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May 2018 Newsletter

 | Published on 5/3/2018

For a complete and downloadable version of the newsletter, click here: May Skiddoo 2018

President’s Message

A year ago at Tower of London with members Yvonne Duggan and Gloria Jackson


Good times and good friends,

-Brenda Garbe, EISC President

Hello All,

The baton has been passed and the new board is starting their terms, many thanks to the past board for setting the club up for success with their hard work. I'm pleased to be serving as your President (again) keeping the tradition of "The Outdoor Fun People" moving forward. In addition to skiing, a new focus of the ski club includes pure travel and sightseeing trips that have everything to do with learning and enjoying new areas and cultures. This had been hinted at by an informal survey that Martin Stimson had initiated last year. The board will be making special efforts to feature some new locations, but if you've had a good experience somewhere you can share with our new Trip board members Linda Berry, Mike Buckman and Steve Cummings we want to know.


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.



Thank you for all the cards and gifts members brought to the Ski Club Post Party.  It was so fun to read the cards and to chat with everyone there.  Throughout this whole ordeal, it has always been Ski Club friends that we could depend upon for sending best wishes, helping us maneuver the wheelchair ramp, inners visits and whatever we needed to make the day go better.  We treasure each of you. ---Beth Cottingham and Mary Day.

Season Ski Pass Purchase

We've noticed that many members purchase season ski passes, such as EPIC or IKON, to save money. 

You may be aware that we often work with a travel agent, Marcie Hawks of If you are contemplating buying an EPIC or IKON pass and are joining us on an East Iowa Ski Club trip, you can help the club by buying your epic/Ikon passes through Marcie Hawks at  Then they can be counted toward the complimentary lift tickets OR offer each club member a discount off of the ground package, $40 for full epic or Ikon. Or they can keep track and then offer it back to the club as a full discount or sponsor a party if enough people sign up. 

It helps Marcie and and the prices are the same as if you bought online.

Corridor MPO bike ride - May 19, 9:30 AM

Meet at NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids, then we ride a little downtown, to Mt. Trashmore, then to Ely for Lunch, take a look at the new trail down to Solon (partially complete), and then back for an after party at Lion Bridge Brewery. The pace will be moderate and family friendly with almost all travel on trails.  Length: 25 miles.   BEST PART!!!  Cost: Free

Let’s make this a HUGE EISC turnout and maybe even wear some of our attire to promote the club and share the club information with all.

Here is the Facebook site for the organization and I will sent out more details from the Biking Forum when I gather them. and more details at

Let’s Get on our Bikes and Ride!!!!

EISC at Corridor MPO Bike Ride - more info



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.    Also, we will be announcing ski trip destinations for 2019.  Hope to see you there.  

Spring Picnic - more info 



Annual Cedar Falls/Waterloo Bike Ride – June 9th

It finally stopped snowing; let’s celebrate with a bike ride!!  Here is all the info:

  • Where to meet:  Gateway Park
  • Directions:  After getting into Waterloo, merge onto 218 N. toward Waterloo/Airport.  Go about 9.5 miles and then take IA-57 W. toward Cedar Falls/Uni-Dome.  Go about 1.5 miles and turn right onto Main St.  Go over the bridge; Gateway Park is on the right.
  • For GPS users:  Lincoln St. and Main St. in Cedar Falls
  • When:  9:30 AM
  • Campgrounds:  Black Hawk Park – first come, first serve,  George Wyth State Park – reservations accepted,  Big Woods Lake Campground – reservations accepted.  All 3 campgrounds are on the trail.


Our plan for this year’s ride is to ride from Single Speed to Single Speed!! That’s right - there is one in Cedar Falls and in Waterloo :) We will ride from Gateway Park in Cedar Falls to the historically renovated Wonder Bread building (now the Waterloo Single Speed), have lunch, drinks and enjoy the ambience of our surroundings.  Then we will make our way back to the Single Speed in CF and stop there to celebrate the end of a great day of biking with EISC friends.  Of course, you can always stop for dessert at Scratch Cupcakery or even do some shopping at the great little shops in downtown CF :o)  No need to sign up, but if you let us know you're coming, we'll be sure to wait for you!


Any questions or suggestions, you can call or email Jane and Wendall Sents

Thanks!!  Jane and Wendall  :o)

“Every time I see an adult on a bicycle I no longer despair for the future of the human race.”  ~ H.G. Wells

Cedar Falls Bike Ride - more info


Car Cruise July 8

Come join us on the EISC July Classic Car Cruise.  Date: Sunday, July 8th at noon, rain or shine.  Meeting place will be the Marion Walmart near the McDonalds.  We will be heading to a town named after an Indian princess and then will wind our way to a dead end for food and drinks.

‘Truss’ us, you will like it.       

David Meyer

Cedar Rapids Kernels’ Baseball Friday July 13 - Gates open at 5:30


Come out and cheer the Kernels’ on!

The game date is Friday, July 13 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.


You may sign up on Ski Club website or see me at the Spring Picnic on June 2nd. Deadline for sign up and payment is June 28th. We are 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. 


~Sue Goettel

CR Kernel's Baseball Game - more info


EISC Annual Golf Outing – July 28th


The annual EISC Golf Tournament will be held at Wildcat Golf Course in Shellsburg on the morning of Saturday, July 28th.    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.     This event is open to non-ski club members so feel free to invite friends and family!!   


Please register and pay through the club’s website.  (People not belonging to the ski club may also sign up and pay online.)   The deadline for registering and paying for the event is Friday, July 13th.   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 signup 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 exploring the mysteries of golf!!    And remember….."Golf balls are like eggs. They're white. They're sold by the dozen and you need to buy fresh ones each week."


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

Kathy Healy           Nancy Thorkildson          Sarah Wittnebel

Golf At Wildcat - more info

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