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April 2019 Newsletter

 | Published on 4/1/2019
For a complete and downloadable version of this newsletter: April Skiddoo 2019  

President’s Message


Hello All EISC Members,


Hope you’re all enjoying the fine Spring weather we’re enjoying; it sure changed fast since the group returned from Mt. Bachelor. I was on that trip, a great place to ski, I don’t know how many times I heard people say they would love to come back and enjoy the place in the summer too.


The club will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary at the Post Party April 27th. We have a unique opportunity to enjoy the hospitality at the Marriott Hotel and a LIVE band due to the generosity of the H & H foundation. This community foundation was formed by long time member Rick Hurtado in memory of club member Marilyn Hayes who passed away2019_04 in 2006. Rick is wishing to promote the ski club (his extended family) to the public and just give back to the club for all the years of friendship he has experienced.


Can you believe the East Iowa Ski Club has been active for 40 years? That’s pretty good for an all-volunteer sports/social/ski club! I think a lot of clubs would have faded away, dwindling - as fewer people participate or volunteer to help. Please step forward to help organize outings/recruit and keep the club going strong. 

I hope to see many of you at the 40th Anniversary Party.


Good times and good friends,

Brenda Garbe, EISC President


A Blast from the Past! 


Here is the featured front page of the April 1986 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 at 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, March 15 Meeting- Recap 

What basketball player was known as “The Big O”? What year did EISC not host a ‘Post Party’?


Wow, what a crowd and what an exciting meeting!  We had a large group of folks stop in for the March meeting and boy did they get a lot for their money, so to say. Starting the evening off with the usual social hour and from what I could see, people had a great time


During the general meeting, we got to hear from the trip chairs about the last BIG west trip to Bend, OR. It sounded like they had such a great time checking out all the food establishments, the breweries and they even did some skiing. We also heard a little about the Club Survey we all took in January. It sounds like the board is already checking out some great destinations for next year and as always, they will be fun spots.


We wrapped up the meeting with some EISC Trivia Pursuit. We separated the group into 4 teams and we then asked questions about the 40 year history of the club, some Cedar Rapids history and also some questions from the original Trivia Pursuit game. The 2 questions above were some of the questions. All in all, we had a great time with the game and you just never know, it may come back so start honing up on all the Club history, some Cedar Rapids History and also your Trivia Pursuit questions.

We will see you all in April at the Post Party so make sure you get your reservation in2019_04_03 and join us at the Cedar Rapids Marriott for some fun, food and music. And don’t forget it is 70’s theme so get your old bell bottoms and leisure suits out of the moth balls and get ready to have a great time.

Oh, the answers to the questions above will be found later in this newsletter. Read on…


Larry Smith




Mt. Bachelor, Oregon – Report/Photos


Here’s to those that experienced Bend/Mt. Bachelor and those that wished they would have!


The inaugural EISC Bend/Mt Bachelor trip, could be described as “a coat of many colors”.

A diverse set of travelers (skier, non-skier), once in a century snowfall amounts, fistfuls of tantalizing recreational options, the “Bachelor” that beats to its own drum, an “Epically Iconic” crowd, a burgeoning epicenter for crafted beer and spirits, dizzying epicurean choices, recently renovated lodging property, notable community-wide customer service effort and great flight connections - all contributed to provide a most memorable experience.


The trip success was in large part, due to our member’s collective travel experiences and the cooperative spirit we all shared.  Perhaps future trips will be configured so as to accommodate the evolving diversification of the membership.


Thank you to the EISC trip planning body and our members who chose to “come along for a great ride”!




Diane and Chip


Post Party – Our 40th Anniversary - April 27

2019_04_0It’s our EISC 40th Anniversary Celebration!!!!  
East Iowa Ski Club has a tradition of celebrating a Post Season Party every year but this one is our “40th year Anniversary”, 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 – members, non-members, past 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. 


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 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 with questions.


