40TH ANNIVERSARY SLED INVASION - FEBRUARY 14-16, 2020

Thank You to the Guenettes: Dan, Sue & Family

Sep22

40TH ANNIVERSARY – VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION
“Dan, Sue, Brad, Rachele and Hailey Guenette

Dan has been interested in snowmobiling for most of his life.  Dan and Sue have been involved with the Club for over 25 years, with the kids also being involved at a very young age.  In the mid 90’s, Dan was approached by his mentors Alex Manweiler and Dale Gunderson to get involved with the Trailblazers Club and help out with another young guy, named Ken Linford.  They were well respected business owners and could bring a lot to the group.  Ken and Dan then became the best of friends.  In 2000, Dan was involved with the Y2000 Sled ASA Jamboree and shortly after that, he came on the Executive in various positions. 

Dan has done a tremendous amount with the club.  He has been rotating on the Executive since 2002 as a Director, Publicity, Safety Director, Vice President, President and Past President.  He dove into the Trailblazers organizing right from the start, nothing would scare or intimidate Dan. When Dan gets the ball rolling on an idea, he goes with it.  GO BIG OR GO HOME is his moto.  He was instrumental in purchasing the 2 snow cats, setting up the Groomer Shed, developing over 200kms in trails, 3 cabins, 3 lookouts and 2 staging areas.  There is nothing that Dan has not been a part of over his years.  He knows how to get things started and finished.  He has been instrumental in planning 2 Invasions and working on his 3rd, all the annual rallies, ASA Jamborees, events and extra activities.  He is very good at raising funds for various projects.  He is a savy individual who is deeply involved in everything he does.  He has been involved in the Golden Triangle for many years as well. He has attended many of the ASA meetings and ASPS events.   Ken and Dan continued with the relationship building locally and provincially while they were in the President and Vice President positions; they were great team players, feeding off of each other.   It was a great loss for the Club and Dan, when Ken moved away, as he was such a great support and knew how to make it happen. 

The family are great volunteers as well; where Dan is, the family has not been far.  Brad was a great part of trail cleaning and the girls Rachele and Hailey helped out with the rallies and other events.  Sue of course is always at the events and helping Dan in one way or another, more than we will ever know.   The Guenettes are outstanding members and leaders of the Whitecourt Trailblazers Club.  Their involvement with the Trailblazers has offered them opportunities to meet and ride with like-minded people who enjoy snowmobiling and to spread the word that organized snowmobiling is a great family sport.  They have been active volunteers and try to bring non-sledders into the group.  They love the sport of sledding and don’t expect anything in return.  They are true supporters financially (donating through his companies-Infratech Corporation and AWI), volunteering and participating at all functions.Dan and the  family are true role models for other families and younger riders.  They are an integral part of the club and the community.  They have won many awards such as CCSO Family of the Year, ASA Family of the YearB and Brad-ASA Youth of the Year. Dan has been a part of many Club Awards through the ASA, Chamber of Commerce and SnoRiders-Rider’s Choice Awards.  Also, he has been a big part of some of the awards given to the Golden Triangle.  

For the past few years, Dan has been extremely busy with work and on his weekend breaks, he has been riding  his Polaris sled mostly in British Columbia in the mountains.  The family likes to ride at Grizzly Lodge.  He has been organizing group travelling rides for close to 20 years, if not to Grizzly then other destinations. Dan has been committed to our local club and without his support, guidance and participation it would not be the same.  He has truly been a key player in this Club and lucky for us. he is still a part of the Executive training and guiding new board members and others, like he was mentored by Dale and Alex.  We can never thank you enough Dan, Sue and the kids.  We like to joke, that when you drink the koolaide, you never get out……Cheers for now Dan and thanks!  
               
 

Planning Y2000 ASA Jamboree

Thank you George Vanberg and the VanderBurgs

Sep22

40TH ANNIVERSARY – VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION
“George Vanberg and the VanderBurgs”
George was a member of the Club for over 20 years. George held positions on the Executive and was a part of the Club throughout the 1980s and 1990’s. He was a trail boss, Vice President in (84) and then became President in (85, 86, 87). George helped to shape and direct how the Club evolved. George and Pat were a part of many great things with the Club – Rallies, ASA Jamborees, Snowaramas, Drag and Oval Racing, Awards from ASA and BRP. George was a great member, large influence in the Club and worked tirelessly. George was lots of fun to work and play with. George was instrumental in the summer Quad Rallies in the 80’s that were hosted by the Trailblazers.

