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Washington State Snowmobile Association

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Causes: Disaster Aid, Safety Education

Mission: Wssa's mission is to promote responsible and safe recreational snowmobiling as a family sport, to protect and preserve public lands, and to support multiple use of public lands for recreation.

Programs: Club and convention expenses, magazine (10 issues/year) and website inform approximately 2500 members of activities and issues affecting them and their use and enjoyment of snowmobiles. The association mails out nearly 4,000 copies of its official publication, the snoflyer, each month from september to march and another smaller edition during the summer months, so that the membership is kept up to date on happening in the snowmobiling world. The wssa makes available every year a $1,600 college scholarship for eligible association students. Students are required to submit an essay pertaining to snowmobiling and the winner of the wssa scholarship is then placed in a competition for an additional scholarship offered by the western chapter of snowmobile associations (comprised of the western united states and canada). Members devote many hours to raising money for the make-a-wish foundation of washington. In the past 11 years, wssa has donated close to $170,000 to this worthy charity.

annual exposition (expo) brings snowmobilers together from all over washington state. Includes a focus on snowmobile safety and responsible riding. This event is the largest of its kind west of minneapolis! Attendance at expo averages over 8,000 visitors and has peaked at more than 10,000 people during its two days at the western washington fairgrounds in puyallup. Wssa works closely with washington state parks winter recreation division to present "snowmobile safety courses" to the young people of our state.

legal action - to protect snowmobile access to mountain areas. Legislative information to educate members and legislators on current issues.

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