Celebrating nearly 80 Years of Skiing and Lifelong Friendships

February 20, 2018      Vol. XI, #16


The Friday Night Fish Fry got things cooking for the long President’s Day weekend, and the party continued Saturday afternoon with Kid’s Club activities in the Clubhouse Grill.  Cheryl Wolfram warmed up the Stag’s Head Lounge with her unique performance, while Sam Hogg and Lauren Rule kept the totties flowing at the bar.  A big Caberfae Ski Club thank you to all who helped make this a fun filled weekend.


On a sad note, longtime club member, Charlie Woodbury passed away today.  Charlie had been a fixture around the Caberfae Ski Club since the 1960s, helping shape the club both as a board member and president.  Always with a smile, he burned steaks for many years as a founding member of the Senior Grill Team.  Enjoy the moguls, Charlie.


Inside this issue:













     FRIDAY – This is the last Friday of the season for the Clubhouse Grill.

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-potluck libations in the Stag’s Head Lounge

Appetizer Potluck in the Stag’s Head Lounge around 6 p.m.  Bring an app to pass (the delectable type … not the downloadable kind). 



The Clubhouse Grill opens for breakfast at 8:30 a.m.

Lifts open at 9 a.m.

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

Caberfae Ski Chicks and DJ Glenn will light up the Stag’s Head Lounge mid afternoon.

Annual Meeting and Beer Drink starts promptly at 4:30 p.m.  Sorry, no alcohol sales during the meeting, so stock up early.

Steak Fry 6:30 p.m. hosted by the Senior Grill Team followed by an encore by Glenn and the Ski Club Chicks.



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.


2.   THE LONG ANTICIPATED ANNUAL MEETING of the Caberfae Ski Club is coming up on Saturday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.  Be sure to arrive early to participate in the time honored ritual of the pre-meeting festivities in the Stag’s Head Lounge.  This frivolity is presented by the shy and retiring Caberfae Ski Club Chicks.  Remember to bring you own mini cooler and stock up on your choice of rehydration agents, as there will be no bar service during the Annual Meeting.  However, immediately following the meeting the newly elected board members will be on hand to make good on the long standing tradition of buying a round of drinks for the membership.  Also on hand will be those candidates who did not win.  They too wish to show their appreciation for not being selected.  The third round is courtesy of the outgoing board members.  When you see any of these folks, please thank them for their service to the club.  Their efforts keep the skis squarely attached to this splendid sled.   Please come join the fun and learn about the state of the Caberfae Ski Club.  Pete and Tim Meyer plan to be on hand to give their annual Peek-at-the-Peaks.


Following the meeting the Caberfae Ski Chicks will warm your appetite in preparation for the Annual Meeting Steak Fry brought to you by the Senior Grill Team and a neophyte.  Senior Chef Ron Kimball will be introducing young recruit, Tac Lee, to the time honored tradition of grill mastery.  Fear not!  Tac will only be allowed to stand around the grill and absorb the greatness of the master.  Dinner will be served promptly somewhere around 6:30 p.m. or so.  The menu includes: Salad, Grilled Steak or Chicken, Potatoes, Vegetables, Rolls, Beverage and Dessert.  Adults: $18/under 12 years old: $10.  Please use the Dinner Reservation Hotline: DinnerReservations@CaberfaeSkiClub.org to let Sue know how many will be in your posse.


After dinner DJ Glenn and the Ski Club Chicks will light up the house, keeping the fires burning up in the Stag!



6.  WADDY’S NO BAD NEWS REPORT – Monday, February 19th, 2018


Tomorrow's going to be busy, so you're getting my perspective early.  I'm partially inspired by thoughts to text Tim Meyer (Jr.) to thank him for today's snow.  But what better and more effective tract than to thank him (you, Tim!) via this medium.  Yesterday those of us who remained at Caberfae for the long weekend were pretty much resigned to concede today, Monday, and tomorrow to the rain.  But late yesterday rumblings built among club members that predicted rain might not occur 'til later today.  So this morning, our wee herd of hard-core locals ventured out across the ice field that surrounds the clubhouse to make our way to North Peak.  Low and behold, the grey, flat-light morning gradually revealed that a most remarkable job of grooming had been accomplished during the night!  Somehow the polish that had developed in the sub-snow gave way to beautiful soft-pack carving snow.  'Hero snow'!  Encouraged by the snow's quality, I convinced my somewhat weary legs to persevere and see where the morning would take me.  It wasn't long before the difficult light gave way to not quite enough brightness to see shadows.  But the light, the snow, and our attitudes soared!  My weary legs were forgotten, and I skied them until l had earned today's weariness.  Totally satisfied!

Thank you, Tim!  Vicariously thank the Gents who actually perform their art with those beautiful yellow machines.  Did everyone see the pro video Caberfae posted on their FB page?  A very cool ride and verbal description of what groomers do, and how they do it.  Very cool.


Our local dentist-in-residence, Lauren Rule, had foretold rain to start about 4:00 this afternoon.  Coincidentally I stuck my nose outside about 4:02, and a very light mist started its dance.  I find myself wondering if U. of Florida Dental School offered a minor in meteorology, just in case...?  I'm considering initiating a local lottery: compete to guess/gamble on whether Lauren's husband, Sam Hogg, will prevail and support her, or Lauren allow Sam to be a house- husband, fisherman, and founder of The Hoxeyville Think Tank.  Currently Sam is leading (losing?) with his early morning ventures off to a place called work.  We see Lauren on the hills, helping to coach the CHS girls ski team, or in the club, feeding us weather forecasts.  Lovely neighbors, a very welcome addition to our 'Brigadoon'.  Stay tuned to find wherein lies marital bliss...


As I type, its been raining on-and-off.  Mostly off.  We'll write-off tomorrow as 100% rain is predicted.  I have no doubt that we'll be recovered by Wednesday, Thursday for sure, just in time for Caberfae to host a high school conference ski meet.  The last before their State Meet.  Robin and I will once again serve as starters on the slalom course, Stacey Cooper and her brother (former head of Caberfae Ski School [back in the 'olden days']), Curt Martin, will start the GS course.  Head Coach, James Netzley, has promised a sunny day in the mid-30s, perfect!!


I've had this idea spinning around in my head for past couple of weeks, but forgot where I left it in there: for kids 10 and younger, I'll offer a club milkshake to whoever guesses how many punches I have on my season pass by Saturday March 17th, Caberfae's Spring Carnival.  I'll be requiring proof of age via picture ID (home-made is OK), proof of citizenship (a note from your mother is OK), and depending on my mood, DNA testing to ensure no aliens.  (Kidding, of course) In case of tie, I'll drink the milkshake!  (Again, kidding!  I'll reward all winners).  Any takers?  Don't even try, Cris Dippel or Dave Reiser!  I'm on to you...


OK, enough.  My fingers are tired.

See you next weekend at the General Meeting.  



PS-   From a 1960 Honda motorcycle owner's manual:  "Give big space to the festive dog that makes sport in roadway to avoid entanglement."



7.  WHAT’S COMING UP THE WEEKEND OF 3/3:  Remember, the Clubhouse Grill is closed on Fridays for the remainder of the season.  But!  A MEXICAN POTLUCK is planned for Saturday evening.   Maybe there’ll be a hot sauce contest to see who has the strongest iron stomach?  For the rest of us, light up your favorite Mexican dish and let’s see what we can set something on fire.  Tums will be available for the faint of heart. 





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