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Winter 2016 5 A message from VAST President Tim Mills VAST News On Nov. 18 Rutland County made a donation of 3000 to The Vermont Achievement Center VAC. The Vermont Achievement Center Inc. a 501c3 charitable organization has been serving the needs of children and families throughout the Rutland region and Vermont since 1937. VAC continues to offer innovative and responsive programs in special education early education and child care family social services and intervention as well as water safety and aqua therapy. The programs provided by VAC touch the lives of more than 7000 children and families throughout our region each year. - courtesy VAC website at Becky Wisell VAC Development Director commented that their specially equipped indoor rehabilitation and physical therapy pool was on the brink of being closed several years ago. Donations from Rutland county snowmobile clubs bolstered the operations fund and gave them the ability to keep it open. Some county club members also donated their time in the past to give these children many of whom are handicapped the chance to have a snowmobile ride. Mitch Golub VAC President CEO Becky Wisel VAC Development Director Merritt Budd VAST Rutland County Director and Ann Hunt VAC Pool Director celebrate the donation of 3000 from Rutland County clubs. RUTLAND COUNTY DONATES 3K By Patty Companik Ridge Climbers member Allison Riker stamps Tims hand at their 1st annual Cabin Fever Dance held this January in Royalton. I am looking out the window patiently waiting for the white gold to start falling from the skies in measureable amounts. The cruel simplistic reality of Mother Nature not cooperating this snowmobile season has been extremely frustrating. To date we have had a total of two snowstorms. Well two snowstorms and a half of a day of steady pouring rain. The anticipation for me personally starts during hunting season after the leaves have fallen and the air starts to turn crisp. As snowmobilers we always believe that the upcoming snowmobile season is going to be second to none with an endless bounty of snow for us to ride on but this winter has been a disappointment. The opening of the season on Dec. 16 has come and gone with not a track made behind my sled to date in mid-January. Living in the Northeast as we do you wouldnt think a slow snow start to the season is possible. In reality it is more common then we realize. Historically this happens to us about once every four to six years. You may feel that this is the end of the story but it is far from over. Just because the weather isnt cooperating doesnt mean that everything comes to a stop. The lack of snow has given us an opportunity to continue working on our grooming equipment and fuss with other items we didnt have time to work on before the season started. Across the state safety classes were still being held. I know for a fact that clubs statewide have planned and toiled over fundraising events.The lack of snow only means you cant ride your snowmobile there but you are still able to attend by car or truck. In January I attended one of our neighboring clubs rst annual dances with a live band and a 5050 rae. My local club is going to be cooking food at the Vintage Snowmobile Rendezvous on Feb. 27. We are also planning our big dinner and rae which we hold in April every year. These events are very important to our local clubs. They depend on these fundraisers every year. This is also an excellent opportunity to keep from getting cabin fever. Just grab your latest Snowmobile Vermont magazine and look through the events section to see what is going on. Another good place to look for events being held by snowmobile clubs is on the VAST website and also on social media. Facebook is an excellent source for clubs to post events riding conditions and other interesting tidbits. With everything that is going on this winter there is no reason for anyone of us to be bored while we wait for the snow to arrive. Ride Safely and Smooth Trails Tim Mills VAST President