October 1974 – June 1977

During October of 1974, with all the summer fundraising, selling Sno-Eagle patches, working the Carnival, and Smelt Fry, the club collected $3500.

The eleven snowmobile clubs in Vilas County decided to create a Vilas County Snowmobile Alliance. The Sno-Eagles were in favor of such an Alliance.

November of 1974 had club membership at 75 members. The club raised $565 at the annual Fashion Show. At the October Halloween Party the costume winners were Jim & Edwina Hansen, Ace Roxbury, and Bill Anderson.

At the first Vilas County Alliance meeting Bill Stegmeier was elected as County Representative. President Jim Ayers was working with the Chamber to get a snowmobile trail through the city.

In February of 1975 President Jim Ayers asked the City of Eagle River and Town of Lincoln for donations for club expenses.

The March 1975 meeting held at Hiawatha Supper Club found the club with a bank balance of $966.73. Club expenses were more than the account balance. President Ayers was working with Walt Mayo to have the club reimbursed $100 per mile of funded trails in order to help pay for club grooming. The club had 38 miles of funded trails. The Town of Lincoln turned down the club request for a donation. The groomer will be stored in an empty hangar at the airport during the summer.

In May of 1975, club elections were held. Erv Heinze was elected President, Ace Roxbury VP, Joyce Roxbury Secretary, and Lorraine Berens elected Treasurer. Evelyn Rothenbacks was selected Miss Sno-Eagle.

The summer of 1975 was important inasmuch as the club designed and made a new Sno-Eagles patch. It was hoped the patch would prove positive for sales throughout the year.

October 1976 was the Sno-Eagles Halloween Party at the Albino Bar. An unidentified “Hairy Monster” (Sally Ayers), tipped out of a trash can and won the costume contest.

In November of 1976 the Annual Fashion show was held at Persian Paradise. Local “Beauties” sold Sno-Eagle patches and “Snow Turns Me On” metal buttons as a fundraiser. The club started plans for a January 9, 1977 Breakfast Trail Ride. Members will depart from the airport guided by Dave Everett and ride to Bauer’s Dam to warm up. From there they will ride to Bill & Holly’s Star Lake for brunch. Cost was $3.00 per person and members were reminded to prepare for such a long ride.

The Annual Torchlight Parade was held on Derby Weekend in January of 1977. In February of 1977 members held a Weekend Away ride to the Bayfield Inn, Bayfield Wis.

It was noted that members Jim Ayers, Pat Kenny and Dick Holtz got their brains together and constructed a new and better groomer drag. Great Job Guys!

Joyce Roxbury was the club’s new Historian. Members were asked to provide photos and memorabilia depicting the “Olden Days” of snowmobiling.

In March of 1977 the state raised snowmobile registration to $12.00 for 2 years.

The big news in May of 1977 was that the Sno-Eagles purchased a 40-foot mobile trailer to be used as an office and a sales center parked at the Derby Track.

The June 1977 general membership meeting was held at White Eagle Motel on Hwy 70W. After the meeting there was a Pool Party, so members were encouraged to bring their bathing suits.