Sunday, February 12, 2012


We ate good!

Last Thursday, February 8th, was our annual club Boat Show meeting.  We had a good turnout with approximately 30 to 40 members and their families attending.  The meeting was catered so we had good food to go along with the meeting.  The food alone makes the meeting worth attending.  And then those who attended were able to get into the Boat Show for no charge.

Those of you who didn't attend really missed out.  Particularly this year because those who attended also received a $25.00 gift certificate to Parks Sportsman in Orem.  But the best part of the meeting was being able to visit with all the different members of the club.  We really have a good group of people and I'm grateful for the new friendships that I have been able to make since being a member of the club.

Randy Park
Last Summer I was contacted by Randy Park of Parks Sportsman in Orem.  He was really interested in supporting and getting involved with the Utah Waterski Club.  So this year we decided to bring Randy to the club meeting and have him present some of these ideas to the members.  It went over extremely well.  Randy was very open, positive, motivating, and fun.

He also has a lot of great ideas.  In June, Parks is going to have a demo day at course 1 where we can try out all the different skis.  He would also like to see if he can bring in a pro skier at the demo day for a clinic just for the club members.  He also talked about having a special Waterski Club night at the store where he would give extra discounts to the club members.  And as mentioned above, Randy gave everyone a $25.00 gift card to be used for anything in the store.  No strings attached.

As club members, Randy is giving us 25% off of anything in the watersports department, and at least 10% off of anything else in the store.  They will not be undersold by anyone.  Randy also told us that if we would like to demo a ski than he will wave the demo fee to club members.  They carry both HO and Radar skis so take advantage of that.  The bottom line is Randy is willing to support us as much as we are willing to support him. Just go in and ask for Randy or Cory and they will take care of you.

Parks Sportsman is really laying out the welcome mat for us.  They want to be a big player in Utah water skiing and a provider for the members of our club.  If we want these type of benefits to continue, then we need to give our supporters our business.  For a more detailed post on Parks Sportsman and everything they have to offer, look at my past posts where I gave a detailed description of the store.  Parks Sportsman in located in North Orem at 644 North State Street.  Their number is 801-225-0227.

Another benefit of having Randy Park come to our meeting was it movtivated another one of our club supporters to increase their benefits to us.  Justin Jones, owner of Custom Covers in Salt Lake, also attended our club meeting.  Afterwards Justin caught up with me and told me that he was so motivated by Randy's presentation that he would like to increase his benefits to the members of the club.  In the past, Justin, who makes the best quality tops and covers in the industry in my opinion, has been offering club members a 5% discount on his products during the regular season, and a 20% discount during the off season.  Well now, Justin will give members of the club a 25% discount all year on all his products.  And in the off-season he will do even better than that. 

Let me say this about Justin and Custom Covers.  Last Fall, after my original bimini top disintegrated when I was down at Lake Mead, Justin made a new fold-out bimini top for me as well as a snap-on cover for my open bow.  The difference in quality between my original bimini and my new one from Justin is night and day.  You can't even compare the two.  The new one is so much stronger, easier to use, and way better looking.  I honestly don't think there's a better bimini out there than what Justin makes.  So take advantage of it.

This coming year the board will have a new look with some different faces on it.  A few different members stated their desire to be on the board so some of the current ones will be stepping down. I'm not sure yet what all the changes will be.  But we will let you know as soon as it happens.

See you on the lake!

Garn Arnold

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