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May 2019 Newsletter

 | Published on 5/1/2019
For a complete and downloadable version of the Newsletter:  May Skiddoo 2019

President’s Message


Hi All, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my year as President, engaging with current and new members; and now it’s time for another point of view, so it is my pleasure to pass the gavel to Teresa Smith as our new President.


Thank you, Larry Smith, for your work the past four years on the board, we’re going to miss you. Does this make Larry the First Husband?


Welcome to Ruth Van Tol and David Meyer to the board, I’m looking forward to working with them both. I think we’ll have a great group on the board, we always have some laughs and that’s a good thing.2019_05


Good times and good friends,

Brenda Garbe, Board Member



Well, Brenda, I think it’s “First Man”, First lady? Yeah, first man. He’s gonna love it!

As you may have heard, I have the honor of being your club president for the 2019-2020 season.

Your new board is excited for the coming year. We have many outings in the works. Watch the Skiddoo and the club website for the latest developments.

Please keep in mind that we need volunteers to make our many events happen. Keep an eye on the website and if there is an event that interests you, or if you have an idea for an event, contact me or any board member and we will get you pointed in the right direction.

I look forward to a fun-filled year, guiding the club into the next 40 years. This is going to be a great year!

Ready, Set, Go!

Teresa Smith, EISC President


A Blast from the Past! 


Here is the featured front page of the May 1983 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.


April Post Party- Recap 

WOW!!!  What a night. With some folks dressing in the 70’s and a LARGE turnout for both the dinner and others2019_05 attending the dance, it was a great evening.


Thanks again to Rick Hurtado and the H&H Foundation for contributing to the club to host the dinner and dance at the Cedar Rapids Marriott.  And also for bringing the band, Milk and Honey to play for us. Everyone had a great time listening and dancing to the music from yesteryear and today.


The evening began with a great social hour with those in attendance meeting and greeting those current to the club as well as the “Old Timers” who came back to helps us celebrate. The dinner was great with good food and more time to socialize.


Our 2018-2019 president, Brenda Garbe started the meeting with introductions to the current board and they provided a wrap up of all the activities since our last party. We really did all those things? Well, we just aren’t a ski club you know.


With time to spare between the meeting and the band starting, there was more socializing. And we had many more folks show up for the dance/meeting which made the crowd even larger.

It was great seeing all those who attended, and getting to speak with a few of the older members. This club was always a family.


Now on to 2019-2020 events and more fun as we begin our spring and summer activities and don’t forget, volunteer to help us make it a great club. We need all your help coordinating activities and events. Speak with a board member about how you can help out. And we will see you at the Spring Picnic, June 1st at Squaw Creek Meadowlark Pavillion. 



March of Dimes – March for Babies – Recap


The March of Dimes walk on Sunday, April 28th was a success.  Even though the day before consisted of rain, sleet and2019_05  snow, Sunday was sunny and clear.  It was a beautiful day for a walk. The 2.5 mile walk around the Collins Aerospace campus seemed to go by quickly. Even though I was the lone walker, I was proud of what we raised as a team. With online donations and the donation box at our Post Party, we raised $155. Thank you for all the donations to support the March of Dimes. 



MPO Bike Ride – Cedar Rapids/Marion – May 11

The Metropolitan Planning Organization and AARP holds an annual bike ride around different parts of the area each year. This year is no exception. This year the ride begins in the Newbo area and goes up to the top of Mt Trashmore. It will then head to Marion to see what trails are in that area. A free lunch is provided in Squaw Creek Park by local food trucks. Then it’s back to Newbo. Registration is limited to 200 so sign up early. Sign up is at the link -


It would be great if the club was well represented so if you do sign up, wear your bike jersey or some other EISC club attire.


Saturday, May 11, 2019, Signing is at 8:30 AM. Ride lasts until approximately 2:00 PM


Meeting place - Parking Lot at 12th Ave and 2nd St SE


So get out your bike shorts, dust off the spokes and oil up the sprockets and “Get on your bike and Ride”….


Teresa Smith


Summer Happenings!

Check out the fun stuff your board is working on for the summer months!2019_05 


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 wineries, 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.



Spring Picnic - Sat June 1st

2019_05 Everyone is welcome at Meadowlark Pavilion in Squaw Creek Park, Marion on Saturday June 1 for the annual Picnic and kick-off of summer events.  Games and conversation start at 2pm and we’ll eat around 6 pm. It’s a good day to get out that fun car and drive to the Park.  


Bring a meat to grill for supper if you like.  We will provide a grill, table settings, pop, and bottled water. There is electricity available for crock pots. Don’t forget your outdoor games, card games, and food items to share.


