If you were unable to make the trip. Please join us on your computer, tablet or smartphone.
AWSA EAST Mid-Winter Meeting
Sat, Jan 6, 2018 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (312) 757-3121
Access Code: 231-339-917
First GoToMeeting? Let’s do a quick system check: https://link.gotomeeting.com/system-check
I look forward to seeing everyone at the meeting bright and early at 9:00 AM.
Here’s some light reading to get you in the mood!
AWSA EAST Mid Winter Packet 01_2018
ALL ARE WELCOME at our mid-winter meeting.
Saturday, January 6th, 2018 9 a.m., Embassy Suites Valley Forge Hotel, 888 Chesterbrook Blvd, Wayne, PA 19087. Please RSVP here.
Click here for the Draft Agenda. Please feel free to send your comments and let me know now if you have any other business to add.
Finally, I need to plug the Water Skiing Santa Show. In it’s 32nd year, our VA, DC and MD skiers will take to the frigid water of the Potomac River between Alexandria, VA and our Nations Capital. You can see the show on world-wide news coverage at 1pm sharp Christmas Eve.
Blessings to all for a safe and joyous New Year.
AWSA East EVP
The AWSA Board of Directors met on August 8th, just prior to the 2017 National Championships. You can find the “unofficial” minutes from that meeting HERE.
This meeting is open to all AWSA members. Come find out what’s new and let your voice be heard. We were able to secure our traditional location for the weekend of January 6th and 7th at the Embassy Suites Valley Forge Hotel, 888 Chesterbrook Blvd, Wayne, PA 19087, (610) 647-6700. This date is consistent with past years. We’ll be sending out another message with all of the details.
A vote was taken at the summer meeting and was roughly equal. Please share your thoughts here about the pros and cons of each.
Hello fellow waterskiers,
As we approach the season that we all love, I’m passing along a technical note or two.
1. The other day I did an email test from this system. Of 79 registered users and emails sent, 44 were confirmed as received; thank you. Those that were not confirmed (except for one clearly rejected) were indicated by this system as having been accepted by the recipient’s mail server. I am not currently willing to summarize and/or contact those that have not replied–tedious cross referencing, maybe someday. I would assume the emails are in spam folders. Gmail has particularly stiff spam review.
A larger issue may be that we have hundreds of people in the region who are not registered on our website. We have normally reached a larger audience using MailChimp and/or Facebook. I will leave it up to region officials if we want to address this in any way. At minimum, it would be nice to encourage people to register with this site.
I have changed the method of confirming a registration to a math captcha and admin confirmation, removing the invitation code for now.
2. I would like to ask those who are registered to make sure you have used a strong password, and if not, please improve it. Although we have brute-force protection of our admin, a system that will lock someone out after 4 attempts, WordPress sites are being constantly attacked. Usernames are not secret since everyone is considered an author, and some of the usernames such as tgpowell, multitasking and allendbj are being constantly tested. Since I put this system in place, there have been 7452 lockouts.
Winter meeting is the first Saturday in January – 7th. Let Marie Baker (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you will be attending so she can get a head count for lunch. Reach out to our EVP – Pat Byrne for specifics around the meeting (email@example.com).
Embassy Suites Philadelphia – Valley Forge
888 Chesterbrook Blvd.
Chesterbrook, PA 19087
Try the Hilton Hotel button on the USA Water Ski website for a discounted rate.
There are some requests for officials clinic(s) for Sunday. I’m looking for a head count, so if you need or desire an officials clinic; and will be able to attend in person on Sunday January 8th. Please contact me ASAP so that I can lock in instructors (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will need a minimum of 10 people before I can confirm any officials clinics.
If you are a senior official (scorer, judge, driver) in any event and would like to officiate at the 2017 regionals – please contact me as soon as you can (email@example.com). Also any regional or state safety officials interested, please contact me as well. Note that we will need 3 Event Senior Judges for the invited/appointed judge positions; but John, Scott and I are looking to build up a roster of officials willing to be scheduled for slots.
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
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!