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March 2015 Newsletter

 | Published on 3/18/2015

For a downloadable and complete version of this newsletter, click here:  March Skiddoo 2015


President’s Message


I’m writing this month’s president’s message for Bob Thorkildson to help him out while he focuses on his medical recovery.  Bob only recently returned home from Big Sky after an unfortunate and serious ski injury to his leg.  We are thankful that his surgeries were successful; however, he has a long recovery ahead of him.   Our heart goes out to Bob and Nancy and we all wish Bob a healthy and speedy recovery. 


Another enjoyable ski trip season is in the books.  We thank the membership in supporting the trips along with special thanks to the trip chairs for making them successful.   Without your leadership, these trips wouldn’t have been possible.  Planning will soon begin for next year’s trips through use of the EISC survey results (see article in this newsletter) and the April Mountain Travel Symposium.


We had our board election voting during our February membership meeting.  After the auditing firm of Don and Pat Boland counted and verified the results we are happy to report that Teri Barnhart and Gary Masbruch are re-elected for another term.  Also, we welcome Larry Smith as a newly elected board member.   We extend hearty congratulations to all.   We want to thank Chris Kalmar who is retiring from the board after many years of serving this club.  Chris helped us in many ways including being  instrumental in setting up the web based club pages, helping with the newsletter, and being our go to technical guy for audio visual, programming, Wi-Fi, and internet needs.  


Hey, it’s only 25 days till spring.  Looking ahead, the board is planning for our year end Post Party and spring/summer activities.   We hope to soon have another warm weather schedule filled with fun events.  Again, these activities aren’t possible without your support and the people that volunteer to chair them.  Please contact a board member if you would like to help out or chair an event. 


With the skiing days winding down and the weather too cold to golf, I look forward to March Madness and trying to pick the NCAA tournament favorites.  We are fortunate to have all three of Iowa’s major collegiate teams (Iowa, Iowa State and Northern Iowa) doing well this year and all should be in the tournament.  It’ll be entertaining to watch.


Cheers,                ~Jim


Family News

Dave Perkins brother, Gerald “Jack” Perkins died Tuesday Feb 3rd.  Our condolences go to Dave and his family.


We are all sending healing thoughts and prayer to Bob Thorkildson after his skiing accident and to Gary Masbruch who is recuperating from a stay in the hospital.   


Nothing Nights - Wed Eve

A long time tradition is to socialize on Wednesday nights, since there is nothing going on!   We will meet for supper and drinks at 7:00pm and see what’s going on. Our venue will stay at CJ’s Bar and Grill, 62 17th Ave SW, in Czech Village.


We have been having great turnouts at CJ’s.  The food and prices are good.  Watch here each month for the location or check the East Iowa Ski Club website calendar. Come on down!  You don’t want to miss out!


EISC Cross Country Ski Schedule 2014 - 2015

Join us Saturdays at 1:00pm Contact- Kim Betts


Dates in red are when a ski trip coincides, blue are member meeting days.  This schedule is found on the ski club website calendar which provides a map.  These are in Linn County Iowa.  We expect the grooming crew will get Morgan Creek then Ellis, then Squaw creek.



Wickiup Hill Park               3/7/15

Matsell Bridge                   3/14/15

Jones Park                       3/21/15

Ellis Golf Course               3/28/15



Morgan Creek                   4/4/15

Squaw Creek Park            4/11/15


EISC Roughriders Hockey Night – Friday, April 11th

  (New Date)  


Trip Leaders:

Dan Lombardo

Mary Kay Lombardo


Game on! Plan to join your fellow EISC members for a Hockey game to see and Cedar Rapids Roughriders take on the Chicago Steel.


We have reserved 30 tickets for the April 11th game. Ticket price is $13. The seats are located in section C, rows 7 through 11. We currently have 28 members signed up for this event. Plan to sign up and pay at the February meeting.  These tickets are going fast!

  • ?5:30 – 6:30 Happy Hour in the lobby
  • ?Game starts at 7:00
  • ?Post-game food and drink


We will meet in the lobby prior to the game, which starts at 7:00 pm. So please arrive by 6:30 pm to pick up your ticket. If you arrive late, your ticket will be waiting for you at the will call window.


If anyone has a suggestion for the post game food and drink location, let us know.

Game on!!

~Dan and Mary Kay


Post Party April 25 at the VFW, 3240 Southgate Place SW, 6:00 pm

So mark your calendar and join us for a fun night of great food, great friends, and great memories of the 2014-2015 season.  The fun starts at 6:00 pm for cocktails and conversation, 7:00 for dinner, 8:00 meeting, and the music starts at 9:00.


