Donald “Dale” Brelsford passed away at his home September 19, 2014 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. “Dale’ as he was known to everyone was one of the founding members and a driving force in the development of the Chippewa Snow Chaser snowmobile club. Dale was President of the Snow Chasers from 2000 – 2014. During his tenure the Snow Chasers developed into a highly regarded grooming club and a major winter economic force in the communities of Strongs/Eckerman, Hulbert and Rudyard.
As a building contractor he will be remembered as the man, who built or remodeled many of the homes in the McNearny Lake and Strongs area. He was also the builder who designed and built the present Chippewa Snow Chaser groomer facility on Strongs road. Although his health did not permit him to physically build the Rudyard groomer barn on Filer Rd., he put his stamp on the design and execution of the building nevertheless.
The Snow Chaser Community sends their condolences to his widow Annemieke Brelsford as well as his family and the close friends developed over the years. Dale’s life touched many people and he leaves a wide and varied legacy. He was a leader, but a leader that led with tools in hand and one who worked harder than the ones working with him. Dale never sought the limelight and often seemed embarrassed, when asked to take a bow at Snow Chaser events. You will be missed “Dale” but your legacy will live on.
Dale Brelsford Benefit
The committee for the Donald “Dale” Brelsford benefit would like to thank all of the club members and others that participated. Your generosity was much appreciated!
Every year in the summer and fall we have brushing weekends and your sign crew goes out to make sure all the required signs are in place. This year the following persons volunteered their time and came to Strongs to help out with clearing the brush back from the trails and helping with signing and other tasks. The club owes them kudos for their efforts! Some even spent two weekends helping!!! We couldn’t do it without these volunteers!!!
Teri Abbo John Smith Jr.
John Smith Sr.
Steve Van Dyke
Michael A. Lacey Jr.
Michael R. Montooth
Michael A. Lacey Sr.
Scholarship Winners Announcement:
The Chippewa Snow Chasers are pleased to announce the scholarship winners for the 2014-2015 school year.
- Teri VanHorn $500.00 winner from Owosso, MI.
- Morgan Lauer $250.00 Winner from Harbor Springs, MI.
For more scholarship Info see below:
Chippewa Snow Chasers scholarship(s) are available for post-secondary study, such as junior colleges, 4-year colleges and universities, apprentice programs (such as beautician school, truck driving school, electrician training or auto technician).
It must be a recognized program of study leading to a license or certificate. All applicants must be members or dependents of a member of the Chippewa Snow Chasers for one year prior to the date of the application.
Any questions, call Ed Carlson at 906-437-5492.
Good News! We will have a new trail section, which allows us to bypass a one mile plowed portion of Strongs Road. From Strongs Corners the trail will go southwest through two private properties and then go behind the groomer barn into US Forest Service Property, connecting with the existing trail at Salt Lake. Thanks to the efforts of Rex Hyrns and the many volunteers who worked to cut brush and clear the route. Thanks also to Robert West the US Forest Service head for our area for giving quick approval for this reroute. Your slides and carbides will love this new section. We have a bit more work to do on this section, but it will be ready for snowmobile travel by December 1st.
Along the Chippewa Snow Chaser Trails you will see small rectangular signs with two letters and four numbers on them. The two letters in our area are “FS”. In other areas you may see different letters such as “FR”, “GS”, “KL” or “LL”. If you have an accident on the trail and need emergency help, the first thing the responders need to know, is exactly where the victim is located. Send someone in your party in each direction to find the nearest sign. You should encounter a sign on the trail within one mile in either direction. Memorize the two letters and 4 numbers and give them to the 911 operator. These small signs, if used as locators, will tell the 911 operator exactly where the victim is located in the forest and the first responders will be able to get there quickly. Be sure to give the letters and numbers exactly as they appear on the nearest sign! Reversing a couple of numbers could send the first responders miles from where they are actually needed!