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March 2018 Newsletter

 | Published on 3/1/2018

For a complete and downloadable version of this newsletter: March Skiddoo 2018


President’s Message

It’s been another great year of skiing and traveling.  There’s Roughriders hockey next week.  The Post Party next month promises to be another fun evening.  Many warm weather activities are planned.  Like the many proficient gardeners in our club, who prepare the thawing ground for new growth, your East Iowa Ski Club board is preparing.

In order to maintain and nurture a healthy club, we have to raise our membership fees a little.  The increasing rent of a meeting hall alone is the most significant cost.  We're not giving up our search for a lower cost hall but so far, we haven't found a better place.  (Perhaps you, dear reader, know of a place we haven’t considered.)   The individual membership fee will remain the same at $30 per year while the Household membership will now be $60.   This will take effect April 1.  Since we have greatly reduced the printing and mailing of hard copies of the Skiddoo, the cost savings to households is really no longer there.  That's why we chose to only increase the household membership which will now be $60.

Even though I am in one of the households that will now be paying a little more, I am still enthused about the great value that our club provides.  As always…


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.  Watch here each month for the location or check the East Iowa Ski Club website calendar.  Interested in having Nothing Nights at a different venue?  Visit us at  CJ’s and discuss with the regulars, perhaps they are up for a change.

Come on down!  You don’t want to miss out.



Twin Cities Winter Carnival and Other Fun Recap

The Ice Castle, Afton Alps, IKEA, Twin Cities Light Rail, McGoverns Pub, Roller Girls, Parade, Treasure Island Casino, Mall of America, Shot Ski, Weisman Art Museum, Welsh Village, Fireworks, German Ale, Wine and Cheese ---all these things shared with friends and fellow members of the East Iowa Ski Club are now great warm memories.  Thanks to all who shared with us this fun weekend in the Twin Cities and proved St. Paul is not Siberia, and is definitely fit for human habitation. 

Ruth, Jeff and Mary




EISC X-Country/Snowshoe Schedule 2018

Join us Saturdays at 1:00pm. 

Contact- Gary Dalecky or Brian Keller


Dates in red are when a ski trip coincides, blue are member meeting days.  If not enough snow, consider taking a hike and get some fresh air.  This schedule is found on the ski club website calendar which provides a map.  If we get a good snow day outside this schedule, use the ski club forums & set up a spontaneous ski/snowshoe day. There are 34 members in the Snowshoe forum and 37 in the X-country ski forum. Give it a try. 


Lake Macbride Park 3/03/18

Matsell Bridge Park 3/10/18

Wickiup Hill Park     3/17/18

Jones Park             3/24/18

February Meeting Photos




March Member Meeting

The next EISC member meeting will be on Sat March 17 at the VFW - 3240 Southgate Place SW, Cedar Rapids.  Yes – that’s St Patrick’s Day, so be sure to wear something GREEN!!    Doors open at 7:00.   Guests are welcome.


Our guest speaker will be Brandon Whyte, Multimodal Transportation Planner, from Corridor Metropolitan Planning Organization who will speak at March meeting about upcoming bike trail projects in the area. We will be taking sign-ups for Post Party, along with announcements of upcoming activities.   Hope to see you at the meeting.   

Hockey – We Need More Cowbell

The EISC is headed to the Stable to see the Roughriders defend the home ice against the 380 corridor rivals the Waterloo Blackhawks.  Come and Celebrate with Larry Smith – it’s his 29th birthday

Open to ALL members and non-members

Date – Friday March 9th

Time – Puck drops at 7:05 pm (TICKETS available at 6:15 in the lower lobby)

Price - $14 per person sitting in Gray Zone!

Ways to Pay – Submit payment to EISC website OR mail payment to EISC PO Box.


Currently have 23 people signed up – we need more! 

Bring your cowbells and get ready to cheer – let’s raise a glass of beer to wish Larry Smith some birthday cheer (o:  See you at the Stable!  

