eNewsletter - January30, 2024




Family Day this Saturday

There’s lots of outdoor (and indoor) fun planned for Family Day. Free soft-serve ice cream from 1 p.m. until it runs out! Make a cone or a bowl with toppings to fuel the days activities. Kid racing begins at 11:30 a.m. with awards to follow immediately after the race. From 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Fantail Farms will guide horse-drawn sleigh rides from our parking lot, free to all members and guests. Ride the sleigh around Caberfae Village as many times as you wish! Then from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. enjoy a bonfire and s’mores at the fire pit in front of the Club. Don’t miss this fun day for all ages!


Final Fish Fry February 16

The next/last scheduled fish dinner for this season will be Feb. 16th. Sign up on the list in the hallway or online at dinnerreservations@caberfaeskiclub.org PRIOR to the 16th. If you decide to attend last minute on the 16th PLEASE call/text Sue's phone (231) 920-6769 to ensure we have enough fish. *Reminder this is President's weekend*  Adults $12.00 Children $7.00


Annual Member Meeting - Feburary 24

Mark your calendars for the annual meeting of the Caberfae Ski Club. It is scheduled for Saturday, February 24th at 4:30 pm in the Stagshead lounge. All members are encouraged to attend. A steak fry will following the meeting, more details to come.


Board Candidates for Review

We have three candidates for the two open board positions. Information on the three nominees follows below. Please take some time to get to know our nominees and also be sure you take the time to vote when the voting opens. 

Voting for board members will only be available through a link provided in the February 6 and February 13 newsletters. Voting will be open Tuesday, February 6 and run through Wednesday, February 14.  



As you can see in the two pictures I have been around the Club for many years. I had been a member for 10 years with my parents when the black & white was taken and 30+ in the second. When I brought my family to the Club in the early 90’s I became a board member and didn’t leave the board until 2014. During that time I was Secretary – Treasurer for a number of years, President twice, during one of those years we raised money to put on the new roof and the next year we banned smoking in the Club. During all those years our goal was to grow but be fiscally responsible, it was a successful principle. I believe we still need to continue to be conscious of what we spend.

After I retired from the board I lead a dozen dedicated members to rewrite the By-laws. It was a two-year project that took a lot of compromise, negotiating and most importantly talking things out and working together. I believe I can bring these skills and my historical knowledge to the board. The Club is a very special place that I, and many of you have devoted countless hours to, we have come a long way and I want to ensure we continued to be successful.

I believe there’s plenty of room for improvement but we also have to be sure we stay the same, we’re an amazing Ski Club. Thank you for your vote, I’m looking forward to getting back involved.

Thanks, Marty



Greetings fellow Caberfae Ski Club members!

I’m Chris Medema and I have been skiing at Caberfae since the age of three. Originally from Muskegon, I’ve had the good fortune of being part of the ski club since the early ‘80’s when my family joined. My wife and I returned to Michigan in 2015 after spending ten years in Colorado. Melanie and I now reside in the Grand Rapids area and are also closely involved with a local charitable organization that’s very dear to us. In our free time during the non-winter months, we are often found fly fishing on rivers throughout West and Northern Michigan.

I’ve worked in business operations for the majority of my career and currently serve in a director’s role in the environmental management arena. My primary focus is on commercial property. I have also worked in the IT field in public health and healthcare. My experience across a wide swath of both the private and public sectors has enabled me to appreciate the value of varying viewpoints, understand the importance of gathering consensus, and foster creative problem solving.

My interest in joining the board stems from a desire to uphold cub traditions while encouraging increased involvement among members as the club evolves. I look forward each week to booting up in the round room on Saturday mornings and hope to meet more of you over the coming weeks. It has been exciting to watch the club grow and prosper over the years, and I appreciate your consideration for a position on the board. Caberfae and our unique and special ski club hold a lifetime of wonderful memories for me, with many more to come!



My name is Mark Pikula. My parents, Marlene and Don Pikula, started skiing at Caberfae in 1954. My first memory at the Caberfae Ski Club, was coming into the round room to warm up with hot chocolate after skiing. My wife Karen, sons Donald and Mark became members in 1999. Now my oldest son,Donald, and his family, Catherine, Elliot, Adam and Leo are club members. That makes 4 generations, over 60 years. During that time, I’ve experienced the work and dedication previous generations have given to make the club what it is today.

I truly believe it is the people of the Caberfae Ski Club that make it the place that it is. The building and facilities enable us to have a place where memories are made, while families grow to enjoy this great sport. A place where members want to come, use the facilities, make memories and enjoy the social aspects.

So, here is my commitment to you if you select me as a board member:

Listen to the membership and fellow board members

Think through, review and propose solutions

Continue to work in whatever capacity needed in order to make the club a destination where all want to come and enjoy what this club has to offer

Most of my professional life as an engineering manager with organizations running product design, product development, quality, profit and loss responsibilities as well as personnel development. The last years of my career I was a senior director responsible for program direction and program management. I have experience serving on national engineering committees which these organizational skills can be used as we move forward with our future projects.

