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June 23 2012 - Snow Road On


It was a beautiful day and there was a marvellous turnout for the official opening and ribbon cutting for the newly renovated Snow Road Snowmobile Club clubhouse. Club executive and members were pleased to welcome Gordon Monroe representing the Ontario Trillium Foundation who had made a $60,000 grant in April 2011 to supplement the $24,000 the Club had raised with various fundraising events over several years. Early preparation of paperwork by Club Treasurer Karen Beckwith with assistance from Lanark Highlands Councillor Tom Lalonde and Megan Sargeant in applying for the grant got the major project underway.

Club President, Ruth Wark, pointed out that even with these funds the renovations would not have been possible without the very generous support and donations from local businesses and the multitude of volunteers who turned up week after week, both male and female. Special thanks were given to Crain Construction for donation and installation of the expanded septic system which was required to meet new regulations as well as loan of heavy equipment when needed. She also thanked Gemmill Sand & Gravel, McNamee Concrete, Tom Sullivan Plumbing, 5 Star Home Comfort, J. England Excavation along with Steve Cook (Electrician) and Laurie Whyte for their excellent work and considerate pricing. Materials and supplies were supplied by Lanark TimBr Mart and Perth Planing Mill. Jack Elzinga was acknowledged as the engineer for the project and Morley Wark as the foreman to organize supplies and volunteers.

Ontario Trillium Foundation representative Gordon Monroe spoke briefly on the Foundation and how its supports projects such as this across the province, and helping update and upgrade community spaces is a major part of their grant activity.

MC Alice Gilchrist, aided by Vice-President Phil Wark, introduced dignitaries from both Lanark and Frontenac Counties who attended the event. Frontenac Warden Janet Gutowski wearing the full regalia of her office voiced her support of the club and as a snowmobiler is well aware of the continuous time and effort needed to maintain club operations. Frontenac County is working towards expanding their multi-use trail systems. Betty Hunter (Frontenac Councillor) praised the Club for its work its support of charitable organizations in the community. As a regular attendee at Club events she noted that everyone is welcomed with a happy smile. Lanark County Warden John Gemmell complimented the club and expressed admiration for the strong volunteer spirit in the community. Deputy Mayor of Lanark Highlands Brian Stewart voiced his support for the club and its operations and saying the clubhouse is an excellent emergency shelter. Ken Sinclair (Lanark Highlands Councillor) was also present. It was gratifying to club members and volunteers to hear the praise and support from both townships and counties.

Current and past Club executive, members and volunteers along with snowmobilers from BEAST and Athens were present to enjoy the refreshments and camaraderie. Visitors were impressed with the building upgrades and the extent of the renovations and commitment of the executive and volunteers to bring about the successful conclusion of this major project. The clubhouse now has a capacity of 100, continues to be available to the community for celebration of life events ranging from baby showers to anniversaries, birthdays, family reunions, retirements, etc.

For those who missed this official opening, you have the opportunity to see the Clubhouse this weekend at their first ever Canada Day breakfast on Saturday, June 30th as the club participates in the overall holiday celebrations in North Frontenac and Lanark Highlands.

Photo taken at our open house last Saturday. Front Row: left to right John Gemmell - Warden, Lanark County/Deputy Mayor, Town of Perth Janet Gutowski - Warden Frontenac County/Mayor of Central Frontenac Betty Hunter - Councillor, North Frontenac Ruth Wark - President, SRSC Gordon Monroe - Ontario Trillium Foundation Morley Wark - Project Foreman Jack Elzinga - Project Engineer Karen Lindop-Beckwith - Treasurer, SRSC Brian Stewart - Deputy Mayor, Lanark Highlands Ken Sinclair - Councillor, Lanark Highlands with a few of the many SRSC volunteers in the background

(International Snowmobile Congress - Sturbridge Massachusetts) June 9 2012

The CCSO Snowmobile Excellence Awards

The Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations (CCSO) is pleased to present the CCSO Snowmobile Excellence Awards program to recognize exceptional contribution to the recreational activity of snowmobiling.

The CCSO Snowmobile Excellence Awards will honour individuals, snowmobile clubs, associations and businesses in Canada that, in the recent past, have made a significant contribution towards showcasing the popularity and the overall appeal of the sport, have made a remarkable effort to promote solidarity and responsibility within the snowmobile community or who have offered exceptional quality of service to snowmobilers.

