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July 2014, Vol. 64, No. 2

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Save the Date

Sunday, July 13, 2014 
Movies in the Park  Tuesdays
July 15, O'Brother Where Art Thou?
July 22, Field of Dreams

August 5,  Birdcage
August 12, American Graffiti
August 19, Dream Girls 

August 26, Wizard of Oz
July Social Meeting 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Isle Royale 
July 28th to August 2, 2014
Shakespeare in the Park - August Social Meeting 
Friday, August 8, 2014
Annual Picnic
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Grand Rapids Art Prize  *
September 26-28, 2014
Artprize in Grand Rapids Michigan with Sunday option to ride in the Apple Cider Century in Three Oaks, MI on the way home.
Greektown Dinner  (not a link)
Early October 2014
Ski Kick Off  (not a link)
Nov 7, 2014
Corinthian Yacht Club
Details to come!
Vail Traditional Downhill
January 11-17, 2015
Breckenridge Downhill
January 27-February 1, 2015
Red Mountain, BC
February 14-19, 2016
Club Med: Caribbean Trip to Turks and Caicos. . Show and Go. (not a link)
Feb 21
-28, 2015

Squaw Valley Downhill
March 1-6, 2015

Did you Know?  

All members receive emails from the club on a periodic basis unless they unsubscribe from our mailing list.   How do you know if you've missed a club email?  You should definitely get:

  • an email about the social meeting (sent on the Sunday before the social meeting, which is on the 3rd Wednesday of each month), or
  • a Liftline (sent on the first of each  month). 
If you're not getting club emails, try joining here.  If you still don't get our emails (or if you're not sure), write to the

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! 

July Social Meeting - VENUE CHANGE

THE NEXT SOCIAL MEETING will be held on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at the Navy Pier Beer Garden.  Dancing and fireworks.  Everyone is invited, so bring a friend.  See our LiftLine Article at right for more more details.

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 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".

Need Movie in the Park Coordinators

7/15 - O'Brother Where Art Thou?
7/22 - Field of Dreams
Contact Sue Herman or Julie Hicks (

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! 

Notes from our President

We are looking for Skimeister to run the racing program.
Also, we are looking for assistant trip leaders for the western ski trips.
Please contact Scott McGarvey for information
Rich Zaber

LSSC Board

Rich Zaber

Vice-President and Western Trip Director
Scott McGarvey

Dave Hicks

Membership Director
Kimberly Chulis  

Cross-Country Trip Director
Laura Galusha

Program Director
Marcie Marcovitz

Marian Nealon

Communications Director
Sue Herman

James E Carroll

Renew Your LSSC Membership 

LSSC dues for 2014-2015 are only $30. Renew NOW so you can participate in a great summer line up of Bike Trips/Hikes, Movies in the Park, new Social Meeting locations, Annual Picnic and more. AND, we've got more details below on our exciting upcoming Downhill Ski trips (XC to be announced in August Issue).  And we’ll be doing a printed directory this year, so be sure all your contact info is correct!

To renew, go to, login and click "Renew ". LSSC dues for 2014-2015 are only $30. Renew NOW so you can participate in a great summer line up of Bike Trips/Hikes, Movies in the Park, new Social Meeting locations, Annual Picnic and more. AND, we've got more details below on our exciting upcoming Downhill Ski trips (XC to be announced in August Issue).  And we’ll be doing a printed directory this year, so be sure all your contact info is correct!

Dave Hicks
LSSC Treasurer
505 N. Lake Shore Dr., Apt 2805
Chicago, IL 60611

LSSC New Program Director and New Membership Director

Please join the LSSC Board in saying “thanks” to both Marcie Marcovitz and Kimberly Chulis for volunteering for these positions, helping us fill our Board Positions:  Marcie Marcovitz, Program Director and Kimberly Chulis, Membership Director.

Marcie, a LSSC member since 1998, has served as Western Trip Director, Midwest Trip Director, Membership Director and led several Western Trips over the years.  She is an enthusiastic downhill skier and cross-country is on her bucket list. Marcie is excited to join the Board again as Program Director and has many ideas for sports, cultural and wine-tasting trips during the year.  If you have ideas for or are interested in leading a trip please contact her directly!

Marcie is excited to join the Board again as Program Director and has many ideas for sports, cultural and wine-tasting trips during the year.  If you have ideas for or are interested in leading a trip please contact her directly!

Kimberly Chulis, a LSSC member since 2012, has successfully founded and organized several professional Meetups and brings 17 years of applied marketing experience to help us promote LSSC's membership retention and growth strategy.  Kim is a fan of both downhill and cross-country skiing, at the intermediate level in both categories. Kim is very excited to join the board as LSSC's new Membership Director.

We cannot exist without volunteers and hope others will also step up when needed as Event or Trip leaders later this year or perhaps as Skimeister (see below).

Richard Zaber, President 

Summer Events

Stand Up Paddleboarding and Picnic at North Avenue Beach
Sunday, July 13, 2014  Closed: June 28, 2014

Sign up is closed but if you are still interested, contact Julie Hicks, / (630) 803-6422.

