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February 2019 Newsletter

 | Published on 2/1/2019
For a complete and downloadable version of this newsletter: February Skiddoo 2019

Vice-president’s Message

EISC Members – we sure had a great time at the January Soup and Chili Cook-off meeting at Squaw Creek Park on Saturday, 1/19.  There was sledding, X-C skiing, snow shoeing and some great food.  Thanks to all those who entered in the contests and especially those who brought the desserts.  The new lodge is great and we did manage to finish the keg of Boulevard Wheat.   It was a lot of fun visiting with everyone and the meeting even went pretty well.  Since I helped run the meeting, Brenda thought it was only fair that I fill in for her on the president’s article this month.  Brenda is still in sunny Arizona this month enjoying the Paradise Valley scenic desert living, golf courses, swimming pools and warm weather.  We need to point out – sure there were 2 big snow storms and a few sub-zero days, but we had a great time on the Baraboo ski trip and at the January Soup and Chili Cook-off!  Okay, she is the club president for a reason.


By the time this comes out we will have 32 EISC members at the Beaver Creek resort in Colorado.  Beaver Creek is one of my favorite ski areas.  It is the home of the American Downhill – the Birds of Prey run.  The Beaver Creek Village is really something and has been described as a Bavarian Village with escalators.  There are 3 groomed mountains at Beaver Creek and the level of service is amazing.  It is the high end of Vail Resorts Epic Pass collection and the club is fortunate to be able to enjoy it for a week.  A special thanks to Ruth Van Tol and Kathy Takes, Trip Leaders for what is sure to be a great time for the EISC members lucky enough to go on this one!


We had a great crowd at the January meeting and hope we can keep it up for the February 15th meeting back at the Shores Event Center.  There is going to be a speaker from the Friends of Cedar Lake group there.  There are some great plans for the lake and trail – this sounds like something being done with the ski club in mind.  The February meeting is the club’s annual election meeting.  You know and have read about the 5 outstanding candidates running for only 3 positions.  We want to thank our nominating committee and the 5 candidates for running.  This is one election where you really can’t go wrong – any of these members will be great additions to the board. 


Be sure to welcome Brenda back to Iowa at the meeting.  She was only down south a month so she probably hasn’t lost her accent yet and please don’t mention her tan or if she seems unusually cold in the Iowa weather.  Welcome back president Brenda!


Thanks, Steve



A Blast from the Past! 


Here is the featured front page of the February, 1981 Skiddoo: 


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. 


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


January Meeting - Photos


Winter weather did not prevail for this year’s event on Jan 19 at the Red Cedar Lodge, Squaw Creek Park.  The snow cover was plentiful, the temps were cold, and the sun came out too.   Sledding, tubing, cross-country skiing and snow shoeing were enjoyed.  The Soup and Chili cookoff event brought out over 85 EISC’ers.   We welcomed new members Phil Barns & family, Keli Hagen, Cathy Dick and Gregory Zambeck.    


And the crock pots rolled in – a record 26 entries!!!  And many side dishes too.  Winning entry for Chili was a first place tie between Darryl Hokanson & Mark Balodis.  Second place went to Becky Fenelon, and third to Jeff Owen.   For Soups – first place to Sandra Cummings, second place to Denny & Cathy Bossard, and third place to Ann Robinson.  


THANKS go to Kay Hess (assisted by Brad Hess) for handling the contest and the record number of entries wonderfully.    And THANKS to those who came early to set up tables, and those who stayed later to help with clean-up. 


