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From the Board
2016 Volunteers

The forty people on this list led one of our forty-five fiscal year 2016 events, assisted, or otherwise helped make them happen.  We had a big Thank You Party Tuesday night to honor and appreciate them.  But, please make a point of personally thanking them, as we would not have a club without our volunteers.  Many on this list also qualified for our first year distribution of Volunteer Appreciation Vouchers.  Under this program, which started a year ago (details here), leaders of successful chargeable LSSC events received event discount vouchers of $25 to $200 for fiscal year 2017 .  As our volunteers are so critical to having more events and drawing in more new members, the board hopes the new Volunteer Party and Voucher program will encourage growth and diversity in our number of volunteers. 

Al Mueller Dina Petrakis Peter Hughes
Allegra Atkinson Ed Dominiak Rich Zaber
Andrew Kirby Eileen Sotek Richard Kanaszyc
Anita Fuchs Ellen Werner Rosanna Duchon
Bob Henze Jo Ellen Reed Rosemary Devlin
Bob Marwin Joe Fuchs Sharon Murphy
Bob Williams John Grubbs Sharyn Sobel
Carol Utsunomiya John Hewitt Shelli Williamson
Chris Frank Julie Hicks Sue Herman
Christine Frank Ken East Terry Crisitello  
Dani Kirby Larry Kyte Tim Thurlow
Darrell Duchon Laura Galusha Tony Freston
Dave Hicks Lucyna Kanaszyc Wayne Miller
Dick Osgood Michael Stockreiter Wendy Wasson


SPRING - SUMMER - FALL Social Events, Meetups, and Trips

Save the Date

Music Meetup
June 22, 2016
June Jak's Social Meeting
June 28, 2016
Chinatown Guided Paddle
July 10, 2016
Summer Bike - Amishland
July 22-24, 2016
July Jak's Social Meeting
July 26, 2016
Board or Kayak at Montrose Beach
August 7, 2016
Annual Picnic
August 13, 2016
August Jak's Social Meeting
August 23, 2016
Murder Mystery Dinner
September 10, 2016
Cubs VS Milwaukee Brewers
September 18, 2016
September Jak's Social Meeting
September  23, 2016
Brown County Indiana Fall Weekend
October 14-16, 2016

Paddle Board or Kayak at Montrose Beach
Date: August 7, 2016
Status: OPEN
Cost: FREE
 Rose Duchon      
                Darrell Duchon
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CMSC Joint Chicago Ski Club Event!
Cubs Vs Milwaukee Brewers
Date: Sept 18, 2016
Status: OPEN 

Cost: $99 per person
Contact:  Amy Halstead
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Timber Lanes Bowling - Pizza Nite
Date: June 3, 2016
Status: OPEN to Members & Guests
$20 (bowling/ shoes/pizza), $5 pizza only
Contact: Susanna McNeil
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Music MeetUp-Pritzker Pavilion
Date: June 22, 2016
Status: OPEN
Cost: FREE
Judy Hughes
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Chinatown Guided Paddle

Date: July 10, 2016
Status: OPEN
 Members $45
           Friends $48
Contact: Julie Hicks
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Date: August 13, 2016
Status: OPENS 5/1/16

Cost: Members $18
  Non-Members $18
Contact: Terri Cristello

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Brown County Indiana
Fall Weekend Getaway

Date: Oct 14-16, 2016
Status: TBD
Cost: Members $189   Non-Members $199

Contact:  TBD
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Navy Pier Beer Garden Meetup

Date: June 10, 2016
Status: OPEN
Cost: FREE
Carole Phillips 
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Attend the next

Date: June 28, 2016
Status: OPEN
Cost: FREE
Contact: Julie Hicks
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Date: July 22 - 24, 2016
Status: OPEN
 Members $149 /Friends $159
Contact: Sarah Begor
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Murder Mystery Dinner
Date: Sept 10, 2016
Status: OPEN 
$75 with tax & gratuity
Contact:  Dani Kirby      
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LSSC Board
Dave Hicks

Vice-President and Western Trip Director
John Grubbs

Jane Bachmann

Program & Social Director
Julie Hicks 

Cross-Country Trip Director
Rosanna Duchon

Membership Director
Amy Halstead

Communications Director
Michele Mistovich

Janet Carlson

Rich Zaber

Early Bird Discount… Renew Your LSSC Membership by June 30, 2016
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. As always, members who renew by June 30th, 2016 can benefit from our “early renewal” savings.  The standard Membership Fee for LSSC dues for 2016-2017 are $30, but if you renew by June 30th, you pay only $25.

New Board Members

Welcome to our New Board!
In addition to honoring our volunteers at the Tuesday night social meeting, we also installed our 2016 - 2017 Board of Directors. From left to right starting with bottom row; Rich Zaber (consultant), Jan Carlson (secretary), Michelle Mistovich (communications), Amy Halstead (membership).  Top row; Dave Hicks (President) Jane Backmann (treasurer) Julie Hicks (Programs and 
Social). John Grubbs and Rosanna Duchon will also be continuing in there downhill and cross-country ski roles. We also wish to recognize and thank Sue Herman (communications) , Dina Petrakis (programs), and Wayne Miller (treasurer) as they have now completed their terms on the Board. 

