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Annual ISSA Convention Set for Storm Lake Nov. 20-22
ISSA members are invited to the western part of the state to attend the 42nd Annual ISSA Convention.
Clubs in Region 1 will be hosting the annual gathering at King’s Pointe Resort in Storm Lake Nov. 20-
22. Convention agenda and registration forms are included the October 2015 issue of the Iowa
Featuring an indoor waterpark, the convention center last hosted the event in 2010, and 2015
Convention Committee Chair and current ISSA President Merv Hoermann is looking to offer similar
events this year which made the previous convention there a success.
In addition to the usual business meetings, seminars, training sessions and awards banquet, the
planning committee is offering free waterpark passes with paid hotel reservations as well as
sponsoring downtown events to create a "hometown atmosphere" and offer entertainment for the entire
"One thing we noticed the last time we had it here is we saw more families coming with their kids,"
Hoermann noted. "There have been times at our conventions when there’s nothing for the younger
generation to do. Then pretty soon the kids stay home. Then if there’s nothing for the spouses to do, the
moms stay home. And if they don’t come, eventually dad doesn’t either. By offering something for
everyone, we are hoping to avoid this domino effect with attendance."
To reserve a room at the hotel, contact the resort at (866) 552-5960. Different price points are
available and be sure to ask for the ISSA convention rate. Waterpark passes are included in the room
rate, and if they are not used, ISSA members are being asked to donate them back so they can be
handed out to local youth groups at the end of convention weekend.
Avalanche Awareness Seminars Coming to Iowa this Preseason
Avalanche expert Mike Duffy of Eagle, Colo., will return to Iowa this fall to lead a series of avalanche
awareness seminars to interested mountain riders.
“Our classes are taught from a snowmobiler’s perspective,” Duffy said. “You will learn techniques that
work for snowmobilers by an avalanche instructor who has 20 years of mountain riding experience. You
will learn how to avoid getting caught in avalanche situations that are inherent to snowmobiling.”
The first course was already held at Independence Oct. 17. The remaining four sessions in Iowa are
on the new advanced course on “Avalanche Rescue Skills.”
The first one is Thursday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m. at Sioux City Yamaha/Can-Am followed by Friday, Nov. 20,
at 6 p.m. at House of Sports in Mason City. Both of these classes are sponsored by BRP and free to
Those two sessions are followed by another on Saturday, Nov. 21, at 6 p.m. at McGrath Powersports
in Cedar Rapids. There is a $49 registration fee for this session. The last class currently scheduled
in Iowa is at Lake Mills Motorsports 2 in Algona on Thursday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m. This event is
sponsored by the dealer and free to attend.
For more information on Duffy or any of his avalanche awareness classes, visit his website at www.
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