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August 2018 Newsletter

 | Published on 7/31/2018
For a complete and downloadable version of this newsletter: August Skiddoo 2018

President’s Message

Hello All,

We’ve all signed the Club liability waver when we sign up as new or returning members. Most of us don’t think anything about it, but now we’re updating the verbiage. It’s a bit wordier but more encompassing.


The biggest change is that we’re going to require non-members to register/sign the same waiver, either electronically or manually as they participate in club activities. This change is being driven by our insurance provider (no surprise here) and the board hopes you will all support this change and assist us moving forward. Register your guests online or make sure they sign in before participation. If you have questions, we’ll be happy to explain or research.


On a more exciting note, next May 2019 is the 40th Birthday of the EISC incorporation. Your board is planning some pre-Bday events to commemorate the coming date, it’s not every club that makes it 40 years. One of the first items is an offering of a shirt/sweatshirt with a new commemorative logo. We hope you like the new shirts and process of ordering, see article following in newsletter. Everything is custom made for you, so decide carefully. Teresa Smith will be showing samples at the August Corn Roast and September Kick Off, then sales close after the Kick Off. If you have any issues with the ordering process, we’ll be available for assistance.


Good times and good friends.

-Brenda Garbe, 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.

Non-Members Welcome!!

Please join us for any summer/winter/spring and fall activity to enjoy a sample of EISC. Any outing that is not an overnight event, you would not have to be a member to participate


Corn Roast at Stimson’s - Sat Aug 4 - 2:00PM


This year the annual Corn Roast will be hosted by Marty and Janet Stimson in rural Center Point.  Get ready to have an afternoon/evening of festivities and feasting.   It’s also the first day to sign up for the winter trips so make sure you are there by 3:00 to get your name on the list.        


Activities start at 2:00 with fellowship and outdoor games.   So bring your favorite game – bean bag toss, bocce ball, etc.   We will also have guest guitar entertainment from Darryl Hokanson and Phil Thomas.  Marty will be cooking up smoked pork for sandwiches, and we will have Iowa fresh sweet corn.  So bring a dish to share, your favorite lawn chair, and a friend or two. This event is open to members and non-members.  We plan to eat about 6:00.    


We will provide the sweet corn along with plates, utensils, pop, beer, wine, and bottled water.  There will be no charge to our members and guests for the corn in honor of our 40th anniversary. There will be a bon-fire by the pond at dusk.  For those who like to camp you’re welcome to bring a camper or a tent and stay overnight.


Ski trip sales will begin that day.  3pm will be the beginning of on-site registration and web-site registrations will be allowed 2 days later to give a buffer for trip chairs to enter Corn Roast attendee registrations.  On-prem buddy assistance allowed.


Hope to see you there!!

Marty Stimson &  Janet  Stimson

Takes to the River Party - Aug 18

Once again we invite all of you to come enjoy a relaxing day with us on our farm!We’ll provide angus burgers and Jim’s famous onion rings for supper around 5:30-6.

You are welcome to meet at our placearound 1:00 pm if you wish to kayak from cascade down to the farm, or you can enjoy the beach, sand volleyball or have a relaxing float on tubes along the farm( about a 30-45min float)

Your other option is to bring a chair, your beverage of choice and sit in the shade of a giant oak tree!

Everyone is welcome to pitch a tent or park an RV.We’ll have a campfire going into the wee hours and those that stay can enjoy a good breakfast onSunday.

Look forward to see all of youSaturdayAugust 18th

Decorah Trout Run Trail Bike Ride - Oct 6 weekend


The EISC has decided to try the 11-mile loop around Decorah as our Fall bike ride. Besides the trail there is quite a bit of interest in visiting the new Toppling Goliath Brewery and Tasting room! The club has rented 10 rooms at the Super 8 motel and several members are planning on camping at the Pulpit Rock campground once again. More information will be coming and we still need a trip leader for this fall adventure. Please contact Marty or any of the board members if you are interested in leading this trip.

There's a reason it's called the "Trout Run Trail!" It runs next to the Decorah Trout Hatchery--the second largest trout hatchery in Iowa. The 11-mile loop crosses trout streams five times. The trail follows the Upper Iowa River for its first two miles. The Upper Iowa River is noted for kayaking, canoeing, tubing and--yes--trout fishing. Of course, you can stay on dry land and just enjoy the scenery!


