Summer has flown by and fall is now closing in. This means cooler temperatures, falling leaves and of course all snowmobile clubs preparing for the busy upcoming season.
For your Snow Flyers that means getting our 40+ miles of trails cleared and ready
for riding and grooming. It also means making sure the grooming equipment is maintained and ready for the season. At the end of last season we experienced a major mechanical failure on the Tucker and we were unable to groom as often as planned. The Tucker is currently in the process of being repaired and we hope to keep it running for a few more seasons. Unfortunately the cost for a replacement Tucker is in the six figure range and at this time theclub is not in a position to assume that much debt. When the Tucker repair is complete, along with the Defender - we will be ready for SNOW & GROOMING.
We had our first club meeting on Sunday, September 10th. Both old & new business was discussed in addition to the nominations for club officers. Elections of officers will be held at the next meeting, scheduled for October 1st. Nomination for an officer position can be forwarded to Steve Forrest, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Cider Days will be held on October 7th & 8th in Belmont. This is a major fund raising event for us as all the money raised goes towards the fireworks on New Years Eve at Star Lake. We're accepting donations of any type of basket ( gift basket's of any nature ) that will raffled off. We will also have Snow Flyer items available for purchase & a raffle for a 2017-18 VAST TMA. The TMA raffle will cost $10.00 per chance with a drawing limit of 20 tickets. After 20 tickets are sold a new drawing will be held. Questions an info on baskets can be directed to Steve Forrest firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
We are planning to begin trail work at 08:30 am on Saturday, September 30th. Meet at the parking area on Rt. 103 at Summit Road. If you would to volunteer or have any questions contact Trail Master - Steve Howlett 802-558-1013. Our Volunteer Incentive Program will remain the same as last season.
VAST has increased the price on ALL TMA's by $5.00 - with the exception of the 3
day TMA, the 3 day TMA will now be a 4 day TMA with a price increase of $10.00.
The price increase was necessary due to the decline in membership - a price increase
was the only way VAST could see a way forward while still maintaining the trail system
to present day standards & upgrading them for the future as needed.
We are all looking forward to a banner season this year for all the winter sports we enjoy.
Lets hope all the signs of a good winter are right this year. We will keep our Website & Facebook page up to date as information becomes available.
We can also be reached thru the club email -
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The first meeting for the season is going to be September 10th at 8:30am at the Belmont fire station.
The agenda is as follows.
1. Club officer elections. If you would like to be a club office. You can be nominated by a club member. We will be taking club officer nominations at the upcoming meeting. The vote will be taken at the following meeting October 1st.
2. Cider days baskets. We will be starting to collect baskets for the Ciders days booth. If you know of anyone that would be willing to put together a baskets and donate it to the club let us know. The money raised at the booth is going towards funding are fireworks show on New Year Eve.
3. Trail work. We will be starting to put together a trail work schedule. If you or someone you know would like to help out with trail work please get in contact with us.
4. Groomer. We have a few things that need to be taken care of on are drags and power units.
5.Projects. We will be talking about upcoming projects. i.e. Bridge repairs converts installation...
We hope to see you all at the next meeting!
The snowmobile season of 2016-17 is rapidly coming to a close. The weather once again threw everyone a few curve balls this season and there were some good riding days after the last big storm.
We had a few groomer problems with both the Defender & the Tucker at the beginning of the season but those problems were resolved and we were back in business. The Tucker had a serious drive train failure after the last big storm & has been down for the past few weeks. It will undergo extensive repair in the off season.
We’d like to take this opportunity to THANK all those who helped this season. Whether it was doing trail work, grooming, supporting the Club at Cider Days, enjoying the New Years Fireworks or purchasing your TMA’s from us we Thank You for your time, energy and club support.
There is always room for improvement and for next season we will continue to make our trails even better for everyone any way we can. We are always receptive to comments from our club members on ways we can improve your Mount Holly Snow Flyer experience.
Below you will find information about Monster Performance & the service they can provide to club members.
My name is Ian with Monster Performance Suspension in Fort Ann, NY. I have been speaking with Steve about a club members only offer, he just got back to me and said it was a go! I am excited to hear that.
