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September 2018 Newsletter

 | Published on 10/15/2018
For a complete and downloadable version of this newsletter: September Skidoo 2018 

President’s Message

  Hello All,

What were you doing in early 1979 when the East Iowa Ski Club was established? I was just starting out in my work career and had only skied once. I finally tried Sundown in Dubuque and caught the bug. Keystone resort in CO. with friends was my first big ski mountain. I was very lucky when I found out about the EISC, it opened a whole big skiing world for me, and I bet many of you too.


Some of our current members were around in 1979 and ushered the EISC into existence by serving on the board or as trip chairs. I’d like to share some of their thoughts and memories along the way in the newsletter and if you have some stories/photos to share let me know.


If you haven’t ordered a 40th Anniversary logo shirt or sweatshirt, remember we’ll have samples at the September meeting and then just one week to place your order. The shirts feature our new logo emphasizing the 40th anniversary. We hope you like them and if you have any questions just ask. 


This month we kick off the ski season at the Pinicon Ridge park, Horseshoe Falls Lodge, can’t wait to see you all.

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.


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.


Large logo                                                      Logo for smaller sized uses


Don’t Forget:  40th Anniversary EISC Apparel

(Store Closes September 22!)


  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:


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.


Sweatshirt: 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.


In the beginning (of EISC)…

In the beginning of the EISC history, 1979, the meetings were held at the CSPS hall and already they were looking to move. The reason that they were looking for another (larger) place to hold meetings was two-fold.


1. We had previously held the Iowa Ski Club meetings at the CSPS hall (the Legion Arts Event and Cultural Center on 3rd Street and 11th Ave. SE) and the crowds were LARGE! I remember the LONG, steep staircase to get to the 2nd floor.  We used the two side rooms (the bar and the area for tables) for socializing and drinking and we used the auditorium (with the stage) for the formal meeting. CSPS decided to convert the auditorium to a practice area for their gymnastics group and added exercise equipment, mats, and uneven bars. This cut down the area for the club to use.


2. Our membership at the time was almost 300, the fire code on the two smaller rooms was 125, therefore the reason for looking for another place. What we found and where the next season (1980) meetings were held, I can't remember. I do know that the first meeting (after the kickoff) for the 1983 season was held in October at the Knights of Columbus hall on A avenue NE.


Before the split, we used to get a lot of people from Des Moines, especially those that liked to P A R T Y !!!

After the split, not too many came over from Des Moines. They stayed with the Iowa Ski Club Central. We did get several people in-between, like Bill Bonewitz and some of the Waterloo people. Some even maintained dual membership.  Of course, anyone East of CR came to the EISC gatherings.”

By Gordon Bowman


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.



Fall Kickoff  -  September 15  -  3 pm

Pinicon Ridge, Horseshoe Falls Lodge 

Come out and enjoy a nice afternoon in Pinicon Ridge Park at the Horseshoe Falls Lodge in Central City.  Just a short drive up Highway 13 from Marion.   Our fall kickoff is when the busy small summer starts to slow and we begin to think about our winter season ski club activities.   Come and catch up with all your ski club friends and see what’s on this year’s winter calendar.  Or if you’re new to the club, come join us and see what we are all about. The park is just outside of Central City off Highway 13.  Watch for the EISC signs that will direct you to the Horseshoe Falls Lodge. 


Bring a side to share. We will have brat burgers grilled on site along with buns and condiments, beer, pop and wine. It’s the first meeting of the 2018- 2019 ski season so come and check out all our winter trips and activities. Cost is $5.00 for guests. Membership dues are $30 for singles and $60 for households. The lodge will be open at 2pm, with brat burgers grilled about 5pm. Donations for the brats will be accepted.


It’s supposed to be a secret – but a bunch of folks are camping at Pinicon Ridge before the Kickoff.  The sites are first come first serve so come on down for some camping fun and maybe a little kayak/canoe paddling.   Kim will be arriving the Thursday night before.  


Corn Roast at Stimson’s – recap/photos


  It was a warm, but pleasant day for the Corn Roast at Marty and Janet Stimson’s place.   We welcomed the sun hidden by the clouds and a good breeze to make it feel cooler.  About 130 people came to enjoy fun, food, and friends.    The ski trip sign-up frenzy was handled well by our trip chairs.    Marty cooked up some great smoked pork and there was abundant delicious food provided by all.   

And the sweet corn was fabulous - provided this year by Jim Landherr & his brother Ron.    The “corn crew” went to work husking and then cooking the corn.   Thanks to Jim Landherr, Dwayne Grote, Tina Gull, Bev Brown, Brian Keller and all who helped out.    

Also, many thanks to the Cedar River Wailers – Darryl Hokanson and Phil Thomas – who entertained us into the evening.    Many people help make a great event. 

