Keeping in step with the original goals and objectives of the BEAST, the Ashton and District Snowmobile Association has called it a day and voted in spring 2008 to not renew OFSC membership for the 2008/09 season. After being a registered club with the OFSC for more than 28 years, the ADSA decided to follow it?s own heritage by declining the single club membership with the OFSC to complete full amalgamation with the BEAST. This was not an easy decision to make given the past success of the ADSA but the BEAST now has close to a 10 year track record of a very successful organization.
The ADSA volunteers were tired of the duplicate effort to maintain club and association status and have agreed to focus our efforts on the growth of BEAST. The legacy of the ADSA will live in name to some degree with our revised BEAST constitution and bylaws.
ADSA has merged all grooming and financial assets with the BEAST and will also cancel the Non-Profit status with the Corporation of Ontario. If you recall, BEAST member club Stittsville Dwyer Hill Snowmobile Association completed this same merger process in the 2006/07 season and our Richmond Snow Rover club has similar plans for 2009/10.
What this means for the volunteers and members is less paper work required by the OFSC to maintain the single club identity, a larger membership base for permit revenue and more time to focus on trail building, operation and of course, riding our sleds! After all this is what it is about in the first place! What this means for snowmobilers is the same great trails you have experienced for the past several years as BEAST and our clubs worked extremely hard to merge operations with the bureaucratic paper work being the last step of long process.
A fitting presentation was held at our BEAST meeting on August 7, 2008 with one of the original ADSA founders and Treasurer, Stuart Spoor handing over the final ADSA assets to BEAST president Jim Lackey who was also the ADSA President for the past 3 years.