And you can still join us for lunch-just sign up for this portion and get your check in by Thursday, July 10.

Where:  North Avenue Beach, 1600 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60614
The outfitter, SUP (Stand Up Paddle Boarding) is located just south of Castaways Bar and Grill in a hut on the bike path.
Time:    9:45 am to 2:00 pm.
Cost:     $58 members (Lunch only:  $13)
Registration: Required by Saturday, June 28th / 
Lunch only by 7/10/14
Contact: Contact: Julie Hicks / / (630) 803-6422
Opens:   April 1, 2014

Hiking on Isle Royale

July 29 to August 2, 2014

Our first trip to America's most remote National Park is officially closed. But if you're interested, contact Trip Leader Kenneth East to see if we can squeeze you in.  For details on the trip, see the LSSC website.

Trip Leader: Kenneth East [unavailable by phone or email until July 12th]
Cell: 773-414-0930
Home: 773-684-2547

LSSC Annual Picnic - Saturday, August 23, 2014

22nd Annual Picnic                

Last year’s Catered Picnic was a big success so we’re holding our 2nd Annual Catered event this summer as well.  LSSC will supply bottled water, ice and cups, along with a catered menu of picnic favorites: Chicken, Brisket, Hot Dogs, coleslaw, corn on the cob and more. Pack a cooler with whatever you want to drink (soft drinks, beer, wine, etc.).  

We’ll have the volley ball nets up, maybe some bocce ball and a bean bag toss. And planning to have  a good Boom Box (CAN someone bring theirs? - Let Terry or Rich Zaber know).  So come out and party with old and new friends.  Bring a friend as well and introduce them to our great club

Location: Bunker Hill Forest Preserve – Grove #1.
Contact:  Terry Crisitello,  312-440-0293
Cost:  $18 for both members and non-Members   
Opens:  June 23, 2014
Closes:  August 18, 2014
When:  Saturday, August 23, 2014, Noon to 6:00 pm
Catered Buffet served from 1:00 – 3:00 so come EARLY & HUNGRY!
Because this is a catered event, we require ADVANCE REGISTRATION ONLY - NO Pay at the Door!

Grand Rapids ArtPrize with Apple Cider Century Bike Ride Option 

Friday September 26 to Sunday September 28  
More details/sign up at

Last Bike Trip of the Season!  Visit Grand Rapids, Mi and enjoy the 5th annual Art Prize where 1500+ artists from around the world compete for over $500,000 in prizes.  Every form of art will be displayed in and out of doors, in the Grand River, in the Calder Plaza, the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum, The GRAM (first LEED certified art museum in the U.S.) and in Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park and all around town.  We will be staying in the heart of the exhibits.  Enjoy the MI craft beers and great restaurants.  If you have extra energy,  you can join the Apple Cider Century on Sunday on your way home  This is a self drive trip and the bike trip is a separate registration.  Questions contact Sue Bohlander for Art Prize  at 616-335-3175  or and Marian Nealon for the Apple Cider Century questions only at 630-279-0715 or

Where:  Grand Rapids, MI
When: Friday September 26 to Sunday September 28
Leader: Sue Bohlander / 616-335-3175  /
Assistant: Marian Nealon / 630-279-0715  / (Apple Cider Century Questions Only)
Cost: $175 - includes double occupancy accommodation with free parking - Apple Cider Century Registration is an additional fee - book yourself.
Opens:  April 24, 2014
Status:  40 art aficionados
Closes:  September 3, 2014

Cutback: May 3, 2014



Join LSSC members and friends for a wonderful summer evening at Millennium Park. Bring your own food, beverage, tables, chairs/blankets and then relax and watch some GREAT movies on their BIG screen. We had a great turnout at last year's, "Dancin' in the Rain" singing along with the movie. Everyone had a great time.  

We'll be sitting on East side, near walkway to bathrooms, up close behind the Pavilion seats. If you can't find us, call Coordinator's Cell or text them!

We need volunteers to be Coordinators- Contact Sue Herman (see below) or Julie Hicks (   

Event is FREE -you can sign up on our Website or email the listed Coordinator or just show up.  When you register on-line, the coordinator will email their cell number for contacting night of the event.

7/15 O'Brother Where Art Thou? -NEED COORDINATOR
7/22 Field of Dreams -  NEED COORDINATOR
8/5  Birdcage - Coordinator:  Ellen Werner,
8/12 American Graffiti - Coordinator: Linda Myers,,
8/19  Dream Girls - Coordinator:  Sue Herman,

8/26. WIZARD OF OZ -Coordinator: Kathy Zwier,

NEW July Social Meeting Location

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 6:30 - 10 PM
DANCE and FIREWORKS at Navy Pier, Beer Garden – FREE MEETUP
(This event will be our LSSC July Social Meeting)
WHEN: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 6:30 - 10 PM
WHERE: Navy Pier BEER GARDEN (almost at the end of Navy Pier -see web site below)
CONTACT: Julie Hicks, 630-803-6422
CATEGORY:  All are invited. Bring a friend.

