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The Trail Blaz-zers Snowmobile Club of Region 5 hosted the ISSA's Summer Campout July 22-24 at
Split Rock Campground near Fredericksburg. Approximately 45 members participated in the weekend
event, which included local tours, meals and games. Saturday afternoon featured snow canoe racing on
the park's pond in the club's homemade watercraft. Above, Zoe Clumet and Mark Kuennen and Chris
and Wyatt Willey head out on the first heat.
Hay Days to Celebrate Golden Anniversary
Established in 1966, the Sno Barons Snowmobile Club of Blaine, Minn., is celebrating the 50th
Anniversary of the Hay Days Grass Drags at its grounds north of Minneapolis Sept. 10-11.
Billed affectionately as the Official Start of Winter, the event began in November of 1967 as a grass
drag snowmobile race. A swap meet was added in 1980, and 10 years later, the attraction was
lengthened to two days.
“In the early years, the race was held in October and early November but only drew local racers,”
the Sno Barons’ website reads. “October and November are very unpredictable for snow here in
Minnesota and so alfalfa hay was used to build the race surface—and that’s how the name ‘Hay Days’
Fast forward to today, the popular event—always held the weekend after Labor Day—features
racing and swap meets as well as factory promotions and special attractions. This year, famed
snocross racer Levi LaVallee will perform a stunt jump as the centerpiece of the weekend.
As they have in the past, ISSA officials are planning to staff a booth in the club section of the swap
meet. Be sure to look them up if you are going and help spread the word about snowmobiling in Iowa.
Annual Convention Returns to Waterloo in November
The 43rd Annual ISSA Convention will return to the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in
Waterloo this fall as the rotation for hosting the three-day event moves east Nov. 18-20.
Registration and agenda details will appear in the October and November issues of the Iowa
Snowmobiler magazine. The adjoining Ramada Inn will serve as the host hotel. Reservations there can
be made by dialing (319) 233-7560.
The ISSA Convention Planning Committee announced a Snow Show will be held in conjunction
with the convention. Details will also appear in later issues of the magazine. If you have questions,
please contact committee chair Scott Nauman at (641) 425-9898.
During the General Membership Assembly Saturday morning, a new president will be elected as
Merv Hoermann ends his second two-year term at the helm of the ISSA. He previously served from
2007-08 and is the only president to lead the organization twice.
History will also be made Saturday morning once Vice President Chris Willey is elected to succeed
Hoermann. Willey and his father Jim will become the first father-son tandem elected to oversee the
ISSA. The elder Willey served from 2013-14.
As it is an even-numbered year, elections will be in the even-numbered regions. Vacancies still
exist in the bottom tier of the state so the board will be looking to fill spots in regions 10-12 at
convention as well.
Bids to host the 2017 convention are due at the October ISSA Board of Directors meeting.
ISSA to Begin Search for New Treasurer,
Paulus to Collect Membership Dues
The ISSA’s Nominations Committee is expected to launch a search for a new treasurer this fall
following the August announcement from current Treasurer Kim Herman that she will not be seeking re-
appointment at the General Membership Meeting Nov. 19 in Waterloo.
Herman, who was named to the post at the 2010 ISSA Convention in Storm Lake, said she no
longer has the time to commit to the position, primarily due to her new venture in the restaurant
“At this time, I would like to apologize for not being able to make it to meetings or many other
functions,” Herman wrote in an email to the board. “I would also like to let you know that due to the fact
that my life has changed, I need to step down as treasurer. I will stay on until you find someone to
replace me, and I will help in any way I can make the transition easy.”
Last year, Herman relinquished her joint membership duties to new Membership Committee Chair
Brittany Paulus. During this latest transition period, ISSA clubs are being asked to submit their
membership forms and dues to Paulus, c/o ISSA Membership, 1924 270th Street, Marble Rock, IA
50653. For assistance, Paulus can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In other membership news, the ISSA has decided to sever its service agreement with
Memberclicks, an online member-management system that included databases and an updated
website for the ISSA.
The annual fee for this service approached $5,000, and while the organization was able to secure
some grant funding to offset that expense for two years, its budget could not sustain the cost long-term.
The ISSA’s official website will remain at www.iowasnowmobiler.com.
Twenty-seven ISSA members attended the 2016 International Snowmobile Congress in Rapid City,
S.D., June 9-11. In addition to meetings and off-site events, the event also recognized three award
winners from Iowa. More details appear in the September issue of the Iowa Snowmobiler magazine.