NASJA Board Meeting Highlights

April 2013 – Mammoth Mountain, California By Phil Johnson Outgoing NASJA President

The unveiling of a new website and the election of a new slate of officers were highlights of the recent annual meeting of the NASJA Board of Directors at Mammoth Mountain.

Phil and Brigitte Johnson at the top of Mammoth Mountain with the Pinnacles in the background.

The revised site, which remains at www., is the work of Vice President for Communications Dave Fonda, assisted by Webmaster Peter Hines. ESWA's Bill Jones redesigned the NASJA logo.

The new design, the first major overhaul since the site was initiated in 2002, is the product of a yearlong member survey project undertaken by Fonda and Hines with help from corporate members Jenn Boyd, Bonnie MacPherson and Troy Hawks. The results of the survey were used to produce the layout of the site.

In other matters before the board, Killington Resort in Vermont was confirmed as host of the 2014 annual meeting. The dates will be March 24 -28 with pre and post trips in Vermont to be offered. The board also approved Quebec City as the host for the 2015 meeting, which will be held in February in conjunction with the city's famous Winter Carnival. Skiing will be at Mont- Sainte-Anne and at Le Massif.

Much of the discussion at the meeting was focused on membership. As of April 1, 2013 the active press membership totals were: East, 80; Midwest, 17; West, 65. All agree that new member recruitment is a priority for the organization.

Photo by Peter Hines Phil and Brigitte Johnson at the top of Mammoth Mountain with the Pinnacles in the background. Page 2 On the corporate side, representative Jenn Boyd of South Lake Tahoe-based Weidinger Public Relations, outlined some social media initiatives to be rolled out in the coming year. Jenn is also the driving force behind the Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube links that appear on the revised website.

All four NASJA officer positions for 2013-14 were up for election and the results are: President, Martin Griff, of Ewing, NJ, who will serve a two-year term, and Vice Presidents David Cronheim of Watchung, NJ, Meetings; Kristen Lummis of Grand Junction CO, Communications; and Kim Kircher of Medina WA, Awards. The vice presidential terms are one year. The new officer terms begin May 1.

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