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  • August 15, 2019 11:14 PM | Karl Huemiller (Administrator)

    The Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association, Inc.'s Nomination Committee appointed by the Board of Directors has nominated the following individuals to be included on the ballot for election to the Board of Directors for a three-year term (2019 to 2021):

    Don Richard Has as been an active member of the Board of Directors serving on the High Adventure Committee. Was a Charlie Guide in '83, '84, '84, and '87.He now lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

    Eric Petersen Has been an active member of the Board of Director serving as Vice President and chair of the High Adventure committee. Eric was a Charlie Guide in 1985 and has returned to lead many trips as an alumni volunteer. Eric now lives in Circle Pines, Minnesota

    Joe Mingrone Was a Charlie Guide in 2010 and 2012. He became a life member following his last year as staff and has returned as an alumni volunteer. Joe has also lead the effort to have a booth at the Midwest Mountaineering Expo. Joe now lives in Minneapolis, Minnnesota. 

    Courtney Grosz Was a Charlie Guide in 1999 and 2000. He became a life member in 2008 and has been an advocate for Northern Tier programming. Courtney now lives in Amarillo Texas.

    Membership may nominate Active Members to include on the ballot for the election to the Board of Directors. Send the nominee name along with a biographical resume and 10 supporting signatures from Active Members by September 15th, 2019 to .

    Additional Nominations. After publication to the active membership of the Nominating Committee’s recommendations, the membership may have thirty days to submit additional nominations for inclusion on the ballot provided that these nominations are: (1) made in writing, (2) accompanied by a biographical resume, and (3) are supported by signatures of at least 10 active members of the Association. The thirty days to submit additional nominations must conclude by September 15. Additional nominations must be received by the President. Any additional nominee meeting the requirements of this section will be included on the ballot with those nominated by the Nominating Committee.



  • May 04, 2019 2:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Looking to share your knowledge with over two-hundred staff? Each June during “work week” members of the Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association, Inc. (SAA) donate their time by presenting seminars to seasonal staff.

    During seminar day staff select topics they want to learn more about. Seminar topics range from core to more advanced topics and skills. Example topics include paddling, navigation, ecology, history, geology, and photography. Most sessions last an hour, with more complex topics lasting longer.

    This year seminar day is on Tuesday, June 4 starting at 8 am. We will meet afterward on the waterfront to memorialize those who have crossed their last portage. In the evening we will gather for the SAA’s “Seasonal Staff Support and Recognition” program presentation. Each year the SAA provides staff with a gift to support them in their role and to recognize their years of service.

    If you plan to arrive on Monday, June 3rd, you’ll be able to join us for our annual work week dinner and social.

    Have something to share on seminar day? Please register soon to allow us to plan. Register to volunteer at https://holry.org/event-2964547


  • March 20, 2019 8:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Are you considering volunteering at at Work Week this year?

    This year there are a few new changes in the requirements to volunteer.

    Before arrival, you must have completed online “Youth Protection Training”. You must also bring an “BSA Annual Health and Medical Record” form. If staying longer than 72 hours, you must have had a physical exam in the last 12 months and the form must be signed by your medical provider.

    As before, you must also be a member of the Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association, Inc. (membership to the BSA is not required).

    These new requirements are the policy of the Boy Scouts of America. Not decisions by Northern Tier or the Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association, Inc.

    Youth Protection Training

    To take Youth Protection training go to My.Scouting.org and create an account. You do not have to be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America to take Youth Protection training. This How-To Guide is available with step by step instructions. Once you complete the training, please print and bring the certificate. If you have not taken the new version of the training released in March 2018, you must take the new version. The training is valid for two years.

    Annual Health and Medical Record

    If staying 72 hours or longer: You must bring a completed BSA Annual Health and Medical Record form (sections A, B, and C). The physical exam must be completed by a certified and licensed physician (MD, DO), nurse practitioner, or physician assistant. It must have been completed within 12 months of your departure date from work week.

    If staying less than 72 hours: You must bring a BSA Annual Health and Medical Record form with sections A and B completed by yourself. 

    You can download the health form here. You may download the instructions handout here.


    We look forward to seeing you at work week. If you have not done so already, register today!


    Red-eye!


  • November 24, 2018 8:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    #GivingTuesday is a day of giving observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

    It kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

    On Tuesday, consider kicking off your charitable season by giving to the SAA. You can donate on the website or on Facebook (click the "Donate" button). If you donate on Facebook, we pay no credit card transaction fees and your donation may be matched!

