Thank you to Mr. Don Howey, as he was President of the Club in the 1984/1985 season. Don had been involved for a couple of years prior to becoming President as a trail boss.
The newly formed Club, was very busy this season. To start the season, they held an Open House in November, which brought in new members followed by A Swap Shop later that month. The Trailblazers hosted a Christmas Party for members and their families. A Cross Country Rally was also held in December. The Millet Club came and rode with some folks from the Trailblazers in December and the Edmonton Snowmobile Club rode later with members in February. In January, the Snowarama was held with Don organizing it. The Sowarama was sponsored by the Alberta Snowmobile Association and a few ASA members from the Club and area rode to Fox Creek and raised $4000.00 for the Disabled Children. Various Clubs held their own ACC fundraising events in support. Trailblazer members also attended the Jamboree in Stettler. In 1984, it was the Town of Whitecourt’s 25th Anniversary and the community and club held a Winter Carnival in celebration. The Trailblazers held their poker rally on this weekend. In addition to the Anniversary, Whitecourt also held the Yellowhead Winter Games and the Trailblazers held a Drag Race on the River. The Trailblazer members also volunteered annually at the Whitecourt Trade Fair. In the summer, the Trailblazers organized a Trike Rally that brought out many of the same folks as snowmobiling did. Very busy season.
In 1985/86, Don stayed on as Past President. The Trailblazers had a busy year again with a Poker Rally February 22/23 and they used the Eagle Lake Trail for the rally. The Rally was Saturday and the Snowarama was held on the Sunday where they raised $5100.00 for Easter Seals. They also held an Ice Oval Drag and Endurance Race the first weekend in March.
Don was very much a part of all the events, activities, volunteering and snowmobiling that happened in the Club during the 80’s. The Club was very community oriented. They were also very ambitious with the rallies, races and fundraising for the Club, Easter Seals and the Disabled Children’s Organization. The Club was busy, but seemed to have a great social atmosphere. The Trailblazers in 1983/84 had about 70 members and in 1984/85 season they had approximately 85 members. The Club was growing every year, thanks to the efforts of the members and the Club. We have always been known to give back to our community, but also provide Tourism and an opportunity for families to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. That was definitely shown by the members of the new Club.
Thank you Don and Pat Howey for your efforts with the Club and the community. Don doesn’t ride anymore, but he is involved in other community volunteer efforts with the Wolverines and the Whitecourt Airshow.