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May 2017 Newsletter

 | Published on 5/2/2017
For a downloadable and complete version of this newsletter, click here: May Skiddoo 2017

President’s Message

By the time you read this, we will have celebrated the close of another successful ski season at the Post Party.


With the warmer weather, I know that many of us have turned our attention to planting the seeds for this year’s gardens and lawns.


Similarly, your East Iowa Ski Club Board has been planting the seeds for a busy summer, fall and for the next ski season.  On April 11, we held our annual planning meeting.  We installed new board members Ange Miller and Marty Stimson.  We also welcomed Mary Jean Blaisdell who will be our new Skidoo editor.  We elected officers of the board and, yes, you will have to put up with me as president for another year. 


I am excited at the opportunity to serve you, the members, for another year.  With the lessons I have learned and the support of the members such as I enjoyed this past year, I know it is going to be a great year for all of us.  As always, the board and I are eager to hear your thoughts on how we might make our organization even better.


Stay active my friends.

~Mike Buckman, EISC President


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.


Tour de Trashmore 2017 - Sat, May 20

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 at  under the event tab 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

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.


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 and boxed wine is not your thing you might want to BYOB.


Cedar Rapids Kernels’ Baseball Friday June 16

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   Teri Barnhart

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 :)  Price is estimated to be between $40 - $50 per camper/tent for a 2 night stay minimum.  Sign up by contacting any of the people below.  Deadline for sign up is May 20.  At that time, we will know the number of campers and the exact price will be determined. We hope to see many of you and are looking forward to a great weekend of biking, camping, and FUN!  


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

Jane Sents,  
Wendall Sents,  Teresa Smith

EISC Golf Outing - Saturday, July 29th


The annual EISC Golf Tournament will be held at Wildcat Golf Course in Shellsburg on the morning of Saturday, July 29th.    This is a four person best shot with non-cash prizes.  We’ll have a shot gun start at 9:00am and the cost will be $47 for 18 holes of golf, cart and a meal following.  Please plan to arrive no later than 8:30am so everyone can get checked in and carts loaded.  This is one of those ski club events that’s open to non ski club members so feel free to invite friends and family!!   


Please register and pay through the club’s website.  The deadline for registering and paying for the event is Friday, July 14th.  As an alternative, you may pay by sending a check to the EISC PO Box #843, Cedar Rapids, IA  52406.  You can organize your own teams, or sign up as an individual and we’ll pair you up with others.  We’ll have sign up sheets at upcoming events for you to indicate who is on your team.  


Non golfers are welcome to come out, order off the grill menu and enjoy the tournament wrap up.   Many of our golfing members are looking forward to the golf season.  So come on out and join in the fun exploring the mysteries of golf!!  How is it that you can hit a 2 acre fairway 10% of the time and a 2 inch branch 90% of the time!! 


If there are any questions, feel free to contact us!  Hope to see you at Wildcat!!


Kathy Healy              Nancy Thorkildson      Sarah Wittnebel



2018 EISC Ski Trip News by Jim Wittnebel


In looking ahead to the 2018 ski season the EISC board recently approved a West trip to Steamboat Springs January 13-20, 2018. This destination was selected based on overall value with expected amenities, early booking discounts, a destination we haven’t been to since 2010 along with the club survey results where the membership ranked Steamboat as a number one ski resort to visit.   Steamboat is a world class resort with exciting activities for both skiers and non-skiers.  During our stay, Steamboat will be hosting the annual cowboy downhill which is entertaining and fun to see.   We would like to start selling this trip in early summer.


Trip details are as follows:


Steamboat Springs  Jan 13 to 20, 2018 ($1568 full pkg, $968 w/o air, $1289 w/o lifts, $656 land only)

Resort information:  Nearly 3000 acres in size encompassing 5 mountains, 350 inches of snowfall annually, known for its champagne powder to its deep western heritage, and winter Olympic history and one of the most memorable ski towns in North America.   Non skier activities include tubing, dog sledding,  snowmobiling, sleigh rides, horseback riding, helicopter tours, dining (over 100 restaurants including one on top of mountain via gondola), ice skating, hot springs, shopping, snow shoeing/cross country skiing/tours, and  hot air ballooning.

  • Round trip air from Cedar Rapids to Hayden with transfers
  • Full pkg or w/o air pkg includes 5 lifts.  Lifts are a bargain at $275 in the pkg for 5 days including $10/day lunch vouchers.
  • 7 nights lodging at LaCasa condos on the mountain.  These are a combination of 3 bed 4 bath and 4 bed 5 bath condos that are very spacious, have all of the expected amenities including free parking, and are 100 yards from the lifts.
  • Wine and Cheese party


 A February trip is currently being planned  - quotes are in process. 

Need Trip Chairs – Key to making these trips successful is having a trip chair and an assistant.   If interested, please submit your name to either myself or Mike Buckman.    Your help is greatly appreciated.  Thanks.


EISC Post Party - Sat April 29

A record crowd of 80 showed up Saturday night at the Eagles Club for the EISC Year End Post Party.   After a relaxing social hour everyone enjoyed a great "your choice" buffet served by Perrin Catering.   Dinner was followed by a recap of the year’s trips and activities, which were many, and then a night of dancing to the Hot Rod Lincoln Band.  The band and returning to a favorite venue was definitely a hit as many ski club members shut the place down.  


~ Marty Stimson