Celebrating over 75 Years of Skiing and Lifelong Friendships

January 24, 2017      Vol. X, #11


Clubhouse Grill opens with breakfast at 9:30 a.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.


The Ticketing Elf is “in the house” Friday from 9:45 a.m. to 11:45, then Saturday and Sunday from 8:45 a.m. to 11:45.


Inside this Issue:










1. THE CLUB POTLUCK REALLY HIT THE SPOT for over 40 members last Thursday evening with plenty of good food, good fellowship and good dancing.  Club DJ Glenn Stout found some oldies but goodies that keep the fire burning in the Stag’s Head Lounge late into the evening.  Two members even celebrated their 90th birthday.  They sent the under 50 crowd home early so they could get a good night’s sleep as they needed to go to work the next day.  Thank you Bonnie and Glenn, for hosting this event.


DJ Glenn surprised patrons in the Stag’s Head Lounge during Saturday evening’s social hours with impromptu music to keep the party hopping.  Give a Caberfae Ski Club Shout Out to Bonnie Stout, Jacqueline Winquist, Linda Barrett for keeping the liquid courage flowing and Glenn Stout for the tunes.  What a great place to be!



2.  THERE’S SOMETHING FISHY.  The Friday Night Fish Fry has been a tradition at the club for many years.  Be part of the first Fry of the season this Friday evening, six o’clock sharp, in the Clubhouse Grill.  Adults $11, kids under 12, $6.  If you’ve got a finicky eater, don’t worry.  Sue is happy to whip up something from the lunch menu.  You just may need to be patient … like waiting in a lift line at 2 o’clock on a sunny, 28 degree day, in the middle of Christmas week.  Now, if you’re actually expecting fish at the Fish Fry you would be well advised to RSVP to DinnerReservations@CaberfaeSkiClub.org or sign up on the bulletin boards.  If you don’t, be prepared to be sent to the end of the line where, by the time you get to the head of the line, there may not be any fish to be found.  Again, don’t worry.  Sue may offer you a delicious peanut butter and jelly sandwich to go with your cocktail.



3.  RAVE IN THE ROUND ROOM.  A preteen dance party will bust-a-move on Saturday evening starting at 6:30 in the Round Room. But if you think just anybody you can go, you’re wrong!  This is a “kid’s only” event.  Mom and Dad are sooo not invited, nor allowed!  Just sayin!  Club DJ Glenn Stout will play the kind of music that kids today think is hip and cool (what do they know?)   Parental units are relegated to the Stag’s Head Lounge where there will be proper adult supervision to make sure they don’t get into too much trouble.  The rave in the Round Room will be shut down at 8 p.m.



4. WADDY’S NO BAD NEWS REPORT – January 24, 2017 early evening

(Note to me from Waddy)  Pat!  So sorry!  I’m half drunk in a pub at Copper Mountain at a family reunion.  You’ll not squeeze anything out of me tonight… My apologies…

(I told him I wouldn’t throw him under a groomer for his indiscretion … just print his excuse.)




The following weekend, February 4th is Family Day where all the stops are pulled.  There will be kid’s races, hayrides, a big ole bonfire out by the propane tank, and a Family Dinner.  Mark that down, February 4th and plan to attend.



6.  VIEW FROM THE FIRE TOWER.  From time to time we hope to bring you some of the rich history of our club and the ski area.  My first memories of skiing at Caberfae date back to the late 1950’s when a fire tower sat at the top of #1, keeping watch over the skiers and surrounding forest.  Since the fire tower witnessed everything that happened in those early days, I thought that was a good title of this column.


Reprinted with permission from the Cadillac News

January 24, 1967 - Another step toward formation of a profit corporation to operate Caberfae Ski Area was approved when the plan was presented to the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors. Caberfae, Inc. and members of the chamber board reached an agreement on arrangements to establish the corporation. For many years, half of the directors of Caberfae Inc. had been named by the ski club and half by the chamber board. The new plan would change the operation from a non-profit corporation, and stock would be sold. The new corporation would acquire the assets of the former non-profit corporation. Under the arrangement, the Chamber of Commerce and Cadillac Ski Club both would be given stock in the new corporation in return for release of any interest they might have in the former plan.


So before you begin tearing apart your grandparent’s attic and floating some not-so-subtle hints to your parents about your inheritance.  Club Secretary-Treasurer, Norma asked Pete Meyer where she might find her long-lost Caberfae stock.  When he stopped laughing he said,


“… we get one to two calls a year regarding this when someone finds some their grandparents or parents old stock certificates.


Caberfae Inc. filed for bankruptcy in the late 70s/early 80’s.  As a result, the stock certificates are worthless.  My dad & uncle (Jack and Bob Meyer) purchased the ski area from the bank in the early 80’s and it has been privately held since then.”


So there ya are.  We were all so close to being really, really rich.  Right Pete?  But ya know what?  We are! Thank you to all the Meyers for saving this jewel and continuing to keep her polished.






