President Don Bartel 315-369-2347
Vice. Pres. John Moran 201-841-3856
Rec. Sec. Charmaine Moran 201-230-1835
Treasurer George Pearson 315-369-8400
Cor. Sec. Rhonda Vanucchi 315-369-0176TRUSTEES
Dave Ferland 845-392-6257
Dick Conversano 516-641-7737
David Freligh 518-369-4883
Gina DiDonato 845-249-0018
Jim White 315-369-2417
Trail Grooming Dick Conversano 516-641-7737
Safety Course Don Bartel 315-369-2347
Trail Maint. Don Bartel 315-369-2347
Sunshine Mary Lou Reich 315-357-2412
Building Maint. Dick Conversano 516-641-7737 and
Jim White 315-369-2417
Trails Adm. George Pearson 315-369-8400
Club Membership Administrator – Gina DiDonato 845-249-0018
CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR 2023-2024 WINTER SEASON
All membership meetings except for the December and March meetings will now be held at the Inlet Firehouse starting at 5:30pm for a complimentary dinner buffet with the meeting starting at 6:30pm.
August 12th, 2023–Picnic at the groomer barn 1pm. 23 Uncus Rd Inlet, NY 13360. Please bring a dish to pass.
October 17, 2023: Membership meeting at the information center in Inlet at 5:30pm.
November 28, 2023: Membership meeting at the information center in Inlet at 5:30pm.
December 8, 9 and 10 2023: Snodeo at the George T Hiltebrant Recreation Center 201 North St, Old Forge, NY 13420
Saturday, December 9, 2023: Safety Course, Inlet Fire Hall. Pre-registration required and space is limited. Link for registration will be in the October newsletter.
December 12, 2023: Membership meeting and Christmas Party. More information to follow.
Saturday, January 6, 2024: Family Potluck Lunch at 1pm at the Inlet Town Hall. Bring a dish to pass.
Saturday, January 13, 2024: Safety Course, Inlet Fire Hall. Pre-registration required and space is limited. Link for registration will be in the October newsletter.
January 16, 2024: Membership meeting at the Inlet Firehouse in Inlet at 5:30pm.
Tuesday, February 20, 2024: Membership Meeting and election of officers at the Inlet Firehouse in Inlet at 5:30pm.
Overnight ride to the Tailwater Lodge in Altmar, New York
Club overnight ride to The Tailwater Lodge in Altmar, NY. The dates are 27-29 February 2024. I moved it towards the end of the season thinking snow conditions should be better at that point. This is a one shot deal this year, there is no wiggle room to move it into March.
Directions for booking online reservations:
- Click Book Now (upper right corner)
- Edit Arrival/Departure dates (valid February 27-29, 2024)
- Number of rooms/guests
- Click Special Rates button
- Group Code: INLET
- Click Update
- The Group Rate of $139 per night will appear for reservations. Guests must reserve the room with a credit card. A card will be authorized upon arrival for the full amount, plus incidentals and will not get charged until day n also call the hotel direct at (315) 298-3434 and give the agent the Group Code (INLET).
- All rooms must be booked by the cut-off date (JANUARY 27, 2024) to receive the discount.
Guest check-in is 3:00pm and guest check-out is 11:00am.
Hotel Amenities: Restaurant and lounge, indoor pool, large outdoor hot tub, full-service spa, various indoor and outdoor games, hiking trail and fitness center! Enjoy
To book Spa Appointments: https://go.booker.com/location/Tailwater/service-menu
Cancellation: If you need to cancel your reservation, it must be done 48-hours prior to the day of arrival. No shows or cancels will be charged one night room and tax.
The plan right now is as follows:
Tuesday- 27 Feb:
- Arrive at the Hiltebrant Rec Center, no later than 0845am
- Depart Old Forge @9am (could be 1 large group or at least 2 separate groups)
- Lunch will be at The Milk Plant Tavern In West Leyden.
- Arrival time at Tailwaters Lodge In Altmar should be @5pm-6pm
- Social Time in the restaurant/bar @7pm- Club will buy the snacks/ you are responsible for what-ever it is you want to drink
- Dinner – on your own
Wednesday – 28 Feb:
- Breakfast/lunch/riding – on your own – advise pair up & explore the area
- Dinner – 7pm in the backroom of the restaurant – menu will be sent out at a later date
Thursday – 29 Feb:
- Breakfast – on your own
- Check-out – @845am
- Depart @9am – again one or two groups depending on numbers of riders
- Lunch will be at The Milk Plant Tavern In West Leyden.
- Arrival time in Old Forge should be @5pm-6pm
Luggage is still TBD at this point. It all depends on if we have a club member who just wants to drive over/back. So for the time being plan on packing it all on your sled. The route we will take it also TBD at this point
A final go/no decision will be made the weekend of 23 – 24 February 2024.
If anyone has any questions, please let me know.
