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A pair of members of the Butler County Snow Snoops of Region 4 were the lucky winners in two drawings
at the ISSA Summer Campout at Camp Comfort near Greene Aug. 6. Kelsey Ufford won the annual Sally
Carmichael quilt raffle to benefit the ISSA Education and Scholarship Foundation, and her boyfriend and
club president Seth Bram won a Grizzly cooler in the Early Bird drawing for the ISSA’s 2017 Grand Raffle.
A second larger cooler will be raffled off at the 2017 ISSA Convention in November, and all Grand Raffle
tickets sold up until campout will be re-entered into the drawing. Tickets for the Grizzly cooler cost $5
each and can be purchased through any ISSA officer or region director.
ISSA Annual Convention
Nov. 17-18 in Cedar Rapids
The 2017 ISSA Annual Convention will be held
Nov. 17-18 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
Cedar Rapids Convention Complex in downtown
Cedar Rapids. Full registration runs $75 and does
not include lodging. For hotel rooms, contact the
Double Tree by Hilton directly at (319) 731-4444.
Be sure to ask for the ISSA rate of $112 plus tax.
Please reserve your rooms by Nov. 3 to get the
special rate. The hotel address is 350 1st Ave. NE.
Members who register by Oct. 15 will be entered
into an Early Bird drawing.
ISSA Signs Administrative Contract with IDNR
by Chris Willey, ISSA President
We have reached a historic point not only in Iowa Snowmobiling but in organized snowmobiling as a
whole. We have accomplished something never before done and have set an example for snowmobile
associations both in the U.S. snow states and internationally to follow.
In early 2017, the ISSA worked with Iowa Legislators and the Iowa DNR to ensure that your
snowmobile registration and trail pass user fees are getting to where they are needed: to maintain your
local snowmobile trails. The ISSA has worked with the Iowa DNR for the Association to take even greater
responsibility for the Iowa Snowmobile Program. Special committees have been assembled and
approved to administer club grants, groomer placement and repairs, groomer operator training and
licensing, and general administration of the program. The Iowa DNR will continue to provide registration,
law enforcement and safety education oversight, with the ISSA and its subcommittees managing the rest
of the Iowa Snowmobile Program, including ownership and operation of the groomer fleet placed with
Iowa snowmobile clubs.
As of Sept. 11, the contract with the DNR transferring administration of the snowmobile program, the
ownership of the trail grooming equipment, and the initial snowmobile program funds to the ISSA
Review & Selection Committee (RSC) has been completed. The ISSA and RSC are now fully
responsible for the administration and grooming of Iowa Snowmobile Trails. The ISSA RSC will be
meeting soon to finalize the Club Cooperative Agreements (grant funds to clubs), Trail Insurance and
Trail Sign Orders.
I would like to thank everyone involved in this process. We have insured that the future of
snowmobiling in Iowa is in the hands of the Snowmobilers. Please watch for more information on
iowasnowmobiler.com, email and at the upcoming ISSA Convention in November.