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February 2017
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Volunteers Sought for Snocross
Race in Dubuque March 3-4
   The Amsoil Championship Snocross series is coming to Dubuque in early March for the Theisen's
Snocross National at Sundown Mountain Resort.
   The March 3-4 race opens on Friday at 11 a.m. and ends Saturday evening at 9 p.m. with the Pro Open
final on the eastern Iowa ski run.
   The ISSA is using this opportunity to promote its organization and is partnering with Sundown
Mountain to provide volunteers to assist where needed.
   If you are available that weekend and would like to help out, please contact ISSA President Chris Willey
at (563) 920-9010 or Past ISSA President Jim Willey at (563) 920-0911.
   "We are looking for help on Friday and Saturday for sure," Chris Willey said. "Volunteers who work at
least four hours will receive a pass into the event and a free meal. The main help needed is directing
parking lot traffic."

Campout Host Needed for this Summer
   The ISSA is inviting bids from its member clubs to host the 2017 Summer Campout, normally held in
July. As always, the ISSA provides $200 in incentive money to the host club, and as much as $600 in
expenses can be reimbursed through the ISSA.
   Last summer, the Trail Blaz-zers, Inc., of Region 5 stepped forward to host, and everyone had a great
time at Split Rock Campground near Fredericksburg. Events can be as simple or elaborate as desired.
   If your club is interested in hosting this year’s campout, please reach out to your ISSA Region Director
or contact ISSA President Chris Willey at (563) 920-9010 or
kioti79@gmail.com to submit a bid.
John Helgren of House of Sports, Mason City, negotiates a corner during racing action at the eighth
annual Iowa LeMans Championship Jack Helgren Memorial Races Feb. 11 on Clear Lake. Otherwise
known as The Jack, the competition pays tribute to Helgren's father and his contributions locally to the
sport of snowmobiling.
Theisen's National
Snocross March 3-4 at
Scholarship Applications Due April 15
    The ISSA Education and Scholarship Foundation (ISSAESF) is accepting applications for its 2017
scholarship program. Last year, the foundation awarded three $1,000 scholarships to students from
ISSA-member families.
    Recipients for 2016 included Kelsey Delperdang of the Dickinson County SnowHawks of Region 1,
Tori Henninges of the Trail Blaz-zers, Inc., of Region 5, and River Kelly of Lake Park in Region 1.
    The deadline for applying is April 15, and application materials can be found
here. The top applicant
is then forwarded onto the international C.J. Ramstad Memorial Scholarship competition.
    To qualify, the student or his/her family must be in good standing with the ISSA. The scholarship is
based in part on need, and since 2012, each applicant is expected to acquire an Expected Family
Contribution (EFC) rating number from the Iowa College Access Network at
    To get this number, the student will be required to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA) at
www.fafsa.ed.gov. After filling out the FAFSA, the applicant will receive a Student Aid Report
(SAR) and be issued the required EFC number.
    Applications will be judged for neatness, completeness, spelling, grammar and school and
community involvement. Student applicants are also asked to write an essay on ‘What Snowmobiling
Means to Me.’ Entries are judged anonymously, and all decisions by the foundation are final.

ISSA Award Nominations due June 1
     The ISSA Awards Committee is soliciting nominations for 2017. Forms are available here and are
due by midnight on June 1 each year. They may be submitted via email (preferred method) or by U.S.
Mail as long as they are postmarked by June 1.
     Any nominations received at 12:01 a.m. or postmarked after June 1 will not be judged. Completed
forms should be emailed to both
scott4@iowatelecom.net and suepaulus81@gmail.com. Hard copy
nominations may be mailed to ISSA Awards, c/o Mindy Scott, P.O. Box 435, Lone Tree, IA 52755.
     Your nominations should include:
  • Two photos of your nominee(s), (digital preferred)
  • Supporting documentation associated with questions asked (no older than 3 yrs).
  • News articles, videos or other information pertinent to the nomination (no older than 3 yrs).
  • Letters of support from your club, community, etc. are welcome, but they are not required. If you
    have any questions, please feel free to contact either Mindy or Sue at the email addresses listed
     Each year’s award winners for Snowmobiler, Snowmobile Family, Youth Snowmobiler and Dealer of
the Year are submitted to the American Council of Snowmobile Associations for consideration in its
annual award program, which is held in conjunction with the International Snowmobile Congress each
     The Groomer of the Year Recipient is submitted to Arctic Cat for consideration in their International
Groomer Operator of the Year Award, which is presented during the International Snowmobile Hall of
Fame ceremonies held in Eagle River, Wis., each September.
     To assist in preparing your 2017 nomination, the judging criteria used for scoring awards is also
available by following the
Awards link above left.

ISSA to Raffle Off Pair of Grizzly Coolers
     The ISSA’s Grand Raffle program continues to evolve as the organization moves away from large-
ticket items and cash drawings to a smaller prize package this year.
     A pair of
Grizzly Coolers will be raffled off in 2017: a smaller version at the ISSA campout in July and a
larger one at the ISSA convention in Cedar Rapids in November.Tickets cost $5 each. Names entered
into the summer drawing will also be eligible for the second drawing later that fall.
     The ISSA’s Raffle Committee chose Grizzly Coolers for its prizes this year for two reasons. First, the
company is based out of Decorah, and they wanted to buy local. Secondly, Grizzly has partnered with the
American Council of Snowmobile Associations to raise funds for the national non-profit organization.        
     The ISSA’s coolers will be purchased through this program and will feature ACSA’s logo. For more
information on the ISSA raffle, contact committee chair Gary McVicker at (641) 425-1375.