For over 70 years the Caberfae Ski Club has run on an engine powered by volunteers.  Each year club members elect two new board members to four year terms to oversee the business of running the club.  Now, in addition to the prestige and instant respect that you don’t have to earn, the real reason that folks toss their names in the helmet is so they can move directly to the top of the coveted Park Lot List.  Oh yeah!  Board members are extended the opportunity to purchase a Parking Pass during their term of office.  So if you’d like members to call you “Sir” or “Ma’am” or get the super secret combination to the lock on the beer cooler in the Stag’s Head Lounge, check with members of the Nominating Committee: Doug Chesney, doug.chesney@sbcglobal.net or Jeff Conradson, jeff7714@gmail.com, about how you too could become a Caberfae Ski Club Board Member.  The club needs committed volunteers to keep an eye on today’s activities and with an eye to the future of the club.  If you would like to volunteer to serve, please contact either Doug or Jeff.




There still bartending opportunities to dish out the drinks in the Stag’s Head lounge.  If you’re interested, please e-mail board member Shane Demek shanedemek@yahoo.com, or Connie Houk croppinconnie@yahoo.com  and let either of them know what days you would like to volunteer.  Please leave a phone number in the e-mail, so that they can give you a polite reminder before your night (just in case something comes up and they need to find a replacement).


Currently Available Dates:

February: 11th, 18th, 25th

March: 4th, 11th, 18th


If possible, please give Shane or Connie a couple of different nights you would be available, in case multiple people want to bartend on the same evening.


Things to Note:

Friday nights are available as long as there is enough interest and a board member will be around to help close.  

There will be a small refresher required prior to bartending from a board member the day of, just to re-hash things like prices, how to use the cash register, and closing procedures.

Also, we are asking everyone to make the commitment on the night you are bartending to stay until at the very least 9 p.m., so all those closing down the slopes can still enjoy a nice après ski beverage.

A sign-up sheet will be posted upstairs near the bar after we have filled some of the slots.


   c.  HEY VERIZON CELLULAR CUSTOMERS - How you likin’ your cell coverage while at the Fae?  Is it wacked?  Wanna have some fun with Verizon?  Try calling their Verizon Network Trouble Line at (800) 922-0204 and tell em' what you think.  Maybe you should call every day?  After all, the squeaky wheel gets the grease.  It works like a teeter totter … The heavier the pile of Trouble Tickets mounding up on one side - the higher Caberfae becomes on their priority list of Things to Fix.  Let’s see if the pile of Trouble Tickets can surpass the number of inches of base.  Hey, if they dump all their Trouble Tickets off at Caberfae, maybe Pete and Tim can build another peak?!?  I’ll bet they’d name it after them.



This is your club and we’d like to hear your ideas to continually improve the Caberfae Ski Club for the enjoyment of you and your family.  Let us hear your suggestions. Email us at: caberfaeskiclub@caberfaeskiclub.org   If you have a story or an article you’ve written that you’d like to share with club members in the eNewsletter, please email or call the eNewsletter editor.



Caberfae Ski Club web page: www.caberfaeskiclub.org  

Send your favorite photo-moments from the club or the slopes to neffzone@yahoo.com 

Club Wi-Fi Password:  Check the bulletin board at the bottom of the stairs

Caberfae Ticket Agent available Fri, Sat., & Sun. until 11:15 a.m. 

Calendar of Events: www.caberfaeskiclub.org/calendar/ 

Dinner Reservation Hotline: dinnerreservations@caberfaeskiclub.org  

I Forgot to Make Dinner Reservation Phone Line: (231) 920-6769(Sue’s personal cell phone).

General Caberfae Ski Club email address: caberfaeskiclub@caberfaeskiclub.org

Caberfae Peaks Resort: www.caberfaepeaks.com 


Board Members

Doug Frye, president, frye2526@yahoo.com 

Steve Elenbaas, immediate past president,steve@elenbaassteel.com

Shane Demek, first vice president, shanedemek@yahoo.com

Paul Waug, second vice president, social chairman,waugelect@aol.com

Doug Chesney, doug.chesney@sbcglobal.net

Jeff Conradson, jeff7714@gmail.com

Mary Jane Dewey-Canfield, board member, mjdc1@yahoo.com  

Connie Houk, board member, croppinconnie@yahoo.com 

Robin Potthoff, board member, robinpotthoff@gmail.com 


Club Secretary/Treasurer: Norma Roelfsema, roelfsen@gmail.com

Assistant Club Treasurer: David Reiser, dhr49601@yahoo.com

Clubhouse Manager: Sue Egelus, seagle@charter.net 

Club Webmaster: Jim Neff, neff@neffzone.com

Historical Committee: Bernie Bovee, boveeski2@gmail.com  and

Paul Williams, paulskiing@grar.com 

eNewsletter: Pat Goggin, editor, enewsletter@caberfaeskiclub.org   (231) 920-8592