Rethinking The Annual Meeting

With social distancing regulations still hanging over our heads, this month’s meeting has been converted into something a bit different.

This Saturday, June 13 between 5:30 and 7:30pm we will hold voting for the 2020-2021 Board of Directors while also hosting a socially distant outside gathering at the Clubhouse (197 N. Dorchester Road, Wentworth, NH).

All you need to do to vote is come to the clubhouse and fill out a ballot. See nominees listed below.
 
EXECUTIVE BOARD: EACH POSITION OPEN
President – Keith Bousquet
Vice President – Nancy Haynes
Secretary – Crista Newcomb
Treasurer – Marie Hixson
Trail Administrator – Andrew Carroll
 
DIRECTORS AT LARGE: 4 POSITIONS OPEN
Steve Davis
Bonnie Lane
John Meade
Gary Newcomb, Jr.
Peter Russell
 
If you care to hang around: we’ll have a fire going outside, pop-up tents in case of rain and some drinks (coffee/soda/water) and chips available to munch on. Bring a chair if you want one! We’ll use this gathering time to discuss plans for Sunday’s work party. Speaking of which…

 

Trail Work Day

This Sunday, June 14, we’ll host another trail work day. Meet at the clubhouse at 8am Sunday for coffee before we get to work.

Last month’s work day was immensely productive (check out a detailed recap here!) What do you think – can we beat last month’s attendance number?? Let’s give it our best shot.

Trail Work Recap 5/16/20

This weekend we hosted our first trail work day of the off-season. Around 8 o’clock Saturday morning, 13 smiling faces met at the clubhouse ready to rock. After catching up over coffee and muffins, they split into groups to tackle various sections of Corridor 8.

One group addressed a couple of rotted trees leaning over the trail.

The trees leaned away from the road (and the powerlines, phew!) and were taken down without issue. Although the trees were rotted at the root, lots of healthy wood remained. The usable sections of tree were cut to length, loaded onto a trailer and trucked out.

Next up, these folks headed further down Corridor 8 to clean up a large tree down on the side of the trail. Work came to a temporary halt for everyone but one lucky Kubota operator (thanks, Nikki!) who fought a stubborn stump that refused to come out.

After dealing with the stump, the crew could finally restart their saws and cut the tree into log lengths. The trail was too muddy from Friday night’s storm to move the logs that day, so group #1 called it quits.

Meanwhile, another crew tackled the new section of Corridor 8 (the logging area, parallel to Hooper Hill Road). If you rode this section last year, you’ll remember that it typically struggled to retain a decent snow cover.

In an effort to resolve that issue, these members spent their day lugging bags of grass seed and bales of hay. They spread that stuff over a half mile of trail!

This should help stabilize the surface of the trail, build a solid snow base and decrease mud. Cross your fingers. Beefing up this section of trail clears the path to great conditions in higher elevation and could seriously extend our snowmobile season.

Join Us Next Time

Join us for the next trail work day on Sunday, June 14, and every second Sunday of the month moving forward. We’d love to have you!

As always, feel free to send us a direct message on social media (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) or email us at bakerriverclub@gmail.com with any questions.

Trail Work Agenda 5/16/20

If you’re feeling the need to get out of the house and into the woods, now’s your chance! This Saturday, May 16 we are holding a socially distant Trail Work Day. Meet at the Clubhouse (197 N. Dorchester Road, Wentworth, NH) at 8am to participate.

There’s lots of work to be done as we begin making improvements for the next snowmobile season. Projects on the agenda include:

  • Spreading hay/seed
  • Cleaning and organizing clubhouse
  • Picking up trash in and around parking area
  • Servicing and storing the drags
  • Bringing in the kiosks
  • General trail cleanup

We’ll have all tools and equipment needed to get the job done, but you can feel free to bring cloppers, chainsaws, etc. if you have them readily available.

Club Updates 5/6/20

Hi Friends,

We hope you’re all staying safe and healthy during these uncertain times. Read on for a few club updates.

Event Cancellations

The May meeting and Breakfast Buffet previously scheduled for this weekend are CANCELLED. We hope to have our monthly schedule up and running in June!

Annual Elections Update

One important standing item on the May meeting agenda is annual elections. We’ll continue to keep members informed with the election process by announcing the nominee list for the 2020/2021 season on Facebook and via email this Saturday.

Voting should (fingers crossed) be able to take place as scheduled at the June meeting on Saturday, 6/13.

Trail Work Day

Next Saturday, 5/16, we’ll host a trail work day. If you’re itching to get outside and get something done, we hope you’ll join us. We will, of course, continue taking all necessary safety precautions.

The tentative plan is to meet in the Clubhouse parking lot (197 N. Dorchester Rd, Wentworth, NH) at 8am. More details to come in another communication.

5 Simple Ways To Help Your Snowmobile Club

If I had a dollar for every time I heard someone say “people just don’t volunteer anymore” I could have snowchecked a 2020 RMK with the 850 Patriot last spring. Unfortunately, this is more accurate than not. Too many clubs have the same small handful of “inner circle” volunteers putting in the hours, one work party after another. Of course, this is not sustainable; and if clubs cannot sustain operations, trail systems fall apart.

So, here is a list of simple (and fun!) ways to help your club thrive, none of which include cutting brush.

1. Renew, and Renew Early

This first step is the easiest by far! In New Hampshire, snowmobile memberships run from July 1 to June 30, and the dues you pay go directly to club overhead costs to maintain trails and provide the best riding experience possible. And, because so much money goes into trail work during the summer and fall months to prepare for winter, these funds are especially vital during this time. If you can, renew your membership right after it expires in July and set your club up for success.

2. Attend Club Meetings (Post-pandemic, of course)

I get it. In-person club meetings can be a little dull and potentially intimidating – especially if you don’t know many people in the group – but bear with me. It is so, incredibly difficult for a large group of people to function and make important decisions efficiently. If a club went the entire season without ever checking in as a group, chaos would ensue. This workflow is the only way to ensure a smooth, enjoyable (and profitable) season to keep the club and its trail system flourishing for years to come. So please, attend meetings. Get to know people. Hear the qualms that your fellow members have and work together to solve them.

3. Volunteer in Ways That Interest You

Contrary to what you may see posted online, trail work is not the only way to lend a hand. As a member, you should feel empowered to volunteer in any way that you can – I promise, your club will appreciate it. Do you have a background in marketing? Provide some social media tips, or maybe even offer to serve as webmaster. Have a knack for event planning? Throw out some ideas and offer to take the lead on a particular event this season. The sky’s the limit here. And, throwing it back to Step #2, attending meetings is a great way to stay “in the know” and to raise your hand when a volunteer opportunity comes up that interests you.

4. Make a Donation

We all know that monetary donations are incredibly valuable to our small, nonprofit snowmobile clubs – but a donation does not have to be money. In-kind donations can be used for anything from raffles, silent auctions, contest prizes and more. For a club like ours, which has a clubhouse out of which we serve food, donating consumables and other kitchen items is also extremely generous.

5. Engage with Social Content

Can’t make it to meetings? Can’t spare time to volunteer or the money to make a donation? There is still one sure-fire way to help your club. Engage with their social media content! Many snowmobile clubs are making a great effort to have a fun and informational online presence, but building organic reach is more difficult now than ever. Be sure to follow your club on all social channels, “like” posts and comment as often as possible.

P.S. Baker River is active on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Check us out!

The bottom line of this list is that it doesn’t matter HOW you help out, just that you do. Raise your hand. Get involved. Do what you can. We will not have the trails we do for long if we don’t step up!