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CNSA Awards and Criteria

Snowmobiler Safety Award of the Year

  1. This person, both now and in the past have willingly shown his or her aggressive participation, in promotion and supporting safety of snowmobiling.
  2. Has in the past and continues to contribute to the safety of snowmobiling and willingly accepts the responsibility of training other snowmobilers.
  3. Has actively shared his or her Safety Knowledge unselfishly with new members and all others who share in the sport of snowmobiling.
  4. Has during the past snowmobile season, performed an outstanding safety public service for the sport of snowmobiling.

Started at 1998 Convention - Past winners are:

1998 - Al Burnham
1999 - Scott Nedved
2000 - no award
2001 - Robert Brown
2002 - Arnold Maas
2009 - Tim Farrand
2010 - Warren Wigley/Craig White

Doug Forrester Memorial Groomer Award

  1. This award shall be based on the period between Convention to Convention.
  2. The recipient of this award shall be an individual who has willingly and tirelessly contributed to the grooming program regardless of weather conditions, time of day/or night all for the benefit of his or her follow snowmobilers.  He/she must have participated in the expansion and growth of the grooming program, and aiding the trail-grooming program.
  3. This award may also be given posthumously and the recipient must be, or previously have been ,a member of CNSA.  The party nominating a posthumous recipient must provide to the awards committee, at the time of nomination, the name, address, and phone number of the appropriate representative to receive the award at the annual convention banquet.

Started at 1999 Convention - Past winners are:

1999 - Doug Forrester
2000 - Chuck Best (Posthumously)
2001 - No award
2002 - Rich O'Rourke
2003 - Bobby Frenes
2004 - Norm Sutherland
2005 - Greg Peterson

2006 - David Quijada
2008 - Frank Deaver
2009 - Wes Dailey (North)
Rick Laborde (Central)
2010 - Mike Robinson Huntington Lake, CA
2011 - Jeff Wiley
2012 - Jay Grubbs


Most Dedicated Snowmobiler

  1. This person, both now and in the past, have willingly shown his or her aggressive participation, promotion and support of the sport of snowmobiling.
  2. Has in the past and present; Continually contributed to the sport or snowmobiling and willingly accepts club offices and serves on committee assignments when called on by club members.
  3. Has actively shared his or her knowledge unselfishly with new members and all others who share in the sport of snowmobiling.
  4. Have been active for the past 10 or more years in their club, in CNSA and with Government issues.
  5. The Awards committee wishes to know what goals he or she has accomplished in the past and present.

Started in 1985 Convention - Past winners are:

1985 - Ed Smalley
1986 - Ormie Kilburn
1987 - Dixi Kilburn
1988 - Jewel Little
1989 - Bud Whitcomb
1990 - Bob Neumann
1991 - Oly Olson
1992 - Chuck Best
1993 - Doug Forrester
1994 - Ron Rawlings
1995 - Neal Peart
1996 - Kate Olson
1997 - Dan Beatie
1998 - none awarded
1999 - Dan Skaggs
2000 - Sylvia Milligan
2001 - Fred Wiley
2002 - Kate Olson & Al Bartley

2003 - Wayne Fischer
2004 - Pliney Olivier
2005 - Ari Makinen
2006 - Bill Rugg
2008 - Jeff Aiello
2009 - Larraine Hansen (North)
Roy Allard (South)
2010 - Wayne Fischer
2011 - Jerry Ham
2012 - Sally Serger
2017 - Scott Edgerly


Floyd Hudson Award

  1. This award to be given to a recipient who is recognized for his/her/their long-term commitments to the sport of snowmobiling.
  2. Recipients of this ward may be an individual, a couple, a group, or Family who has demonstrated long-term services to CNSA, and our sport through club activities and/or growth of CNSA, active participation in other Snowmobile Associations which in turn has contributed to the growth of CNSA, active participation involving entities or government agencies in preserving our sport and/or aiding our sport through land use, planning or management and represents the long term commitment and ideas that the late Floyd Hudson brought to CNSA and snowmobiling.
  3. The recipient to qualify must have had twenty (20) years or more involvement with snowmobiling and must have previously been, if not now, a member of CNSA.
  4. The recipient if an individual, a couple or family, may be alive but the award may also be given posthumously.  The party nominating a posthumous recipient must supply the awards committee the name, address and phone number of the appropriate representative to receive the award at the convention at the time of their nomination.

Started at 1994 Convention - Past winners are:

1994 - Bud Hooker
1995 - Dixi & Orme Kilburn
1996 - Al Henry (posthumously)
1997 - Don Wright (posthumously)
1998 - Ed & Betty Smalley (Ed posthumously)
1999 - Ron & Roberta Rawlings
2000 - Lorraine & Doug Forrester
2001 - Oly & Kate Olson
2002 - Bud Whitcomb
2003 - Ken Nelson
2004 - Lou & Ardelle Crockett
2005 - Dan Beatie
2006 - Jay Dobler
2008 - Sylvia Milligan
2009 - Ari Mackinnen
2010 - CA OMVR Division - Daphne Green and Crew
2011 - Terry McHale

Snowmobiler of the Year

  1. This award shall be based on a period from Convention to Convention.
  2. Active club member.
  3. Promotes the sport of snowmobiling at all times (eats, sleeps and breathes our winter sport).
  4. May have done some outstanding public service for anyone or anything during the past year.
  5. Willingly accepts club responsibility and is active on club committees.
  6. The endeavors of this person shall be related to snowmobiling and snowmobile club activity.

