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2 Snowmobile VERMONT VAST STAFF Executive Director Coeditor Cindy Locke Ext. 11 Trails Administrator Matt Tetreault Ext. 12 Media Manager Coeditor Designer Beth Godin Ext. 16 Office and Programs Manager Cyndy Carrier Jones Ext. 10 Finance and HR Manager Sheila Fenoff-Willett Ext. 14 Trails Manager Shane Prisby Ext. 18 VAST OFFICERS President Tim Mills 802 234-5000 Vice President Jeff Fay 802 434-6633 Treasurer Tom Baltrus 802 464-8211 Secretary Jim Hill 802 343-4478 Well there is just no way around the lousy snowmobile season we have had this winter. While there was some very limited riding in certain areas of Vermont 2016 was far different from what we enjoyed last year. I spent much of my winter readjusting the budget to forecast where the association may end the year. This is an ongoing process because TMA sales trickle into the VAST office during the course of the winter. At this point I am predicting that we end this fiscal year about 300000 in the red. While VAST has reserves that will cushion us this year we would be hard pressed to survive another winter or two like this one without more reserves or additional sources of funding. Cutbacks for this year came from the administration budget and the trails budget. At the VAST office we are having thorough meetings and conversations with staff the board of directors and committees to see how we can better operate the association with more immediate flexibility when we know we are in a low snow year. I know that many of you know and understand what it takes to run the snowmobile industry in Vermont about 3.7 million dollars a year and your membership via a TMA pass is what supports it. It also takes six full-time year-round staff and hundreds of volunteers from the club level to the county level to the state level. I sincerely thank you for all that you do to support our amazing snowmobile industry and the best trail system in the East. While I look ahead to 2017 I am working on a few ways of thanking all of you that did buy a TMA this year to ride and support our association as well as incentive to join VAST again next winter. Stay tuned. Fondest regards Snowmobile Vermont Magazine 26 Vast Lane Barre Vermont 05641 T 802 229-0005 F 802 223-4316 Snowmobile VT Magazine ISSN 2374-5630 is published five times Fall October Early Winter December Winter January Late Winter March and Summer August by The Vermont Association of Snow Travelers Inc 26 Vast Lane Barre VT 05641. Periodicals postage paid at Barre VT and additional mailing offices POSTMASTER Send ad- dress changes to VAST 26 Vast Lane Barre VT 05641-4477 Fondest regards VAST Direction Publications Committee Chair Contributor Patty Companik Member Writer and Photographer 203 710-7358