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Northwoods Riders Snowmobile Club October 2021 Newsletter

Next Meeting

October 25, 2021
Tilted Loon
Board Meeting at 6:00
General Meeting at 7:00

President – Mark McDonald
Vice President – Greg Johnson
Treasurer – Lana Johnson
Secretary – Rita Meidam

John Collom                        Membership – Chetek Wenker
Dale Elliot                            Newsletter – Bette Theobald 
Andy King
Lowell Meidam                                         
Dennis Wenker

Trail Clean-up Day:

Trail Clean-up Day is Saturday, October 23, 2021.  We will be assisting the Northwoods Passage with brushing, clearing and trail clean-up on this day.  We will meet at the Northwoods Riders Club Garage (2642 Co Rd L, Tomahawk, WI 54487) at 9:00am.  There will be a quick instructional session, and then groups will form to head out and work sections of trail.  Please bring your ATV/UTV, chainsaws, tree trimmers, mauls, loppers, garbage bags, etc.  If you bring your ATV on a trailer, don't unload right away...some groups may travel and unload at other locations away from the club garage.  Following the day’s work, there will be a gathering at Prairie Rapids Pavilion - beginning at 2:00pm.  Chili and soup will be provided.


Membership renewal letters went out in mid-August.  Thanks go out to Julia McDonald, Mary Beth Waters, Chetek Wenker, and Rose Wojcik for their assistance!

Please be aware your club dues must be paid and processed before you can order your trail passes.  After we receive your renewal, whether mailed or online, it is processed and sent into AWSC.  Once AWSC processes the renewals, which can take up to 2 weeks, your membership is updated to active and you are able to order your discounted trail passes.  So, if you haven’t mailed in your renewal or completed it online, it’s time to get it done so you are ready to ride!

We currently have 281 members in our club.  New members at the September meeting included:  John and Kirsten Litzau (new owners of Twin Bay), John Felzkowski (aka Fries), and Steve Holbrook.  Welcome!

Trail Closures:

51C from the Bearskin to Birch Lake Resort looks to be closed due to a landowner dispute.  Alternate routes are being explored.  Tim Calhoun indicated South Shore Drive will be open as an alternate route to Birch Lake Resort.  As club members, we need to outwardly be appreciative of landowners for granting the privilege to cross their lands.  If you have an opportunity to thank them, please do!  Always be respectful of private property and stay on the trails. 

Donation to Northwoods Riders Passage:

Tim Calhoun informed our club the Northwoods Passage Riders have purchased a drag and it has been delivered.  The drag will be located at Woodpecker to service NWP trails in that area.  It was purchased to replace a 20+ year old drag.  The Passage is requesting a club donation toward the cost of the drag.  It will be discussed at the October meeting.

Club Officer Nominations:

Voting for club officers will take place at our October 25, 2021 meeting.  This meeting will be held at the Tilted Loon Saloon beginning at 7:00pm.  There are 5 positions being voted on this year; President, Secretary, and 3 Board of Director Positions which will be determined by the three highest numbers of votes.  Current nominations include:

President: Greg Johnson

Secretary:  Lisa Elliott

Board Positions: John Collom, Dale Elliott, and Dennis Wenker

If you would like to nominate someone for one of these positions, or would like to run yourself, please come to the October meeting as nominations will be opened one final time before we vote.  If you are unable to attend the meeting but wish to make a nomination – you can email us at  Get your nomination in early so we can contact the candidate for their nomination acceptance and put their name on the ballot.

DNR Snowmobile Safety Class:

The DNR Snowmobile Safety Class will be held December 4, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Erv’s.  Enrollment will be limited to 50 students and DNR covid protocols will be followed.  John Collom made a motion to spend $500 on class expenses for 50 students.  It was approved at the meeting.  All registrations must be completed through the Wisconsin DNR website at Registrations will be opened on October 26, 2021.

Pontoon Palooza:

The Northwoods Riders Pontoon Palooza held in July was a huge success!  There were 636 stamp sheets sold, up 297 from last year.  All 150 raffle tickets were sold.  At the meeting, Greg Johnson read a thank you letter from Mark McDonald (see letter below) which acknowledged all the volunteers who pitched in to make this event possible.  We thank all the volunteers and businesses for their time and generosity!  If you have any feedback or new ideas, please email us at  We are always looking for ways to make this event even better!

