The May meeting date has changed due to several schedule conflicts. The new date is May 19, 2013. Time is 1:00pm and the location is the same as before, Sands Resort & Motel in Cadillac, Michigan. Topics to be discussed will be future trips, summer picnic, election of part of the board of directors. Next years trip is already on the drawing board-Quebec and Gaspe pennisula. Board of Directors will meet at 11:00am, same date, same place.
Due to lack of snow, poor trail conditions and current weather forecast , the board has decided that the U.P. Loop ride planned for January 24, 2013, will be moved out of Michigan. Conditions in Ontario are much better at this point. We are moving the ride to Ontario, starting in Wawa. Same dates as the original U.P. ride, January 24 to Feb 2. We are re-plotting the trip in north central and eastern Ontario and will post updates as they firm up.
Pray for Snow!
Best wishes for a speedy recovery to MichCanSka Members Dan Wheeler and Larry Wormnest. Dan is recovering from a motorcycle accident and Larry is suffering with arthritic complications
MSA announced at it’s recent convention in Bay City, Michigan in December 2012, that Bill Bradfield our president was named “Snowmobiler of the Year” Congratulations Bill!
Bill would like to thank the members of MichCanSka for their support and endorsement he received for this prestigeous award
The club is putting together three trips for the Winter 2012 / 2013 riding season
1st) Ride to Newberry, Michigan, January 6-9, 2013.
2nd) Michigan’s U.P. Circle Ride, 1,200 miles in 9 days from January 24, 2013 to February 2, 2013
- Thursday Jan. 24 Sault Ste. Marie
- FrIday Jan. 25 Sault Ste. Marie to Munising 181 Miles
- Saturday Jan. 26 Munising to Baraga 172 Miles
- Sunday Jan.27 Baraga to Copper Harbor 170 Miles
- Monday Jan. 28 Copper Harbor to Silver City 149 Miles
Tuesday Jan. 29 Silver City 104 Miles
LAYOVER DAY SCENIC CIRCLE RIDE TODAY
Wednesday Jan. 30 Silver City to Ishpeming 140 Miles
Thursday Jan. 31 Ishpeming to Newberry 182 Miles
Friday Feb. 1 Newberry to Sault Ste. Marie 102 Miles
- Saturday Feb. 2 I-500 RACE PARADE LAP 9 A.M. RACE STARTS 10.00 A.M.
3rd) Ride in Ontario, Canada in late February, 2013. It will be for 7 days.
Next Michcanska Meeting will be in Newberry, Michigan on January 6, 2013. This will be a board meeting and all members of the club are invited to come and listen. If you can not ride that week, but live in the Eastern U.P. stop by and see what your club is doing. Meeting will be in the afternoon, after 2 pm, when all who are riding that week have arrived in Newberry.
Does Michcanska know how to adapt to change? Almost every step of the way. The first 3 days of the trip never took place where they were originally planned. Instead we drove right to WaWa, but from there on out we had really great trails, well ok except for one day which was a repeat of Ross River. But with our skilled leadership and careful planning we were able to manage to get back to where we were suppose to be. Oh yes and the 12 foot “Wall of Snow” was a little challenging for 5 members of the group and a little costly but they all joined us a little later in the evening. We could not go to Minnesota, no snow we couldnt go to Wisconsin, no snow and we could not get to the western Up yeh you guessed it no snow. But it did not stop us from clocking 2,200 miles, raising $19,000.00 and having a lot of fun doing it! The hospitality of our good friend Roger Segouin the Mayor of Hearst and his council members was fantastic. I wonder how many other snowmobile clubs had trail signs welcoming them in to the towns they visited last winter. Also our good friend Gaby and his wife Doreen and all the great people from the Sno-Hos club that treated us like royalty we thank all of our good Canadian friends for their northern hospitality. Also Mayor Tony Bosbous of Sault Ste. Marie for the great send off from Michigan. The MichCanSkans have made their mark three years in a row now and we can all be proud of our accomplishments. The team effort prevailed once again.
“Dream It, Plan It, Do It”
The MichCanSka club motto that echoed across North America in 2010 when we organized the Snowmobile Dreamtrip of a lifetime, an Epic Adventure that traveled through 5 States, 5 Provinces and 4 Time Zones of some of the most beautiful and most treacherous landscapes on earth. It was to be a one time event raising funds for diabetes research and awareness promotion. Today it has evolved in to the first International Snowmobile Club that has already raised $130,000.00 in it’s first Three years, said Bill Bradfield President of MichCanSka.
Millions of dollars are spent each year in Michigan Businesses and we need to protect this viable industry for our economic prosperity. It is one of the few industries that cannot be outsourced. The MichCanSka group was responsible recently for sending almost 600 letters of response to the State Forestry Department opposing the closing of any and all trails in the Manistee and Huron National Forests. We launched this campaign in conjunction with the Michigan Snowmobile Association at the Novi Snow show in November of 2011. The case was resolved in February in favor of keeping trails and hunting open in the Manistee and Huron forests!
Bill Manson, Executive Director of MSA stated ” The MichCanSka snowmobile club raised an incredible $10,000.00 this year for Diabetes Research and Awareness through fund raisers such as their annual car show, wild game dinner, benefit dinners and by orgainizing the most exciting snowmobile adventures ever!”
MSA President, Jim Dickie awarding MichCanSka the snowmobile club of the year award at the annual MSA Convention to Bill Bradfield
The picture with the kids and my snowmocycle was taken on September16, 2011 in front of the K-12 school in Paradise Michigan. They had a penny drive and raised $25.78 for MichCanSka. I gave them a complimentary copy of our video, they all remain strong supporters of our cause.