MADAWASKA- Jean Ouellette, owner of Martin’s Motel in Madawaska received the Maine Snowmobile Association’s Business of the Year Award during MSA’s annual meeting and luncheon on Saturday, April 14 at the Pine Tree Camps overlooking beautiful North Pond in Rome, Maine.
Outgoing MSA President Harvey Chesley welcomed over 140 members and directors to the 487th Directors Meeting.
MSA Executive Director Bob Meyers commenced the meeting by introducing Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Commission Chandler Woodcock, who spoke about his duties and responsibilities for all of species of Maine’s wildlife, fish and game in the state.
Scott Ramsay, Maine Department of Conservation’s Snowmobile Division agent expressed concerns of low snowmobile registrations this year, thus creating a lack of monies for municipal fund payouts.
“It was a very challenging year to process all the fund request, and as of today, I am withholding 15 percent of paybacks until everyone has had some payout, to see if I can balance my year-end and hopefully have monies left to pay the remain percentage to all. The Capital Equipment Grant will now consider accepting repair requests as well as all snowmobile club groomers will be required to take the Groomer Training Program in order for the clubs to apply for the 2012-13 season grants. The Federal Trail Program gave no monies to Maine this year.”
The Executive Director then proceeded to read his report to the members.
Meyers stated that resident registration was down by 16,000 this year and the non-resident was almost unchanged. This amounted to a significant loss of recreational funding for the state of Maine.
Region directors from the Northern, Central, Eastern, Coastal and Western regions presented their reports followed by the standing committees on finance, scholarship, and trails.
Standing committees on safety, fundraising, and hospitality presented their reports as well.
The association held their annual elections, and the new incoming president elect is Jim White.
Other officers elect included Aleta Rioux, executive vice-president; John Monk, Secretary; Marion Pinkham, Treasurer; Harvey Chesley, Jr., Assistant Treasurer.
Regional vice-presidents are as follows: Northern – David Stevens; Eastern: Eileen Lafland; Central – Mark Blake; Western – vacant; Coastal – David Watson.
Northern directors are: Felicia O’Clair, Debbie Long, Mike Daigle and Michael Guerrette.
Following the meeting and lunch, organizers presented awards.
The President’s Award went to Senator Susan Collins for her champion advocacy on behalf of recreational trails in Maine.
Business of the Year Award went to Jean Ouellette, owner of Martin’s Motel in Madawaska.
Bob Meyers, MSA executive director presented the award to Ouellette.
His opening remarks were, “You can find this lady at the club sweeping the floors, volunteering during landowners’ recognition dinner or the club rides, chairing multiple club events such as the USCC races as well as speak with her at the front desk at Martin’s Motel in Madawaska, where she caters to a multitude of avid northern Maine snowmobilers. Heck, she’ll even go ride with them on occasion.”
Jean accepted the award from Meyers on went on to say that she was humbled by the presentation. She stated that her dedication to the Madawaska Snowmobile Club coincided with her passion for snowmobiling.
Ouellette said, “There are two seasons in Northern Maine. Snowmobiling season and summer. Thanks to the Madawaska Snowmobile Club, its members and our local landowners, my business can thrive and is enriched because of all who take advantage of Madawaska’s and local area clubs’ excellent grooming and upkeep of our trail system.”
Also accepting an award for fourth in the state with membership was Mike Guerrette, president of the Madawaska Snowmobile Club who was in attendance along with his wife Cecilia; Ouellette, and MSC Director Bob Dugal, and the MSC entourage of guests.
Fort Kent Snowmobile Club received eighth placement for membership statewide.
For more information about the Maine Snowmobile Association or any snowmobile club in Maine, visit www.mesnow.com or on Facebook.
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