I do suspension primarily on snowmobiles but also ATVs and dirt bikes Nationwide. Below is what I'm offering for all club members as a discount or promotion until the end of August. At that point we can look at what we can do in the fall which usually gets my shelf’s pretty full by early September through February.
They may choose one of the following:
*Free return shipping for all club members on service orders
*10% off all service orders
*$100 off any set of 4 aftermarket snowmobile or atv shocks
Any of the offers can be used once per transaction for the next 5 months, as many times as they want.
Also our Facebook page is popular
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Not only does it feel good to help your club but it is financially rewarding.
Have you always wanted to help support your club and the sport you love but didn't know who to contact or where to start? To find out how you can volunteer email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If want to help by volunteering to work on the trails to get them in top shape for what we expect to be a stellar snow year please email us or call/text our trail master Steve Howlett in advance at 802-558-1013.
1st time volunteering – club dues will be waived when purchasing current year’s TMA- requires at least 5 volunteer hours
2nd time volunteering – club dues will be waived plus receive a club sweatshirt – requires at least 10 volunteer hours
3rd time volunteering – TMA will be discounted by 50% - requires at least 15 volunteer hours
4th time volunteering – TMA will be discounted 100% - requires at least 20 volunteer hours
Any one who donates a day of equipment time (backhoe, bulldozer, excavator) will receive a free TMA
All monetetary donations will be applied to the purchase of
spare equipment for the Tucker & Defender
fuel for the tucker while prices are low
club costs for baskets, sweatshirts & Tee’s for Cider Day Basket Sale – with proceeds going to New Years Eve Fireworks
As November ends – we are looking forward to a colder & snowier December. We had a glimpse of winter last week with a snowfall of up to 12” in Mount Holly. Some of us were able to get the sleds out and make tracks in our yards. Personally I rode more last week then all of last year!!
Trails Update: From the result of the heavy snow, we have been out inspecting our trails and cleaning up the debris. Salt Ash still has 6” to 10” of snow. The trails from Rt. 103 north to the Stone House have been cleaned up and are ready for riding when the season opens on December 15th, weather permitting. Rt. 103 south trails will be done this week after the rain passes.
Reminder Early Bird TMA’s are only on sale thru December 15th.. Take advantage of the savings and purchase your TMA before December 15th. TMA’s are available for download and purchase on the club website www.mounthollysnowflyers.org. You can also purchase them locally at the Belmont Store, Turco’s Yamaha &The Poulin residence at 798 Hortonville Rd, Mount Holly. In addition the VAST website is now offering online TMA purchase Be sure to select your club, Mount Holly Snow Flyers at the time of purchase.
Need a great gift idea for family, friends or maybe just something for yourself? For a limited time we are offering FREE SHIPPING for all club apparel and stickers. Available for purchase online at www.mounthollysnowflyers.org. Order by December 10th to receive in time for the holidays.
We are also in the planning stages of a 2017 Ride In/Party for February or March. When the details are confirmed we will update all members by email, Facebook and the website.
Don’t forget to join us for the New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Star Lake in Belmont - brought to you by the Snow Flyers!!
Hope everyone had a Thankful Thanksgiving as we look forward to a Merry Christmas & Happy Snowy New Year.
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Trail work will begin Saturday September 17th and will continue every Saturday there after, weather permitting. We will meet at the pull off on Rt. 103 at 8:30AM prompt. If you would like to help with trail maintenance or you have any questions please contact Steve Howlett at either 802-259-2981 / 802-558-1013 or email him at email@example.com
Golf Tournament Charity Event
August 19th the Mount Holly Snow Flyers hosted a Charity Golf Tournament in conjunction with the Rutland County Snowmobile Clubs.
Holding a lawn tractor raffle we were able to raise close to $7,500 to be split between "Make A Wish" & The Vermont Achievement Center. We would like to take this opportunity to "Thank" the 20 teams that participated, the 50 Sponsors, the 21 Donor's, & the numerous volunteers who made it all possible.
A special "Thank You" also goes out ot Ski-Doo / BRPas the main sponsor for this event.
And "big Thanks" to Benny's Power of Chester VTfor supplying the new Sled & ATV for display at the tournament.
The weather was Perfect - and best of all we were able to help 2 very special charities.
