Celebrating over 80 Years of Skiing and Lifelong Friendships

January 1, 2019      Vol. XII, #12



Inside this issue:













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 (for Season Pass holders) is available until 11:15 a.m.

Check to see if there’s a TGIF Party in the Stag’s Head Lounge.  (From the parking lot, just look to see if there are lights on up on the second floor)



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 (for Season Pass holders) is available until 11:15 a.m.

Cross Country Ski Safari leaves from Waddy’s at 2:30 p.m.

Après Ski Party in the Stag’s Head Lounge beginning at 4:30 p.m. til the bartenders grow weary.



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 (for Season Pass holders) is available until 11:15 a.m.

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




Friday the 1/11 Ski Club Book Club on Friday at 12:30 p.m. Hosted by Julie Chesney in the Stag’s Head Lounge.  The book is “Same Kind of Different as Me,” by Ron Hall and Denver Moore.

Saturday 1/12 Ski Tuning Clinic hosted by Joe Host, ski tuner extraordinaire at 5 p.m. somewhere indoors.



3.  WE GET BY WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS and a little help is all that’s needed to make these events a huge success.  If you’re interested, please call the member below and see what’s involved. Maybe you’ll be a hero?


Saturday, January 12th

New Member Steak Dinner 6 p.m.

Volunteer needed to help setup.  

Crew Chief: Lou Kimbel, (248) 320-0823


Thursday, January 17th

Club Reunion Pot Luck 5 p.m.

Straw Boss: Bonnie Stout, (616) 302-0974


Friday, January 25th

Fish Fry 6 p.m.

Volunteer needed to head up setting tables.

Contact: Sue in the kitchen, (231) 920-6769



4.  WADDY’S NO BAD NEWS REPORT - Tuesday January 1st, 2019


I conjured a bit of a smile as I typed the above date.  Another new beginning on our little snow covered 'island'.  Wanna go for a ride....?


So, let me set the scene last evening-  a group of five or six of us were on the club deck at about 10:30.  I had completed my shift tending bar, and was enjoying a breath of cool air and a small glass of Kahlua with a splash of vodka.  After an absolutely dismal afternoon and early evening of rain, falling temps had changed the rain to snow.  In the lights of ski area we could easily see the snowing and blowing of the return of winter.  One of Caberfae's yellow groomers was priming itself below us, lights on, not going anywhere, just warming up.  Eventually it churned into motion, the clouds of snow it stirred up only heightened our spirits as it passed below.  Three or four toots from the wraith's horn, and we realized we were being entertained by Jeremiah, one Caberfae's key employees and a favorite personality for all of us who know him from South Peak.  Jeremiah's groomer was one of two that started working the slopes.  From the deck we could see glimpses of them on both peaks, plying their art.  We all started our planning for the next day's skiing.  Back inside the club, Glenn Stout was working his own art- weaving music to suit the moods of dancers.  His skill, and Robin's, even got me on the dance floor much more than usual.  It couldn't have been the alcohol, or even the mood created by winter's return...  Our evening had started hours earlier when Karen Pikula, Julie Chesney, and myself set-up the bar for what we feared would be our own private party.  Would anyone venture out on such a nasty night?  Robin and MaryJane Canfield had created a nice sparkle in the club with decorations on both floors.  But all would be for naught if nobody came out.  This was the first time in my years that dinner hadn't been planned, but that was due to lack of participation in the past few years.  If anyone feels strongly about the change, talk to a board member, all change can be changed.  No matter, folks trickled in.  We found ourselves busy behind the bar.  Our senior member in attendance, Don Pikula, very generously bought the house a round of drinks!  Marty Manley clearly suffering from post-Colorado-road-trip buzz, followed suit with a second round for the house!!  About 10:00 our early bar tending shift ended, and Nick, Jake, and Shane Demek took over behind the bar.  I can't guess what powers they wielded, but soon their dad, Jeff Demek, was buying drinks.  I suspect all three Gents were in the grip of spirit of the return of winter.  I gotta tell ya, I've said for years there's something in the water here.  Don Pikula had our water tested years ago, and the scientists said: 'Yup'.  Semi-segue: that same water must be, in part, responsible for the 'Spirit of Caberfae'!  In the past few years we've had more and more  club members retire to this area.  We can even claim young professionals!  Dr. Lauren Rule has committed to replacing retiring (club member) Dr. John McKellop in a prominent dental clinic in Cadillac.  Lauren's community dedication extends to helping coach CHS ski team, vying for the Fastest Lady spot on our Wed. Night Race League, and ensuring Greensky concerts are well attended.  Lauren and hubby, Sam Hogg, live just a few houses from us!  I'll save Sam's tale for another newsletter, he's a trip unto himself.  Having Sam and Lauren's youthful energy to complement our 'old fart-ness' is just another element in what makes Caberfae special.  Soon we're hoping to add Jeff and Bobbi Tayler to our neighborhood as they make their move from the Grand Haven area.  As I understand their plan- first move Bobbi's horse here.  Where the horse is, Bobbi will follow.  Where Bobbi is, Jeff will follow.  They've long been a major force in both our summer and winter activities here.  My immediate neighbors, Mark and Karen Pikula, spilled the beans this weekend, and informed us that they plan to complete their retirement at end of March to spend winters here.  It just gets better.  If you hadn't guessed, all of the folks I've named, and more, are truly good friends!  I'm reminded of years ago when I decided to take on weekend bar-tending duties at the club, so that I could meet more members.  I marveled at the group of friends who would gather on Friday nights to catch up, and bond.  My ploy worked, and I did indeed befriend most of those folks who made up that core of energy in the club.  We now find ourselves carrying on that tradition, with a big difference-  many of us will be living much closer to each other, and interact year-round.