2019/2020 Trip Survey update


Thank you to all who completed the 2019/2020 Trip Survey at the Soup and Chili Cook-off meeting and online using the EISC website.  The survey was a little more difficult to complete this year and is giving us some great information.  The online survey will be open until Feb 2nd so we won’t have the totals until next month.  There are a few early indicators that surprised me.  It looks like the majority of the respondents want to keep the Midwest ski trips and prefer paying more to ride the bus over driving themselves – however the range of how long they could ride the bus varied.  We have been having trouble filling the buses and finding trip leaders for the Midwest trips, so we weren’t sure the members wanted to continue with these trips.  Please remember, the more people that ride the bus, the less expensive the trips.  Not many people answered either “what should the trip cost” question, but I am not sure what that means.  The favorite west resorts suggestions are fun to read – I tend to agree with most all of the choices.  And a big thank you to all of those who signed up to be considered for leading a trip in the future.  Without our great trip leaders the club wouldn’t be able to experience going to these fantastic locations and enjoying the mountains, the scenery and the best skiing in the world.  Thanks again to all those who completed the surveys and the board will be using the results to guide the club’s future trips and decisions.    


Steve Cummings, VP & Trip Coordinator 

Indian Creek Nature Center Event


If you don’t already know it, we have a great outdoor and indoor center close to Cedar Rapids that is magnificent. It is an educational center for children and an event center that sponsors some exciting events for outdoor enthusiasts. There is 1 more event coming up at the center that is very close to some of the fun and exciting activities we do within the club.


Paddle Days


Saturday, February 23rd is the second event. This is a morning of great information for those that enjoy paddling the great waterways of Iowa. You will learn some great information from some very knowledgeable persons who wander through the state and splash their way down a stream, creek or river. Look forward to a variety of breakout sessions, vendor tables, a raffle and door prizes, meeting other local paddlers, and refreshments. The cost for this event is $20 as an ICNC member or $25 if not. More details can be found at :


Again, EISC has the great opportunity to sponsor a table for this event and you would get in free if you help volunteer to man the table. Your job would be to talk with people about the club and gather some information from them. We then take that information to send them more details about the club to attract them for membership. If you are interested in helping at this event, please speak with Larry Smith or Marty or Janet Stimson for more details.


Friday, February 15 Meeting

The next EISC monthly meeting is February 15.  We return to the Shores Event Center, 700 16th St NE.  Doors open at 7:00. This is the month to vote for new board members, so review the candidate’s info in the newsletter. Voting will be open from 7:00-9:00.  We will have a speaker from the Friends of Cedar Lake group to give us updates and info on that project in Cedar Rapids. Hope to see you at the meeting.  

Sundown Cancelled

Hello from Chris, with news about the EISC Sundown trip. On 
December 27th there was a forecast for warm temperatures and rain throughout the day. It turns out Sundown closed that day. The date is very attractive in that it’s a weekday holiday for lots of us and they offer a lower price lift/rental that early; but the chance of bad weather can increase.

We tried for a later date on Saturday, but were unable to provide a ticket at the same price due to weekend rates being higher. 

After I heard from a few people who cancelled due to the date being in conflict I discussed with the board about cancelling the trip. It was not certain I'd have enough for the discount and would need to collect more to make it go since it was cancelled. 

Instead, for the rest of the season, we will try the forums to see when people are heading to Sundown (similar to XC).  You can sign up for that forum and get the emails for it.

It's been working well for XC.   A refund will be sent out or issued at the club meeting.

Thanks for signing up this year and good luck next year!

-Chris Kalmar

Cascade/Devil’s Head Ski Trip, Recap/Photos

For those of you that missed the meeting,   I wanted to share the poem –  


This outing was the first one we had without a bus,

Driving yourself and car-pooling was a must.

26 people drove up to the Cascade Mountain top,

Skis and clothes were loaded and we moved non-stop.

Arrived at the hotel anywhere from 5 to 8.

Then time for wine and cheese at the meeting place.

Afterwards a little more beverage and Karaoke at thev  hotel bar,

We drank and sang along with locals, good thing thev  rooms weren’t far.

Saturday morning left early to hit the slopes by 9.

Cascade Mountain top was our first stop in line.


Some skied, some tubed and snowboarding too,

Afterwards to the bar for some food and brew.

Sunday morning on with the snow pants, gloves and a sweater,

Off to Devil’s Head where the skiing was much better.

