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Fall 2017 Newsletter

PO BOX 193

Vice President:
Dave Seaton — 315-336-2942 (h)
Andy Lim —
Millie Piersall — 315-336-5089
Dave Peer — 315-336-0593

First, we shall start with an important message from our President:

Summer is almost gone and that means it's time to start thinking about snowmobiling. Our club, the Trailbusters, has been working hard this spring and summer getting things in order for the upcoming season. Our club has been working on things like brush hogging trails, equipment maintenance, painting stakes, bridge re-decking, and securing landowner permissions for new trails that need to be established.

I would like to take a few minutes to talk about “OUR CLUB.” We are a club of about 350 members with a rough guess of 10-15 members doing most, if not all, the summer work. We have said before that we need help, we need volunteers. We have been working on two major trail re-routes that need to be established so we have a trail system. One trail I know we will get done, the other I am not sure. There is too much work for too few people. I strongly urge members to attend a meeting or two so that you can understand the work it takes to make snowmobiling possible.

I know everyone is busy, so are we. We also have families, obligations, vacations, and our own work to take care of. Without additional help there may not be a Pt. Rock trail. If anyone can help (even for a little bit), it would be greatly appreciated. I will post dates and times on our Facebook page, be sure to “like” our page (click the Facebook button below) or feel free to call me and let me know if you can help. My number is 315-335-9881 (c).

We are in this together to enjoy time riding with our friends or family, to enjoy the camaraderie between snowmobilers, and to promote the sport of snowmobiling for the next generation. So, let's support “OUR CLUB.”

Dave Seaton
President, Trailbusters Snowmobile Club

It is time to renew your club membership, get your voucher, and register your sleds, so you will be ready to hit the trails when they open. 2017-2018 club dues are $30.00. Of this, clubs get $24.00, NYSSA gets $5.00, and $1.00 goes to SLEDNY, an arm of NYSSA whose purpose is to promote snowmobiling safety and provide tax exempt status for NYSSA sponsored events. Club renewals can be done online for those who wish to pay with a credit card at or at the NYSSA site, Additionally, if you wish to pay by check, you may print out a membership application from the club's website and mail it along with your check to the address shown above. If you renew by 30 September, your name will go in for a chance to win $500 for primary club members and $100 for a secondary club member. This is being offered by NYSSA and the winners will be drawn at the Big East Snow Show.

To save on postage, online registrants will not be sent decals or membership cards unless requested. These will only be sent to new club members.

This year's annual club scholarship of $250.00 was presented to Christopher Sherwood of Rome, NY. Christopher will be attending Paul Smith's College to major in environmental science.

NYSSA presents two scholarships annually. We proudly announce that one of the winners was our Trailbusters member, Tyler Schoff. Based on his essay, Tyler then competed for the International Snowmobile Congress (ISC) scholarship, which he won. Tyler will be attending Bryant University in Rhode Island, where he will study biology and play Division I baseball as a pitcher.

The free snowmobile safety course will again be offered to youth ages ten and above. This will be given in two sessions on 1 and 2 December at the Lee Town Hall, Stokes-Lee Center Road, Lee Center, NY. Course instructor John Beggs can be reached at 315-337-0359 for more information. It is not too early to register, and adults are welcome to take the course.

A 50-year-in-business Open House and Vintage Sled Show will be held at Schoff Polaris on Saturday, 30 September, from 9 am to 3 pm. Trailbusters will be there for club membership renewals, and new ones as well. More info on this later on our website.

Visit the club website,, and check us out on   to keep informed. Club news, activities, special notices and grooming reports will be posted in a timely manner.

Club meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month, August to April, at 7:30 pm at the Lee Town Hall. Your active participation is desperately needed, now more than ever, to keep the trails open and this club alive. Save this list and mark your calendars, and make an effort to attend meetings to support your club. The meeting dates are:

12 September – 10 October – 14 November – 12 December – 9 January – 13 February – 13 March – 10 17 April

Looking forward to your membership renewals and active participation!

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