It’s a Beer Taste opportunity.  Bring a special Craft Beer to share with your friends – one that you’ve loved or wanted to try. We will also have some box wine available. 


Wear your favorite t-shirt from a great vacation or a tacky t-shirt for the fun of it. We’ll go over the summer events, play some games and have a picnic.  Watch for sign-ups for the summer events – such as Kernels baseball on Fri June 14, biking, and golfing. Hope to see you there.  


Annual Cedar Falls/Waterloo Bike Ride – June 8th

It finally stopped snowing; let’s celebrate with a bike ride!!  Here is all the info:2019_05 

Where to meet:  Gateway Park

Directions:  After getting into Waterloo, merge onto 218 N. toward Waterloo/Airport.  Go about 9.5 miles and then take IA-57 W. toward Cedar Falls/Uni-Dome.  Go about 1.5 miles and turn right onto Main St.  Go over the bridge; Gateway Park is on the right.

For GPS users:  Lincoln St. and Main St. in Cedar Falls

When:  9:30 AM

Campgrounds:  Black Hawk Park – first come, first serve,  George Wyth State Park – reservations accepted,  Big Woods Lake Campground – reservations accepted.  All 3 campgrounds are on the trail.


So, our plan for this year’s route is to wait and see what Mother Nature has planned for us! Only took us 5 years to figure this out :) We do know that we will eat at one of our past rides eating establishments - Single Speed (Waterloo), Peppers, Screaming Eagle, Mulligans, or Whiskey Road. We will start at Gateway Park in Cedar Falls and ride on one of the many scenic trails there are on the Cedar Valley Nature Trail to where we will have lunch, drinks and enjoy the ambience of our surroundings.  Then we will make our way back to the Single Speed in CF and celebrate the end of a great day of biking with EISC friends.  Of course, you can always stop for dessert at Scratch Cupcakery or even do some shopping at the great little shops in downtown CF :o)  No need to sign up, but if you let us know you're coming, we'll be sure to wait for you!


Any questions or suggestions, you can call or email Jane and Wendall Sents  


Thanks!!  Jane and Wendall  :o)

“You’re only one bike ride away from a good mood”  ~ Anonymous

Kernels Baseball Game  -  June 14  Only $12



2019_05 How 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.   


Mary Day       



Summer Car Rally - Save the date!!Saturday June 22nd

Plan to dust off and clean off your car for a fun cruise.   2019_05

Time and location details have yet to be determined.




2019 EISC Golf Outing - Save the date!!Saturday, July 27th


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


Please register and pay through the club’s website.  (People not belonging to the ski club may also sign up and pay online, but they will be charged a $2 convenience fee.)  As an alternative, you may pay by sending a check to the EISC PO Box #843, Cedar Rapids, IA  52406. The deadline for registering and paying for the event is Friday, July 12th.  You can organize your own teams, or sign up as an individual and we’ll pair you up with others.  We’ll have sign-up sheets at upcoming events for you to indicate who is on your team.  


Non golfers are welcome to come out, order off the grill menu and enjoy the tournament wrap up. So come on out and join in the fun exploring the mysteries of golf!!  And remember….."Golf balls are like eggs. They're white. They're sold by the dozen and you need to buy fresh ones each week."


If there are any questions, feel free to contact us!   Hope to see you at Wildcat!!


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 room2019_05  

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 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. The hotel rooms are already sold out.  Plenty of camping available. 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      


Kim’s Korner


As you know, we announce birthdays in the newsletter and during meetings and events. If you want your birthday to be recognized, or prefer it not be so, here is where you can change your birthdate values.



Start out by logging into the member side of the Ski Club website and click on the “Member Login” at the top of the  screen. Once logged in, click on your name at the top to see your dropdown box for your information

Next, in your Member Profile screen, click on Standard Member Directory.


2019_05 Once on the Standard Member Directory screen, you can change your month and day of birth. Once changed, click the “Save” button at the bottom of the screen. If you do not want your birthday to be recognized, wipe out the birthday box and click the “Save” button at the bottom of the screen. If your birthday is blank, this lets us know that you do not want your birthday recognized at events and in the newsletter.2019_05 



Season Ski Pass Purchase

We've noticed that many members purchase season ski passes, such as EPIC or IKON, to save money. 

You may be aware that we often work with a travel agent, Marcie Hawks of If you are contemplating buying an EPIC or IKON pass and are joining us on an East Iowa Ski Club trip, you can help the club by buying your epic/Ikon passes through Marcie Hawks at  Then they can be counted toward the complimentary lift tickets OR offer each club member a discount off of the ground package, $40 for full epic or Ikon. Or they can keep track and then offer it back to the club as a full discount or sponsor a party if enough people sign up. 

It helps Marcie and and the prices are the same as if you bought online.