Posts Tagged ‘Membership’

2010-11 Season Schedule

October 11th, 2010

The season schedule has been approved by Mammoth for this year, we are ready to go. You can print out the season schedule by clicking on the link below look at the calender by clicking on it in the ribbon above.

The tripform has changed a little this year, instead of have specific forms for each trip. This year we have one form with a choice of which trip you would like to attend, just remember to check off which trip you want.

Links to these will always be available in the ‘Forms & Info’ section to the right.


Printable Season Schedule

Printable Trip Form


October 11th, 2010

Click here for our season schedule

To request a trip, please follow this link for instructions



Picnic Pictures

October 4th, 2010

I did not have a chance to make it to the picnic this year, but I understand it was well attended by a lot of new members as well as some returning. Gary, Pat & a few others did a great job putting everything together at Pat’s place this year. Karen sent over some picture, check them out below.

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DSUSA-OC 2010 Kickoff Picnic

August 24th, 2010


Hello Achievers,

Our annual summer picnic is just around the corner! Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 18th @ 12pm.    We’re in for a special treat this year as Pat Moynihan has offered to host this year’s picnic as well as graciously supply delicious Australian tri-tip and barbeque chicken.  Furthermore, the meat will be prepared by one of Orange County’s top chefs.  So bring a hearty appetite as there will be plenty of meat to go around.  We would appreciate if you could bring a side dish, salad, dessert or drinks to share.  There is a community pool so be sure to bring your swim suits too!

Location: 3754 Hamilton Street, Irvine CA 92614

Directions: Take 405 freeway, exit Culver Blvd; go North.  Make a quick left turn at San Leandro, left at Paseo Westpark, and the park will be at the end of the street.  You can park in the street or parking lot.

If you don’t know already, Editor Tom Stanton has stepped down as Publicity Chair.  He has been in this position for a long time, and has done such a GREAT job !!  It will be tough to fill his shoes; but fear not, he said he’ll still be around to help with the new website. 

Our first initiative this year is to increase communications, so we’ve decided to try using Facebook to assist with this.  We’ve setup a “members only” group site through Facebook; hopefully most of you are members, and if you’re not, it’s FREE to sign-up.    The group site will allow us to share pictures, setup automatic invites to important events, and bring up discussion on various topics.  I hope everyone takes the time to join, click here to request to be added!/group.php?gid=115237338527024&ref=ts .  I’ve already uploaded some great pictures from the 2010 Banquet. 

See you there !!

Phong Le

Publicity Chair

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!

How To Join

November 23rd, 2009

Becoming a member of Disabled Sports, Orange County

Anyone can join “The Achievers”. We have a number of categories of membership. You can join as an instructor, student or volunteer.

Membership fees are applicable from September to the following August, non pro-rated. To join, please download the forms below and send it to the address in the upper right corner with your dues payment or bring them to a general meeting. Also, due to the realities of the times we live in, all instructors and volunteers are required to have a background check completed before participating with our students. The organization pays the fees for this service.

In order for a student to go on a trip, the following items need to be done:

  1. Become a member of Disabled Sports, Orange County – The Achievers
  2. Medical Clearance Form – This needs to be signed by your primary physician.
  3. Medical History Form – Be evaluated by one of our staff, this can be done at a General Meeting
  4. Sign up for a trip (via a trip reservation form in our monthly newsletters, or at a general meeting)
  5. (Optional) Sign up and pay for group arranged lodging in Mammoth Lakes.
  6. Go skiing/snowboarding!
Policies and Procedures
Welcome Package
Membership Form
Medical Clearance  
Liability Release Form
Trip Reservation Form

Students and/or their families are responsible for transportation to and from Mammoth Lakes and in town during a trip, though there may be car-pooling opportunities available.

Students who have paid their membership, completed all paperwork and been evaluated receive:

  • Free lift ticket
  • Free instruction
  • Free Adaptive equipment
  • Fun!
  • Other benefits

For additional questions, please contact our Membership Chair, Karen via email at


How To Become An Instructor

Instruction is taken very seriously at Disabled Sports, Orange County. Safety is always first. Secondly, we need to have fun! If we can learn how to ski or ride better, that’s just icing on the cake. Our monthly trips have three instructional sessions during the weekend when our volunteer instructors help our students have fun skiing or snowboarding and work on improving their on snow skills.

