11/7/2018 – NSP FEMA ICS Requirement

As reported in the newest e-mail from NSP National, all patrollers are now being required to complete  Federal Emergency Management Agency Incident Command System ICS-100.C: Introduction to the Incident Command System course. See info from Michael Walenta HERE

10/16/2018 – Director’s Note:

Please go and VOTE!!!!  My main message is to VOTE, turnout last year was abysmal (just over 20%).  If you need background info on all the candidates, go HERE or contact your patrol rep/director or me, JohnDonnelly for our thoughts.

For what it is worth, Brian Rull is a current board member from Central Division and has done a great job. Julie Stone is an Assistant Division Director in Central Division and has been personally very supportive of our activities in Western Michigan despite coming from St. Louis.

John Donnelly

10/16/2018 – Voting open

From Central Division:

Members of the NSP Central Division
The voting has open for you to vote for your NSP National Board Member. You can vote for one person or up to four people. It’s your right to vote in this election and I urge you to exercise this right. I still believe we need representation for every member. The only way to accomplish that is to have Board members from every Division. When you are selecting the candidate or candidates to vote for, please keep the representative issue in mind.




8/20/2018 – 2018 Central Division Fall Division Meeting

Central Division Patrollers –

The 2018 Fall Division Meeting will be held at the Chula Vista Resort in the Wisconsin Dells, on September 7, 8 and 9, 2018. This is a great opportunity to take a class, meet new patrollers from around the Division and celebrate outstanding performance at the Awards Banquet.


The on line “Registration” also has the phone number to call to make room reservations. Each room will have up to six water park passes available. Additional passes can be purchased. There is also a number to call if you wish to play golf, while you are there. If you wish to attend the Friday night River Boat Cruise, please register early. Due to federal regulations, only 150 people will be allowed on the boat.

Other classes include the following. Saturday take a CPR class, LAR class, Instructor Development, OEC/Senior OEC Updates or a Senior OEC Trainer Evaluator Clinic and finally Sunday, there is a Patrol Directors 101 class and a NSAA Chair Evacuation class.

Go to the NSP South-Central Region’s Web Site and click on the link (or cut and paste following link to your browser https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b054fadad2ea0f58-2018 Please read the instructions carefully.

Steve Paladini
South Central Region Director

3/19/2018 – Region Meeting

Our next Region Board meeting is next Tuesday, March 20 at our usual location (Brann’s on Division).  We will start at 6:30PM, so please arrive early if you plan to eat before we get started. 

3/17/2018 – West Michigan Region NSP Awards Banquet 2018

The Patrollers of WM Section 1 Region cordially invite you and a guest to its annual Region Banquet.  Celebrate our volunteers and their dedication.  Our Ski Patrol Volunteers give selflessly of their time and talents to help others in their community.  Volunteers provide valuable service that truly makes a difference.  Appreciate and recognize your fellow ski patrollers and make them shine at our Region Banquet.


May 5th, 2018 – Timber Ridge – 5:30pm Cocktail reception – 6:30 dinner – Awards following dinner

Download Banquet Registration form Region Awards Banquet 2018

2/27/2018 – Banquet and awards nominations

2/14/2018 – updates

Happy Valentines Day!  The minutes from the last business meeting have been uploaded. There are many events still happening in our Region for February and March.  Take a look at the calendar and get involved!!

1/5/2018 – Region Meeting – 6pm

Tuesday January 9, 2018 – ALTERNATE LOCATION = (Brann’s on Leonard, just off 131 in Grand Rapids). For those unfamiliar with that location, the address is: Brann’s Steakhouse, 401 Leonard St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504. It should be easy to get to off of US 131 coming from either north or south.

I will work on getting an agenda together, so if any one has some urgent new or old business that needs attention let me know ASAP. Please send along any updates that I can consolidate and share in advance with other attendees – while it was not perfect, having some advance info seemed to help keep our meeting on track last fall.

Also, Matt Chapman is trying to get an updated newsletter out this weekend, so if anyone has an article to run (we already have one from Jackie on the upcoming Women’s Clinic), please send before Sunday.

John Donnelly