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June 2017 Newsletter

 | Published on 5/30/2017

For a downloadable and complete version of this newsletter: June Skiddoo 2017

President’s Message

The Memorial Day weekend is behind us and that marks the beginning of summer.  I hope you had plenty of time with friends and family, and that you took some time out to remember those who have passed, especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.


I’m sure you were busy at the end of May.  Graduations, spring cleaning, home improvement projects, lawn work and, as in my case, weddings.  I confess that I’m just as likely as anyone to get wrapped up in my own celebrations and not pause to remember those who can’t be with us to enjoy these activities.


When we were in school, we used to look forward to summer as a time to dial back the official activities and relax, to do our own thing.  I’m hoping that, as busy as we are, we will try to recapture the spirit of those halcyon days.


Stay active my friends, but remember to relax as well.


~Mike Buckman, EISC President


Family News  

EISC offers condolences to Janet & Marty Stimson and Jeff Owen who lost their father recently. 


From the family:  On behalf of the family of Don Owen, we greatly appreciate the outpouring of support, kindness, and sympathy shown in tribute to our Dad.  Also to the many ski club friends who traveled to West Liberty.  Dad was truly one of a kind - always had a smile, some advice to give, and a story to tell.     We sincerely thank ALL of our EISC friends.  


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.

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. June 3rd  is the deadline for signup and payment. 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

We have met our minimum. The trip is a go! If we have more then we will be able to

lower the price.


The trip is for June 16th through the 18th. If you are still wanting to go with us MAIL YOUR PAYMENT, $41.00 per person, TO THE CLUB PO BOX; EISC, PO Box 843, Cedar Rapids 52406-0843.


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 at 9:59am (or so), we’re on the move.  You decide your own route 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. Meat provided by the club. 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 :)  If you are not camping we will need $10.00 to help cover the potluck meat.


Once we have a final count we will be able to give a final price and possible refunds. 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.   So come on out and join in the fun.   And remember, golf can best be defined as an endless series of tragedies obscured by the occasional miracle, followed by a good bottle of beer! 


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

 Kathy Healy,  Nancy Thorkildson,  Sarah Wittnebel



EISC Corn Roast 2017 – Saturday - Aug 19th

Mark your calendar for the party of the summer!!!  

Trip chairs will be on hand to sign you up for ski trips or take your payments.


The annual Corn Roast will again be hosted by Sally Williams at her farm.


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.  


2017-2018 Season EISC Ski Trips

by Jim Wittnebel

The EISC board has recently approved the ski trips for the 2017-2018 as follows:


Sundown Mountain December 27

This is always a great learn to ski, get your ski legs going again, and a family ski day where you don’t need to need to be an EISC club member to join in the fun.  The full group package includes a ski lesson. 


Steamboat Springs 

Jan 13 to 20, 2018 ($1498 full pkg, $936 w/o air, $1219 w/o lifts, $656 land only) – Trip Chair:  Ruth Van Tol  - Max trip size is 40 people – Trip goes on sale July 15th

Please note that the above pricing reflects a recent reduction in air cost.  Also, we’ll be at Steamboat during the week of the entertaining Cowboy Downhill.

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.  The trip includes:

  • 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 covered parking, and are 150 yards from the lifts.
  • Wine and Cheese party

Lutsen Resort Feb 9-12, 2018

Lutsen Mountains is a picturesque resort that has 4 interconnected peaks overlooking Lake Superior.  It’s Mid America’s largest ski resort with 825 foot vertical and 95 runs.  Recent upgrades include an 8 passenger gondola, 6 passenger high speed chair, $9 mil snowmaking upgrade.  Lutsen receives 10 feet of average annual snowfall.  The area is rich in snowshoe and groomed cross country trails.


The trip includes: roundtrip bus transportation, 3 nights lodging in Grand Marais, and optional group ski lift tickets


This coming season the club will be offering one rather than two major ski trips but will include an extended Midwest trip to a destination the club hasn’t been to for awhile.  We hope that the Lutsen destination offers a change that will be price conscious and attractive to families along with skiers and non-skiers.  We’ve been fortunate to support two major ski trips for several years including two recent higher cost International trips.  We want to catch our breath so to speak this coming season.