Here’s an outline of a typical weekend trip:

Arrive by at least Friday night or very early Saturday morning.
Meet at the Main Lodge at Mammoth Mountain Resort before 9:15 am.
Receive your teaching assignment and lift ticket.
Teach from 9:30 to 12 noon.
Lunch from 12 to 1 pm.
More instructing from 1pm to 3:30 pm.
Instructors meeting from 4 pm to 4:30. (usually)
Group potluck Saturday evening about 7 pm.
Meet at the Main Lodge Sunday morning before 9:15 am.
Teach from 9:30 to 12 noon.
Your Sunday afternoon is yours . . .

That’s it!

How to become an Instructor
We are always looking for instructors to help us teach adaptive skiing and snowboarding.

What are the requirements for becoming an instructor with The Achievers?

The most important quality that we are looking for is someone who wants to help in any way they can. Volunteer instructing is not for everyone, but if you want to help and make a difference, we can teach you the rest. Second, you should also be at least an advanced beginner with your skiing/riding skills. If you can ski/board the runs Sesame Street, Gingerbread, Schoolyard or Pumpkin at Mammoth Ski Area without much problem, then you probably have the minimum skiing/riding skills that we need. Note that the majority of our students are skiers, so potential instructors need to be aware that they should have some skiing skills (which we will be happy to train them on) if their usual snow sport is boarding.

We highly recommend that first time instructors attend our training seminar in Orange County in October and the on-hill clinic at Mammoth in November. These training sessions will give you a greater idea of what is involved in teaching adaptive skiing as well as give you information and hands-on experience with adaptive teaching techniques.

The first year that you instruct is generally an apprenticeship. Ideally, in most circumstances, rookies will not be responsible for teaching a student on their own during their first season. You will be grouped with one or more experienced instructors to observe and help out as directed by the veteran instructor(s).

All instructors are expected to have instruction as their first and main priority; we are there for the students, and free skiing is an extra bonus. If, for some reason, your student should decide to quit for the day or become ill, you should check with the V.P. of Instruction or a designated leader for further assignment.

Instructors who have paid their membership and completed their paperwork receive:

•Free training
•Free lift ticket while instructing
•Free skiing on Friday and Sunday afternoon

The membership package for the instructor/family includes the following forms Membership & Liability Release. An additional requirement of our instructors & volunteers is to submit to a background screening check.  For more information on our background screening program, please see National Center For Safety Initiatives.

For additional questions, please contact our Membership Chair, Karen via email

Where’s my check?

July 28th, 2009

    We have had questions in the past on how we handle the incoming money. This is a volunteer group, including the board member positions, we try to deal with things in a timely manner….which usually means…when time allows. Glen wrote a great article explaining how the accounting end of this group is handled. Here is the article.


Hi All -

    Since I have never written an article for the newsletter, as your humble volunteer Treasurer and one-time instructor (Karen and I don’t seem to make many trips these past few years), I thought it would be good idea to talk about how I handle our finances.  Specifically, questions have come up regarding why it takes so long for checks or funds to be deposited – your checks to clear the bank.  I wanted to let everyone know the normal way I operate.  During the season, I typically get everything together for the month – deposits to be made and checks to be written – the first days after each trip, just before the board meetings which take place the Wednesday after each trip.  To make it easier on me, I try to make only one big deposit per month.  So, I make the deposits from the previous month’s trip and business just before the board meeting.  The trip checks I receive at the board meeting, wait for the next cycle to be deposited.  So, I am always about a month behind.  At the board meeting, I want to get everyone money that is owed them and any checks written for other outstanding issues at some point during the meeting – like our lodging/condo check so we are current with the most recent trip, etc.  Checks issued by our group always need a second signature – usually Mac’s, so board meetings are a convenient time to do this.  For the off season, the 4-5 months of summer, I do as little as possible, with the exception of state and federal income tax filings and annual registration and updates to the state Attorney General for charitable trusts.  If people donate money to us during the off season or after I close the books for the year (our fiscal year ends June 30), it may take up to 5 months for their check to be deposited in the bank.  I figure our members may have questions, so best to communicate the way we handle our "day to day" finances.  If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me – best to e-mail me at

Thank you,

Glen Lunzman

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