Your Very Next Step newsletter for March 2009

Your Very Next Step newsletter for March 2009

“It liberates the vandal to travel–you never saw a bigoted,

opinionated, stubborn, narrow-minded, self-conceited, almighty mean man

in your life but he had stuck in one place since he was born and thought

God made the world and dyspepsia and bile for his especial comfort and


– Mark Twain – The American Abroad speech, 1868

“Life is all about making connections, managing expectations, and making

your waitress smile.”

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*** In this issue:

*** Travel News

*** YVNS “Sport You Must Try” for March:

*** Travel, Outdoor and Adventure Jobs and Volunteer Opportunities

1.) Vice President Development & Marketing, Sierra Nevada Journeys,

Reno, Nevada

2.) Seasonal Park Ranger, Ken-Caryl Ranch Open Space, Littleton, CO

3.) Digital Marketing Manager, Burton Snowboards, Burlington, VT

4.) Assistant Product Manager – Forum Boots, The Program, Burlington,


5.) Teen Expedition Leader and Coordinator positions, W. Alton Jones

Camp, URI Environmental Education Center, West Greenwich, RI

.and much more.and it's all FREE!!!

*** Here's the YVNS Travel News for February:

*** No more airport check-in for Ryanair

European discount leader Ryanair announced Saturday it would close all

its airport check-in desks by the end of 2009, leaving online check-in

as the only option for passengers.

*** From Bernie Wagenblast's TCN Newsletter:

Key to Eliminating US Flight Delays? Redesign the Sky Over New York City

Link to story in Wired:

Could Radar Keep Birds from Colliding with Aircraft?

Link to story in Scientific American:

Airline Industry Seems to be Serious About Going Forward with Wi-Fi in


Link to Scripps-Howard News Service story:

*** Hilton launches Denizen Hotels:

Hilton Seeks To Launch New Luxury Brand

Hilton Hotels Corp. today announced it is negotiating to develop a new

luxury brand in several gateway cities around the globe. The brand,

Denizen Hotels, will be positioned alongside Hilton's current deluxe

offerings, the Waldorf Astoria Collection and Conrad Hotels & Resorts.

*** From US Airways:

We're bringing back free drinks

On March 1, we're bringing back free drinks in our Coach cabin. This

includes sodas, juices, tea, coffee and water on all US Airways and US

Airways Express flights.

We believe in our pay-for-what-you-choose-to-use – or “a la carte” –

business model, but it's a work-in-progress. We are committed to

remaining competitive and that's the main reason we have decided to

bring back free drinks.

*** US Airways says soda, juice and coffee will be free again for

domestic coach passengers

Less than a year after it began charging $2 for drinks in coach class,

US Airways says it will return to free beverage service as of March 1.,0,2458681.story

*** Southwest Airlines will begin serving Boston Logan this fall with a

“conservative number of flights and a two-gate operation,” according to

Chairman, President and CEO Gary Kelly. SWA will continue to serve

Providence and Manchester, N.H., and will release additional details

regarding its BOS service “in the coming months.” Kelly said using the

airport “is a smart choice” for the LCC, which traditionally has

operated at less congested, cheaper facilities, and that its BOS service

“will be made possible by. . .optimizing its current flight schedule and

repositioning aircraft.” It said it still plans to reduce 2009 capacity

by 4% year-over-year. It flies to nine destinations from four gates at

PVD and to eight cities from four gates at MHT.

Southwest Launching Boston Logan Service

FEBRUARY 19, 2009 — Southwest Airlines today announced plans to launch

service from Boston Logan International Airport this fall. The addition

of Logan gives Southwest a presence in four of the top New England

markets, as it already serves Providence, R.I., Manchester, N.H., and

Hartford, Conn.

The carrier did not release full service details, but CEO Gary Kelly

said in a statement, “We plan to begin Logan service with a conservative

number of flights and a two gate operation.”

According to The Boston Globe, Kelly said the airline would start

service “with eight to 12 daily departures from Logan.”

Southwest said it has not changed its previously announced plans to

reduce available seat miles by 4 percent in 2009.

