Sno Bees Monthly Newsletter
Next Meeting: This Wednesday, November 11th, 2020
7:00 pm at the Bee Hive
Thank you to all those who went out and did the Sno Bees snow dance! We got snow!! I was about to aerate the back lawn but thought against it J ! We are drawing two TMA’s tomorrow night for our first Sno Bees $20 Money Raffle! Call me if you want tickets or come to the Meeting tomorrow! Get your sleds ready…it’s coming!
Membership – Dawnmarie “thanks for your support” Tomasi
This is an important report by Dawn which is why I am going to print it again so that EVERYONE knows what is going on. I just got my V.A.S.T. Member Card with my member number and am ready to order my TMA’s online!
This spring VAST’s Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) put a plan together to present to the VAST Board of Directors regarding option to go completely online with all TMA sales. They for a variety of reasons, decided selling of TMAs next fall will be All ONLINE, because it will streamline the data entry system and make it easier for clubs/ members/ VAST staff and put more money in the hands of all clubs. As of Oct 1, 2020, TMA purchases will be available 24/7 to all members. This will allow VAST to have an overall cleaner and more efficient system, while offering a seamless point of sale experience for all members. Also, this will ensure, for insurance purposes, which all signatures are entered to guarantee that folks agree they have read the contractual terms and understand them. Insurance covers Vermont landowners (who actually host 80% of our trail system) as well as all our volunteers, grooming fleet, etc. Many may not know that VAST liability insurance is extremely hard to get, and it costs a lot of money (about $200,000 a year); unfortunately. Whenever a VAST member has a snowmobile accident that results in a suit, the insurance cost goes up and the insurance company becomes more reluctant to cover us. Capturing everyone’s signature and agreement on rider responsibilities will help us in the future to fend off lawsuits when the organization is not at fault. Overall, VAST and Riders are feeling positive about this change. For members who have bought online TMAs from VAST in the past, you will not see many changes to the system. However, Lost or Transfers will now also be processed online through VAST direct.
TMAs can still be purchased from local dealers who can provide online access.
Donations to individual clubs will have to be processed directly with club, with or without TMA purchase in place. Keep an eye on your mailbox for your member ID card. All members will be mailed out a card with their membership ID# which they can simply enter into the online system, which will pull up your records for last year. TMA information for each sled they owned, and TMA last year will already be already entered.
NOTE# This ID is not required to purchase this season’s VAST trail pass but simply to make members process easier by having previously entered information generated for purchaser.
Clubs will also be receiving a list of their member’s ID number in case a member loses it. All Vermont club dues are now at a set rate of $30.
Online presentation of this online process can be viewed at the VAST website,
An e-mail confirmation will be provided by VAST to member which they can either print or save to electronic device and keep with them until the VAST stickers arrive.
Thus, there is no delay to legally access trail systems.
Please contact me if you have any questions or, better yet, join us at our September Meeting on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 @ 7:00 p.m.
Fundraisers: $20 Sno-Bees Money Raffle
Your Official Sno Bees $20 Raffle Committee Members will be contacting you to purchase your tickets for this most important raffle! We will be having 6 monthly drawings for: two (2) $100, two (2) $50 and four (4) $25 prizes. The first drawing tomorrow night will include two (2) TMA’S!! All of you who have tickets to sell, please try to get them sold and bring them to the Meeting on Wednesday if at all possible! I will be there to gather them. We want to insure that we can have ALL tickets in the bucket when we have our first drawing during our November Meeting. Please reach out to me at (802)249-0666 and we can get tickets to you if you want to buy one. We still have tickets to sell…!
Sno Bees Official Dinner Raffle – Bob “My Ski-Doo 800 Rocks” Campo, Chair of the Dinner Raffle, here and we have decided to do the annual dinner raffle virtually this year due to the COVID situation and gathering in large groups. Our first concern is the well-being of our members and supporters. We have reduced the ticket price from $125 to $100 and only 100 tickets will be sold. There will be no meal. The drawing will take place on Saturday, December 12th at 3pm and will be streamed via Zoom and FB Live. The prize breakdown is as follows: 1st Ball Out $100, 95th, 96th and 97th Ball Out $100, 98th Ball Out $250, 99th Ball Out $500 and the 100th Ball Out $3,000. If you purchased a ticket last year you will be contacted in the near future to confirm your spot for this year. If you didn’t have a ticket and you want one, please call me at 249-5543. Thank you for your continued support!
Trail Support Sign – Steve “650” Avery! And Committee members, Bob Campo, Dawnmarie Tomasi, Mike MacAuley, Dan Caddy, and Bruce Rancourt, would like to thank all Official Sno Bees Trail Support Sign Sponsors who supported us last year. The group will be reaching out to you shortly for your important continued support for this year. Please let any of the committee members know if you want to sponsor this sign as well! It is quite the group of sponsors!
Sno-Bees TrailMaster, Matt “I Got Our Queen Groomer Back Together” Marsh had a great work weekend complete with an Official Sno Bees Venison Cookout and completed moving our Trail Support Sign back out of the trail so that our PB200 groomer can better negotiate this intersection. The Orange Bridge was also repaired, and we want to thank Aaron “I May Get to Groom” Reed and Todd “Want A Sled for Christmas This Year” Heath their help! Special thanks to Dave “Groom ‘em Wide” Watson for use of his excavator and awesome expertise! Matt also wants all Sno Bees Trail Trustees to know that there are new sign stakes at the Beehive for anyone who needs them. Please let him know if you need anything to get our trail signs out! Thank you guys!
COVID-19 GUIDELINES, November Meeting Update
To be safe, and to be respectful of everyone in the club and in our community, we need to face the challenges and reality of holding meetings in this current pandemic. The club’s primary concern is providing a safe environment for everyone to meet and allowing all to feel comfortable attending. Meetings will be in-person at the Beehive, as per usual; but we will be taking a few precautions as follows: In accordance with the State of VT guidance regarding gatherings (especially the latest updates over the past week), the club is asking that everyone be respectful of others by allowing some physical distance as best as possible, to wear a face covering while inside the club house, and stay home if you are feeling unwell. These are different times to be certain; but ultimately, the club will do what needs to be done to ensure that we continue to operate safely and effectively. If you have concerns about attending, or are unable, please feel free to contact club president Greg Rouleau at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you all for your continued dedication to our club during these uncertain times. Stay safe, and BRAAAAAP ON! Thanks to our Secretary Shawn “Yamaha Terminator” Avery for putting these guidelines together.
See you at the Meeting Wednesday!
John “Let It Snow” Plante
Sno Bees of Barre