12 | Snowmobile VERMONT DO YOU KNOW A TRAILBLAZER? Applications are accepted all year and may be filled out online or downloaded in PDF format at vtvast.org/awards.html Trailblazers’ Corner Trailblazers’ Corner 25+ 25+ Years of Volunteering Dennis Lemire has been the West Windsor Moonlighters’ president and trailmaster since 1977, Windsor county’s president since 1988 and the chairman of the Trails Committee since 2013. Dennis is open-minded to changes and growth of the organization. He is a fair and kind individual who is an outstanding asset to his club, county and VAST. Gordon Holmes was part of his local club for 57 years, long before VAST was established. He started grooming trails with a wooden drag. He is a past president of the Long Hill Snowmobile Club and held that position for 15 years. He is the current trails coordinator of Windsor county and has been for the past 17 years. Gordon was trailmaster for the Long Hill Snowmobile Club for 10 years and is currently trailmaster of the Bridgewater Sno-Zippers. He also maintains membership with the Hartland Hill Hoppers. Mark Walker has been president of the Hartland Hill Hoppers for 20 years and a Windsor county board member for 15 years. He also helps his club with trail maintenance and signing. Barry Messier has been the president of the Hawks Mountain Ridge Runners for 15 years and the assistant trails coordinator for Windsor county for five years. Barry started snowmobiling in 1971 and began volunteering and grooming at the same time. He has groomed his club’s trails for 28 years. John Murphy got his first snowmobile in 1981 and soon began volunteering shortly thereafter with his first club, the Weathersfield Pathfinders. He has been president of the Sidehill Snow Cronchers for 20 years and has been on the board of directors for Windsor county for three years. Doug Jacobs has been riding snowmobiles since he was 9 years old and began volunteering while he was in high school doing trail maintenance. He has been the secretary for the Skitchewaug Trail Riders for five years and the alternative Director for Windsor county for two years. Carol Coyne and her husband, Joseph, were founding members of the Plymouth Snow Sneakers. She has been volunteering since the 1980s and was the Windsor county treasurer for seven years. During that time, she made the accomplishment of completing the paperwork needed to become the first IRS compliant county club.