Celebrating 80 Years of Skiing and Lifelong Friendships

February 25, 2020      Vol. XIII, #18


Be sure to RSVP for the Steak Fry on Saturday night following the Annual Meeting.  Do it now.  Follow this link: dinnerreservations@caberfaeskiclub.org  And let Sue know how many will be in your tribe.  It's just that easy.




2. NO BAD NEWS (2019-20, Volume II) by Sam Hogg










•   Clubhouse Grill opens for breakfast at 9:30 a.m. with service until 3 p.m. 

•   Lifts open at 10 a.m.

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

•   The Stags Head Lounge will be open Friday evening, thanks to John and Rita Grant



•   Clubhouse Grill opens for breakfast at 8:30 a.m. with service until 3 p.m. 

•    Lifts open at 9 a.m.

•    Ticket Elf is available until 11:15 a.m.

•    The CSC Ski Chicks will be on hand for pre-Annual Meeting libations

•    Annual Meeting at 4:30

•    The Stags Head Lounge re-opens following the closing gavel of the Annual Meeting..

•    Steak Fry will be served shortly after.



•    Clubhouse Grill opens for breakfast at 8:30 a.m. with service until 3 p.m. 

•    Lifts open at 9 a.m.

•    Ticket Elf is available until 11:15 a.m.

•    The barn door is pulled at 4 p.m. closing off the Clubhouse Grill, The Stags Head Lounge ... and possibly your stuff.


2.  NO BAD NEWS (2019-20, Volume II) by Sam Hogg


So my predictions a month ago of the Vikings winning regionals and a few more feet of snow were a bit lofty, but I’ll settle for what we got.  As I write this both ski teams are headed to Nub’s Nob for the state meet and I just wrapped up one of the best weekends I can remember at the Peaks.  Snow?  Who needs it!  Give me three straight days of sunshine and 30’s on top of what Pete and Tim tirelessly put out there as a sliding surface and I’ll make do.   


The New Year's to President’s Day stretch of winter is one of my favorite times of year.  Everyone has found their groove.  The conditions are consistent.  The Caberfae staff is all trained up.  After President’s Day, I cringe with each passing weekend as we get closer to the end, but the midsection is where time seems to stand still.  Retired folks fill the round room each weekday morning, get displaced by youthful racers every afternoon, and working stiffs like me count down the days until the weekends full of fun and friends.  Rinse, repeat.


On that topic, as an expecting father I’m becoming more aware of our circle of life at the club, and not just because 8th grader Avery Meyer beat me last Wednesday night.  I’ve noticed in time the working stiffs eventually get to ski during the week and the youthful racers become working stiffs with kids who start displacing the retired folks in the round room each afternoon.  Some retired folks are drinking more coffee than skiing.  You get the idea.  I snuck upstairs to grab a cupcake during a baby shower held for Lauren and was greeted by 30 sets of loving eyes spanning four generations.  At least half of those eyes watched me when I was a kid.  How fortunate we are to have that community in this place and to watch it repeat itself again and again. 


Lastly, a pitch to keep that community healthy.  Whether you are a ski racer or not, many of the friendships and shared experiences that make the club what it is were forged around ski racing.  It takes an army of staff, volunteers, and equipment to continue putting the racing product out there for all to enjoy.  You also can’t find a better antithesis to a youth glued to an iPhone than one who is freezing cold on the top of South Peak focusing on hurling his or herself through a race course at 40 miles an hour.  Please consider supporting the Huckle Race this Sunday by racing, donating money or an item for auction, or simply showing up to bid on said items.  It’s a great time and a great cause. 


I’ll leave you with another “heard in the club” quote.  I was playing with baby Jack Williams and made a very gender-insensitive remark that our future little one would either be his ski buddy or his prom date.  His mother Stephanie was quick to correct me by saying, “If you are lucky, both!” 




Friday 28th: John and Rita Grant

Saturday 9th: The CSC Ski Chicks - MJ Canfield, Julie Finch, Andrea Sake, and there's sure to be more.


Still in need of March 14th (Spring Carnival and Music)!




CHECK OUT THE PROPOSED BY-LAWS and the current version of the By-laws at www.caberfaeskiclub.org.  On the menu bar, across the top of the page, click on By-Laws to select either "Old By-Laws" or "New By-Laws". The new By-Laws will be presented at the CSC Annual Meeting on February 29, 2020 at 4:30 PM




The proposed new bylaws are linked to our website and we will be voting on them at the Annual Meeting. It is very important that we have enough members for the votes and proxies to count. If you cannot make the meeting, please give your proxy to another member. How is this done? Email or send a letter stating the following:


I,__________________________, am unable to be present at the Caberfae Ski Club Annual Meeting on Saturday, February 29th, 2020 and give proxy to ___________________ for the approval of the proposed by-laws.

Your Name:___________________________________

Address: ______________________________________


If you are going to be at the club this weekend there will be proxies in the clear holder at the information board prior to the meeting.


It’s that easy. Your vote/proxy counts!


Don't forget to RSVP for dinner after the meeting!




Ballots for the candidates are in your email! They are sent through Survey Monkey and may have gone into your promo or junk folder if you didn’t look or another email you have provided in the past. Voting will be closed on Friday, February 28th at 8 p.m. The reminder notice went out on Monday if you inadvertently deleted the email. If you have Survey Monkey blocked, you will not get a ballot.




