With an annual vintage sled show and ride, the Ogemaw Hills snowmobile club of Rose City, Michigan, aims to offer a warm, welcoming environment with helpful members and fun, family-oriented events.
What’s the best in-season club event or activity that makes membership fun?
The club holds an annual vintage snowmobile show and ride in conjunction with our open house and anniversary celebration. On January 27, 2018, we will be celebrating our 50th anniversary! We have been doing this event for the last five years and it continues to grow. Last year the show had over 150 vintage sleds on display. At a designated time a majority of the vintage sleds go for a 20-mile roundtrip ride. The club provides volunteers to answer any questions and also provides hot dogs cooked over a bonfire, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks. Everything is free to attendees, including the general public, which was estimated to be about 800 people!
We also put together an annual club ride at a destination. The club books a block of 25-30 rooms each year at a pre-determined location for a period of four nights somewhere in Michigan. There are no structured rides, and everyone gets together and decides on the next day’s ride destinations.
What’s the best off-season club event?
The club works closely with the area Chamber of Commerce. We have two scholarships awarded at the local high school each spring and we donate funds to local charities during the holidays. The club also maintains trail reports on two statewide websites, and maintains a trail warming shed on one of our major trails. With all of our activities, the first objective is to have fun and sign up new members.
One interesting thing the club does for the good of the sport is…
Keeping membership engaged and always promoting our sport. The club is also involved and participates in many Michigan Snowmobile Association events.
Miles of Trails Maintained: 105
John Hurry, president, 989/297-1605
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