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May 2015, Vol. 64, No. 12

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Save the Date

Eifman Ballet at Auditorium Theatre
May 8, 2015
20's-40's Group Kickoff - PINSTRIPES Bistro
May 17, 2015
Beethoven Symphony No. 7 - Meet-up
June 17, 2015
Kayak at the East Bank Club
July 6, 2015
Songs and Suites from Sondheim - Meet-up
July 10, 2015
Spring Green, WI Biking with American Players Theater and Taliesin 
July 17-10, 2015 
Kinky Boots at Cadillac Theatre
July 26, 2015
Paddle Boarding at Montrose Beach  (not a link)
August 2, 2105
Millennium Park Concert- Night under the Stars 
August 7, 2015
LSSC Annual Picnic
August 8, 2015
Sunday Brunch Anniversary Weekend FINALE 
August 9, 2015
Party in the Park w/ 101.9 The Mix  (not a link)
August 13, 2015
Great River Valley-Mississippi Palisades Spring Bike/Hike  (not a link)
September 12-13, 2015
The Art Prize in Grand Rapids (not a link)
October 3-5, 2015 (tentative)
Annual Greek Diner at The Parthenon (not a link)
October 9, 2015

Notes from our President  

Welcome to our new board...but still looking for a volunteer for Membership Director.
Check out our new Fresh Tracks social group. AND don't forget to renew your membership...we have a great calendar of events coming up!

Trip, Event and Social Meeting Ideas?

Do you have ideas for places to go and things to do?  We are also looking for ideas for themes, topics or speakers for Social Meetings.  Share your ideas on our survey today!  Visit as many times as you like! 

Wanted Volunteers

Remember, LSSC is an all-volunteer club that can only continue to provide the best sport and social programs for our members if we have people willing to step up and contribute a little time and energy. Please consider helping us plan and execute some great social programs for next year! 

Social Media

Another Way to be Social! 

Have you been to a social meeting before?  It is one way to get chatting about upcoming trips or social events.  
Another way to stay in contact with your LSSC friends between trips is to chat with them on Facebook or Meetup.  
We know you love receiving club newsletters and email notifications, but it's a one way communication.  
We hope you will enjoy chatting about upcoming trips, and telling us how much fun you had, on these platforms.  For instructions about how to post, visit and click on "sharing/social".


Are You Signed up? 

Whenever you sign up for a trip or event on the website you will get an email within seconds confirming that you have registered.  Please make sure to always check your email after registering, including your "junk" or "bulk mail" folder.  After 5 - 10 minutes, if you don't receive an email, you didn't complete the registration.  Maybe you didn't hit the "Next" button all the way to the last screen and click "Complete Registration"?  Maybe your computer timed out?  We cannot know why it didn't "stick", but if you don't get that email you should contact the event leader or the webmaster ( to check that you are signed up.

Social Meetings

LSSC Board


Dave Hicks

Vice-President and Western Trip Director
John Grubbs

Wayne Miller

Membership Director

Cross-Country Trip Director
Rosanna Duchon

Program Director
Dina Petrakis

Janine Sacco

Communications Director
Sue Herman

Rich Zaber
From Your Out-Going President

The 2014-2015 year has ended and I personally want to thank the other Board members who served our membership during the past busy year. We could not have a club without these dedicated volunteers.  And as I move into the job of Club Consultant, I want to introduce and congratulate the incoming board for 2015-2016.

Rich Zaber
Out-Going President
We want to welcome all our new members who have joined since our last issue. We can’t wait to meet you at an upcoming LSSC event. Be sure to introduce yourselves to other members so we can find out more about you!  

