Archive for January, 2013

January 27th, 2013

Message From The President

Greetings my fellow Achiever’s. The January trip was another great outing for DSOC. A total of 8 students and 16+ instructors made the drive to Mammoth, and though greeted by very cold temperatures (about 10 degrees F) we were rewarded with fantastic snow and weather conditions over the entire week-end, with very little wind and mostly clear skies and sunshine. Mammoth now has the best snow conditions of any resort in the country, and things are shaping up very well for the remainder of our season.

Our March trip will be the Annual Ski-A-Thon, our major fundraising effort of the season. We will set up a course of gates on Sesame Street East, and our students and instructors will obtain pledges either based on the number of runs they make, or from flat donations. Though we have obtained several generous donations from various donors, we had a budget shortfall of about five thousand dollars last year. It is critical that we step up our efforts this season so that we can continue to be able to provide what we do for our students. A sizeable donation is of course appreciated, but is equally important that all members make an effort to contribute to the cause. Small donations add up, and it is more important to at least make an effort, than to do nothing at all. We are the only DSUSA chapter that provides both instruction and equipment to our students at no charge, and covers the cost of housing for first time students and their caregivers. We are committed to maintaining this level of service to our members. We will also be participating in a Yard Sale (not the snowboarder kind) on April 20th at the Tustin Community Center. Watch for details of this event as we get closer.

Another issue that was discussed at our last board meeting was a continuing problem with members not respecting deadlines for paperwork, trip / housing reservations, etc. As a board we want to do everything we can to get students up to the mountain. In the past we have always had a difficult time saying no, and I have been one of the biggest offenders. After lengthy discussion with the board, we have decided that we need to be more firm with respect to following our own policies and procedures, particularly when a deadline has passed. Please keep this in mind when planning your next trip, and get your stuff in early. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or any of our board members.

Conditions should be awesome for the rest of the season, I look forward to seeing you all on the mountain.

Your President

Gary “Commander G” Konecne

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