Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 562 | Snowmobile VERMONT VAST STAFF Executive Director Cindy Locke | Ext. 11 Trails Administrator Matt Tetreault | Ext. 12 Media Manager 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 Summer at the VAST office is a busy place. We are preparing for the Annual Meeting set for Aug. 20 by working on bylaw changes, creating budgets and putting together the annual report. In addition to meeting preparations, we are also busy working with our clubs regarding trail issues, needs, construction and maintenance grants. There is also the ongoing construction of the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail, completing our large federal audits, building our VAST Snowmobile Vermont magazines and our soon to debut Vermont Snow Travelers’ Guide. We are also putting together a booklet for VAST clubs on how to be compliant with state and federal rules, promoting snowmobiling in Vermont and figuring out a structure to deliver an online TMA system. Maintaining this organization is a large endeavor and we work hard for our members, but we could not do it without those that volunteer! VAST has an amazing board of directors and officers dedicated to the success of snowmobiling in Vermont. They spend hour upon hour volunteering their time here at the VAST office, in multiple committee meetings, events and volunteering locally for their clubs. And then there is you... yes, you! The very blood of this organization. There are so many volunteers out there that do anything from attending club meetings and supporting events, to working on trails, grooming, and being volunteers and officers in clubs. Thank you for your time and consideration. What I hear often is that VAST needs more volunteers at the club level. Some clubs have been relying on a very small unchanging group doing trail clean- up, sign posting, holding officer positions, planning events, etc. It’s important that if you have time and have not considered volunteering, that you contact your club and look into it. Some clubs really need the help. If you are a club looking for help and help comes your way, please be patient with those new to it. Even if you tried and failed with something before, it does not necessarily mean it would again. I have heard from just as many clubs looking for volunteers as I have from folks wanting to volunteer that either never hear back from a club or don’t feel listened to or appreciated. I know VAST has been around for nearly 50 years and some of your clubs even longer. Let’s embrace the youth and those new to our love of snowmobiling and grow our volunteers by inviting them to help. When they do, we must appreciate their efforts and enthusiasm. If you or your club are struggling with any of this, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me for ideas or help. Fondest regards and think snow for the winter of 2017! 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 and think snow for the winter of 2017! VAST Direction MAGAZINE CONTRIBUTORS Patty Companik, Roger Gosselin, Dave Ladd, Mike Mutascio, David A. Rouleau, Bob Stewart, Melanie Thomson-Tregoning Snowmobile Snowmobile Snowmobile VERMONT VERMONT ASSOCIATION OF SNOW TRAVELERS VERMONT for our members, but we could not do it without those that volunteer! VAST