From Mike Schons, Region Director:

Hard to believe that it’s near the end of July and the new season is about to begin!  The summer is flying by, at least for me. Now it’s time for your region staff to start putting in motion the plans that we have made for the 2017 – 2018 season.

This coming season we will again be offering a number of classes, both on and off-hill. Those however, will be for another newsletter.

I hope everyone got their Direct Line July 2017 from the National Office.  “Registration and dues payments for 2018 will start in September.”  This year the process for us in the Central Division will be a little different than what we were used to in previous years.  This should not be a surprise as we have talked about this registration process change coming for over a year now.  As we get closer, everyone will be notified of the dues process.

Now an update on upcoming events.  Coming up fast is the Central Division Meeting which will be held at the Boyne Mountain Resort, the weekend of September 8th through the 10th.  There is still time to register for the event through the Central Division website, http://www.nspcentral.org or the NMR Facebook page.

Every patrol in the region has scheduled their refresher by now.  If you cannot make your local area refresher, please contact another patrol that helps meet your busy schedule.  You can find each scheduled refresher on the region calendar at nspemr.org.

One change in the Central Division, there will no longer be a charge for Instructors to belong to the Central Division Snowsports School.  With this change the division will now offer a graduated partial financial reimbursement to those instructors who successfully complete their PSIA level I, II or III certifications.  And it has already been asked, this new development is not retroactive.  Marty Blazskowski, Division Snowsports School Director, can provide you with all the information. Marty’s information can be found on the Central Division website.

One of the new Region activities you will see starting up this season is the Young Adult Program.  Cricket Nickolaou is our region advisor and is planning some activities to expose and recruit young folks to join the NSP.

If you’re interested in beginning your journey towards Senior Patroller or Senior Alpine Patroller, take the first step now!  You must notify your Patrol Director of your intentions to train for your Senior classification.  You can find information for the entire journey under the Senior program tab. Sign-up is now available under that tab also. We already have one person signed up as of this release!  Just an interesting fact, Eastern Michigan Region has had more folks register and test for their Senior classification, and we have added more Seniors than any other region in the Division for the last four years. I would personally love to see this trend continue.

If you are already a Senior Alpine Patroller with a minimum of five years on the patrol, and you really want to show your stuff all while learning to be the best at what we do, consider becoming a Certified Patroller.  This is an outstanding program!  For information please contact Jamie Roell at jvroell@comcast.net for further information.  Jamie is the Region Certified Advisor.

From the entire EMR staff, we wish the remainder of you summer be happy and healthy and we look forward to seeing serving all of you in the upcoming season.


Mike Schons

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