Inlet Barnstormers Snowmobile Club
JULY 2022 NEWSLETTER
President Don Bartel 315-369-2347
Vice. Pres. John Moran 201-841-3856
Rec. Sec. Kathy Simpson 315-369-2208
Treasurer George Pearson 315-369-8400
Cor. Sec. Rhonda Vanucchi 315-369-0176
Dave Ferland 845-392-6257
Dick Conversano 516-641-7737
David Freligh 518-369-4883
Gina Didonato 845-249-0018
Bill Gasperino 315-369-2208
CLUB MEMBERSHIP ADMINISTRATOR
Cindy Beckley 315-369-5026
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. Bill Gasperino 315-369-2208
Trails Adm. George Pearson 315-369-8400
CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR 2022-2023 WINTER SEASON
All membership meetings except for the December and March meetings will be held at the Inlet Town Hall starting at 6pm for a complimentary dinner buffet with the meeting starting at 7pm. Please note that those persons vaccinated for COVID are not asked to wear facemasks, but those persons unvaccinated must wear a mask at all times while inside the building where the meetings are held. This club and the Town of Inlet will not be held liable for any person if later infected. COVID restrictions are subject to change. Dates for additional events will appear in the October newsletter once confirmed. Due to COVID restrictions, all event dates and details are subject to change, so please check the club’s website for confirmed information closer to the date of the event for which you are interested.
Saturday, August 20, 2022: Annual Family Picnic
Saturdays, September 3, 10, 17, 24, 2022: Trails Work Days. May schedule more dates in October if needed. Please contact Don Bartel to volunteer, phone 315-369-2347.
Friday-Sunday, September 30 – October 2, 2022: *Big East Snow Show to be held at the State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. https://www.bigeastpowersportsshow.com
Tuesday, October 18, 2022: Regular Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, November 15, 2022: Regular Monthly Meeting
Monday, November 28, 2022: Registration opens for snowmobile safety course to be held December 10th. Space limited and no walkins will be accepted. Call Sharon Bartel at 315-369-2347.
Wednesday, December 7, 2022: Volunteers are requested for Snodeo set-up starting at 10am. Our club gets a complimentary booth in exchange for help from our members.
December 9, 10 & 11, 2022: *Snodeo held at the Hiltebrant Recreation Center on North Street in Old Forge. For additional info, www.Snodeo.com.
Saturday, December 10, 2022: Safety Course, Inlet Fire Hall. Pre-registration required and space is limited.
Saturday, December 10, 2022 * Annual New York Shootout in Inlet. For more info, www.inletny.com/inlet/new-york-shootout
Tuesday, December 13, 2022: Christmas Party. A short membership meeting will precede the festivities. Details to be announced in our October 2022 newsletter.
Saturday, January 7, 2023: Family Potluck Lunch at 1pm at the Inlet Town Hall. Bring a dish to pass.
Monday, January 2, 2023: Registration opens for Snowmobile Safety Course to be held January 14, 2023. Preregistration is required and space is limited.
Saturday, January 14, 2023: Safety Course, Inlet Fire Hall. Pre-registration required and space is limited.
Tuesday, January 17, 2023: Regular Monthly Meeting
Tuesday & Wednesday, February ?, 2022: Overnight Ride to ????. Date and details to be announced.
Tuesday, February 21, 2023: Regular Monthly Meeting and election of officers.
Tuesday, March ?, 2022: Annual End-of-Season Dinner Meeting, Date and details TBA.
April ???, 2022: Our club sends representative delegates to this conference to attend seminars and interact with the over 230 clubs across the state. Date and detail to be announced.
*This event is not a club sponsored activity, but is included here for your information.
FAMILY PICNIC TO BE HELD SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, 2022
The club’s annual Family Picnic will be held at 1pm at the club’s property in Eagle Bay. The address is 23 Uncas Road. Bring a dish to pass. The club will provide meats and non-alcoholic beverages and there is no charge. The club’s Board of Directors is looking forward to showing off the improvements made to the buildings and property.
CLUB MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS TO INCLUDE DINNER BUFFETS
These monthly meetings will be starting on October 18, 2022, and this season we will be be having dinner meetings in October, November, January and February. We will start with the dinner buffet at 6pm, and then start the meeting at 7pm. Dinner, desserts and beverages will be provided free of charge. Please note that those persons vaccinated for COVID are not asked to wear facemasks, but those persons unvaccinated must wear a mask at all times while inside the building where the meetings are held. This club and the Town of Inlet will not be held liable for any person if later infected. COVID restrictions may change. We invite all members to share this evening together.
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 #1. having to merge with another club (if that is even possible) or, #2. disbanding all together. No one wants that. Please, come to a membership meeting; the next one is October 18th. 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 March dinner meeting. The committee chairpersons will report these hours to the Club Membership Administrator no later than March 1st.
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.
SNOWMOBILE SAFETY COURSES
The Inlet Barnstormers Snowmobile Club will be sponsoring two Snowmobile Safety Courses for the upcoming winter season. Space is limited and youths must be registered to attend. Walk-ins will not be accepted. The first course is scheduled for Saturday, December 10th, and registration will open on Monday, November 28th. The second course is scheduled for Saturday, January 14th, and registration will open on Monday, January 2nd. Pre-registration is required and calls will not be accepted before the specified dates for each course. Register by calling Sharon Bartel at 315-369-2347.
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. Please be advised that the club does not have an office in the local Old Forge area where you can pay your dues to get your voucher once you arrive to snowmobile. 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.
CLUB SHIRTS AVAILABLE
Sharon Bartel and “Carolina Dave” Forte have worked together to provide information from a company called Print Mania from which anyone can order apparel with the club emblem embroidered on any item they choose. Anyone can call and order any product as needed. You can order with a credit card or send a check after she completes the order but the check will delay delivery. She also charges $6.50 for any item you want to send her to have embroidered. The link www.printmaniatees.com will take you to the manufacturer’s website. Regina Jackson is the owner of this family-owned and operated business. Print Mania, 624 Main Street, Arkadelphia, AR 71923, Phone 1-870-246-3803, or email email@example.com. Please note items can only be ordered by phone.
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). 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.