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who became the first military amputee to
summit Mount Everest. He spoke about how
he worked with "The Hero's Project" on his
mission. He was very poignant with his message, that success in anything in life is possible
with enough determination. After two failed
attempts in 2014 (avalanche), and 2015 (earthquake), he conquered the summit in 2016.
Other highlights of the Convention include the Public Affairs panels and Snowsports Leadership Academy sessions. This
year's panels and sessions featured a wide
array of snowsports leaders, experts and
celebrities. Three Snowsports Leadership
Academy sessions were offered this year:
"How to Build a Successful Ski Club", "Making Love to your Members - Building and
Bridging Relationships for the Long Term",
and "How to Keep your Skis in Tip Top
Shape and What Goes into a Great Boot Fitting". Industry partners presented bids for
the 2019 FWSA North American Ski Week,
and ski council honorees met with judges for
the selection of this year's Councils' Man and
Woman of the Year.
Saturday evening's theme was
"boISe Magic" and it was "truly magic" with
a terrific dinner, awards, and dancing. The
band, Winewood, played some magical music
and kept people dancing up to closing time.
Congratulations to all of the award recipients at this convention, especially to our local
winners: Chadd Cripe, writer for the "Idaho
Statesman", Bill Berry Award, Hard News;
Bob Greenwood, Snowsports Builder Award;
and Mark Barnard, Councils' Man of the Year.
Sunday's program consisted of FWSA's
Annual Business Meeting, including election
of officers and resolutions. Clubs and councils
and their dedicated volunteers were recognized for outstanding Community Service and
Communication activities. A delicious brunch
was served to the Convention delegates.
A special "Thank You" is extended to all
the FWSA, Bogus Basin Ski Club and Intermountain Ski Council volunteers for their
hard work and enthusiasm in hosting such a
successful Convention. We also extend our
appreciation to our industry partners, who
support FWSA by participating in the Silent
Auction and Travel Expo, and supporting our
Convention events and programs with sponsorships.
This year's FSWA Convention was very
special to me. My goal was to ensure that all
delegates, guests, and industry representatives
had a memorable and enjoyable time in Boise.
All 75 of our local volunteers did an amazing
job and made sure that our guests enjoyed
themselves while here in our beautiful city.
Read more about FWSA Convention
programs and honorees on the following pages
of this issue of the Far West Skier's Guide.
by Michael Bouton
Host Council Convention Coordinator
To the left of Jane are Doug Baker - Rafting on the Payette River Leader, Vickie Kuebler Decorations, and Kim Hovren - Silent Auction Volunteer Coordinator. To the Right of Michael are
Carol Peterson - Council Volunteer Coordinator, Paul Markowitz - ISC President, Mark Barnard A Day on the Mountain Leader, and Suzette Newsom - Greeter and Ticket Taker.
The Keynote Speaker presentation and
the Snowsports Leadership Academy
sessions were recorded by Videographer,
Tony Okun, of Oh Show! Productions.
Please log into www.fwsa.org to watch
these outstanding educational videos.
Cindy Sherman Photography
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