Celebrating nearly 80 Years of Skiing and Lifelong Friendships

February 12, 2019      Vol. XI, #18

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.


CABERFAE SKI BOOK CLUB – Will discuss the book “The Last Runaway” by Tracy Chevalier on February afternoon at 1 p.m. in the Stag’s Head Lounge where Norma Roelfsema, will serve as Proctor, and promises, “YES!” there WILL be wine!What? There’s no Friday night bartender?  Well, that just won’t do.  If you wish to help out, contact Sam Hogg hogg.sam@gmail.com or Lauren Rule lauren.rule@gmail.com ASAP!


FISH FRY 6 P.M. Don't forget to make your reservation online or on the signup sheet by Thursday!



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 is available until 11:15 A.M.


KIDS CLUB 3-5 P.M. Come hang out with us in the round room as we craft and have ice cream. Ages up to 12 are invited!


LUKE WINSLOW-KING will be performing during the Après Ski Party in the Stag’s Head Lounge beginning at 4 p.m. with Sam Hogg and Lauren Rule at the bar. This is a special performance and you can check out his website by clicking on his name or go to http://www.lukewinslowking.com/about



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.


Après Ski Party in the Stag’s Head Lounge beginning at 4 P.M. (This is not a mistake!).  Join bartenders Nick and Lindsey Battjes to celebrate President's Day Eve.



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.


2.  WADDY’S NO BAD NEWS REPORT - Tuesday February 12th, 2019


If anything, I'm not chilled!  (In Lindsey Vonn's retirement talk, she said "I won't miss the cold!")  We just arrived back at Caberfae from a two-day run to Nubs Nob and Petoskey.  We were joined by our neighbors, Doug and Julie Chesney, for great skiing and fine dining.  Best of all, the breakfasts at the Perry Hotel!  My favorite!  We were to have shared time with Kevin and Karen Jung as well, but the gods said 'No'.  For the second week in a row, we had a ski club lady injured skiing here!  Maureen Staskowski suffered a knee injury last Saturday, and Karen suffered major rib damage in a crash this past Saturday.  Both incidents involved serious, season ending damage, reminders that our sport can be dangerous!  Hone skills to make you more aware of your surroundings as you ski.  It’s something that I developed many years ago riding motorcycles long distances, and it works!  We all wish both Ladies well and speedy recoveries.


When we arrived home today, we were greeted by blowing snow, enough that I fired-up my snow-blower first thing.  Immediately our neighbors, Mike and Linda Barrett, brought over a package that had been delivered Monday.  We were both deeply moved and pleased to find it a 'Care' package from our favorite Deli in Ann Arbor- Zingermans!  The source of such care turned out to be all our Cross Country ski friends!  Conspirators must have planned for a while as there are two cards with notes and signatures, all thanking us for our Saturday XC outings.  So cool!  I won't attempt to identify the prime culprits, but I can guess.  Thank you all!!  In one of the cards is pasted a poem:


"It's 2:00 on a Saturday-- the XC crew is ready to play

The dogs are bouncy and happy-- some getting a little happy

The crew cuts through the backyard- which isn't too hard

Til they face the 'bridge of fear'-there is some screeching to hear

Across the field and up the slope- for an hour of great snow is all we hope

The final race to the basement, all in 3rd gear- for a nice and tasty ice cold beer

Robin's soups are filling the air- so get in my way if you dare

Ribbing, laughter and yarns are told- after a great fun day out in the cold

So my dears, only at the Fae- creates such an amazing friendship day!"


As I typed the above,  I found myself drifting to memories of a generation of club members who came before us, and how they would be warmed to know how our wee ski club continues to generate life-long friendships.  And we've only just begun!


Now as I type, I just looked up to see our blowing snow of earlier, has changed to a glorious, large flaked, accumulating snow.  We are forecast to receive snow on and off through tomorrow morning.  Please oh please.  


Of note- Marty William's involvement in Nastar lead to a Caberfae 'team' which went to Crystal Mt. last weekend for Midwest Regional Nastar Races.  There were two days of racing in several categories.  The following is what we recall:


1st in age groups: 
   Marty Williams
   Bobbi Mugan
   Julie Chesney
   Brooks Funke
2nd in age groups:
   Robin Potthoff (oldest Lady there!)
   Georgette Sake
   Larry Walters
3rd in age group:
   Bob Sake
In Sunday's Race of Champions (fastest overall):
   1st- Marty Williams
   3rd- Bobbi Mugan (a Cadillac native, long-time Caberfae racer, and co-organizer with Marty to put this Caberfae team together)


In the team events, Caberfae's 'Need for Speed' team was First overall!!  That team comprised of: Amanda James, Marty Williams, Brooks Funke, Bobbi Mugan, Georgette Sake, Mitch Riegel, Bob Sake, and Elizabeth Begle.  The other Caberfae team, 'Caberfae Speedsters' scored an 11th out of 19 teams.  They were: Robin Potthoff, Julie Chesney, Dave McCain, Mike Ingmire, Larry Walters, and Brad Cook.  


Pretty cool that you all fared so well in cold, grueling conditions!

Again, Huge Thanks to Marty and Bobbi Mugan for their efforts to organize the participants.


Further- it must be noted that Don Pikula has finally received his doctor's OK to return to skiing after December open heart surgery.  His surgeon said 3 months after the surgery, this was close!  Don insisted it be 90 days, exactly.  No matter, a few days late, and once again last weekend, four generations of Pikulas skied together!  Think about that!! 


I'll close now.  It's snowing, there's a rumor of spontaneous gathering at the ski club.  Must be an imminent snow dance.  