Sandra Cummings

2018 EISC Golf Outing -  Saturday, July 28th


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 28th.    We’re working out details on start time and cost and will have a sign-up sheet at Post Party and the spring picnic.  Hope you can join us for a fun outing.


Kathy Healy           Nancy Thorkildson          Sarah Wittnebel



POST PARTY – Sat April 21, 6:00 pm Eagles Club


The Ski Season is “melting away” and it will soon be time to celebrate another successful year.  What better way than to have a party - - POST PARTY.      Plan to come to the Eagles Club at 1735 11th St NW, Cedar Rapids, for food and drink, fun and dancing.

Social hour at 6:00 for festive drinks and conversation, a catered dinner at 7:00, a recap of the 2017/18 season at 8:00, and music from our DJ Purple Star Entertainment from 9:00 till midnight.

Our 3 entree choices this year are the very popular prime rib, or a chicken breast stuffed with a mixture of cheeses and seasonings, spinach and wrapped in bacon, or a vegetarian/gluten free lasagna.  The meal includes salad, baked potato, vegetable, roll, and dessert.     The event will cost $39 per person for prime rib, or $31 per person for chicken or lasagna.    If you come after dinner (for the program and dance only) the cost is $14.   

Reservations, including your entree choice, can be made on-line at the website, or sign-up at the March 17 meeting, or by mail to PO Box 843, Cedar Rapids, IA 52406-0843. No reservation is needed for the program/dance only.   Dinner reservations must be made by April 13. 


Election Results

Voting of the new members was held at our February meeting.   Those selected to the EISC Board of Directors were Linda Berry, Mike Buckman, Steve Cummings, and Brenda Garbe.   Congratulations all!   And a sincere thanks to Don and Pat Boland for serving on the election committee, as well as a thanks to Linda, Mike, Steve, Brenda and Teresa for running for the board. 


EISC Survey Results for 2018/2019

by Mike Buckman

Thanks to the membership on those that completed (qty 57) a survey during January on destinations and activities the club would like to see and do this next 2018/2019 season. These results are important in helping provide a focus on 2018/2019 event planning.

A result summary is as follows:

Major Ski Trips:  

77% consider participating on a major ski trip, 23% not;

51% support two major ski trips in one season, 49% not;

81% support a new ski destination the club hasn’t visited previously, 5% not, 14% NA/NonSkier;

Top Major Ski Resorts:

23% Telluride or Mt. Bachelor;  

18% Beaver Creek;  

16% Taos;

11% Lake Tahoe, Japan or Aspen/Snowmass;  

9% Alyeska, Alaska;  

7% Breckenridge, Sun Valley or N/A;  

5% Copper Mountain, Powder Highway or Winter Park;

4% Big Sky, Fernie, Keystone, Kicking Horse, Park City, Red Mountain British, Summit, Vail, Whistler;

2% Alta/Snowbird/Utah, Crested Butte, Deer Valley, Gstaad/Zermaat, Jackson Hole, Montana, Quebec, Steamboat, Vancouver.

Midwest Ski Resorts:  

77% consider participating on a Midwest ski trip, 16% not,

7% NA/Non-Skier  

56% of skiers would prefer that the club travels to resorts closer (4-5 hour drive) to home while 26% responded “No” to this question,

18% no opinion.

Top Midwest Resorts:  

23% of the skiers would go to Welch Village;  

16% Granite Peak;  

14% Cascade;  

11% Devil’s Head;  

5% Chestnut/Galena;

4% Lutsen or Spirit Mountain;   

2% Afton Alps, Boyne Mountain, Indianhead, Portage, Trollhaugen, NOT Galena or NA/Non-Skier.

Off Ski Season Week/Weekend:

14% Biking (no trail named) and 12% biking on specific trails named,

11% Kayaking;  

7% Camping;  

5% Alaska/Alaska Cruise, Rafting; Washington DC;

There were numerous votes for various sightseeing or hiking/nature suggestions.

Post Party Entertainment Preference:

31% Live Band, 7% DJ, 53% No Preference