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March 2019 Newsletter

 | Published on 3/1/2019
For a complete and downloadable version of the newsletter: March Skiddoo 2019

President’s Message


Hello All EISC Members,

Back in 2018, when I was writing the January President’s message, I made mention of how little snow we traditionally have in December, and now we’re looking at near record snowfalls, thankfully we’ve had good conditions for cross country skiing and snow shoeing since.

We’ve had another nice turnout at the February meeting: 62 members, 2 new members and 5 guests.  I don’t know if this is due to our informative guest speakers or the people, but let’s keep this momentum going. If anyone wonders, we have 150 plus members.

The 40th Anniversary April Post Party is coming up in a few weeks, and in honor of the milestone, we’re hoping all current and past members will attend. The Board with the help of the Bolands has been working on contacting any and all past members we can track down. We’re hoping you will join us, see more details further in the Skiddoo. 

Good times and good friends


Brenda Garbe, EISC President



A Blast from the Past! 


Here is the featured front page of the March, 1984 Skiddoo.  Want to see more?  Click here: Newsletters



Member News:

Congratulations to retirees Pat Boland, after 44 years at Collins Aerospace and also to Mike Buckman, after 31 years at Collins Aerospace.



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.


Friday, February 15 Meeting- Recap


Another great turnout for the February meeting. We heard how great the Beaver Creek ski trip was – except for one ankle injury but hopefully it won’t slow Denny down from hitting the slopes again next year. Sign up for Post Party has  started on line.  And our list of summer activities continues to grow.


City Councilman Dale Todd was our guest speaker for the evening.  As President of the “Friends of Cedar Lake” Board, Todd spoke about the city’s plans to transform Cedar Lake from an eyesore to an urban recreational asset for kayaking, fishing and strolling through nature.  He also spoke about the growth of the Newbo area and how it has benefited all of our downtown businesses.   Through the generous donations of businesses already, and the group’s continued diligence at working to secure other funding through grants and other state agencies, these plans will become a reality.   A formal public fundraising effort will be launched this summer.   To find out more check out


Stay tuned as our Ski Club is looking at doing a fundraiser bike ride to help support this project too.

Friday, March 15 Meeting

We want to invite you to come to the March meeting, March, 15th at the Shores Event Center. Social hour begins at 7 as usual. A quick meeting with information from our last west trip from the trip chairs and others who may want to share their trip experience. We will also share about some of the summer activities and the upcoming Post Party.


Instead of a speaker we will do a group activity which will leave you wanting more. Bring your memory banks and look forward to a great evening of fun. See you on the 15th at Shores.

Beaver Creek Report/Photos

Thirty-two lucky EISC members converged on the Beaver Creek resort January 26. All travelers reported good travel conditions. Little did we know that we would experience temperatures at least 50 degrees warmer than those of you who stayed in Iowa and got to experience the Polar Vortex.

Our accommodations were 2 bed room/2 bath condos at the Borders. Each condo had a locker on the lower level for ski storage with direct access to the Elkhorn lift. Several learned on the first day that the “blue” return ski route was a bit difficult with a slope that hadn’t been groomed in several days with one stretch where the moguls seemed to be as big as Volkswagons. Later in the week the trail was groomed and the moguls disappeared. Another easier route was also found to return to the condos. Some skiers used the local shuttle service to go directly to the Village to access Centennial Lift. Free fresh hot chocolate chip cookies were served in that area every day at 3 PM. The outdoor hot tub was a popular place to relax after returning from skiing.


Two condo units that were right next to each other and at the end of a hallway became the units where we had our pizza meal and the pot-luck leftovers on the final night of our stay. Discussions about heading to Vail to ski for a day occurred but most agreed that the transportation time to and from would just reduce the amount of skiing that could happen at Beaver Creek.

Although the Beaver Creek area had been getting regular dumps of snow prior to our arrival, we didn’t get to experience skiing in any fresh measurable powder. Some areas had a bit of a dusting.

Everyone seemed to have a good time and enjoyed the trip.

-Kathy Takes and Ruth Van Tol: trip leaders


Beaver Creek Trip Survey Report: 

We received 26 surveys from the 32 people on the trip.  The surveys pointed out some areas where we can improve, but the over-all tone was extremely positive.  I went on the Mountain Host Tour the first day with 3 other EISC members.  The tour aids in learning or remembering the easiest way around the mountain.  The Host first led us into a trail through the woods to find some powder and show us the way to the Stone Creek Chutes.  It was a challenge & we really didn’t need to know this, but it was the start of what turned out to be one of the best Mountain Host Tours I have ever been on.  We covered the entire 3 mountain resort.  It was nearly a 4 hour tour with a hot chocolate break in the middle.  Our Mountain Hosts were having fun and that made it better.  This was my 3rd trip to Beaver Creek and it will always be one of my favorite ski resorts.

