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May 2016 Newsletter

 | Published on 5/1/2016
For a downloadable and complete version of this newsletter, click here: May Skiddoo 2016

President's Message



This is my first message as your new club president.  Believe me, no one is more surprised than I to find myself in this role.  Fortunately, I have a great board to work with and great members to serve.

As many of you know, I recently attended my first Mountain Travel Symposium.  One of the things which I discussed with several of my peers from other ski clubs around the country was the dilemma of attracting younger people into the club while keeping the features that appeal to long-time members.  I’m proud to say I was able to point to some of our efforts with Club Express, Facebook and MeetUp as examples of meeting Millennials where they live - on social media.  I would love to hear your ideas on this topic and other ideas on how to continue to improve the East Iowa Ski Club.

Speaking of things which our club is doing right, I was surprised to learn that many clubs don't have much in the way of activities during the summer.  But the East Iowa Ski Club has:  Titans Football; Spring Picnic; Bike Rides in Cedar Falls, Elroy-Sparta and down the trail on Nothing Nights, Kernels Baseball, Golf, Corn Roast, Rainy Lake, Kickoff, and Jingle Cross.  I hope to see you at some of these activities during the "off-season".  Stay active my friends.


~Mike Buckman, 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.


With the warmer days Wednesday night bike rides can begin.  Join your friends for a ride at 5:30pm when weather permits.


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.

The Indoor Football League (IFL) is proud to announce the Players of the Week for Week 9 of the 2016 IFL season.





SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK:  Nicholas Belcher (Kicker, Cedar Rapids Titans)  In a matchup of IFL heavyweights it was the Cedar Rapids Titan who emerged victorious in the team’s slim 51-50 victory over the Nebraska Danger.  Titans kicker Nicholas Belcher is awarded his second IFL Special Teams Player of the Week nomination of the season for his clutch play against the 2015 Intense Conference Champion. Belcher (5’9, 175, South Carolina State) converted three of four field goals, with a long of 36 yards, and converted 4 of 5 extra points, the last of which was the deciding factor of the game.

On a second note:  Titans quarterback Dylan Favre has been firing on all cylinders the past month.  Through the past four games, Favre has completed 55 of 82 passes (67 percent) for 668 yards and 17 touchdowns.  Favre has thrown just one interception in the past four games.  At the halfway point of the season, Favre leads the league in passing touchdowns (28) and yards-per-attempt (7.3) while he is second in the league in total passing yards (1,186) and completion percentage (66 percent).


If you still need to pay for your ticket please do, to the club by check or on line payment before/by May 1st.


Plan on meeting in the Cellular Center 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.


Plan on going for pizza or burgers after the game.




~Brenda Garbe


Spring Picnic / Tacky T Shirt / and Beer Taste – June 4th


Squaw Creek Park Meadowlark Pavilion - 2:00PM


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, pop, bottled water and table settings.  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.


We will be announcing any winter trips that have been confirmed!


4th Annual EISC Cedar Falls Bike Ride -June 18th 9:30 AM


The forecast is calling for much better biking weather ahead, and the Cedar Valley Trails will be ready!  Here’s the information on this year’s EISC Cedar Valley bike ride:


  • Meet: Gateway Park
  • Directions: After getting into Waterloo, merge onto 218 N. toward Waterloo/Airport. Go about

    9.5 miles and then take IA-57 W toward Cedar Falls/Uni-Dome.  Go about 1.5 miles and turn

    right onto Main St. Go over the bridge; Gateway Park is on the right.

  • For GPS users: use Lincoln St. and Main St. in Cedar Falls.
  • When: 9:30 AM
  • Campgrounds: Black Hawk Park – first come, first served (does not accept reservations, but is the quietest of the three parks), George Wyth State Park and Big Woods Lake Campgrounds do take reservations.  All three camp grounds are on the trail, and Black Hawk and Big Woods are close together.  Big Woods is a great no wake lake and easy paddling – including for first timers, so feel free to bring your kayak or canoe.  We will also have a limited number of kayaks available at Big Woods for anyone who wants to try it.
  • Hotel/motel:  Black Hawk Hotel and Motel is located in downtown Cedar Falls right on Main Street (


There will be many possible loops to ride, and we will have a support vehicle.

