Our membership goal is to see more members join our club and be part of our world of snowmobiling.
Our goal is 100-120 members every year.
“….This year we are offering1,2 or 3 year membership packages for either individuals or families and have made it easier to sign up and even pay on line….”
It’s time to renew your membership and support the SnoPals !!
Join Us Today:
Our meeting and AGM will be held:
Date: May 4th, 2023
Place: Pinawa Club – Pinawa MB.
Time: (Optional dinner and fellowship starting at 6:00pm) Meeting at 7:00pm
Our AGM will see nominations for our BOARD and COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON roles
- Vice President
- Maintenance Director
- Grooming Director
- Director at Large (up to 3)
Committee Chairperson Roles
- Raffle Coordinator
- Winners Choice Raffle Coordinator
- Club Ride Coordinator
- Pubic Relations Coordinator
- Club Event Coordinator
DIRECTORS – PLEASE ADVISE BY RETURN EMAIL
- if you are wishing to accept nomination to continue in your current role
- if you would like to seek another position on our board
TRAIL GUARDIAN & SHELTER HOSTS – please confirm by return email
- if you plan to continue in your role next season
- if you would like to accept a nomination for another role on our BOARD
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP – please advise by return email
- if you would like to let your name stand for any of our BOARD positions
- if you would like to volunteer or any of our COMMITTEE roles
Hope to see you on May 4th
Eastman SnoPals Inc
Lac du Bonnet, Mb R0E 1A0
Recreational snowmobiling is an exciting sport in Eastern Manitoba and provides for significant economic spin off to area businesses. Our region boasts some of the most picturesque scenery in southern Manitoba.
The Eastman SnoPals groom 328 km of trails between our neighboring clubs in the Eastern Region.
*Brokenhead Trail Blazers to the south west
*Mooswa Lake Snowriders to the west
*Lee River Snow Riders to the north east
*Reynolds Snow Riders to the south
*Whiteshell Snowmobile club to the east
Our trail system taken you through a variety of landscapes from flat prairie fields into the Agassiz Forest and on to the Canadian Shield with its beautiful granite outcroppings. Along our trail system we boast several of the most photographed sites, the view from the generating station at Seven Sisters, the Pinawa Channel diversion dam and the Old Pinawa Provincial Park sites all of which can be found on our trail 768. Perhaps one of the reasons this trail can see over 1000 sleds pass by on a weekend.
Our club maintains 5 shelters along the trail system for riders to stop, warmup around the stove or cook up some sausage over the open fire.
There are many staging areas to park your trucks and trailers near our trails to unload and hit the trails. We see thousands of snowmobiles each week when Mother Nature provides the necessary snow upon which to groom a trail and the impact this injection of riders at the restaurants and gas stations is significant.
This season has been a difficult season with Mother Nature giving us a flood in the summer and record precipitation in the fall. Then she decided to make a winter with mild temperatures that took a very long time to build the ice base necessary to groom across the swamps, over the creeks and the rivers. This delayed the opening of many sections of our trails in some cases by more than a month.
We could talk about the challenges of brushing, packing, signing and grooming 328 km of trails as it is a large task BUT as I think about those tasks, I see the strong back bone of the Eastman SnoPals. That backbone is our central core of volunteers. Men and women who give their time to our club to accomplish the many tasks necessary to make spectacular snowmobile trails. Some of these folks do their volunteering after their full time workday while others give their time away from other retirement pleasures and family to build and maintain recreational snowmobiling.
As a wise person once said MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK and that is the case for our club. We have volunteers who give the club 1 or 2 hours a week and we have volunteers who give in excess of 40-hour volunteer workweeks for the betterment of the Eastman SnoPals.
So often it is the unhappy voices which are the loudest but occasionally we hear the voices of the riders who are very appreciative of the efforts of our club.
And it is those voices that give us the motivation to do it all again. Day after day. Week after week and year after year.
That being said this year we were proud of one of our members who was nominated provincially and was selected as GROOMER OPERATOR OF THE YEAR by SnoMAN. Dave Bruderer of Pinawa developed his snowmobile club skills in Gillam before he retired and moved to Pinawa. Dave is currently our GROOMING DIRECTOR who oversees all of our grooming operations. Dave is one of our senior operators and spends time training and developing our new operators. When not scheduling our grooming, he can be found packing trails, cutting bush, splitting and stacking fire wood for the shelters or doing maintenance on our equipment.
There is really not enough paper to list all that Dave does for our club and we are all thankful for his dedication and leadership.
Now is the time to say THANK YOU Dave!!
Hopefully your role model of volunteerism which encourage other riders to join a club and once in the club they may help keep the club strong by being part of the team of people who go out every day to make recreational snowmobiling the best it can be.
See you on the trails.
Eastman SnoPals – Welcome to our World
KINGS SHELTER construction was started in November of 2020 and we hope to complete the final phases of the project this season. We are planning a GRAND OPENING of the shelter in January 2021.
The DONORS recognized here helped the EASTMAN SNOPALS construct this shelter with their financial contributions, material donations and work-in-kind.
We would also like to acknowledge the partnership with the Lac du Bonnet Charitable Foundation that made many of the financial donations possible.
The Eastman SnoPals members are recognized for the countless hours of volunteer time given to complete this project.
Province of Manitoba – Building Sustainable Communities Grant
Granite Mountain Stone Design – Brent Charles
Creative Coating Solutions – Ryan Taylor
Lac du Bonnet HOME HARDWARE – Al Richter
L.G.D. of Pinawa
RM of Lac du Bonnet
Ernie & Elaine Wiebe
Dave & Deb Baleja
Heavy D Enterprises – Dallas Mozil
Ed & Elaine Mayer & Family – in memory of Louise Labossiere
DIAMOND $1000 – $1999
Pat & Tracy Kirby & Family – In memory of Aidan Kirby
Eastman SnoPals “Waiting for Snow” raffle 2020
Eastman SnoPals “Waiting for Winter” Raffle 2019
Town of Lac du Bonnet
Scott & Patricia Jones
Don’s photo – Don Godfrey
GOLD $500 – $999
Eastman Appliances – Dean Spas
In memory of Leona Knox – PdB Stump Thumpers
SWS Training & Consulting – Craig & Shelly Roberts
Relax Ridge Inc. Pinawa
SILVER $250 – $499
Russell & Carol Page
Mariner Nepture – Evan Page
Al Meisner Ltd
Peter & Colleen Champagne
Corner Auto , Lac du Bonnet
Gimli Snowmobile Center
Brereton Lake Gas – Randy Williams
McMunn & Yates, Beausejour
BRONZE $100 -$249
Charlie & Doreen Pym
Tim & Deb Baylis
D. Evans Electric
David Kryschuk & family
Rhonda & Merv Voth & Family
The Eastman SnoPals are now hosting a 50/50 draw licenced by the RM of Whitemouth at the Tourist Hotel in Seven Sisters on Friday nights in the beverage room.
On Friday October 19th, the first night of the draw, $360 in tickets were sold and the payout was $180.
The lucky winner was Jason Labady of Seven Sisters