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 315-369-0176
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 be held at the Inlet Town Hall starting at 5:30pm for a complimentary dinner buffet with the meeting starting at 6:30pm. 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. 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.
August 12th, 2023–Picnic at the groomer barn 1pm. 23 Uncus Rd Inlet, NY 13360. Please bring a dish to pass. Burgers, hot dogs, etc. club provided.
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 information center in Inlet at 5:30pm.
Tuesday, February 20, 2024: Membership Meeting and election of officers at the information center in Inlet at 5:30pm.
Overnight ride to the Tailwater Lodge in Altmar, New York
Planned dates are February 27-29 2024. More information will be available in the fall.
END-OF-SEASON DINNER MEETING: Date TBA
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)
CLUB MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS TO INCLUDE DINNER BUFFETS
These monthly meetings will be starting on October 17, 2024, and this season we will be having dinner meetings in October, November, January and February. We will start with the dinner buffet at 5:30pm, and then start the meeting at 6:30pm. 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. 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 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. Lunch will be provided.
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.