Welcome New Member
Wayne Miller (new Treasurer)

Welcome and Thank You for volunteering to serve as board members this year!  We are all running unopposed, so we will be elected by acclamation and take office in early May.  Our current and new board members are:
Office Current Officer New Board Officer
President Rich Zaber Dave Hicks
VP & Downhill Director Scott McGarvey John Grubbs
Consultant Jamie Carroll Rich Zaber
Communications Director Sue Herman Sue Herman
Cross Country Director Laura Galusha Rosanna Duchon
Program Director Marcie Marcovitz Dina Petrakis
Treasurer Dave Hicks Wayne Miller
Secretary Marian Nealon Janine Sacco
Social Director Julie Hicks Julie Hicks
Membership Director Open Open

From Your Board - Fresh Tracks

In a bold move to improve recruitment and retention of members in their 20’s – 40’s, LakeShore is kicking off a new targeted social group called Fresh Tracks on May 17th.   This article describes what Fresh Tracks is and what every LakeShore member can do to make it a huge success.  

In a survey earlier this year of why members did not renew, the top reason among our younger members was “Not enough members in my age group”.  It’s natural for us to build our strongest social connections with like-minded people at a similar place in life.  However, our younger members are in the minority at every LakeShore event.  The Fresh Tracks concept is to create a unique set of social events within the club, dedicated to the 20’s – 40’s age group.   Fresh Tracks social events will be the platform to attract and retain our younger members and where they can connect with peers for event participation.  

Our Fresh Tracks kick-off social event will be at the new Pinstripes in Streeterville on May 17th.  We will be promoting the Fresh Tracks kickoff on the website,, EVITE, Facebook, and via other venues.  As this is the first event we've ever had specifically tailored to the 20’s – 40’s group, please forward the attached flyer to non-members who might be interested and post on your building's or work's public bulletin boards.  Our ask is that every member take this simple step to get Fresh Tracks off to a great start.   

As Fresh Tracks activities are designed to be peer-networking events for younger membership recruitment and retention, we are limiting registration to only the 20’s – 40’s age group for Fresh Tracks events.  If there is an interest by our general membership, we will attempt to schedule similar events that are open to all members. 

Thanks for your support,
Your 2014-2015 LSSC Board

Spring Social Events

WAIT LIST ONLY!  Don’t miss this emotionally charged performance  - 
Eifman Ballet of Saint Petersburg 
Be among the first to enjoy the Eifman Ballet of Saint Petersburg’s world premiere of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s tumultuous love story, “Tender is the Night”, set to American jazz.  Eifman’s cutting edge choreography portrays the fiery passions and anguish of the characters. The dance retells the story of Dick and Nicole Diver and their circle of glamorous friends from glittering parties to murder and emotional breakdown.  Eifman’s psychological ballet is dynamic, expressive and revolutionary classical dance like no other dance in today’s repertoire.
We’ll arrange for dinner (pay on your own) somewhere in the area around 5:30 (details to come).

When:   Friday, May 8, 2015 at 7:30pm
Where:  Auditorium Theatre, 30 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago
Cost:     $52.00 Members;  $57.00 non-members
Open:    Now       
Close:    March 30, 2015
Limited to 20 tickets
Leader: Ellen Werner  
Summer Social Events
Meet Up..June 17- Jay Pritzker Pavilion:
Beethoven Symphony No. 7
When: Wednesday. June 17, 2015
Time:   6:30-8:00 pm
Cost:   FREE (BYOB food & drink, lawn chairs/blankets)
Join Carlos Kalmar and the Grant Park Orchestra for a spectacular opening night, featuring Russian piano sensation, Yevgeny Sudbin, making his Festival debut. The evening concludes with Beethoven's rhythmically charged Seventh Symphony.  
  • Norman: Drip 
  • Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 1
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 7
We will be sitting on North East area of lawn closest to walkway between lawn and chairs. We’ll have Lake Shore Ski Club banner up until concert begins. 
Event Leader:  Julie Hicks
Kayak Meet-Up at East Bank Club
When:  Monday, July 6, 2015
Time:    Outdoor Grill- 5 PM – 6: 15PM
             Kayak- 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Price:   Participants get EBC members price of $45.  Call EBC to make reservation (you pay them). Use Julie Hick’s name when registering as she’s a member. Contact Aquatics Manager Ian Rose at or (312) 527-5800, extension 360.
Event Opens:  May 1, 2015 -
East Bank Club has teamed up with Wateriders, the Chicago kayak tour company, to offer guided kayaking programs from their dock on the river.
Join us at the outdoor Grill before event. Bring you kayak clothing and use EBC lockers to change before and after the event.  Enjoy our beautiful cityscape from the unique view of the Chicago River.
Event Leader: Julie Hicks    Contact:
Meet-Up...July 10Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Songs and Suites from Sondheim’s greatest and most popular repertoire. 

