With the 2019-2020 sledding season fast approaching the Kelowna Snowmobile Club Board of Director’s has made some crucial decisions moving forward to maintain our riding areas and assets. With the President’s position evolving into a full-time job (groomer, trail and events co-ordinator) on top of running the day to day operations the Board of Directors voted unanimously to hire a General Manager during the snowmobile season (October-March).

With the challenges each year of increased costs on fuel, repairs, parts and
insurance, that over doubled because of claims relating to our groomer, the KSC has been forced to make some cost cutting measures, not out of choice but need!

The number 1 decision to save revenue was not an easy one but the Board decided to withdraw from the British Columbia Snowmobile Federation due to the cost associated with each member that joins our club.

The second cost cutting decision was the KSC has reduced our dinner meetings from 6 to 3. The club will host dinner meetings Tuesday November 19, 2019, Tuesday December 17, 2019 and our Annual General meeting Tuesday March 17, 2020. The KSC will not be purchasing an insurance policy for the $100,000.00 USD prize offered in our poker run due to cost cutting measures and the fact that significant prizes are donated and usually each rider takes home a prize.

The Kelowna Snowmobile Club is in the process of revamping our corporate sponsorship to fulfill the needs of our club’s long-term sustainability, lobbying businesses and individuals to donate preferably on a yearly basis. Unfortunately due to the nature of the sport and growing concern of the lack of volunteers, its only a matter of time when most clubs will model themselves after Revelstoke, Valemount, Sicamous, Golden and now Kelowna who have or are in the process of creating business models with the goal of hiring a General Manager to run the day to day operations of their respective clubs.

In closing, a reminder to all members there will be active logging again this
winter in both the Graystokes and Idabel/Myra riding areas. It’s unfortunate, but we’ve made concessions on both sides to work together and avoid any conflicts or accidents. I look forward to serving as your President elect, and if you have any club related questions please contact myself or any board member. We will be glad to follow up in a timely fashion.

Your President,
Tim Gartel