While you visit the club you won’t see my handiwork as it is hidden behind the walls and inside the cabinets. I have many hours working with my dad on the plumbing! Now that dad is gone, I continued this year working on remodeling the bathrooms plumbing upstairs.

Having enjoyed the skiing, the facilities, and the friendships for many years, I think you’d agree, ensuring the long-term success of the club is paramount. It doesn’t happen on its own. In order to continue the legacy and growth of the club, I feel called to offer my service as a board member.


Looking for a Part-time Secretary/Treasurer

We’re looking for someone interested in a part-time job as the Club’s administrative assistant. We are looking for someone with an outgoing and positive attitude, and skills to take minutes, bookkeeping, manage membership, post to social media, skill with Quickbooks, along with other duties to keep our club running smoothly. If interested in applying, email your resume to president@caberfaeskiclub.org.


Reminder Where to Find Voting Info and Other Important Notices

All of our Club voting, news, and notice information can be found both here in the Club eNewsletter or on the bulletin boards in the Club bathroom hallway. There are still a number of members not subscribed to the newsletter, so please encourage everyone in your family or circle of friends to subscribe and stay up to date on all the Club news. 


Ski Gear Buy/Sell

This is a free service for members of the Cadillac Ski Club. You are welcome to list ski-related items you have for sale or ads for items you wish to obtain. The Caberfae Ski Club assumes no responsibility for communications between sellers and buyers and no liability for transactions. To submit a Want or Sell Ad, send your item (50 words or less including your contact information) to the Caberfae Ski Club Webmaster. Pictures are permitted if submitted in .jpeg or .png format.


Get Your Club LogoWear Now

Back by popular demand you can again order yourself a new base layer, cap, hoodie, or other CSC logo merch. Show your membership pride year-round with long and short sleeve options. Valentines Day is just around the corner and nothing says “love” like a Caberfae Ski Club sticker 3-pack! Get your orders in now at the Club eStore. SALE ENDS FEBRUARY 29th!



Kitchen Hours: Friday 9:30am - 2:00pm, Saturday & Sunday 8:30am - 3:00pm

Kitchen Specials

**Now offering gluten free chicken strips, bread, and buns**


Tuna or Chicken Salad on Grilled Marble Rye 

with Havarti cheese, lettuce & tomato ~ Fresh made chips on the side  $7.50


Family Buffet: Tossed Salad, Soup, Hot Dogs, Sloppy Joes (all items available ala carte)

$12.50 per person, $24.00 per couple, $36.00 per family


Early Bird Breakfast ~ Quesadilla-eggs/meat/cheese with side of salsa, sour cream & guacamole  $7.00

Lunch ~ Hot dog or grilled cheese with a cup of soup  $7.50

All Lunch specials include a cookie*


Bar Hours

Friday 4:00pm - 8:00pm

Saturday 3:00pm - 8:00pm

*Notice for Bar Entry - Any member entering the bar during bar hours must sign in and show a photo ID at the bar. Any guests must also be signed in and introduced to the bartender. Only members may purchase drinks at the bar. A member must be present and pay for any guest drinks.



2/3 - Family Day - free ice cream beginning at 1 p.m., kids race 11:30 a.m., sleigh rides 1-4 p.m., bonfire, and s’mores - 1-5 p.m.

2/16 - Friday Fish Fry - 6 p.m.

2/17 - Live Music with Zac Bunce 4-7 p.m. Kids Event 4-5 p.m.

2/24 - Annual Meeting and Dinner - 4:30 p.m. meeting - 6:30 p.m. dinner

3/16 - Live Music with Sandy and the Bandits 5-8 p.m.

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Caberfae Ski Club web page: www.caberfaeskiclub.org

Calendar of Events: www.caberfaeskiclub.org/calendar

Dinner Reservation Hotline: dinnerreservations@caberfaeskiclub.org

Dinner Reservation Phone Line: (231) 920-6769 (Sue’s personal cell phone)

General Caberfae Ski Club email address: caberfaeskiclub@caberfaeskiclub.org


Current Board Members

Paul Waug, President - president@caberfaeskiclub.org

Ann Elenbaas, First Vice President

Brian VanHaren, Second Vice President

Keenan Cooper, board member

Karl Hansen, board member

Ron Kimball, board member

Carol Lee, board member

Jeremy Williams, board member

Club Manager - Sue Egelus

Club Secretary/Treasurer - Norma Roelfsema - secretary-treasurer@caberfaeskiclub.org

Assistant Club Treasurer - Jessica Danford - asst-sec-treas@caberfaeskiclub.org

Club Webmaster - Jim Neff - neffzone@yahoo.com

Club eNewsletter Editor - Tom Medema - editor@caberfaeskiclub.org


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