Now back to last night.  Midnight came and went, as we did our bit to ring-in the new year.  I quietly snuck out via the deck stairs, then started my trek home on the snow covered cart path along the first hole of the golf course.  As I left the artificial  light of the club, and into the grip of the night's natural light, I realized how beautiful the night was!  Past Curtis Weiss's cedar house, across the first bridge, then the second, and onto the 'meadow' of the fairway.  Wow!  It was a spectacular night!  Fresh snow draped the trees, and visibility was easy.  I could see mouse tracks in the ground snow, and guessed they were going from party to party.  Their tracks wound crazily all over the place!  Must be really good parties...  As I waked on, I'm sure I saw a small group of elves dancing at the near edge of the woods that border the cart path.  I chose not to alter my pace, but by the time I reached where they had been, they had vanished!  Bummer!  But I'm sure they were there, there were many small footprints, honest.


To polish-off the holidays, I skied this morning.  Then back into the club for more banter with Sue and Crew (guaranteed laughter!), socialized over breakfast, then followed my tracks from last night back home.  Sure enough, all of above happened, I can show you the tracks!

I'll see you next weekend, only three days away!  We've got three days of 'Old Fart' hours as the area opens at 10:00.  Ah, a chance to rest, and find our paths back to normal.  I'll show you the way....




PS- from Dean Spanley: 'Only the closed mind is certain'.



5.  HERE’S A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION FOR YOU.  “I love the Caberfae Ski Club and hereby resolve to toss my hat into the ring to run for a seat on the Board of Directors.”  The board meets about six times each year, most often during the season. Only a few of those meetings cut into your bar-time.  Please think it over, if you have any questions, please contact Pat Bourassa or Lauren Rule at the club email address: caberfaeskiclub@caberfaeskiclub.org



6.  CSC BY-LAWS continue to be tweaked and twerked with some very minor twittering over the last several months.  The reality is the process will continue to be an evolution, as opposed to a revolution. Your Board of Directors would now like to have the membership review the changes and bring it to a vote at the Annual Meeting in March.  This will be historic … the last time the membership ratified the by-laws was during the era of straight skis, big hair and shoulder pads … 1982.  A lot of snow has fallen since then.  The Board is committed to stay on top of these by-laws, keeping them, and us, up to date.



7.  WHAT’S BEHIND DOOR NUMBER ONE – As everyone is aware, the front door of the club, the one leading outdoors from the round room, is locked from 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon, until Friday morning, and again after 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday afternoon. Please, if you notice this door propped open, please close it and make sure it clicks.  There are two reasons:  Security for one.  While there have been no reported security issues, let us not temp fate.  Number two, cute little cartoon characters.  While it might be fun to sit down on a sofa and have a furry little white ermine peak out from behind a pillow, or watch Tom and Jerry scolding one another from across the room, there are some who may not find the humor.  So, for the sake of the old people, let’s make sure the front door is locked up tight.



8.  DON’T FORGET THE OFFICIAL CLUB CALENDAR?  It’s available on the club website www.caberfaeskiclub.org.  Consider printing a copy and sticking it to your refrigerator. 




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 in the hall near the dining room

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

Tac Lee, board member, etclee@att.net

Robin Potthoff, board member, robinpotthoff@gmail.com

Lauren Rule, board member, lauren.rule@gamil.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  


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