When: Friday. July 10, 2015
Time:   8 pm – 10 pm
Cost:  FREE (BYOB food & drink, lawn chairs/blankets)
Enjoy a little night music and celebrate the award-winning master of the musical, Stephen Sondheim. Led by Broadway conductor and long-time Sondheim collaborator Paul Gemignani, the Grant Park Orchestra and renowned vocalists perform Sondheim favorites, including selections from Sweeney Todd, Company, Into the Woods, and more. An evening not to be missed!
We will be sitting on North East area of lawn closest to walkway between lawn and chairs. Will have Lake Shore Ski Club banner up until concert begins. 
Event Leader:  Julie Hicks
LSSC Spring Green, WI Trip – Biking, Golf, Theater & Taliesin, Too!
When:   July 17 -19, 2015
Where:  Spring Valley  Inn, 6279 County Road C, Spring Green, WI 53588
               (608) 588-7828
Cost:  $145.00 per person, double occupancy (two nights hotel, two breakfasts and wine & cheese party).
Trip Opens:   May  1, 2015
Trip Leader:  Bob Marwin

We have 12 rooms reserved at the Frank Lloyd Wright inspired Spring Valley Inn located in lovely Spring Green, Wisconsin.  The package includes two nights at the Inn with complimentary breakfast each morning.  The club will sponsor a wine and cheese party, too!

Biking - The Elroy-Sparta and Cheese Country bike trails are close by.
The Elroy-Sparta State Trail remains one of the most popular trails in the country. Considered the first rail-to-trail in the United States it includes three rock tunnels and five small towns along its 32.5-mile route.
Cheese Country Trail- 47 miles of improved, rail-bed trail extending from Mineral Point to Monroe. Trail traverses the scenic farmland and wooded ridges of Iowa, Lafayette and Green Counties. Surface is relatively flat.

Additional Activities - Cost is additional and make your own reservations, please.
- The American Players Theatre  – There are many performances during the weekend including A Streetcar Named Desire, The Merry Wives of Windsor and Pride & Prejudice.   APT is offering a 20% discount for reservations made before June 6th.  So coordinate with your LSSC buddies for a picnic before heading up the hill!
- Taliesin --There are a variety of tours of Frank Lloyd Wright’s phenomenal Midwest estate.  “Taliesin is acknowledged as the embodiment of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s commitment to the creation of exceptional environments that harmonize architecture, art, culture, and the land.”
- Golf –The House on the Rock Resort :
offers an 18 hole Robert Trent Jones designed championship golf course, complemented by a 9 hole Pete Dye. 
Tony Award Winner: KINKY BOOTS
The musical, Kinky Boots,  music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, is based on a  book by Harvey Fierstein. Based on the 2005 film, Kinky Boots by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth, which was inspired by a true story, the musical tells of a struggling British shoe factory's young, straitlaced owner, Charlie, who forms an unlikely partnership with Lola, a drag queen, to save the business. Charlie develops a plan to produce custom footwear for drag queens and kings, rather than the men's dress shoes that his firm is known for, and in the process, he and Lola discover that they are not so different after all.

The production earned a season-high 13 nominations and 6 Tony wins, including Best Musical and Best Score for Lauper in her first outing as a Broadway songwriter, making her the first woman to win alone in that category
When:    Sunday, July 26, 2015
Where:  Cadillac Theater, 151 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
Kinky Boots Dinner Option:
Dinner Optional:  Atwood Café, 1 W. Washington St., Chicago, IL
We plan to dine after the play at 5 PM at the nearby Atwood Café. On the outside, their historic 1895 Reliance building is as timeless as ever, but inside you’ll find a fresh décor served alongside their menu of refined American classics.  Be sure to indicate if you’ll join us for dinner (pay on your own).
Time:      2:00 PM Matinee (dinner afterward-pay on your own-venue 
Status:   Opens January 1, 2015
Price:     Members:  $77     Non Members: $80
               First Balcony - 20 Tickets available 
Event Leader:  Sue Herman,
All events open for registration NOW!

