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April 2018 Newsletter

 | Published on 4/3/2018
For a complete and downloadable version of this newsletter: April Skiddoo 2018

President’s Message



Me and my big mouth!  When I casually dismissed the rest of the cross-country skiing schedule at the last member meeting on St. Patrick’s day, little did I know that we would have a substantial snowfall on the following Saturday.  I hope that some of you got the chance to enjoy the late season snow. My back did not enjoy clearing the heavy wet stuff from my driveway. Winter seems to be trying to hang on right into April. But while others are dismayed, I am clinging to the happier thought that it is still ski season.  Indeed,  in a couple of weeks, I will be in Lake Tahoe, finding out what deals can be arranged for next season, and bringing proposals back to the board. I will be armed with the survey results and with word of mouth recommendations from you, the membership. So, while you are tuning up your bicycles and checking your kayaks, know that your board is already working behind the scenes to make next season another great one.


Stay active my friends.

-Mike Buckman, EISC President


Nothing Nights – Wed Eve – CJ’s Bar and Grill 7:00; Biking 5:30 

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.



Family News

The EISC wishes Beth Cottingham a rapid recovery from a horse riding accident injury. 



March Member Meeting Photos



Shoot out at the Rough Rider’s Hockey Game

The cowbells were ringing for 24 EISC members and guests on Friday, March 9th as the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders made a wild charge to tie and eventually beat the Waterloo Blackhawks in an overtime shootout for a 5 to 4 Riders Victory!.  It was a very physical game with the Blackhawks in the lead but the Rough Riders fought and tied in the 3rd period.  Many of us had never seen a shootout - it was a real treat.  Steve and I were on the “Kiss” camera and Brenda Garbe posted a video of me leading the a rousing rendition of ‘Sweet Caroline’ – Look out American Idol - LOL


Birthday Boy Larry Smith made the announcement board – (too bad they didn’t put up my poem) – for your enjoyment it was “Be wary of Larry!  It’s his birthday & he’ll be Merry!” 

It was a great event and I thank all that attended.  If you missed it – you missed out!  I look forward to breaking the cowbells out next season – I know you will want to join us.

-Sandra Cummings/Chair


Spring Picnic
Sat June 2nd - Squaw Creek Park, Meadowlark Pavilion


Join your friends at Meadowlark Pavilion in Squaw Creek Park in Marion on Saturday June 2 for a picnic.  It’s a good day to get out that fun car and drive to the Park.   Don’t forget your outdoor games, card games, and food items to share.  Games and conversation start at 2pm and we’ll eat around 6 pm.   Bring a meat to grill for supper if you like.  We will provide a grill, table settings, pop, and bottled water. There is electricity available for crock pots. 


It’s a Beer Taste opportunity.   Bring a special Craft Beer to share with your friends – one that you’ve loved or wanted to try.   We will also have some box wine available. 


Wear your favorite t-shirt from a great vacation or a tacky t-shirt for the fun of it.    We’ll go over the summer events, play some games and have a picnic.  Watch for sign-ups for the summer events – such as the Kernels baseball game on Fri July 13.    
Hope to see you there.  


2018 EISC Golf Outing - Saturday, July 28th


The annual EISC Golf Tournament will be held at Wildcat Golf Course in Shellsburg on the morning of Saturday, July 28th.    This four person best shot will start at 9:00am and the cost will be $47 for 18 holes of golf, cart and a meal following.  We’ll have a sign-up sheet at Post Party and the spring picnic.  This event is open to non-ski club members so feel free to invite friends and family!!    

There will be more details in upcoming newsletters. Hope you can join us for a fun outing!!   Meanwhile, feel free to call one of us if there are any questions..


Kathy Healy             Nancy Thorkildson            Sarah Wittnebel



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


COME dressed up for the KENTUCKY DERBY.   That is this year’s theme for our annual event - the POST PARTY.  

The women show up in colorful outfits and large hats, the men in their classic blazers and finest fedora.    Theme dress-up is not required, but adds to the fun atmosphere.    

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 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 at Post Party


Sally Williams will not be able to host the Corn Roast this year.   Her first grandchild is expected to arrive in August!!   So for 2018, Marty and Janet Stimson invite you to their place in rural Center Point for the Corn Roast on August 4.   Stay tuned for more details in a future Skiddoo.    Also, be sure to put Saturday Sept 29 on your calendar.  That afternoon, Sally will be celebrating the centennial of her barn - built in 1918.   More details will follow on this as well.