May News Letter 2020


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Message From the President  by Nowell Newman


Note from the President: 

I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe. The Newman's are getting a lot done on the home front & are patiently waiting to hear when we can proceed with life outside the home. I for one have not left the house or my yard at all since March 18th. I have never enjoyed spending time in my yard as much as I am now.

 Your pres, Noelle.




Social Events by Annette Ruffner

Greetings from home.
As of right now I don’t have anything for a social event. I did call Inwood golf course, and they are closed for now, till the governor gives the ok. Then it looks like it will be walking only, the clubhouse will be closed, so you will have to make tee times on line. So we will see what we can work out then.
So since my social duties are on hold, I’ll try to entertain you with a few jokes.

Golfer: “I think I will go drown myself in the lake.” Caddy: “I don’t think you are able to keep your head down long enough.”

I’m so bad at golf that I have to get my ball retriever regripped more often than my clubs!

Golf balls are like eggs. They are both white, sold by the dozen, and a week later you have to go buy more.

!!! Keep Smiling !!!

 Annette, Social Director




From the Editor by Ron Dewey

Memberships expired June 30th, Please renew ASAP.
Applications can be found on the web site. Renew and be part of the fun!

If you do not renew before the October Newsletter is ready to send out, the September Newsletter will be the last one you will receive, until you renew.

The deadline for the June Newsletter is Friday, May 22.

 Send articles and pictures to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and put “JSC Newsletter” on the subject line. 

You do not have to wait until the 22nd to send something to me. Editor 

        Memo:   Payments for all Joliet Ski Club trips are taken at all meetings, as we would really love to see you,

or can be mailed to PO Box 2542, Joliet, IL 60434-2542.

Checks made payable to Joliet Ski Club
Note the trip name on the memo line. One trip per check.
Payment may include all in your party. Each Trip must be paid in full one month prior to departure.

Now is the time to make sure your Skis, Board, and boots are ready for the coming ski season.




Editor's Notes !!!

The April meeting was canceled, and the May meeting is tentatively scheduled for Thursday the 21st. Elections are postponed until farther notice. E-mails will be sent once the decisions are made about the May meeting and elections. Hopefully all of you are staying safe and are in good health. Editor  


!!! Please Check Details !!!

Details for all CMSC Events and Trips can be found on the CMSC website, .

CMSC has two baseball outing planned. the first is to St. Louis to a Cubs Cardinal game and the second to a White Sox game in Chicago.

The Cubs Trip: CMSC “hit one out of the park” with the 2020 baseball trip July 25 – 26, 2020. We will be going to Busch Stadium in St. Louis for an afternoon game between the Cubs and the Cardinals. This will not be your normal day at the ballpark as we will be hanging out in the all-inclusive “Party Suite” (skybox) in the 200 level with food and drink included. Cost: $413.00 / person

We will be leaving from Suburbanite Bowl in Downers Grove via motor coach on Saturday morning (about 7:30am) and should be arriving in St. Louis in the early afternoon. You will have the afternoon and evening to explore the Ballpark Village or other sights and attractions in downtown St. Louis.

We will be staying Saturday night at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, located about 1 block from the ballpark village and 2 blocks from the ballpark.

It’s a 1:15pm “First Pitch” on Sunday afternoon. Ballpark gates open at 11:15am which is when food and drink open in our “Party Suite”. We will have 4.5 hours of open bar and 3.5 hours of buffet. We will depart St. Louis after the game (around 5:00pm) and planning to be back in Chicago around 10:30pm Sunday night.
This is open to sign-ups by CMSC clubs or by individual members of clubs. Space is very limited to the capacity of the “Party Suite” and is on a first come, first served basis. Cost includes bus transportation, hotel room (double occupancy) and “Party Suite” ticket.

A $200/person deposit is due for sign-up. Final payment of $213/ person is due on or before Saturday, May 16, 2020 (Trip Seminar). As of January 19, 22 of 45 seats are filled.
Contact Kevin to sign-up or ask questions.
Phone: 708-906-9517 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The White Sox Game: Come join fellow CMSC Clubs to see the Chicago White Sox take on the Kansas City Royals on Saturday September 19, 2020. We will meet at 4:00 pm for a Tailgate party. There will be burgers, hot dogs, brats, soft drinks and water provided. BYOB. The game is at 6:10. The seats are in the left field bleachers. All this for $24.00.
Contact Mike Thomas for tickets: 630-640-5989 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

More from CMSC: The CMSC Trip Seminar will be Saturday, May 16, 2020 at the Sheraton Chicago O’Hare Airport Hotel in Rosemont. Has Been Canceled.
CMSC PICNIC will be Saturday, August 29, 2020.

