Louise and Bob Stickney of the Rumford Polar Bears Snowmobile Club were named Maine Snowmobile Association’s Snowmobiler of the Year on Saturday. Jon Holmes, right, of the Poodunck Snowmobile Club of Dixfield nominated the couple. (Submitted photo)
RUMFORD — Bob and Louise Stickney of the Rumford Polar Bears Snowmobile Club have been named Snowmobiler of the Year by the Maine Snowmobile Association.
The award was announced at MSA’s annual meeting April 21 in Newport, where the recipients were described as “an inseparable couple dedicated to snowmobiling.”
“We thought we were going down to honor Jon Holmes” of the Poodunck Snowmobile Club” in Dixfield, Bob Stickney said.
Holmes got MSA to send him an email announcing that he was getting the award.
“That’s what it looked like, anyway,” Louise said about the email that was forwarded to them.
The Stickneys were quick to note that the award was not about them.
“It’s for the club, for sure,” Bob said. “You hate to be singled out when there’s so many other people doing practically the same thing.”
The Stickneys’ contributions to the club include creating and maintaining the club’s trail maps, preparing legal documents, maintaining the club newsletter, website and Facebook page, arranging the annual landowner appreciation dinner; and donating their equipment and purchasing building material for a groomer garage.
Bob said the club maintains close to 90 miles of trails.
The Stickneys said they have no idea how many volunteer hours they put in during a season.
“We’re so involved I don’t think we could ever get out,” Louise said. “But we love it.”
Getting new and younger volunteers “is a struggle with just about every club in the state,” she said. “Most of the volunteers are older, although it was very heartening at the MSA meeting to see a lot of younger people.”
Bob said he volunteers because of the people. “We just love the people we associate with, the snowmobiling community.”
The club has a core group of 10 to 12 people,” he said.
“We love to get out with our work sleds and pull a drag,” Louise said. “You go out on this trail, and it’s all bumpy. And then go over it a couple a times and jeez, look how nice that is.”
The couple received letters of support from the Rumford Polar Bears and the Poodunck Snowmobile Club.
MSA represents more than 280 snowmobile clubs across the state.