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April 2016 Newsletter

 | Published on 3/28/2016
For a downloadable and complete version of this newsletter, click here: April Skiddoo 2016

President’s Message


It’s the end of the ski club’s ski season and the end of my term as president of the EISC.  I have been president now for two years and enjoyed the opportunity to serve in that capacity but recently I have taken on more responsibility in a couple other organizations to which I belong that is going to demand more of my time.  So I am going to pass the torch on to some new blood.  We have a group of very talented and highly motivated board members and any one of them will do a great job as the next president.


I wish to especially thank Kim Betts for her tireless work as club secretary and website (Club Express) administrator.  Kim brought the initial concept to a working model in a very short time.  Next, I have to thank Teri Barnhart for all the work she does for the Club.  Teri not only is the Skiddoo newsletter editor but is the unofficial social director for almost all of our meetings.  And she is the gracious host to our monthly board meetings.  Next, a big thank you goes to our trip coordinators: Jim Wittnebel and Mike Buckman.  Jim has brought his organizational, interpersonal, and business skills to the process of selecting the ski venues we enjoy every year.  We get great value with Jim negotiating our trip packages.  Mike is stepping up to the plate and is taking a lead role in the venue selection this year and I know that he will do a good job.  I need to thank Gary Masbruch for finding us our new meeting place at the VFW and for arranging the beer when we are not there.  Larry Smith is new to the board this last year but he done a good job of marketing our club through social media.  Lastly, I need to thank Janet Stimson who has been our club treasurer since … I can’t remember.  Janet’s reports are well organized and concise: the board really appreciates her work.


By the way, the picture was taken a few years ago at Steamboat and it was my first NASTAR race, where I won a silver medal.  I was wearing the most comfortable Lange ski boots that I have ever had, thanks to Ron Saboe who showed me how to add padding to adjust the fit.  The ski pole grips were popular in the day but I ended up with most sprained thumbs when I fell.


~Bob Thorkildson, EISC President



Family News


EISC member Kathy Healy’s mother, Ruth M. Boyse, 97, of Central City, and formerly of Prairieburg, died March 8, 2016. Our condolences to Kathy and her family.



Thank you!


Kathy Healy and Dana Healy Nogelmeier would like to thank all of their EISC friends who traveled near and far to attend Ruth's visitation or funeral.  We greatly appreciate all those who shared stories and kind thoughts, sent cards, or dedicated a memorial in her honor.  Memorials not specifically designated will be split between Camp Courageous and the Alzheimer's Association. Thank you all for your care and concern!





Beth Cottingham is now a Professional Ski Instructor Level 1.  Congratulations Beth!


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.


Daylight Saving Time has begun and the Wednesday night bike rides can begin.  Join your friends for a ride at 5:50pm when weather permits.


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:  We will be starting at 10:00 at the park near our home, which is on the corner of Taft Dr and Roosevelt Rd SW.  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 16 miles with most of that being on the trail.  Don't let the miles scare you. We plan on taking 3 hours, or so, to cover it.


The plan:  We will start at 10:00.  This will be a relaxed ride making 2 stops for adult beverages at the Kick Stand and the Broken Spoke.  Lunch will be provided at Mark's house around 1:30, or whenever we get there. We will take freewill donations to cover lunch.  We hope to donate any extra money to a local veteran’s charity.


The return trip:  We plan to shuttle people back to their cars or 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 to the 9th of April, the following weekend.


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!  The DJ Easy Does It will be providing the music again this year.  We plan on a slide show and a review of the year that is always fun.


The theme this year is “Wild West”!  Cowpokes and Native Americans will be at every turn.

But PLEASE no guns.  Not even toy guns!  We don’t want anyone to get shot.  And no real spurs on the dance floor. 


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 sign up on our website before April 8th.  If it’s close to the deadline make sure you call Teri to get your reservation in.


Contact Teri Barnhart


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.  We have 17 people signed up right now, plenty of room for more.


The Cedar Rapids Titans have signed quarterback Dylan Favre to their 2016 roster.  Favre (5’10”, 195 lbs.) will begin his professional football career after playing collegiately at the University of Tennessee-Martin. While at Tennessee-Martin, Favre completed 161 of 247 passes while throwing for 1,746 yards and 15 touchdowns through 17 games for the Skyhawks.  His most productive season came in his junior year, as he completed 101 of 142 passes for 1,081 yards and nine touchdowns.


Through three games on the year, rookie quarterback Dylan Favre has completed 45 of 63 passes for 441 yards and nine touchdowns.  Favre’s 71.4% completion percentage is tied with Wichita Fall Nightawks quarterback, and former Cedar Rapids Titan, Charles McCullum for best completion percentage in the Indoor Football League.  Additionally, Favre has added three rushing touchdowns and 30 carries.


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.