LSSC is Celebrating 60 Years!

Friday 8/7 - Millennium Park Concert - Night under the Stars with Chicago Symphony Orchestra
WHERE:  Millennium Park, East Side- Middle to back (look for us and LSSC signs)  TIME:      6:30 – 8:30  (BYOB food/drinks/chairs)
Event Leader:  Anita Fuchs at
Saturday 8/8 - LSSC ANNUAL Picnic…Celebrate 60 Years with LSSC friends - Past & Present
WHERE:   Bunker Hill Forest Preserve – Grove #1. 5500 W. Devon Ave., Chicago
TIME:       Noon until dusk - Catered Buffet served from 1:00 – 3:00  come EARLY & HUNGRY!
PRICE:     Members/Non Members  -  $18.00
Contact:  Terry Crisitello
Sunday 8/9 – Sunday Brunch Anniversary Weekend FINALE
We hope everyone will have been able to attend all 3 of our 60th Anniversary events. We finish off our celebration with Brunch at the East Bank Club, which has set the standard for first-class hospitality and excellence in the fitness industry.  We have booked the River South View room so we’ll enjoy wonderful views of the Chicago River and enjoy a sumptuous brunch that includes: Poached Salmon, Spanish Breakfast Quiche, Eggs Florentine, Bagels/Cream Cheese, Mini Muffins/Danish, Juices/Coffee.  

ALL this for only $15 per person….but we are limited to 80 people so be sure to sign up early to make the list.  LSSC will pick up the tip and balance of brunch cost in honor of our 60th Anniversary!  Parking is $5.75 or take public transportation and spend the balance of the day enjoying downtown Chicago.

WHERE:  East Bank Club-River South View Room
                500 North Kingsbury Street, Chicago, Illinois 60654
                (312) 527-5800
TIME:  11:00 am – 2:00 pm
PRICE:  Members/Guests:  $15.00 (each must register individually)
EVENT LEADER:  Sue Herman, 
MEET UP – August 13- Party in the Park w/ 101.9 The Mix
Where:  The Plaza – right next to the Park Grill at Millennium Park
When:    Thursday, August 13, 2015
TIime:     4PM – 6:30 PM
 The Mix and Bud Light Lime start the party every Thursday all summer long!  So come out and meetup to listen and dance to live bands from 4-6:30pm at THE PLAZA!  More details to come as we get closer to our date.
Event Leader:  Julie Hicks

In the Planning Stage - More to Come
Sunday, August 2nd - Paddle Boarding at Montrose Beach.

We had such a great event last year at North Avenue Beach that we’re going to try it again at Montrose.  Details to come once the beaches open…so make a note of your calendar if you want to try this sport that is growing in popularity everywhere.  A unique way to see the city from the lake while enjoying the summer weather and getting some exercise to boot.
Where:  Montrose Beach (we’ll let you know where to meet up)
When:  Sunday, August 2, 2015
Time:   TBD
Cost:   TBD
Event Leaders:  Rose and Darrell Duchon,  Contact:
September 12 – 13…Great River Valley-Mississippi Palisades Spring Bike/Hike 
Join us for an autumn hiking/biking adventure along the Mississippi River. Our base of operations will be Savannah, Illinois (a 3 hour ride from Chicago).We plan to hike at the Mississippi Palisades Park, and bike along the Spring Lake Wildlife Refuge bike path, where we can see migrating birds, early fall colors, and scenic caves and rock formations . More Details to come!
Event Leaders: Wendy Wasson and Richard Osgood
October 3 – 5 – The Art Prize in Grand Rapids.  Back by popular demand Sue Bohlander will lead this wonderful event with the able assistance of Lee Galusha!  Biking and art combined with great camaraderie!   We will make sure to visit Meijer's Gardens and Sculpture Park.  The new Japanese Gardens are opening this summer.  It is a beautiful place and a 10-15 minute ride from downtown.
Friday, October 9… Annual Greek Diner at The Parthenon.
Cash bar starts 6:30pm with Dinner served at 7:30pm. We encourage you to bring a guest to introduce them to Lake Shore [includes food, wine, soft drinks.  Sam is firming up details of our sumptuous meal and costs so details to come.
Event Leaders: Sam Samatas and Shelli Williamson   Contact:
CMSC Events