Thanks to all who attended and enjoyed the day.     Especially to our special guests (& former EISC members) who traveled from afar - - Carolyn Kirby from Kansas City, and Jeanne DeMeulenaere and Pam Korn (with her dad Almond of So Dakota) both from the Seattle area.      

Marty and Janet Stimson  


Takes to the River Party – photos



Decorah Trout Run Trail Bike Ride - Oct 6 weekend


   $59 per person hotel double occupancy


A great place to go for a 2 day, one night stay in picturesque Decorah. Drive up Saturday morning and enjoy the 11 mile Trout Run Bike Trail along with everything else Decorah has to offer. Your lodging options are the Super 8 hotel (810 Highway 9 East in Decorah), or, camping at Pulpit Rock. So get ahold of Dwayne Grote for your hotel reservations or Kim Betts, if you plan to camp. This time of year will put us in the heart of some of Iowa’s best fall color views in the whole state. Plus there’s a lot to take in if you just want to wander the shopping district, enjoy the local parks, or relax in one of the best rated micro-breweries in the country – Toppling Goliath.


There's a reason it's called the "Trout Run Bike 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 as it 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, and 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 the beautiful Iowa countryside. There are a few slight climbs as Brenda can confirm.


Saturday morning meeting plans: For biking, meet at the Super 8 motel before 10:00 so everyone can head out right at 10:00 from the hotel. But take note that hotel check in is 3:00 pm so you can check in when you return from riding. At the end of your day, meet everyone at the new Toppling Goliath Brewery about 4 miles east of downtown off Highway 9 - 1600 Prosperity Rd.


Payment can be made to EISC, PO Box 843, Cedar Rapids, IA 52406, or on the website. If camping, the fees are paid to the campground.


Dwayne Grote or Kim Betts for camping



Pulpit Rock Camping Option Information (for Decorah Bike Ride)

Individual sites that may be reserved:  #119, #120, #138, #139, #140, #159, #160, #239, #240  (Note, site 120 has already been reserved by a club member)

The remaining sites are first come, first served.  Those of us taking time off or retired are going up early on Wednesday or Thursday evening to do some exploring and to secure a non-reservable spot.  Those who are coming up Friday, it is suggested you reserve a spot, unless you are tent camping, which there is a large area on the south east side as a group and you can double up on sites (up to 3 tents per site).  Site 120 has been reserved by a club member already. 


This map show the "Pulpit Rock" side with reservable units locations.  Note that the green camp spots are for tents, so I suggest we camp on the south side in the area of sites 120 & 121.  


You may reserve and pay for more than one site by having all additional party’s information available at the time of your call and placing it on your credit card.  2 night minimum for weekends.  Phone reservations require a Visa/MasterCard credit card.

When calling them, if you are connected to voice mail, please leave a message including name and phone number and whether you are seeking a trailer/RV site or tent site.  They will return messages in the order received.  Sites may be reserved by calling (563) 382-9551 or stopping by on the day of the first night’s stay.  


You may reserve and pay for more than one site by having all additional party’s information available at the time of your call and placing it on your credit card.  2 night minimum for weekends.  Phone reservations require a Visa/MasterCard credit card.

When calling them, if you are connected to voice mail, please leave a message including name and phone number and whether you are seeking a trailer/RV site or tent site.  They will return messages in the order received.  Sites may be reserved by calling (563) 382-9551 or stopping by on the day of the first night’s stay.  

Camping Rates: 

Back-in Sites  Trailers/Motorhomes 

30 amp sites $22/night, 50 amp sites $24/night

Pull-thru Sites  Trailers/Motorhomes (1 or 2 trailers)

30 amp sites $30 weekdays $40 weekends & holidays

50 amp sites $32 weekdays $42 weekends & holidays

Additional (over 2) trailers $22 each/night or tents $15 each/night

Tents w/o electric


Tents w/electric

$18 first tent/night

$15 additional tent/night on same site


Senior Citizen (65+)Discount for Trailers/Motorhomes

$2/night (excludes FridaySaturday and holidays)



56 back-in sites, 19 pull-though sites, 37 tent sites

Electrical hook-ups (30 and 50 amp)

Restroom and shower facilities,

Dump station and water station, ice and wood sales

Playground equipment, basketball court, volleyball net


Canoe landing, Twin Springs Trout Stream, easy access to Trout Run Trail


Selected Rules:

Checkout time is 1:00 PM. 

Tents may be added to certain occupied sites.  They will be charged a daily tent fee and a sticker added to the card.

A rain fly or dining canopy may be added to sites without charge.  There is a maximum combination of three (3) tents and canopies in total at any single site.

Park accordingly if you wish to use rugs.  Give yourself room to keep them off the grass.  Keep your wheels on the gravel pad.