Thank you again to all who particpated.
Meeting Minutes from March 6, 2016 meeting
Steve Forrest called the March 6th meeting at the Belmont Fire Station to order at 8:35am
Treasurer's Report- Snow Drifters Account still open waiting on $200 donation to Fire Dept check to clear. Still around $12,000 in Snow Flyer's account. Curt Marechaux motioned to accept, Mike Poulin, seconded.
Secretary's Report-The February 7th, 2016 meeting minutes were motioned to be accepted by Steve Forrest. and seconded by Mike Poulin
Trailmaster Report- Steve Howlett not present. Most gates closed. The new Defender is here. They are working on lights and heat.
President’s Report-Shirts are here. Ready to purchase
Taxes-Decided fiscal year end July
Bring bank statements, income, etc…
Non profit May 15th?
Curts idea to wait to this November Thanksgiving weekend
Spring event/workday? “Cleanup party”
Saturday March 26th at the Odd Fellows? Noon on-----End of Season Raffles, fun, etc...
VAST talking about discounts next year
VAST sold approx 10,000 TMAs Last year approx 26,000
Not funding anything, discussed survivability of VAST and future
Same early bird sales as any other year. 80-90% second home owners
Mount Holly is in charge of the Golf Tournament for the Annual Meeting.
18 Rounds, cart, flank steak, salads $83 cost. Price $95
1:30 shotgun Green Mountain National
Stanley tools donations $300-$500 value $5 per ticket
Main sponsor- $1500 to sponsor tournament
VAST Magazine deadline- March 10th, summer issue?
Max number: 144 golfers 120 ideal target number: 70-80 players
Local advertising. Need big Rutland County sponsor
Froggy Radio free to sponsor
At 9:20 Curt Marechaux motioned to close meeting, Mike Poulin seconded.
Prepared By:Michael McAtee, Secretary
OFFICIAL Meeting Minutes from February 7, 2016 meeting
Accepted at the March 6th 2016 Meeting
Steve Forrest called the February 7th meeting at the Belmont Fire Station to order at 8:35am
New Business-LPC TV wants to do a show on the local club history, merger, and what's going on with the club.
Treasurer's Report-Sold 12 more TMAs. Snow Drifters Account still open waiting on $200 donation to Fire Dept check to clear. Around $12,000 in Snow Flyer's account
Secretary's Report-The January 3, 2015 meeting minutes were motioned to be accepted by Steve Howlett. and seconded by Mike Poulin
Trailmaster Report- Trails are closed at this time however some of the gates are still open. If conditions persist closing gates in a few weeks. The tucker went out once to pack. On Saturday January 30th the Plymsbury parking lot was full. Ludlow’s trails are closed and the state says all trails are closed. VAST will still pay up to 60% to help the clubs.
Shirts are here. Prices: Long Sleeve: $25 Crew Sweatshirt: $35 Hooded Sweatshirt: $40 Sizes: Small to XXL.
The Defender is close to being ready. They are putting windows, doors, and unit put together. Waiting on mounting kit for tracks. No bumper and recommend headache rack. Discussion of rear rack options. Full rear rack/cage motion to buy Steve Howlett, seconded by Steve Forrest.
County Meeting Update-John attended the county meeting. He informed us that Mount Holly is in charge of golf. He discussed ideas like getting a big name sponsorship, using LPC TV to get word out, having a big dinner sponsor for $1,000 like a snowmobile manufacturer. Food is at Green Mountain
The Event: August 19th
Raffle donations for golf clubs
$75 minimum per tee sponsorship
John Spoke with Windsor club they netted around $6,000 from there golf tournament money some of the profits will get kept as a county relief fund some will get donated to VAC or other charities
Make checks payable to Rutland County Snowmobile Club forward mail to Mount Holly
Should have budget next week
Idea to have Allen Pools and Spas sponsor hole in one hole
At 9:38 Steve Forrest motioned to close meeting, Mike Poulin seconded.
Michael McAtee, Secretary
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Meeting Minutes from January 3, 2016
Steve Howlett called the January 3rd meeting at the Belmont Fire Station to order at 8:33am
Secretary's Report-The December 6, 2015 meeting minutes were motion to be accepted by Claire Poulin and seconded by Howlett.