As you travel the Trout Run Trail, you might have to remind yourself you're right next to the city of Decorah because of the secluded route the trail takes. But the city is close at hand--and so are restaurants, hotels, gift shops, bike shops--even several ice cream shops! One of the highlights of the Trout Run Trail is the Iowa DNR Trout Hatchery at Siewer Springs (pronounced "SEE-ver"). Feed the fish at the hatchery (it's just 25 cents for a handful of food!) Siewer Springs is also a great spot for picnics, family photos, trout fishing and bird watching.


While you’re on the trail look up! You’ll see the famous Decorah Eagle’s nest. Mom, Dad and eaglets live in this six-foot-wide nest weighing more than 750 pounds. A camcorder is set up to give a live feed via the internet. Check it out for yourself on the “eagle cam” at


And while much of the trail is flat, there are sharp switchbacks (tight curves) that weave you back and forth along beautiful Iowa countryside. There are a few slights climbs as Brenda can confirm.

Beaver Creek – Jan 26-Feb 2

Get ready for the snow to start falling and plan for a ski trip to Beaver Creek, Colorado. Twenty-six individuals will be able to go on this trip from January 26 thru February 2, 2019. Sign-ups will begin at 3 PM, August 4 at the Corn Roast at Janet and Marty Stimpson’s. See article elsewhere in the newsletter for directions to their home.

Flights will be on United Airlines from Cedar Rapids to Denver. Coach transportation of 3 hours will get us to our lodging at Borders Lodge where we will have 4 person occupancy in 2 bedroom, 2 bath condos. The condos have ski-in, ski-out access to the Elkhorn Lift.  Vail Resort/Beaver Creek Adult Lift passes are 5 of 6 days. An additional day can be purchased for $70 if ordered in advance.

Initial payment with sign-up on 8/4 must be paid by check. The web site on-line registration will open on Monday, August 6 at 9 AM. This will be done to prevent possible overbooking of the trip.

The costs and payment schedules are as follows:

                                           Total                   Sign Up               9/6                    10/19

Total Cost w/air & lift:          $1694                 $565                    $565                 $564

Without Air/with lift              $1354                 $452                    $452                 $450

With Air/without lift              $1214                 $405                    $405                 $404

Land Only                           $874                   $292                    $292                 $290  

Senior (65+) with lift:  Deduct $40 from last payment.

Cancellation date is October 20.

It is highly recommended that you purchase Travel Insurance. There are several companies out there that provide that service. suggests www.trippreserver. The web site has a list of FAQs that answer many common questions. Since many of us have pre-existing conditions, if you wish a waiver to cover that condition you MUST MAKE THE PURCHASE WITHIN 21 DAYS OF YOUR INITIAL PAYMENT FOR THE TRIP. For most of us that deadline will be 8/24/2018. Cost of the insurance is about 6% of the trip cost. Contact information for the carrier, Red Sky Insurance, is on the Trippreserver web site.

This will be a great trip!!

Kathy Takes  Ruth Van Tol

Mt. Bachelor, Oregon – March 3-10

The second major EISC West trip promises to be a truly unique experience!  Mt. Bachelor and Bend, OR will be a first time destination for only 20 fortunate EISC members, scheduled for March 3-10, 2019.  Trip leaders, Diane and Chip Scholl look forward to signing up those intrepid members wishing to secure their trip spot.  Sign up begins 3pm August 4th at the Corn Roast event to be held at Marty and Janet Stimson’s rural “enclave” in Center Point.  The anticipation of a first   day ‘SELL OUT’ is highly possible.   


For your initial encounter of Mt Bachelor, prepare to be stunned. This ski resort resides atop an alleged dormant volcano.  Contrary to popular belief, Mt Bachelor is not some hokey reality TV show hosted by Ryan Seacrest!   It is indeed an ecological, geological and vulcanologist holy grail, this also includes those that have “lived long and prospered”.  Everything that is unique to Mt Bachelor in it’s ecology and geology contribute to making it a very special destination for Alpine and Nordic activities.


