Bill Baker – USA Water Ski Award of Merit

It was my great honor to present the USA Water Ski Award of Merit to

Bill Baker on Saturday night.

Bill Baker and Doug Robbins

Bill Baker and Doug Robbins

They saved the best for last. When Bill’s name was announced I lost

sight of him as he made his way to the stage. Bill received a standing

ovation from the crowd of over 250 USA-Water Ski members in attendance.

It was a special night. A special honor for a special man who has been a Continue reading

EVP Video Address: AWSA, USA Water SKi BOD Mtgs

Hi there!

I just returned from a fun filled weekend at the USA Water Ski Headquarters!  Pat Byrne, Hutch Haines, Jon Thacher, Doug Robbins, Bill Baker and myself attended the AWSA Board Meeting on Saturday.  Saturday night was the USA Water Ski Awards banquet where we honored Bill Baker with a standing ovation as he accepted the USA Water Ski Award of Merit – it was spectacular! Then on Sunday I attended the USA Water Ski Board Meeting and Doug Robbins was at the helm as the Chairman.

The BOD meetings were jam packed with topics, many discussions and many decisions.  I am posting my notes from the AWSA Board of Director Mtg (note that the final source of truth is the formal meeting minutes produced by Delaina Downes & approved by the BOD during the summer meeting – that is my disclaimer!).

Here is the link to my video address with the highlights – it is 8 1/2 min long (sorry – hard to pack in 2 days of info into less than 5 min).  Continue reading

East Region AWSA Meeting Notes & Video Address

Greetings!

I’ve up loaded the meeting notes from our East Region Winter meeting held in Valley Forge PA on January 9, 2016.

There were 35 people that attended representing 10 of our 14 states!  There were 5 first timers including a junior!!! Great turn out everyone!!!

Key points can be gleamed from my Video Address: https://youtu.be/9BfXh2CYT20

Link to the meeting notes: 01_EastRegion_WinterMtg_Agenda 2016 Jan 09 NOTES PUBLISHED

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with questions!

2016 AWSA Team Event

I’m uploading the document that can be used to familiarize yourself with how the team concept will work at regionals and at nationals.

There will be a page in the regional guide as well for reference.

This is a going to be a great event for 2016!!!   Hutch Haines is our team coordinator and the states have been broken up as follows, and the the State Council Reps will be the default team captains (for those with multi states, we are waiting for confirmation on the team captain contact).  If this changes we’ll let you know.

1-CT, 2-MA, 3-NY, 4-PA, 5-VA, 6-DC/DE/MD, 7-VT/NH/ME/RI/NJ

Looking forward to a fun filled 2016!!!

Please see the following PDF for details: AWSA Team Event v6

 

 

Calling for all Tournaments

2016 Tournament Sanctions are due …. please get your tournaments sanctioned as soon as possible so that Julie Erwin can build out the guide book.  We have some stragglers – currently on 33 tournaments show up on the list for the guidebook, when typically have 50+ tournaments in a season.

Also, call to action – please dual sanction your class C’s with a class F.  Let’s drum up more support for those that typically don’t attend tournaments!

Thanks everyone!!!

0 days left to the AWSA East Region Winter Meeting

Hi there!

I’m looking forward to seeing folks this weekend down in Valley Forge PA!

Seems we will have a great turn out, about 34 East Region members are scheduled to attend!!!

**Reminder the Judge Clinic has been canceled.**

We will be starting at 9am and have a hefty agenda that will take us through to 5pm (hopefully we’ll end a little earlier).

For those not able to attend, look to the meeting notes that will come out within the week and a video giving some highlights of the discussion alongside tidbits of what to look forward too in our 2016 water ski season!

Tally-Ho!  Tonya Maurer, East Region EVP

4 weeks until the Winter Meeting – Who’s Ready?

Greetings East Region! 

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season with this balmy weather (close to 60 today in CT) across the east!   For those in the hills, from what I can see on various Facebook posts, there is snow on the ground and some of you are able to enjoy the white stuff!

We are 4 weeks away from our winter meeting!  I’m looking forward to some energetic discussions that will touch on (a) team events at nationals, (b) update from the AWSA Insurance Taskforce,  (c) accomplishments from 2015, and (d) a look at 2016 goals.

If you have a specific topic that you would like to see discussed, please let me know (multitasking@comcast.net).

Also if you want to put your name in the hat to officiate at Regionals and/or Nationals, please let me know as well.  This includes safety AND announcers!!!!!

Yes we will have clinic(s) on Sunday (assuming we have a minimum head count of 5).  Currently planning a Judge/Score clinic, and there is a request for a drivers clinic – I’ll work through Al Harris to determine if we can arrange an instructor.  Please contact me directly if you are interesting in officials clinics.  We have 32 judges on the downgrade list (3 needed clinics), 12 scores on the downgrade list (all due to missing tournament credits), 2 TCs that require clinics.  I didn’t receive the Driver downgrade list.

Look for details in the coming weeks about the session; in the mean time please RSVP with your attendance for the Saturday meeting to Marie Baker (billandmbaker@comcast.net).

Dates: Jan 9th (meeting) & Jan 10th (clinics)

Start Times: 9am both days

LocationEmbassy Suites Philadelphia – Valley Forge, 888 Chesterbrook Blvd.,  Chesterbrook, PA  19087, 610-647-6700 **call for special pricing for our event – East Region Water Ski Meeting**

Looking forward to seeing folks in January!!!

Thank you,  Tonya Maurer East Region EVP AWSA

Sister Club Seeking Support to Save their Site

Eastern Region Skiing Community – we have several situations happening in the East that warrant some attention.   First there are two sites that are working through local regulatory issues with slalom courses. This topic will be discussed during our AWSA East Region Winter meeting on Jan 8th.  Second is about a site in Massachusetts that is seeking donations to save their ‘home site’.  Please read on and contact the Holland Aqua Riders (https://www.facebook.com/AquaRidersofHolland) for more information.

The Holland Aqua Riders Water Ski Team desperately needs your donation to sustain operations propagating the sport of water skiing locally and nationally.  Without your help we will not be able to generate the $35,000 needed to purchase our home site of 163 Mashapaug Rd Holland, Massachusetts and continue providing access to a sport that is becoming increasingly rare.  Without this purchase, our access to the lake and our mission will be lost.

For over 50 years the Holland Aqua Riders have been crucial in developing and maintaining a love for water skiing despite decreasing accessibility and affordability of the sport.   Our non-profit, federally licensed 501c3 organization is one of the last ski clubs in New England able to provide instruction for all aspects of waterskiing including both a full sized water ski ramp and full tournament slalom course on a public body of water.  Through activities s Continue reading

Updates to Online Trained Driver Class

Here’s a clarification from Melanie Hanson on updates to the online Trained Driver class for new Trained Drivers.

The class has two components, a video, and the Boat US online NASBLA approved class. If the applicant has already taken a NASBLA approved class (Boat US, US Power Squadron, Coast Guard, probably others) it is only necessary to watch the video. The applicant can then send evidence of whatever class they took to Melanie as a substitute for taking the Boat US online class.

Evidently the video is first and once you have watched it, the program asks if you’ve taken a NASBLA class and allows you to skip out. You still have to pay the USAWS class fee up front.

This makes a lot of sense, especially since a lot of people have taken a NASBLA approved class already, and it makes it easier on new Trained Drivers. Win!