ANNUAL FAMILY SNOWMOBILE RALLY - FEBRUARY 15-17, 2019

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

Thank You Chet and Malinda Brewster

Aug30

Chet and Malinda Brewster are long time volunteers with the Club – 20 years.  Chet started volunteering by cleaning trails in 1999.  Around 2002, Dan Guenette brought in this young 20 something kid to his first fall meeting, they left the meeting and Chet said “What the hell did you bring me into, a bunch of old guys’ club?”.  Dan shrugged and said “ya, but it’s a pretty cool group” and after that, Chet was heavily involved.  He was a big part of the Carson Cabin build in 2004 .  He was a handy young guy on the tools and worked hard.  The “old guys” – Dale Gunderson and Alex Manweiler were pretty impressed by his workmanship.  (Carson Cabin Project Build – logged 650 man hours, with a cost to the club at $3590.00. The Carson Cabin logs were donated by ANC, with equipment and other materials donated by other companies; total donated cost of project- $35,000, not including volunteer hours)

Malinda came to Whitecourt as a Co-Op Student from Saskatchewan in 1997/1998.  She came back to Whitecourt for another Co-Op term and after that, Infratech hired her and Chet and her moved to town.   Chet was always a great guy to help with trail cleaning and was a good member as he started bringing some of his young friends to the club – Mitch Sharp and Denis Blain.  It was great having all these young guys in the club – Ken, Dan, Chet, Mitch and Denis.  Since 2004, Chet has been on the Executive Board as a Director or a Trail Boss. He is a volunteer for the Rallies, organized rides,  3 cabin constructions, 3 Lookouts and pretty much every other event or Trailblazers’ activity.

Malinda worked with Alex and Dale on developing maps for the Club.  They would manually look at the Forestry Aerial Maps and then design where the trail was on paper with many, many long hours deciphering the exact locations.    Developing the Trailblazer’s website, occurred between 2001 and 2003 and Malinda worked on it with Jim Halawell, Alex Manweiler, Peter Smyl and Williard Strebchuk.  First the link was created with the Town of Whitecourt Website and then the Trailblazers site was added.   Malinda, since the website inception, has volunteered on the maintenance of the site, annually adding Club information, events, calendars etc.  Malinda has been a part of the marketing and promotion of the Club through all her graphic work through her company – Case and Point:Media.  She has donated her time for all the graphics for the rallies and the 2009 Invasion.   She continues to add information to the website, help produce and design graphics  (banners, posters, logos, clothing, merchandise etc) and the website for our events such as the 2015 Invasion.  She is our graphic guru.  Malinda has also volunteered at all the rallies with registrations.

Chet and Malinda, thank you so much for your support and volunteerism, we are sure glad you moved to Whitecourt and that Chet, you continued coming to the meetings, even with the old guys!!  (PS, now you are one of them)

Chet and Malinda Brewster are long time volunteers with the Club – 20 years. Chet started volunteering by cleaning trails in 1999. Around 2002, Dan Guenette brought in this young 20 something kid to his first fall meeting, they left the meeting and Chet said “What the hell did you bring me into, a bunch of old guys’ club?”. Dan shrugged and said “ya, but it’s a pretty cool group” and after that, Chet was heavily involved. He was a big part of the Carson Cabin build in 2004 . He was a handy young guy on the tools and worked hard. The “old guys” – Dale Gunderson and Alex Manweiler were pretty impressed by his workmanship. (Carson Cabin Project Build – logged 650 man hours, with a cost to the club at $3590.00. The Carson Cabin logs were donated by ANC, with equipment and other materials donated by other companies; total donated cost of project- $35,000, not including volunteer hours)
Malinda came to Whitecourt as a Co-Op Student from Saskatchewan in 1997/1998. She came back to Whitecourt for another Co-Op term and after that, Infratech hired her and Chet and her moved to town. Chet was always a great guy to help with trail cleaning and was a good member as he started bringing some of his young friends to the club – Mitch Sharp and Denis Blain. It was great having all these young guys in the club – Ken, Dan, Chet, Mitch and Denis. Since 2004, Chet has been on the Executive Board as a Director or a Trail Boss. He is a volunteer for the Rallies, organized rides, 3 cabin constructions, 3 Lookouts and pretty much every other event or Trailblazers’ activity.
Malinda worked with Alex and Dale on developing maps for the Club. They would manually look at the Forestry Aerial Maps and then design where the trail was on paper with many, many long hours deciphering the exact locations. Developing the Trailblazer’s website, occurred between 2001 and 2003 and Malinda worked on it with Jim Halawell, Alex Manweiler, Peter Smyl and Williard Strebchuk. First the link was created with the Town of Whitecourt Website and then the Trailblazers site was added. Malinda, since the website inception, has volunteered on the maintenance of the site, annually adding Club information, events, calendars etc. Malinda has been a part of the marketing and promotion of the Club through all her graphic work through her company – Case and Point:Media. She has donated her time for all the graphics for the rallies and the 2009 Invasion. She continues to add information to the website, help produce and design graphics (banners, posters, logos, clothing, merchandise etc) and the website for our events such as the 2015 Invasion. She is our graphic guru. Malinda has also volunteered at all the rallies with registrations.
Chet and Malinda, thank you so much for your support and volunteerism, we are sure glad you moved to Whitecourt and that Chet, you continued coming to the meetings, even with the old guys!! (PS, now you are one of them)