The subtle sophistication and diversification that characterizes Bend, Oregon will eminently serve as our hub for all types of activities.  Known as the “Outdoor Playground of the West”, Bend is famous for both outside pursuits and pristine beauty. The historical downtown mixes Cosmo Cool with hometown friendliness.  A key feature in town, is the Deschutes River, which by the way, is where our lodging venue, the Riverhouse on the Deschutes is situated.  Bend’s circulatory system is comprised of it’s laudable Brewers, Distillers, Fermenters, Cider-ers and Whiners!  Suffice it to say, you don’t have enough fingers and toes to account for all of them.  The Bend Ale Trail and a toast at the Deschutes Brewery Bend Public House will be an anticipated après ski experience. Besides libations, there exists an amazing “Foodie Scene”, uniquely presented Arts and Culture, numerous local natural resources and of course, great shopping for those who prefer the local retail indulgence!


From Bend, we can springboard to many attractions and activities.  The attraction with high scores is most certainly Mt. Bachelor.  First in class for Alpine and Nordic amenities, make it so few ski areas can compare.  Additionally, Mt. Bachelor is the gateway to other activities including, dog sledding, snow shoeing, snow tubing and activities with US Forest Service naturalists.  The uniqueness of Mt. Bachelor has been playfully exploited by the ski area owners.  The alpine runs are designed to compliment the natural half-pipelines emanating from the volcanic summit, these then flow from all 360 degrees of the 9000 foot summit and cascade down the mountain providing a variety of skiing terrain.  The Nordic Center supports Nordic skiing and snowshoeing are well represented at Mt. Bachelor. With over 56 km of daily groomed Nordic trails and a base elevation of 6300 feet, you will find cruising through forests and meadows absolutely breath-taking.  The Nordic Center offers two snowshoe specific single track trails, a gentle terrain 1.4 km loop and a 7.3 km loop, both will provide awesome viewing of the surrounding vistas.


Mt. Bachelor Vital Stats

     Skiable Area: 4320 acres/Vertical Drop: 3366 feet

     460+ inches of snow annually

     Top Elevation: 9065 feet, Base: 5700 feet

     15% Beginner/Easy, 25% Intermediate, 35% Advanced, 25%
                               Wished Ibrought my rosary!


Our accommodations are compliments of the Riverhouse on the Deschutes River.  Located in the northern portion of Bend, on the Deschutes River.  The rooms are set up for double occupancy, with either two queen or one king size bed.  All rooms have a Keurig coffee maker, microwave, refrigerator, Wi-Fi and iron/ironing board (right on!).  As guests, we will enjoy 20% off spa services through the new Drift Spa, a complimentary daily hot breakfast, an one hour welcome reception, featuring local wines, craft beers and appetizers.  There are also indoor and outdoor heated pools and hot tubs, plus fitness center.  As a special note, there will be complimentary transportation to and from Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort daily for our group.  There will be two outbound pickup opportunities from Riverhouse on the Deschutes River in the morning at 8:00AM and 10:00 AM and there will be two Mt Bachelor slopeside pickup times for returning home in the afternoon at 2:00PM and 4:00PM. You can take advantage of the complimentary slopeside ski storage at Mt. Bachelor. Gravity Sports at Mt Bachelor, in the Mountain Gateway building at West Village, is a full service Gold Medal Shop that can handle retail sales, equipment demos, bootfitting and  tuning or repair services.  Ski and board rentals are available in the Mountain Gateway building and to a lesser extent at the Sunrise Lodge.


What does it cost for all this magnificence you ask-here’s the scoop.


Total Cost          Amt due/Sign-up     Amt due 09/16/18     Amt due 10/20/18

Cost w/air & lift         $1609.00           $537.00                    $537.00                    $535.00      

Cost w/air &w/o lift   $1334.00           $445.00                    $445.00                    $444.00


Special note to the above pricing.

     Senior w/lift (65+) subtract $50.00 from last payment

     Senior w/lift (70+) subtract $100.00 from last payment

There have also been questions regarding whether single occupancy is an option.  The understanding at present is, that as long as there are available rooms, a single occupancy will be an additional $500.00.  We may not be able to accommodate multiple requests, but we will certainly try. If interested, you can contact either Diane or Chip to give us a heads up as to your preference.

We encourage trip participants to seriously consider trip insurance appropriate to their relative needs.

The final date in which to cancel your trip without penalty will be 11/16/2018.


This trip description by no means covers the complete breath of what we will encounter.  It is “bait” and we are presenting it to you so that we can hook you into coming along!