Treasurer's Report-The Snow Drifters bank account has not been closed yet. Claire is still waiting on a check to process. We sold 282 earlybird TMAS plus the 13 volunteer to date. After the fees are paid to VAST there will be around $14,000 in the account.
New Business-Claire Poulin mentioned we need a thank you letter for extra donations, Michael McAtee will prepare. Claire also mentioned that they would like to be reimbursed for electricity to run the block heater on the Tucker last year. $200 seemed like a fair amount annually. Steve Howlett motioned to accept and Mike McAtee seconded.
Former secretary Mary Alberty was presently surprised with her gift. Here is a letter we shared at the meeting from her:
Dear Mount Holly Snow Flyers,
Thank you so much for the generous gift card you gave me for my contribution, dedication and years in service. What an unexpected gesture, I can’t thank you enough. You’re such an amazing group of people who are also devoted and enthusiastic that makes this organization successful.
Once again the fireworks on New Year’s Eve were spectacular. I know it was disappointing for many that the lights didn’t get put up around the lake and there was a lack of communication. As a board member for the Community Association, I want to apologize and let you know that I will personally commit and take on that obligation next year.
Hope you all had a great holiday season, please let me know if you ever need help and thanks again for your kindness.
Peace, Love and Joy!
Discussion of Star Lake berm and safety of fireworks. Berm was not in the original design plans. Club wants to work closer with the community association next year. $1,000 less in budget. Club made about $900. Spent about $1200 on Fireworks.
Dale got new volunteer stickers and Snow-flyers stickers made. Maybe too big for mail, maybe we could downsize another batch? Idea to sell new stickers at store?
Watch the News Flash for quick updates involving the club
Curt Marechaux is contacting the state. Gerald, Michael McAtee, and himself are willing to take the snowmobile safety instructor course. To bring courses to town. Also FYI the National Forest offers chainsaw safety to anyone interested.
Trail Master's Report-Steve Howlett
Opening gates on Wednesday. Hopefully getting a couple of inches this week. Hardpack already many trees down. Spoke about checking Okemo because Star Lake is not closed. Post on Facebook and website once gates are open.
Groomer barn both doors are done. Electricity next year, underground. Huge thanks. New signs are made up for Tucker and Commander. Tucker is back and ready to go Bill Higbie has done a phenomenal job with it.
Logger had setback in Grouse Hill due to the weather. Grooming to Stone House. CCC all plowed go around by going towards Black Swap. Salt Ash logging next year. Many trees are marked. Logging at end of Ninevah Rd. all done left logs in woods.
Defender, Commander upgrade utility version. XT model lease with option to buy. Designed for utility and pulling. Almost identical to Polaris Ranger. Keep tracks get new mounting kit. Discussion of keeping tracks or selling with Commander.
County Meeting Update-Curt Marechaux
VAST annual meeting. Rutland County was only given nine months to plan. Killington Grand Hotel is booked with a $10,500 budget . They took tour of facility giant banquet hall. Ideas: Silent auction, 50:50, vendors 40 plus target, Business sponsorships.
Every club breaking tasks down into security, fundraiser, scheduling, simple lunch, two entree choices, target: 300 plus. Tents will be outside as well.
Campers allowed, lodging available
Date: August 20th
John wants to help with Golf tournament for annual meeting. Golf on Friday teams, singles. Businesses could sponsor holes, etc... Profit above paying operating costs of meeting goes towards VAC and other local charities
January 27th next meeting 6:00 pm at VAC
Ideas we shared about the snowball. The word needs to get out real soon! Ideally if a Snowball was to take place on February 6th we would need responses this week for planning.
Discussion of a fun day or ride in maybe easier to plan for February 6th due to the emerging deadline.
At 09:52 a.m. Curt Marechaux motioned to close meeting, Gerald seconded.
Michael McAtee, Secretary
Mount Holly Snow Flyers
OFFICIAL Meeting Minutes from December 6, 2015
Accepted at the January 3, 2016 meeting
Steve Forrest called the December 6th meeting at the Belmont Fire Station to order at 8:30 am
Secretary's Report-The November 1, 2015 meeting minutes were motion to be accepted by Claire Poulin and seconded by Steve Forrest.
