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February 14, 2018 CDS Club Meeting Minutes

Published on 2/26/2018


Cascade Drift Skippers Club Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, 2/14/2018

Held at 6:00pm at the Issaquah Rogue Ales & Spirits (Issaquah Brewhouse)



Board Members:

President:            Stephanie Sims Driskell        

Vice President:    Jack Davis

Treasurer:           Chris Guinn

Past President:    Chris Mayer

Past President:    Kurt Zeutschel

WSSA District

1 South Rep:        Mike Potratz


The meeting was called to order. Stephanie welcomed everyone & gave a brief over view of the agenda.

New Membership & Visitor Introduction-(Stephanie)


Eric Nelson, who rides a Polaris & likes to ride everywhere in Washington.

Jim Jack, From Bellevue rides a Skidoo, had a Polaris but currently riding the Skidoo. Rides everywhere.

AVY updates:

Stephanie reported that move of the Avy training was booked but a few days left on 3/17 & 3/18 for NWAC BASC classes $50 each with Jeff Hamilton 9-4pm. Refer to for registration at the Last Resort for NWAC AVY classes. This is a 3 hour classroom session followed by a 4 hour field lesson performing efficient companion avalanche rescue. This course is free for YOUTH students (under 18) when accompanied by an adult. For additional information or questions, contact the NWAC Snowmobile Avalanche Education Coordinator by email, or phone (360)303-7215.

Ride Reminders:


2/16/2018 WSSA Rendezvous at Omak:

Fun amazing Annual event is plannted at the 12 Tribes Casino in Omak, Washington. WSSA always schedules rides at different levels with the local clubs providing ride leaders. It’s a fun way to get to know the area and Okanagan riding area is epic. If you haven’t already register quick at:


3/31/2018   -CDS Annual Lee & Shirley Steak Ride & Potluck:

Join us for a fun day on the snow. The club will provide the steaks, you provide the fun! Please register for the ride so we have a headcount when purchasing the steaks. It is recommended that you arrive to the Blewett snopark before 8am to get parking.


Fabulous Ferrian Rides are posted on Facebook and if they are not posted you can message Jon Ferrian because he goes out nearly every weekend somewhere for Family/Intermediate or Advanced Rides:


Currently 2/24/2018 Scheduled for Stampede or Blewett - depending on snow.


Other Events:


3/24/2018 NWAC is planning a Snow Day at Stampede:

Details not yet on the NWAC website. Working on booths to be set up by various clubs and WSSA, Beacon rally planned, Sled Demos & more.

4/11/2018 Club Meeting & Board Elections

5/19/2018 SnoPark Clean-Up

Please register for either the Gold Creek SnoPark or the Salmon La Sac SnoPark on the CDS Calendar at





6/16/2018 End of the Year Awards Banquet

(*Please note your calendars that this date has since been changed to 6/2/2018)


At the time of the meeting we did not have a location for the event. There were a few ideas but later we found out that reservations for large party areas were filling up fast while the board was literally texting out ideas. We got reservations in the nick of time at the Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah.

The following details have been emailed & are listed on the Calendar on :


CDS Award Banquet Pig Roast & Potluck:

This year we have reserved the Rotunda Day Use Picnic area at the Sammamish park and plan on smoking a Pig for the event. The Rotunda area is available from 9:30am and the Pig is expected to be ready for dinner around 3-4pm. Bring your favorite side dish to share at dinner and snacks for the day. 

Fun Activities:

Boating, kayaking, hiking, biking, etc So bring all your boats, kayaks, & water toys for some Fun on the Beach!
2 Horseshoe Pits
2 Baseball/Softball fields
Wildlife/Bird watching
Rentals on the Beach see

If it's beautiful & sunny or even if it's overcast or a little chilly there is a fire pit in the shelter so bring your firewood & marshmallow's, too!


Ride Reports:


Mike Potratz Reported that he attended the “All Trails to Olympia” this year and stressed how important this event is to bring our Snowmobiling issues to our Legislators to keep them apprised of our current needs and concerns. That way they can put a “friendly” face to an issue and our issues become more real to them. As concerned citizens, riders & VOTERS it’s an important event to try & think about attending.


Mark reported that he went to Gold Creek & it was icy, but he has racked up 1150 miles on his sled!


Jon Ferrian reported that Blewett has been icy. & he attended the SnoJammers Fun Run & it was a Blue Bird day with a ½ inch new snow. Ride was fun & raffle had great prizes from Clem’s, I-90 Sports & Larson’s to name a few.


He also reported that they he had gone with a group including Kurt, Cody & Tony to the Grizzly Bear Logde in BC and they rode east of Kamloops. If anyone is interested in a destination ride contact Jon.


Mike & Sharon Potratz rode Mount Adams with the Junco Club for their January Make a Wish Charity drive & raised $5000.00! The reported that the club ride was Fun & the people are Awesome. He suggested we consider joining in next year with a larger group!


Bill Yager reported on his ride with Jon Ferrian 2/10/2018 and they hosted an impromptu “Find the Receiver” test & it was found under a minute!




Mick working on an starting the application process to get permits to have it located on Blewett in the area around Lions Rock which has the vaulted outhouses set up. He is working out the logistics of maintenance, upkeep, wood fire place & woodshed, etc. He will keep us posted on progress.




Stephanie reported that even though Kay was not present she wanted the club to know that the CDS Hall of Fame Award was Spotlighted & featured in the Blue Ribbon Coalition Share The Trails magazine!


Excellent “Always Pick up an Important Tip” Presentation given by our Own Chris Mayer on Back Country Skills.

**Don't forget to Check out & continue your AVY education on Chris' Backcountry Ascender Internationally acclaimed interactive program**
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