Northwoods Riders Youth Snowmobile Club:

Do you know a young person who is interested in snowmobiling?  We are still looking for youth and young adults who would be interested in joining a FREE Northwoods Riders Youth Snowmobile Club.  If you know someone who is interested in joining, please send us their info or have them contact us at

On-Line Store:

It’s that time of year again!  The excitement of snowmobile season is right around the corner!  Our on-line store offers over 150 items to purchase with our club logo imprinted on them.  Sweatshirts, t-shirts, shirts, hats, glassware and more!  Café Press handles the purchase and the shipping of the items.  The club will receive $3.00 for each item purchased.  Just go to and click on the Store link at the top of the page to check it out!

Club Stickers:

Reflective club stickers are available for a $1.00 donation. If you would like a sticker, please pick one up at the monthly meeting or reach out to us at

September Meeting Winners

Deonn Graeber won the $25 Thirsty Giraffe Gift Certificate

Greg Rummel won $115 on the 50/50 drawing

Free Memberships for 2021/2022:

Names were drawn from all members who had their renewals paid by the meeting on September 27th.  The winners are Dennis Wenker, Rick Ross (Who donated back to the club.  Thanks Rick!), Werner Calder, Mark Pearson, Dale Weickardt, Greg Benrud, Tom Nelson, Luke Schweitzer, William Sparr, and Lee Drengler

Events 2021-2022

October 23, 2021 - Trail Clean-up Day

October 25, 2021 - Northwoods Riders General Meeting at The Tilted Loon

November 13, 2021 - Gun Raffle at Billy Bob's

November 22, 2021 - Northwoods Riders General Meeting - TBD

December 27, 2021 - Northwoods Riders General Meeting at Prairie Rapids Pavillion

January 9, 2022 - Big Cash Raffle at Bootlegger's Lodge

January 24, 2022 - Northwoods Riders General Meeting at Boomba Bar

January 29, 2022 - Radar Run at Holly's 

February 5, 2022 - NWR Trail Cookout

February 19, 2022 - Maday's Fisheree

February 19, 2022 - Sled Raffle at Somo Beach Resort

February 28, 2022 - Northwoods Riders General Meeting at Twin Bay

March 12,2022 - Winter Celebration at Inshalla

March 28, 2022 - Northwoods Riders General Meeting at Holly's

July 16, 2022 - Pontoon Palooza at The Landing



Thank you to Pontoon Palooza Volunteers! 

I want to thank all of our club members who volunteered their time to make this year’s event a huge success.  Family circumstances forced me to be out of town on the weekend of the event, as well as the days leading up to it.  You all did a tremendous job planning, setting up and managing the event.  THANK YOU!!!

I want to acknowledge those that helped this year.  I will undoubtedly forget somebody – so please forgive me and remind me so I can publicly acknowledge your effort too!

Mike and Sandy Wick/Gary and Mary Beth Waters – Site set up, tent rental, porta-potty rental

John Collom – Site set up, ticket sales, tear down

Lowell Meidam – Site set up, beverage sales, beverage procurement, tear down

Lana Johnson – Stamp Sheet distribution and collection, Raffle Prize documentation

Lisa Elliott – Raffle Prize documentation

Jerry Otterholt (aka the King of Raffles) – two beer raffles organized, $100 raffle tickets and posters distributed and collected, tear down

Dean Clark – Top seller of $100 raffle tickets (30+)

Lori Rogney – Raffle Drawing assistance, 2nd most $100 tickets sold

Greg Johnson – Event MC, signage for event, set up, tear down

Kutsy Kastein – Organized the Boat and Costume theme contests

Margaret Engebrecht – Boat Judging

Rod and Kim Fisher – Boat Judging

Tom and Barb Tasse – Boat Judging

Bob and Robin Cota and Michelle – beverage service

Jim Hanson – donated ice and stocked beverages

Mike and Ann Milligan – food service

Don and Terri Heubner – food service

Tim Calhoun – beverage service

Chetek Wenker – 50/50 Raffles

Dennis Wenker – Event Manager, set up, tear down

Dale Elliott – On-site raffle coordinator

Jeanne Otterholt – Stamp Sheet Collection

Kay Collom – Stamp Sheet Collection

Randy and Bette Theobald – Stamp Sheet Collection

Andy King – set up

Gary Steinhafel - set up, tear down

Gary Gavin – set up, tear down

Ben Johnson – tear down

John Wojcik – set up, tear down

Bob Hobson – chip donation

Viegut’s Do It Right – Beer donated for raffle

Boomba Bar – prize donation

Fish Trap Bar – prize donation

Boomba, Twin Bay and Sattler’s Landing for selling stamp sheets.

Older Budwiser for entertaining us all night.

Fries for feeding the masses.

As you can see, there are MANY people involved in putting this great event together!  It would not be possible without your generosity of time, effort and donations.  We are always looking for more names to join this growing list of helpers – it is generally a lot of fun when we have such great help!

Thank you all!



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