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IDNR Trail Grant Applications Available Online, Due May 2
     The application for the 2016-2017 grant cycle has been posted to the Iowa Department of Natural
Resources' website at
    The application has been updated so that you can choose to submit it electronically, using the PDF
option. To do this, complete the application and click the submit box on the instruction page. Using the
submit button will send your application directly to the IDNR. Additional copies needed for the review
committee will be made by the IDNR.
    You also have the option of completing the application and scanning it to me as a PDF," explained
Rhonda Fowler of the IDNR's snowmobile program. "The PDF format is preferred. You still have the
option of mailing in your application and supporting documentation."
    If you choose to submit your application electronically, you can also send your groomer pictures and
color trail map (if the size works) electronically. Otherwise, these items need to be mailed.
    Depending on the version of Adobe Acrobat you are using, you may be able to create an electronic
signature. There are dialogue boxes which will assist you with this.
    "Once I receive your application, I will send an e-mail to the primary grant contact listed to confirm
that I have received it and to ask for any clarifications needed," Fowler said.
Some very important things to remember:
    1. This application is only for your new requests. It is not the form you use to submit your
    reimbursement requests. If you need this form, please let me know and I will assist you with
    2. The deadline for applications is 4:30 pm, Monday May 2, 2016. May 1st is on a Sunday.
    3. If there is a section of the grant which does not apply to you, you do not have to include that
    4. As the program continues to implement more concise and improved practices, funding
    levels are being reviewed. The dollar amount available for grants is being determined.
    However, these priorities are still in place:
    a. First - Operations and maintenance needs, which includes repairs to equipment.
    b. Second - Maintaining existing trails.
    c. Third - Adding additional trails to the system.
    d. Equipment purchases are part of the overall funding which is available in a grant
    cycle and is typically offset by the use of NRT funds. These are ranked separately from
    the other parts of the grant and prioritized by the review committee. At this time, efforts
    are being focused on the leased groomers.
    e. Trail signs and insurance are included as costs needed to maintain the program and
    will be considered a part of the overall funding made available to the clubs, however
    these will remain as payment from the DNR to the vendors.
    5. An amount of $500.00 has been placed on requests for maintenance. This is the target that
    we are asking clubs to try to work within. However, if you anticipate that maintenance for your
    equipment will exceed this amount, be sure to add the details needed to justify the additional
    money. This can be as simple as a printout from an online vendor which shows item, quantity,
    and total cost.
    6. Storage fees will not be awarded during this grant cycle.
    7. There were several repairs that were requested last grant cycle which were not made.
    Please include this expense again on your current application.
       The grant review meeting is scheduled for Friday, June 3, 2016, starting at 10:00 am and will be
held in the fifth-floor conference rooms in the Wallace Building.
     "One other note. The trail sign order is being updated to add an additional sign or two. Once that is
completed, Matt Miner will make this available to the clubs and will be collecting your orders," Fowler
said. "I believe that Matt is setting the deadline for orders to be to him by May 1st. Signs will be
delivered early to mid-September."

Declining Ticket Sales Force Grand Raffle Change
  After posting four consecutive profits, the ISSA’s Grand Raffle suffered a $3,000 loss in 2015, forcing
the ISSA Board of Directors to disband the program and move toward a straight 50-50 cash raffle for
  Since 2011, the ISSA had sponsored a ‘Sled of Your Dreams’ grand raffle where the organization
paid $10,000 toward the purchase of a new sled from any ISSA associate member dealer. Before
then, the ISSA had offered an ATV raffle and a pair of trailer raffles with varying degrees of success.
  Until last fall, the snowmobile raffle had been fairly popular, and to promote ticket sales, an Early Bird
drawing was held at the ISSA Summer Campout where three winners were drawn and awarded
snowmobile apparel from a member-dealer of their choosing. Those names were then placed back
into the final drawing at convention each November.
  In 2015, Region 6 Director Gene Gerdes won the Grand Raffle, making it the third straight season a
member of the Sac County Snow Lovers won the top award. That club also was the top-selling club for
the second year in a row and received a 10 percent commission from the ISSA.
ISSA officials could not pinpoint the exact reason for the declining ticket sales last year, but the
inconsistent snow over the past few seasons is the prime suspect. The weather pattern has not only
caused a decline in snowmobile registrations statewide but has also hurt interest in the ISSA’s
  “We appreciate everyone’s participation in the grand raffle over the last five years and we thank you
for your support, but at this time, we feel it is in the best interest of the ISSA to move in a different
direction with our raffle program,” explained ISSA Grand Raffle Committee Chair Gary McVicker.

Travel Plans Ahead for ISSA Officials
  Officers and directors from the ISSA will be travelling this spring to represent Iowa snowmobiling
interests on the national and international stage.
  April 16-19, local leaders fly to Washington, D.C., to participate in the American Council of
Snowmobile Associations (ACSA) annual D.C. Fly-In. After that, they travel to Rapid City, S.D., for the
48th Annual International Snowmobile Congress (ISC) hosted by the South Dakota Snowmobile
Association June 9-11.
  Each event is filled with guest speakers and meetings related to the sport of snowmobiling. In D.C.,
participants will meet with their respective representatives on Capitol Hill, and at ISC, leaders from
state, provincial and international snowmobile associations will gather to develop strategies on
preserving access and funding for snowmobiling.
  ISSA President Merv Hoermann will represent Iowa on the International Snowmobile Council as well
as during meetings with the full ACSA board and the Midwest Chapter of ACSA. In addition to meetings
and speakers, the ISC also includes a groomer reception and awards banquet.

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.