Hi Folks,

I'll get all the money matters out of the way first.

PATHFINDER MEMBERSHIP

Now that the jump season for 2012 has begun I'd like to remind any of our members whose membership has lapsed to give some thought to renewing for another year as membership renewal is due by Janaury.

I understand that in these recessionary times money is tight for everyone but our membership fee is reasonable at 30.00 for one year.

This fee entitles you to partake in all Pathfinder Group special jumps such as Arnhem and all Pathfinder jump courses. Unfortunately if you are not up to date in membership you cannot put yourself forward for any future Pathfinder Group jump events.

Your membership fee is used primarily to purchase equipment for our club that as a Pathfinder Ireland member you can have access to use. This equipment includes an MC1-1C main canopy, reserve, packing equipment, and which with sufficient notice can be jumped here in Ireland. This means that you can get back in date in your own country without having to depend on travelling to Holland to do so.

None of what you pay as membership goes into our own pockets, it goes to the club to help us buy more equipment and a part of it also goes to the main group, Pathfinder UK, to help defray administration costs.

If you are not in a position to renew your membership, or do not wish to, please let me know.

You can pay either myself or Stewart at the next meeting or send it to:

PATHFINDER IRELAND, LA SCALA, VICO ROAD, DALKEY, CO. DUBLIN, IRELAND.

Please enclose note with your payment saying it who it's from


PARACHUTE ASSOCIATION OF IRELAND MEMBERSHIP

PAI Membership renewals for the year 2012 are now due.  Membership fees remain unchanged for this year at 25.00.

You're probably wondering why you should take out membership of the PAI. Well if your Dutch membership has now lapsed you will need PAI membership in order to jump at Pathfinder Commemoration drops and jump at Pathfinder courses as a casual jumper. When you originally did your PF course in Holland you would have received Dutch Parachute Association membership as part of the course which would have covered you to jump in most countries. In order to carry on jumping in Holland, France, etc. you have to have a recognised National Parachute Association membership card. For example if you plan to jump at Arnhem in September you will need this card, the easiest and cheapest one to get is from the PAI.

These aren't rules made up by Pathfinder Group but are International Jump Regulations.

PAI Membership forms can be collected from affiliated Centres (DZ's), or via download from the download from this link

Please direct all Membership enquiries to th PAI at info@thepai.ie

They will advise you where to send payment to and how your membership card will be returned to you

Please make cheques or money orders payable to the "Parachute Association of Ireland" .  Please read the PAI Membership Application Form entirely & complete it fully before submitting for processing, as incomplete Application Forms will not be processed!


PATHFINDER MEETING

We are planning to have a meeting on Saturday evening, 31st of March, in Dublin, @ 20.00hrs in O'Neills of Suffolk Street.

It is open to all our members to attend and if you want to do so let me know.

New members are very welcome to come along to meet us and we will be happy to go through anything you need to know about the upcoming courses and commemoration jumps for 2012.


JUMP EVENTS 2012

If you are currently receiving the main Pathfinder Group Newsletter you will be aware of the many jump events taking place this year. There will be various Pathfinder Ireland Members attending these events and if you would also like to attend confirm with Roy but also let me know so you can be kept up to date of the Pathfinder Ireland member's travel plas etc.


PATHFINDER IRELAND T-SHIRTS

I have various sizes of our t-shirts available in Maroon with our crest embroidered on it. If anyone would like to order one they are 25.00 each and you can get one from me, just drop me an email. I can also bring some in to our meeting on the 31st if you give me prior notice that any of you want one.


That's it for the moment, apologies that most of this has been about asking you for cash, hope to see you at the upcoming meeting.

Blue Skies,

Austin.