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Alan Rossi Award 2014

The Alan Rossi Award is presented annually to the skier/official who best exemplifies the Real Deal spirit of Alan Rossi with a love of our sport, dedication to tournament skiing, a willingness to help others, and a true friend.  Last year the award went posthumously to Russ Cole from Mass. who passed suddenly in 2012.  Russ was a hard working great family man and friend to everyone he met and he volunteered much of his time to our sport.   Past winners are posted on our website.  Donations go to Eastern Region Junior Development in Alan’s name and to fund GMWS clinics like the one last year with Jamie Beauchesne.  Please consider nominating anyone who you feel is worthy of this award.  Having such a prestigious award that recognizes individuals who give unselfishly of themselves to others and our sport has great meaning to recipients and family.  Also, please consider donating by check or PayPal to the Green Mountain Water Skiers for the Alan Rossi Award.  It’s a great cause.  Thank You!

Warren Witherell RIP

Warren Witherell passed away in Burke where he was Head Master and trainer for numerous Olympic snow skiers. Most do not know that he not only excelled in snow skiing, but was also inducted to the Water Skiing Hall of Fame. Warren is the only inductee of the the water and snow ski Halls of Fame. He is also a member of the Vermont Skiing Hall of Fame.

Slalom Course Coaching with Bruce Epstein

Ten years tournament average into 38 off
Twenty years competitive skiing
Eastern Regional Champion
Received coaching from the best coaches
Experience with beginners to 39 off
Familiar with different styles
Will target your specific needs with personalized approach–not one shoe fits all
Expert fin adjustments / ski tuning
Great visualization and mental approaches

Skiing by appointment at Waterbury Reservoir using current Ski Nautique. $30/round. With your own boat $15/rd. Long rounds. Will travel to your site also. Bruce (802)272-5324.

Annual Meeting May 10 at Epstein’s

Hi Members,

Our Annual Meeting will be held on May 10 at our home in Waterbury May 10 (address below). Social hour starts at 6:00pm with Pizza provided Bring Your Own Beverages (BYOB). Meeting will commence ~ 7:00pm. Agenda will include the Treasurer’s Report, Election of Officers, Membership Status, Club Website, Communications, Ski Clinics, Tournament w/ T Shirt Status, Equipment Rentals, GMWS Sticker/Decal and Other Items. If you would like to add any Items to the Agenda let us know. Also, please confirm if you will be attending so we can order enough Pizza. You can email me at the address below or respond directly to this email.

We had a great 2013. The tournament was well attended with great conditions and scores. Thank you to all who volunteered your time to make it happen! The Jamie Beauchesne Clinic with the support of GMWS & Alan Rossi Funds was very successful. Our Club is what we make it. Please make every effort to attend. THANK YOU!

Bruce Epstein, President
13 So Pinnacle Ridge Rd
Waterbury, VT 05676


Cell: (802)272-5324

(Also sent to membership on 3/28/14.

Sid Davis Passed Away

Sid Davis, GMWS founder and Legend, passed away Monday, March 10. All water skiers in Vermont and beyond owe so much to Sid. He truly was a great mentor, teacher, visionary and friend. He has positively influenced many of our lives. Our Sport would not be the same without him.

Sid’s life will be honored and celebrated on Saturday 3/22/14 at 11:00 am at the Hooker & Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Rd, Barre 05641.  There will be no calling hours. See attached file with more info.

Sid & Joanne’s address is:
105 Highland Ave.
Barre, VT 05641

Sid will be missed but never forgotten.

Green Mountain Water Skiers (GMWS)

Facebook Page and Groups Established

Facebook page established. Note from Darlene: as much as I’m not happy with Facebook being a closed network, it is perhaps the easiest way for people to be informed of ski opportunities, find rides and ski partners, and to connect with the entire group. I have it set up so only friends can post. You can set your own Facebook account to let you get emails from people who post on your wall or pages that you follow.

I also set up two groups, a regular GMWS group and a tournament group. You can request to be added simply by becoming my friend or click “Ask to Join Group” at the upper right side of the group’s page. You can also be added to a group by a friend who is already a member.

Since groups require admin approval for you to join, you may have to wait for an admin to confirm your request. Admins can also block specific people from joining a group.

Joe Malenfant

Chosen Chief/Co-Chief Judge of an International Competitive Waterski Competition

Joe Malenfant of Colchester Vermont was chosen to be the Chief/Co-Chief Judge of the World Barefoot Water-ski Competition – Otaki, NEW ZEALAND January 09

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