The first meeting of the newly-formed snowmachine club was held on October 16, 1966 at the Lunenburg Town Hall in Essex County. Among the 20 members present, ‘Scrub’ Benoit made a motion to call the organization the Lunenburg Polar Bears. The concept was an instant hit and group events were scheduled.
It was agreed each member would pay $1 to be a member of the Lunenburg Polar Bears (LPB), plus another $1 which went to VAST. On December 2, 1971 the LPB ordered patches that included a logo. Two weeks later, the Club began investigating ways to make the trails smoother. So Bob Desmarais suggested trying a ‘drag’ that he was making himself.
In February 1972, ninety-two members started receiving the VAST Newsletter and decals. Months later, the first LPB delegates attended the VAST Annual Meeting. In April of 1973, the Club was incorporated. At the January VAST Directors Meeting it was determined trail signs were affordable.
On November 6, 1975 the Club began raising money to purchase snow machines and drags that could groom the trails. By the end of the season, 40 miles of Club trails extended from Copps Store at Victory Road through Lunenburg into Guildhall. Individual permission slips from St Regis Paper & VELCO were needed to ride trails further north. In addition, the LPB Board of Directors authorized the 1978 purchase of a clubhouse on Dance Hall Road for $5,000.
Amongst years of continued success and trail expansion, the LPB accepted an award from VAST in 1992 for the 'Pipeline Project.' With the help of funding from the LPB & VAST, the Lancaster New Hampshire Bridge was modified so more trailside services were accessible by snowmobile. Numerous apparatus were acquired including Bombardier, Yamaha, Ski Doo and Pisten Bully grooming machines. A multi-use Polaris Ranger rounded out the fleet. Implements included homemade and commercial drags, packing attachments and a custom hydraulic brush-cutter.
Today the Club continues to extend its purpose by donating money towards local initiatives. Annually the LPB celebrates its landowner relationships with a 'Hot Dish Buffet' fundraiser. Attending residents would leave a small donation and landowners ate free. A portion of the proceeds are donated to local school student activity funds.
Moving forward, members continue to maintain the Club's unique trail system and support its mission through focused projects, individual responsibilities, group activities and operating in concert with neighboring clubs. The Club has been launching marketing initiatives and improving communications. We welcome everyone to be part of our club. Share your talents with us.
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