We are pleased to announce that the Osgoode Carleton Snowmobile Trail Club from District 1 of the OFSC was awarded the Snowmobile Club Of The Year for Canada; we congratulate the volunteers of the Osgoode Carleton Snowmobile Club and all snowmobile clubs in Canada.

Thanks for this award goes out to the entire OCSTC executive and volunteers for their hard work and dedication over the last year due in part to dedicated leadership, renewed enthusiasm, and OFSC support can all be accredited with the club recent success.

Photo left to right
Martin Michels OCSTC Membership Chair
Leigh Stacy OCSTC VP
Steven Mclelan CCSO President
George Darouze OCSTC President

(Greely Ontario) APRIL 28, 2012

Presentation was a "Drag"

District One of the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) is very proud to announce the latest acquisition of a new 9-foot wide industrial drag, worth $13,500.00, from the OFSC/MTN "Win A Drag Contest" which was presented to the Osgoode Carleton Snowmobile Trail Club (OCSTC) on April 30th. What is so significant about this piece of equipment is that last season the OFSC Volunteer in Action Committee (VIA) ran a contest in conjunction with MTN Snow Equipment of Dorval, Quebec wherein the district with the most new recruits would win this new drag. In early March OFSC made the announcement that District One S.A was the winner out of 17 participating districts. This win was made possible by all 24 clubs in District 1 working very hard to bring new volunteers into their clubs. Having recruited the most new volunteers and qualifying as per the contest rules set out by MTN, the Osgoode Carleton S.C is the recipient of the new MTN drag.

Charles Stenger President and Owner of MTN Snow Equipment presented the drag to the OSCTC. Charles stated, "This club works with positive respect for all of their volunteers even if they are new folks, seasoned veterans with decades of experience or their landowners, who are also very important volunteers. Everyone being treated with a high degree of esteem is the key to success". OFSC representatives were also in attendance, District One Operation Director, Governor, Manager and First VP of the OFSC congratulated the OSSTC executive and volunteers that came out for the presentation.

The "Win a Drag" contest started last fall with over 200 clubs across Ontario attending VIA workshops on the three R's of volunteering, Recruiting, Rewarding and Retaining. From these workshops clubs went to work with these simple building blocks and customized their own recruitment program. To the surprise of many veteran volunteers the success of this program was huge! With all clubs across Ontario recruiting new folks to help share the workload of the current legion of volunteers, we saw improvement to trails with better signage, brushing, grooming. In addition, to bring back the social fun of volunteering many club events sprang up. With so many new bodies and great new ideas, organized snowmobiling in District One S.A improved significantly in one short season.

How did OCSTC achieve this win? The answer from Kelly Livingston the club Volunteer Coordinator was simple. "We started with a five point plan along with a positive attitude". First, build a data base of email addresses of all permit buyers for our club. Second, we would send out an email blast 2 weeks in advance of the workday including the work schedule. A follow-up email went on the Friday before as a friendly reminder. Third, on the morning of the work day attendance was taken and the workday schedule was handed out, thus saving the volunteer's valuable time as every one was ready to go to work and have some fun at the same time. Fourth, all volunteers were rewarded with free food and beverages during the day. Fifth, a few days after the work day another email blast went out with photos from the previous work weekend thanking all of the folks that came out." Kelly adds, "volunteers like to see their name in print, which sends the positive message to others, 'I did it'." For more information about volunteering please go to and click on the volunteer header where you can learn how to match your skills to a club in your riding area and yes, a few hours of volunteering is ok.

Such a program is possible due to Charles Stenger of MTN supplying a drag for the provincial contest because MTN saw a need to invest in the future of organized snowmobiling in Ontario. That future starts with bringing back fun to the club and its dedicated volunteers.

Charles took the time to explain the many benefits of the MTN drag from high spring loaded trip blades, higher side rails to hold snow into the drag along with a high roll edge on the pan for ease of backing up. For more info about MTN drags and the many other product and services that Charles supplies to the snowmobile clubs and snow industry of North America please go to .

