President Don Bartel 315-369-2347
Vice. Pres. Bob Gates 315-527-0760
Rec. Sec. Kathy Simpson 315-369-2208
Treasurer Xenia Walsh 516-551-9578
Cor. Sec. Rhonda Vanucchi 315-369-0176
Howie Dailey 315-369-2716
Dick Conversano 516-641-7737
Jim Vaccaro 585-503-4692
George Pearson 315-369-8400
Bill Gasperino 315-369-2208
Trustee Emeritus Bob Gordon 315-357-6339
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 2019-2020 WINTER SEASON
All membership meetings except for the December and March meetings will be held at the Inlet Town Hall at 7pm, with a dinner buffet, served free to all attendees, at 6pm. Dates for additional events will appear in the January 2020 newsletter once confirmed, and on our website and Facebook pages.
Saturday, November 9, 2019: Mandatory Groomer Training. See below for details.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019: Regular Monthly Meeting
Monday, November 25, 2019: Registration opens for snowmobile safety course to be held December 14th, Call Howard Dailey, phone 315-369-2716. See below for details.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019: Volunteers are requested for Snodeo set-up starting at 10am. Our club gets a complimentary booth in exchange for help from our members.
December 13, 14 & 15, 2019: *Snodeo held at the Hiltebrant Recreation Center on North Street in Old Forge. For additional info, www.Snodeo.com.
Saturday, December 14, 2019: Safety Course, Inlet Fire Hall. Pre-registration required. See below for details.
Saturday, December 14, 2019: * AmSnow Dynotech Research New York Shootout in Inlet. For more info, www.inletny.com/inlet/new-york-shootout
Tuesday, December 17, 2019: Christmas Party & Sled Raffle Drawing. A short membership meeting will precede the festivities. See below for details.
Thursday, January 2, 2020: Registration opens for Snowmobile Safety Course to be held January 18, 2020. Call Howard Dailey, phone 315-369-2716. See below for details.
Saturday, January 4, 2020: Family Potluck Lunch at 1pm at the Inlet Town Hall. Bring a dish to pass.
Saturday, January 18, 2020: Safety Course, Inlet Fire Hall. Pre-registration required. See below for details.
Tuesday, January 21, 2020: Regular Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday , February 4, 5, & 6, 2020: Three Days Overnight ride. See below for details.
Tuesday, February 18, 2020: Regular Monthly Meeting and election of officers.
Tuesday, March ?, 2020: Annual End-of-Season Dinner Meeting, Date and details TBA.
Friday & Saturday, March 6 & 7, 2020:*SnoFest, http://visitmyadirondacks.com/snofest/index.html
April 24-26, 2020: 2020 SLEDNY Forum & NYSSA Annual Meeting to be held in Syracuse, NY. Our club sends representative delegates to this conference to attend seminars and interact with the over 230 clubs across the state.
*This event is not a club sponsored activity, but is included here for your information.
WIN THIS SLED!
ANNUAL SNOWMOBILE RAFFLE TICKETS WERE ENCLOSED WITH YOUR JULY NEWSLETTER
The club and the Raffle Committee would like to thank all participating members for supporting this club fundraiser in the past. Because of this raffle, in part, the club has been able to purchase a property with two storage buildings that is perfect to house and maintain our grooming equipment. This year the raffle income will help with the mortgage payment. There were two raffle tickets included in the envelope with your July newsletter for $10 each. Please support our club by mailing back the payment of $20 with the two ticket stubs in the envelope provided. If you would like additional tickets, mail the correct amount for the number of tickets you wish to purchase and the ticket stubs will be mailed back to you. Make your check or money order payable to Inlet Barnstormers Snowmobile Club and mail to Don Bartel, PO Box 1084, Old Forge, NY 13420. And thanks again for your continued support. You can win the First Prize snowmobile, a black 2020 SkiDoo MXZ TNT 600R Etec Snowmobile; Second Prize is $1,000 cash; Third Prize is $500 cash; Fourth through Eighth Prizes are $100 cash each. The drawing will be held on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at the club’s Annual Christmas Party. We would appreciate your support again this year.
GROOMER OPERATOR ORIENTATION CLASS 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. There will be a session held on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 10am located at the club’s groomer barn at 23 Uncas Road in Inlet. Please contact Dick Conversano, phone 516-641-7737 to let him know if you will attend or to arrange a different training time if you can’t be there on November 9th.
