October 2017 Newsletter

It’s that time of year again where we are about to kick off the 2017/18 snowmobile season and
planning has begun. Just to recap some information since our AGM in June, I am excited to
welcome our Board of Directors and Officers. Our Executive Officers are:
Cathy Kazimer, President
Phil Hammond, Vice President
Trista Verbiwski, Secretary
Samantha Lindsay, Treasurer (volunteer coordinator)

Our Directors are as follows:
Rich Saul (grooming coordinator and trails coordinator)
Marc Meilleur (grooming operator coordinator)
John Kazimer
Vince Roy (Social Media)
Bev Bratton (Fundraising/Clothing)
Sandy Smockum (facility coordinator)
Paul Sharp
Bob Coyne


As you may have heard, or read in our AGM Minutes (you can view it on our website), we will
not be having our skidoo raffle this year. Our major fundraiser this season will be the selling of
clothing with the FRSA logo on them. (caps, tshirts, hoodies, full zip hoodies to begin with).
Bev Bratton has offered to chair this fundraiser, however, to make this a success we do need
more volunteers. We need people for inventory control, deliver items to various store locations,
attend special events representing our club, etc. We will sell online, at various events and in
selected stores throughout the area. Stay tuned for more details on our Facebook page and on
our website.
Speaking of volunteers, we will be holding a members’ social on Oct. 19. October’s
meeting/social will be at the Monetville Tavern on Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. We should have received
our first shipment of apparel which will be for sale at the social. To make a club successful is all
to do with their volunteers. We have been fortunate to see a few more people out but we still
require more. We need people for our fundraising, social event planning, special events,
brushing, trail maintenance, grooming, administration, to name a few areas. We hope to see
you there! If you can volunteer for anything, even only for a couple of hours, please email us
back at frenchriversnowmobiling@gmail.com with your contact information and someone will be
in touch with you.
We want to take this opportunity to thank all our last year’s members. Our success in
maintaining our trails depend on your permit purchases as without your support it would be
impossible to open and maintain our trails. We would like to remind everyone that OFSC
permits are now available at a 30% discount until Nov. 1. Permits can only be purchased online
and we thank you in advance for supporting the French River Snow Devils (on the OFSC website) which is the French River Snowmobile Assoc. Information and permit purchases can
be made at the following link: https://permits.ofsc.on.ca/
Thank you and we hope to see everyone out at the Monetville Tavern Thurs. Oct. 19!!

Cathy Kazimer,

President
FRSA

Fran's Fun Run

Thank you to all our sponsors for this years' Fun Run, it was a great success. We managed to raise just under $1000.00. Here's a list of all our sponsors:

Envirofor

Monetville Tavern and Lodge

Don from Monetville Tavern

Noëlville Restaurant Tattoo's

The Fashion Store

Noëlville Pharmacy

Mayers Esso

Beer Store

Dollars N Sense

Big Nickel

Caisse Populaire Noëlville

G.Gs.Eatery

64 Auto parts

Home Hardware

Noëlville Foodland

Nadon Lumber

Noëlville Rental & Sales

Linda NadonHairdresser

Municipality of French River

Day N Nite Towing

Marine Tech

Top End Marine

Séguin Lumber

Beauséjour Hotel 7 Restaurant

B Thomas Bulldozing

Caisse Populaire Alban

Norazanski North Realty Inc

Maples Golf Course

Hawkeye Pedershaab Iowa   Vern Cameron

Gagné Power Sports

Pembroke Napa Auto Parts Jim Pilon Norm Carriere

French River Inn

Owls Nest

Molson

The Shop Industrial

Mid City Motor Sports

Claire McMartinhair stylist

Options Security

Prescision Power Sports

ountryside Restaurant

Steve Smokem

February Newsletter

We hope everyone has had a chance to get out on our trails in the past week or so and you are enjoying them.  While it was  a slow start, and the weather was not cooperating, with the perseverance of our trail volunteers we were able to maintain what packed trails we had prior to all the warm weather and rain.  Because of this, the base remained and with the request sent out for everyone to do a snow dance, the sky opened up a couple of weeks ago and the white gold fell, and it’s been fantastic ever since.  

SKI-DOO RAFFLE TICKETS

Last call for those wanting raffle tickets!!  Our draw is being held  this Sunday, Feb. 19 at 4:00. We want to thank all of you that have helped sell tickets for us and for those that have already purchased tickets. 

To obtain raffle tickets, we need your name that you want on the ticket, address, and phone number.  Tickets are $10 each and payment can be either by email transfer or you can use a credit card.  If you wish you can give me a call at your convenience if using a credit card and you do not wish to include that information in an email.  If using credit card, your charges will show up as Owl's Nest Lodge as they do our processing of these transactions.  If you wish to do an email transfer, that can be sent to our VP, John Kazimer, at jfkazimer@gmail.com .  You can use the password FRSA to make it easy.

                                 

A photo of your tickets with numbers will then be emailed to you. (SEE ATTACHMENT FOR LIST OF PRIZES)

 

 

FRAN’S FUN RUN

 

Our Fun Run will be held this coming Sunday of the Family Day Weekend.  Please pass on to your neighbours and friends that this is a free snowmobiling weekend on all OFSC trails. They will need a trail pass, and can obtain a free one for each sled by going to www.ofsc.ca to obtain their no cost trail permit. .  I have attached the flyer with all the information you need about the Run and activities happening at the Maples Golf Course after the Run. Food and drinks will be available at Maples Golf Course.

 

We want to thank Fran Pilon, the organizer of this event, in advance for all her work in putting this all together.  She has done an excellent job in obtaining some great prizes and making it a fun event for everyone. 

 

TRAILS

 

What can I say about our trails, except they are AWESOME!!  As you all know it sure was a struggle due to the weather and conditions up until a couple of weeks ago.   While there were a few whiners, for the most part everyone was understanding and we certainly appreciated your patience.  We are now all green except for the D104 from Monetville to Warren Bay which will stay closed for the season.  We are looking at a reroute of this trail as we have spent many years fighting the beavers, and the beavers finally won.  We will keep you posted on the development of this trail. 

 

I would like to thank all the volunteers that put in many back breaking hours brushing, clearing and prepping our trails for everyone’s enjoyment.  I think you’ll join me in wanting to thank all the groomer operators for a job well done in maintaining our trails and appreciate their very long days.  Speaking of operators, please remember to stay on your side of the trail and slow down, especially on corners.  We are hearing of too many near collisions between sled and groomer.  

 

Please stay on the trails when you are riding.  There have been numerous instances and complaints, thankfully not so much around here, where the riders see the nice powder snow in the farmers’ fields and decide to go off trail and ride the powder.  Under that powder is someone’s livelihood and  we have heard that it has destroyed crops.  Our landowners have been very generous in allowing the trail to go onto their property and we just ask that you show some respect towards each landowner and stay on the groomed trail wherever you ride.

 

Other News

 

We have a new website up and running. which if you haven’t checked it out yet, you may enjoy looking at.  We will be adding in more information as we go, but this is a great start and want to thank Vince Roy for creating our new webpage.  You can view it by going to www.frenchsnowmobiling.com .  

 

Our Facebook page has been well received and we do use both Facebook and the Website to keep you current as to upcoming events, meetings, socials, etc. so make sure you like us on Facebook, or check in on the website regularly to keep up to date on everything happening within our club and trails.

 

Thank you to all our members for supporting the FRSA. 

 

Cathy Kazimer, President

FRSA