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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Third Attempt at Merging Snowmobile Registration, Trail Pass Fails
The 2019 Iowa Legislative session is over, and despite the "best efforts" of ISSA lobbyists Mike
Heller and Paula Feltner as well as many ISSA members, it ended without the passage of the ISSA
single sticker legislation being passed, reported Past ISSA President and Legislative Chair Jim Willey.
"Our legislation did pass the Iowa House, but Senator Feenstra (R, Hull) once again played a
significant role in preventing the legislation from reaching the Senate floor for a vote, where we believe
it would have passed," Willey said.
The bill will remain eligible for Senate vote next year, and the ISSA hopes the chances of success
will improve next year. "It will take an increased commitment from Iowa snowmobilers to educate
legislators and communicate their support of the legislation much more effectively than we achieved
the last couple of years," Willey needed.
Just as before, the Iowa State Snowmobile Trail Program needs this legislation to support winter
recreation and the ability for Iowa snowmobile volunteers to have the resources to continue to provide
and maintain the 8,800 miles of Iowa snowmobile trails using no tax dollars.
Review and Selection Committee to Meet June 27 at Thompson
The Review and Selection Committee of the Iowa State Snowmobile Trail Grant Program will meet
June 27 in Region 3 to award grant requests for the 2019-20 snowmobile season. The meeting will
start promptly at 1 p.m. at the Thompson Public Library in Thompson, 142 Jackson St.
Snowmobile clubs are encouraged to have one representative attend the meeting. For more
information or for any questions, you can contact the RSC at email@example.com.