Thanks goes out to the entire OCSTC executive and volunteers for their hard work and dedication over the last year due in part to dedicated leadership, renewed enthusiasm and keeping fun and respect in the everyday operation of a snowmobile club in Ontario. Immeasurable appreciation for making all this possible must go to all clubs of District One, OFSC VIA Committee, District and Club VIA Coordinators, OFSC staff and Charles Stenger of MTN Snow Equipment.


OCSTC volunteers accepting the drag

From left to right, Bill Blenkinsop D1 Governor, Remi Sauve OFSC first VP, Charles Stenger President of MTN Snow Equipment, George Darouze President Osgoode Carleton STC, Kelly Livingston the club's Club Volunteer Coordinator, Leigh Stacy VP for OCSTC and Wayne Avery D1 Operation Director

MARCH 23, 2012


(Ottawa, ON)- Manager John Boals and other representatives from District 1 attended the Manufacturers Spring Break in Ottawa on March 19 and 20th. All four snowmobile manufacturers hosted the event to showcase their wares and the launch of the spring order only models from Arctic Cat, Polaris, Ski-Doo and Yamaha as they displayed their sleds for the 1300 people who attended.

The District 1 display space was supplied by the four OEM to promote awareness of the clubs and volunteers in District 1. The volunteers manning the display handing out district map, tour loop brochure and information on Volunteering along with answering many questions about trails. If the turnout is a sign of next year's participation in the sport we are in for a great 2013 season as the show was a fantastic way to wrap up the 2012 snowmobile season.

For more information on the four manufacturers go to their websites: , , ,

Manufacturers Spring Break

DEC 23, 2011


On Dec. 22, 2011 the winning ticket for the "No More Hibernating" Win a Snowmobiling package (valued at $26,780) was drawn at 6:00pm at 12495 Hwy #2, Morrisburg, ON. The lucky winner was Miss Jen VanBridger of Winchester Springs ON. She purchased her ticket at her local club during the summer and was flabbergasted to find out that she was that lucky winner with ticket # 13254; lady lucky was on her side. Jen does some snowmobiling with her boy friend, but now will be doing a lot more driving when she goes out with her Yamaha Vector GT LTX or Venture Lite. When not riding locally they will be able to trailer to a snowmobile destination with her new Triton double place enclosed trailer, which was part of the prize package.

The proceeds from this draw will be used to maintain and groom snowmobile trails, and towards the safety programs. The lottery license number is #M656042.

Tom Irwin of Irwin Supply, Scott Peterson and Jen VanBridger our winner.

OCT 4, 2011


Sept 20-24 , 2011 Prescott Russell Counties hosted the International Plowing Match and Rural Exposition at Chute a Blondeau in Eastern Ontario. In excess of 70,000 visitors attend this massive 5 day, outdoor event and OFSC District One Snowmobile Association was there promoting Organized Snowmobiling for all 232 clubs of Ontario as we met and spoke with many landowners that have trails on their property.

A "tented city" covering 100 acres was home to some 600 exhibitors and vendors for 5 days showcasing many local businesses related to broad base of high technology, agriculture, alternate energy generation, manufacturing and service industries and yes the 98th anniversary of the IPM plowing competition. The enthusiastic work force of volunteers from District One listen and spoke with many landowners from across Ontario at this premier event with all but good news of thanks from the many landowners to all clubs for being organized with a well defined trail across their property.

OCT 4, 2011

3 Major OFSC Awards come to D1

It was a very exciting evening at the OFSC AGM on Saturday September 17th 2011. Your district did something that few if any other district has ever done in the past. 3 major OFSC Awards were won!

First the Provincial STOP Officer of the Year Award was presented to Alice Gilchrist from the K & P Trails Association & Snow Road Snowmobile Club Next came the OFSC Provincial Volunteer of the Year Award which was won by George Darouze from the Osgoode Carleton Snowmobile Association.
And finally, the OFSC Club of the Year Award went to the Osgoode Carleton Snowmobile Association.
District One believe that all 3 Awards were very much deserved by the individuals and club members.

Once again, with our strong clubs with fantastic volunteers, District 1 continues to be #1!

The Provincial STOP Officer of the Year Award was presented to Alice Gilchrist from the K & P Trails Association & Snow Road Snowmobile Club

Lloyd Woods Memorial Award for OFSC Volunteer of the Year (sponsored by Northtrail Trailer) - George Darouze

The President's Award for Club of the Year (sponsored by Supertrax Media) - Osgoode Carelton SC