All sites will have a grill and picnic table provided.  No charcoal grills on the tables please.


Rules for Tent Camping:

For stays longer than 4 days you need to move your tent every 4 days to avoid damage to the grass.

Tents may be added to an occupied site.  They will be charged a daily fee.  Tent stickers will be added to the site card to ID additional tents.

A rain fly or dining canopy may be added to sites without charge.  There is a maximum combination of three (3) tents and canopies in total at any single site.  (Note: If you sleep in it, it’s a tent and you will be charged.)

Electrical sites will have a corresponding numbered outlet at the electric box.  Use your site numbered outlet only.


Beaver Creek – Jan 26-Feb 2

  Sales were brisk at the Corn Roast for the 32 spots for the Beaver Creek ski trip.

(It was incorrectly advertised as a 26 spot trip in the previous newsletter.) There is currently one spot available for this trip. We would highly suggest that anyone who is interested and hasn’t signed up yet to snag that last spot. We are also establishing a waiting list. Lots of things can happen in the next 5 months that could affect those who are signed up. The cancellation date is Saturday, October 20. For those of you making monthly payments the next payment is due at the season Kickoff event, September 15, or sending a check to the club PO Box by that date or on-line with a credit card payment.

There are 9 individuals planning to fly. In order to get the group rate we were quoted we need to have a minimum of 10 people flying. I know a couple of individuals were uncertain of their transportation status with sign up. If you are willing to change your status to someone who flies out, please let 1 of the trip chairs know. A nearly 13 hour road trip for most requires a hotel night in western Nebraska which adds additional costs and time being gone.

I received a FaceBook post the week of August 12 that opening date for Beaver Creek was less than 100 days away! That was a “wow” moment when I read that and it was 92 degrees outside here! The hundred days will put them at Thanksgiving weekend for an opening date. Hopefully by the time we arrive much of the average 323 inches of snow has fallen on the 1825 acres of terrain so we have great skiing conditions.

Additional facts and information can be found on the club’s web site.


Kathy Takes  Ruth Van Tol

Mt. Bachelor, Oregon – March 3-10

  Greetings fellow Mount Bachelor trip mates.  As a result of our first day ‘Sell Out’ during the 
August 4th Corn Roast sales, the participant count has been increased to 24, from 20.  This means four more adventurous souls can experience this truly unique destination!  To secure your reservation, the down payment is required immediately and your membership must be current.


Another important matter relates to travel insurance and it’s relevance to our trip.  Insurance of some kind is strongly recommended in the event of last minute cancelations due to illness or injury prior to travel.  In such cases, the participant will be subject to full penalty that insurance will generally otherwise cover with reimbursement for potential losses.   The other important reason to consider insurance is to cover possible injury during the trip which can otherwise be very costly and unfortunate.   Just ask Bob or Chip!

If you would like to have more information about insurance coverage, the policy details are attached below.  For additional questions AND/OR to purchase this coverage, please contact SKI.COM directly by email  to or call 1-844-897-1404 extension 7899 to speak with Dianna, Kristen or Genie.  You will need to identify yourself as an EISC Member and advise which trip you plan to take along with the price you are paying.  Payment will be expected by credit or debit card only (no checks or cash) and you will need to advise them of your full name, date of birth, and contact information (email, phone, etc.)    The cost for this coverage is currently 6 %  of your trip cost.   For example, if you are paying $1609 for the full package, your insurance cost will be $96.54.   PLEASE NOTE, insurance pricing is scheduled to increase over the next 30days, so it’s advised to purchase the coverage as soon as possible for best cost.  


The second installment payment will be due at the Kick Off meeting held at Pinicon Ridge on Saturday, September 15.  Diane and Chip will be attending an out of town family wedding that weekend and will not be present at the meeting.  However , the ever engaging and unabashed duet of Sandra and Steve Cummings will be on hand to administrate the trip payments and provide information. Remember to speak very slowly and make eye contact while speaking to Steve, or rather just direct all your important questions to Sandra 


Mt. Bachelor Package Price

   Full Package with 5-day lift: $1609.00   537.00(08/04), 537.00(09/15), 535.00(10/20)

   Full Package without lift:      $1334.00   445.00                445.00               444.00

Participants who are 65-69 years of age as of 3/3/2019 can deduct $50 from your final payment AND if 70+ by 3/3/2019, you may deduct $100 off you final payment!


Full Package cost includes: round trip airfare from Cedar Rapids,  7 nights lodging double occupancy, 5 days lift ticket, complimentary hot breakfast daily, twice daily shuttle service to and from Mt Bachelor,  wine and cheese party with local representatives upon arrival, and more…TBA!!!  


We’ll be skiing you,
Diane & 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.