Treasurer's Report-Claire informed us that there is no additional line on this year's TMA form to give additional donations to the club. She has only received an extra $100 to help with grooming or fireworks. She has closed the old Green Mountain Snow Flyers bank account and the new Snow Flyers account is official. The treasurer's report was motioned to be accepted by Steve Forrest and seconded by Steve Howlett.
Trail Master's Report-Steve Howlett has mentioned there is only a few signs left to install. There will be logging end of Ninevah Rd. towards Perry's. No logging Shrewsbury side of Salt Ash. Logging next year only. Grouse hill logger finishing up this month. Grooming to Stone House only this year. CCC plowed most of the way.
Tucker coming back Tuesday or Wednesday this week. New paint job, boggie wheels, bearings in the boggie wheels. Mechanic recommended grease every-time it goes out. Need a thinner, light wheel bearing grease. New light bar, repainted gas tank. New led lights in cab. Should be good to go. Steve Howlett buying spare fuel pump to keep in rig, can be replaced in the field. Bill Higbie does not want his name on the groomer anymore, please just thank him in person! Steve Howlett gave him TMAS yesterday for his help with the machine.
Discussion of radio communication for groomer for safety.
Steve Howlett recommended signage for the Tucker. Asked for approval. Curt motioned lowest bid. Dale Sutherland seconded.
Gates on National Forest were very hard to use. New hinges are being installed today. Approximate cost $150-200 for labor. Need something on the website to promote J&L Fabrication business.
Need gate behind church for Sunday morning in Belmont.
Thank you landowner sign for Belmont green.
Curt Marechaux brought up NO snowmobiling signs in the village.
Groomer Barn is built. Dale Sutherland and Mike Poulin have been hard at work. Curt Marechaux has donated some materials. Discussion of purchasing portable generator, and lights for barn. Curt motioned to purchase 2000watt generator. Mike McAtee seconded.
Power service to groomer barn approximately $1,000. Generator approximately $800. Generator also helpful for trail maintenance.
Green Mountain National Forest News- Curt Marechaux attended the recent meeting with the national forest people and reported back the outcome:
Fat bikes are being tested on Rochester trials. Let Steve Howlett know if you see Fat bikes this year.
Leave note in vehicle if doing trail work near trailhead. E-mails or text to national forest only.
Area trail updates: Devil's Den trails need 7 bridges replaced. Replacement of bridges on national forest is a 3 year process. Moses pond trail is being closed this year. Glastonberry area have had bridges replaced. Homerstone meadow trail is having bridge replaced.
Rumors going around that Star Lake crossing is closed. Confusion of liability of where the “trail” ends. Proceed at your own risk. The land on each side is “trail” VAST trail “dead ends” each side of lake. The club is obtaining legal verbiage from VAST regarding water crossing to answer questions and possibly additional signage at the lake.
Metal signs upgrade coming in the next years. VAST may have grants available in the spring to assist financially.
Steve Forrest attended the County wide meeting and reported back:
Next County meeting: 6:00 p.m. Dec 16th
Rutland County hosting Annual Meeting
Don't want it to be a competition with other meetings. No dinner just lunch.
Committees starting up for annual meeting.
13 Volunteer available from VAST
Dale prepared list of Volunteer TMA and we discussed if future criteria is needed to receive volunteer TMAs is necessary.
Donate a day or supplies: cover county/club dues. List of volunteer members. Discounts only from Claire. Looking into shirts as well Steve Howlett finishing list of volunteers.
Odd Fellows hall. Community event, reasonable set price. DJ, catered event. BYOB.
50/50 raffle. Tickets? Discussion of committee, dates, etc... Tentative date: February 6th?
Target 100 people. Looking into Avellino's for catering. Communication via e-mail to bounce around ideas.
Mary Alberty- Thank you Gift. Steve Forrest recommended Visa Gift Card for $200. Steve Howlett motioned, to accept. Steve Forrest seconded.
Fiscal year needs to be set. Discussion of ending June 30th, beginning July 1st
Begin using the Mount Holly newsflash for promoting news with the club.
Mention of a special club volunteer sticker for sleds.
