Caberfae Ski Club News



THE NOMINEES ARE … The Nominating Committee is excited to submit a list of four candidates running for two open seats in the upcoming election for board of directors of the Caberfae Ski Club.  Please take a moment to read about each candidate.  There are posters in the club as well. When you see these candidates around the clubhouse, please thank them for offering to serve the club. 


Hey (that’s Hi in Yooper and Wisconsinese). I’m Pat Bourassa and I am running for your board.  For the few members I haven’t met, I am a Cadillac native who has returned to the motherland after the longest Lake Michigan circle tour ever.  In my much younger years, I was a member of the Cadillac Ski Team when gates were bamboo and courses were composed of knee deep blue ice corners.  I did graduate from high school in 1974 and went south to WMU where I managed to get a degree in Math and Computer Science. (Yes, there were computers in the 70’s).


After graduating from college, I made the turn around the south side of the lake and spent 4 ½ years in the Chicago area gaining valuable computer programming experience. But I loathed the crowds and traffic so I headed north along the west shore to Green Bay for a 30 year stay with a gas and electric utility.  I spent those years working on technology implementations, culminating in a position to direct the construction of new technology facilities and the management of all corporate buildings.


Before I retired and returned home to Cadillac, I submitted my application to the club so that I would be able to be part of a unique setting with great people.  It is a privilege to be a member and I hope my background will prove helpful on the board.  I love the tradition and heritage of the club and believe managed growth along with a long term operational plan is needed to hand down this rare venue to future skiers. So, if you can handle a diehard Packer fan representing you, I would be honored to serve on your board.


My name is Shane Demek and I am asking for your vote so I can continue my service on the Board of Directors for the Caberfae Ski Club.  I’ve been on the board for the last 4 years, serving as Vice President and now currently as President, and have honestly really enjoyed every minute of it.  In my 4 years I have yet to miss a board meeting and have taken on the responsibilities of organizing the bartending schedule as well as re-writing the club bylaws.  I have been coming to the ski club my entire life and it has been really cool being able to give back and contribute to something that has meant so much to me.  If you vote for me, I promise to continue to dedicate myself to the club, and listen to and address whatever concerns anyone may have.  Thanks so much, and if you have any questions, you can find me by the bar some Friday and most Saturday nights! (I prefer Bud Light, but I’ll drink pretty much anything.)


I’m Cathy Maher, and I’d like to represent you on the Caberfae Ski Club board.  My husband Michael and I have been club members for almost 10 years.  In those years, we have made the best friends of our lives—so much so, that when I retired from teaching a year and a half ago, we sold our house in suburban Detroit and made Cadillac our permanent home. Weekends at the ski club were the backbone of our social calendar for years, and now I get to add weekday skiing and Wednesday night race league too!


I have the deepest respect for the history and traditions of the ski club.  I’m envious when our friends share happy childhood memories made at the club.  I believe that the best way to honor these traditions is to responsibly maintain the facility so that future generations will have a place to build their own memories.  I’m pleased with the schedule of yearly projects, such as fireplaces, painting, and carpet upgrades.  As a board member I’d like to see this continue.  I think it’s very important that these projects are part of a careful, long-term plan.  As good stewards of the dues money paid by members, we need to budget for maintenance, improvements, and emergencies. And always, we need to keep in mind what the membership really wants.


Caberfae Ski Club exists to serve its members.  Parents with young children, ski team families, local residents, downstate weekenders, and midweek skiers all use the club in different ways. It’s this mix of people and activity that keeps our club vibrant. The club should be responsive to the needs and wants of all these groups.  I think the current board is doing a great job of planning a variety of events, and I’d like to help the club continue to serve all its members.


I’m pleased with recent use of technology at the club, such as email elections (vote for me!) and credit card payments.  I hope that we will continue to investigate ways technology can improve the management of the club and communication with members.  I feel that in addition to attending board meetings, a board member should be in the club often and be present at most club events.  He or she should also be available to help with and oversee special projects. As a local resident and retiree, I have the time, ability, and desire to serve in this way.  I hope I can count on your support in the upcoming election.  Thanks for your consideration, and see you on the slopes!


Hi, I’m Lauren Rule and I’ve been a Caberfae skier for most of my life. Originally from the Detroit area, I spent my childhood winter weekends at the club getting to know and admire this community. CSC even played a role in connecting me with my husband, Sam Hogg, a lifelong member who I somehow managed to avoid (he claims ignore) until college. We are now living at Caberfae, something I never could have predicted 10 years ago, and are enjoying every bit of it. I practice dentistry in Cadillac and help the CHS ski team during the week. On the weekends you’ll find me on south peak, by the fire in the Stag’s Head Lounge or trying to keep up with our retired friends in the village.


I would love the opportunity to give back to this wonderful organization. If elected, I would be dedicated to preserving traditions that maintain the nostalgic atmosphere we are all so fond of. I would also listen to you, the membership, for concerns and ideas relating to the evolution of the club. Whether your favorite activities are skiing, racing, dining, lounging or spending time with family and friends, I promise to be your advocate as these are the things that bring us together. Thank you for your consideration!



Each week an e-Newsletter is sent to the membership. Below is an archive of the newsletters.


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