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Event Re-Cap

Bill Molsky at Old Town School of Folk Music
After a filling Mexican meal at Garcia’s, 9 of us had the absolute privilege of being entertained by Bruce Molsky,  “one of America's premier fiddling talents”. Twice-Grammy-nominated artist on fiddle, banjo, guitar and song, he entertained us for 2 1/2 hours while switching from guitar, to banjo, to fiddle while singing many tunes from the Appalachians. He brought Clogger dancers to their feet as they enthusiastically began Clogging in front of the entire crowd.  I was so jealous that I couldn’t join in due to lack of talent. His easy going humor and one liners made this a very enjoyable evening.  There are plans already in the works to revisit this venue on another day.  Keep watching the Liftline and Social Media for updates.
MeetUp and Clean UP - May, 14, 2016
Thanks to the 10 LSSC volunteers who participated in the annual metro wide Cleanup Chicago River Day sponsored by Friends of the Chicago River on Saturday morning, May 16, 2016.  Our group worked at California Park, one of the 60 cleanup locations adjacent to the Chicago River.   We picked up many bags of litter and separately collected cigarette butts.  Cigarette butts are a serious non-biodegradable litter, which are carried by drains and surface runoff to the Chicago River. The Friends of Chicago River send the collected cigarette butts to TerraCycle to be recycled. TerraCycle, headquartered in New Jersey, recycles cigarette waste into a variety of industrial products, such as plastic pallets.  Although a cool day, it was a fulfilling one for all.
Shenandoah Trip - May 14
16 Lakeshore members landed at Dulles and then drove to Shenandoah National Park via SUV's. Many stopped at Dickey Visitor Center to talk to Rangers and get maps and plans for our visit. We stayed at Big Meadows Lodge on beautiful Skyline Drive, which runs the entire length of the park.
Sunday we all walked the Rose River Trail- as a Ranger said, "we've had a lot of rain, so the water's runnin' good". An amazing number of waterfalls rewarded us, as well as bragging rights that we had walked (some of) the Appalachian Trail. The AT also runs the length of the park. Some attended a Ranger talk that afternoon, about the mysterious meadows the park is named for, geology of the area (wetlands on a mountain?!). The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) did most of the work in setting up the park. The first and second established CCC camps were at Shenandoah and that history is a proud legacy of the park. Sunday evening we had a "wine and cheese" party at the Tap Room in the Lodge.  
Monday the plan was to kayak, but cool weather dissuaded all. A group went to the Luray Caverns and some went to the town of Luray to explore, shop, and eat amazing local pie. We also hit Little Stoneyman Trail, with great vistas for not that much outlay of effort- good news after pie! We met 2 AT hikers, "Recon" and "Creature". Using trail names has been going on for decades- it's not just a current trend.
Tuesday we headed to Charlottesville. Some stopped on the way to do a final AT hike at Black Rock, near the bottom of the park- a misty, magical walk with wildflowers and different rocks than we'd seen elsewhere in the park.
Charlottesville's accommodations at The Homewood Suites was a far cry from the rustic cabins at the park. They had a nightly wine/beer/nosh. We all took hot strong showers and enjoyed the luxurious surroundings- we had gone from the ridiculous to the sublime. Many headed right to University of Virginia to see Thomas Jefferson's "academical village", a neoclassical gem, with lovely symmetry, serpentine garden walls, and gorgeous buildings- a World Heritage Site. Graduation was scheduled for the day after we left, so preparations were underway- folding chairs were set up on the iconic central "lawn".
Wednesday took us to Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's residential masterpiece on top of a mountain (hill, for you down hillers), with tours of the garden and Mulberry Row- the slave area. Via road or Saunders-Monticello Trail, most went to Michie Tavern from there, to feast on traditional fare in late 1700's buildings (moved there from their original site). 8 went to Ivy for dinner that night, to enjoy the number-one rated restaurant in Charlottesville. Some took advantage of the hotel's DVD lending library, watching Pitch Perfect and Wild (pretty timely after meeting Recon and Creature, even if Wild takes place on the Pacific Crest, not Appalachian Trail).
Thursday, one group went to Williamsburg; some went to James Monroe's place; 5 who planned to bike didn't, due to the difficulty level of the Rivanna Trail. Some of us went back to explore the Saunders-Monticello trails. Some went to the historic downtown mall to shop, others went on vineyard tours.
Most of us headed back to Dulles on Friday, after a diverse collection of activities, facilitated by the SUV's and the courtesy shuttle at the Homewood Suites. Some stayed back to head to points beyond. Happy trails!

Dina Petrakis

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