Curt brought up wanting to host safety course. Looking for other members from the club to get certified as an instructor. Think about doing it next year.
At 10:02 a.m. Steve Forrest motioned to close meeting, Curt Marechaux seconded.
Michael McAtee, Secretary
DECEMBER CLUB NEWS:
Winter is getting closer everyday! Lots of great things have been going on around town with the club! We have been busy getting over fifty miles of trails ready, the website upgrades for the club's new name, new officials, and much more. We are looking forward to another great season of snowmobiling in beautiful Mount Holly!
The trails are looking pretty good, a lot of hard work has been happening this fall! The Healdville trail re-route is complete as well as a new bridge on that section. There is also a new bridge north of Salt Ash. Volunteers have been very busy preparing the trails for the season. A big thank you goes out to everyone who has helped!
All of these improvements would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of our volunteers. We would especially like to thank Bob Beardmore, Mike Poulin, Mike Mattson, and the Garity's for supplying their time and heavy equipment for trail upgrades. Thanks go out to Mike Poulin and Dale Sutherland who have been working hard on the new grooming equipment barn, Claire Poulin for her commitment in managing the sales of the trail passes (TMAs), and Steve Forrest for his work with the legalities of the club merger and the name change. We appreciate everyone else who has helped prepare for this season!
The Snow-Flyers has an updated web presence! You can find us at: www.mounthollysnowflyers.org. You can also find us on Facebook by searching for Mount Holly Snow Flyers. Feel free to contact us via e-mail at our new e-mail address: email@example.com. A big thank you to Carol Mattson who has volunteered her time for the website updates.
Trail Passes: For your convenience, The Mount Holly Snow-Flyers are now accepting credit cards for the trail passes (TMAs). Please follow the instructions on our website and mail the appropriate forms back to us! You may also get your TMAs in person at Turco’s Yamaha, and The Belmont General Store. Get your TMAs before December 15th for the early bird discount! If anybody would like to help out by giving an extra donation to help with grooming expenses or our fireworks event, please add it to the total on your TMA form. For questions, contact Claire Poulin, Treasurer at (802)259-2399 or e-mail us.
Events: December 31, 2015. The Snow-Flyer's, in conjunction with the community center, is hosting the annual New Year’s Eve fireworks celebration. It is located on Star Lake in Belmont. The festivities begin at 7:00 p.m. and the fireworks start at 9:00 p.m. A warm bonfire will be provided. Everyone is welcome to attend! We hope to see you there!
Meetings: Meetings are held the first Sunday of every month at the Belmont Fire Station, on the upper level. Our next Meeting is Sunday December 6, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. All are welcome!
After many years of hard work, Secretary Mary Alberty has resigned from her position. The club would like to give her a huge thank you for her years of dedication, fundraising activities, and service. She is eager to still be a big part of the club while pursuing other endeavors. Her passion and dedication has led to the club’s success. We look forward to continue working with her.
Hopefully we will get snow early this year. As a reminder, early season riding can be very dangerous. With thin cover, rocks, ice, and other water hazards may appear. Please stay tuned to our website or Facebook for updates as it snows. Think Snow! Sincerely, Michael McAtee, Secretary, (802)298-0035 December 2015
MOUNT HOLLY SNOW FLYERS
Meeting Minutes from November 1, 2015
Accepted at the December 6, 2015 meeting
Steve Forrest called the November 1st meeting at the Belmont Fire Station to order at 8:35 am
Secretary's Report-Unavailable and skipped
Treasurer's Report-Motion to accept by Steve Howlett
Per the new bylaws the annual election occurred.
Members nominated the following members for the following positions:
President: Steve Forrest
VP: Dale Sutherland, Curt Marechaux
Trailmaster: Steve Howlett
Secretary: Mary Alberty, Michael McAtee
Treasurer: Claire Poulin
A paper ballot was issued and the present members voted.
President: Steve Forrest
VP: Dale Sutherland
Trailmaster: Steve Howlett
Secretary: Michael McAtee
Treasurer: Claire Poulin
At 10:10 am Steve Forrest Motioned to close meeting, Mike Poulin seconded.
Secretary, Mount Holly Snow Flyers