1. Opening and call to order – EVP called meeting
to order at 5:53 p.m.
2. Introduction of council – Council present was introduced.
Gary Noll (council – PA), Roger Hammel (National Director
– VA), Dave Robbins (council – ME), Sam Ingram (council
– WV), Dave Satterfield (council – VA), Rod Barney (council
– VA), Jerry Stansberry (HND – VA), Steve Lohr (HND
– VA), Jean Giove (council – MD), Darlene McCormick
(President – VT & reporting for MA), Bruce Epstien (council
– VT), Pat Garase (for Troy Stork – President –
PA), John Paulovich (President – NJ), Lee Mershon (HND –
VA), John Corkery (council – NJ), Pat Byrne (National Director
– CT), and Doug Robbins (EVP – PA) were in attendance.
3. Introduction of membership – Membership present
were introduced as well.
4. Agenda review – Agenda was reviewed with no changes.
5. Review & approval of 2007 Eastern Region Winter Meeting
minutes – EVP reported that minutes were distributed Monday
via e-mail. No corrections, changes, or additions were received
via e-mail or presented by council at the meeting. Motion made by
Pat Byrne to approve the Winter Meeting minutes. Steve Lohr seconded
the motion. Motion carried. 2007 Eastern Region Winter Meeting minutes
approved as presented to council.
6. Treasurer’s Report – Eastern Region Treasurer
Marie Baker presented treasurer’s report. Council & membership
reviewed. Marie Baker responded to questions. July 31, 2007 Treasurer’s
report shows Checking account balance of $8,397.64, Wachovia Savings
balance of $20,764.53, and CD value of $10,455.63. Junior Development
balance is $6,246.23.
7. EVP Report
- Budget update – Doug Robbins reported
that with several meetings coming up in the fall that will result
in committee travel expenses for the region, that the region is
operating within budget as approved at the Winter Meeting in January.
There have been no separate un budgeted funding requests to date.
- USAWS ED search update – Roger Hammel reported
that the Executive Director search is back on. The search committee
came down to three candidates. One withdrew. An offer was extended
to another, who did not accept. So the effort has been resumed.
- 2008 Eastern Regionals Qualification – Steve Lohr
recommended that the Eastern Region allow qualification via the
current ratings, AND the National Rankings List for 2008. At the
2008 Regional Meeting, the SRC rep for the East make recommendation
to council for future years. Steve Lohr recommended the SRC rep
for the Eastern Region carry this torch forward for future years.
Lee Mershon (VA) made a motion to accept the committee recommendation
for 2008 regional qualification. Bill Baker seconded the motion.
The motion carried.
8. Nominating Committee Report & Elections – Jean
Giove reported that three positions are open for nomination and
election. Doug Robbins will not run again for EVP. Roger Hammel
will not run again for AWSA National Director, or USAWS National
Director. Doug Robbins was nominated for the AWSA National Director
position. Doug Robbins was nominated for the USAWS National Director
position to begin in January. Pat Byrne was nominated for the EVP
position. Nominations were opened to the floor. Jon Thacher made
a motion that the nominations be closed and the nominees be elected
as presented. Dan Baumgart (PA) seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Jean Giove then reported that the election of Pat Byrne to EVP,
leaves a vacant AWSA National Director position for the remaining
one year on his term. Ed Nichols was nominated to serve that one
year term as director. Nominations were opened to the floor. Marie
Baker moved that nominations be closed, and nominee be elected as
presented. Steve Lohr seconded the motion. The motion carried.
9. Newly elected EVP, Pat Byrne recognized Roger Hammel and
Doug Robbins for their contributions to the region and for representing
the Eastern Region on the boards. Roger served four years as USAWS
National Director, and 13 years on the AWSA BOD as Eastern Region
EVP, and National Director.
10. State Reports
- CT – Pat Byrne reported for Hutch Haines who was
attending the Junior Development outing. CT has held 3 events.
Pat reported that CT has and he will as EVP focus on officials
development. CT has also begun a summer slalom league.
- DE – Ed Nichols reported they have 4 tournaments
this season in DE. 2 at Silver Lake and 2 at Hunter Phillips site.
- MA – Darlene McCormick reported for Dave Allen
& Russ Cole that MA is holding tournaments in Oakham. Their
junior divisions are showing strong numbers at those tournaments.