  • August 15, 2018 1:31 PM | Karl Huemiller (Administrator)

    The Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association, Inc.'s Nomination Committee appointed by the Board of Directors has nominated the following individuals to be included on the ballot for election to the Board of Directors for a three-year term (2019 to 2021):

    Elizabeth Vollmer-Buhl, lives in Eugene, OR. Worked as an interpreter 1997 to 1999 (summer and winter). Liz headed the Development committee administering Crossing Portages and other fundraising efforts. 

    Dan "Vern" Miller, lives in Elkins, AR. Worked from 2001 to 2010 as an OA Forman and Interpreter (summer and winter). Vern has headed the Service committee administering the scholarship, photo contest and staff recognition programs.

    Kyle Ford, lives in Coeur D Alene, ID. Worked from 2003 to 2005 as an Interpreter and was assistant Chief interpreter in 2006. 

    Roger Dellinger, lives in Arvada, CO . Worked as an Interpreter in 1980 and 1981. Roger is currently the Charles L Sommers Alumni Association treasurer and leads the Finance Committee.

    Membership may nominate Active Members to include on the ballot for the election to the Board of Directors. Send the nominee name along with a biographical resume and 10 supporting signatures from Active Members by September 15th, 2018 to (the deadline has past).

    Additional Nominations. After publication to the active membership of the Nominating Committee’s recommendations, the membership may have thirty days to submit additional nominations for inclusion on the ballot provided that these nominations are: (1) made in writing, (2) accompanied by a biographical resume, and (3) are supported by signatures of at least 10 active members of the Association. The thirty days to submit additional nominations must conclude by September 15. Additional nominations must be received by the President. Any additional nominee meeting the requirements of this section will be included on the ballot with those nominated by the Nominating Committee.

    (Please note the deadline for nominations has past.)

  • May 02, 2018 9:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The spring edition of the Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association's Reflections newsletter is here!

    Read the Reflection newsletter now »

    In this issue:

    • Alumni Work Week: Join us to give back and have fun!
    • President’s canoe
    • Life of an Okpik Interpreter
    • Regional reunions
    • Calendar of events


  • May 02, 2018 7:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SAA members have the opportunity to volunteer as interpreters (non-paid) for crews arriving at the start of the season in June.

    Volunteers should understand Northern Tier policies for staff and participants. Plan on arriving the day before your crew will. This will allow you to complete training. This includes training on current policies, practices, equipment, and facilities.

    Volunteer requirements include:

    • Registered with the Boy Scouts of America. If not registered, you can register with the BSA through Northern Tier.
    • Completed a BSA swim test before arriving.
    • Completed Wilderness First Aid and CPR certification.
    • Completed online courses: Youth Protection, Safety Afloat, Safe Swim Defense, and Weather Hazards.
    • Completed BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (within 12 months) by a healthcare provider.
    Those interested in volunteering should contact Leslie at 218-365-4811 for more details.


  • April 26, 2018 11:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Recruit Trail Staff for this Summer!

    Your staff referrals can learn more and apply at NTier.org/Jobs

    You earn a $50 gift card to the Northern Tier High Adventure Trading Post for a referred new staff member who completes training. Earn $20 for each additional, up to $150. Valid through May 5th.

    In the “Referred By” field of the application, ask applicants to include your name and phone number or email.



  • February 19, 2018 8:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Reflections Newsletter Silver Anniversary Edition: Celebrating 25 years of service to Northern Tier

    This special extended edition highlights the 25-year journey the Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association, Inc. and its members have taken on its mission to support Northern Tier National High Adventure.

    Read the Reflections newsletter now »

    In this issue:

    • The SAA seeds are planted
    • From the President's canoe
    • 2018 Board of Directors
    • Canoecopia and work week… the traditions continue
    • Regional reunions
    • Jamboree reunion
    • The Lodge
    • Scholarship recipients
    • New endowed scholarship established
    • Apparel embroidered with the SAA logo available online
    • Staff photo contest results
    • Staff support
    • Reflecting on the past and the future
  • December 17, 2017 9:38 PM | Karl Huemiller (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Angela Miller, Karl Huemiller, Brian Lux, and Don Lee on their election to the Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association Board of Directors for a three year term from 2018 - 2020. 




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