Yet, despite the capacity cut in its overall network, the addition of

Logan is Southwest's third planned launch into large regional cites

2009. The carrier has plans to launch at Minneapolis-St. Paul

International Airport and New York's LaGuardia Airport, pending approval

of its purchase of now-defunct ATA Airlines' assets (BTNonline, Feb. 2).

Fellow low-cost carrier JetBlue Airways has been using Boston as a

regional hub since 2006 and over the past several months has announced

expansion plans at Logan, including two daily non-stop flights to Los

Angeles International Airport.

*** Southwest's passage clear

Improved infrastructure, and industry changes, lure discount carrier to


*** From Bernie Wagenblst's TCN Newsletter:

Southwest Airlines criticised for promotion of magazine's swimsuit


Airline unveils plane painted with image of bikini-clad model featured

in Sports Illustrated

(The Transportation Communications Newsletter is published

electronically Monday through Friday.

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*** From Bernie Wagenblast's TCN newsletter:

Paid Cheerleaders: Does Royal Caribbean's Viral Campaign Cross the Line?

Link to story on ExpertCruiser:

*** Which led me to:

Banned from Royal Caribbean for complaining too much

*** Free wireless for Hilton HHonors members?

I recall that as a Hilton HHonors member I was entitles to free internet

service at Hilton properties. The last time I stayed at a Hilton I paid

for the service (it's not cheap), and I do not see on the website where

free internet is offered as a benefit.

*** From Judy Heise:

Restroom ransom? Airline mulls toilet toll

Ireland's low-cost carrier considers pay-to-use toilets, CEO admits

(Reuters) – Ryanair's chief executive said Europe's largest budget

carrier might start

charging passengers for using the toilet while flying, but his spokesman

cautioned Michael O'Leary often just made things up at will.

“One thing we have looked at in the past and are looking at again is the

possibility of maybe putting a coin slot on the toilet door so that


might actually have to spend a pound ($1.43) to spend a penny in


O'Leary told BBC television.

He said this would not inconvenience passengers traveling without cash.


don't think there is anybody in history that has got on board a Ryanair

aircraft with less than a pound.”

A spokesman said the airline had considered the fee as a possible source


extra revenue since passengers had the option of not using the toilet on

board, but added that “maybe O'Leary was just taking the p-ss this


“Michael makes a lot of this stuff up as he goes along and while this


been discussed internally there are no immediate plans to introduce it,”

Stephen McNamara said in a statement.

O'Leary has a reputation as a cost-cutter, expanding Ryanair by offering


headline fares and charging extra for items such as additional luggage.

Last week, Ryanair announced it was to shut all check-in desks at


and have passengers check in online instead.

“We're all about finding ways of raising discretionary revenue so we can

keep lowering the cost of air travel,” he said.


*** An “Inconvenience Fee?” Whose inconvenience?

Spirit Airlines adds a twist to the fee flap

A “Passenger Usage Fee” of $4.90 each way? A $2.50 “natural occurrence

interruption fee” and an $8.50 “international service recovery fee?”

*** What children say about the ocean, submitted by Gwyneth Saunders:

She says 9, 12 and 15 are good – especially 15!!


1) – This is a picture of an octopus. It has eight testicles.

(Kelly, age 6)

2) – Oysters' balls are called pearls. (Jerry, age 6)

3) – If you are surrounded by ocean, you are an island. If you

don't have ocean all round you, you are incontinent.

(Wayne, age 7)

4) – Sharks are ugly and mean, and have big teeth, just like

Emily Richardson. She's not my friend any more.

(Kylie, age 6)

5) – A dolphin breaths through an asshole on the top of its head.

(Billy, age 8)

6) – My uncle goes out in his boat with 2 other men and a woman

and pots and comes back with crabs.

(Millie, age 6)

7) – When ships had sails, they used to use the trade winds to

cross the ocean. Sometimes when the wind didn't blow the sailors

would whistle to make the wind come. My brother said they would

have been better off eating beans.

(William, age 7)

8) – Mermaids live in the ocean. I like mermaids. They are

beautiful and I like their shiny tails, but how on earth do

mermaids get pregnant? Like, really?

