New over the summer, the National Park Service is developing a new system for non-commercially guided snowmobile groups to enter Yellowstone National Park. Starting in August, the website will have a registration and permit lottery system to enter the park. Groups can apply for entrance dates, get the required training and pay the necessary fees. If a group is selected in the lottery, the leader will be sent an electronic trip prep package. Snowmobiles allowed in the park must be considered “best available technology,” as determined by the park service. The National Forest Service is working on its winter travel planning process, and accepted comments by August 4 on the proposed procedures. Clubs and other snowmobile groups were encouraged to make comments, including letters on behalf of the membership. For additional information on the official release visit use-by-over-snow-vehicles-travel-management-rule. What is one of the biggest turn-offs for potential new, younger club members? Boring meetings, says snowmobiler and consultant Dee Dee Raap. Several breakout sessions, led by Raap, talked about how to encourage membership growth and age diversity. “If I walk into a place and I don’t see ‘me’ anywhere, I’m not going to stick around,” she said. “If I walk into a health club and only see young, hard bodies, that’s not me. If a millennial walks into your club and only sees boomers and seniors, are they going to see a place for themselves?” she says. She gave special recognition to Wisconsin’s KAOS clubs as an excellent example of engaging the Airtec Sports of Menomonie Menomonie 715-232-8590 Al Muth Sales & Service Inc. Black River Falls 715-284-4725 Boat Sport Marina Inc Eagle River 715-479-8000 Day’s Power Sports Bloomer 715-568-4755 Evenson’s Marine Nekoosa 715-325-6100 Ken’s Sports Inc. Kaukauna 920-788-0220 Morse Power Sports Center Wisconsin Dells 608-254-8341 R & R Motorsports Hazelhurst 715-358-5349 Road, Track and Trail LLC Big Bend 262-662-1500 Rock River Motorsports, Inc. Edgerton 608-884-9415/608-868-7765 Steve’s Service Center Phillips 715-339-4656 TA Motorsports Francis Creek 920-682-1284 Wild River Sport & Marine Trego 715-635-5299 Willson’s Sport & Marine Palmyra 262-495-2921 Wisconsin Iron Dog members Tom Anderson, Joann Smith, Orv Langohr and Andy Malecki Jr. gathered to chat at the annual Iron Dog Banquet. next generations. Ways to help younger generations find a place in a club is to be open to their ideas, help them develop leadership skills, and explain the “Why” behind the way things work. Values that can unite all ages in a club include optimism, access, gratitude, safety, quality and social interaction. To learn more of Raap’s ideas, go to and click on “News and Opinions” to hear a webinar on this topic. The Friends of Snowmobiling political action committee (FOSPAC) has funds available to help support federal elected officials who are supportive of snowmobiling. If someone from a club or association wishes to attend a fundraiser or donate to a snowmobile-friendly candidate, contact Ed Klim at 517-339-7788 for information on how to access FOSPAC funds. * Red listings denote electronic link to dealer on web edition of WSN. Visit or September 2014 15