If you missed out maybe you should ask yourself why,

Cause we sure enjoyed our trip to the big “W” “I”.

Shout out to Diane Anderson for her connections at

Cascade Mountain and to all for the great time.

As always it was full of fun and excitement and

  That ain’t no line (o:


Respectfully submitted,

Sandra Cummings / Trip Chair & Poet

Mt. Bachelor, Oregon – March 3-10

Greetings Mt Bachelor/Bend Bound Buddies,

Are you ready for a “Bend minding” experience?  We most certainly are looking forward to this exclusive opportunity.  The Pacific North West has experienced quite a run of snow producing weather systems through January.

As a reminder, our journey is slated to begin 
03/03/2019 and return 03/10/2019.

The January Skiddoo article remains as a more complete reference for the trip details.

A recent development in the trip organization plans now include a Mt Bachelor trip member meeting to be held on 
FridayFebruary 8, 6PM, at La Cantina on Edgewood Road.  Trip members are responsible for their own food and drink expenses.

This personalized get together will allow our respectably, diverse group, an opportunity to discuss what it is that would be fun and worthwhile to pursue while in the Bend area.

This in turn will allow for the possibility of setting up customized tours that our group can enjoy.  We will be dependent on others for transportation, so this requires us to be coordinated as a group. Other matters, such as equipment rental, can be addressed.

If you are unable to attend the personalized meeting 
February 8th, we will look forward to seeing you at the next monthly member meeting on February 15th, at The Shores Center.

Well, here’s to what “Ales” you, Mt Bachelor/Bend beckons and we are ready!

We’ll ski you soon,

Diane Scholl, Chip Scholl


EISC X-Country/Snowshoe Schedule 2018-2019

Join us Saturdays at 1:00 PM when there is enough snow to enjoy nature. Dates in red are when a downhill 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 and set up a spontaneous ski/snowshoe day. There are 34 members in the Snowshoe forum and 37 in the X-Country ski forum.


FEBRUARY:                                                               MARCH:


Jones Golf Course               2/02/19                      Matsell Bridge Park          3/02/19                                                                                                   

Ellis Golf Course *see below* 2/09/19                       McBride Nature Area           3/09/19

Morgan Creek Park             2/16/19                       Wickiup Hill Park                  3/16/19

Squaw Creek Park               2/23/19                       Jones Golf Course               3/23/19 

* Feb 9
Ski the beautiful gently rolling hills of Ellis Park and end the day relaxing at Tim Gull’s Ellis Harbor Boathouse, 2:00 P.M. if we’re skiing, and if there is no snow that day, plan on 1:00. Hot toddies and soup provided, bring a light snack. The Boat House is located near the harbor end (west) on the peninsula side, look for the Christmas decorations.


Contact-Gary Dalecky or Brian Keller

Post Party – Our 40th Anniversary - April 27

Mark your calendar for Saturday April 27 at the Mariott Hotel on Collins Road.  To celebrate this year’s big event you don’t have to be a member to come and enjoy a full evening of dinner and dancing to the group Milk and Honey.   We’ve sent letters out to many former members, so spread the word just in case we may have missed anyone.   EVERYONE (including a guest) is invited.  


Through a most generous donation from the H and H Foundation established by Rick Hurtado, we are able to host this year’s party at the Marriott Hotel on Collins Road. Rick established the Marilyn Hayes and Rick Hurtado H and H Foundation in 2008 in memory of Marilyn, a past ski club member. 


A final meal price has yet to be set for your choice of beef medallions, pork loin, herb crusted chicken or vegetarian.   So reserve the date and stay tuned for more information.  

We are looking for volunteers to help with decorating, greeters, and submitting photos from the past for the program.  Contact a board member if you would like to assist.


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. This would be for the month of March. Please contact Teresa Smith, or if you know of someone or a group who you think would be great for the club to hear.