(Helen, age 6)

9) – I'm not going to write about the ocean. My baby brother is

always crying, my Dad keeps yelling at my Mom, and my big sister

has just got pregnant, so I can't think what to write.

(Amy, age 6)

10) – Some fish are dangerous. Jellyfish can sting. Electric

eels can give you a shock. They have to live in caves under the

sea where I think they have to plug themselves into chargers.

(Christopher, age 7)

11) – When you go swimming in the ocean, it is very cold, and it

makes my willy small. (Kevin, age 6)

12) – Divers have to be safe when they go under the water.

Divers can't go down alone, so they have to go down on each


(Becky, age 8)

13) – On vacation my Mom went water skiing. She fell off when she

was going very fast. She says she won't do it again because water

fired right up her big fat *ss. (Julie, age 7)

14) – The ocean is made up of water and fish. Why the fish don't

drown I don't know.

(Bobby, age 6)

15) – My dad was a sailor on the ocean. He knows all about the

ocean. What he doesn't know is why he quit being a sailor and

married my mom.

(James, age 7)

*** The bald eagles at the Norfolk Botanical Garden are on camera.

Check out the Eagle Cam:

*** I have one of those Camper's Dream Ice Cream balls for making ice

cream. Anybody know what the recipe is to make ice cream in one of

those things?


*** Master Naturalists to Host Training Classes March 24

The Blue Ridge Foothills and Lakes Chapter of the Virginia Master

Naturalists announces the start of their 3rd training classes beginning

March 24.

*** The March YVNS sport Ned has never heard of:

The British Open Crabbing Championship

*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors employment opportunities:

1.) Vice President Development & Marketing, Sierra Nevada Journeys,

Reno, Nevada

Sierra Nevada Journeys has experienced rapid growth over its two year

history and is moving into its next phase of accelerated growth. The

organization is looking for a VP of Development & Marketing with proven

experience raising significant funds for the organization and marketing

its successes. The VP must be a leader who is effective at evangelizing

the organization's mission and inspiring that passion in its funding and

program partners. They are responsible for developing and implementing

SNJ's fundraising and marketing strategy. This includes achieving SNJ's

fundraising goals and managing the organization's

communication/community outreach efforts. They report to the Executive

Director, serving as a peer to the VP, Operations (the three of whom

constitute the organization's Executive Team).

Areas of Responsibility


Work with the Executive Director and Executive Team to write and

implement a Development Plan that supports the organization's strategic

plan and significant organizational expansion

Build to a fundraising “Balanced Scorecard” that expands the range of

SNJ's fundraising efforts to include individual giving, grants,

endowment, planned giving, etc.

Manage the organization's grant-writing efforts and develop systems to

improve those efforts, including

Write and submit grants

Manage all other staff-written grants

Convene and garner feedback from “Blue Teams” and “Red Teams” (i.e.

organizational programmatic and financial grant review committees)

Prepare all grant-reporting documents

Work with AmeriCorps Member to maintain Grants Pipeline

Conduct periodic organizational grant-writing workshops

Meet significant targets (i.e. hundreds of thousands of $'s for annual


Build new (and maintain on-going) relationships with key funders:

Foundations, Businesses, and State/Federal Agencies

Build the organization's nascent large donor outreach and stewardship

program including cultivation, solicitation, and relations.

Begin work on the organization's endowment

Work with and develop the Board of Director's capacity to contribute to

organizational fundraising goals

Create sustainable office systems to support fundraising efforts


Work with the Executive Director and Executive Team to write and

implement an organizational Communications/Marketing Plan.

Develop a range of marketing collateral to support the Plan

Network with the local (and relevant national) community to communicate

SNJ's successes

Serve as the acting “Public Information Officer” in reaching out to

media and the community

Manage organizations' public relations efforts including:

Annual Report

Quarterly E-newsletters

Website updates and redevelopment efforts

Manage AmeriCorps support of organization's Annual Gala event

Create sustainable office systems to support fundraising efforts

Accountability: The VP, Development & Marketing reports to the

Executive Director.

