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March 2016 Newsletter

 | Published on 3/1/2016


For a downloadable and complete version of this newsletter, click here: March Skiddoo 2016

For Brenda Garbe's pictures from the Interlaken Trip, click here: Interlaken Switzerland


Presidents Message


Sadly, the ski season for our club has ended although some of our dedicated members might sneak back out West for a little schussing R&R before the season closes for good.  More than ever, the uses of social media and electronic phone apps have helped us keep close tabs on our friend’s skiing exploits: we know where they are, who they are skiing with, how many vertical feet they have skied, and even how fast they went.


Almost daily photos appeared on Facebook of the adventures we had on the Switzerland/Prague trip this year and lots of images and information has appeared on Facebook regarding the latest trip to Utah.  We have had skiing members in Colorado (Nevada and Utah, too) since early January and we have gotten reports on-line almost daily.  I hope that our trip takers take advantage of our Club’s website and post their skiing and sight-seeing trip highlight images up there: it is easy to do.  I recommend trying to compress your digital photos to no more than 500 kilobytes (Kb) before “uploading” to the website otherwise they take a long time to “upload” and “download” to the viewers computer browser.


The theme for April’s Post Party is “The Wild West”, which should produce some wild outfits for this annual event.  This year is the first year that you can register for the Post Party, select your entree and pay by credit card on our website.  Try it out, it’s easy to use.  Otherwise, Teri Barnhart will be taking registrations by phone or at the next social meeting on March 19th.


~Bob Thorkildson, EISC President



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.


March Member Meeting Sat March 19 at the VFW - 7:00


Our March 19 meeting will be at the VFW hall at 3240 Southgate Place SW, Cedar Rapids. 


This location is easy to find.  Just turn west off Interstate 380 (exit 17) on 33rd Ave SW and then north (right) on Southgate Place.  Program: Trip updates and discussions.  Beer, wine, and pop will be available but it will be a cash bar with very reasonable prices.  Doors open at 7:00 with the meeting at 8:00.  Guests are welcome.  Come on out. 


EISC Roughriders Hockey Night– Saturday, March 12th


Trip Leader: Dan Lombardo

We are set to see the Cedar Rapids Roughriders on Saturday, March 12th. The game is between Cedar Rapids Roughriders and Dubuque Fighting Saints.  The seats are located in section C, which is in the Roughrider’s attack zone for periods 1 and 3.


We have 32 members going to this event. Game time is 7:05pm.  Tickets will be available in the lobby from 6:00 to 6:30.  If you miss us, your ticket can be picked up at Will Call.


March 12th is Military Appreciation night at the Stable and the Roughriders are offering a $2 “Two-Fer” Concessions Special. This includes: 12 oz. Domestic Draft beers, 20 oz. Bottled Pop/Water, Hot Dogs and Popcorn for $2 each.


 Game on!!


~Dan Lombardo


EISC X-Country/Snowshoe Schedule 2015 - 2016


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


Although it is looking pretty unlikely that we will get enough snow in March, if we do, the schedule is still on our website.


The Pat Hamer Annual Memorial Bike Ride Across Cedar Rapids (PHAM-BRACR pronounced fam-bracer) – Sat April 2nd – 10AM


Purpose: My brother, Pat, passed away the first weekend of April 2015. He loved the outdoors and to ride his bike. This is our opportunity to remember him, enjoy what he loved and maybe raise some money to help other struggling veterans.


Route: Generally, we are starting from our home on the SW side of Cedar Rapids and heading north on the trail ending at my brother’s house near Palo.  Unfortunately, we don't have a lot of solid information.  Here are the basics; Depending on the repair state of the Cedar River Bike Trail, we will either start at the park near our home, which is on the corner of Taft Dr and Roosevelt Rd SW, or at the Tait Cummings Sports Complex softball diamonds on C St SW.  There is construction between home and the softball park right now. So if the construction is done we will add 2 miles to the ride and start from near our home.  Our destination will be my Brother Mark's house. 9280 Deer Ridge Dr, Cedar Rapids.  Some of you have met Mark and his wife, Sue.  They have taken part in our Car Rally and breakfast the last couple of years.  He has the yellow corvette.


Total mileage will be about 14 miles with most of that being on the trail.  Don't let the miles scare you.  We plan on taking 3 hours to cover it.