March of  Dimes - March for Babies - April 28

Sunday, April 28
th, is the March of Dimes walk in Cedar Rapids.  We have our awesome Post Party the night before, but what a great way to start your Sunday! A short 2.5 mile walk around the Collins Aerospace campus, enjoying some fresh air,2019_04_0 reliving the night before and supporting the March of Dimes.  Registration can be online or the morning of the walk.

Where:  Collins Aerospace campus

Where:  F Ave NE & Collins Rd NE

When:   Sign up at 8am

               Walk at 9 am


Since we are walking as a team, please have your outer layer be a tee shirt or sweatshirt of one of our new EISC logos, or another favorite ski-themed outer layer.  What a great way to advertise our club too!



Click on TEAMS

(scroll down) Click on OR, JOIN AN EXISTING TEAM

In the Search By box, type East Iowa Ski Club and click on the magnifying glass.

We should be one of the top results found.  Diane Anderson is listed as the Team Captain.

Click to JOIN the team and to donate, or click DONATE to make your donation.  From there – follow the prompts.


If you would rather not join online, you may register in the morning.

You can donate without walking, but what fun is that?  Come on out and join other EISC friends to share in the fun.  Diane will see you at the starting line - holding a ski pole in the air!


Diane Anderson

Summer Happenings!

Check out the fun stuff your board is working on for the summer months!2019_04_0 


We have many activities already planned; June 1st is the Spring Picnic, June 8th is the Bike Ride in Cedar Falls (pray for low river levels), June 14th will be the Kernel’s Baseball Game, July 27th is the Golf Outing at Wildcat golf course, August 10th is Takes to the River, and August 24th will be the Corn Roast.


In addition to these, we are working on a schedule of bike rides that could be evenings and/or on the weekends. These will be short rides, 25 miles or less, with a beverage stop or two along the way.

There’s been talk of visits to our local winery’s, and of course the annual Car Rally, along with more kayaking and camping opportunities.


Remember, if you are headed out for an adventure; be sure to include your friends. Post it to the forum on and/or the club’s Facebook page. There are always people looking for things to do and people to do them with.


We are sure you have some great ideas for summer fun. We would love to team up with you to make it happen. And, as always, the board alone cannot make this all happen; we need volunteers. If you are interested, please contact a member of the board.


Kernels Baseball Game  -  June 14  Only $12

2019_03_05_Kernels_logo_249879718.pngHow about we forget 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 also choose your food or beverage of choice from any one of the many food and beverage stands.   And don’t forget to bring your Kernel’s mug for refill discounts.   You don’t need to be an EISC member to attend this event.  Sign up now on line at   Or at the Spring Picnic.    For questions, or if you are willing to chair this event, contact Marty Stimson.





2019 EISC Golf Outing -SAVE the DATE!!  Saturday, July 27th


2017The annual EISC Golf Tournament will be held at Wildcat Golf Course in Shellsburg on the morning of Saturday, July  27th.    This four person, best shot game will start at 9:00am and the cost will be $47 for 18 holes of golf, cart and a meal following.  We’ll have a sign-up sheet at Post Party and the spring picnic.  This event is open to non-ski club members so feel free to invite friends and family!!    


There will be more details in upcoming newsletters. Hope you can join us for a fun outing!!   Meanwhile, feel free to call one of us if there are any questions.  


Kathy Healy           Nancy Thorkildson            Sarah Wittnebel



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

You must be a current EISC member to go on this trip


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 campsites.   The park rules are one RV or two tents per campsite.  

 Dwayne Grote     


2018-19 Member Survey Results

Thank you to the 45 members who took time to complete the survey and who are helping to guide the clubs’ direction2019_04 into the future.  The EISC 2019 Survey gave us a good view into the minds of the members.  


On the Major West Trip, the results are clear – 75% of the member respondents are planning on going on at least one trip.  The most important factors for them are ski in/ski out lodging; availability of non-ski activities and high quality lodging.  A huge margin prefer condos to a hotel.  The 3 bedroom with a kitchen option is the most popular, but we are finding the bedding configuration on the 3 bedroom rarely matches our member’s demands, so we have to revert to the 2 bedroom condos.  


