Brian Erickson, on the left, SDSA Past President , Char & Dennis Beckler, Aberdeen SD receiving their Hall of Fame award & Jon LaFramboise, SDSA President. Dennis & Char are Aberdeen Driftbusters! Congratulations Char & Dennis!
At the 50th International Snowmobile Congress, Rachel Watkins from Beresford, South Dakota was named the ACSA Young Snowmobiler of the Year. Rachel is the daughter of Travis & Lisa Watkins.
Starting at a very young age, Rachel started snowmobiling with her family. Watkins is currently President of the State youth program, Youth Empowerment Through Involvement in Snowmobiling (YETIS). In addition to the Youth Program, she has participated in club events, state conventions and the International Snowmobile Congress. She has also assisted in Governors’ Rides and the 20th Anniversary Open House at the Polaris Distribution Center.
In addition to snowmobile activities, Rachel finds time for high school sports, church youth group and teaching Sunday Day School. Rachel also holds some part time jobs in her spare time!
Snowmobiling is family in Rachel’s mind. “I ride snowmobiles because that’s where I have made some of my best memories with my family and friends.” Rachel also feels snowmobiling has taught her a lot about responsibility.
Rachel is not only passionate about snowmobiling now, but she looks to the future of sport as well. She realizes access is an issue, as well as getting young snowmobilers involved. Rachel says, “I choose to work toward the path of continued access and the opportunity for everyone to enjoy snowmobiling like I do”.
“Having youth involvement like Rachel is the future of snowmobiling” stated SDSA President Jon Laframbois. “With youth involvement and encouragement from young snowmobilers like Rachel, our future is bright!”
The American Council of Snowmobile Associations provides national leadership and coordination to advance the efforts of all organizations who promote responsible snowmobiling across the United States.
SDSA representatives met with Senator John Thune at DC Fly In.
Tracey & Brian Erickson, Diane & Greg Hiles, Senator Thune, Sheridan & Jon LaFramboise.
Group photo of our snowmobiling representatives that flew to DC to meet with legislators.
President Jon LaFramboise and his wife Sheridan (SDSA board member), Brian Erickson Past President and his wife Tracey, Greg Hiles ACSA President and past SDSA President and Diane Hiles, our Treasurer, Bob & Judy King and Kim & DeeDee Raap are all in Washington DC representing us. Visits to our representatives are happening as well as informational meetings that ACSA has arranged. Thanks for giving South Dakotans a voice !!
MEMBERSHIP: open to all 12-20 year olds who are SD Snowmobile Association members
MISSION: The purpose of the SD YETIS Youth Program is two-fold. First it is to give the youth an in-depth understanding of how the total snowmobile program is organized, starting from the local clubs up to and including International. Secondly, YETIS is considered a leadership training program for young snowmobilers. As dedicated volunteers are getting older, our goal is to train the younger members to take over leadership roles in order to keep our organizations strong and continue to be advocates for snowmobiling in our state.