So the next time someone comes up to you and asks, “where you gonna’ go when the volcano blows?”- you may have first-hand knowledge to answer their question.


We’ll be skiing you,

Diane and Chip Scholl


Speakers and presenters wanted

We are looking for people to speak or present at some of our meetings to help keep us informed and knowledgeable of what is happening, etc. These would be for the months of October, November, February and March. Please contact Teresa Smith, if you know of someone or a group who you think would be great for the club to hear.



**Reminder:  Starting Friday, October 19, the new EISC meeting location will be Shores Event Center, 700 16th St NE L100, in the lower level.

EISC Cedar Trail Ride – Pics/Report.  


Around 15 to 20 EISC members and friends were on the Cedar Valley Nature Trail on a perfect Saturday for a bicycle ride from Hiawatha to Center Point and back.  The sunshine, temperature & light breeze made for the perfect day for a ride.  It was fun catching up with old friends and visiting with new members to the club.  People were surprising themselves at how easy the ride went on the paved trail with short rest stops at Lafayette both going out and coming back.  The food, refreshments & service were great at the Sag Wagon North in Center Point.  A special thanks to Marty Stimson for taking a break from his farm work to come in and save us some tables for lunch.  Coming into town I noticed that most of our members headed straight for the bar and failed to stop & appreciate the historical significance of the restored train depot and log cabin at the Center Point trail head.  Probably just needed a reason to come back enjoy the trail again.  Thanks to all who joined us for a perfect day for a bike ride on the Cedar Valley Nature Trail.  We will look at the calendar and try set up another ride in August.   

Thanks, Steve Cummings


Car Cruise – Pics/Report

Sunday was a beautiful day for the twenty eight people that gathered for the car cruise with all kinds of interesting vehicles. Our first stop was to Anamosa, named after a Native American princess, to see the new massive Grant Wood statue of American Gothic.   After a short stop at the statue we headed to Wapsipinicon State park and cruised through the park including driving thru the creek spillway.  Our final destination was to Sutliff Bridge and Baxa’s Bar and Grill for food and refreshments.

Cedar Rapids Kernels’ Baseball Friday - Pics/Report

Forty-five ski club members, family and friends attended the Kernels Game on 
FridayJuly 13th.  The game was delayed by a short thunderstorm which cooled off the 90 degree day to a more comfortable temperature.  All enjoyed food and drink in covered area till the game started.  The Kernels went on win the game 4-2 over Fort Wayne Tincaps. 

- Sue Goettel

EISC Annual Golf Outing - Pics/Report

Thirty two golfers enjoyed a round at Wildcat Golf Course in Shellsburg on July 28th for the annual golf outing.  We had fantastic weather and Wildcat provided a nice meal following the tournament. 

The flag events went to Megan Andresen for women’s long drive, to Matt Turnis for men’s long drive, to Stuart Seiler for longest putt, and to Ann Robinson for closest to pin.

With eight teams playing, prizes were awarded to three groups.   The team getting the most for their money (with the highest number of strokes) was Roger VanZee, Ange Miller, Kim Betts and Kathy Takes with an 81.   Their official score card refers to them as “The three Lovelies and Roger”.   This year’s winners were the team of Jim and Sarah Wittnebel and Bob and Nancy Thorkildson who shot two under par, for 68.  The team of Brenda Garbe, Julie Quebe, Connie Caviness and John Caviness came in second with a score of 70.

We had a nice mix of EISC members, relatives, and friends of members playing this year.   And we had a very special participant, Jeanne Demeulenaere, a previous EISC member who was here visiting from her current home in the Seattle area.   Everyone seems to enjoy the morning tee time, so we have tentatively booked next year’s event to again be at Wildcat starting at 9:00am on Saturday, July 27, 2019.  Thanks to everyone for coming out to chase the little white ball around the course and enjoy a beautiful day outdoors….having fun…..because that’s what we do!    

Kathy Healy, Nancy Thorkildson and Sarah Wittnebel

Club Paddle Day – Pics/Report

Fourteen folks met at Wapsipinicon State Park on Sunday, July 29 to kayak. The conditions were perfect. No blazing hot sun. No heavy stifling humidity. No bugs.  Water level not too low that portaging was necessary and not too fast to be difficult to manage. It was just a “cruisin’ down the river” beautiful day. The blue sky had big billowy clouds for occasional cloudiness. Several sections had limestone bluffs for picturesque views. We saw a beaver, several herons, eagles and lots of other birds. We found a sand bar for a lunch break. We spent about 4 hours total on the river doing 9 miles. Big thanks to Ange for arranging this trip!

