Celebrating nearly 80 Years of Skiing and Lifelong Friendships

February 13, 2018      Vol. XI, #15


WHAT A BEAUTIFUL WEEKEND.  “One for the record books,” was heard in the Clubhouse Grill on Sunday afternoon.  Thank you, new members, Steve Betteley and Laura Huckle for tending bar last Saturday evening.  Laura, it’s great to have you back at the club, bringing your family and creating new memories. 


FISH FRY FRIDAY NIGHT is Friday evening to help kick off this President’s Day Weekend.  Singer/guitarist Cheryl Wolfram will be in the house Saturday afternoon, along with Sam Hogg and Lauren Rule serving as mixologists behind the bar.  And if that’s not enough, the Clubhouse Grill will be fired up on Monday to take advantage of the long weekend.  Clear your calendar … this snow won’t last forever!


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Clubhouse Grill opens for breakfast at 9:30 a.m. with service until 3 p.m.

Lifts open at 10 a.m.

Caberfae’s Ticket Elf available until 11:15 a.m.

Pre-Fish Fry libations in the Stag’s Head Lounge

Fish Fry Friday Night – 6 p.m.



The Clubhouse Grill opens for breakfast at 8:30 a.m. with service until 4 p.m.

Lifts open at 9 a.m.

Caberfae’s Ticket Elf available until 11:15 a.m.

Kids Club in the Clubhouse Grill from 2-4 p.m.

Après Ski Party in the Stag’s Head Lounge with bartenders Sam Hogg and Lauren Rule.



The Clubhouse Grill opens for breakfast all day beginning at 8:30 a.m. with service until 3 p.m.

Lifts open at 9 a.m.

Caberfae’s Ticket Elf available until 11:15 a.m.

Barn door is pulled at 4 p.m. closing the Clubhouse Grill and Stag’s Head Lounge.



The Clubhouse Grill opens for breakfast at 8:30 a.m. with service until 3 p.m.

Lifts open at 9 a.m.

Caberfae’s Ticket Elf available until 11:15 a.m.

Barn door is pulled at 4 p.m. closing the Clubhouse Grill and Stag’s Head Lounge.


2.  THE LAST FRIDAY NIGHT FISH FRY of the season is this weekend.  The Stag’s Head Lounge open’s for cocktails around 5 p.m. (or before!!).  Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. in the Clubhouse Grill.  Enjoy coleslaw, baked & sautéed cod, french-fries and Chef’s choice for dessert.  Imagine, all this, plus coffee and tea, for only $13 for adults; $7 for kids under 12.  What a deal!  Come join the fun and send your reservation to dinnerreservations@caberfaeskiclub.org to reserve your spot.  Come join the fun!


3.  KID’S CLUB will be where it’s happening, but you have to be a kid … No grownies!  That is, unless you want to help?   Come to the Clubhouse Grill Saturday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. and jump right in to three different activities: choose from snowman making, beading, and coloring.  And if you’re a kid, there are free ice cream sundaes …FOR THE KIDS!


4.  SINGER/GUITARIST, Cheryl Wolfram will entertain revelers in the Stag’s Head Lounge on Saturday afternoon from 4 p.m. to 7.  Be there, or be talked about. 


5.  IF YOU DIDN’T RECEIVE A BALLOT in your email last week apparently you’re not really a member.  You should have received it on Thursday, February 8th.  One ballot per membership was emailed via ‘Survey Monkey’ to be completed by the first ‘financially responsible adult’ to open the email.  If you think you’re a member and didn’t receive a ballot, contact Norma Roelfsema, Club Secretary/Treasurer, roelfsen@gmail.com.  May the early bird get the vote!  Please read about the candidates below.


6.  WADDY’S NO BAD NEWS REPORT – Tuesday February 13th, 2018

Once again I find myself staring at a blank page as I commence to write something for you.  I'd probably offend fewer if I quit now, but that's totally not my style!  Quite the contrary, I find it easy to displease without even touching on politics or religion.  Let me find a way to continue. 