The plan: We plan to start at 10:00 on April 2nd, and for this to be a relaxed ride making 2 stops for adult beverages along the way.  Lunch will be provided at Mark's house around 1:00, or whenever we get there.  We will take donations to help cover lunch.  If there is any extra money it will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.


The return trip: We plan to shuttle people back to their cars or you can feel free to ride back.  It's a nice round trip.


Weather: Of Course, we are hoping for sunny and 75 but that is not likely the first weekend of April.  We all know how to handle a little cold weather so we are doing this as long as it’s over 40 degrees by 10:00.  If it is raining or snowing (Yikes!) we will postpone the ride, perhaps to the 9th of April, the following weekend.  My family has not yet discussed an alternate date.


For most current information

Please like the page on Facebook and you will be kept in the loop for the latest information.


Contact information:

Teresa Smith 

Larry Smith


Post Party April 16 at the VFW, 3240 Southgate Place SW, 6:00 pm


Mark your calendar and join us for a fun night of great food, great friends, and great memories of the 2015-2016 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 wear your blue jeans.  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, and instructions for signing up on our website, at the end of this newsletter.  Or you can sign up at the next member meeting. 

Contact Teri Barnhart


Spring Picnic – June 4th - 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.


Titans Indoor Football Game-Saturday May 7th-US Cellular Center


We're going to the Titans game Saturday May 7th, at 7:05 PM, US Cellular Center in downtown Cedar Rapids.  For you who aren't familiar with the Titans, they are an Indoor Football League team and as you could assume the facility is a bit smaller than your outdoor field.  But it also means the game moves faster, you're closer to the action, the play is more dramatic and everything is more fun.


 The opponent is the Tri-Cities Fever of Kennewick, Washington.  It should be a evenly matched game as the Fever have won one division title and three conference championships.  They have appeared in two United Bowls, most recently the 2012 United Bowl where they were defeated by the Sioux Falls Storm 59-32.


The Titans have appeared in two United Conference Championship Game (2013, 2014), losing to the Sioux Falls Storm both times.  Coach Mark Stoute from 2013-present is 29 -12 -0 .707 and was named the 2013 IFL Coach of the Year.


Recently the Titans have acquired RB Waymon James from the Wichita Falls Nighthawks in a trade for future considerations.


James (5'8, 205lbs., TCU) is the reigning 2015 IFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.  In his rookie season with the Nebraska Danger, he quickly emerged as one of the most explosive playmakers in the IFL, helping lead the Danger to the 2015 United Bowl.  He finished the 2015 season leading the IFL in rushing yards (632) and all-purpose yards (1,605).  James reached the end zone 20 times in 2015, ranking tied for fifth in the IFL with 122 points.


Plan on meeting in the lobby on the first floor of the event center to collect your ticket, between 6:30 and 6:45. Or else you'll need to check at will call.

The tickets are $22 per person and payable by check or via the club website.  Final payment is due May 1st.




Contact: Brenda Garbe


Cedar Rapids Kernels’ Baseball Friday June 24 - Gates open at 5:30


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


The game date is Friday, June 24 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 to join this event.  ~Linda Ferguson


Rainy Lake Minnesota/Canada Houseboat Fishing Trip Sept 3 – 9


Trip chairs: Dick Means,  Ann Robinson



The north woods are calling and our Board of Directors have come up with an answer:

Rainy Lake Minnesota/Canada.


This is a six-day, five-night adventure with class and comfort.  No wilderness training for this one.  Enjoy the wilds of Canada from the deck of a 50-foot houseboat. Ten fun loving people needed with swimsuits, cameras, suntan oil, fishing poles, and the desire to sing rowdy songs around a campfire should send their applications in to Dick Means ASAP.  $150 will hold your spot.  The balance will be due when we board the boat. 


I am fine tuning the price but it still depends on what we spend on, carpool gas, and one night hotel fees will add up to about $600. Meals groceries, beverages, and miscellaneous extras, permits and fishing licenses will be additional expenses.  A ballpark maximum is $700 for the eight days that we will be gone.  A current passport will be required.  Each houseboat tows a fishing boat with motor.



We have 6 signed up.  We want to leave early on the 3rd and spend the night in a hotel north of the Twin Cities.  We plan to arrive mid-morning on the 4th, shop for groceries, pay, board the boat and find a camping spot.  After 5 days on board, return on the 9th and head for home.

Go to: for more info.


Cancellation date June 4, 2016.


