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18 Snowmobile VERMONT VAST is a true grassroots organization with volunteers being the foundation. From the very beginning even before the concept of a statewide snowmobiling community was envisioned riders began to work together to cut brush on old logging trails build bridges and do what was necessary to have a place to operate their snow machines. It was volunteers who created the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers and volunteers whose endless efforts provide us with the best snowmobiling in the Northeast. It has been a long tradition at VAST to recognize the outstanding achievements of the clubs and individual volunteers of all ages through the presentation of awards. This article will provide a synopsis of all of the available awards at present. The following awards are selected by the Awards Committee from nominations from the membership. Thats right any member of VAST may nominate a potential recipient and the committee is dependent on the membership for nominations. Recipients of the following four awards will be entered for consideration for national awards of the same names. Snowmobiler of the Year is an honor reserved for an individual who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the overall good of snowmobiling in Vermont. The recipient is a true volunteer who has unselfishly extended him or herself in multiple ways to make snowmobiling more enjoyable in the future. Snowmobile Family of the Year recognizes snowmobiling as a family activity. Its not unusual to have families who ride together and volunteer together. The recipient family may be a couple or several generations who have collectively advanced the sport of snowmobiling. Junior Snowmobiler of the Year is presented to a youth 15 years old or younger who has actively participated in trail work charitable events and other club activities. Dealer of the Year award is earned by promotion of the sport to both active snowmobilers and non- snowmobilers promotion of club membership leadership in club or state snowmobile associations participation in fundraising and charity events and involvement in trail grooming operations and special projects. Horizon Award is presented to an individual who may or may not be new to snowmobiling but has stepped out of the background and served their club county or VAST at a level far beyond expectation. There may be multiple awardees annually. Trailblazer Award is new but long overdue. This award recognizes individuals who have volunteered for 25 years or more. These are the people whose volunteer efforts cover any and all aspects of snowmobiling in Vermont. Nominations are accepted at any time. Awardees will be featured in Snowmobile Vermont magazine and one Trailblazer will be chosen annually by the Awards Committee to receive the prestigious Founders Award which recognizes outstanding volunteerism. Snowmobile Club of the Year is given to a club whose trail projects community involvement and charitable activities set it apart as an example for other clubs to follow. Project of the Year is presented to a club who has completed an Awards By Dave Ladd Do you know someone who deserves recognition