We will loop through all three parks and have lunch at Whiskey Road in downtown Cedar Falls

(1/2 block from Scratch Cupcakery).  The afternoon’s ride will head to the trails in the southern part of town, then back to downtown.


Downtown Cedar Falls offers a variety of local museums, shopping, eating, and drinking.

No need to sign up, but if you let us know you you’re coming, we’ll be sure to wait for you!


Any other questions, please call: Yvonne Duggan


“Cycle tracks will abound in Utopia.” – H. G. Wells


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.  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.


I will be distributing tickets near the west gate between 5:15 and 6:00.  If you arrive later than that pick up your tickets at the Will Call Window and tell them you are with the East Iowa Ski Club.


~Linda Ferguson


EISC Golf Outing – Saturday, July 16 – Pleasant Valley Golf Course


Think spring and summer!! EISC will have a golf outing at Pleasant Valley Golf Course in Iowa City.  $50 will get you a modified shotgun start, 18 holes with a cart, and a potluck at Ann Robinson’s after golfing.  Plan to arrive at Pleasant Valley no later than 7:45AM for the 8:30AM tee time.


Please put this on your summer calendar and remember that this event is open to non-ski club members.  More information will be in the June newsletter.


Contact: Ann Robinson



Sparta/Elroy Bicycle Trip – Aug 12-14


Trip Leaders, Marty Stimson

                    Steve Cummings


This East Iowa Ski Club bike trip this summer will be headed north to the Sparta Wisconsin area to ride the scenic Elroy-Sparta Trail on the weekend of August 12 - 14.  This is a crushed limestone trail from an old railroad line that is famous for the 3 tunnels cut into the hills.  It is a fairly flat trail that winds through the woods, fields, rolling hills and small towns in this picturesque part of Wisconsin.  This will be another hotel or camping option trip.  The club currently has 15 rooms at the Sparta Country Inn & Suites for Friday and Saturday nights.  It is about a 3½ hour drive to Sparta and we will be car-pooling up on Friday afternoon. 


The cost for the hotel room for 2 nights is $122 per person, including the Saturday evening wine and cheese party.  We have enough rooms that there is a single room option for $238 per person.  Sign up will start at the EISC Spring Picnic, 6/4.    


There are several camping location options with different amenities and at various costs that will have to be set up by the campers.  Kim and Tork have both done some research and have some ideas on what they plan to do.  The campers are invited to attend the EISC Wine and Cheese party, as usual.  This is optional, but please sign up for planning purposes - there is a $5 pp cost. 


Below is more information on the trail.  This is a linear trail with most of the group starting in Sparta on Saturday morning and riding out as far as you want and then ride back.  There is an option to start at Elroy and ride to Sparta.  Sunday is up to you.  Most will probably head back early, but you can ride the trail more if you want.  There is a nice golf course near Sparta called Viroqua Hills that is a lot of fun & some have talked of taking a slight detour on the way back through Spring Green and touring Frank Lloyd Wright’s historic Taliesin campus.


The Elroy-Sparta Trail is the first Rails to Trails Project in America.  The trail remains one of the most popular trails in the country.  With three rock tunnels and five small towns along its 32.5 mile route, the trail is a favorite Wisconsin bicycling destination. Traveling between Sparta and Elroy, the trail stretches through the communities of Norwalk, Wilton and Kendall. The Elroy-Sparta Trail is the property of the State of Wisconsin and is part of the State Trails System run by the Department of Natural Resources and supported by the Friends of the Elroy-Sparta Trail.  It is located in Hidden Valleys Country and passes through a portion of the unglaciated areas of Wisconsin exemplifying the natural beauty of our State.  Part of the "Bike4Trails" it connects to 101 miles of trails. 


The trail is 32 miles in length on the abandoned Chicago & North Western Railroad bed and passes through three rock tunnels.  The three century-old railroad tunnels highlight the trail. The Kendall and Wilton tunnels are 1/4 mile long and the Norwalk tunnel is just over 3/4 mile long.  The tunnels are dark and cool, even on the brightest days, and water from springs above the tunnels can trickle onto the trail.  Bikers should walk bikes through the tunnels. The Trail is covered with limestone screenings and provides a smooth riding surface.  The bridges are covered with planks and are guarded with railings. 