Started in 1984 Convention - Past winners are:

1984 - Ormie Kilburn
1985 - Floyd Hudson
1986 - Ken Wallace
1987 - Chet Gunter
1988 - Al Atkinson
1989 - Tony Sallaberry
1990 - Roberta Rawlings
1991 - Ron Rawlings
1992 - Ken Harris & Linda Olmstead
1993 - Norm Sovereign
1994 - Ken Nelson
1995 - Oly Olson
1996 - Sean MeMay
1997 - Terry Harris
1998 - Neal Peart
1999 - Terry Glines
2000 - Tom Vanilla
2001 - Jac Lynn Howard
2002 - pat & Mike Roarty
2003 - Nancy McCullough
2004 - Jerry Ham & Sylvia Milligan & Greg McKay
2005 - Lorraine Forrester Hansen
2006 - Gary Willard
2008 - Wes Dailey
2009 - Bill Kelso
2010 - Al Bartley
2011 - Warren Wigley
2012 - Keith Barnett
2017 - Kyle Felker

Snowmobile Dealer of the Year

  1. They promote the sport of snowmobiling always.
  2. The dealership owners or managers must be active in their local snowmobile club as members, and willing to accept club responsibilities, including official club office.
  3. The dealer has in the past and continues to share his knowledge at the dealership or on the trail.
  4. The dealership will be awarded and praised for the support it gives in the way of merchandise at local events or CNSA conventions.
  5. Has during the past year performed or helped in a public service or contributed to charity.
  6. A short summary of what accomplishments has been performed in the past and its present status in club participation.

Started at 1992 Convention - Past winners are:

1992 - Anytime Power Sports
1993 - The Boat Shop
1994 - LaPorte Snowmobile Service
1995 - Anytime Power Sports
1996 - no award
1997 - DuPont Power Sports
1998 - Forrester's Performance
1999 - Anytime Power Sports
2000 - no award
2001 - Kent Lesco - Kastle West
2002 - Tom's at Sierra City
2003 - Jim Blaze ~ Polaris
Jeff Lkeeschuite ~ Ski-Doo
Terry Lachmund ~ Arctic Cat
Eric Peterson ~ Yamaha
2004 - Mammoth Polaris
2005 - Clawson Motorsports - Jerry Ham
2006 - Anytime Power Sports
2009 - California Custom Trailers
2010 - Kassbor Piston Bully All Terrain Vehicles of Reno
2011 - Thin Air Motorsports
2012 - Glenda Polaris

Snowmobile Club of the Year

  1. This award shall be based on a period from Convention to Convention.
  2. The club aggressively had membership drives and increased the club membership.
  3. The club has, during the past snowmobile season, performed  a public service or contributed to a charity, etc.
  4. The club had had activities with other clubs, safety and survival training.
  5. The club had good member participation at monthly club meetings.
  6. The club has actively supported CNSA and increased club membership to CNSA.
1984 - Mt. Shasta Snowmobile Club
1985 - 88 Spur Riders Snowmobile Club
1986 - North Tahoe Snow Travelers
1987 - Reno Sno-Drifters
1988 - Mammoth Lakes Snowmobile Association
1989 - Bear River Trail Riders
1990 - Bear River Trail Riders
1991 - Bear River Trail Riders
1992 - Bear River Trail Riders
1993 - LaPorte Snowmobile Club
1994 - LaPorte Snowmobile Club
1995 - Elko Sno-Goers
1996 - Bucks Lake Snow Drifters
1997 - LaPorte Snowmobile Club
1998 - LaPorte Snowmobile Club
1999 - Sierra Cascade Snowriders
2000 - SugarLoafers Snowmobile Club
2001 -
2002 -
2003 - Volcano Riders
2004 - Sequoia Snowmobilers
2005 - Butte Meadows Hillsliders
2006 - North State Snow Chasers
2008 - Sacramento Sno-Busters
2009 - Butte Meadows Hillsliders
2010 - Bass Lake Snowmobile Club
2011 - High Sierra Snowmobile Club
2012 - LaPorte Snowmobile Club

Special Awards

1985 - Special Award for Dedicated Service - Bud Hooker
1986 - Government Official - Doug Hatch (Tahoe Forest)
1987 - Special Recognition - Bud Whitcomb
1988 - Government Official - Lee Chauvet and Brian Klock
1990 - Special Recognition - Oly Olson and Greg Vaughan
1991 - Special Recognition - Lee Neumann
1992 - Special Recognition - Bill Dart
1992 - Past President's Plaque - Kate Olson
1994 - Special Recognition - Lee Neumann
1995 - Special Recognition - Roberta Rawlings
1996 - Special Award - Bobbie Vaughan
1996 - Past President's Plaque - Ken Nelson
1997 - Special Award - Jerry Johnson and Barry Jones (OHV Program)
1997 - Special Plaque - Ken Nelson
1998 - Special Award - Tom Crimmons
2003 - Special Award - Greg & Laura Plummer; Carl Cappelen; Erin Lunn
2008 - Presidents Award - Carl Cappelen
2008 - Special Award - Daphne Greene and Phil Jenkins (OHV) SB-742
2008 - Special Award - Angelia Byrd, Cheryl Mathews, Pliney Olivier, Jerry Ham, Sylvia Milligan
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