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Campout Host Needed for this Summer
   The ISSA is soliciting bids from its member clubs to host the 2019 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.
   Events can be as simple or as elaborate as desired. Last year, the Snow Pioneers of Region 5
stepped forward to host a fall campout, but wet weather thwarted those efforts.
   If your club is interested in hosting this year’s campout, please reach out to your ISSA Region Director
or contact ISSA President Brian Carmichael at (319) 215-5006 or
snohawk68@gmail.com.
March 2019
Award Nomination Forms for 2019 Released; Applications Due July 1
      The ISSA Awards Committee has announced changes to its lineup for the 2019 nomination
year.         
       The Young Adult and Youth Snowmobiler of the Year awards have been merged into a Young
Snowmobiler of the Year, open to snowmobilers aged 15 to 21. Committee co-chairs Sally Carmichael
and Carol Nauman have also decided to drop the Female Snowmobiler of the Year Award, noting a
gender can be identified (if necessary) on the Snowmobiler of the Year nomination form.
       "A snowmobiler is a snowmobiler regardless if they are male or female," explained Carmichael,
who noted female applicants had won the Snowmobiler of the Year Award prior to the creation of the
Lady Snowmobiler of the Year category in 2012.
       The committee has also dropped the points system for grading the Club of the Year Award.
       Nomination forms are available on the ISSA Awards page
here. Applications are due July 1,
extended past the previous June 1 deadline.
       Norwegian Elias Ishoel swept both Pro Open Finals at Sundown Mountain Resort at Dubuque the
second weekend in March and clinched his first Amsoil Championship Series title the following weekend
at Lake Geneva, Wis.
Fee Merger Bill Before House Ways and Means Committee
     The bill in the Iowa House of Representatives to merge the $15 snowmobile registration fee with the
$15 snowmobile trail user permit in Iowa has passed out of subcommittee and is now before the House
Ways and Means Committee.
     Grassroots snowmobilers are encouraged to contact their state representatives to support
HF 603 to
keep the momentum going as the ISSA continues to stump for increased revenue to support rising trail
maintenance fees.
The combined $30 fee plus writing costs is expected to produce $75,000 in added
program income.

      "Our legislation is at a critical point, and it is absolutely imperative that you let them know that you
want this legislation passed," ISSA Legislative Committee Chair Jim Willey urged in an email. "Only
overwhelming response from snowmobilers across Iowa will make this happen.  Please do not
assume that someone else will do it, because if you do not do it, no one will."
      For three years now, Iowa snowmobilers have told ISSA leadership they want to have this happen
,
and
"we have a reputation of being a group that knows how to make things happen," Willey continued.
       
"Now it is time to put up or shut up. Make the calls, send the emails, go to the legislators' local
meetings in your area and ask them to pass HF603," he wrote.