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OHSC celebrates 50th anniversary

OHSC celebrates 50th anniversary

Date: February 10, 2018 |

The Ogemaw Hills Snowmobile Club (OHSC) celebrated its 50th anniversary on Saturday, Jan. 27. The day featured an antique snowmobile and clothing show, hot dogs cooked over a campfire, a 50/50 raffle, a raffle drawing for a refurbished 1964 Ski Doo Olympic snowmobile, which was donated by the family of Frank Alley, and more.

The highlight of the day was a rededication of the Frank Alley Memorial Park. The park serves as the trail head for 108 miles of Ogemaw County’s snowmobile trails. It has a warming house, pit toilet and is where the OHSC clubhouse is located.

As part of the rededication ceremony, a portion of the minutes from the club’s first official meeting were read aloud. The first paragraph in the club’s historical records reads as follows:

On Dec. 10, 1967, a meeting was held with the purpose of forming a snowmobile club, as the sport of snowmobiling is becoming very popular and the need is very evident. Frank Alley presided over the meeting held at his business, Frank Alley Ski-Doo Sales and Service, until the first officers are elected as follows: President John Ryland, Vice President Wendall Brooks, Secretary Bea Ellenberger, Treasurer Nancy Collins.

The first issue on hand was to name the club. Since West Branch is nestled in the foothills of our beautiful Ogemaw Hills, we all agreed that the title Ogemaw Hills Snowmobile Club would be a perfect choice.

A total of 58 local residents joined the “club” at the organizational meeting in 1967.

OHSC has been in continuous service to the sport of snowmobiling and the Ogemaw County area for 50 years, with no end in sight. Presently it has over 130 members. The club meets on the second Saturday of each month, August through May, at its clubhouse located at Frank Alley Park, the corner of Fairview and Rose City Roads.

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