~Dick and Ann


Election Results


The winners of the election for Board of Directors held Feb 20, 2016 are: Kim Betts, Mike Buckman, Bob Thorkildson, and Jim Wittnebel.  Congratulations all!


Thank you Don Boland, Pat Boland and Larry Smith for serving on the election committee.


EISC Survey Results


 by Jim Wittnebel

Thanks to the membership on completing a survey at our January Chili Cook-off meeting on destinations and activities the club would like to see and do this next 2017 season.   These results are important in providing a focus on 2017 event planning.  A result summary is as follows:

  • 63% support two major ski trips in one season
  • 71% support a Canadian and a U.S. West ski trip the same year
  • 97% support a new ski destination the club hasn’t visited previously

Top Major Ski Resorts:


22% Vail/Beaver Creek (12% Beaver Creek, 10% Vail), 13% Steamboat, 12% Banff/Lake Louise Area, 7% Mt Bachelor, 6% Taos, 3-4% each (Winter Park, Snowmass, Whistler, Sun Valley, Breckenridge)


Midwest Ski Resorts:

  • 64% would consider going to Lutsen or the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (primarily if on a 4 day weekend)
  • 79% would prefer that the club travels to resorts closer (4-5 hour drive) to home

Top Midwest Resorts:


25% Devils Head/Cascade (>12% each resort), 19% Welch, 16% Granite Peak, 4-5% each (Chestnut Mnt, Spirit Mnt, Lutsen, Upper Peninsula, Wild Mnt)


Off Ski Season Week/Weekend:

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


Off Ski Season One Day:

Kayaking/Canoeing/Rafting, Bicycling, Sports, Theater/Bands, Sightseeing/Shopping/Wine Tasting/Hiking


Post Party Entertainment Preference:  21% Live Band, 33% DJ, 46% No Preference


Interlaken Switzerland and Prague


If you were not on this trip you missed a great skiing and sightseeing trip minus a few hiccups.  After four flight changes and four airlines later we all got to Zurich only six hours late.  Too bad our luggage did not make it with us.  Lessons learned, pack one piece of every type of clothing in your carry-on.  We got the group together from both airlines, found the bus, and headed to Interlaken for a couple days of sightseeing.  Interlaken is a beautiful old city located between two lakes at the base of the Alps.  Some of the older buildings dated back to the 12th century.


Most of the skiers got a ski package that gave us three days of skiing, a trip to the top of Europe, and night sledding with Fondue party.  Skiing the Alps with the dramatic mountain scenery beneath the backdrop of the mighty Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau peaks was awesome.  Skiing right under the peaks and stopping often to look up at the bright blue glaciers right next to you were great views to see.  It was spring skiing conditions so tried to ski early and stayed at the top of the mountain and on the North slopes in the afternoons.  We skied most of the two big mountain ranges, but due to the snow conditions we decided to not do the James Bond run which is a 75% grade at the top.


Schilthorn peak is at the top of one of the two mountain ranges we were skiing.  After five gondola rides you got to the top of the peak.  These gondolas allowed the non-skiers to join us at the top.  At the top is a building with viewing platforms, a rotating restaurant, and James Bond museum.  The restaurant was round of course with glass windows all around.  It rotated 360 degree in one hour.  Just enough time to have lunch or a few beers while seeing mountain peaks in four different countries.  This building has a helicopter pad where James Bond landed to attack the bad guys headquarters which lead to the famous downhill ski chase and bobsleigh chase down the mountain.  As mentioned we decided not to go down the ski run, but a few of us sat in the bobsled and rode a simulated bobsled run chasing and shooting at Blofed.


The top of Europe on the Jungfrau peak was a must see.  This is one of the highest peaks in the Alps.  Where the Schilthorn had nice views of all the mountain peaks around, this Jungfrau peak gave you a lot of the same but also a great views of the top of a couple of the many glaciers.  The building had many viewing platforms and access to walk on the glacier.  They had an ice palace which were tunnels carved out in the glacier with several rooms carved in the ice with ice sculptures.  If you desired, there was an area that you could ice skate, ski, and sled on the glacier.  Access to this complex was on a 100 year old cog train that stopped at a few stops on the way up for beautiful vistas.  Most of the train ride was inside the mountain via a tunnel that took 7 years to build starting in 1898.  The top is the highest train station in the world at 11,332 feet.


