From The President’s Desk

Welcome Spring?

Welcome Spring? As the 2020 snow season has ended, I would wish to thank all 68 Grant Sponsor Volunteers who have year after year have given of themselves to make the State of Michigan the snowmobile mica that it is. Our State has some of the premier trails in the...

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Put in the work

As I talk to many Clubs and/or Grant Sponsors around our State the same conversation can be heard. “All of our volunteers are dwindling away because they are getting older” We all get older every day. Why do we not have younger enthusiasts stepping forward to help?...

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Thoughts from our President…

Welcome to January 2019!!!! I’m not going to talk about snow for fear I’ll jinx this winter. As I have done the last couple of years. Anyway, my trailer is loaded and ready to go when I feel the need. Which can be often! On to Another Subject As I start my term as MSA...

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Let’s Keep Our Fingers Crossed

    December Dear friends and MSA faithful members, I can’t believe it’s been two years already since I was elected to be your MSA president! It’s with bitter sweet emotions that this is my last column as president. It’s been a humbling and gratifying experience....

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End of Chapter I

November- It was not too many years ago, while I was reading my newest issue of the Michigan Snowmobile News, that I noticed something peculiar. Several issues contained photographs of many of the same people at different events. These were not photo shopped...

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Reflecting on our Diversity

    October 2018- Greetings MSA friends! Autumn has finally arrived and changes are in the air. Fall is a busy time of year for most of us, as we transition into yet another season of endless outdoor possibilities. My wife and I recently spent a week with...

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The Final Countdown

September 2018 -The other day I saw a post on Facebook that had a beautiful scene of a snowmobiler plowing through powder. Beside the photo was a countdown calendar of the days until the trails legally open in Michigan. It was amazing to me to see the different...

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Making Memories

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...

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New Year –New Challenges

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...

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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...

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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...

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“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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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A Full Moon?

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...

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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...

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Remembering the Past But Planning a Successful Future

December 2015 It seems like yesterday; I was looking forward to starting my presidency of the Michigan Snowmobile Association (MSA). My how time flies. Little did I know what was in store for me or our organization? I know snowmobiling and can run a company for...

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Plan For Success on Your Next Snowmobile Ride

October 2015 As an organization, the Michigan Snowmobile Association (MSA) is built around safety -- safe, responsible riding. As riders, when we plan trips, we need to plan them to be successful. We need to organize, communicate, and create a checklist. Of course a...

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Working Hard in Support of MSA and Organized Snowmobiling

September 2015 The business of organized snowmobiling never ends, and as we gear up for the 2015-16 snowmobile season, I want to first tell you a little bit about what your MSA has been doing all summer in support of snowmobiling. Your Executive Board and Board of...

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An OK Year!

I would like to wish MSA Secretary Maryann Noah a speedy recovery.  Marryann recently underwent major surgery and is currently recovering from that procedure. I have talked to her daughter, Lisa, who told me she is doing well, but the road to recover will be long. I...

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MSA’s Dedicated Volunteers

One Special Volunteer I must start this column by paying tribute to one very special volunteer -- our MSA vice president Al Green. Al passed away in November 2014. Al was involved in just about all aspects of organized snowmobiling. He was involved in everything from...

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Getting Ready for This Snowmobile Season

Volunteers are the life blood of our organization; keeping our sport alive. In Michigan we have 100 recognized snowmobile clubs divided up into Councils, and three regions making up the Michigan Snowmobile Association (MSA). The American Council of Snowmobile...

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Last season: A Quick Review

Hard to believe we’re on the front side of another snowmobile season. Last season was, without question, the best in several years. Snow conditions for 2013-14 season started with good snow, and for the first time in many years, all of Michigan’s trails were open...

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A Few Stats and Facts

Registrations for snowmobiles were up a little from the previous season, to more than 208,000 registered sleds. Many older sleds were uncovered and taken out of storage. Trail permit sales were up a little compared to last year -- 7.5 percent. Michigan ended up with...

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Start of a New Season

Really when you look at the start of a new season you have to go back to March (Sneak Peak Preview 2015 Sleds). Polaris, Ski-Doo, and Yamaha showed their new line of new products and accessories. Shows in Grand Rapids and Birch Run were well attended. Show attendance...

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