Archive for the ‘Students’ category

What did you do on your Summer Vacation?

November 28th, 2009

John Ledbetter sent over these pictures of himself & Gordon Chan from a fishing trip they had over the summer. Now you know what they look like without being all bundled up in ski gear.

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General Meeting Reminder

November 24th, 2009


Hello Achievers,

                This is to remind you that we are having a general meeting this week in preparation for the upcoming trip on December 11-13th. The meeting is going to be 7PM on Wednesday evening the 25th at the Fullerton Children’s League Center. We will have Membership & Trip forms there if you need them, as well as cookies & refreshments. This is the first student trip of the season so if you have not yet had a student evaluation this would be a good time to get one.

Fullerton Children’s League Center
2050 Youth Way
Fullerton, CA 92835

If you cannot make the meeting & want to go on the trip please be sure to drop Mike an email to let him know at . You will need to mail him the trip form.

Trip & Membership Forms

There have been some changes to the student trips requirements this year due to a slowdown in fundraising, you can read more here in an article from Mac .

Background Screening Program

November 23rd, 2009

Disabled Sports USA Orange County Chapter (DSUSA OC) is proud to announce a working partnership with National Center for Safety Initiatives through which we will engage in a comprehensive background screening program for our instructors and volunteers. This is a required step in the DSUSA-OC membership process starting January 1, 2009. This process can take up to 10 days to complete so be sure to do this well in advance of a planned trip.

DSUSA OC has taken important steps to ensure the highest level of safety within our programs – for all participants and also for you, who make the programs a success. One of these steps is the implementation of a standardized approach to background screening for our instructors and volunteers through the National Center for Safety Initiatives. This includes a comprehensive background screening using the Center’s Check it Twice™ product and a simple “Red Light/Green Light” clearance report issued in accordance with the Recommended Guidelines® published by the National Council of Youth Sports. This is part of a national movement towards the standardization of safety programs for youth-serving organizations in this country.

Disabled Sports USA Orange County Chapter has worked with National Center for Safety Initiatives to ensure that this process is convenient, secure and confidential.

Simply go to and click on “Background Check Self Registration” on the left side of the webpage. Complete three easy steps:

            Step 1:            Enter Self Registration Number: 29771900

            Step 2:            Enter Your Information as Requested

            Step 3:            Provide Legal Authorization and Certification

“Red Light/Green Light” Results will be sent to Disabled Sports USA Orange County Chapter National Center for Safety Initiatives will contact you directly if there are any questions, problems or issues related to your specific information.

It is important when entering your name, you use your full legal name as written on your birth certificate or driver’s license. Please also verify that your social security number was typed correctly. Using nicknames or failing to type a correct social security number may delay or invalidate your background check.

If you have any questions or problems submitting your information, please call the National Center for Safety Initiatives at (866) 833-7100 x109.

Thank you for your continued participation and your cooperation in this important process. We are excited to offer world-class programs, working with world-class people!

Kickoff Picnic

October 24th, 2009

We had a great picnic to start the season off right! The weather was great as you can see from these pictures that Karen sent over. We had some new members as well as some members coming back that we haven’t seen in a few years.

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Letter From the President

October 14th, 2009

Hello my fellow “Achievers”

I trust all have had a fabulous summer and are completing their conditioning programs for the coming season.  Not so much?  Better get on it if you want to keep up with Mark and El Presidente on the upper slopes.

Our annual awards banquet was held June 6th at the Taleo Grill in Irvine.  If you missed it you missed a great meal and a fun time.  Congratulations to the following award winners:  Mike Watts (Member of the year), Greg White (Instructor of the year, Most ski a thon pledges obtained, Fastest instructor ski a thon run, Worst dog injury of the year, Late to lunch award, Most awards award), Nahu G. (Student of the year), Christine Ton & Kaitlyn Ton (Rookie intructors of the year), Jennifer Frame (Rookie student of the year), Isaiah Thompson (Dr. Bob most inspirational award, fastest student ski a thon run assisted), Phong Le (Most ski a thon money raised), Al Walker (Most ski a thon runs), Scott McCall (Most ski a thon runs, fastest student ski a thon run unassisted).  Everyone in our group is an award winner in my book.  Thanks to all for your time, effort and passion towards making this past year a great success.

A brief note on some issues from this years’ summit meeting where policy, calendar and budget issues are adopted:  1) due to lackluster fund raising year, (blame the economy and a poor student effort), we will no longer be able to fund lodging for returning students.  Returning students will be required to pay for their lodging on each trip.  If funding should improve in the future, we would reconsider paying for lodging for returning students.  We will still pay for a new student and one guardian on their first trip only.  2) instructors will no longer be awarded free lodging on the sixth trip.  We are always interested in new or alternative lodging options.  If you have any info or connections, please contact any board member.  We are also seeking new board members.  Our current board consists of mostly long standing members who would gladly yield to “new blood.”  The time commitment is not that great and the group benefits everyone.  If you have not previously served, or previously served and just miss the action, step up and take your turn.  Call me with any questions.

That’s all for now.  Is this a great group or what?



First General Meeting for 2009-10

October 10th, 2009

Hello Achievers,

I hope everyone that made it to the Angels game had a good time, it’s an exciting time of year …GO Red Sox!….oops…I mean Angels (Casey knows I had it right the first time). Our schedule this year has had a few changes & because of this the Dryland Clinic & DSUSA-OC Kickoff Picnic are both going to be on October 24. The Clinic will be in the morning…and the picnic in the afternoon. I will pass along all the details in a followup email.

This email is to invite everyone to our first General Meeting prior to the Dryland Clinic. Come join us to catch up with everybody while you are signing up for the clinic…and eating cookies. We will have the meeting this Wednesday the 14th at the Children’s League in Fullerton, this is in the shadow of St. Judes Hospital at Harbor & Bastanchury. Here is the actual address;

Fullerton Children’s League Center
2050 Youth Way
Fullerton, CA 92835

Date: Wed Oct 14th

Time: 7PM

When you make the right on E. Valencia Mesa you will quickly make a right where it appears to end…follow the row of buildings down to the parking lot. We will be in the building next to the parking lot.

Hope to see you there!

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