Celebrating nearly 80 Years of Skiing and Lifelong Friendships

November 14, 2017      Vol. XI, #2


Inside this issue:







1.   CALLING ALL BARTENDERS  Yeah, we won’t start the season with any rave reviews about the new carpeting throughout the ground floor of the clubhouse.  Naw, we’re not going to talk about the early snow fall or the new snow making capabilities out on the slopes.  Nope!  We’re jumping right to your personal invitation to see who wants to be first on the list to dish out drinks up in the Stag’s Head lounge this year!  If you are interested, please e-mail board member Shane Demek at shanedemek@yahoo.com and let him know what days (Christmas week and Saturdays) you would like to serve up the Bud Light’s to Marty, the Miller High-Life and Dos Equis to Waddy, and everyone else’s less predictable orders!  When you write, please leave a reliable email address and phone number in your email.  That’s so we can give you a polite reminder before your night of fame (just in case something comes up and we need to find a replacement). 


Currently Available Dates:

December: 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th, New Year’s Eve.

January: 1st, 6th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 27th

February: 3rd, 10th, 17th, 18th (President’s Day weekend), 24th

March: 3rd, 10th, 17th


Please email Shane Demek shanedemek@yahoo.com a couple of different nights you would be available, just in case multiple people want to bartend on the same evening.


Things to Note:

    Saturdays prior to Christmas week are available as long as the resort is open, so let Shane know if one of those weekends works best for you.

    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 9p.m., so all those closing down the slopes can still enjoy a nice après ski beverage.


If you have any questions, feel free to contact Shane at shanedemek@yahoo.com.


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



2.  WADDY’S NO BAD NEWS REPORT - Tuesday November 14th, 2017

Hello everyone.  My name is Waddy (born Edward Potthoff, long ago and far away), and I've been spending my winters at Caberfae since 2000.  And during that first winter I started writing to friends and neighbors, not present, as to what's 'really' going on here at the ski area.  Eventually some grown-ups found out what I was doing, and asked if my opinions could be made available to Club members at large.  After a brief period, it was agreed that I would clean-up my act, and bring my views into a more politically correct arena.  I did.  And then reverted to subliminal subversion.  Careful, I'm good.


Now, small talk out of the way.  This time last week we were in the grip of winter, there was about 3" fresh snow on the ground, and Caberfae's snow guns roared for almost three days!  And in those three days they made a gaggle of snow everywhere but South Peak.  That comes later.  By now, most of you must know that Tim and his crew, aided by technology, have the capability to lay down enough quality snow that our first day is as good as middle of winter.  We're now in a slight warming cycle, which has found temps creeping into the low 40s, and nights hovering between upper 20s and lower 30s.  The cold portion of the cycle is supposed to return soon, allowing opportunities to make more snow.  Caberfae's website indicates a planned opening date of Nov. 24th, the day after Thanksgiving.  That should be no problem.  Stay tuned, this newsletter will keep you up to date.


In the XC realm you'll see a minor, but convenient change this season.  Caberfae is going to take advantage of a 'short-cut' to the MacKenzie that a group of Club members established years ago.  You'll see a sign in front of the club showing XC skiers the track going down the cart path in front of the Club, across the top of the 9th hole, down the far side cart path, and then to our short-cut to marker 21 on the MacKenzie.  I'm hoping to get help establishing and maintaining that track, on foot.  No groomer.  Should be a piece of cake.  This change should be a lot more convenient for Club members and hotel guests as well.  The trick will be to guide them back to where they started, rather than following the track created from my house (off hole 1).  I'm scheming to capitalize on the situation.... after all, we're now in a era of profit above all, rather than consideration for right and wrong (my version of 'politically correct'.


Lastly, I hope this newsletter reaches the heart of central Africa (Tanzania), where my bride of many years, is traveling with her sisters and spouses (spice?).  They are experiencing the trip/safari of a lifetime.  If you want to know why I'm not there, you'll have to ply me with Miller High Life once Club bar has opened.


I hope to see you all soon, joining me in the warm locker room, exploring how well my body adapts to this year's struggle to getting my boots on. 

Until then, be well, be kind to each other, and get in shape!



PS- Mark Twain's definition of patriotism is this: "Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it."



3.  A SURE SIGN WINTER’S COMING is the annual used Ski & Snowboard Equipment Sale scheduled for this coming Saturday, November 18th at the Cadillac Junior High School Cafeteria located along the north side of Lake Cadillac on Chestnut Street near downtown Cadillac.


STEP 1.  (optional) Drop off your old equipment and clothing at the Cadillac Junior High School Cafeteria on Chestnut St. Friday the 17th from 4:30 to 8 pm.


STEP 2.  Beginning at exactly 9 A.M. on Saturday, November 18th you can enjoy a Black Friday-like experience looking for the bargain of the decade inside the JH Cafeteria.  The sale runs until noon, but if you wait that long, the pickings will have melted away.


STEP 3.  If you brought in gear to sell, plan to return between noon and 12:30 to redeem your booty. The organizers subtract a paltry 25% commission from all sales. These monies go to the Cadillac Area Ski Club to support ski racing programs in the Cadillac area.  However, it’s no accident that Sun n’ Snow will be open at 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning, for your ski shopping convenience.


4.  THE SKI CLUB RUNS ON AN ENGINE POWERED BY volunteers.  So, if you’re kind of a control freak and want things done your way, come on out, volunteer, take charge.  Besides, this way you’re first in line for dinner and you get all the leftover desserts.  Does it get any better than that?  There are a lot of fun events being planned for the upcoming season.  If you would like to help put the lime in the lime light, please contact Robin Potthoff robinpotthoff@gmail.com and, from the depths of the jungles of Africa, she will hook you up.


1.     December 28th (Thursday) 5pm

            New Member Pizza Party … and who doesn’t like pizza?


2.     December 31st  (Sunday)

            New Year’s Eve Dinner at 7:30 pm … you get your own noise maker


3.     January 13th (Saturday)

            New Member Steak Fry Dinner at 6pm


4.     January 18th (Thursday evening)

            Club Reunion Pot Luck


5.     January 26th (Friday)

            Fish Fry 6pm


6.     February 3rd (Saturday)

Family Day, Hot Dog Roast 4pm


7.     February 16th (Friday)

            Fish Fry 6pm


8.     February 24th (Saturday)

Annual Meeting, Steak Fry 6:30pm


9.     March 3rd (Saturday)

            Mexican Theme Pot Luck



5.  FREE LOCKERS AND PARKING PASSES … Blahahahah!  Just kidding … I just wanted to get you attention.  But if you’d like one of these treasurers please drop a line to Norma Roelfsema, club secretary/treasurer, and let her know your intentions.  Now, let’s don’t be silly, you need to watch the obituaries to learn if a parking spot up-top becomes available.  However, if you’d settle for a MacKenzie Parking Pass you might get one of those before Hell freezes over … which just might happen this winter.  The same is true about a locker (although checking the obits isn’t necessary here).  If you’d like to be on the locker list, again, send Norma a note roelfsen@gmail.com.



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


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

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

Food and Beverage 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