MNUSA PERSPECTIVES Rewards Through Partnerships BY NANCY HANSON We often talk of how valuable our partnerships are for MnUSA to achieve its goals. Very important partnerships are found within MnUSA through the clubs and members. At the MnUSA Spring meeting one of the Membership Committee’s processes was to reaffirm the partnership between the snowmobile clubs and MnUSA, setting out Snow Goer Editor John Prusak and MnUSA’s Jerry the benefits to the clubs for being a MnUSA Hanson club. MnUSA clubs collect MnUSA’s membership dues along with their club dues and submit those to MnUSA. For this valuable service to MnUSA, clubs may participate in programs developed for the clubs such as the listing and club pages on MnUSA’s website (mnsnowmobiler.org/index.php?pageid=92), the calendar raffle program, signing programs, assistance and communication from MnUSA through its office, directors and committees. Club-sponsored events open to the general public are promoted through MnUSA’s web calendar of events and in Minnesota Snowmobiling magazine. Partnerships with MnUSA’s business members provide additional opportunities to MnUSA clubs. For example, the Sno Barons, a MnUSA club and business member, are inviting 100% MnUSA clubs to participate in their raffle ticket sales fundraiser and in club row at Haydays again this year (www.snobarons.com), and many of MnUSA’s business members offer discounts to MnUSA members through the “Show Your Card” discount program. You can find the discounts listed in the Business Member section on MnUSA’s website for services, lodging, food, clothing, parts, accessories, etc. Often members comment the discounts can pay for their MnUSA membership with one purchase. The program also gives value to the business in seeing their message of support for MnUSA reaches its members. Working with Snow Goer magazine, MnUSA’s membership committee has an exciting program to offer the MnUSA clubs. The program is designed to reach snowmobilers who are not members of clubs or state associations and provides cost share advertising in the first issue of Snow Goer magazine for next season. If there is enough interest, a second listing will be in a subsequent magazine at no additional cost. Snow Goer magazine will include an article on why it is fun and important to support organized snowmobiling along with a listing of participating state associations and clubs across the Midwest. The format will be similar to the dealer listings with your club name, location and contact information. The program was offered to other states at the International Snowmobile Congress earlier this month with several states jumping on the opportunity. The deadline for participation is August 10 so club contacts and presidents should be sure to watch both email and snail mail for further information. Thank you to Jerry Hanson, MnUSA, and John Prusak, Snow Goer, for putting this program together. Also, Snow Goer will continue to offer a $10 subscription to the magazine to MnUSA members and return $5 of each subscription as a donation to MnUSA. A link to a certificate for the subscription can be found on the MnUSA Store on mnsnowmobiler.org. Partnerships are essential to the continued success of snowmobiling in Minnesota. Thank you to all who participate. Questions? Contact the MnUSA office. 8 Minnesota Snowmobiling