We have snow and cold and it is not even Halloween!! The report is that we are heading for a La Nina winter phase, which translates to cooler temperatures and higher than normal precipitation in the upper Midwest. We could be envying those with heated snowmobile seats, but we also should be blessed with good snow.
The Club has been working with St. Louis County to acquire land for a repair/storage garage. Current repairs are done outside in some of our coldest weather. Thankfully, we have dedicated operators that work together to keep our machines in good operating condition. We are also researching a replacement groomer for our LMC tractor. The LMC is no longer in manufacture and it is getting long in the tooth. The last time we purchased a groomer it was $140,000. The replacement groomer could be $240,000. The new diesel engine emission standards are driving up the costs. We may look at a late model used machine or a grant program to cover some of the costs.
We are looking at ways to involve more members. Let us know if you can help and what you would like to do. Kathy Grokowski left our area and had to resign as the Club secretary. Kathy hopes to still ride with us this winter. She is maintaining her membership. We thank her for her support and hard work. Steve Lenertz has agreed to become our new secretary. Steve has worked with a number of organizations and will be an asset to the Penguins. Thank Steve when you see him. Many hands make light work.
There is no major trail work this year, however, we are going to modify the Rollie Mueller Spur Trail between the Vermilion Club and the Arrowhead Trail. Brian Trancheff will make it less steep this fall.
The Penguins Christmas Party is scheduled for Friday, December 8th, so mark your calendars. Social hour at 6, dinner at 7, annual meeting/report after dinner.
There is also an overnight to Grand Rapids for Presidents weekend. Leave Saturday morning, 2/17 and return Monday, 2/19. This will be our third year of an overnight. The two previous overnights were for three days and two nights, and were preferred by those that attended. The second day is spent riding in the destination area. The overnights have been a really good time.
We’ll report the full ride schedule on the website once we assess the snow conditions.
We are reviewing our membership list. If you missed out on a mailing last year, please email me your address at Upnorth1@frontiernet.net.
Make sure your batteries are charged, put on a new belt and grease the skid if you didn’t do it last year. The trails should open December 1st.