END-OF-SEASON DINNER MEETING: Date Tuesday March 9, 2024 at The Steakhouse in Thendara.
April 2024 SLEDNY Forum: Our club sends representative delegates to this conference to attend seminars and interact with the over 230 clubs across the state; more information to follow.
SLEDNY Forum – Snowmobile Celebration! | New York State Snowmobile Association (nysnowmobiler.com)
A word about volunteering: our club, YOUR club, needs more help. We understand everyone is busy, we get it. But for the club to stay viable, we need more help. As more of our board members wish to step down, we need people to step up. Without more volunteers, this club is in danger of disbanding all together. No one wants that. Please, come to a membership meeting; the next one is October 17th . Let’s keep our club going!
INCENTIVES FOR CLUB VOLUNTEERS
Any member in good standing will be eligible for a club reward of a complimentary membership after volunteering for at least ten hours from March 1 to February 28 of any year. Those members volunteering at least 20 hours will receive a complimentary membership and a complimentary dinner at the end of season dinner meeting in March. Those members with 40 or more hours will receive a complimentary membership, complimentary dinner at the end of season dinner and a gift certificate for a local restaurant. The committee chairpersons will report these hours to the Club Membership Administrator no later than March 1st.
Trail work days: the club will work on trails every Saturday in September. Please consider joining us for one or more days.
Safety Course Registration
Registration for the upcoming snowmobile safety courses throughout New York will be completed online. The link will be included in the October newsletter.
To find any safety course in New York State. You may scroll through the list of safety courses or use the lookup field at the top. Use the Inlet zip code (13360) to quickly move to the Inlet Barnstormers Snowmobile Club open courses:
Youth ages 14 through 17 years old may operate a snowmobile, on lands upon which snowmobiling is allowed, without adult or other supervision if they have completed a snowmobile safety training course recognized by the State of New York. If youth ages 14 through 17 years have not completed the training course, they may operate a snowmobile if accompanied by (within 500 feet of) a person who is at least 18 years of age. Youth ages 10 through 13 may operate a snowmobile, on lands upon which snowmobiling is allowed, if they have completed a snowmobile safety training course recognized by the State of New York and are accompanied by (within 500 feet of) a person who is at least 18 years of age. Children less than 10 years old or less than age 14 without a safety certificate may operate a snowmobile only on lands owned or leased by their parent or guardian. A non-resident operator who is a resident of another state or country and is the holder of a valid snowmobile safety certificate issued by that state or country shall be considered the same as the holder of a New York State Safety Certificate. Additional information can be found at:
MEMBERSHIP EXPIRATION DATES
All Club memberships expire on August 31st. If you haven’t already paid your club dues of $30 to get your voucher to use at the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles to get the discounted fee of $45 per snowmobile instead of $100, you should renew your club membership now. And the turn-around time for your club membership to be processed to receive your vouchers could be two to three weeks. Join online to download and print your club voucher almost instantaneously, or print the membership renewal/application to mail in your check or money order.
NEW for 2023/2024 season: effective 4/1/23, when you join or renew your membership online, you have the option to print your voucher immediately. Therefore the club will no longer automatically mail vouchers. If you require a printed voucher, you must request one by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your NYSSA id number or zip code. DECALS MAY ALSO BE REQUESTED BY EMAIL.
GROOMER OPERATOR TRAINING MANDATORY
Groomer operator training and refresher information will again be required for any club member who is interested in volunteering. Care and use of upgraded equipment is in flux all the time, so even if you groomed last year, you will need to get the updated information. Please contact Dick Conversano, phone 516-641-7737 to arrange a training time.
CLUB SHIRTS AVAILABLE
We are currently in search of a new vendor. More information to follow.
GAS TAX REFUND PROGRAM
The club continues to need your help to make the gas tax refund a success. All those gallons of gas that YOU use on the snowmobile trails include sales tax that the club can get refunded to buy equipment and for trail maintenance etc. You do have to buy the gas in New York State. Use the Gas Tax Refund form that you can download from the club’s website. You must attach the gas receipt for each purchase that you put on the form. When you fill up a page you must sign it on the bottom which gives the Inlet Barnstormer permission to apply for the sales tax refund for the gas you purchased. Please make a copy of the form before you start filling it out so that you always have a blank sheet to start again when you have filled up the first sheet (or download the form from our website). Or, just drop your receipts in the boxes marked “Inlet Barnstormers” at all the local gas stations. THAT’S IT! So, send the completed forms to Don Bartel, and if you need additional information, phone 315-369-2347.
WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK
Stay in touch online, with our website www.InletBarnstormersSnowmobileClub.com, and follow us on Facebook, Inlet Barnstormers Snowmobile Club. You can also join our club online by following the link on our website to www.nysnowmobiler.com. By joining via the New York State Snowmobile Association website with your credit card, your voucher will be available to you instantly by clicking on the link emailed to you.