A Little about Our 40th Anniversary Logo

If you haven’t heard, a new logo has been created in celebration of the Club’s 40th Anniversary! You heard that right; the East Iowa Ski Club was established back in 1979. What a great accomplishment! To be a club that, for 40 years, has encouraged people to get outside, to socialize and mostly to have fun.


Below are the 2 versions you will be seeing of the new logo.  This design incorporates a lot of what the club does; The paddle = Time on the water, The ski pole & mountain = Skiing, Hiking and Camping, The gear of a bike = Cycling. Lastly for the 40th Anniversary we have the year the club was established.


The art on the left will be used when the logo is able to be larger. For example on the front of the new apparel it will be 11 x 7 inches. Due to potential loss of detail if this shrunk down it will not be used when less space is available. Instead we have the art on the right which will be used for smaller items. For example, the polo shirts left chest imprint, it will be 3.5 x 3 inches. The simplified design will still clearly state who we are and has the same theme as the main logo.


Announcing:  40th Anniversary EISC Apparel

Our 40th Anniversary season is upon us and new this year comes a chance to purchase 40th Anniversary EISC Apparel. Orders will be taken through an Online Store beginning Saturday, August 4th at 8 a.m. CST through Saturday, September 22nd at 8 p.m. CST. Limited samples will be available to view at August (Corn Roast) and September (Kickoff) meetings.

These are the 6 options that will be available with assorted color options.

Purchase your 40th anniversary clothing here

Short Sleeve T-Shirt:

This sueded cotton/poly blend (60/40) unisex crew tee has amazing softness. You really have to feel it to appreciate it.



This unisex sweatshirt is long-lasting and built for comfort. It is 65/35 combed cotton/poly fleece.

Polo shirts for men and women:

A subtle Pixelated pattern gives this snag resistant, moisture-wicking polo a look that’s sophisticated enough for the office or the weekend. Created for modern comfort and performance; 100% polyester, 1 button and loop closure on the women’s shirt and 3 button placket for the men.

Long Sleeve shirts:

The women’s long sleeve shirt is soft and flowy and has a relaxed, dropped shoulder fit. Along with a curved hem with elongated side vents and slightly dropped back hem. It is a 70/30 poly/rayon blend. The men’s/unisex long sleeve shirt has a traditional fit and a removable tag for comfort. Dark Heather Gray is a 50/50 blend, the rest of the colors are 100% cotton.


An email will be sent out August 4th, the day of the store’s opening with a link to the online store. 

Production begins once the store closes on September 22nd. For this reason, no late orders will be accepted after the store's end date. There will be NO RETURNS or EXCHANGES since these items are custom made. The apparel will be delivered and ready for distribution at the October 19th monthly meeting.

Kims Korner:  Real-ID

Everyone, drop everything and check your driver’s license RIGHT NOW.   Do you have a gold star in the upper right hand corner?  If not, you had better read this article! 


On October 1st, 2020, if you are using your drivers license to fly an airline, you MUST have the Real-ID gold star on your driver’s license.  You otherwise will need a second form of ID such as a passport. 


So, how do you get that gold star?  When you renew your DL, you will need to take other papers with you to prove who you are.  You cannot do this online or at a kiosk, it has to be at person at the DMV. 


What papers do I need?  It does vary if you have been divorced/had a name change and other life circumstances.  The link to the rules are at the IowaDOT website page:  or call 515-244-8725 to listen to a recorded message explaining the documents needed.  The web page gives you a customizable list of documents you will need.


Here is a synopsis of what they need proof of:  proof of name, date of birth, social security number, residential address in Iowa.   I took my marriage license & divorce decree, my name change petition, a bill with my address, my social security card with my current name and my married name, my passport, and let them sort it out.   They only used a couple of items, but my items proved my name in the ways it was over time.  I didn’t want to have to go home and dig for documents. 

Take time to get your Real-ID and save yourself some grief at the airport!


Kim Betts – Webmaster