2018 Chet and Malinda – Shiningbank Lookout
2018 Chet and his “John Deere Ski-Doo” and group at Summit Cabin

2018 Kyle Labossiere and Chet at Summit Cabin
2017 Chet Brewster, Rodney Koscielny and Dan Guenette roasting Ken Linford
2017 Derek Rooks, Don Price and Chet Brewster
2019 Chet and Kyle just installed the solar panel at the Carson Cabin. Plans are to install solar panels at all the cabins on the trail system.
2012 Summit Cabin construction – Chet Brewster, Rodney Koscielny, John White, Jeff Brooks, Cindy Brooks, Rizzoli and Ken Linford

Thank you to Rick Evasiuk

Aug27

Thank you Rick for your volunteerism and support for over 2 decades. Rick and his brother Dave own and operate Whitecourt Transport which has been also a great supporter of ours. As President in 1995/96, you lead the Club through the fight against the Bylaw changes for riding sleds/ohv in town, again, which would have stricter fines and confiscations of those abusing the Bylaw. There was a plebiscite question issued: “Do you support banning of OHV’s in Whitecourt?” and the vote was obviously in our favour. Rick spoke out about the impact it would have on the community with the Golden Triangle System and the Trailblazers’ trails. The changes would be detrimental to the economic impact of our community and affect the image we have as the Snowmobile Capital of Alberta. There are always some bad apples that ruin things, however the vote was “no” and the Bylaw remained the same.

Rick was involved in the Rallies that were held on the Golden Triangle in 1995, 1996 and 1997. In 1995, the Club hosted Race Line Super Trax Sports Magazine that came to town because of the increased popularity of the area for recreation and Whitecourt’s designation of the Snowmobile Capital of Alberta. In addition, he helped with the construction of a warm up shelter and bathrooms that were placed at the start of the Golden Triangle Trail and other locations in 1996. Rick also held other positions on the board for over 10 years such as Memberships, Director, Safety and Sgt at Arms. Many projects were completed over those years that Rick was involved with: Golden Triangle opening, races, rallies, Snowaramas, Trike Races, Silver Summit Trail Development, lots of riding and trail cleaning as well. “Rick was one of the best guys to go out trail cleaning with, and Rick was also known to be a bit accident prone, as he broke his foot on the grader walls at the snowmobile races that were held in the field across from the St. Joe’s Church” quotes from members. He loved to race in the NWSA – loved the speed and competitions. He would also spend hours talking sleds and performance with Dale Gunderson.

Now Rick and Jane travel south for the winters, but he still rides when he is home. Thank you Rick for your many years as an extraordinary volunteer!!

1997 Rick Evasiuk and Jim Halawell

1992 Windup Doug Hay, Rick and Bob Ebertz
1993 Trailblazers Executive
Alex Manweiler, Dale Gunderson and Rick Evasiuk

History Article in Whitecourt Press

Aug17

Thank You Jim and Maureen Halawell

Aug16

40TH ANNIVERSARY – VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION
“Jim and Maureen Halawell”
Jim was involved with the Trailblazers Club in the early 80’s and 90’s. He was President in 1983/84, Director 1984 to 88 and Treasurer 1989/90/91. Unfortunately for the Trailblazers, Jim and Maureen moved away in the early 2000’s.

In 1983/84, when Jim was President, they had a busy season. They started in December with the Drag Races, on the river. The Club also held their first ASA Jamboree (2 days) in February, which was themed “Snow Country” and held at the Rodeo Grounds. They had pancake breakfasts each morning. On Saturday, they held a snowmobile parade, a Cross Country Trail Ride with 300 riders and a dinner and dance. On Sunday, there was a Snowmobile Gymkhana Event with 100 riders participating and ended with a wiener roast windup that night. Later in February, a Hill Climb had been planned, but was unfortunately cancelled. In March, they held an ASA Interclub – Zone 1 – 125 mile ride up to Swan Hills.

Jim was involved with many events and activities throughout his time with the Trailblazers – Oval and Drag Racing, Hill Climbing, 2 Jamborees, Snowaramas, Rallies, awards, dances, Christmas Parties, barbeques and year end parties. The Club also volunteered outside the snowmobile season for the Trade Fair and Riverboat Races. In addition, the club held their own Trike Races in the summer. Jim was always helping out with various events.

Jim liked to trail clean and was always up for a ride. He was known to skip across open water on meadows and trails even though it might mean him getting stuck in the middle and then have to beg for help from his fellow riders – Cyril, Alex and Dale. It was a tough time trying to dry up in the middle of the winter with a small fire, but he managed to make it out ok.

Jim had been given many Trailblazer awards: He was given a Special Recognition Award and also an award in the 1991/92 season for the Most Kilometres rode – 4023 km.

Jim liked to race his Rupp sled in the drag races and would often place as a top rider when he raced. As well, he loved to tinker on his sleds. The rest of the family were also involved in the Trailblazers. Maureen volunteered with registration at the rallies and was always willing to be involved with entertainment, annual awards and fun nights. Cheryl represented us as Miss Trailblazer in 1989 at the ASA Jamboree.

Jim and Maureen were a big part of all the good old days, lots of laughs and fellowship. Thank you to the Halawells for their support, hard work and good times!

Cheryl and Maureen Halawell
Joan and Nick Slootweg, Alex Manweiler, Jim and Maureen Halawell
Nick Slootweg, Cyril Lanctot and Jim Halawell
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