|Certified Guides Federation
Dear Friends and Colleagues of the AMGA:
I hope this letter finds you healthy and enjoying the changing of the seasons. The purpose of this letter is to provide an update on the status of the Certified Guides Federation (CGF), a non-profit guide's cooperative created by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) in 2005. The CGF was founded to provide resources for certified national and international guides to work independently in the United States, as well as meet the requirements of the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association (IFMGA), who mandated guiding reciprocity in the United States as a contingency of the AMGA maintaining IFMGA membership.
Currently guides in the United States have limited opportunities to work independently. The CGF's goal is to improve guiding in the U.S. by providing the following benefits for certified guides:
- Use of Permits - The CGF will acquire available permits and investigate purchasing additional permits to other desirable locations.
- Liability Insurance coverage
- Workman's Compensation Insurance
- Marketing Assistance - Members will have customizable marketing through the organization's website, which will become a clearinghouse for clients looking for certified guides throughout the U.S.
As a non-profit organization the CGF will be funded by membership dues and fundraising. Currently the CGF is fundraising to reach a projected budget of $40,000 for initial start-up expenses. The AMGA has donated a portion of this amount, as have CGF Board Members. Fundraising letters are being sent to a number of AMGA affiliates along with AMGA members and current certified guides. The goal is to raise the necessary funds by September 2007 and begin accepting CGF members in January 2008.
We believe the future of independent American guiding is contingent on the success of the CGF. Please take the initiative to educate others and help build awareness of the CGF among the guiding community. We need your support and welcome any questions, comments, and tax deductible donations. Feel free to contact any of the CGF board members listed below.
Thank you from the Board,
President: Keith Garvey firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President: Amos Whiting email@example.com
Treasurer: Adrian Ballinger firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: Jeff Ward email@example.com
Dale Remsberg firstname.lastname@example.org
John Kear email@example.com
Certified Guides Federation
PO Box 1006
Boulder, CO 80306
Fifteen 2007 AMGA Scholarships Awarded
2007was another successful year for scholarships. The support from our corporate sponsors continues to grow for this valuable program, enabling us to help professional guides reach their certification goals. Without all of their support the AMGA would not be able to offer this valuable service. We thank them for their generous support.
This year the pool of applicants was exceptional, and it was a difficult task to select the most qualified candidate for each scholarship. Below is a list of the fortunate few who were awarded scholarships in 2007
Full Tuition for any ski course or exam: Julia Niles--S2-SGC-07
Backcountry Access Scholarship
Full Tuition for any ski guide course: Chris Simmons--S5-SGC-07
Black Diamond Scholarship
Full Tuition for any course or exam: Matt Wade--R17-RGE-07
Full Tuition for any alpine or ski course or exam: Andy Politz--A4-AAGC/AE-07
Full Tuition for any course or exam: Dan Starr--A9-AAGC/AE-07
Jim Ratz Memorial Fund
$500 for final IFMGA discipline advanced course or exam: Kevin--S9-SMGE-07
Julie Cheney Culbertson Scholarship
$250 for any continuing education by a women: Dawn Glanc
Full Tuition for any course or exam: Matt Farmer--S4-SMGE-07
Full Tuition for any course or exam: Olivia Cussen--S9-SMGE-07
Mike Hattrup Scholarship
$500 for Ski Mountaineering Guide Exam: Matt Farmer--S4-SMGE-07
Mountain Hardwear Scolarship
Full Tuition for any course or exam: Evan Stevens--S9-SMGE-07
Patagonia Women's Scholarship
Full Tuition for any course or exam: Winslow Passey--S9-SMGE-07
Full Tuition for any course or exam: Travis Piper--A8-AGE-07
The North Face Scholarship
Full Tuition for any alpine course or exam: Christian Santelices--A8-AGE-07
The Walker Family Foundation Scholarship
Full Tuition for any course or exam: Mark Puleio--S3-SMGC-07