Several people took a few day trips to nearby location such as Zermatt to see the beautiful country side, sightseeing in the city and the Matterhorn Mountain.  Most of the spare time was spent checking out the area around Interlaken, eating/drinking at the ice carnival, finding quaint local pubs.  Several of us enjoyed a jazz band at a Irish pub.  The last night we found a pub that had a waiter that played famous Alpenhorn music. 

We sat in a room at the pub that had a ski hang above us with at least 25 different size cow bells hanging on it.  We had fun ringing the bells and cheering the on the entertaining waiter and bar crowd.  After his planned playing of the Alpenhorn, we tried to convince him to do an encore.  After a few more beers and a lot of cow bell ringing, he agreed but he made us try to play the horn first.  A few of us were able to get an actual tone from the horn.  It was fun watching us and others in the bar try but only hearing an air rushing sound. 


After all that fun we headed to Prague in the Czech Republic.  These five days were spent sightseeing in this beautiful old city with Sally and Claudia doing a day trip to the city where her dad helped liberate it from the Nazi’s ending his military service.  The city is full of history with buildings from the 12th century Romanesque era through the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque eras to communist then modern day architecture.  The castle/palace and many of churches left you in awe.


I think everyone spent time in the old city checking out the Romanesque and Gothic buildings and of course, the Prague astronomical clock and clock tower.  Going to the top of the tower for a view of the city was nice. 

A tour through the underground city below the old town hall and city center was spectacular.  There was is a whole city of buildings and streets below the current city.  Over the years the city level was raised, building on top of this structure since it was constantly being flooded.  Just off the old town area is the famous Charles bridge build in 1357 which connects the old town square to the Prague castle area.  A walk across the bridge gives you a view of all sculptures along the bridge.


It was very interesting taking tours and going to museums to discover the long history of a free nation which after 10 centuries was taken over by the Nazi’s, liberated by the Russian’s, and becoming communist, then later revolting against communism to become free again.  There are lots of stories about the protests and brutal beatings of protestors that lead up to the Velvet revolution.  It was interesting hearing the many stories of how the communists suppressed information and told them lies about the western world.  They built a large television tower that was actually built to jam western television broadcasts.  Some of us took a tour of the bomb shelters to see the living quarters and a great museum in the tunnels of that time and preparation for nuclear attack.   It had rooms setup for shelter living, gas masks and body suites, weapons, and many uniforms of the era.  You need to see the pictures of Jim Wittnebel, Dave Myers, and myself in gas masks and Russian uniforms.


We had a scare of missing our flight from Prague on the way back home.  The bus taking us to the airport broke down on the way to the airport.  Eventually they got us in taxis to the airport, but they were one taxi short.  They did get another taxi to get the last group to the airport with little time to spare.  After that it was smooth traveling to Cedar Rapids.  It was a great trip for skiing or just sightseeing.                   

~Trip Chairs:           Brian and Tammy Keller


Kim’s Korner


This year, you will be able to register for Post Party online!   You will be able to use a Credit Card, or send a check as usual.  You will also be able to add a companion, whether they be a ski club member, or non-member.   You will also be able to choose your entrée.  Former members and ski club guests will also be able to sign up.  You can sign up for just the dinner, just the dance or both.  Most folks want the dinner & dance.  The Dinner cost for dinner & dance is $35, the dance only is $14.


You may encounter 5 pages: 1) registrant’s personal information, 2) add a companion(s) to your registration, 3) select the events (dinner/dance or dance only) for each person, 4) each person’s entrée choice, and 5) payment options.  You may click “Cancel” at any point except payment option.


Ready to register? Click here: Post Party Registration & click on “Register Now”.   Follow the wizard through the registration process.  On the 2nd page, you can add a companion to take to the Post Party.  Click the green “Add Guest to Registration”. 


Follow these hints below for adding a companion:


If you are adding a household member, make sure you follow these steps:  On the Add Guest popup window, click on the “Add Another Member” tab.  Your household members will be there to select. 


If you are adding a fellow member, not in your household membership, click on “Add Another Member” tab, choose “Click here to Add Another Member” and then click on the red “Select Another Member”.  Once you search and select your member, make sure you choose the “Reg. Type” of “Everyone”.  Ignore the program bug that give the country as “Argentina”, it will not interfere with your registration.  Click “Save”.


If you are adding a non-member companion, fill out the info on the popup window for “Add Guest” and click “Save”.


If you have any problems, just remember where you have the problem, and cancel out.  Email me and I will help you through the problem.