Once again MA did the t-shirt sales through Caliedescope Imprints
to benefit Eastern Region Junior Development.
- MD – Jean Giove reported that MD has held 3 tournaments
- ME – Dave Robbins reported that ME will have 3-5
skiers attending Nationals this year. Some 3 event skiing has
begun again at the Pond in Sanford, ME.
- NH – Bill Swaffield provided a written report.
NH tournaments have been well attended. NH’s Jamie Beauschesne
has broken the world slalom record.
- NJ – John Corkery had no report. Bill Fosbenner
reported that South Jersey has had successful tournaments.
- NY – George Vosburg reported for Dean Rudy and
Alan Frederick that NY is in desparate need of officials for tournaments.
- PA – Pat Garase reported for Troy Stork that PA
has held 4 tournaments so far. Smiths Pond, Big Rock, Dave’s
Pond record, and the PA States at Dave’s Pond. Two more
tournaments are scheduled for 2007 in PA – the Scott Worthington
Memorial tournament in Williamsport, and Dave’s Labor Day
Record. PA also held an instructional slalom clinic at Big Rock
Pond with Jeff Rogers. The PA slalom series is in its third year,
and Chad Meny (Boys 1) won it the first two years. The Governors
Cup competition between clubs at the State Championships was again
hotly contested and won by Dave’s Pond. The PA federation
will host a Junior Development clinic around the state championships
- VA – Rod Barney reported that VA has held 5 tournaments
and 2 junior development clinics with 20+ juniors at each.
- VT – Darlene McCormick and Bruce Epstien reported
that they hold 2 tournaments in VT. The skiers in VT and NH will
begin an annual award in the memory of Alan Rossi who took his
own life in April. Alan suffered from depression. The group who
is undertaking this effort has decided to award this to a New
England state official who represents the values Alan lived by.
Alan Rossi’s family has also decided to contribute to this
award as well. There is discussion about making annual contributions
to the Eastern Region Junior Development program, or establish
some sort of scholarship. Nothing definitive has been decided
in terms of that or amounts.
- WV – Sam Ingram reported that WV hosted a tournament
in Terra Alta, WV in June. The tournament was well attended and
Terra Alta, and Deep Creek, MD., sites are highly active ski sites
with several skiers funneling into the regional and national competitive
11. Committee Reports
- Regional Search & Site Committee report –
Doug Robbins reported for John Davis that Dave’s Pond will
host the 2008 Regionals in Erie, PA. The formal bid detail has
yet to be solidified, however Dave’s Pond will hold the
regional tournament pending council approval. 2009 has been discussed
by a few sites – Pangea Puddle and Hidden Pass. Steve Lohr
recommended that Dave’s Pond have the bid submitted to the
EVP within the next 30-45 days. Doug Robbins agreed and assured
that expectation would be met.
- Executive Committee – Doug Robbins reported that
other than rules exceptions for cash prize events, no other activity
had taken place. The committee meets in Early December.
- Junior Development – Hutch Haines was in attendance
at the Junior Development event held simultaneously. Pat Byrne
reported that we had 60 Juniors at the regionals this year. Awards
will be given at the banquet on site tomorrow night. The Junior
Development Committee is looking for help from each state to build
junior programs in the East on local levels on up to the National
- By Laws – Steve Vincent reported that the only
activity was the split regionals discussions and ballots for the
Western Region which their membership did not approve by a 2/3
vote so it became a moot issue.]
- NSL Tournament – Ron Ramsey reported that AWSA
needs to actively recruit skiers, Juniors and adults alike for
- AWSEF – Steve Lohr reported that the lake needs
funding for necessary improvements made and the building also
is still in need of funding.
- Announcers Committee – No representative
- Rules – Lee Mershon / Gary Noll reported that the
committee has been busy discussing use of older towboats in sanctioned
tournaments, Zero Off and its uses and timing method, rules compliance
issues at Trophy Lakes, and the National Rankings list.
- IAC – Jon Thacher / Ralph Hall reported that it
has been a busy year with the Team Trials, Under 21 Team Trials,
and Junior Team Trials. Every region is allotted 2 officials slots.
The East annually surrenders one of our two positions. They ask
that officials consider working these events as they are really
- Safety – Pat Byrne reported little national level
activity, but a lot of local level clinic activity.
- Drivers Committee – Bill Swaffield provided a written
report. Local clinic activity has taken place around the region.
The committee had discussions about posting of driver timing data.