Dress in your best party attire – or not.  Either way you will not feel out of place.  Whatever you do, wear your dancing shoes!  We plan on a slide show and a review of the year that is always fun.


The full affair will cost $35, and if you come after dinner the price is $14.  No reservation is needed for the dance only.  Entrée choices are: prime rib, baked chicken, or pork chop.  The meal includes salad, baked potato, a vegetable, and dessert.  There is a reservation form at the end of this newsletter or you can sign up at the next member meeting.

Contact Teri Barnhart  or Ann Robinson


Spring Picnic – June 6th - Squaw Creek Park Meadowlark Pavilion

Join your friends at Meadowlark Pavilion in Squaw Creek Park.  There are 2 long rows of picnic tables under cover and a few in the open.  It’s a good day to bring your fun car or other fun vehicle.  Don’t forget your outdoor games and food items to share; there is electricity available for crock pots.  Bring a meat to grill for supper if you like.  We will provide a grill.  We’ll go over the summer events, play some games and have a picnic.  Watch for sign-ups for the summer events.  Games and conversations start at 2pm and we’ll eat at 5pm.  Watch this space for more details.


Cedar Rapids Kernels’ Baseball Friday June 12 - Gates open at 5:30

It is almost time for baseball.  Aren't we all anxious for that?!


The game date is Friday, June 12 and the game time is 6:35 pm gates open at 5:30.  We have seats in sections 3 and 4 in the Arctic Insulation Party Plaza located down the right field lane, on the concourse above the Plaza bleacher seating.


The cost is $28.00.  The food is from 6:00 to 9:00.  The menu is hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, brats, popcorn, peanuts pop, bottled water and beer. 


It is a fun time for all.  Bring your checkbooks to next meeting.  Everyone is invited.  You don't have to be a member.


~Linda Berry



Annual EISC Golf Outing – Saturday, July 25th – Brown Deer

Think spring and summer!!    EISC will have a golf outing at Brown Deer Golf Course in Coralville.  Please put this on your summer calendar and remember that this event is open to non-ski club members.  More information and signup sheets will follow! 

Contact: Ann Robinson, if you have any questions.


Copper Mountain – Jan 24-30

The East Iowa Ski Club really left an impression on those we ran into at Copper Mountain.  While skiing at Jackson Hole the following week, Beth and I rode up the chair w/ an older gentleman who informed us he had met up with a great group of skiers from Iowa while he was at Copper Mountain.  After talking further, and realizing that he was at JJ's (The club in East Village where we were celebrating Jeff Stierler's birthday Thursday evening).  We informed him that we were part of that group.  He smiled and said, "You guys sure know how to have fun!"

And fun we did have!


The skiing was great, spring skiing conditions!  With occasional snow showers throughout the week. Most of us covered the 2465 acres of slopes several times over the 5 or 6 days we skied.  Many skiers could be found in the Copper Bowl after lunch when the sun made the snow conditions just right!  Ending our day on the patios at the base of the slopes with a beverage in hand.


Our condos were all within walking distance from the base of the ski slopes, with many shops and restaurants along the way.  There was also an ice skating rink right outside the condos that some of our members took advantage of.  The layout of the village was very nice.


If the group was not skiing, they might have been found snowmobiling, looking for famous people at other ski resorts, shopping or just spending time in the Jacuzzi.  Overall it was a great trip with a great group of people!


Our left over meal on Friday turned out to be interesting.  Quite different from the normal left over nights we've experienced, thanks to Jim and Yamei Kenney.  They created some wonderful dishes with all the vegetables and left overs brought.  We had mild, hot, garlicky and spicy stir fries, all were excellent.


Dan and I really enjoyed spending the week with all who joined us at Copper Mountain.

Thanks for making this a memorable trip!

~Kathy and Dan



Big Sky, MT - Feb 7-14, 2015       TRIP IN REVIEW     

After a Saturday's slow departure for the majority of the trip takers, we all adjourned in Big Sky on Saturday night.  Sunday was a great day of skiing as all were eager to hit the slopes, Big Sky had received some nice snow the week previous.  Monday was not so kind to us, we woke up to rain that eventually tapered to wet snow and overcast skies.  After experiencing the crusty ice from Monday (we all know about skiing that) the February weather was very kind to us, blue bird skies and mild temperatures, even to the point of mashed potatoes at the base in the afternoon.  We could have used some more snow as there were some exposed spots, but after hearing of other resorts further south closing early due to lack of snow we're grateful for all we had.


