Recipients of ISHOF Safety Award of Merit
Al and Jean Seagren - 2004 Award
Al and Jean received this award for their participation and dedication
of over 30 years. As safety instructors, they have taught more
than 1700 youth and 50 adults. Jean improved the MN DNR's safety
slide program to a CD-ROM format presentation and made copies
for other clubs and Conservation Officers. As snowmobilers, both
Al and Jean are always thinking of ways to enhance the
snowmobile safety program for future generations.
Clem Lehrer - 2002 Award
Clem retired and moved to northern Minnesota in the early
1980s. He immediately became involved in snowmobiling buying
machines and purchased the necessary gear for himself and his wife.
Both joined two (2) local clubs and the state association, then went to
work helping to develop a trail system that connected with other
trails as well as access to nearby towns, communities and
Clem's expertise as a sign painter became well known to many. His "Burma Shave",
Keep Right and information signs started
showing up on numerous trails in the area. He was a
representative to the Itasca County Snowmobile Alliance where he
initiated the first snowmobile trail mile marker and mapping
system. He painted hundreds of these signs as well as
information signs and then went out and installed them in their
proper places. As an added safety factor, the "Burma Shave"
signs were placed where riders needed to slow down to read them. The
signs have since become famous and have been adopted by many other
trails throughout the United States and Canada after he
presented the concept to everyone present at the International
Snowmobile Congress on two occasions (at his own expense).
He developed and was a member of the Itasca County Snowmobile
Patrol which helps to make trips more
enjoyable for others by handing out maps and suggesting routes
of travel. Clem has been the only man allowed into the Women on
Snow banquet held in Minnesota.
He has been a Firearm Safety Instructor for many years and has been
recognized by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. He
later became a Snowmobile Safety
Instructor and started teaching safety classes in the early
1980s and continued for many years afterward.
Clem is a Charter Board Member to the International Snowmobile
Hall of Fame, having served on its Board of Directors. He continues to be a
valuable contributor to snowmobiling.