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  • August 16, 2021 11:54 AM | Eric Peterson (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 (2022 to 2024):

    Evan Hardy - A lifelong scouter and passionate about supporting the Northern Tier Scouting Experience.  He has worked at all three Northern Tier bases over 5 seasons, primarily as an Interpreter, while also holding the role of Atikokan Bay Post Director.  Evan currently lives in the Twin Cities with his wife Nora, who is also a former Northern Tier Interpreter of 5 seasons, and their daughter Michaela.

    Dan “Vern” Miller - Worked at Northern Tier for 6 summer seasons on the OA Voyage program as a foreman and director and 4 Okpik seasons as an interpreter, musher, and director.  He resides in northwest Arkansas with his wife Angela (Northern Tier alumni 2007-2010) and their 3 children.  Vern currently serves as a Director and Vice-President of the Alumni Association.

    Tressa Theis - Worked the summers of 2013 thru 2018 at the Ely base in the roles of trading post staff and Director of First Impressions.  Tressa is a lifelong Girl Scout, and earned her Gold Award in 2011.  She holds a master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Wisconsin River Falls and currently works as a speech-language pathologist in Eagan, MN.  Tressa currently resides in Inver Grove Heights, MN and enjoys spending time outdoors, taking personal canoe trips in the BWCA, and sharing the beauty of nature with all people.

    Ted Weiland - Involved in scouting for 30 plus years, he served on Northern Tier staff for 3 summers and 2 winters.  Ted's current scouting positions include serving on the national subcommittee for the Distinguished Conservation Service Award, Logistics lead adviser for Central Region OA events, OA National Key Volunteer, and the Assistant District Commissioner.

    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, 2021 to the President using the Contact Us form on the website.

    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.


  • July 31, 2021 9:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    A friendly reminder that registration for the reunion and picnic, and banquet closes this Sunday!


    This year we will be honored to host Dave Kenney as our keynote speaker at the Saturday night banquet. Dave is a noted author writing the forthcoming history book chronicling one century of the Northern Tier program!

    We are humbled to announce Owen GibbsKarl HuemillerJoe Mattson, and Craig Reichow will receive the George D. Hedrick Volunteer Service Award. 

    Be prepared, as we will not be offering walk-in registration for the reunion and picnic, or banquet. The last day to register is this Sunday, August 1st.

    Register today at https://www.holry.org/event-3755842

    See you at the next reunion in August 2023!

  • July 13, 2021 11:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If you have not already signed up for the Reunion, it is not too late!

    This year we will be honored to host Dave Kenney as our keynote speaker at the Saturday night banquet. Dave is a noted author writing the forthcoming history book chronicling one century of the Northern Tier program!

    Dave recently authored “By The Shores of Many Point,” a book celebrating the 75th anniversary of Many Point Scout Reservation. He is a two-time winner of the Minnesota Book Award who has helped businesses, non-profits, and educational institutions tell their stories.

    He will be an excellent highlight to our banquet program. As he researches the history for his next great book, he also wants to talk to you about your time “Up North.”


    Register for the reunion!



    (In the image above, our president Eric Peterson discusses the history of Northern Tier with Dave Kenney in our recent video.)


    See you at the next reunion in August 2023!
  • June 20, 2021 2:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It is getting warmer with summer approaching. It is time to start thinking about joining us this summer for our biennial reunion!

    This year we will host the reunion at Northern Tier’s Charles L. Sommers Canoe Base from August 20th to 22nd.

    Be sure to claim your spot soon! Registration closes August 1st, or once full. There will be no walk-in registration.

    Learn more and register!

    Not a member? You'll need to join the association as a member before registering. 

  • March 19, 2021 2:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We must sadly report Owen Gibbs peacefully passed away in his sleep this Saturday at his hunting cabin. His obituary may be read here. 

    Owen was fondly known by generations of seasonal staff, having served on staff from 1967 to 1970 and 2009 to 2012. As a life member of the association, he also served on the board of directors.

    The service will be held on Tuesday, March 23rd at 2:00pm (central). Due to COVID, it will be a private service for immediate family only. The service will be streamed live. You may join the livestream on Tuesday at https://vimeo.com/526174842

    Cards to the family may be sent to Owen's daughter Erin Rydberg at 2421 Micarta Drive, Plano, TX 75025.

  • December 28, 2020 3:01 PM | Eric Peterson (Administrator)

    Brian Lux, Adam Long, Don Lee and Mike Joint have been elected to the Board of Directors by the active membership of the Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association, Inc.  Their term will be for three years and will commence on January 1, 2021.   Congratulations to Brian, Adam, Don and Mike!


  • August 31, 2020 4:45 PM | Eric Peterson (Administrator)

    The deadline for this has past.

    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 (2021 to 2023):

    Brian Lux - A passionate lifelong scout and dedicated OA member, Brian continuously supports scouts in reaching their goals and creating a better tomorrow. Brian was an OA Voyage Foreman in 2001 and has served as a Director, Corporate secretary, and Executive committee member within the SAA. Brian enjoys spending time with his family in the outdoors and currently resides in Oklahoma.

    Adam Long - An avid outdoorsman and adventurer. Adam enjoys spending time on the lake including water skiing, fishing, and the beauty of nature. Adam was an Interpreter out of the Ely base in 2015, Bissett in 2016 and currently serves as Treasurer for the SAA. He currently resides in Minneapolis, MN.

    Don Lee - A lifelong dedicated scouter with a passion to instill positive and memorable life-changing experiences. Don has served over numerous seasons in countless positions within Northern Tier High Adventure and the Sommers Alumni Association. Don enjoys the sound of the wilderness and values the lessons learned in the outdoors. Don is committed to bringing the High Adventure program to its highest peak. Don currently resides between Ely, MN and Tennessee.

    Mike Joint - A visionary, hardworking, and passionate lifelong scout. Mike has worked his way up the ranks at Northern Tier High Adventure and was most recently the Associate Director of program before going back to teaching at Vermilion Country School in Tower, MN. Mike is synonymous with instilling, creating, and providing the best experience for scouts along with its continuous improvement for generations to come.

    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, 2020 to the President using the Contact Us form (The deadline for this has past.) on the website

    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.

    Minor updates to nominee biographies made on Aug 31.

  • July 17, 2020 7:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Are you a second year seasonal staff member or later and in college? Then be sure to apply for an academic scholarship by the deadline of August 15th!

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

    The deadline for this has past.

    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 the President using the Contact Us form on the website (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.



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

    Please see the Events calendar for information on upcoming events including Work Week and Seminar Day.
    These events are canceled for 2020.

    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


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