News from Women on Snow
❄❄❄The Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs announced in July that Bev Dittmar was selected as the 2018 Snowmobiler of the Year. She was chosen because of her commitment to and involvement in the sport of snowmobiling. Bev will be honored at the AWSC Workshop on October 27th. In addition the AWSC will nominate Bev to the American Council of Snowmobile Association for the award at the International level. Bev Dittmar has spent over 40 years being involved in snowmobiling, not just riding a snowmobile. Her knowledge and experience with developing and maintaining a trail system has made an impact at the State level as her membership, and now presidency of the Governor’s Snowmobile Recreation Council. At the local level, she is active in several AWSC clubs, holding various board positions, ad hoc committees and chairing and participating in fundraising activities. Bev has influenced new riders through her participation in the DNR Snowmobile Certification Program through development of instructional materials and safety training; and finally, as a role model of hundreds of women who call themselves Women on Snow.
❄❄❄We welcome Mary Sweo and Jacki Hildebrandt to the Women on Snow Board. Mary will be leading the Black Group; Patty Calzavara will remain the tail.
❄❄❄January 26-28, 2018 marked the 32nd annual Women on Snow weekend. Area snowmobile clubs did an excellent job maintaining the trails for the 85 women who rode throughout the weekend. Although a bit warm, we were able to ride for three days, mostly without incident. A few of the machines overheated on Friday, but thanks to Larry and Bob our able support duo, all was well. Each of the six riding groups rode in different directions to their Friday Night Fish Fry destinations. A few were able to see the beautiful Ice Castle lit up in downtown Eagle River, one of the tallest ever constructed.
❄❄❄On Saturday all six groups met in Land O’Lakes at Gateway Lodge for lunch. Reporters from WJFW-TV Channel 12 in Rhinelander and from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel interviewed the women about the event. Check out: https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/local/wisconsin/2018/01/31/women-snow-snowmobilers-claim-their-stake-wisconsins-trails/1076537001/. After lunch the groups headed back to Eagle Waters to get ready for the Saturday Night Banquet.
❄❄❄The theme this year was “Disco”. Laura and the staff at Eagle Waters and DJ Justin Pitlik turned our banquet into a 1970’s discotheque. A tradition is the hat ceremony where the 18 new girls, who are affectionately referred to as funewgees, trade in their pink hat for the black one. On Sunday, Marie led a group for her last hurrah on a ride to Bauer’s Dam in Conover, then back to Eagle Waters for brunch.
❄❄❄Sixteen women, including two in the support vehicle, traveled to Hurley, WI for WOS Tour 2018. We stayed at the Days Inn both nights and logged in about 250 miles, Monday through Wednesday following tour.
❄❄❄ The women who attended the weekend donated about $1600, through a special raffle and 50/50 drawing. This money will be donated to the snowmobile clubs whose trails we rode on throughout the weekend: Bo-Boen Snowmobile Club of St. Germain, Conover Sno-Buddies, Frosty Snowmobile Club of Land O’Lakes, Northern Lights Snowmobile Club of Three Lakes, Phelps Snowmobile Club, Sayner Barnstormers, Sno-Eagles, Inc. of Eagle River, and the Sugar Camp Snowmobile Club. We really appreciate what they do for our trail system!
❄❄❄The beautiful Eagle Waters Resort will again be the host location for Women on Snow in 2019. This historical resort is located on Eagle Lake, part of the 28-lake chain; their Kee-Mi-Con Lodge at Eagle Waters has 24 Northwoods-style lodging units perfect for our event. Check out their web site at http://www.eaglewaters.com.
❄❄❄”The Funewgee Finder Reward” was a success, and it will be continued for next year. If a friend you refer attends the WOS 2019 Weekend for the first time, you will receive a $10 credit toward your registration for 2020. (BTW, a funewgee is a “fun new girl.”)