President’s Message For New Season

October 23rd, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

From The President………

     As I write this as your President, I am absolutely amazed at all the things that have happened to our group since the last time I wrote. Our group has grown. We have developed relationships with other groups that serve disabled populations, and as a result, I am optimistic that we will be able get more skiers on the mountain, to share with them the love and the joy that we all experience through this very simple thing called skiing. We have an amazing new crop of students and instructors. We have through the diligence of some and the generosity of others, a brand new trailer that will serve this group far into the future. We are getting new jackets, so cool that they will make us the envy of everyone else on the mountain who is obliged to wear one. We are on the edge of a new era. One that will define us for who we are today and will be the legacy of how we will be remembered far into the future.

As I contemplate all that is going on within our humble little group, and I think about my position here, and what my own personal legacy within this group might be,  I would just like to leave you with this one small thought as we begin what I believe may be an historic season. Whatever your thoughts or expectations for what this season may be, I would like you to know, your President needs you. 

    I need you, whether you are a first time student or instructor, or whether you have been with this organization from the start, to be willing to commit yourself to doing everything you can to help us meet our goals for this season.

If you are new to the group, whether as a student or an instructor, I need you to make the commitment to come up on a trip, to join us in this grand and noble adventure, to see for yourself why we do this, how absolutely cool it all is, and how much we want to share it with others.

If you are a regular with this group, I need you to continue to do what you always have done, to show up with a positive attitude, a willingness to serve others, and to be an example to those new to the group, of exactly who we are, exactly what we do, and how we represent ourselves to others on the mountain.

And finally, an appeal to those I need most. Those of you who have been active with this group in the past, whether recently or not, who for whatever reason have left us.  You, who understand exactly who we are, who know exactly what we do, and understand in a way that could never be described short of experiencing it yourself, why we do this and why it is such a blast,    I need you, to come back to us, to help us in any way that you can, to help us make this season one for the record books.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you as your President. Thank you for all that you do in whatever fashion, to make this all happen. To make what seems like something impossible to a lot of people a plausible reality for our students. Our motto is and always will be “If I can do this, I can do anything”.  The lessons we learn from this teach us all that the greatest limitations that are placed upon us, are often the ones we place upon ourselves. What we all learn from skiing can and will be taken into every other aspect of our lives.

     Looking forward to seeing each and every one of you up on the mountain. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you do in this grand and noble enterprise.


Gary P. “Commander G” Konecne

President, The Achievers


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