I noticed that the Ski Patrol Toboggans have a patroller name and a number on them. I was curious so I asked Ski Patroller Robert Stuart a.k.a. “Radar” and “Rob Bob Stew” if he could explain the meaning of the name and number mystery. He not only told me about the National Appointment Award but, he also provided a list of Smugglers’ Notch Ski Patrollers who have received this award. I was really impressed with the number of Smuggs Ski Patrollers who have received this reward, especially after I read what it takes to receive one! I want to thank Robert Stuart for his time and great information. I also want to thank all of our patrollers for all they do to help keep us safe so that we can enjoy skiing and riding the mountains that we love.
Here is the description of the National Appointment award that Robert Stuart gave me.
Intent: A patroller with a National Appointment is an individual who has demonstrated leadership, good character, diplomacy, a positive attitude, good judgment, exemplary qualities of patrolling ability, a genuine desire to serve the skiing public, and an extraordinary service to the National Ski Patrol.
Receiving a National Appointment is not something for which a patroller, volunteer or paid, can work or plan. A patroller does not apply for an Appointment. The Appointment should be overdue, rather than premature, but tenure alone is never an adequate criterion. To obtain this classification, a patroller must be nominated. An Appointment is not intended to be a retirement award.
The Smugglers’ Notch Ski Patrol has 34 recipients of this award in its 60-year history.
They may be some names you are familiar with.
1952 Albert H. McAuslan 1990 Richard F. Hamlin
1960 Donald Hamlin 1990 George A. McIntosh
1969 Bradford Perkins 1990 Charles J. Sasso
1970 Harry G. Marshall 1990 Doug Shaw
1970 Guy Deighton 1991 Dave Sills
1974 James P. MacDougall 1993 Richard C. Dodge
1975 W.R. Scott 1993 Louise Potter
1975 Marjorie E. Gepfert 1994 Mark D. Oettinger
1976 Kenneth LaPlante 1994 Nanette Nuebel
1976 Thomas J. Raub 1997 William A. Moore
1976 William E. Shiffler 1997 Teigh Southworth
1977 Jacqueline R. Goss 2000 Carolyn Paddock-Moore
1980 Gretchen Besser 2005 Linda Helms
1988 Kirk L. Bosworth 2005 Tim Bird
1989 Peter M. Kochalka 2005 Jay C. Whitney
1989 Ken Laplante, Jr. 2005 Mark Archambault
2015 Rena Perkins
2016 Riley Glanz