Be good to each other, don't build walls in relationships!



PS- remember, experience comes from surviving poor decisions!


3. BALLOTING IS NOW OPEN   Shhhh!  Very quietly, open your email and scroll back to Sunday evening, February 10, 2019.  Look for an email from roelfsen@gmail.com via SurveyMonkey.  It’s your one and only ballot for electing two members to the board of directors of the CSC. Remember, only one adult member gets to vote. I suggest you wait until AFTER you hit the SEND button before you yell, “Hey honey, don’t worry, I took care of that silly ballot thing from the ski club.”



Let’s get ready for the Caberfae Caucus.  The Nominating Committee is excited to submit a list of four 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.  There are posters with photos of each candidate posted on the bulletin board so you can put a face with the name.  When you see these candidates around the clubhouse, please thank them for offering to serve the club.



CSC Board Candidate


My name is Mary Jane Dewey-Canfield and I have had skiing in my blood since 1975 when my parents bought the little Pine Chata Ski shop in Cadillac.  After college and moving away from the area, we changed careers and moved back “home” to enjoy the Cadillac community.  


My love of skiing with my family; husband Tom, children Jimmy and Katie, has grown because of the club. The club has helped foster their ability to participate in these programs.   I am so grateful for the club.  To be with old friends and meet new friends every weekend is the epitome of a good life!  Now, it is time for me to give back.  I come to you with 15 years’ experience in marketing with Buick and over 14 years owning two businesses and managing a home loan center.  I am confident that my business and financial experience can aid to keeping the costs in balance while looking for ways to continue the momentum of improvement each year.  I offer great energy and am looking forward to serving our members.  I would appreciate your vote.


CSC Board Candidate


 Hi, my name is Randy Conaway and I am running for your board.  For those of you who do not know me I am from Saginaw.  I like long runs down the slopes, warm nights by the fire and the crisp sound of a beer opening while watching the sun set as the snow falls. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Saginaw Valley State College (giving my age away) now known as Saginaw Valley State University.  I am currently employed with UPS where I have been for 43 years, with 29 years of perfect attendance.  


I have been skiing at Caberfae since I was 11 years old.  It has been fun watching the changes over the last 40+ plus years. Caberfae is a great relaxed family atmosphere.  I feel I know most of you from talking to you on the chair lift over the years and now as a member of the Caberfae Ski Club, I know your names.  The Caberfae Ski Club is an awesome club, very family oriented. The facility itself is clean, comfortable and cozy.  Well maintained.


If elected to the board, I will do my best to support and promote the activities of this amazing club.  I will always be available to hear your ideas, suggestions or concerns and present them to the other board members. I would be honored to preserve the CSC traditions along with making new traditions with current and future members. You can find me on the slopes, in the club having lunch or in the Stag’s Head Lounge.  


Before you cast your vote remember this: ‘It’s not what you say, it’s what you do”.  Thank you for your consideration.  Your vote is greatly appreciated.  See you on the Slopes.


CSC Board Candidate


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 10 years.  In those years, we have made the best friends of our lives—so much so, that when I retired from teaching two years 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 hope you like the improvements made to our dining room this summer.  I was excited to chair the committee that planned, contracted, and organized the remodel.  I’m looking forward to helping with the purchase of new dining room furniture and lighting for next year.


Projects like these are important to keep our club a comfortable and functional place for members. They also maintain the value of our facility.  I believe it is very important that improvements are part of a careful, long-term plan. As good stewards of the dues paid by members, the board needs to budget for maintenance, upgrades, and emergencies. And always, board members need to be guided by the wishes of the membership.


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 would like to help the board plan events, provide services, and develop facilities that do this.


I’m pleased with recent use of technology at the club, such as email elections, and credit card payments. I hope that we will continue to investigate ways technology can improve the management of the club and communication between members and the board.


I feel that in addition to attending 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—such as the dining room remodel. 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 vote in the upcoming election.  Thanks for your consideration, and see you on the slopes!


CSC Board Candidate


My name is Rick Stubbs and I am running for your board of directors. My wife, Mary (n’ee Porter - a Cadillac girl!) and I have been club members for three years. Prior to that, we were fortunate to spend a fair bit of time as guests of Mart and Teresa Williams during our five years on the waiting list. We currently reside in East Lansing and will retire within the year. Like others in the club have done, we will be making our cabin near Caberfae our permanent home.


As to my background, I’ve enjoyed a 38-year career as a financial advisor. I spent the first seven years with Merrill Lynch and the last thirty-one with Wells Fargo Advisors LLC. I earned my B.S. degree from the University of Arizona and my M.B.A. at Michigan State University.


Regarding relevant experience, in the past I served on various committees at our two local country clubs: The Country Club of Lansing and Walnut Hills Country Club. During that time, I was witness to both clubs undertaking, what I felt were ill-advised major clubhouse renovations, which involved taking on a lot of debt. The end result was both clubs eventually declaring bankruptcy and in 2018 Walnut Hills (founded in 1921) ceased to exist. These events reinforced my belief in fiscal conservatism and good stewardship. From what I’ve observed and have been told, it’s clear, that the Caberfae Ski Club Board of Directors has done an outstanding job of stewardship for many years and I would welcome the opportunity to do my part.



During our first few visits to the club, it quickly became clear to Mary and me that this was a truly special place. Learning about the history and traditions of the club has made it much more special.  I can’t adequately express how much we enjoy our association with the club and the great friendships we have made and continue to make.  Whether chosen for the board or not, I look forward to doing all I can to help maintain and enhance the club traditions and facilities, as well as the membership’s experience.  Thank you for your consideration.




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