ABSF would like to thank CMSC and participating clubs for their year round support.
Skiing Foundation (ABSF) is holding a summer fundraiser Pig Roast on Saturday, 6/20/15 in Des Plaines, IL. All CMSC Club members and their families are welcome to attend. Reservations are required. 
Where: Donauschwaben Hall 625 E Seegers Rd, Des Plaines, IL
When:  Doors open—4:30 PM Food starts—5:00 PM
Cost:    ADULTS—$20 • KIDS (12 & UNDER) - $15
Make check payable to:  ABSF and send your payment along with your name and any names of guests to: ABSF 1546 Hickory Road Woodstock, IL 60098  
Please mail payments/reservations forms postmarked no later than June 10, 2015.

 If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Hulscher ( or 847-508-7793). 

Recent Events - RECAP

Aspen, Colorado Trip Recap

38 lucky skiers arrived in Aspen, Colorado to a snowy evening.  Half of the group flew into Eagle Vail and had a scenic drive thru the mountains narrated by our friendly bus driver.  The rest of the group came from various locations including California, Oregon, Minnesota, Washington, DC, Florida, Wisconsin, Breckenridge, Dillon and Bolder. 

Our first day of skiing was difficult for most of the group except Lucyna Kanaszyc who loved all of the new snow.  Ed Dominiak, one of Club Instructors,  gave a lesson to a group of 10.  Apres ski was a pizza party back at the Limelight Hotel followed by the outdoor hot tubs or watching the snowcats work on Aspen Mountain from the comfort of the easy chairs by the fireplace with a glass of wine.

The following 4 days were filled with sunshine along with dinner groups dining at the fine gourmet restaurants around town or the old standbys such as Annie’s or the Red Onion.  Everyone enjoyed the jazz groups which played at the hotel après ski nightly.
Three of Lake Shore’s most accomplished skiers, Mary Kate Rigney, Paula Henttu, and Pauli Kolsi hiked up 25 minutes to the Highlands Bowl portaging their skis.  They now have bragging rights.

Our last day of skiing was followed by a group dinner at the Hickory House.  New Lake Shore members Ed Pedraza and Nicholas Bridge were recognized as well as long time returning members Peggy Pape, Barbara Laskowski, Mary Rigney, Joan Reilly and Carole Phillips.

With bad weather conditions in Chicago, we did have an adventure on our return with cancelled flights on both our Eagle connection and Southwest out of Denver. Everyone eventually arrived back in Chicago 1 or 2 days later.  Except for the travel delay everyone had a great time and would like to return next year.

Early Bird Discount… Renew Your LSSC Membership by June 30, 2015

Spring is HERE (we hope!). That means it’s time to renew your LSSC membership for another year of exciting trips, events, MeetUps and more. Take a moment to read about our new Fresh Tracks social group…targeted to our 20-40 year old members.
 As always, members who renew by June 30th, 2015 can benefit from our “early renewal” savings.  The standard Membership Fee for  LSSC dues for 2015-201 are $30, but if you renew by June 30th, you pay only $25.

To renew, go to, login and click "Renew ". If you don't know your login details, click "forgot my username/password" on the login page. Use the same email address at which you are receiving this message. (This works for couples with a shared email address, too; you each have unique logins)
For more information, see the FAQs about logging in and passwords.

OR if you prefer to mail in your check, just print out a Membership Form and make your check payable to LakeShore Ski and Sports Club and mail to our Treasurer:
Wayne Miller
LSSC Treasurer
330 W. Diversey Pkwy, #1205
Chicago, IL  60657

If you have any member news, photos you'd like to share with other LSSC members, Send the information to the Communications Director:  Sue Herman.

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