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Central Division Fall Meeting 2022 Registration and Agenda

This event has been completed. We encourage you to attend the next Central Division Fall Meeting! Details will be published as they become available.

The Central Division Fall Meeting is the annual opportunity for all of the patrols in the Central Division to come together for a weekend and participate in training and fellowship as an organization.  The evening consists of a banquet with an awards presentation. To make the most of this opportunity, your patrols Patrol Director, IT, OEC Instructors, and others actively involved with your patrol should attend.

Date and time

Fri, Sep 9, 2022, 11:00 AM – Sun, Sep 11, 2022, 2:00 PM EDT


H Hotel Midland, 111 W. Main St, Midland, MI 48640

Friday, September 9th:

11:00AM Golf Midland Currie 9 holes https://www.curriegolf.com

1:00PM Kayak from Tridge /Ike’s Mobile Kayak

7:00PM Dinner Academy Lounge

Saturday, September 10th:

9AM-12PM General Session/Academy Lounge

12:30PM-4PM BOD/Gold Room

12:30PM-4PM Adaptive First Aid and Chair Evac Seminar/Chippewa Pavilion. Presented by Ty Damon, Co-Author OEC-6 Chapter 32, Adaptive Athletes

12:30PM-4PM Awards Advisors Face to Face/Copper Room. Led by Mike Husar, Division Awards Advisor.

12:30PM-4PM OEC recertification (by invitation)/Silver Room Kim Zambole and Rae Ruddy

12:30PM-4PM MTR Face to Face/Titanium Room. Led by Jon O’Dell

12:30PM-4PM Mountain Bike Ride/Midland City Forest. Led by Jon Mehl.

6PM Cocktail hour-cash bar/H Hotel Courtyard.

7PM Awards Dinner/ H Hotel Courtyard.

Sunday, September 11, 2022

9AM-11AM NSP Bike Patrol Round Table/TBD. Led by Jeremy Verbeke NSP Program Director and Mary Dunphy CD Bike Supervisor

Event Contact:

Allison LaVene
(810) 938-7930

Meeting Link:



Conference Hotel: The H Hotel Midland


Fairfield Inn & Suites Midland

506 East Buttles Street Midland, Michigan 4864

Map showing distance between the two hotels


Meeting Registration                      $10

September 9th Dinner                      $45 – H Hotel-Academy Lounge; 7PM; Cash bar

September 10th Awards Dinner      $55 – H Hotel Courtyard; 6PM Cash bar ;  7PM Dinner


Break Out Sessions Details:

Saturday Afternoon

Adaptive First Aid and Chair Evac Seminar
Session Overview:

We will do several interactive group activities:

  • Cognitively Impaired patient empathy exercise
  • Blind/V.I. patient “leading” scenario
  • American Sign Language communication practice
  • Outrigger removal hands-on practice
  • Sit Ski removal hands-on practice
  • Lift evacuation for sit skiers dry-land practice
  • To increase awareness of the wide variety of Adaptive Athletes, and the many forms of
    adaptive equipment they utilize
  • To provide you with strategies you can utilize to better care for injured Adaptive Patients:
    • Deaf/Hard of Hearing
    • Blind/Visually Impaired
    • Cognitively Impaired
    • Three/Four-Track Skiers
    • Boarders
    • Sit Skiers
  • Give you an awareness of the added challenges in performing lift evacuation of Adaptive
    skiers and riders
  • Create advocates for the integration of Adaptive Athletes at your local resort and into
    your patrol

Presented by Ty Damon, Co-Author OEC-6 Chapter 32, Adaptive Athletes

Senior Trainer/Evaluator Recertification Course

This recertification course is designed for trainers and evaluators that are also region administrative
staff of the OEC and Aid Room Modules of the Senior Program. At the end of this course,
participants will:

  • Be current as an OEC and Aid Room MSP Trainer/Evaluator
  • Be trained to use an enhanced training program for OEC MSP candidates
  • Be trained in the Aid Room Module training program for candidates

What to bring with you:

  • Pack/Vest with normal materials
  • Dress comfortably (we will be completing senior-level scenarios)
  • Working watch/timer (you will be evaluating!)
  • A great sense of humor – let’s have fun!!
Space is limited to Region OEC Administrators, Region Senior Training Coordinators, or their
designee that are current Trainer/Evaluators of the OEC and Aid Room Modules of the Senior

If you have any questions, please contact Kim Zambole at OEC@nspcentral.com
Region Awards Advisors are invited to meet with Mike Husar, Division Awards Supervisor.
Further, Region MTR Advisors are also invited to meet with Jon O’Dell, Division MTR

