Hall of Fame announces
Class of 2018
The International Snowmobile Hall of Fame (ISHOF) is honored
to officially announce the inductees to the ISHOF as part
of the Class of 2018 and Special Award Recipients. For nearly 30
years, this prestigious Hall of Fame honor has been bestowed
upon the incoming class of annual recipients in recognition for
their achievements for the sport of Snowmobiling.
ISHOF Class of 2018 Inductees:
Dave Guenther - Volunteer from
Breezy Point, Minnesota
Guenther’s fascination with snowmobiles
started way back in 1963, when
he was in first grade. In 1970, his family
bought their first snowmobile. After
wearing out four motors on that sled,
Guenther bought his first snowmobile
while still in high school.
Growing up in Minnesota – at the time the hotbed of snowmobile
manufacturing – allowed him to associate with many
icons of the new sport, establish lasting friendships with
them and become very knowledgeable about the new sport
that was sweeping the country.
Guenther was instrumental in the formation of the Antique
Snowmobile Club of America (ASCOA) and has served
every office in the club, including nine years as president and
20 years as editor of the newsletter. He has been a safety instructor
for 20-plus years and was the 2010 Instructor of the
Year for the Minnesota DNR.
With a never-ending passion for snowmobiling, he has created,
organized and managed numerous snowmobile shows
throughout the state and has been honored with numerous
awards for his snowmobile and civic achievements.
Curt Kennedy - Volunteer from
Salt Lake City, Utah
Kennedy’s exposure to snowmobiling
started in 1986. By 1992, he was heavily
involved with the Utah Snowmobile
Association (USA) and has become the
backbone of that organization.
He is known as the expert on public
land use issues and economic analysis
of the importance of snowmobiling to rural communities in
Utah. He lists his most favorable experiences as director of
public lands for USA and has 15 years of dedicated and unassuming
service to that organization. He has demonstrated
the “voice of reason” when working to resolve sensitive land
use issues many times.
Among his many achievements are service to the American
Council of Snowmobile Associations (ACSA) as treasurer for
five years, assisted in founding the Avalanche Center, writing
15 different ISMA grants totaling $67,000 – to be used for medial
support of snowmobiling in Utah, directing the 2005 ISC
and orchestrating a State Economic Impact Study.
Kennedy received the Snowmobiler of the Year award from
USA in 2003-04 for his untiring efforts to promote and grow
snowmobiling in the state of Utah. While he is stepping away
from all these snowmobile activities and organizations to enjoy
some retirement, Kennedy is now being fittingly rewarded
for a lifetime of service to the sport.
Stan Slack - Volunteer from Nova
Known there as the “Gentleman of
Snowmobiling,” Slack has been an integral
part of the Snowmobilers Association
of Nova Scotia (SANS) for almost
40 years. He has served nine of those
years as president and was a major factor
in growing SANS from six clubs with
300 members to 21 clubs with over 2,400 family members.
He has created or chaired numerous programs and projects
whose success can be attributed to Slack’s initiative and
guidance. These successes include trail development, youth
programs and promotions, trail signing, charity events, club
development and trail grooming projects.
Slack has given freely and without hesitation his time and
talents to represent snowmobilers on the local, provincial
and international levels. His vision built SANS, and he continues
to provide the leadership and dynamic vision that
leads the organization. Among these many accomplishments
are: founding member of the Nova Scotia Trails Federation,
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