Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Club News | Comments Off on Volunteering

No one could argue that Canada is known in the world as a snowmobiling paradise. All types of riding styles and adventures can be had, in every province and Territory. With sales averaging 40 000 sleds per year, and with about 600 000 registered snowmobiles  in Canada, snowmobiling is part of what makes up Canada as a Country. The Economic impact is about $7 billion annually with about 4% of the Canadian population associated to snowmobiling directly.

The riding styles vary from one extreme to another, one of the more popular ones is organized snowmobiling. Traveling on a well maintained highway of snow has been an ever-growing industry in the last 40 + years. Some communities heavily cater  to these people, making good money at it at as well. Some use their snow machines for fishing or trapping while other riding styles are a little more extreme. Like mountain sledding the ultimate riding experience for those adrenaline seekers! With the newest technology and ever changing performance of today’s snow machine, mountain sledding has gained a lot of attention in the last decade and with videos being streamed on line, there is just no shortage of amazing  footage.

Volunteers are the heart of all these operations. They are the ones that relentlessly make sure that the everything snowmobile related is working. It would be hard to estimate the amount of volunteer hours that goes towards snowmobiling in Canada every year!

My point today is to recognize and appreciate the thousand of volunteers across Canada, the people that have a true passion for the organization they are working for. In the big picture, I’m just another volunteer trying to make snowmobiling enjoyable in our small community here in Greenstone. I take comfort in knowing that the little impact I have here, truly adds to the whole value of snowmobiling in Canada.

Being a volunteer is not a easy job and it doesn’t matter what organization your doing it for. The self-satisfaction seems to be the biggest personal reward for many. Knowing that you’ve done what you can to help improve, provide, organize etc, is certainly a great feeling.

It’s when you hear of other hard working volunteers getting the “3rd degree” from a disgruntled individual. This gets me going! I’ve said it before in many of my previous articles “Volunteers are what makes are communities, it’s what makes up our country”. I have to say that I haven’t had to deal with too many disgruntled individuals over the last few years. I guess that’s one of the reasons why I’m still here.  We have a sign on our groomer, it reads: “if you have time to complain, you’ve got time to volunteer.” So here’s a Cheers to all of the hard working volunteers in our communities, and for you disgruntled people out there, choose your words wisely.