Job Requirements

Qualifications of the Preferred Candidate Include

. Passionate commitment to SNJ's mission, vision and strategic


. 3+ years of experience in development, with proven track

record of meeting significant fundraising targets in fast-paced,

entrepreneurial nonprofit organization (required)

. 2+ years of experience in organizational marketing,

communications, and public relations

. Demonstrated success in sourcing, writing, obtaining, and

reporting on grants

. Ability to thrive in an environment characterized as

fast-paced, creative, dynamic, and growing

. Proven management and leadership capabilities

. Demonstrated ability to think strategically and thorough

understanding of strategic development

. Experience working with Senior Level executives in a corporate


. Extensive experience working with budgets

. Able to take the initiative, think entrepreneurially, and work


. Ability to manage multiple tasks and to be accountable to

weekly deliverables

. Exceptional communication skills; articulate, with proven

ability to write effectively and speak persuasively and an ability to

listen to and learn from others

. High energy, positive, “can-do” attitude, flexibility,

teamwork, and attention to detail; high degree of initiative.

. Familiarity with the suite of Microsoft Office products

. Personal means of transportation

. Bachelor's degree required


Contact Person: Jonathan Mueller

Email Address:

Phone: 775-355-1688

Fax: 775-329-1689

2.) Seasonal Park Ranger, Ken-Caryl Ranch Open Space, Littleton, CO

Job Description & Requirements:


Under supervision of the Park Ranger I, monitors and maintains the

natural and cultural resources on Ken-Caryl Ranch's 4000+ acre native

open space.


Seasonal Park Ranger positions run from mid-May until August. 40

hours/week, mostly from Sunday to Thursday.


. Trail construction and Maintenance

. Noxious weed management

. Natural resource inventories

. General open space and facilities maintenance


Working knowledge of equipment and natural resource management is



Seasonal Rangers will be subject to hot and cold working conditions

outdoors, physically strenuous work, working with chemical pesticides

and working with power equipment.

Must have current, valid Colorado Driver License and must be insurable

with the Master Association's insurance carrier.


Candidates must be able to work weekends.

Company URL:

Job Location:

Littleton, CO

Application Instructions:

View full description at under EMPLOYMENT-KCRMA.

Application Address:

KCRMA Park Rangers

7676 S. Continental Divide Rd.

Littleton, CO 80127

3.) Digital Marketing Manager, Burton Snowboards, Burlington, VT

4.) Assistant Product Manager – Forum Boots, The Program, Burlington,


5.) Teen Expedition Leader and Coordinator positions, W. Alton Jones

Camp, URI Environmental Education Center, West Greenwich, RI

Introducing the W. Alton Jones Camp-an outdoor playground ideal for

learning, exploration and adventure. As part of the URI Environmental

Education Center, the Alton Jones Teen Expedition program provides

adventurers with a 6-12 day journey filled with caving, kayaking,

canoeing, rock climbing, rappelling, rafting and biking. Current hot job

openings include:

Teen Expeditions Coordinator (April 1st-August 31st; one position)

Responsibilities include coordinating entire program for forty teens

each week for seven weeks, overseeing the teen day program and

supervising nine expedition leaders as well as logistical staff.

Teen Expedition Leaders (June 16th-August 15th; nine openings)

Responsibilities include supervising groups of 8-10 teens and teaching

no-trace camping techniques, outdoor and wilderness survival skills and

natural history.

Applicants must have experience in river canoeing or kayaking (class

1/flat water), backpacking or rock climbing/rappelling. Successful

applicants should have experience teaching and leading adolescents and a

thorough working knowledge of no-trace camping techniques. Compensation

includes a very competitive wage, meals, accommodations in staff housing

(wireless Internet and cable TV included), CPR/first aid/lifeguard

certification and two weeks paid training. To begin the application

process, email or fax your cover letter, resume and 3 references to Herb

Blake; 401.397.3304, ext. 6043; 401.397.3293 (fax).

W. Alton Jones Campus

401 Victory Highway

West Greenwich, RI 02817-2158

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