Cassie Giddings of the Central Oregon Nordic Club (CONC) chapter was presented with the ONC John Day statewide service award at the pizza party following the annual John Craig Ski Tour up the McKenzie Highway Saturday, March 18. Cassie was recognized for her cumulative work as president of ONC for seven years and director of the John Craig tour for six years. She was also president of the Tumalo Langlauf club for three years back when it was a part of ONC.
James Cagney, CONC co-president, points out that Cassie was running the tour when it began on the western side of the McKenzie Pass and went up and over the top, which meant additional logistics compared to now, when it’s an out-and-back ski from the East Gate. “She kept everything running smoothly,” James says.
“It was an honor and privilege to accept the John Day award,” she says. Cassie gives credit to others as well, reporting that Bill Martin and the late Michael Giesler were a “great influence” helping her become involved with the ONC board and run the John Craig. When accepting her award, she also put in a plug for CONC’s effort to build the new Swampy Lakes shelter and the club’s learn-to-ski program.
The award was presented by last year’s winner, Richard Fay of the Teacup chapter of ONC, who is known for his programs to help blind skiers (photo at left). Cassie was presented with a large “traveling cup,” which has her name inscribed on it and which will eventually be passed onto next year’s winner. She also received a smaller individual trophy to keep permanently.
Cassie describes the John Craig tour as an end-of-the-season celebration for skiers from around the state. “It was meant to be a get-together for all of the chapters,” she says.