The Nominating Committee has submitted four candidates running for two open seats in the 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.


Hello!  I’m Ron Kimball and I’d like to continue serving you as a member of the Caberfae Ski Club Board.

My wife, Lou, and I are transplants to Michigan.  We are both originally from New Hampshire.  We arrived in the Detroit area on Labor Day weekend in 1972 with plans to be in the area only a year. I attended Wayne State University for an advanced program in Rehabilitation Management and we have been in the Detroit area ever since. Initial acquaintances quickly became good friends/family who introduced us to the Caberfae Ski Club and the amazing comradery within its membership.  We joined the ranks of members around 1980.


Caberfae Ski Club has been a big part of our Michigan Family.  I believe friendship, community and a lifetime sport like skiing are some of the best experiences’ life has to offer.  I also believe in giving back to these things that give meaning to our life.  I would like to help Caberfae Ski Club remain an important feature to our skiing community.


Having worked for 38 years as the Executive Director for a nonprofit that served people with disabilities, I understand the responsibilities of fiscal management.  I have worked with many varied budgets.


Now retired, Lou and I plan to be a local resident soon.  I welcome the opportunity to continue serving the board and thank you for your consideration.  


Hello! My name is Hugh Potter and I am running for a seat on the Caberfae Ski Club Board of Directors. I have been fortunate to ski Caberfae for over 40 years and have been a member of the ski club for many of those years. It is heart-warming to see the club evolve from year to year. Many aspects have stayed the same and yet so much has wonderfully changed. I am honored to be here today, asking for your vote for a seat on the board. 


I would like to contribute to the leadership that has enabled the ski club to represent the best of us. As a board member, I will seek a balance between the traditions of the past with a careful and critical eye towards the future to help maintain the beauty that is the Caberfae Ski Club. I will help to plan appropriately through proper stewardship and awareness keeping the interests of the club membership. As a former board member, I have had an opportunity to contribute to the Caberfae Ski Club and hope to have that opportunity again. I am honored to ask you for your vote and thank you for your consideration. 


Hello, my name is Joe Masvero have been involved with the Caberfae Ski Club regularly since 2003 as a guest of Lee Riehl. At that time club membership was in decline and many Saturday nights involved Lee, Cris Dippel, Waddy, and myself solving the world’s problems alone in the Stag’s Head lounge.  


Weekly, Cris and Waddy would offer an invite for me to join the club, but it wasn’t until one extremely cold Saturday when I stayed out on the slopes for one run too long and when I came in with my two children in tears from the cold, Robin and Kim grabbed my munchkins and helped them warm up. I grabbed my checkbook and said Cris how much?  At that point in the club there was no such thing as a waiting list and then something magically happened to what we have today. 


Soon after joining I was asked to join the board and enjoyed that time but then ultimately needed to focus on some other life matters. Today life is far less complicated, therefore I am ready to roll up my sleeves and put my hat back in the ring to help assure our club stays as great as we know it already, both in our heritage, our culture, and of course for our financial future. 


My bride Elizabeth and our 4 adult children enjoy the weekends traveling from Grand Haven as much as we can, less with kids as they seek out their own adult responsibilities. YES!!


I have served clients while at Merrill Lynch as a Certified Financial Planner *R for 23 years. 


I would love to serve our club once again and thank you for your VOTE! 


My name is Brian Nyland and this is the twelfth year that Melissa and I have been members of the Caberfae Ski Club. We were both raised in Cadillac and met in high school.  We married and moved to Indiana in 1987 for a work opportunity.  Following many years in Indiana we landed in metro Detroit for 12 years.  We returned to Cadillac full time 3 years ago when I began work at Rec Boat Holdings, LLC (formerly Four Winns) as Plant Controller (Finance). I have been involved with several Board of Directors throughout my business career and currently I serve on the Finance Committee and as a Board Member of the Cadillac Country Club. I’m a much better golfer than skier, but I enjoy skiing especially early morning groomed Caberfae.  I also enjoy boating along with all sports in general.


The Caberfae Ski Club has given me the opportunity to appreciate the impact the club has on families and individuals.  I like the direction the club is heading and have supported changes to the round room fireplace and most recently the dining room makeover.  I recently had the opportunity to work on updating our club by-laws and feel I was an asset the team and feel privileged to serve. I have added my skills as a volunteer bartender and hosting nights, such as, Mardi Gras and Mexican margarita night.  I strongly believe in giving service back to the club.


My strengths in business administration, financial management, spreadsheets and human resources have allowed me to connect, interact and motivate others throughout my career.  My integrity, reliability and loyalty make me well qualified for the Board.  I have no promises to offer if elected to the Board, other than I will listen first and work hard to do what’s best for all.  Thank you in advance 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

Ron Kimball, President

Shane Demek, Immediate Past President

Mary Jane Canfield, First Vice President

Paul Waug, Second Vice President, Social Chairman

Pat Bourassa, board member

Jeff Conradson, board member

Mary Jane Dewey-Canfield, board member

Tac Lee, board member

Cathy Maher, board member

Lauren Rule, board member

Club Secretary/Treasurer Norma Roelfsema 

Assistant Club Treasurer David Reiser 

Club Manager Sue Egelus 

Club Webmaster Jim Neff

Historical Committee Bernie Bovee Paul Williams

 eNewsletter Pat Goggin, editor, enewsletter@caberfaeskiclub.org