A Behind the Scenes Look at Summer in the SAM Office! (By Rena M. Sumner, Executive Director)
Published on Tuesday, October 13, 2009 in Executive Perspective, General Announcements, News & Updates

Can you believe that it is that time of year again? Where did the summer go? For many members the last communication you would have had from SAM was the March magazine “On the Trails with SAM” and for this reason I felt it would be a good opportunity before we “ride” into the 2009/2010 season to provide you with two quick highlights of some of our BIG summer happenings!

ISC – The International Snowmobile Congress is coming to Massachusetts in 2012!
The International Snowmobile Congress, known as Congress, is an international snowmobiling event that brings together leaders in the snowmobiling industry for 4 days that includes education, networking and national/regional meetings. Attending this meeting are the four manufacturers, national, regional, state and provincial associations and organizations, snowmobile members, media councils, snowmobile administrators and tourism. Congress is all about snowmobiling – the good, the bad & the ugly! This annual event is typically held in June in either Canada or the United States alternating between the East, Mid West, and West.

The idea to host stemmed from the Northeast Chapter snowmobiling meeting when our “northern sister” states nominated Massachusetts as the organization to put in a bid. So as March riding started to wind down the SAM office was ramping up to put together a bid to host the International Snowmobile Congress in Massachusetts in June of 2012, we had less than 30 days to submit our proposal. After countless site visits and review of contracts; the delegates voted to put forth a bid using the Sturbridge Host Hotel and Conference Center in Sturbridge, MA as our host hotel.

At the 2009 conference in Prince Edward Island this June the announcement was made on who would be awarded the bid. We WON! In June of 2012 SAM will be hosting the 44th Annual International Snowmobile Congress where more than 400 snowmobile enthusiasts from Russia, Sweden, Canada and across the United States will come to Massachusetts. Needless to say, we have much work ahead of us – but this is an exciting time! Never before has the International Snowmobile Congress been held in Massachusetts. We are honored to have been chosen and look forward to providing an outstanding event that attendees will remember for years! Want to learn more? Please don’t hesitate to contact me at 413-369-8092 or by email sledmass@aol.com. We are planning already and your input would be welcome!

New England PowerSport Expo
Formerly known as the New England Snowmobile Expo… this year we will be offering the New England PowerSport Expo, www.nepowersportexpo.com. Every year it is NEW & EXCITING… this year we are expanding this unique opportunity to include all PowerSports! We encourage you to come feel the early season excitement of our recreation and join us for a look at vintage sleds, used & new sleds, clothing accessories, trailers, and anything else you can think of for your power sporting fun! NEW this year will be the demo ride area, where you can take that trail-clearing vehicle for a ride. Also NEW will be the ATV hands on safety riding course and back by popular demand the SAM safety course on Saturday. Watch the website for MORE info @ www.nepowersportexpo.com

Don’t forget this is one of the major fundraising events for the association. You can help support the Expo by coming down and having some GREAT fun at the Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield, MA.

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