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Our US National Paragliding Team is currently in Colombia competing in the FAI World Championship. Our US National Hang Gliding Team will be competing next month in Mexico in the FAI World Championship.
As a special fundraising effort for these teams, your tax-deductible donations made through USHPA until the end of March will be matched*. Use this special form to donate: Donate to a US Team
For more information on our US National Teams: US National Teams in the FAI World Championships.
*Donations are matched per standard USHPA guidelines ($500 per person per year; total available for matching is specified in the annual USHPA budget).
The 2015 Spring USHPA Board Meeting will be held March 12-14, 2015 in Golden, Colorado. All members are welcome to attend. In addition to the general session and committee meetings taking place in the American Mountaineering Center, the annual Awards Banquet will be held Saturday, March 14 at the Table Mountain Inn. For more information: Spring 2015 USHPA Board Meeting.
Thanks for 10 years of excellent service in support of our organization. For a very brief look back, read 10 Years of Service. Even better, tell Martin "Thanks!" next time you see him!
It's that time of year again: renew your chapter memberships, renew your resolutions, and renew some types of USHPA paperwork. Packets will be sent as always, but the timing for some of them have changed:
The results of the USHPA election are in. The following Regional Directors were elected for the 2015-2016 term: Rich Hass (Region 1), Jugdeep Aggarwal (Region 2), Pete Michelmore (Region 3), Bill Belcourt (Region 4), Paul Olson (Region 7), Michael Holmes (Region 8), Felipe Amunategui (Region 9), Steve Kroop (Region 10), and Paul Voight (Region 12). For complete results, visit the Elections page. For the list of all your USHPA Regional Directors, please visit the Board of Directors page in the Members Only area. Thanks to everyone who participated (both candidates and members) and congratulations to our newest Directors.
Looking for holiday gift ideas? Check out the great items in the USHPA Store.
Limited edition KEEN Free Flight Day Packs are not only great for carrying your stuff, but also support the Cloudbase Foundation. Quantities are limited and these prices are only for these special first edition models:
KEEN Free Flight Day Packs
2015 Hang Gliding and Paragliding calendars are available through Amazon. Now that we are selling through Amazon, the calendars are eligible for Prime discounted shipping. Visit our USHPA Store for information about quantity discounts, or go directly to Amazon to order now:
2015 Hang Gliding Calendar
2015 Paragliding CalendarNow
Over the winter we will be updating all members with the new permanent cards. In the meantime, all members can access the PDF version of their digital member card from Members Only.
For more information about the launch: New Member Cards for All Members .
The first phase of our updated membership information system has launched. There is now a "text-back" system that will send you current membership status information via a text message. Just send a text message with your membership number to: 719-387-4571. Try it right now!
For more information about the new program: On-the-Hill Mobile Member Info.
KEEN Footwear and the Cloudbase Foundation are teaming up to Repurpose for a Purpose. Used (and no longer flight-worthy) paragliders and reserves will be sewn to make bags. These bags will be sold at KEENFest with all monies collected going directly to the Cloudbase Foundation's projects.
UPDATE: These bags are currently available on Amazon: KEEN Free Flight Day Packs
If you have an air-worthy glider that could be used to train beginners, the Cloudbase Foundation also has a donation program for that. Contact them directly: Cloudbase Foundation Donations. All donations (whether for recycling or training) are potentially tax-deductible.>