CLUB MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS TO INCLUDE DINNER BUFFETS
These monthly meetings will be starting on October 15, 2019, 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. We invite all members to share this evening together.
CLUB-SPONSORED GROUP RIDES
President Don Bartel will be resuming group rides during the winter, either Tuesdays or Wednesdays, but not both days, and not on meeting days. Weather and conditions will also be a factor. The ride and destination will be posted on the club’s Facebook page each Monday by 7pm.
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 download the membership renewal/application to mail in your check or money order.
FROM THE TRAILS MAINTENANCE CHAIRMAN, DON BARTEL
A huge thank-you goes out to all the members who have responded to the work details and the grooming of our trails. Thank you for your time, effort and energy that you have given to make our trails clear, clean and as safe as possible. All you do is sincerely appreciated.
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 14th, and registration will open on Monday, November 25th. The second course is scheduled for Saturday, January 18th, and registration will open on Thursday, January 2nd. Pre-registration is required and calls will not be accepted before the specified dates for each course. Register by calling instructor Howard Dailey at 315-369-2716.
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:
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 (download here) 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 Howard Dailey, and if you need additional information, phone 315-369-2716.
VISIT THE CLUB’S PROPERTY
The Board of Directors invites you to stop by to see the buildings where we store our trail grooming equipment. The address is 23 Uncas Road (corner of Uncas & Evans Roads). Call any of the directors listed on page one to make sure someone will be there to greet you. Your help would also be appreciated if you would like to volunteer for some of the trail maintenance and grooming or any of the other club activities. Contact any club officer for additional information.
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.
CHRISTMAS PARTY & RAFFLE DRAWING
The Club’s annual Christmas Party will be held at the Ole Barn on Tuesday, December 17, 2019. There will be a brief business meeting at 5:30 pm, followed by hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar at 6:00 pm, dinner served at 7:00 pm. Your choice of entree is: Prime Rib with Baked Potato; Fresh Salmon with mango glaze with Baked Potato; or Chicken Parmesan on pasta. Following dinner, the raffle drawing for the snowmobile and other prizes will be held, followed by the gift exchange. If you wish to participate in the gift exchange, bring a wrapped, unisex gift valued at $15. The cost for the dinner is $17 per club member or $37 for a non-member. Reservations and entree choices must be received by Bill Gasperino no later than December 5th. Please mail a check payable to the Inlet Barnstormers to Bill Gasperino, PO Box 1042, Old Forge, NY 13420.
THREE DAY OVERNIGHT RIDE TO THE TAILWATER LODGE
The annual Inlet Barnstormers Club overnight trip will be held this year on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday February 4th, 5th, & 6th 2020. We will leave from the groomer barn on North Street in Old Forge at 8:30am on Tuesday and ride to the Tailwater Lodge in Altmar, New York. We will get to the Tailwater mid afternoon after stopping for lunch on the way. There will be cocktail gatherings at 5pm on Tuesday and Wednesday. Bring your own adult beverages You can make a reservation for either Tuesday and/or Wednesday night if you do not ride your sled, or both nights if you ride you sled. We will meet at 7pm for dinner both nights as a group and order off the menu. You can drive down by car and meet there for all the fun. We will leave for home on Thursday morning after riding around the Tailwater area on Wednesday. If we are not able to ride our sleds due to trail conditions, we will be driving our cars. Any questions, please call Bob Gates at 315-527-0760. If you are going either by car or sled, please call Bill Herman at 352-238-6011 with your phone number and E-mail address. We want to be able to keep in touch so we can let you know what is going on. We will have have vehicles to take your luggage if you wish. The hotel rates are $99 per night for either two queen or one king bed. You can book for one night or for two nights, however the club ride is for two nights. Directions for booking online follow:
2. Click “book now”
3. Enter Arrival/Departure dates
4. Our club’s group Code is “Inlet”
5. The group rate of $99 will appear for reservations. Guests can reserve the room with a credit card. The card will not get charged until the day of departure. All rooms must be booked by January 20,2020 to receive the discounted rate.
Or guests can call the hotel direct at 315-298-3434 and give the agent the club’s group code “Inlet”. We hope you will join us for this fun event!
VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO KEEP THIS CLUB OPERATIONAL
Please consider helping. And the club has incentives for volunteers. Call any club officer listed at the top of this page for additional information.