We hope you can join the EISC bicycle riders on this excellent adventure.  Plan on signing up early if you would like to go & stay at the hotel.  This is a fun trail and should be a great trip.  More information will be available at the Spring Picnic. 


Thanks, Marty and Steve.


EISC Corn Roast 2015 – Saturday - Aug 20th - 2:00PM


Mark your calendar for the party of the summer!!!  This will be your first chance to sign up for ski trips

- so don’t forget your checkbook!  The annual Corn Roast will again be hosted by Sally Williams at her farm near the Eastern Iowa Airport.


Get ready to have an afternoon/evening of festivities and feasting.  Activities will start at 2:00 pm with bean bag toss, bocce ball, etc.  The grill will be fired up around 5 pm.  For those who like to camp you’re welcome to bring a camper or a tent.  So bring a dish to pass, a meat to grill, your favorite lawn chair, any yard games you want to play, and a friend or two. We will provide plates, utensils, corn, pop, beer, wine, bottled water, and grill.  Cost is $4.00 which covers the beverages, corn, and kybo. 


This event is open to members and non-members.  


Be sure to get there on time to sign up before the trips sell out!


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


Jingle Cross/Iowa City – Sat Sept 24


We have a wonderful opportunity to see and experience one of the fastest growing sports in the world right in our own backyard.  The UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) has chosen Iowa City for the Jingle Cross Cyclocross World Cup event September 22 – 25.  One writer explains that the sport is a combination of motor cross, mountain biking, the Tour de France and cross country running all combined.  The races are on a loop course located at the Johnson County Fairground.  The course is a combination of riding on paved surfaces, rugged terrain, steep grades, tight turns, obstacle courses and mud pits.


On Saturday, September 24th, the event will feature both Men Elite and Women Elite riders from around the world.  In addition there is a Belgium Beer Festival also happening.  Mark your calendars for this event.

Watch for more details later regarding times and cost of the event.  YouTube has a number of videos of previous events if you want to see what you will experience.  Spectators can position themselves around the course to cheer for their favorite rider.  Much like Word Cup skiing events, cowbells seem to be needed for cheering purposes.


Looks like this will be great fun.  In the past the Jingle Cross event was held in December with snow and cold temperatures.  Hopefully we will be able to see it during some nice fall weather.


Go to: for more information about this event.


~Ruth Van Tol


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


Thank you to the few hardy souls that came out and road with us.  On the day of the ride there were sustained winds of 35 mph and gust up to 55 mph from the north, so right in our faces.  Overall a pretty miserable ride but then again, Pat was in charge of the weather and I’m sure it was just the challenge he wanted to give us.


We had 20 riders start and 18 making it to the first stop. 16 made it to the second stop, 10 successfully completed the ride and 36 people joined us for lunch.


We have tentatively set the ride for the first weekend of April, 2017 . I will let everyone know the details as the date gets closer.


Thank you again to everyone that showed interest in riding. I don’t blame anyone for not coming out. In fact, if I hadn’t been running it I probably wouldn’t have.  


~Teresa Smith



2016 EISC Post Party


Nearly 70 East Iowa Ski Club members and friends attended Post Party on

April 16 at the VFW.



The food was delicious, the meeting was short, the cowboys and Indians were many, and the dancing went on until midnight with the DJ Easy Does It.  Thank you Chris Kalmar and Dale Bohrer for your hard work in getting the slide show put together and set up. 


Kim’s Korner


Did you ever need to know a fellow ski club member's email address, mailing address or their phone#?  Did you know you can find this information on the Ski Club Website?    


Log into the EastIowaSkiClub website, and click on the "Membership Directory" menu option:



So a search for the person click on the magnifier icon for “Search”:



Type in the first letters of the person’s last name and click search:



Some information is shown, but to see the full information, hover over the picture of the person and click on the down arrow:



Not all information is available, it is based upon that person's settings, as some do not want other members to see their information.  



I hope this helps members find the contact information needed.