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Trail Blaz-zers Plan Halloween-Themed Campout in July
      The Trail Blaz-zers Snowmobile Club of Region 5 will host the ISSA Summer Campout at Split
Campground near Fredericksburg July 22-24.
      Complete registration and event details are available
here. The host club is planning a Halloween-
themed campout this year, and members are invited to decorate the camper in the Halloween spirit.
There will be a Halloween costume judging on Saturday night so dress up in your scariest costume.
There will be trick or treating on Saturday night for kids. Also there will be prizes for the best decorated
camper and the best costume. Also Saturday night there will be a Haunted forest walk.
      Campout Registration is $30 per adult, $20 per child, which includes Friday evening dinner,
Saturday evening dinner, Sunday breakfast and Buffalo tour on Saturday.  Campsites are $15 per
night. Campsites are 30 amp electric sites with a dump station available. There is no reserving so
come early!
      For questions, contact Kate Taylor at (563) 920-3306 or Mark Kuennen at (563) 920-9318.

ISSA Award Nominations Due June 1
 The ISSA Awards Committee encourages each member and/or club to take the time to nominate
those individuals who go above and beyond or a steady contributor to your club and the sport of
snowmobiling in Iowa.  
The 2016 nomination forms are available 24/7 on the ISSA website at www.iowasnowmobiler.com.
Nominations are due by midnight on June 1 and may be submitted via email (preferred method) any
time after April 1 or via U.S. postal mail as long as they are postmarked by June 1. Any nominations
postmarked or received after June 1 will not be judged.
We do ask that you email nominations to both
scott4@iowatelecom.net and suepaulus81@gmail.
com, or hard copy nomination forms maybe mailed to ISSA Awards. c/o Mindy Scott, P.O. Box 435,
Lone Tree, IA 52755.
Your nominations should include photos of your nominee(s); letters of support from your club,
community, etc.; and news articles, videos or other information pertinent to the nomination. Supporting
documentation needs to be within the last three years.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact either Mindy or Sue at the email addresses listed
above. To assist in preparing your 2016 nomination, the
judging criteria used for scoring awards is
also available on the ISSA website.
Each year’s award recipients for Snowmobiler, Snowmobile Family, Youth Snowmobiler and Dealer
of the Year are submitted to the American Council of Snowmobile Associations (ACSA) for
consideration in their annual award program which is held in conjunction with the International
Snowmobile Congress each June.
The Groomer of the Year Recipient is submitted to Arctic Cat for consideration in their International
Groomer of the Year program, which is presented during the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame
ceremonies held in Eagle River, Wis., each September.
Let’s make 2016 a banner year for the ISSA’s awards program. All it takes is for each club to submit at
least one nomination for any or all of the award categories.

Three ISSA Award Winners Earn National Recogntion
      Three award winners from the ISSA Annual Convention last November will be honored at the 2016
International Snowmobile Congress in Rapid City, S.D., in June, by the American Council of
Snowmobile Associations.
      According to ISSA Awards Committee Chair Mindy Scott, the Dan and Kolette Delperdang family
have been selected as the 2016 ACSA Family of the Year; the Trail Blaz-zers were selected as the
2016 ACSA Club of the Year; and Steve Seelman, owner of FAST CITY, INC., was selected as the 2016
ASCA Dealer of the Year.
      They each won their category last fall in Iowa, and their nominations were then forwarded onto the
national competition.

Review and Selection Committee to Meet June 3 in Des Moines
      The Snowmobile Program Review and Selection Committee will be meeting in Des Moines on
June 3 to make recommendations for grant award amounts. The meeting will be held in the 5th floor
conference rooms of the Wallace State Office Building.
      Each club is invited to send a representative to the meeting, and all visitors are required to stop at
the fourth-floor customer service desk to sign in and be issued a visitor’s pass. The meeting will start
at 10 a.m.
      "You are not required to be present at the review meeting to have your grant considered for
funding; however you are invited to attend," explained Rhonda Fowler of the IDNR. "This is a public
meeting and anyone interested in observing is welcome to do so."
      Grants will be reviewed in alphabetical order within regions, starting with Region 1 and working
through to Region 12.
      The grants are scored in tiers:
  1. The first priority is funding operations and maintenance. This includes all repairs needed for
    groomers, drags, and tracks and requests for leased equipment (not groomers) which is used
    for trail prep.
  2. The second priority is funding for existing trails which address safety hazards, improving
    access for riders and or grooming equipment, and items which address landowner concerns.
  3. The third priority is a combination of requests for developing additional trails and equipment
      The first two priorities are funded on an “as needed” basis, which means that the committee
works to ensure that the clubs have what they need to operate during the snow season. These are not
      The third priority is a competitive process. Once all funding needs have been addressed by the
program and the review committee, the remaining funds are used in this third category as scored and
ranked by the Review and Selection Committee.