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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?

Regards,

Mac

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