Sunday Morning

NSP Bike Patrol Round table

Join the National Bike Program Director, Jeremy Verbeke, Central Division Bike Supervisor,
Mary Dunphy, and Region and local patrol leadership in a roundtable discussion about NSP
Bike Patrols. Learn what is out in development, come up with bike patrols, and have the
opportunity to network with other patrols to share information and best practices. If you are in a
bike or ski patrol looking to transition into year-round patrolling, this is the session for

Let me know if you have any questions,

Presented by: Jeremy Verbeke, National Bike Program Director https://nspserves.org/bikes/

Other area attractions:

Dow Gardens 1809 Eastman Avenue Midland, MI 48640

Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens 2203 Eastman Avenue


Alden B. Dow Home and Studio-An Oasis of Architecture and Inspiration

315 Post Street Daily Public Tours


Chippewa Nature Center 400 Badour Rd. Midland


New Version of the 2022 OEC Refresher Cycle C Online Modules to be Published on Tuesday, Sept. 6

The following  was distributed to NSP members on August 26, 2022

If you don’t have a skills session scheduled for early September and have yet to complete the 2022 OEC Cycle C Refresher Online portion, you may want to choose to wait to enroll until after Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022, when the 2022 OEC Cycle C Refresher version 2 will be published.

Since the release of the current refresher, the Center for Learning support team, the NSP OEC Program Director and the NSP OEC Refresher Committee have created a 2022 OEC Cycle C Refresher version 2. Based on user common questions and feedback received regarding the current refresher, the navigation of the new course will be simplified while the material covered will remain the same. Our new Learning Management System allows us to make modifications based on member feedback.

If you have begun the current version of the refresher course, you may continue with it. It will not be removed from production, it will only removed from visibility in the catalog when the new refresher is published in early September. Another detailed announcement will be made when the new version is available.

We’d like to thank all of the patrollers who have completed the Refresher and taken the time to provide feedback on the process.


Central Division Ski Patrol Festival – Save the Date

The Alpine Skill Development Workshop is now The Central Division Ski Patrol Festival

This unique opportunity to receive training exclusive to members of the National Ski Patrol will be held on four dates throughout the 2022-2023 ski season.

More information will be published in the upcoming weeks but the key information is as follows:



Division Supervisors and any patroller who would like to learn the skills.

While we would love to see everyone at all four weekends, the intention is that each patrol sends 1-3 people to one weekend, whichever is closest or has the best date. Naturally, anyone seeking certifications will need to attend the March sessions.


  • December 2-4, 2022 – Wild Mountain  (MN)
  • December 9-11, 2022 – The Highlands  (MI)
  • March 10-12 2023   – Crystal Mountain (MI)
  • March 24-26, 2022 – Granite Peak  (WI)


TENTATIVE Training Workshops:

  • PSIA/AASI  L1 Exam
  • OET IT Prep Clinic
  • Movement Analysis Clinic

TENTATIVE Certification Programs:

  • ASE Certification  (March only)
  • New OET Instructor Sign-Off (March only)
  • QA Clinic  (March only)
  • TES for Senior Candidates  (March only)
  • SES for Senior Candidates  (March only)
  • Final OET Instructor Sign-Off (March only)

Additional topics which we would love to offer a workshop on if demand allows and instructors are found:

  • Mountain Travel/Rescue
  • Avalanche
  • OEC
  • Young Adult Program group activities
  • Women’s Program group activities
  • Pre Certified Event Certified Modules Education
  • Alumni group activities
  • Tele groups

If you wish to lead one of these workshops please notify Anne Blaedow, Guy Day, or Les Robinson.

How Much


Hotel, Lift Tickets, Registration Fee’s, Food, etc.


2022 Membership Fees

Dear Central Division Members,

The NSP Board of Directors voted Thursday evening, July 8th, to increase national dues for all members by approximately 33%.  You will soon be receiving a message from NSP regarding this increase with additional detail. After reviewing the financials of the organization, I am in support.  To my knowledge, this is one of the first budgets in a long time that has received the level of scrutiny and expert analysis that should be required for an organization with 34,000 plus members.  In short, this increase will alter the trajectory of the NSP and sustain it properly at the high level of service we all expect.
The increase not only helps cover the rising costs of living since the last increase in 2019 but also provides much-needed finances to support the operations of the National office.   Remember, the office develops and manages the infrastructure for all of the programs we enjoy – OEC, OET, MTR…  And it is imperative that the office is staffed appropriately, and is able to maintain a strong infrastructure so that we as Divisions have professional and relevant tools, guidance, educational talking points, refresher materials, an LMS, etc. supporting us so we can deliver high-quality programs to our members.
If you have questions or concerns about this increase, please contact Paul Kelly who is the chair of the NSP Finance Committee and an NSP board member, and has made himself available to answer your questions.  Or, you may contact Rick Boyce, the National Chair.

Thank you for the work you do for the NSP and the service you provide the public.  You are all much appreciated and vital to the success of the National Ski Patrol.

Mike Schons

Director, NSP Central Division
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