Celebrating over 80 Years of Skiing and Lifelong Friendships
February 2, 2021 Vol. XIV, #13
Inside This Issue:
1. A most welcome letter from our president
2. The Annual Meeting will be February 27, 2021
3. Voting for two new board members
4. The candidates are...
1. A most welcome letter from our president, Pat Bourassa,
Good news. The pause has been lifted. The Caberfae Ski Club Dining and Bar will reopen on Saturday. But there are some new rules that we have to follow in order to remain open. This is your club, so if everyone is considerate, we’ll be able to stay safe and stay open. Having said this, I would to thank you for being patient and following the COVID rules. It’s been a challenge, for sure. But we’re still open and we’re still skiing.
Consistent with Michigan Occupational Safety & Health Administration (MIOSHA) requirements, we can only accommodate members and guests at 25% of capacity. Tables and chairs have been set up to meet this requirement. Please don’t move chairs or tables. There’s a limit of six people that can be seated at a single table. Nor can we stand around tables or the bar. Please continue to self-monitor capacity requirements that are posted in each room. Staff and board members would rather not be COVID Cops.
We must to be seated at a table to eat and drink. Unfortunately, we still cannot congregate in the clubhouse. And as you might have guessed, we need to wear a mask at all times, unless you are in the process of eating or drinking.
If you plan to dine inside, you may want to procure a table before ordering. You won’t be able to stand around in the dining room waiting for your order. Please designate one person in your group to order and pick up food. If you wish, you can now bring your picnic lunch into the clubhouse, but the seating and masking rules still apply. Take-out is still available, but not through the outside window. The goal is to continue to provide a safe environment for everyone while still offering some of the services we all have missed.
As always, children under 18 are not allowed upstairs in the Stag’s Head Lounge, so if you don’t have little ones, please consider eating upstairs to allow the kids to eat downstairs.
The bar rules are significantly different than in the past. We can no longer walk up to the bar and order drinks, nor is self-service an option. There will be a server/bartender to wait on you in the bar and in the outdoor corral. Members cannot bartend for themselves or others. Unfortunately, the Stag’s Head Deck is off limits for cocktails for the time being. During the review by the state, we were informed that our current license never included the deck (Oops!). We expect to have this resolved soon. This week the bar will be open on Saturday from 4-7pm. If there is enough interest, we may open on subsequent Friday nights as well.
Please remember to continue to sign in each day. We’ve been doing this for a while, but now it’s a new requirement when providing indoor service.
I know this might sound a little heavy handed, but if we play by the rules, we’ll be able to stay open. This is your club and you have the right to make sure your fellow members follow the guidelines set out by the State. The board and staff can’t do this without your help.
If you have any questions or would like any clarification, please send me a note.
Enjoy the club and stay safe.
2. The Annual Meeting will be February 27, 2021 but will look somewhat different this year. Gone are the Caberfae Ski Club Chicks, slinging libations across the bar to patrons stocking up rations to survive the meeting. In fact it'll be pretty quiet in the Stag's Head Lounge. The meeting will be via Zoom beginning at 5 p.m. (that's not a mistake, 5 p.m.) Zooming information will be forth coming soon.
3. Voting for two new board members must happen before the Annual Meeting. Hopefully this goes more smoothly than the November circus. eBallots will wing their way to you on Sunday, February 7, 2021 and must be cast by noon, Sunday, February 21, 2021. Watch your email for additional information coming soon.
4. The candidates are... Our little club is blessed with many giving people. Five of them have tossed their helmets into the ring, offering their names for consideration as candidates, running for two positions serving on the club's Board of Directors. Please review their information below and hunt them down on the slopes and ask them some tough questions. Like, "If I vote for you will you move my name to the top of the Parking Lot list?"
If you aren’t familiar with me, my name is Mike McGuire and I’m a native of Cadillac, and I actually had the pleasure of raising a little hell in the halls of our beloved club as a kid when my parents were members. My dad tells us that he and my mom decided to become club members because they wanted something for the whole family to do together but whenever they came out to the club, my siblings and I would take off and they would never see us for the rest of the day. It’s true. I had some great times out here as a kid, and I have the scars to prove it.
Now, 150 years later (or so it feels like anyway), my own boys are taking off with their friends and leaving Marsha, my wife, and I to hang out by the fire pit, scratching our heads and enjoying a beverage while we wonder where the heck they are . . . out making their own memories and gaining their own set of scars, no doubt. (If you see them doing something dangerous though, don’t tell Marsha, it makes her crazy!)
It only took Marsha and me about six years to get off the waiting list to become members, but boy did it come just at the right time. Our oldest son, MacKale, had just had his leg amputation and was learning to ski again and having the club as home base for him to just take off and ski has been a huge blessing. All of our boys have definitely made good use of the facilities and have quickly made up for any lost time on the waiting list. They are all HUGE fans of Sue’s chicken noodle soup, burgers, and those killer milk shakes. For Marsha and me, it’s great just to meet old friends and new at the club especially this year as we play, who’s behind the mask?
