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  1. Is there an agenda available yet? "You guys should just do CRW. There are so many more ways to get killed, it makes a CYPRES seem safe." -Kevin Keenan
  2. Gary, I was reasonably certain that the main question I wanted to ask (namely, what, if any, action USPA is taking regarding the incident with Rich Winstock) was not going to get answered in the GMM but was going to be the topic of Executive Session. I look forward to seeing a report out of how USPA decided to handle that, even if it's "The matter was discussed and no action was taken," in the name of accountability to its membership. "You guys should just do CRW. There are so many more ways to get killed, it makes a CYPRES seem safe." -Kevin Keenan
  3. starkmtn

    USPA BOD Cliff's Notes

    Pardon my french, but horse shit. I've been to far more meeting than you and it wouldn't cost time at all. Yeah, I'm calling BS on this too, as someone with experience on two different boards, one of which I'm still on. Now, we meet 9-10x a year, so we don't ever have as much on one agenda, but it's pretty damn easy (and I say this as one who served as secretary of my current Board for several years) to record who the ayes, nays, and abstentions are. Has it slowed things down by a few seconds each vote sometimes? Sure. But it's been worth it for the transparency, because we have vocal shareholders who demand it. Maybe if more of us demanded similar transparency from USPA, it would be done. And Para5, I don't doubt that you personally would be glad to share your views. But not everyone is. With as many directors as there are on USPA's board, it's a huge barrier to put up to ask each individual member to email every director to ask how they voted rather than to just publish the votes in the minutes. For example: I wrote to every single director about an issue that was on this March's agenda and was important to me. I got _six_ replies, only three of which actually indicated their own inclinations as far as voting would go. So even if a member is able to take the time to email all the directors, they aren't in any way guaranteed the information. Plus, that's a LOT of email to ask directors to answer. Why not just make it very easy for members to find out how the directors voted and what got said by whom in meetings (_including_ committee meetings, which is where the meat and potatoes are)? "You guys should just do CRW. There are so many more ways to get killed, it makes a CYPRES seem safe." -Kevin Keenan
  4. Trust? The board should set policy and INSURE the staff enacts it. Chuck, I think we're agreeing to agree here. They _do_ need to trust their staff, or they run the risk of micromanaging, which is a poison to any organization. Of course, if they are given reason not to trust that the staff will enact policy, the staff needs to be changed. That said, I don't think that's the source of the problem with this current issue or many others that seem to be putting the interests of business ahead of those of the jumpers. "You guys should just do CRW. There are so many more ways to get killed, it makes a CYPRES seem safe." -Kevin Keenan
  5. As one board member is now calling it, it's the USPIA. Assuming they meant it as an indictment, can you share that name, if only privately? I'm making a list of who will definitely get my vote next time around, and this person just went on it! "You guys should just do CRW. There are so many more ways to get killed, it makes a CYPRES seem safe." -Kevin Keenan
  6. starkmtn

    G.E. number?

    Thanks everyone for the help! :D "You guys should just do CRW. There are so many more ways to get killed, it makes a CYPRES seem safe." -Kevin Keenan
  7. Craig, I'm in agreement with all you wrote except for one important point I'd like to make as a veteran of two different boards (one of which I still sit on) - the BoD should _not_ be in the business of running operations - that is the job of the staff. The Board should be _setting policy_ and trusting the staff they chose to enact it. Eli "You guys should just do CRW. There are so many more ways to get killed, it makes a CYPRES seem safe." -Kevin Keenan
  8. starkmtn

    USPA BOD Cliff's Notes

    So let's start writing to our RD's and the ND's and asking for streaming of July's meeting! "You guys should just do CRW. There are so many more ways to get killed, it makes a CYPRES seem safe." -Kevin Keenan
  9. I'm glad someone has finally mentioned the fact that many magazines have been offering a (cheaper) digital option for years. Any analysis of the cost of lifetime membership that doesn't take into account this trend in publishing is, IMHO, flawed. If a lifetime membership could be had for the old price and a digital subscription to Parachutist, that would eliminated a big chunk of the cost of said membership. Did anyone bring this up at the BoD meeting? "You guys should just do CRW. There are so many more ways to get killed, it makes a CYPRES seem safe." -Kevin Keenan
  10. starkmtn

    G.E. number?

    Any old-schoolers know what this would be for? Someone signed my logbook "GE [number]" and we have a friendly bet that I can't find out what it means. :) "You guys should just do CRW. There are so many more ways to get killed, it makes a CYPRES seem safe." -Kevin Keenan
  11. starkmtn

    Para-Ski event at Mad River Glen?

