Eleanor B. Jessum (98) - Perkiomenville, PA
Eleanor B. Jessum joined the National Ski Patrol System, Inc. (NSP) in 1963 and has patrolled every year since then!
Ellie started the Spring Mountain, PA Ski Patrol in 1963 and served
as that organization’s first Patrol Director. She started the Doe Mountain, PA (now Bear Creek) Ski Patrol and served as the first Patrol Leader, as well. Ellie also served as a paid patroller and Manager and then as a patrol officer at Pennsylvania’s Hahn Mountain. She also served as the President of the Boyertown Ski Club as well as an officer of the Spring Mountain Ski Club.
Ellie retired from active patrol duty in 2003 while serving at Spring Mountain, after 41 years of continuous service. She did not really retire, however, as she continues as an active Courtesy Patroller and NSP Alumni at Spring Mountain. Whether it is providing numbered incident forms and mailing information, registering patrollers for continuing education programs, or helping resort guests, Ellie is always there, ready and willing to help.
Ellie was, highly regarded within the National Ski Patrol, including the local patrol, section, region, division, and national levels. She was an Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) first aid instructor and for many years served as the instructor of record for classes of new patrollers. She also served for numerous years as a senior level OEC trainer and evaluator. She
administered various first aid clinics for the region, responsible for training the other region first aid instructors, which prepared them for their annual region teaching responsibilities. Ellie also helped create and for a number of years instructed at the ski patroller school at Killington, VT Ski Area.
Since 1970, Ellie has served as the Spring Mountain, Eastern PA Region, and Eastern Division NSP Historian. She continues in those roles as an active Alumni. For many years Ellie ran the Eastern Division traveling store,
which sold many apparel and ski patrol related items, at all division events. If the NSP was there, so was Ellie, including numerous ski shows in addition to the NSP activities. Ellie also continues her involvement in the winter sports arena as a fourteen year employee of Salter’s Ski Shop in Eagleville, PA.
Ellie has received many Certificates of Appreciation and other awards, including the NSP Distinguished Service Award and Leadership Commendation Appointment Award, which recognize her service at the national level of the National Ski Patrol.
Last Run Notice - 03/11/2023 @ 05:00 am