Pat was on the Executive as the Secretary and on other various committees. Karlee, their daughter, was always present with others from Pat’s VanderBurg family: Pat’s mother and father Kitty and Cor and brothers Ken & Trudy and George and Liz and their families. It was a family sport and they all were all a part of it. The VanderBurgs were a great presence at events, fundraisers, meetings and other volunteer activities. If George VanderBurg wasn’t helping out at events, he had a part in our Governments-Locally and Provincially as the MLA in our region and helped the Trailblazers along the way when he could. He helped with a few large Government Funding Grants for our Invasions and trail development.  Ken was on the Executive and a volunteer for many years, with Trudy helping out. They moved away and then came back and Ken became involved as a snowcat operator. He was involved with snowmobiles as a young man and spent a lot of time with Gundy in his shop, learning more about mechanics. Ken still comes to Club meetings and provides input. Ken loves to ride our rally with his buddy Arnie O.  Edith Vanberg was a great historian and helped out wherever she could.  

Back in the day, a newsletter was sent out to the membership at least once a year. The newsletters would recap the year and would also speak to what was coming up. In February 1985, George Vanberg as President, wrote to the membership: “Remember to influence new members, the more members we have, the stronger we are to protect our riding rights. It’s good and healthy to meet new people and get involved in group activities and volunteer work”. What a fantastic message to send to the membership. It still stands today, we need new members, new ideas and new volunteers. DId you know, we still have very active members who belonged to the Club 40 years ago? In saying this, our volunteers are aging and fewer people are getting involved. The take away here is “PLEASE come forward and help us to keep our Club strong. We need support financially with annual ASA membership purchases, volunteering and donations or sponsorships. We want to host events and keep our trails as best as we can, but we do need YOUR help. Get involved as little as an hour or as much as 100 hours. We have a very strong Executive and core group of volunteers, but we also welcome new volunteers. We love it when we see new people come out to our meetings or people texting us asking when the next event I and if they can help. We love the enthusiasm our new Executive has brought to the group, it revives us and brings excitement back to our Club. If you want to get involved and help, please call, text, message or post. Someone will gladly get back to you.

Thank you to George Vanberg and all the VanderBurgs: Pat VanderBurg-Leicht, Karlee Vanberg (deceased), Edith and Cor VanderBurg (deceased), Ken & Trudy VanderBurg & Family and George VanderBurg & Family for your support, guidance, volunteerism and great family fun!

George accepting an Award
Trailblazer Shenanigans in the 80’s – Tony Moser, Cyril Lanctot, Alex Manweiler, Doug Hay, George Vanberg, Gord Quinn, Doug MacDougall
Ken VanderBurg in the Santa Claus Parade with Trailblazers’ float
1989 Pat VanderBurg-Leicht
Karlee Vanberg
Edith Vanberg

Thank you Tony and Dot Moser

Sep10

Tony was President of the Club from 1990 to 1991. In addition, he held a Director and Vice President position during his time with the Trailblazers. “He and Dot were good members, willing to help and knew how to have fun” a member stated.

During Tony’s time as President, there were concerns from the local riders that the trails were in poor condition and needed upgrading. At that time, the Alberta Forest Service groomed our trails. Tony stepped up and stated that “the AFS and the Trailblazers have a good working relationship and the AFS do a tremendous job, but there is only so much money available this year. Unfortunately, riders were out on the trails too early this year and did damage to the trails.” Moser, the AFS and a Representative from the Town met and made a plan to groom the trails for the upcoming events and to come up with some money for the next season. The Rally and Snowarama were held that season and the trails were decent. It’s working relationships such as these, that the Trailblazers worked hard to develop and still to this day we have great partnerships with Alberta Parks and Environment, Town of Whitecourt and Woodlands County. Thanks to all of our contributors who are still building and maintaining those relationships for 40 years.

“Tony and Dot were good supporters of the club and helped in everything that needed doing” stated another member. Tony, Dot and their son, Howard helped on committees for events and activities for the Club during those years as members. Unfortunately, they have both passed away – Tony (2005) and Dot (2008). Thank you to the Mosers for their contributions.

1988 – Tony and Dot Moser
1988 – Tony

1988 – Doug Hay, Alex Manweiler, George Vanberg and Tony Moser
Howard Moser

September General Meeting – September 11/19

Sep05

Trailblazers’ September General Meeting at the Eagle River Recreation Area Hwy 32, 2 km e of the Eagle River Casino at 7:00pm on Wednesday September 11/19 in the gazebo. Everyone welcome. Come see what we have planned for the upcoming season. Buy your 2020 ASA Membership at early bird pricing of – $80.00. We have a couple of very cool door prizes up for grabs as well

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