    I'm looking to get in touch with anyone who organized or knew about the para-ski event at Mad River Glen ahead of time. Please send me a private message if you have any info about this event. THanks! "You guys should just do CRW. There are so many more ways to get killed, it makes a CYPRES seem safe." -Kevin Keenan
  12. Chris Gay is not yet on DZ.com so I am posting this on his behalf. Please post feedback (I'll collect and forward). Thanks! ***begin forwarded message* Hello all, During the past few years there has been tremendous growth in the 2-way event on an international level; however, at the US Nationals we are seeing a decline in all CF events including the 2-way. This is a problem that, if not corrected, will very likely lead to the end of CF in the future, and certainly no chance for anything larger than a 100-person formation. I would like to get some feedback on a possible new division (working title: “Pro-Am”) that I am going to lobby USPA to create. If we have enough response from all you experienced dogs, then this new division may be a part of this or next years US Nationals. USPA has been reluctant to create a new division until our numbers justify doing so. However, I believe our numbers will not grow until/unless we have this extra division. There would still be an Open class. The goal of the Pro-Am division would be to have Open class jumpers bring newer jumpers to the U.S. Nationals to compete in 2-way CF. Here are my ideas for the "Pro-Am" division, and I am certainly open to any suggestions or changes to make it better for all of us: CF 2-Way Pro-Am Team Composition: Maximum 4 jumpers - Minimum 3 jumpers. (2 jumpers turning points, 1 video person, 1 alternate) Eligibility: During each jump, at least 1 of the jumpers turning points must be an amateur (as defined below). The video person and the alternate may be either from the Open class or may be amateurs. Definition of amateur: (this is the tricky part) An “amateur” shall be defined as a jumper who has never medaled at the U.S. Nationals in CF or has not been on a CF World Record. As you review this proposal, please keep in mind that we are trying to do this to INCREASE our numbers of new jumpers. Now I have two questions for the group: 1) Do you like this idea for a new division, or do you have any other ideas for another division that would bring more CF jumpers to competition? 2) If this division were created, how many Open or non-amateur CF people from this group would bring an amateur with them to compete this year? Best Regards, Chris J. Gay "You guys should just do CRW. There are so many more ways to get killed, it makes a CYPRES seem safe." -Kevin Keenan
  13. starkmtn

    Daedalus JFX CRW canopy

    Which US team is this? "You guys should just do CRW. There are so many more ways to get killed, it makes a CYPRES seem safe." -Kevin Keenan
  14. starkmtn

    my first decent crew jump...

    I'd say that it's hard to put a number of jumps on it, because I don't know you and don't know the quality of CRW coaches available in your geographic area. I can give you some do's and don't's: DON'T do microline CRW. Borrow a real CRW canopy with dacron lines if you plan to make contact. Microline is fine for flying relative, bumping end cells, etc. If you plan to put legs in lines, get hold of a dacron-lined canopy. DO learn safety procedures for wraps and entanglements _on the ground_ from a qualified CRWDog and by learning the info on this site: http://crwdog.servebeer.com/CRWdog/CRW%20Info.html before taking to the air. DO ask your prospective coach: *how many CRW (CF) jumps do you have? *how many total jumps? *how many CRWbies have you taught? *how many wraps/entanglements have you been in? Answers less than 50, 250, 1, and 1 (respectively) would make me want to look hard at the other answers and at whether I wanted to learn from this person. I'm not saying these are automatic disqualifiers, but they might give me pause. DON'T downsize to too high a wing loading just to jump with your coach. Experienced CRWDogs are jumping at "expert" level wing loadings for competition and record-setting. A good coach will upsize for you, not expect the reverse. DO pay attention to how you are currently controlling your canopy and landing, and be honest with yourself about your abilities. Do you biff in a lot? Are you sometimes oblivious in the pattern? CRW can help develop better awareness, but it also requires a certain baseline level of vigilance and awareness. If you're already heads-up, great. If not, work on being aware of other jumpers in the air, setting up a good pattern, and landing where and how you want to are good ways to build that awareness. DO start as soon as you can - it's an amazing discipline!! "You guys should just do CRW. There are so many more ways to get killed, it makes a CYPRES seem safe." -Kevin Keenan
  15. OK, first things first - YES, I did a search. Several of them. But this is a time-sensitive topic and many of the threads about cameras are from several years ago, and many recommendations are for side-mount helmets. So please bear with the fact that this question has been posed by many newbies before in varying forms. I just can't find much through searching that addresses my particular concerns. If you don't want to read another newbie question, move on. :) I am probably about to get into videoing competitive CF. As far as helmets go, I want a top-mount that will be easy to release if I need it to go away fast. I'd prefer something with one of those nifty streamlined covers like I see on the side-mounts out there, if it exists. Any suggestions? As far as camera: I am a _complete_ newb with respect to what cameras are out there and what they do, and the threads I've read so far are somewhat confusing. For background, my current video camera that I own is a giant-sized 8mm from 1995. Apparently, "digital" has come and gone, or so I gather from other threads. So even though I'm not actually an idiot, talk to me like one, because I'm clueless. And yes, I read the FAQ too. Thanks a bunch! "You guys should just do CRW. There are so many more ways to get killed, it makes a CYPRES seem safe." -Kevin Keenan