Celebrating nearly 80 Years of Skiing and Lifelong Friendships

March 3, 2018      Vol. XI, #16



HANG ON TO YOUR SOMBRERO!  Saturday afternoon Melissa and Brian Nyland, along with Kathy and Mike Maher will be serving Margaritas and knocking the caps off a Cervazas Pequeña  or six.  Plan to get a little sun and bring your favorite Mexican Potluck.  Thanks, you guys.


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FRIDAY – Remember, the Clubhouse Grill is closed on Friday’s in March.



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.



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 ANNUAL MEETING briefly interrupted the Annual Meeting Rave hosted by the ever-popular Caberfae Ski Chicks (Mary Jane Dewey-Canfield, Jackie Erway, Julie Finch,, Kim Ellens, and Andrea Sake … ssshhhh, they don’t want their kids to know about their alter ego).  The ladies were accompanied by the Prince of the Platters, Club DJ Glenn Stout.  As usual, the CSChicks pack the house.  But then just as the house got a rockin they closed the bar and turned over the festivities to President Shane Demek.  Fortunately the ladies had spiked their libations with No-Doz so everyone sat in spellbound rapture listening to the financial mumbo jumbo during the Annual Meeting. 

    The mood change when Pete and Tim Meyer delivered their annual State of the Peaks address.  They delighted the crowd with highlights of some significant improvements skiers can look forward to next season.  While they received several ovations for all their hard work, Tim decided to spare the crowd his 90 minute PowerPoint presentation on the finer points of snow making.

    In other big news, the election results revealed Pat Bourassa and Lauren Rule were elected to three year terms to the Board of Directors.   A sincere, Caberfae Ski Club Thank You to Cathy Maher, and Shane Demek for tossing your names into the ring.

    Earlier in the afternoon at the Board of Directors meeting Shane Demek was re-elected president; Ron Kimball, first vice president; Paul Waug, second vice president; and Doug Frye, while he tried to run, the door was bared and he was drafted to continue his service as immediate past president.

   After additional revelry following the Annual Meeting the Senior Grill Team, comprised of Ron Kimball, Paul Waug, and neophyte, Tac Lee amazed the crowd by delivering perfectly grilled steaks as the center piece of the meal. Carol Lee, Robin Potthoff, and Lou Kimball added their magic touches turning the Clubhouse Grill into the Aspen of the Midwest. A Special CSC Thank YOU all.

   Following dinner club DJ Glenn, and the lovely CSChicks lured the crowd back upstairs “To the beat of the rhythm of the night.”  Thank you Glenn and the harem of Chicks for again helping us burn the candle at both ends.  Their antics certainly keep the lift lines thinned for those aiming to ski the milk run early Sunday morning.


3. A MEXICAN POTLUCK is planned for Saturday evening.   Light up your favorite Mexican dish and let’s see what we can set something on fire.  The hot sauce contest is ON!  May the skier with the strongest stomach win.  I remember hearing at the fraternity house that Tequila shots temper the heat of a spicy dish … although that may have been of the sorority sort.


4. WADDY’S NO BAD NEWS REPORT – Tuesday February 27th, 2018


And a good afternoon to you, from the 'Old Farts' at Caberfae!  And we were out in force today.  Another beautiful, sunny day here.  Perhaps too warm for us, but lack of a large crowd meant that last night's snow, which never 'set-up', didn't 'clump-up' too much.  It was actually really fun skiing!  Soft enough to imagine cheering crowds on the chairs as we carved-up the inviting snow.  I don't know where this weather trend is going, or how long it will last, but I remain optimistic.  Having lived through many of our 'evolving' Michigan winters, I've learned to hedge my bets by accumulating parts to my get my motorcycles and bicycles back on the road at a moment's notice. I've also learned to 'roll with it', enjoy 'what is', not lament 'what isn't'.  The secret is to remain active, get outside, enjoy your friends.  Easy enough- the Olympics are over!  No longer a slave to too much tv, and up too late trying to see it all.  I was pleased to see that for the most part, our Olympic athletes did an admirable job restoring some of the international good will that our nation's leaders have worked so hard to destroy, recently.


This is the season wherein I witness, annually, the 'migration' of various friends and family as they flee Caberfae for alternate 'obligations'.  Some go west because they always have, some go south due to family requirements, some don't show up here as often because they've been seduced by Spring at home.  Through a system of circumstances that, added-up, have organized to form 'my life', I find myself totally content to stay at Caberfae.  I'm lucky enough to have been there and done that without a significant bucket list left over in my life.  Our winters here are so filled that I almost look forward to a period lesser activity.  Spring.  Pick my way through little projects that our house(es) and Robin dictate, watch for alternative weather to pursue outside-ness, allow lesser weather to force me to relax indoors.  Its a practice that I've polished to yield a relatively stress-free life.  Why do I tell you?  Easy- so you can follow.  Life's too short and sweet to not get it right, the first time.


I can't not mention last Saturday's Annual General Meeting.  I was very pleased that Ron Kimball took the initiative at the outset to honor long-time club member (savior?), Charlie Woodbury, who passed away suddenly last week.  Thank you, Ron, from me to you, for a heart-felt, and emotional tribute.  So long, Charlie, it was great to know you.  You will not be forgotten.


The General Meeting went smoothly, reports flowed, there were no arguments nor quarrels.  We are doing well.  The meeting was almost over before it began, a first!  I take that as a statement that our Board is doing a competent job.  I spoke to ensure that Norma Roelfsema's efforts are recognized.  Norma has taken on the job of Club Secretary Treasurer with zest.  That job evolved some years ago via Dave Reiser into probably the most significant role in the club.  Subsequent treasurers developed the position into more than running the books.  Cris (and Diane) Dippel worked to computerize us very effectively, and Marty Manley worked during his term to polish Reiser's and Dippels' work.  And along came Norma.  I can bear witness that Norma puts in tons of time and effort to attend all the details that keep our gears greased.  And I mean details!  We are very fortunate to have you, Norma!  Thank you!  Please don't burn-out too soon.


Now to attend our fire, greet a guest for dinner, and watch a bit more (!!) Olympics.  An addiction.  I hope you don't get discouraged by the weather, there's still skiing to be had!

Be well, Waddy


PS- "You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother."......Albert Einstein



5. WHAT’S COMING UP THE WEEKEND OF 3/10:  The Earl Huckle Memorial Ski Race is scheduled for Sunday, March 11th at 1 p.m.  And remember, Sunday is the start of Daylight Savings Time on Sunday.



·       The Independence Day Bike Ride and Club Picnic sponsored by the Demek family: July 7, 2018.

·       Spring Work Bee: Saturday, May 5, 2018

·       Fall Work Bee: Saturday, October 6, 2018





a.  SUNDAY BREAKFAST SERVED ALL DAY – 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, (248) 515-5661

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

Pat Bourassa, board member, ptsh002@gmail.com 

Jeff Conradson, board member, jeff7714@gmail.com

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

Connie Houk, board member, croppinconnie@yahoo.com

Tac Lee, board member, etclee@att.net

Robin Potthoff, board member, robinpotthoff@gmail.com

Lauren Rule, lauren.rule@gmail.com

Club 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, neffzone@yahoo.com

Historical Committee, Bernie Bovee, boveeski2@gmail.com , Paul Williams, paulskiing@grar.com  

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