MARCH 2018 Dear MSA members, As I sit down and write this last column for the 2017-18 season, I am once again amazed at how fast the seasons go by! We have had another wacky winter this snowmobile season, and hopefully all of you have had a great time making memories together. I think that… Read more »
January/February 2018 Greetings MSA friends and Happy New Year! About this time of year, I always try to look back on the previous year and mentally inventory all of my accomplishments. I also analyze the many more of my unfulfilled challenges, that I again bring into this New Year. As we all said goodbye to… Read more »
Season’s Greetings from your MSA President & Officers!
December 2017 The Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons are always special times for most of us. It’s a time when we can all hopefully take a moment and reflect on our blessings and share our time and treasures with loved ones. It’s a time for many of us to reflect and renew our spiritual priorities and… Read more »
Good Morning Class–Today’s Word of the Day Is “GENEROSITY”
November 2017\ Many of us are just getting back from MSA’s Annual Convention. This year it was held at Shanty Creek Resort in beautiful Bellaire. Shanty Creek has four golf courses and of course is also known for downhill skiing. The view from the lodge overlooking Lake Bellaire and the fall foliage was spectacular —… Read more »
Thinking Outside of OUR Box
October 2017 Have you ever done something repeatedly for so long now that you’ve never stopped to consider that there might be a better way to accomplish the same task? A new fresh approach and outlook may result in a faster, more efficient, cheaper, and less demanding way of accomplishing the same thing. You might… Read more »
Snowmobiling — a Year-Round Sport for Those Who Work Behind the Scenes
September 2017 Greetings All — I’m hopeful that everyone had a fun and relaxing summer, with friends and family, and that this letter finds you all in good health. As summer is fading and Fall is slowly approaching, many of us are still enjoying camping, biking and hiking, ORVs, kayaking, fishing, and many other outdoor… Read more »
“Don’t Shoot the Messenger”
March 2017 My wife often wonders who I’m talking to, or shouting at when she is not in the room with me. This usually happens around the 6:00 pm hour as I’m watching the local news. I hardly ever raise my voice at my Golden Retriever, so when this ridiculous one way conversation occurs she… Read more »
Relax, the sky is not falling….yet.
January 17 Happy New Year MSA Members! It always amazes me how the journey of life can be so unpredictable! I am both humbled and excited to be serving as your next MSA president. My wife and I moved to Michigan from the Deep South nearly 18 years ago. I wouldn’t have ever imagined that… Read more »
The Art of People Watching-
December 2016 Greetings fellow MSA members! I was recently one of several that volunteered at our MSA booth at the 2016 Snowmobile Show & Sale held in Novi, MI November 4th-6th. I want to especially thank Karen Middendorp from our staff for organizing our team and for the many others that also volunteered for those… Read more »
Volunteers sometimes pay a heavy price!
November 2106 From the President Elect As I got more and more involved in MSA, I quickly learned that without the countless numbers of volunteers that always seem to step up to the plate, MSA would not and could not exist. There is no telling what our snowmobiling program would look like without this… Read more »
March 2016 When weird or crazy things used to happen on the farm, my dad always told me there must be a full moon tonight. The way this snowmobile season has gone, I must say there must have been a full moon since Dec. 1. First, there was no real snow until the second week… Read more »
Remembering the Past but Planning a Successful Future
January 2016 I’m Back … For those who do not know me, my name is Rick Brown. I’ve been involved with MSA since the late 1980s, and a lifetime member since 1991. I was Tom Meyers’ vice president, then served as your MSA president in 2004 and 2005. I have remained active in MSA and… Read more »