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Michigan One-Time Registration Status

Michigan One-Time Registration Status

On June 29, 2010, a large contingent of interested antique and vintage snowmobilers attended the Michigan House of Representatives Tourism, Outdoor Recreation and Natural Resources Committee meeting on House Bill No. 6261. In attendance were snowmobile representatives from all areas of the state as well as interested out of state parties. Registration Update: SIGNED BY GOV GRANHOLM 12-22-10 Michigan historic sled registration - OK so we can take a breath now that the Gov has signed the HB6261 into law. It has also been formally recorded with the Secretary of State too. There are now several other steps in the process to getting the first sticker onto a Historic sled. I will try to summarize the what's and how's as it's been explained to me by MSA Executive Director Bill Manson; 1. Since we have a new Secretary of State- Ruth Johnson- who will take office after Jan 1, 2011, the process will be very fluid until somebase line info is established. Mainly- will she keep the existing upper staff in place or will she bring in all new people. This will have an affect on this process as the 2 persons who are in charge of this section and who may or may not still have a job after Jan 1st. If there are new people in place then there will be some additional time to the process. If the current staff stays then we will move forward with meeting with them on sticker design. 2. The long and short of it is- and why we were being so cautious on what was being written on this thread- is that the outgoing Secretary of State Teri Lynn Land was very much Opposed to this legislation and there were behind the scenes political things being done to prevent this from even making it to a vote. 3. Well thanks to MSA, their lobbyist's, some strong support from many Senators and Representatives, and the impact we all made on the legislature as a whole when we all gathered in Lansing for the House Cmt. hearing- everyone was very well dressed and presented this hobby as a group of family and community minded people from all corners of the State (and other States too) - It is because of this we were able to get the Bill passed by both the House and Senate and got the Gov's signature too. We've got HB6261 signed into law- and now have a Michigan Historic Snowmobile Registration- everyone that helped in any way should be very proud- period!!! 4. MSA has already had discussions with the 2 persons from SOS about moving this forward. There will not be any meetings or further action until after the holiday break and until after the new Sec Of State takes office. 5. The current 2 persons from SOS have agreed with MSA that they will meet with our Historic Registration Committee and will work with us on specific sticker design/size/color/security etc. 6. SOS staff did advise that they will also have to complete the following: *have IT write a new computer program for this process * train all local SOS branches on new law and process * print and distribute Historic Stickers to all local SOS branches * begin selling the Michigan Historic Snowmobile Registration sticker/decal As you can see there are still many hurdles and things that need to be accomplished before we see one of these on a sled. So as anxious as we all are- and trust us "we do understand that feeling"- please be patient. We have come a very long way in a very short time in the world of politics and legislative process, and we are realistically way ahead of the game. Thanks to all for their help in this process- we will keep everyone posted! Merry Christmas to all. Doug -On behalf of the Michigan Historic Snowmobile Committee; MSA- President Jim Dickie, MSA Exc Dir Bill Manson, Roger Jordan, John McGuirk, Bernie Reid and Doug Lubahn

Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum News Release-2023 On September 22, 2023 the Michigan Arts and Culture Council (MACC) in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced it would be generously awarding the Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum in Naubinway an $8750 grant for operational support during 2024. MACC uses a peer review process to award grants. More than 700 organizations across the state applied for funding. Each grant application is competitively judged; awardees are chosen to ensure Michigan residents and visitors have access to the most authentic aspects of local arts and culture. Organizations receiving a grant award from MACC/NEA are required to match those funds with other public or private dollars. The Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum receives a great deal of donated monetary support through its memberships and visitors and plans to use these funds to match the MACC grant award. There are 141 active museum members not including lifetime members and more than 7000 visitors just last year.

The museum has plans to bring more local art-related activities to our conference room and develop a program for groups with special needs. This support will go toward the cost of wages and advertising for these activities. On Sept 20, 2019, The Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum was awarded a grant of $12,500 for Operational Support from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA – ART WORKS). The grant was awarded through the MCACA peer review process and was one of 561 applications to compete for MCACA fiscal year 2019 funding. The grant requires a 1:1 match and helped the museum leverage the $12,500 of support from its annual income and the many donations from supporters. In particular the museum has received grants from the Graymont Community Economic Development Fund and the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. It has also received significant donations from the Antique Snowmobile Club of America, The Midwest Vintage Snowmobile Shows, Inc., many snowmobile clubs, several recreational and snowmobile shows, the museum’s internal $1,000.00 Challenge, and many museum members. The grant funds will be applied to museum operating costs. Applicable costs include internal operations, marketing, travel to shows within the State of Michigan and cost of employees. The MCACA peer review process allows for each grant applicant to be competitively considered by a panel of in-state and out-of-state arts and culture professionals. This ensures the taxpayers, who support this project through legislative appropriations, and all other visitors or residents in Michigan will have access to the highest quality arts and cultural experiences. A complete list of grant awards around the state is available by contacting MCACA at (517) 241-4011, or by visiting the MCACA website at
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