Archive for August, 2015

Joint Picnic with Ramp It Up

August 30th, 2015


Great news. We’re going to change up our kick off picnic by moving it to the beach, and doing a joint picnic/BBQ with Ramp It Up.  Our two groups have collaborated in the past and it is a great way for our members to be exposed to the great sport of both handcycling and skiing.  This is open to all members and their friends and family.  Please share this email to anyone interested in getting involved with us or Ramp It Up.

The logistic is a bit different for those who aren’t familiar –

We’ll meet in Bolsa Chica state beach on the far side near the corner of Warner Avenue and PCH.  Tom and his group will be there as early as 10am for those wanting to handcycle, and a hearty BBQ lunch will be provided for all in attendance near noon.   The exact meeting location is the closest picnic area/restrooms near the corner of Warner and PCH.  This area is wheelchair accessible.

If you want to park inside the beach, parking fee is $15 or $7.50 if you have a California Disabled State Pass –  Our president, Gary, is offering to shuttle some of you who would like to avoid the entrance fee, more to come where we’ll meet for the shuttling.

We’ll also have a limited amount of fish for those that do not eat meat.  On your RSVPs to me, please let me know if you’re a non-meat eater.

Lastly, President Gary will be giving away a weekend of accommodation for the upcoming season!  What can you lose by not coming?  You can lose a free trip.  :)

Please either RSVP through email or on our Facebook site by Tuesday September 8th so we can plan the appropriate amount of food.

Kick-Off Picnic

August 29th, 2015

Hello Achievers,


Our season kick-off picnic is in two weeks, on September 12, between 11:00-3pm!


Location: Culverwood Wilderness Park –  3754 Hamilton Street, Irvine Ca, – The park is located behind the clubhouse associated with this address.


What to expect at the picnic,


  • Food, Food and More Food! The grill will be running 24/7 so bring your appetite.  We’ll supply the main course, please help by bringing a side, dessert, or drinks to share.
  • Come and play – there’s a pool, basketball court, and a big grass area to play – bring a ball, frisbees, or other lawn sports to share
  • An opportunity to harrass returning members, and meet new prospectve members


Membership –


Karen, our membership chair, is asking everyone to send in their membership form for the upcoming season, the address is noted in the application.  If you’re a student, I’m also attaching the medical evaluation form you’ll need to get signed by your primary doctor.  All forms will need to be completed prior to the start of the season, please complete early so you don’t miss out on a trip.


Instructors are required to go through a background check, this is required every two years.  If you didn’t go through it last season, then you’ll need to do it this year.


We’re still waiting for the green light from Mammoth on the season schedule, should have a confirmation soon!


Please RSVP by September 9th for the picnic so we can plan accordingly.

Message from the President

August 23rd, 2015

From the President………..


Greetings once again from your humble president. As we approach the beginning of a new season we would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of Susan “Granny” McCabe, who recently passed away in Eagle Idaho. She was the matriarch of the McCabe family, who include her sons; our former President Mac McCabe and his brother Mike, a long time instructor and board member for the group, as well as her granddaughter Casey McCabe Scott, who is former student.  When I first joined the group over fifteen years ago Granny would graciously allow us to use her home for board meetings, kick off picnics, trailer storage and for just about anything else we needed. We have many fond memories of Granny and her husband Bill “Gramps” McCabe, who we lost in January of 2009. Please remember the McCabe family in your thoughts and prayers.


Once again I would like to thank all of our Board Members for donating their time for our most recent Summit Meeting, where we review our most recent season, set goals for the upcoming one and lay out the upcoming season’s budget. There are a lot of exciting things going on with our group. I am grateful for the time and energy that each and every board member brings to the table. Special thanks to Greg White for his recent efforts in obtaining a new banner and easy-up for us to use. We saw the results of his hard work at our recent outing to an Angel’s game.   Please thank your board members for their service to the group. They are truly outstanding individuals who make it easy for me to be your president.


Our annual Angel’s game outing is now in the books and once again, was a huge success. Thank you to all of the Achievers who were able to make it.  Special thanks to Karen “Madame Membership” Lunzman and her lovely husband Glen “Mr. T” for all of their hard work in organizing this event. A job very well done. Also special thanks to John “Chef” Lucas for another outstanding job of cooking ribs and chicken and to Patrick “The Leprechaun” Moynihan for his part in getting the food to the ballpark and for the million little things that he does for the group when nobody is looking.


Thank you to everyone who donated funds, or obtained donations in our recent fundraising effort. We were able to make up for some lost ground and will be able to meet our budget for the upcoming season. Special thanks to Phong Le and John Lucas for their efforts in making this happen.   Speaking of fundraising, we have come upon an interesting program through the Ralph’s grocery store company. The coolest part of it is that anyone who shops at Ralph’s can help our group financially, and it doesn’t cost that individual any money out of their pocket. All you need is a Ralph’s rewards card. We will be distributing a form that can be taken to any Ralph’s store that can be processed at the check-out stand. There is also a way that you can sign up online. Basically an individual assigns their rewards to us as a viable non-profit organization, which means Ralph’s will transfer those rewards into a cash donation to the group.  I am hoping that we can have every member of the group participate in this program by asking friends and relatives to sign up, and also by working in teams (instructors and students) outside their local Ralph’s store to sign up regular store customers. Watch for further instructions on this very soon.  We will likely have a big push for this program in September.


Please mark your calendars for the following events; our world famous Kick-Off Picnic on September 12, our Dryland Clinic on October 17, and our Instructor Trip which is slated for November 20-22. (We have also submitted dates for our Student Trips, these will be sent out once we have approval from Mammoth Mountain Administration).


Looking forward to seeing you at any of our upcoming events. Whether you are a student, instructor, board member or anyone else who supports us I once again thank you for all that you do in this grand and noble enterprise.

With Gratitude and thanks,


Gary P. “Commander G” Konecne

President, Disabled Sports Orange County

The Achievers


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