~Brenda Garbe


Spring Picnic / Tacky T Shirt / and Beer Taste



June 4th Squaw Creek Park Meadowlark Pavilion      Spring Picnic


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.  


We have decided to do the Tacky T Shirt and Beer Taste at the Spring Picnic again this year!  So wear your tackiest T and bring a beer that you’ve loved or wanted to try.  We will have some leftover wine from previous events but if beer is not your thing you might want to BYOB.


4th Annual EISC Cedar Falls Bike Ride


June 18th            Cedar Falls Bike Ride


We're happy to continue our tradition of our annual bike on the Cedar Valley Trails in the Cedar Falls/Waterloo area.  Come for the day or the weekend.  We have lots of trails to choose from and options for all types of riders, as well as an organized Saturday ride with a choice of distances for those who'd like to ride together.  There are good camping and hotel options right on the trails.  If you'd like to reserve, we suggest Big Woods Campground ( and the Black Hawk Hotel and Motel (  In addition to good biking, we have even more options for eating, drinking, and having fun.  Feel free to bring your canoe or kayak. Big Woods is a no wake lake and good for paddling.  We will have a limited number of boats available for you to enjoy as well.  More details to come.


If you have questions, feel free to contact Yvonne Duggan 


Cedar Rapids Kernels’ Baseball


Friday June 24 - Gates open at 5:30  CR Kernel's Baseball Game


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.  Send payment to the East Iowa Ski Club, PO Box 843, Cedar Rapids, IA 52406-0843 or sign up online for this event.  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              Rainy Lake MN Fishing Trip


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


EISC Roughriders Hockey Night


On Saturday March 12th, 33 EISC members met at the Stable to see the Cedar Rapids Roughriders take on Dubuque Fighting Saints.  We had good seats which were located in the Roughrider’s attack zone. The game did not play out as we had hoped.  The Roughriders had a bad game and lost 4-1.  It should be noted that on the following weekend, the Roughriders beat the Saints 2-1 at their rink.


Currently, the Riders still have the best record in the league with 7 games remaining before the playoffs begin.


Also, it was Military Appreciation Night.  The Roughrider organization did a terrific job of honoring our young men and women of the US Military during the pre-game activities, the National Anthem and in between periods.


Thank you to all the members that attended and made this a successful EISC event.  Until next year………………..


 Game on!!


~Dan Lombardo


Park City-Canyons-Deer Valley Trip


The EISC’s Park City trip got off to a rough start.  The Silverado condo’s water main break caused some flooding challenges and divided the group a week before the trip.  About half of our travelers moved up the hill to the older Sundial condo’s on the mountain.  There were some rooming configuration challenges, but we stayed with original set up since shopping was already in process.  It wasn’t ideal dividing up into 2 locations, but we made it work thanks to the positive attitudes and flexibility of the EISC members.  The flights and bus rides worked out great.  The flyers were a little late getting into the rooms, but the Trip Leaders were able to visit all the rooms and get the ski passes distributed.  The Canyon’s village has developed a lot since our last visit and was very nice with many new shops, restaurants and bars.  Right next to the Sundial condo was the Umbrella Bar and Snow Beach that was a favorite après ski spot for several members after a hard day on the slopes.  


On Sunday most of the club skied the Canyons.  There was a mountain host tour that filled quickly, but for the members that went – it was a lot of fun and a good idea as it can be a difficult mountain to navigate if you don’t know where you are going.  The Canyons side is huge – more than 4,000 acres over 8 peaks linked with some narrow runs connecting the lifts and main trails.  There were a few complaints on the trail signs - mostly from the skiers who went too fast to read them.  There were several good options for lunch on the mountain.  Many ate at the Red Pines lodge the first day.  Later in the week we stopped at the Cloud Dine restaurant at the top of Dream Catcher lift and we enjoyed outside dining at Lookout Cabin on the last day, taking in the views.  After our first day of great skiing, the Resort put on a fun welcome reception at the Grand Summit Lodge on Sunday night.  They didn’t have a mountain guide available to speak so Kathy and Steve filled in describing the new Quicksilver gondola connecting the Canyons and Park City resorts.  We found the new gondola really was something special.  It was extremely fast & covered a lot of ground getting us over to Park City very quickly. 


Several members hurried over for Park City mountain host tour on Monday morning, but it turned out to be not that great of idea.  There was heavy snow and dense fog that made it difficult to get around.  The tour was informative, but we were limited on visibility.  At times we had to just follow the coat in front of us.  We heard some great stories about the old silver mining days – some 600 miles of tunnels under the Park City area with many old mine ruins still standing.  The new Miner’s Camp restaurant was nice but was crowded.  Everyone seemed to prefer the older Mid Mountain lodge that was refurbed from an old building used by the Mining companies where we stopped for lunch on Thursday.  Skiing with new snow on those great Park City runs was a lot of fun for most.  The ski runs hadn’t changed much since our last trip, but many of the lifts had been upgraded and were much faster.  Most members hit the gondola for the ride back to the Canyons and the hot tubs to get ready for the Tuesday trip over to Deer Valley.        


