Email Meeting of Eastern Region Council (Sept. 2021)

An email meeting of the Eastern Regional Council was held from Sept. 20-27, with a call for a vote on Sept. 28, concerning proposed amendments to the Eastern Region Bylaws (as outlined below and with the results of the vote below it).  
 
Pursuant to Art. XI, sec. C of the Eastern Regional Bylaws, I’m conducting an email meeting for the purpose of amending our bylaws.  There are three (3) action items:
(1)  As you may recall from the Summer Meeting, there is a conflict between the Eastern Region Bylaws and Policy & Procedures.  In particular, the relevant portion of Article V, section 3 states:  “The States of Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia shall each have two (2) Council Members and [the] balance of States shall have one (1).”  
The relevant portion of section 1.1 of the P&P states:  “States are entitled to one representative for every 250 members, up to a maximum of 2 representatives.”  I believe there’s agreement that the “250 members” should refer to AWSA members only (as opposed to all disciplines).  As none of the States have that minimum, I propose that the above-cited language of Art. V, sec. 3 of the By-Laws be removed and amended to read:  “States shall be entitled to Council representation as determined by the Eastern Region Policies & Procedures Manual.”

This change will permit the most flexibility moving forward for the Council to determine State representation, and removes the necessity of involving the USA-WSWS Board of Directors if we ever need to address representation in the future.  NOTE:  changes to the Policy & Procedures will be an action item for the Winter Meeting.

 
**the below items are to correct inaccurate citations in our bylaws**

 
(2)   Bylaws Art. XI, sec. C (regarding the holding of email meetings/voting) states:  “EVP at his/her discretion may call a special meeting as outlined in the ER P&P section 2.2.3 . . . .”  However, there is NO section 2.2.3 in the ER P&P.  I believe the procedures referred to are those in section 2.2.2 (Mid-Winter Meeting procedures/requirements).  Therefore, I propose that the Bylaws be amended to state:  “EVP at his/her discretion may call a special meeting as outlined in the ER P&P section 2.2.2.”   PLEASE let me know if there was ever a sec. 2.2.3 that for some reason never made it to the online version of the P&P.
(3) Bylaws Art. XIII sec.1 (amending bylaws) states in pertinent part:  “These bylaws may be amended . . . by a 2/3 vote of the AWSA Eastern Regional Council at the AWSA Eastern Region Mid-Winter meeting or the Annual AWSA Eastern Region Meeting, per the standards set forth in the AWSA Bylaws Article XVI“.  However, AWSA Bylaws Art. XVI concerns “Dissolution” of AWSA.  The section concerning “Amendments” is Article XV.  Therefore, I propose that the ER bylaws be amended to state:   “These bylaws may be amended . . . by a 2/3 vote of the AWSA Eastern Regional Council at the AWSA Eastern Region Mid-Winter meeting or the Annual AWSA Eastern Region Meeting, per the standards set forth in the AWSA Bylaws Article XV.        
The first amendment passed 15-1; the second and third amendments passed 16-0

2021 Northeast Slalom Series finals field set

With the final stop of the 2021 Northeast Slalom Series in the books (VT States results here), the field for the Sept. 4 head-to-head finals at Pangaea is set.

Here are the brackets:

ADULTS
1) Dan Warner 110.75 (2.75@39)
8) Zach Carpenter 93.5 (3.5@35)

2) Becky Bartlett 84 (6@28)
7) Justin Campfield 95.25 (5.25@35)

3) Dana Hinman 103 (1@39)
6) Scott Behner 98 (2@38)

5) Scott Bellefeuille 100.5 (4.5@38)
4) Matt Byrne 97.5 (1.5@38)

JUNIORS
1) Aaron Bartlett 80 (2@32, 32mph)
4) Addy Byrne 54 (6@15, 28.6mph)

2) Zoe Carpenter 87 (3@35, 32 mph)
3) Tia Byrne 80.5 (2.5@32, 32mph)

Each skier is skiing against their own handicap, with the skier in each bracket that does the best against their handicap advancing. For example, if Becky Bartlett were to score 2@32 (+2 above her handicap), while Justin Campfield scored 5@35 (.25 below his handicap), Becky would advance.

Adults will be competing for a cash-prize purse of nearly $1,000, while juniors will be competing for trophies.

The 2021 Northeast Slalom Series is sponsored by h20proshop.com and Hinman Builders.

Post Regionals Juniors Update

Our juniors had a great showing at the 2021 Eastern Regional Championships in Avon, CT.  There were 59 junior competitors.  The Avon Old Farms Skiers put on a fantastic junior’s party onsite at the Pond, with treats and activities including pizza, snow cones, popcorn, water mats, trampoline, movie night, and lots of fun for everyone.  The raffle raised close to $800 for the Eastern Region Junior Development Program. 

Most Improved Awards

Congratulations to all juniors who won Most Improved Awards this year.

