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The club has several means of raising money besides membership fees. We try to hold direct costs to members down, and provide free events such as corn roasts and Christmas parties for members, children, and grandchildren.
Our main fundraiser has been an annual Smelt Fry, held in the last part of
April. We feed over 800 persons
each year. Most of the food is purchased, except for desserts that we ask
members to make. Members are reimbursed for materials, we just want your
time and skills!.
The Smelt fry includes a raffle wheel with both donated and purchased prizes (we have the required state license) and beer and soda sales.
In addition to the Smelt Fry, the Waukesha County Snowmobile Association has sponsored an annual raffle, with a Polaris snowmobile as the grand prize. The tickets for the raffle are sold for $1 each, with the club keeping half of that price. The club sells tickets as a group at the annual Milwaukee Snow Show, where we have had a booth for many years running, selling tickets and promoting our club and snowmobiling in general. Members also sell tickets individually. No one is required to sell tickets.
We have also held our own licensed raffle in the past, with an Arctic Cat "Kitty-Kat" snowmobile as the prize.