ISHOF Celebrates 25 Years
Minnesotan Inducted into Hall of Fame
Twenty-five years ago, Elmer Cone of Bovey, Minnesota, felt strongly that those snowmobilers who had created the sport, built its infrastructure and helped it to grow should be honored. His idea was to create a snowmobiling Hall of Fame that would recognize those pioneering entrepreneurs, adventurers, volunteers, trail and program builders who not only got snowmobiling started, but whose efforts have led to what is now a worldwide sport and industry with sales and trails wherever there is snow.
Today Cone’s dream, the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame (ISHOF), is located in Eagle River, Wisconsin, the iconic “Snowmobile Capital of the World” where ISHOF honors 98 snowmobilers for their contributions to the sport. This September 12-13th, 2014, ISHOF will celebrate its 25th anniversary by inducting three new members into the Hall of Fame.
Also being honored during the ceremony on September 13th
are the International Groomer of the Year and the International Snowmobile Club of the Year. For more information on the event, see www.ishof.com
or call 800-746-8963.
Minnesota’s Inductee is:
Larry Shepherd, Volunteer, Faribault, MN. When it comes to understanding the unique and important role that volunteers play in the sport of snowmobiling, few understand it as well as Larry Shepherd. An active member of the Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association (MnUSA) for 25-plus years, Larry has been a driving force in MnUSA since he became a member.
Shepherd began his association with the sport in the early 1970s. At first a club member and enthusiastic rider, he recognized a need for Youth Snowmobile Safety Training and became a certified instructor in 1976. In 2006 he was honored as the “Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Snowmobile Instructor of the Year.” In 1990 he was appointed to Minnesota’s snowmobile task force to aid in the development of trails policies for user groups. He also helped create a non-profit recreational trail users coalition of six non-motorized and four motorized groups to seek out the commonalities they share.
In 2006 he was named “Minnesota Snowmobiler of the Year” by MnUSA and was named “2007 Snowmobiler of the Year” by the American Council of Snowmobile Associations. Inducted into the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame for his many contributions as a Volunteer, Shepherd has helped better the sport of snowmobiling for Minnesota’s young snowmobilers and for its military veterans.
Also being inducted are:
Gail Hanson, Trail & Program Developer, New Hampshire. Twenty-one years ago Gail L. Hanson stepped into snowmobiling as the secretary for a local New Hampshire snowmobile club. Nine years later she became the first full-time Executive Director of the New Hampshire Snowmobile Association, accepting responsibility for the association’s day-to-day operation. That role also included working with New Hampshire’s Division of Parks & Recreation, the state’s Fish & Game Bureau, coordinating the association’s conferences, fundraisers, workshops, plus maintaining a role as the sport’s advocate in the state legislative arena.
Under her leadership NH law was changed to give a registration discount to riders if they were members of a local club, which dramatically increased membership rates. During her tenure as Executive Director, New Hampshire’s snowmobile community has had an economic impact of more than one-half billion dollars annually, representing three percent of NH’s gross product!
Inducted into the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame for her contributions in the category of Trail & Program Developer, Gail Hanson has demonstrated a unique ability and commitment to
promote the growth of snowmobiling in New Hampshire for more than 20 years.
Lyle Shipe, Publisher/Journalist, Michigan. It’s unlikely that any snowmobiler in Michigan knows the sport as intimately as Lyle Shipe. As the editor and publisher of the Michigan Snowmobiler since the late 1960s, Lyle has seen snowmobiling mature almost from birth to a strong and viable winter sport. He recognized early on the importance for a “snowmobiler’s voice” to help unite the fledgling sport in Michigan.
Beginning in 1968 Shipe spent his winters meeting and getting to know Michigan’s snowmobilers. He made certain that the Michigan Snowmobiler covered events and snowmobiling get-togethers in what was then the snow state with more than 400,000 registered sleds. His rapport with Michigan’s snowmobiling community came from his ability to include both large and small snowmobile events that helped local communities, snowmobile dealerships and the “Mom & Pop” businesses that depended on snowmobilers.
Lyle’s enthusiasm and passion for snowmobiling extends beyond just the publishing of a great snowmobile magazine, in that he is truly devoted to making snowmobiling activities as safe and enjoyable as possible. Through his efforts, Lyle has affected the lives of countless snowmobilers.
With a snowmobile history that touches six different decades, Lyle Shipe is being inducted into the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame for his contributions to the sport in the category of Publisher/Journalist.