- Judges & Scorers Rating – Gary Noll reported
that upgrade clinics have taken place throughout the region. Anyone
in need of a maintenance clinic before year end needs to contact
Gary. Lee Mershon recommended that the committee look at the requirements
for cross over officials. Officials who drive and judge, or TC
and judge, should have lesser annual requirements that those focused
on one single official role, or credits should apply to both.
Kevin Jack recommended that the regular trick test videos be updated
because they include few flips. Kevin also recommended that the
slalom tests be updated to reflect the new slalom rule changes.
Dave Robbins recommended that the CVJ jump measurement be included
on the practical tests for judges.
- National Coaching Advisory – Tom Hinman had no
- Seeding – Jennifer Fredereick Kelly had no report.
- Skiers Rating – Dana Hinman had no report. Steve
Lohr recommended that the EVP encourage a report from that very
vital committee that affects all of us.
- Technical Committee – Dan Baumgart reported that
much of what is contained in the Technical Committee report to
the AWSA BOD he has not seen. Anyone in need of clinics should
see Dan. The committee is recommending the board adopt timing
parameters for records. Lee Mershon and Rod Barney recommended
that the directors vehemently oppose the report. It establishes
new timing tolerances unofficially. It also states that the record
submission form has been changed and does not require board approval.
According to AWSA By Laws all committees are advisory committees
to the AWSA BOD, and need to function as such with the AWSA BOD
having final say / approval.
- Towboat – Doug Robbins reported that Zero Off is
approved with an experimental X class designation and must have
secondary timing system(s) in place to verify the times ZO delivers.
The policy on weighting of towboats has not changed. Towboat tests
are scheduled for mid October.
- Waterways – John Harris had no report.
12. Unfinished Business
- Lex Carroll Memorial Scholarship Fund – Mike Sturdevant
made a motion to table to the Winter Meeting. Motion seconded
by Ron Ramsey. Motion carried.
- Alternate Director - Steve Lohr accepted nomination to
serve as alternate AWSA National Director to serve in Doug Robbins
place for the upcoming AWSA BOD meeting at the 2007 Nationals
in Bakersfield. Motion by Doug Robbins to close nominations and
elect as presented. Motion seconded by Steve Vincent. Motion carried.
13. New Business
- Eastern Region Records – Dan Baumgart will present
to EVP for Banquet. The time has come that the G2 slalom record
had been eclipsed by 4+ buoys, and from prior meeting and council
direction the record should be retired. Motion to retire the G2
34 MPH slalom record made by Rod Barney. Roger Hammel seconded.
- NSL – Ron Ramsey’s recommendation at the
Winter Meeting to waive the $65 guidebook ad fee for class F tournaments
was tabled to this summer meeting. Discussion took place. Nothing
14. Regional Recommendations to the AWSA BOD
- Lee Mershon recommended that officials holding multiple ratings
have lesser annual requirements, or that credits or partial credits
cross over. For instance from driver – judge, TC –
judge, etc. For Judges & Scorers Committee / Driver Committee
/ TC / Safety
- Kevin Jack recommended the Judges & Scorers Rating Committee.update
the regular trick test videos because they include few filps.
- Kevin Jack recommended the Judges & Scorers Rating Committee
update the slalom tests to reflect the new slalom rule changes
for full buoy score.
- Dave Robbins recommended the Judges & Scorers Rating Committee
include CVJ jump measurement on the practical tests for judges.
- Lee Meshon recommended that the AWSA President direct the committees
to begin conducting themselves in accordance to the AWSA By Laws.
. According to AWSA By Laws all committees are advisory committees
to the AWSA BOD, and need to function as such with the AWSA BOD
having final say / approval on all actions.
- Ed Nichols recommended that the Rules Committee standardize
the trick judge process because 3-5 judges calling runs from elevated
shore towers is different in perspective from 3-5 judges calling
trick runs from elevated camera views placed in the boat. This
is unfair to skiers to ski under one method all tournament season
long, then be judged by another at the Nationals.
- The Towboat Committee require GPS based speed control systems
to work off of a minimum of 4 satellites at any one time.
- The Towboat Committee require GPS speed control systems to begin
engagement of the speed control from pre gate to pre gate, rather
than entrance to exit gate.
15. Adjourn – Motion to adjourn made by Steve Lohr.
Second by Dave Knight. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 9:16.