EISC Board of Directors Election 


Wow, it seems like just last month we elected officers for the club and here we are again, time for another election.  We are told there are 3 positions to fill for 2019. With the help of Jim and Sarah Wittnebel and myself, we spoke with several members and found 5 candidates who are anxious to support our club as a board member. Elections will be held at the February 15 meeting. The candidates are below.

Larry Smith


Brian Keller

I am Brian Keller and am running for the board this year.  I have been a ski club member for 31 enjoyable years.  I really enjoy the club’s various activities and friendly members and would like to help keep it going. In addition to downhill and cross-country skiing, I enjoy outdoor activities like canoeing/kayaking, rafting, camping, and biking.   I have been trip chair for many local, West, and international trips over the years along with hosting the corn roast for 13 years.  I feel it is important for the club to continue to offer these good priced ski trips and continue to expand the non-skiing events throughout the year. 

I have been a board member in the past.  Please consider voting for me to become a board member.



David Meyer

My father was a pilot in the USAF so we moved quite a few times as I grew up.  I learned to ski while we lived outside of Boston. After college I took a position at Rockwell Collins and soon met Joanie who also worked there.  We raised two sons who also both ski, one of which is an avid skier.  I heard about the ski club from Bob Thorkildson who I used to work with.  We are glad to have joined the EISC with the many new friends we have met and the great trips we have been able to attend.  I'm looking forward to helping the club.



Chip Scholl

I have been a proponent of experiencing outdoor recreation all my life. 

As grandparents, Diane and I promote giving the gift of a recreational activity, rather than toys. My early experiences of winter alpine activities occurred at Ski Pal, the fairways of golf courses and city parks.

In the mid-70’s, fortune was shown and I experienced being a part of Frank Anthes’, Marion and Ski and Recreation.  This association allowed for EISC membership. Those of us involved with Marion Ski, participated in leading recreational trips with a variety of participants. That decade of association provided unparalleled and instilling experiences.  More recent, I was seasonally involved with Sundown Mountain.

It is great to continually participate and introduce newcomers to all things outdoor recreational.  Being part of the leadership that can provide these experiences is a very exciting proposition.  Remember, vote for Pedro, oops, Chip

Marty Stimson


I am running for re-election to the 2019 EISC board.  Janet introduced me to the club in 1989 when we were first married, and I have been a member ever since.  Wow! – I guess that will be 30 years.   And a great 30 years it has been with all the good friends we have met and fun trips we have taken.   I have been on the board for several terms through those years and am happy to run again to “give back” what I can - to continue to make the East Iowa Ski Club as great as it can be.  


I strongly believe our club roots remain with skiing, but in these last couple of years with having to give up skiing for myself, I also feel while we continue to focus on good value ski trips, we also need to continue to strengthen our focus on summer and non-skiing activities and trips as our full year calendar reflects.  And with all my varied interests in a lot of things, I believe I can continue to help with that.   And we also need to strengthen our membership by doing all we can to attract new members as well as retain our current members.   We now have a much nicer meeting place that will help but I believe too we need to maintain a whole club focus on attracting new members of all interests.

Ruth Van Tol

I am a relative late comer to the sport of skiing. I didn’t ski for the first time until I had been out of college for several years. I found that I liked the activity as well as the friends I made and the places I was able to go.

For the past 30+ years I have been a member of 3 different ski clubs: Traverski in Rochester, MN; Mississippi Valley Ski Club in the Quad Cities and now the East Iowa Ski Club. Being a member of a ski club has provided opportunities to meet like-minded people who love to travel, enjoy the outdoors, like to experience new places, tip a few brews, have fun and often travel for reasonable costs. Over the years I have had the opportunity to travel to Europe multiple times as well as Japan and Chili/Peru with other ski clubs.

Since being a member of EISC I have run a number of trips. I have enjoyed that experience and recognize that the board does a lot of the “behind the scenes” work of picking the events, dates, locations, finding other members to run the events, obtaining bids or estimates when needed and signing contracts. I believe I have some knowledge and skills from past experiences that would make me a good member to be on the board.

I would appreciate your vote if you believe I will be able to represent you on the board.