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April 2017 Newsletter

 | Published on 4/1/2017

For a a downloadable and complete version of this newsletter click here: April Skiddoo 2017

President's Message

As I type this, I am, once again, in the Alpine region, this time in Austria.  Fourteen months ago, a number of us ski club members were in the Swiss Alps.  Of course, at that time, it was all about the skiing, sledding and fondue. 


This time, as Lisa and I walked along the river in Salzburg, the bicycles rolling by on the bike path made us long for biking and other summer activities. 


I’ve already gotten my bike out for a short shakedown cruise.  I hope that some of you had a chance to participate in the Pat Hamer Memorial Bike Ride.  I hope also that you had only tail winds this time.  I’m sorry I wasn’t able to make that event. 


I do hope to see everyone at the Post Party on April 29.  This is the time we celebrate a great winter sports season and turn our eyes to the ever-increasing sunshine and warmth.  Remember, our ski club offers chances to get together year-round (not all ski clubs, even larger ones, do that).


Stay active my friends.

~Mike Buckman, EISC President




Family News

Teresa Smith’s
mother Jeanette Hamer passed away on March 6.  Our sincerest condolences to Teresa, Larry, and their families and friends.  She will be deeply missed.


EISC members Mike Buckman and Lisa Landers are engaged to be married.  Congratulations to the happy couple! 

Nothing Nights – Wed Eve – CJ’s Bar and Grill 7:00 

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.  By popular demand we have moved back to CJ’s Sports Bar and Grill, 62 17th Ave SW.  CJ’s has a varied menu and good prices.  Most of the time we are in the back room.


CJ’s is close to the trail, so join your friends for a bike ride starting at about 5:30 and riding south, weather permitting.


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 Post Party - Sat April 29 5:30 PM Eagles Club

We are returning to the Eagles Club for Post Party this year, 1735 11th St NW, 5:30 pm.

So mark your calendar and join us for a fun night of great food, great friends, and great memories of the 2016-2017 ski season.  The fun starts at 5:30 pm for cocktails and conversation, 6:30 for dinner, 7:30 meeting, and music from 8:30 to 11:30 pm. 

The band will be Hot Rod Lincoln.  The decorating theme is Plaid so be creative with your dress if you wish, but as usual dressing for the theme is completely optional.  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. We also have a “non-entrée” vegetarian option for $28.  The meal includes salad, potato, vegetable, and dessert.  You will find your reservation form near the end of this newsletter.  Or you can sign up at the next member meeting or online.

Contact Teri Barnhart


Tour de Trashmore 2017 Sat, May 20 - 10:30

This is not an EISC event, but some of our members plan on riding in it and everyone is welcome to join in on the fun.  Wear your EISC logo gear and find us at the Sag Wagon weather permitting.  We plan on leaving the Sag Wagon around 11:00 if all goes well – there will be a lot of people on the trail so we may have to adjust.

This is a FREE bicycle pub crawl for anyone over 21.

FREE DRINK---> (Limited to 400 participants) Register online before the event to receive a free drink ticket (good for anything up to $5) to ONE of the participating bars.

BONUS SCRATCH TICKET---> At check-in, every rider will receive a bonus scratch ticket for a chance to win a free Coors Light or Miller Lite tallboy OR find the 'Golden Ticket' and win the $500 grand prize gift card to the social club. 1-in-4 odds for the free tallboy. 1-in-400 odds for the grand prize. Either way, those aren't bad odds!

The Route (the short route is 15 miles / long route is 23 miles; ride at your own pace):

10:30 am - 12:30 pm: Check-in at Sag Wagon Deli & Brew 

Stop 1: Shack Tavern

Stop 2: Jersey's Pub & Grub (short route) / Odie's Bar & Grill (long route)

Stop 3: Kickstand Bar & Grill 

End at Sag Wagon Deli & Brew / After-party

Please wear a bike helmet and drink responsibly.

Spring Picnic Sat June 3rd 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.  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.


There is electricity available for crock pots.  Bring a meat to grill for supper if you like.  We will provide a grill, table settings, pop, and bottled water.


Watch here next month for more updates on this event.


Cedar Rapids Kernels’ Baseball Friday June 16 - Gates open at 5:30

Come out and cheer the Kernels’ on! 

The game date is Friday, June 16th and the game time is 6:35 pm. Gates open at 5:30 with food served beginning at 6:00.  We have seats in the Arctic Insulation Party Plaza located down the right field lane, on the concourse above the Plaza bleacher seating.


I need your money to buy your ticket, so call me or see me at the Spring Picnic on June 3rd.  We’re looking forward to having a good time.

The cost is $29.00. The food is from 6:00 to 9:00.  The menu is hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, brats, popcorn, peanuts, ice cream sandwiches, pop, bottled water and beer. 


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.

~Sue Goettel

Neal Smith Trail -  Bike Weekend - June 16 – 18

What time of year is it?…….wait for it…...wait for it…. Biking season!!!!! 


I know that some of you are depressed because you have to put away your skis, but move on people and get your bike out!!!  We have the perfect reason for doing just that.  A ski club bike ride! 


The ride will be on the Neal Smith Trail which is a 26 mile trail that extends from Des Moines through the Saylorville Lake area to Big Creek State Park.  The trail showcases mature forest, rolling prairie, oak savannas, and a panoramic view of Saylorville Lake!  BEAUTIFUL!! We have reserved a group camping loop in the Prairie Flower South Campground at Saylorville Lake. 