When I’m not chasing after teenage boys, I’m in the business of Real Estate with Coldwell Banker for the last seven years. It keeps me busy, but not so much so that I haven’t had time to be active in the community over the last several years. I have added my name to several local and regional committees and boards (Cadillac Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Cadillac Visitors Bureau, the Clam Lake Township DDA board of Directors, Cascade Board of the Directions, Michigan Amputee Golf Association Board Member).
Being raised in the hospitality business most of my life, I have always understood that ‘you get what you give’ in life. I feel that with my various experiences serving others, running a resort (with food and beverage), and dealing with employees and board members, I can make a significant contribution to your board (plus I make a really mean Rum Runner when necessary.)
See you on the slopes!
My name is Stacey Potthoff-Dimmer, otherwise known as the “other Stacey”. I am a retired healthcare professional (cardiac clinician, educator and management) from Port Huron. I have skied at Caberfae since I was 3 years old...the days of rope tows and gloves held together with duct tape. I coordinated clerical work for Jerry Clifford’s race camps and was employed at Caberfae for two winters. I have family who live in the village and they have so generously allowed me to make their home-mine. With this I have since become a member of the club. I started being a regular during an incredibly difficult time of my life. I was so welcomed by members and their kindness. It helped me find some “balance” and “happy”. I would like to pay it forward to the club by being part of the team to help make the club a place everyone wants to be a part of. With my love for the ski area, ski club and professional skill sets I feel I would be an asset to the board. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
I am running for your Board of Directors, once again. My wife Mary (n'ee Porter - a Cadillac girl) and I have been club members for five years. We became full-time residents of the area in August when we sold our home in East Lansing and moved up to our place near Caberfae, as I will be retiring in February of this year. As one of our wonderful lifties says, we’re truly “Living the Dream!”
As to my background, I have enjoyed a nearly 40 year career as a financial advisor. I spent the first seven years with Merrill Lynch, the next 31 years with Wells Fargo Advisors LLC, and the last year and a half with Stifel Nicolaus & Co., where my business partner and I moved in June, 2019. I earned my bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona and my MBA at Michigan State University.
Regarding relevant experience, in the past I served on various committees at the Country Club of Lansing and Walnut Hills Country Club in East Lansing. 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 that both clubs eventually declared bankruptcy and in 2018 Walnut Hills, founded in 1921, ceased to exist and is today a pasture. 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, many years, and I would very much welcome the opportunity to do my part.
During our first few visits to the club as guests, 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 that 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 so much for your consideration.
Hello fellow club members. I am running for re-election on the board and currently serve as Second Vice President and Entertainment Chairperson. I also assist with building maintenance. I enjoy performing my current duties including running the fall and spring work bees and planning the event calendar. I am dedicated to the club and believe that my many years of experience on the board have had a positive influence on our club and its future.
I am grateful for the opportunity to have served this club that I still feel passionate about and would like to continue in my current capacity for another term.
If re-elected I promise to continue to honor our traditions while working toward a common vision for the future of our club.
I am excited to run for an open board member position at the Caberfae Ski Club. I want to thank the current board for their tireless work this year managing this pandemic and finding unique ways to keep the club open and safe for all members. My wife and I live near Grand Rapids, MI and we have two kiddos named Henrik (2yrs) and Emelia (1 month).
Caberfae Ski Club holds a special place in my heart, as it does for all members, since I grew up skiing at the club with my grandparents (Bob and Ariadne). Making sure the club remains a place of community and enjoyment is a priority.
I have volunteered to work on boards for non-profit and for-profit organizations with different roles ranging from director of Finance and HR. Serving on the board is the least I can do to give back to the club I care so much about.
I look forward to serving the members if you determine me qualified to join the board.
COMMENTS, CONTRIBUTIONS & SUGGESTIONS
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CLUB CONTACT INFORMATION
Caberfae Ski Club web page: www.caberfaeskiclub.org
Send your favorite photo-moments from the club or the slopes to email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org
I Forgot to Make Dinner Reservation Phone Line: (231) 920-6769 (Sue’s personal cell phone)
General Caberfae Ski Club email address: email@example.com
Caberfae Peaks Resort: www.caberfaepeaks.com
Pat Bourassa, President
Ron Kimball, Immediate Past President
Mary Jane Canfield, First Vice President
Paul Waug, Second Vice President, Social Chairman
Tac Lee, board member
Cathy Maher, board member
Brian Nyland, board member
Lauren Rule, board member
Club Secretary/Treasurer - Norma Roelfsema
Assistant Club Treasurer - David Reiser
Club Manager - Sue Egelus
Club Webmaster - Jim Neff