Recipients of the Edgar Hetteen Memorial Award of Merit
Edgar Hetteen was one of the true pioneers of snowmobiling and this special award by ISHOF honors those individuals for their unique contributions to the sport.
Bill Schumann - 2018 Award
Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin
Few people, if any, can provide as long a list of accomplishments, offices held, programs founded, clubs developed, challenges conquered and awards received than Bill Schumann of Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin. His snowmobile journey started in Illinois where he helped to unite 90 snowmobile clubs into the Illinois Association of Snowmobile Clubs (IASC) which he served five terms as President. His many programs there included receiving $67,000 in grant monies for their trail system, a state trail map, assistance for club operation and maintenance costs of groomers and chairing the 1993 ISC in Illinois. In 1992, Bill was inducted into the Iron Dog Brigade and has served several officer capacities with that organization. In 1997, he was honored by induction into the IASC Hall of Fame. Bill's penchant for preserving the old sleds of the sport was evident when he became a charter member of the Antique Snowmobile Club of America (ASCOA) and served as its President in 1993. He coordinated the club's reenactment of the first Eagle River Derby race. Bill's honors continued when, in 1995, he was honored as the United States Snowmobiler of the Year, the ASCOA Distinguished Service Award and the Harry Knoll Award for outstanding service. Bill moved to Manitowish Waters in Northern Wisconsin in 1998 and quickly continued his involvement in organized snowmobiling becoming treasurer of the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs (AWSC), then its President from 2008 to 2010. In 2016, his Manitowish Waters Snowmobile Club dedicated a major bridge crossing as the "Bill Schumann Bridge" with a plaque in his honor for all of his dedication to the sport of snowmobiling. He is a charter Director of the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame and has served as its President until a recent retirement. Bill Schumann's unselfish dedication to the sport of snowmobiling has brought him many honors and awards. He now adds another to that list as recipient of the Edgar Hetteen Memorial Award of Merit.
Shelly Brandstrom - 2017 Award
Elmer Cone may have founded ISHOF, but his daughter, Shelly, was the office manager and person behind the scenes that was as much, if not more so, the foundation and guiding hands that made the program a success. Shelly was instrumental in organizing the progress of the ISHOF, keeping all business records, locating funds, setting budgets, formulating a business plan, writing all promotional pieces and press releases, organizing the annual induction program, and all the other behind the scenes, but so very important, administrative details that have allowed ISHOF to achieve and sustain its goals; All this in addition to her duties as office manager of the family's construction business and a mom. She also volunteered at two local clubs and even helped her husband clear and groom their snowmobile trails. She may not have been on the front lines of ISHOF, but she was its center and foundation. For her untiring efforts to promote and build the ISHOF and her father's vision, Shelly Cone Brandstrom is the recipient of the inaugural Edgar Hetteen Memorial Award of Merit.