Skiing Deer Valley on Tuesday was the highlight of the trip for many.   The grooming was incredible, although they did save back some powder for us – the Deer Valley employees were very friendly, helpful and really seemed to want to make visiting there a positive experience.  The mountain views and scenery were the best.  Some of us signed up for the mountain host tours – it was excellent.  We skied all over the entire resort, sampling different runs from all of the mountains.  The guide pointed out fantastic views, the cool destination hotels & celebrity homes in the distance.  It was a complete tour with a historical overview in 2 hours – we were moving right along.  We had lunch outside at the Silver Lake Lodge and spent the afternoon trying to ski the areas we missed in the morning.  Each of the mountains has a different variety of runs.  We did take a break to look around the Stein Eriksen Lodge.  Very impressive 5 star hotel – much of it is like a museum with the trophies, old skis, sweaters and photographs of the great Stein Eriksen.  We were pretty tired when it was time to leave and catch the shuttle back to the Canyons.  It is a tough place to leave.                


Wednesday was the rest day for most.  We heard some great stories from those who made the 45 minute trip to Salt Lake City.  Many stayed in Park City and walked the historical main street, shopping for valuable souvenirs.  Some made it to the Olympic Training facility and museum.  The shuttle bus system worked great getting us around town & back to the Canyons village.  


The weather warmed up considerably on Thursday and Friday with most people skiing both the Canyons and Park City mountains.  The snow was good in the morning, but became soft and icy in spots in the afternoon.  The sun was shining as we were getting those last runs in.  We had a fun pizza party on Thursday evening (thanks to Kathy & Kim & all those who cooked the pizzas!).  This was a great chance for the group to get together & discuss the week.  Like on most ski trips, there were some great stories – like the member who bushwhacked under the ropes at Deer Valley to Tycoon run at Park City and then skied the Canyons back to the condos; and one of our faster skiers who hit the SLOW sign pole while trying to hurry & catch a lift – oh, the irony; or the member who found that stiff race skis were not a good choice for going down that steep bowl with deep moguls while we were watching from the chair lift - it was a double black diamond run.  And those others – well, we better save those.  Jeff was able to locate the EISC’s long time Park City friend Jim, who visited us for the party & offered to guide a ski tour around Park City on Friday.  For most Friday was an early stop day as the guys who drove out the skis wanted to get loaded up to get started back early Saturday morning.  We need to thank Gordon Bowman and Mark Balodis for driving out & back with most of the skis saving some dough and a lot of transport hassles for the flyers.  The trip surveys were distributed and of the 18 that were completed, it looks like the trip was a great success and enjoyed by all. 


Thanks again to all the of the EISC members who went on the Park City- Canyons-Deer Valley trip this year.  It turned out to be a great trip even if there were a few early challenges.  We are all very fortunate to be able to ski or just enjoy life in such a wonderful, scenic place even for the short time.  As with all of the ski club trips – it is our friends in the EISC that helps make them so much fun!


~Kathy and Steve


Kim’s Korner


Tired of looking up the calendar on the ski club website every time you want to view it on your smartphone or tablet?  You can put a shortcut on your home screen so that you don’t have to do a search each time.  

For Android phones and tablets, do the usual search in the Chrome browser app.



Select the East Iowa Ski Club website.   Once there, click on the 3 stacked lines in the bottom left corner (this is the website menu icon, or playfully called the “hamburger” icon).  You will see the menu items, and click down on the arrow next to “What’s Happening” and select the Event Calendar.


Once you are in the calendar screen, tap on the 3 dots on the top right of the screen.  You will see a dropdown screen.  Select “Add to Home Screen”. 


On the next popup window, rename the shortcut if you wish, and select “Add”.  You are now finished with creating the shortcut.


Once back on the home screen, find your icon and move it to where you prefer to find it.   Now you have a shortcut directly to the ski club calendar.  This can be done with any page in the ski club website you want to go to directly.


Note: if you register online, you do not need to fill out this paper form:    Reservations Here


East Iowa Ski Club Post Party Reservation Form  


[Apr 16, 2016]


Name (please print)___________________________________________________________

Please indicate number attending on the lines below

Dinner / Dance - $35.00 (     ) per person for members (and member guest)

Dance Only $14.00 (Reservation not necessary for dance only)


Menu Choice:  [     ] Prime Rib    [     ] Pork Chop     [     ] Baked Chicken


Dinner Reservations must be made by April 8th. (Reservation not necessary for dance only)     
Send check, payable to EISC, to:  East Iowa Ski Club,  PO Box 843,  Cedar Rapids,  IA  52406-0843.

For further information, call:  Teri Barnhart