OSSA’s 47th Convention
January 15-20, 2019
Hosted by Diamond Lake Resort
The 47th Annual OSSA snowmobile convention at Diamond Lake in January was a huge success with fun in the snow and something for everyone. OSSA would like to thank Diamond Lake, the manufacturers, all the vendors as well as all our members who supported us by participating in this event. You are what makes OSSA a successful organization.
There were rides and snow – more rides and more snow – and fun for everyone. We had snow cat demos with the opportunity to talk to the manufacturers. Socializing every evening and a meet and greet pizza Friday night topped off by a delicious banquet Saturday evening.
The OSSA board meeting was Friday afternoon. Dennis Jordan was elected OSSA president and Nate Pattee was elected Vice President. Dobe Griffin, District 5 and Denny Farwell, District 7 & 8, were reelected to their positions as Directors at Large. Directors at Large are the grooming supervisors for their respective districts. All terms of office commence at the April board meeting.
Our general membership meeting Saturday morning included introductions and a Q & A with representative law enforcement officers from our participating county Sheriff’s departments as well as a surprise visit from Congressman Greg Walden who made the effort to stop at Diamond Lake to visit with us on a snowy Saturday on his way from Klamath Falls to Bend. Thank you, Congressman Walden. Thank you as well to our snow patrol deputies who made the effort to be with us on Saturday. Your presence on the snow makes a difference.
Elected at the general membership meeting were Rick Bice for District 4 Director and Leonard (Buckshot) Carter for District 8 Director. District Directors assist clubs with membership and help as coordinators with club activities.
Our guest speaker Saturday evening was State Senator Dallas Heard from Senate District 1. This delightful young man impressed us all with his enthusiasm and insight. Snowmobiler of the Year went to Randy Bolin, Mt Hood Snowmobile Club. Randy lost his leg last year in a snowmobile accident. The way Randy gets around is amazing….and yes, he is still snowmobiling. Dealer of the Year went to Mt Hood Polaris and the John Gardner Family. Winter Recreationist of the Year is Jim Thornton, Recreation Specialist Mt Hood National Forest. Special Recognition Award was given to Jack Mattos, Diamond Lake, for his 40+ years of service as a safety instructor certifying young and old for safe snowmobiling.
The site of next year’s convention will be determined at the OSSA board meeting in April.