The tentative plans are to meet Friday night at the campground, set up camp and RELAX!  Saturday, we’re on the move.  Up, down or both ways on the trail depending on how far you want to ride. Saturday night, we will have a potluck, campfire, and refreshments at the private pavilion in the middle of our loop. Sunday, is totally up to you. Breakfast, more biking, swimming at the campground beach, or relaxing before you pack up and go back to reality. 


If camping is not your thing, there are plenty of hotels in Ankeny you can book, and you’re still welcome to join us at the campground for the potluck :)  More info coming including price when we have an estimate of how many campers we’ll have.


Please contact any of us if you have questions or suggestions!

Jane Sents, Wendall Sents, Teresa Smith

Saturday, July 29th 2017 EISC Golf Outing


Before you know it schedules will be filling up for the summer months. 

We want to let everyone know that the annual EISC Golf Tournament will be at Wildcat Golf Course in Shellsburg on the morning of Saturday, July 29th.  

We’ll have a shot gun start at 9:00am. 

Cost will be $47 for 18 holes of golf, cart and meal.  

We’ll have a sign-up sheet at Post Party and the spring picnic or just contact one of us to get signed up.  

Hope to see many of you at Wildcat!!


Kathy Healy              Nancy Thorkildson      Sarah Wittnebel


Banff Lake Louise - February 26 - March 3

The Banff Lake Louise trip was a great time and much more successful than anticipated.  Everything went smoothly from the flights out, going through Canadian Customs, bus rides and the hotels.  The area was as scenic as advertised.  Coming up the mountain to Lake Louise we felt like we were in a post card.  The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise was the best place ever I have ever stayed.  Located on the banks of an alpine lake with incredible views in every direction.  The Moose Hotel in Banff was new and a very nice place.  Staying in town was fun and a change of pace from the chateau.   

There were more activities than we have ever had before for the non-skiers.  The Chateau had the lake, ice castles, frozen water fall walks, in house restaurants and bars, guided hikes (Johnson Canyon glacier ice walk), snow shoeing, X-C skiing and tubing @ Lake Louise ski area.  Well, we did have a couple of close calls falling through the ice.  The Lake Louise ski area had a great lodge, food, bar & viewing options.  The runs were challenging and may be rated differently than what the group was use to in the states. The Ski Friends (mountain host) program was fun & informative.  The transfer to the Moose Hotel after 3 days at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise went better than expected.  The Moose Hotel was on the edge of the main street close to groceries & 2 blocks from the liquor store.  It was a fine set up with an enjoyable daily breakfast and featured 2 large hot tubs & fire pit on the roof. 

There were lots of activities to do in Banff.  The Sulphur Mountain was incredible an impressive tram up to see historical exhibits and great views of the surrounding area including the Banff Castle.  There were restaurants on top and some hiked out to the weather station.  The tram base area near the Upper Hot Springs.  There were several area museums with different themes.  The Cave & Basin area was the original hot springs and Canada’s first National Park.  There were historical exhibits and displays.  The cave was unique and smelled like sulphur.  Many toured the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel better known as the Banff Castle.  It is a great hotel from the late 1800’s that was a historic railroad destination and a popular stop for the rich and famous for the past 150 years.  A tour guide took us through the history, told us about famous guests & interesting ghost stories.  The bell-men at Banff Springs wear kilts, while at the Chateau Lake Louise the bell-men wear leader-hosen.  

The Banff restaurants and bars were outstanding.  The group dinner was at the Elk & Oarsman where most of the club had ribs & watched the Hawk game.  The Canadian crowd preferred hockey, but they understood.  The Banff Brewing Co. was very good & a popular spot.  The Grizzly House was a fondue place with chopped French bread & cheese & garlic fondue.  I had the  Alberta beef served with garlic butter mixture & a 650 deg. stone block we used to cook at the table.  Everywhere we ate we were treated to great food, a great selection of craft beers and fantastic service.

Sunshine Village had some challenging ski conditions due to snow and wind making visibility intermittent.  Several people took some big falls and it was not a favorite for the skiers.

We had the wine and Cheese party in 2 rooms with a slight overflow.  It was difficult to visit with everyone and could have used a party room, but we managed.  Thanks to the members who hosted the party and to those who picked up & hauled the wine & food.  The completed the survey’s had some great ratings and comments.  The ratings were as high as possible on several categories, so it was good to see the trip worked for everyone.  The return to CR went well. Customs out of Canada was slick.  There was a slight delay in Chicago and a weight issue kept one of the group behind.  Luggage appeared to have made it & we got home fairly early.  A few had a drive which is kind of tough on a Sunday night.  Thanks to all the members who joined us and helped make this a memorable and very successful trip.  

~Thanks, Sandra and Steve Cummings


Election Results


The nominating committee would like to announce the results of the board elections.  This year we had an extra opening without a nominee, so the write-in vote played a large part in the results.


Larry Smith is elected once again.  Thank you Larry for volunteering to run!


Ange Miller is elected for the first time to the board.  Thank you Ange for stepping up!


We had a number of write-in votes, and per our By-Laws, we worked through the write-ins by number of votes, and asked if they would like to serve.


Marty Stimson said yes he would like to serve.   Thank you Marty for accepting this position!


All of these folks will add a voice to the board and help with the direction of the club.  This is a task of the heart and takes a lot of time, and sometimes can be frustrating, but it is all worth it. 


~ Nominating Committee of Kim Betts, Don Boland, Pat Boland