, picked up twin boys where they were stranded for a week taking
them back home.
One specific story happens to be of Doug taking a classmate, who lived in
the country outside of Bryant, home to see her parents and pick up
clothes as she had been stranded in town for a week. It’s difficult for some
to understand how the winters used to be and the limited equipment there
was to move around in the snow. Thanks to Doug and the use of his
uncle’s snowmobile, he was able to help many individuals out to ensure
Beginning in the early 1970’s, Doug owned a Sno-Prince, a 1972 – 295
Polaris Colt followed with a 1973 – Polaris 530 Charger. In 1974, he
made the switch to Arctic Cat. Anyone who knows Doug Moeller, they
know he loves Arctic Cat!! If there ever needed to be a poster-child for
Arctic Cat, Doug would have graciously stepped up to the plate.
Doug was a Charter Member of the Bryant Drift Busters in the 1970’s and
early 80’s. He assisted in the organization of the club. Doug played an
instrumental role in the creation, organization, and execution of the many
fundraisers the Drift Busters took part in over the years. These fundraisers
included a Cancer Ride, MS Crippled Children (Easter Seals), March
of Dimes. Doug led the efforts to ensure the Bryant Drift Busters were the
first club to ride for Easter Seals. In addition, Doug assisted with the
many Club’s family days on Plum lake. His favorite was helping the kids
with the obstacle courses and sledding down the hills.
Doug served as a Delegate at the Snowmobile Conventions in the 1970’s.
To this day, Doug continues to attend the SDSA Convention and Annual
Meeting every year. It would be easier to count the number of years he
was not able to make the Convention compared the number he participated
in. Doug also takes great pleasure in attending each year’s Governors
ride, and being a “Red Bibber” for many years!
Over the years Doug has been a leader amongst his immediate family of
his wife, Bonnie, and sons, Joe and David, along with fellow club members
of finding and traveling to many great places to enjoy snowmobiling.
Places visited were, Black Hills, Yellowstone, Grand Lake, CO, Snowy
Range, Togwotee, North and South Big Horns, Copper
Harbor, MI, Hackensack, MN.
One of the specific memories I have of Uncle Doug along with
his family from when I was growing up is, we would always
get together with Grandpa Gizzy and Grandma Emma to
share Christmas dinner together and we would always have
to eat early in the day as the Moeller’s were heading to
Yellowstone to snowmobile. For at least 10 years in a row,
they would grab their Christmas lights and head out to
Yellowstone. I was recently told that it got to the point the
motel where they stayed at just sent them the key through the
mail with it being Christmas time and they were off visiting
family. Doug and Bonnie were able to make such great family
memories with their boys sharing their love of the sport they
hold so dear to their hearts.
Doug has enjoyed attending many snowmobile races over the
years, including Alexandria, and Shakopee, MN. As of the
last few years, Doug has also attended the Sno-Cross race in
Deadwood where he has helped set up and tear down the
tent for SDSA’s booth.
Fast forward a few years—Doug served as President of the
Poinsett Pounders from 2010-2012. He has also assisted in
the planning and hosting of several SDSA Conventions hosted by Poinsett
Pounders. Doug has played an instrumental role in the planning of various
Club activities for both the Poinsett Pounders and Town & Country. A few
of the major events include: Ride for the Ribbon, Winter Games, Kid’s
Safety Course, Annual Membership Golf Tourney, crafted the idea of a
Glow Ball tourney at Lake Region Golf Course…. (which was a HUGE hit
– inside Joke). Assisted in hosting the Poinsett Pounder’s Hospitality
room and Town & Country set up the tent for the at the 36th Annual ISC in
Sioux Falls – 2004.
In 1995, Doug was a Charter Member of the Town & Country Snowmobile
Club, assisting in the organization and set up the Four Lakes Trail. Doug’s
family is responsible for marking & maintaining 21 miles of the Four Lakes
Trail system. Doug has also assisted the Town & Country Club in planning
and execution of several SDSA conventions, Poker rides,
Snowmobile races and hosting the SDSA Governor’s Ride. Doug was
instrumental in the decision to sell football books to raise money for Town
& Country’s first Convention. Doug urged and convinced the T & C Club
to propose a format change for the Governor’s Ride from a Lunch to
Brunch format. Doug also assisted in the grooming operations of the Four
Lakes Trail system the first year Town & Country had their trail.
Doug has been an extremely active and involved Snowmobiler for over 50
years playing a supportive role to many key Club and State levels decisions
along with his hands-on approach to getting results and tasks completed.
Other activities include:
1978 – Doug assisted in the organization and execution of a fundraiser for
a local family that lost their home in a house fire.
2001 – Doug assisted in the organization and execution of a fund raiser
for a local man with medical issues. A Poker Ride, meal, auction and
dance raised more than $10,000. Both the Poinsett Pounders and Town
and Country Clubs supported this event.
In the Community of Bryant, Doug has served as a Volunteer Firemen, a
City Council member, served on the local Theater Board, and Lake
Region Golf Course Board.
You will not find a more dedicated, supportive family man who loves to
share his passion for a sport like Doug Moeller does. He is an inspiration
for all to follow! Thank you, Uncle Doug, for all you have done and continue
to do to make Snowmobiling what it is in South Dakota!
Poinsett Pounder SC
Corbin is the son of Brian & Summer Boock and a member
of the Black Hills Snowmobile Club.
He attended ISC last year and is a member of the YETIS.
“What Snowmobiling means to me, as a young man….the WORLD!
I have been on a snowmobile
since I was 2 years old
and I eat, sleep and breathe
snowmobiling every day. I
love the feel of being in
nature and free to the outdoors
and its great being
able to spend quality time
with family and friends. I love how it’s great exercise and you must be in shape toe ride. It helps to have a family
that encourages me to be better. It also helps to have a father that is very into snowmobiling and has taught
me so much of what I know. Mountain riding is my most favorite part of sledding, but I have also gotten into racing.
I raced at the Black Hills Snowmobile Club Radar Race on Deerfield Lake in 2019 and took first place in
the 500 modified. In Gillette, WY grass races, I got Fist place in 500 cc liquid cooled and third place in 800
stock. My future plans are to become a mechanical engineer so I can build and make snowmobiles better,
faster, and more efficient. Ride like the Pro’s. Corbin Boock”