From Mike Schons, Region Director:

So this season, how did we actually do in the Eastern Michigan Region?  The region held 4 Skiing, Snowboard and Toboggan Seminars and a women’s only event.  We held our first Young Adult event.  Again we registered the largest senior class of candidates within the Central Division. For Seniors, we also offered one of the only Aid Room Module courses in the Division.

Stepping back and speaking of Evaluations, congratulations to all the new patrollers, alpine patrollers, seniors and alpine seniors from all the patrols!  This was another successful season and congratulations to all!

This past season we again utilized on-line registration and waiver signing for all region events. We tried successfully to use the region website for the waivers and the process was easy and very easy for the Instructors who needed the information collected.  Again, Eastern Michigan Region is currently ahead of everyone else in the area of electronic waivers and registration.

Now looking forward!  There are a number of upcoming events and activities that you may wish to participate in.

First up is the EMR Awards Banquet.  This year the banquet will be held at Mt. Holly.  Cocktail hour begins at 5:30 and dinner at 6:30pm. The food (and deserts), should be wonderful.  Ed Usewick, Section Chief for Section III, is planning the event, so please contact Ed with any questions at bikengski2@aol.com. This is a great time to celebrate with your fellow patrollers and friends from other patrols around the region.  Sign-up is on our website (https://www.nspemr.org/home/emr-awards-banquet).

There will be an Instructor Development class in April at Alpine Valley.  If you wish to become an Instructor for any of the NSP programs, this is a mandatory first step.  Contact Derek Werner for more information and course scheduling.at derek.werner@usa.net Course is limited to 10 Participants.

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.

If you are 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.netfor further information.

Another fun event is The Detroit Grand Prix.  Again this is a non-NSP fun event.  You can apply as a volunteer for a number of different necessary positions at: http://detroitgp.com/volunteer/index.cfm?cid=17701#.UvkQkmWuLyQ.email.

The International Mountain Bike Association has joined with the NSP.  If you are a rider (or you and your friends), and wish to use your skills during the summer riding the great trails we have in Michigan, contact Vito Manzella, Region Bike Patrol Advisor for more information at; vitoman@comcast.net

Finally I hope everyone had a great year and I, along with the entire EMR staff wish you a healthy and happy summer.

We look forward to seeing you at your patrol banquets, the Region banquet, and on the hill next season!



Mike Schons

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