We found that most members expect to pay around $1500 per trip.  We use that as a goal, but with rising prices we are not always able to hit it.  The main reason the member respondents no longer go on the trips is physical limitations.  The comments are where we get the best insight.  Some of the common themes on the West trip were:  lodging needs a good hot tub/Jacuzzi, need low cost west trips, too many questions on survey, new places to travel are more important to me than the terrain.  There were many other good comments that the board reviewed.


The board was considering cutting back on the Midwest Trips.  We have been having trouble finding trip leaders and filling a bus to make the trips cost effective.  However, we found nearly as many member respondents support Midwest trips.  We did find there is interest in “drive yourself” trips to resorts like Sundown and Chestnut Mountain and we had great success driving to Devil’s Head/Cascade Mountain this past January.  Continuing the ski day over the holiday break at Sundown was about 60%, so we will continue it.  For ski trips over 3 hours away the group says they would like to ride a bus.  The expected cost range was from $200 to $500, depending on the distance and location.  Some of the common themes on the Midwest trip were:  Cost of lodging too much for Midwest trips/too much hassle with bus trips / Need good options for non-skiers and snowshoeing opportunities.


The Off Season (Non-ski) Trip/Activities proved to be the most favored option with 96% of the member respondents planning to participate.  The one day activities followed by the weekend trips were the most popular.  Most left the expected cost blank, since there would be too many variables to even guess.  There were some great new suggestions for activities.  The most prevalent suggestion was bicycle trips – one day or longer.  Kayak/canoe trips were next followed by micro-brew and wine tours, then baseball games and numerous tour suggestions.  The board has been reviewing these and are working up some plans for this summer.


We want to thank everyone that signed up to be considered as a Trip Leader or Co-leader volunteer.  The great volunteer trip leaders are the reason we are able to make the EISC trips work.  There is a trip form book and leader training that makes the process easier than it looks.  There is trip leader compensation that varies based on the number of people on the trip.  However, the real reward is the satisfaction you feel from helping others whenever you volunteer. 


Almost 80% of the respondents have used the EISC Club Express Website. The most popular on-line features are the ability to pay by credit card, renew membership and ability to access club or trip news.  The customer satisfaction comments on the website were mixed: trouble paying on-line, website clunky - hard to use, can be useful with Skiddoos, great website, not comfortable with it, privacy concerns, don't remember how to use it, gaining experience navigating and exploring what potential with the site, not an IT or corporate-minded person, good site and convenient to pay for trips.


We had some interesting additional comments from obviously thoughtful members  that we should include:  need to devote time to shop around for lodging, you can't rely on the travel agent, 3 or 4 bed condos is what the club prefers so they can socialize/stay with friends, get back to the symposiums as this is extremely worthwhile, club Facebook presence could use some help, the page should have more content, change the name of the club - Ski Club doesn't really capture all that the club is or does. East Iowa Outdoor Enthusiasts seems to fit better. 


Although we won’t agree with all of the suggestions – the comments do give us something to think about. 




Thanks, Steve Cummings


Answers to the Trivia questions (from March meeting recap)

What basketball player was known as “The Big O”? No, it wasn’t our own Jeff Owens but Oscar Robertson.


What year did EISC not host a ‘Post Party’? Based off of all the history newsletters that Kim Betts loaded it was determined that in 1983 the club did not hold a Post Party.


Kim’s Korner


As part of the celebration of the East Iowa Ski Club 40th anniversary, I have gone through 40 years of Skiddoos to find out all the ski trips we have taken.   In addition, I have documented all the board members throughout the years along with the trip chairs.  It took me 3 days of hand typing this info in to produce this webpage, but it will be there for posterity.   To view this information, choose the "About" tab in our website and "History":  History of the club