CHICAGO WEEK 2021 at Mammoth Mountain is February 27 to March 6, 2021
Check out the CMSC website:




Board Elections and Changes to the Constitution and Bylaws.

The election of the Executive Board and voting on changes to the Constitution, Bylaws, and policy changes have been postponed. Election information is listed below. An e-mail will be sent when more is known.

The nominations committee reported that the slate of candidates this year is the same as last year except for weekend trip leader which Andrew Chemers has agreed to fill and treasurer which they are still looking to fill.

Changes to the Constitution, Bylaws and Policy up for voting:

Full and Associate Membership fees:
Flat fee changed to: 20.00 per adult per weekend, over-night and day trip
Add wording to clarify: For week trips, must be a full member
Sign up for a Midwest trip get your 1st year full membership free; 2nd year you must be a member.

Not sure if this needs to be voted on so adding just in case:
Incentives: A bonus for coming to a meeting and getting people in the door. 1st time at a meeting free drink ticket for draft beer or wine, 2nd meeting on your own. Bring a friend, loved one, neighbor, etc. to a meeting you (member) and that person (non-member) get a free drink ticket.

Specific Constitution changes:  Eliminate day trip leader

As written in the constitution:
Sub Section 8: Trip Chairmen/Three (Week, Week-end & Day): The trip chairman shall develop the trip schedule for the ski season including lodging (where needed) and transportation cost showing the total and unit breakout of the costs. The Trip Chairman shall appoint the Trip Leaders who will be responsible for each trip for the Club.

Would propose to change to:

Sub Section 8: Trip Chairmen/Two (Week, and Weekend/overnight/day trip leader):
The trip chairman shall develop the trip schedule for the ski season including lodging (where needed) and transportation cost showing the total and unit breakout of the costs. The Trip Chairman, aka trip leader, will be responsible for each trip for the Club. There will be two trip leaders, one for the week trips and 1 for weekend/overnight/day trips.

Eliminate Sergeant of Arms by rolling into Membership Chairman duties

As written in the constitution:
Sub Section 7: Membership Chairman:
The membership Chairman shall collect membership dues, maintain proper records of the membership and provide copies of said records to the proper Officers.
Section B: Sergeant at Arm: A Sergeant at Arms may be appointed by the Executive Committee. His/her duties are to assist the Officers in keeping order and to help the Membership Chairman determine that all persons at business meetings or activities are members or guests. He/she may keep and maintain all Club properties.

Would propose to change to:

Sub Section 7: Membership Chairman: The membership Chairman shall collect membership dues, maintain proper records of the membership and provide copies of said records to the proper Officers. Will assist the Officers in keeping order at general meetings. He/she will keep and maintain all Club properties, including club flag or other paraphernalia of the club.




Ski Travels Report !!!


Back On the Skis Again  by Queenie

This was a great ski day for me at Sunshine Village in Banff. As some of you know I had both of my knees replaced in 2018 and this year was my return to the slopes. I was so elated to be able to ski without any knee pain. It was beyond wonderful! Thanks to my two ski buddies Sherry and Judy for encouraging me to try again. I may not be fast but I still enjoy it!!

Turtles forever 🐢 🐢 Queenie

Why Do We Ski  by Jim Boisso

This article was inspired by a series of articles in Powder Magazine by the same title.
I sit here on Friday morning watching the snow come down on my freshly mowed grass of yesterday afternoon, knew it would happen, so get ‘er done.
I remember walking my paper route through the many winters of my youth and early teens. Sledding was a favorite pastime of everyone in the neighborhood, the city park, the state parks, and conservation area all offered great long hills for all to enjoy.
It was not until my last year in the service that I was introduced to skiing, three buddies tried to teach me everything they could or that they knew. When I finally returned to Illinois in the mid 70’s to find that most of my family was taking up skiing in Wisconsin and Iowa.

So, at first it was what the family did on weekends, then midweek when work allowed the carload to head north. Rivercity Ski Club ran weekday trips and weekends to Iowa, that was my first job in the club. We could always find a van full of midweek sliders to head north.

It was thirteen years before I ever set out to the Rockies for the first time. What a rush, fresh air, long runs, great views, fantastic food on the mountain and in the evenings.

WHY DO WE SKI? Because we enjoy solitude while amongst thousands of other adventurers? Fresh air, clear skies, fresh powder, or just quiet snow (Ms. Rita Cupp term), smooth rhythm of our bodies endlessly cruising to more runs? We enjoy following the leader, watching what wildlife will tolerate the two-legged invaders to their turf?
We endure frosted fingers, red noses, crisp earlobes, semi- numb toes, and aching muscles, all for the joy of a great vacation or a day in the sun.

