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.
❄❄❄January 25-27, 2019 marked the 33rd annual Women on Snow weekend. The 98 women who braved the sub-zero temperatures enjoyed beautifully groomed trails on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. While fueling up on Friday night, the clerk commented that there were “only two groups plus you gals” on the Eagle River trails that night. The temperature was -27 when we arrived back at Eagle Waters. We opted to drive to our planned lunch on Saturday at Gooch’s in Boulder Junction. Larry and Bob our able support guys had their hands full with helping to start snowmobiles, and we appreciated their help again this year.
❄❄❄The theme this year was “Kentucky Derby”. Laura, the staff at Eagle Waters, and DJ Rich Whitaker of “At Your Request” turned our banquet into an evening at Churchill Downs. A tradition is the hat ceremony where the 26 new girls, who are affectionately referred to as funewgees, trade in their pink hat for the black one. Thanks to our many sponsors and supporters for the great door and special prizes we awarded throughout the weekend.
❄❄❄ The women who attended the weekend donated over $2000 , through a special raffle and 50/50 drawing. This money was given to the snowmobile clubs whose trails we rode on, and planned to ride on, throughout the weekend: Bo-Boen Snowmobile Club of St. Germain, Boulder Junction Snowmobile Club, Conover Sno-Buddies, Frosty Snowmobile Club of Land O’Lakes, Northern Lights Snowmobile Club of Three Lakes, 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 2020. 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 2020 Weekend for the first time, you will receive a $10 credit toward your registration for 2021. (BTW, a funewgee is a “fun new girl.”)
❄❄❄The votes are in for the 2020 Banquet Theme– PAJAMA PARTY. Costumes are optional, but encouraged; but who cannot come up with something for a Pajama Party??? If you choose not to dress up, you will have to wear your WOS hat at the banquet.