Overall it was one of the mildest Montana weeks we've ever experienced; and one of the nicest ski-in, ski-out condos which we all love as skiers, including hot tubs at each condo.  We stayed in the Moonlight Basin area, formerly a privately owned resort and recently acquired by Big Sky.  By the end of the week we were finally figuring out the best way to navigate from the Basin to Village via the Cowboy Shuttle, (easy on the eye young transplants from MI and MN) which was a lot easier than skiing back to the condos for some of the directionally challenged.  I heard of some groups making two and three attempts before they could find the way home.


One thing that has been enhanced from previous years visits are the live music venues and on mountain restaurants, while this is no Vail or Breckenridge, they have tried to bring a mixture of casual to dress up styles.  Afternoon entertainment was popular at Chet's lounge, Whiskey Jacks and a large group tried the new "Andiamos" Italian Grille at the base village.


At the mid-week some folks traveled to Yellowstone to visit the buffalo and geysers, others tried the spa for a bit of pampering and yet others matched wits with the local trout stream, there is no lack of activities to enjoy especially in the great outdoors.


The last thing that needs mentioning is the injury to Bob Thorkildson.  Thursday morning, Bob was with Jim Wittnebel and Tim Gull on a well-traveled blue run and took a bad spill, breaking bones in both legs.  It has been many years since anyone in the club has had such a bad accident.  Everyone in the Big Sky group has heartfelt wishes for his speedy recovery.

~Brenda and Cheryl





EISC Survey Results   by Jim Wittnebel

At our chili cook-off meeting we completed a survey on where and what the club wants to do this next season.   A result summary is as follows:

  • 72% support two major trips in one season
  • 64% support an International and a West trip the same year
  • 56% don’t support an International and a Canadian trip the same year
  • 65% support an optional three day sightseeing extension to another country while on a weeklong International ski trip

    Top major resorts:

  • 31% Europe (21% Switzerland, 4% Austria, 4% Italy, 2% France)
  • 12% Salt Lake Area (6% Park City, 3% Snowbird, 1% each Alta &Solitude/Deer Valley, Canyons)
  • 8% Canadian Rockies/Banff/Lake Louise
  • 7% Whistler/Backcomb
  • Colorado (6% each Steamboat/Vail/Beavercreek, 4% Breckenridge, 3% Winter Park, 1% Snowmass, 1% Telluride)
  • Other (5% Tahoe, 3% Mt Bachelor, 3% Jackson Hole, 4% Sun Valley, 2% Taos, 2% Whitefish, 1% Schweitzer)


25% Granite Peak, 23% Welch/Red Wing, 21% Sundown/Galena, 13% Devils Head/Cascade, 7% Upper Peninsula, 5% each Lutsen & Spirit Mnt

Off Ski Season week/weekend:

Sightseeing/Exploring, Bicycling, Canoeing/Kayaking/Rafting, Camping

Off Ski Season One Day:

Kayaking/Canoeing/Rafting, Bicycling, Sports, Theater/Bands, Sightseeing/Shopping

Post Party Entertainment Preference:  Tied 27% each for live band and DJ, 46% no preference



Kim's Korner


Our Ski Club is primarily held together by a social network.  We can leverage that network to grow our club.


Our new website has links to 2 major social networks online, Google+ and FaceBook.   I have been working to learn about the power of marketing our club on FaceBook as of late.  Currently we have 74 people in our FaceBook group.  If you are a FaceBook user, and you would like to join the group, do a search on "East Iowa Ski Club" and ask to join.  You will be then be allowed to join the group by one of the administrators of the group.   We do have some folks who have joined the group because they are interested in our events, but aren't quite ready to join the club totally. 


To help leverage our club, for those of you who are members on FaceBook, when you see posts from the Ski Club on your page, take the time to click the "Share" button and comment on the post.   Doing a "Like" is good, but does not show up on as many of your friends news feed as a "Share".   By commenting on a shared post, this will show your friends that the post is of interest to you.     This is a great way to get the word out to a wider group of potential members.   Share's can be liked or shared by your friends and thus goes the chain.   Everyone can do their part to get the word out!


Together we can work to keep our club moving forward in this new Millennium, by utilizing the leverage available with free social marketing.


~ Kim Betts


''We humans are not immortal---we fall, we break, we die---and yet, to fulfill our own mythic dreams, we must live as if we were.''


-Mark Jenkins, The Hard Way