Thanks, Steve

Mt. Bachelor, Oregon – March 3-10

Muy Buenos Dias, Bachelor/Bend, Bound, Bodacious, Buddies!

In case your Cesium atomic clock just came online, we are prepping for takeoff and anxiously ready to experience the best “fun under the 
sun”.  Yes, we’re talking about the EISC Mount Bachelor/Bend trip extravaganza.

The vital information regarding our trip has been stuffed into the Group Document Summary and timely delivered to trip members via their email addresses.

Diane and myself are looking forward to sharing this unique travel opportunity with a great group of trip members. Perhaps it represents a format adoptable for the EISC going into the future.

As travel time grows nigh, please let us know of your questions or concerns. 

Diane Scholl & Chip Scholl     Learn more here:  Mt. Bachelor, Oregon


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.




Matsell Bridge Park             3/02/19                                                                                                  

Nature Area                          3/09/19

Wickiup Hill Park                  3/16/19

Jones Golf Course               3/23/19 


Contact-Gary Dalecky or Brian Keller    Learn more here:    X-Country Snowshoe schedule       



XC Ski Snowshoe day at Ellis 2/9/19


Thanks to Tim Gull for hosting the XC Ski Snowshoe day at Ellis Golf Course and Park.  The jagged ice on the course and cold made XC Skiing & Snowshoeing too difficult.  However, the boat house was warm.  The EISC group had a fun, relaxing Saturday afternoon with refreshments, snacks and desserts.  The harbor was quiet and frozen over – the river has a different, stark, but scenic look in the winter.  Tim has a great boat house / warming hut that supports the athletic lifestyle of the EISC members.  Thanks again, Tim. 


Post Party – Our 40th Anniversary - April 27

East Iowa Ski Club has a tradition of celebrating a Post Season Party every year and this one is our 40th year, officially established in May 1979.    Be a part of the tradition this year and plan to attend on Saturday April 27 at the Cedar Rapids Marriott.  Also spread the word to other fellow EISC alumni.   All are invited – member, non-members and guests. 


Thanks to the generosity of Rick Hurtado and the H and H Foundation, we have reserved the Cedar Rapids Marriott on Collins Rd NE. Social hour beginning at 5:00, dinner at 6:00, and a program at 7:00. Then music and dancing from 8:00 – 12:00 with the group Milk and Honey (  Reservations will be required for the dinner, but the program and dance are open to all. 


A block of rooms has been reserved for those who want to make a night of it. Just ask for the East Iowa Ski Club group. Dinner price is $39.00 per person. Entrée choices are Beef Medallions, Herb Roasted Chicken, Pork Loin, or Vegetarian.  Dessert is included, as well as one complimentary drink ticket for the social hour. 


Reservations, including your entrée choice, can be made on-line at the eastiowaskiclub website, or at the Friday March 15 meeting, or by mail to PO Box 843, Cedar Rapids, IA 52406-0843. There is no charge for program/dance only.  Dinner reservations must be made by April 13. Contact Marty Stimson at 319-389-4156 with questions.  

Learn more here:    Post Party details & registration


Kernels Baseball Game  -  June 14       Only $11

How about forgetting about our winter and think about enjoying a summer evening Kernels baseball game with a whole bunch of your ski club friends.    This year, we are going back to the club seating area underneath the awning.   You get your own assigned seat for the game and then you can chose your food or beverage of choice from any one of the many food and beverage stands.   Stay tuned for sign up details.  


Katy Trail Fall Bike Ride – Herman, Missouri,September 5-7  

Harbor Haus Hotel:                         $158 per person based on two people per room

Herman City Park Camping:          $99 per campsite

Cancellation Date:                           July 1st


Herman, Missouri is the destination for our fall, drive yourself, three night sight-seeing, touring, and bike ride trip.   Herman is a picture book village where 19th-century brick buildings hug the sidewalk

as they do in Germany.   It was voted Missouri’s most beautiful small town as well as being the birthplace of Missouri’s wine country.  So whether you enjoy, biking, shopping, touring the wineries, or just sitting back and relaxing for a long weekend along the banks of the Missouri River, come join us for a long weekend and stay in either Historic Harbor Haus B & B, or hook up with your friends for camping.    