WHY DO I SKI? It is one of the three things I enjoy doing that requires total isolated concentration, I don’t have to, nor, do I want to think of anything else during the moments.
Plus it FUN! It is constantly changing, it makes you one with the mountain and the snow, and with yourself.
The true answer may never be definable nor etched in stone, somethings just are not meant to be answered, nor who is going to question your view or response. NOT ME!
Stay healthy and think of snow it will keep you cool in the coming months.

Jim Boisso



Not So Close New World by Pam Bishop

I couldn’t take it any longer, working from home, cut off from the world. When the snow arrived on Friday 4/17/20, I knew I was going to take a snow break from work. How wonderful it was, sitting at home, knowing I didn’t have to shovel it, as it would soon melt, but more importantly, I didn’t have to drive to work in it! So, I went outside and built the snowman, complete with face mask for social distancing. I hope some of the neighbors enjoyed as they drove by or looked out their windows. Maybe they were secretly thinking, “Man, the old lady in that house has lost it!” That’s ok too...they will keep their distance from me.
The week prior, Salle had contacted me, about handing off the Treasurer books. She also had to meet Deb. So, we arranged a somewhat central location, in a vacant parking lot. It didn’t occur to me until later how suspicious it may have looked. First, Salle & I pull up driver’s side to driver’s side, much like police do, when they are chatting. Then, we get a briefcase out of her car and I put it in my car. There was rain coming in, and we wanted to chat a bit. We stayed in our cars, rolled up windows and talked on the phone. Did you know, if you are looking at the person you are on the phone with, their lips don’t sink with what you are hearing on the phone? It was like watching an old dubbed movie where the sound track was off a bit.

Deb arrived and pulled up, the rain had stopped momentarily. So, we all had our windows down. Salle’s car was in the middle, so Deb & I were shouting through Salle to hear each other. It was a good, but brief visit. Then it started lightning, and the sky was getting pretty dark, so we all headed for home. It was good to see them both.

After our covert meeting, I realized I miss a lot right now. I have been socially distanced from ski club folks and activities for quite a while before all this other social distancing came to be.
Looking forward to seeing everyone soon. Stay safe.

Pam Bishop 



Hunkering Down @ The Westphal’s  by Barb Westphal


It’s been an interesting time in all our lives, as you all know! Hopefully, all of you are continuing to stay safe and well...and are staying home. The one good thing we can say about all this is that we’re all in this together. That sort of makes it a little easier, right?!

Barry and I are glad we got our travel done earlier this year, as it looks like most of us will be staying pretty close to home this next several months. Yes...Home Sweet Home!
I’ve been tackling closets and filled 10 large garbage bags with various garments (some going way back) that I’ll be donating to Goodwill and St.Vincent DePaul Society once they open their doors again for donations. Barry has also been cleaning out his stuff, but he doesn’t have nearly so much to go through, since he moved 3.5 years ago and down-sized back then.

He’s also been busy with his puzzling activity, whipping out jigsaw puzzles like mad! I just might tackle one he gave me to do, a 500- piecer which is way too small for the Master Puzzler. Weather permitting, we get in some walks and bike rides in our neighborhood and hope to do more rides out on our favorite country roads (away from others), if we ever get some spring weather!

Golf has been put on the back burner for now. Thus, no frustration on the links and plenty of excuses for bad rounds, once we get back out there. I’ve also been cooking up a storm and that’s been pretty fun by adding some new recipes...well, it’s fun most days, I think.

I’m missing my kids and grandkids and, of course, all of you! Hopefully, we’ll soon be back out there, folks. But in the meantime, let’s be patient, let’s be smart, and let’s stay home. Hope to see you soon!

Barb Westphal




We have found a place to get t-shirts, sweatshirts etc! BIG FROG of Shorewood. at 1141 Brook Forest in Shorewood, right behind Portillos. They have numerous styles to choose from. Custom T-shirts shop for members to order shirts. Shirts can be purchased individually; from what they have in the store or they can also be ordered from a catalog. – we don't need a minimum order. They have our new logo on file – just go in and choose a shirt and decide where and how big you want the logo. Turn around time is usually 24 hours. Trot on over and see what you can find. Let's advertise our Club by wearing JSC shirts!




This, That, and Whatever I Can Use to Fill the Space Below by Ron Dewey:

April has 1 club members that have a Birthday, so say Happy Birthday to them this month !!!

The deadline for the June newsletter is Friday, May 22nd. 

On the Website there is a new area called "For Sale". Anyone can list things they want to sell. For details and information, on the website, place the curser over EVENTS, then find "!!!! For Sale !!!!" under Social Meetings. If your looking to buy you may find it there.


Normal Schedule:
Knights of Columbus on Infantry Drive south of Jefferson Street in Joliet at 7PM