DivEventSkierNameDivEventSkierName
B1SlalomYonce, ParkerG1SlalomByrne, Addy
B1TrickDavis, BenjaminG2JumpByrne, Tia
B1OverallDavis, BenjaminG2SlalomDann, Isabela
B2JumpRobbins, TyG2TrickAbelson, Alexia
B2SlalomStenger, SamuelG2OverallDann, Isabela
B2TrickTarum, ZaneG3JumpCarpenter, Zoe
B2OverallRobbins, TyG3SlalomQuimper, Caroline
B3JumpAbelson, JakeG3TrickCole, Ava
B3SlalomFrucci, RobertG3OverallCole, Ava
B3TrickAbelson, JakeG4JumpStenger, Solie
B3OverallAbelson, JakeG4SlalomStenger, Solie
B4JumpMoisan, VictorG4TrickStenger, Solie
B4SlalomQuimper, AJG4OverallStenger, Solie
B4TrickMoisan, VictorG5JumpPottbecker, Sage
B4OverallCraig, RobbieG5SlalomPottbecker, Sage
B5JumpPowell, RobertG5TrickPottbecker, Sage
B5SlalomTakken, MarkG5OverallPottbecker, Sage
B5TrickPowell, Robert
B5OverallRobbins, Evan

All Stars

The Eastern Region All Star Team for 2021 was announced at Regionals. The All-Stars were selected based on their ranking score coming into regionals, and their performance at regionals.  The All Star Team will be representing the East against teams from the other four Regions at Nationals.  The 2021 East Region All Stars are:  Ty Robbins, Alexia Abelson, Jake Abelson, Aaron Bartlett, Cameron Davis, Sage Pottbecker – Alternate: Ava Cole, 2nd Alternate: Evan Robbins

Headed to Nationals?   See you at the Juniors Party at Nationals – Thursday, August 12th

Joliet Town and Country Lanes
2231 W Jefferson St.
Joliet, IL 60435

Tickets $20/person (skiers and non-skiers)
Thursday, August 12, 2021 5-8pm
5pm-6:15pm B1-3,G1-3 Bowl
6:15pm-6:45pm Awards and Pizza
6:45pm-8pm B4-5, G4-5 Bowl

Please RSVP via the link below, and purchase tickets through PayPal to nationaljdwaterski@gmail.com by Monday, August 9. A ticket is required for entry for both junior skiers and family.

**Bowling is for skiers only (due to # of available lanes), but family is welcome to attend the awards and dinner!

Link to RSVP for Juniors Party at Nationals – RSVP by 8/9

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdrax9topRWTManSYYRnqhS4r1pVJFkFYpEPiwmDgOR49nP5A/viewform

3 2021 NESS events down, 2 to go

With three Northeast Slalom Series events in the books and only two more qualifiers left to go, Dan Warner leads the adult division, with Becky Bartlett and Dana Hinman close behind.

Aaron Bartlett and Zoe Carpenter are tied atop the season junior division standings, with Tia Byrne only 20 points behind.

Click here to see the full season standings. And view each stop’s results here:
Stop 1 – Pangaea Record Slalom V2.0 (Saturday)
Stop 2 – 41st Annual Lakes Region Open
Stop 3 – Eastern Regionals

Only two stops remain to qualify for the Sept. 5th finals at Pangaea: the Dubes Ski Classic XXXII on Aug. 22, and the Tom Costello/Alan Rossi Vermont State Championships on Aug. 28.

At the conclusion of the series, the top eight adults and four juniors will qualify for the series championship’s head-to-head finals. Adults will be competing for a cash-prize purse of approximately $1,000, while juniors will be competing for trophies.

The 2021 Northeast Slalom Series is sponsored by h20proshop.com and Hinman Builders.

2021 AWSA Eastern Regionals

2021 Eastern Regionals at The Pond (Lake)

In the past 4 days we have enjoyed great performances by water skiers of all ages at the 2021 Mastercraft Eastern Regionals hosted by the Avon Old Farms Skiers in Avon, CT. https://www.oldfarmsskiers.com/2020-eastern-regional-championships/
The juniors started things out on Thursday and Friday with great performances by many of our young skiers.
Here’s a link to all of the results… https://www.awsaeast.org/wp-content/uploads/21E998CS.htm

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Juniors – Nationals Training Day, August 5th

Corey Vaughn

How did we get to mid-July so fast? I hope you all have been enjoying these summer days fully as they whiz by.

We’re proud to claim Corey Vaughn as an Eastern Region Skier. He does so much for the sport and always gathers great talent to coach at the Easter Region Junior Development overnight clinics.

As we ramp up to Regionals and Nationals, it’s a great time to pop in to peaceloveandwaterskiing.com for a tune up. Topher and Collin have been doing an amazing job in the boat, and Kuz is returning over a month early! He’ll be back on July 27.

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Weather Cancellation of Pre-Regionals

Important Notice to all Skiers for Pre-Regional Tournament this weekend – July 9, 10, 11.

Due to the ongoing weather and the approach of Storm Elsa, we have made the difficult decision to CANCEL the tournament for this weekend. The Pond in Avon is just not skiable.

With this change, practice for Regionals will begin on Saturday, July 17th to accommodate those who want to get time on the water before Regionals.

We are planning to upgrade our September Tournament to Class E&L to make up for this cancellation.

You can request a refund for this weekend or you can use your entry fee for this weekend to cover the Tournament in September. If you want a refund, please e-mail Dana Hinman at Dana@hinmaninc.com