The Katy Trail is just across the river from Herman so it’s easy to get to.  And at 250 miles long, it’s the longest “rails to trail” in the US extending from St Louis to Kansas City.   You can bike one or two days or just tour all the wineries.   And of course there are many good dining establishments around the area to also enjoy.   Hermann is an easy 4 Hour Drive directly south of Cedar Rapids mostly on four-lane highway.


There are just 10 hotel rooms and 9 campsites reserved and half of the hotel rooms are already booked. If you are interested, you need to get your reservation in to Dwayne soon.   The hotel room option is based on two people per room.  So try to find a roommate before signing up, or we will do our best to match you up with someone else going as long as we get an even number.   Or, you can reserve one of the 9 full hookup camp sites.   The park rules are one RV or two tents per campsite.  

 Dwayne Grote      


EISC Board of Directors Election Results

Well, the ballots have all been counted and the winners have all accepted their next assignments. 

Your 2019 Board members elected are Ruth Van Tol, David Meyer and Marty Stimson (re-elected).


Congratulations to the winners and look forward to helping them make a smooth transition to their new roles.  THANK YOU to the nominating committee of Larry Smith, and Jim & Sarah Wittnebel



Ruth Van Tol                                David Meyer                                   Marty Stimson




2018-19 Member Survey Results

Thank you to the 45 EISC members who completed the 2019 Member Survey Summary.  We had 30 surveys turned in at the January Soup and Chili Cook-off meeting and another 15 surveys completed on-line.  The surveys are important to the club as this is how we receive our direction for planning future ski trips and other activities the club would like to pursue.  The written comments are always interesting and gives us a better idea of what the members are thinking.  We tried to adjust the surveys this year to get a more accurate picture of what was driving the responses.  One of the messages was the survey was too long with too many questions - we can fix this issue.  Some of the other issues may be more of a challenge. 


We want to thank all of the members that signed up for consideration to lead a trip, event or activity.  Without our trip leader volunteers we would not be able to go on all of ski trips, bike rides or other activities that the club enjoys.  The survey responses and comments have been totaled, summarized and are being evaluated by the EISC board.  We received many suggestions for future ski trip destinations.  There was a great deal of interest in the non-ski events and activities – a lot of new ideas that sound like fun.  The 45 members who completed the surveys certainly have some strong opinions.  The many comments and suggestions have given the board material for discussion and will help shape our decisions.  We will need new trip leaders for all of the trips and events.  If you didn’t sign up and would like to put your name in as potential trip leader, please contact one of the board members and we will add you to the list.  Look for the 2019 Member Survey results report next month.


Thanks, Steve Cummings


Kim’s Korner – Forums


Every adult member of the ski club has a password to keep their information up to date.   You also have access to the Forums page once logged in, where you can post a message that will be sent to the club membership or a subset of the membership. 


There are 11 forums on the website, 7 of which are based upon an interest, 4 are a general forum to the membership. When you post to the Special Interests forums, only those members who opt-in to receive these messages, will receive them.  Use the Special Forums to post a spontaneous event related to the forum. For example, you hear that the Mayor’s bike ride is coming up this Saturday, and you want to let the biking members know about it, so post the message in the Bicycling forum.  Every member of that forum will receive your message in their email.  Perhaps you are going up to Sundown to ski this Thursday, post in the ski/ride forum. The cross county/snowshoe coordinators post any changes to the schedule using the 2 forums.


Special Interests:

  1. Cross country skiing – 47 members
  2. Downhill Skiing/Riding – 65 members
  3. Camping/Paddling – 67 members
  4. Bicycling – 72 members
  5. Spectator Sports - 67 members
  6. Snowshoeing – 48 members
  7. Social News – 115 members – Events, such as Marion by Moonlight, that are not planned by the club.

General forums:

1. Buy/Sell/Trade – for equipment that needs a new home.

2. Family News – post the latest announcement about an event you want all to know.

3. Breaking News – info that the general membership may find interesting.

4. Volunteer Requests – requests for help for an event or a member in need.


How do you know you are signed up for a forum?   Follow these instructions based upon using the following devices:


From a Laptop/desktop computer:

  • Go to
  • Click on Member Login in upper right hand corner.
  • At the upper right hand corner of the screen, click on the down arrow next to your name.
  • Choose Profile
  • Choose Interests (under Website on the right column)
  • Fill in the appropriate checkboxes and choose “Save”.


From a Cell phone or tablet:

  • Go to
  • Click on the Key symbol at the bottom of the screen to login
  • Click on the “Your Info” symbol at the bottom of the screen
  • Choose Profile
  • Choose Interests under the Website heading
  • Fill in the appropriate checkboxes and choose “Save”