I hope you're as pleased as I am that in the high school regional races at Caberfae yesterday, the Cadillac HS kids, many club members, all great kids, took third place (of 11 teams), both Girls and Boys, to qualify for the State Meet!!  That's significant!  This was to be a 'development' season, both teams young and lacking depth or numbers.  That happens in cylces.  I don't have my finger on the pulse of the heart of this year's teams, but I'll guess there was a cool confluence of great effort, persistence, and some pretty decent coaching.  Congratulations to you all!!

How about- weather and snow continue to hold in our favor!  We're predicted to have a warmish day tomorrow, but other than that, nights will be cold enough for snow to 'set-up', and days staying in 20s and maybe 30s.  All fine, skiing has been great!  We're getting spoiled, both on the Peaks, and the MacKenzie.

Now I'm fighting being responsible, but that's more of a hobby for me, heh heh.  Robin's on her way home from TC with groceries and whatever girls shop for.  I should be setting a fire and tidying up the house a bit in anticipation of company for an evening of artichokes, some strange concoction (I saw her recipe on the kitchen counter, not recognizable in substance or language...), and Olympics.  It seems our DVR has become the center of the universe.  I'm writing to you as I watch US vs OAR women's hockey.   I'm a self-confessed Olympics junkie, I have so many hours of programming recorded that I may not be able to watch it all in this lifetime.  I'll try.  I've also discovered there's curling facilities in both Frankfort and TC!  I may begin a program to petition Meyer family to complement skiing at Caberfae.  Imagine- an indoor curling/wedding party!  What do you think Kyle Tayler and Maggie?  

OK, there's a break between 2nd and 3rd periods, I'll create a brief flurry of activity.  Lots of motion, very little production.

I wish you all well, safe driving, and happy skiing.  Til next weekend, I'm 


PS-  "Don't speak unless you can improve on the silence." Chinese proverb 


7.  WHAT’S COMING UP THE WEEKEND OF 2/23:  Club Pot Luck on Friday evening sets the stage for the Annual Meeting and beer drink hosted by the Caberfae Ski Chicks on Saturday afternoon.  But the party doesn’t end there.  The Annual Member Steak Fry keeps the party going all night long.  



a.    THE NOMINEES ARE …  The Nominating Committee is excited to submit a list of 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.  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!


b.    SNOOZE ALERT!  CHECK OUT THE PROPOSED UPDATES TO THE CLUB BYLAW – Two years ago a suggestion was made at a club board meeting, “Hey!  Wouldn’t it be fun to take a look at the club bylaws and make sure they’re up to date?”  Needless to say there was a collective yawn from the board members.  But when they realized the last time a complete review was conducted was 34 years ago in 1982.  Reason prevailed.  A committee was formed and, with the help of an attorney experienced in drafting non-profit bylaws AND willing to donate his services, work began quickly before the attorney changed his mind.  If you’re having trouble falling asleep, follow this link https://www.caberfaeskiclub.org/by-laws/ and take a look at the result of that two year effort.  These revised bylaws will be presented to the membership for approval at the Annual Meeting … which, of course, you’re planning to attend on February 24, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.


c.    SUNDAY BREAKFAST SERVED ALL DAY – The members spoke and Sue listened.  Beginning this Sunday, February 4th the Clubhouse Grill will serve breakfast all day long on Sundays.  Lunch will also be available for those who can’t make up their mind.   




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

Shane Demek, President, shanedemek@yahoo.com

Doug Frye, Immediate Past President, frye2526@yahoo.com 

Ron Kimball, First Vice President, rfkimball4@gmail.com

Paul Waug, Second Vice President, Social Chairman,waugelect@aol.com

Jeff Conradson, board member, 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 

Tac Lee, board member, etclee@att.net


Secretary & Treasurer: Norma Roelfsema, roelfsen@gmail.com

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

Club  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