Come dance the night away to the live band, Rod Tuffcurls & The Bench Press in an outdoor venue overlooking Chicago’s beautiful skyscrapers. I have reserved one of the many picnic tables arranged facing the dance floor and band.  You don’t dance? No problem, come grab a beer, socialize and enjoy a Chicago evening with fun people.  The band will play from 7 - 10 and then everyone will turn toward the water front to watch up close and personal the weekly Wednesday Fireworks which are always spectacular. This is a night not to be missed.  Chicago's best beer garden.  
I will have a table on the West side of the Band. I will have tablecloth on the picnic table with a Lake Shore Ski Club Placard. 

August Social Meeting

Friday, August 8 from 5:30 - 8:00 PM
(This event will be our LSSC August Social Meeting)
: Friday, August 8 from 5:30 - 8:00 PM

Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks returns this summer and brings Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, to 18 neighborhood parks across Chicago. A specially equipped truck rolls into each park, a stage unfolds, and a company of professional actors shares the delight of Shakespeare with families and neighbors of all ages. 

We’ll meet at up In the heart of Lincoln Square at Lincoln and Montrose Avenues where the 15-acre Welles Park transforms into a gathering place for musicians and sports and fitness enthusiast.
So join us here for our August Social meeting and don’t forget to bring your chair/blanket and picnic food/drink.  See you there.  (Rosemary will give us location in the Park in our August LiftLine)  
WHERE: Welles Park on Montrose
               2333 W Sunnyside Avenue
BYOB,    Food, Blanket or Chair 
Registration:  not required
Event Leader: Rosemary Devlin
Phone (773) 281-4651 Cell (773) 281-4651

Greek Town Dinner   
Early October (tbd)

This year, due to overwhelming requests, we are returning to the award winning THE PARTHENON  restaurant, a Chicago Greek town leader since 1968.  Join 75 of your Lake Shore friends for another fabulous dinner party in our own private setting.  The emphasis at The Parthenon is on great food, so bring a healthy appetite. The cuisine is among the best in the area. There is more than enough for anybody’s tastes or desires.  Don’t miss this real Greek dinner party and the fun return to Greek Town.
And we encourage you to invite anyone who might be interested in becoming an LSSC member…for social reason, Ski trips, bike events or just making new friends!
When:    Friday October 3rd, 2014
Where:   The PARTHENON, 314 South Halsted  [just south of Jackson Ave.] [Free valet parking at the front door on Halsted]
Time:      6:30 P.M. Cash bar, 7:30 P.M. Family – style dinner
Cost:      $25 for ALL -we encourage you to bring a guest to grow our Club [includes food, wine, soft drinks, tax and tip -price has small subsidy by your Club. Closes Oct 1st.  NO LATE WALK INS – ALLOWED.
Status:  Open August 1, 2014 to the first 75 participants. 
Who: Sam Samatas  [questions], Cell/text:  773-443-1434, E-mail:
Assistant: Shelli Williamson [check, application, questions), 668 W. Irving Park Rd. #3,  Chicago, IL 60613
Phone:  773-832-9190, E-mail:     

Sign Up For Western Skiing by July 31st and Earn a
*** $25 Early Bird Rebate ***

LakeShore is offering a $25 Early Bird Rebate to the first ten people who sign up during the month of July for any Western ski trip.  Rebate will be credited to your account promptly after your $100 Trip Deposit is charged to your credit card or received by check.  So … choose from among our entire trip line-up: Vail, Breckenridge, Red Mountain, Squaw Valley, or Aspen.  You can even sign up for more than one trip to earn multiple Rebates!

Note these important details:

  • Offer valid for any 2015 downhill Western trip (see announcements elsewhere in this newsletter.
  • To qualify, your online registration at must be processed and dated on or before July 31st, 2014, and your payment must be charged to your credit card OR paid by check and received by the Club Treasurer within seven days of your registration.  We do not recommend using mail-in registrations if you wish to qualify for this offer, as they may be subject to delay.
  • Each trip is limited to the first 10 skiers on that trip.  Priority will be determined strictly by the order in which registrations are processed online.
  • Offer limited to current LSSC Members.  If you have not yet renewed your membership for 2015, please do so now before registering for trips under this offer.
  • No exceptions can be made to these rules for any reason.  Thank you for your understanding.

Questions about the Early Bird Rebate special?  Please contact Scott McGarvey at

Help Wanted 

We are looking for Skimeister to run the racing program
Also, we are looking for assistant trip leaders for the western ski trips.
Please contact Scott McGarvey for information

Vail Traditional
Vail is always a LakeShore favorite, and our new January date will help us avoid crowds expected later in the season.  We’ll return this year to the Lodge at Vail, which offers slopeside lift access.  In the evenings, we’ll enjoy the pedestrian-friendly Village with its many dinner, shopping and nightlife options.  Lift ticket is interchangeable at Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone, Breckenridge and Arapahoe Basin.  Air transportation is United Airlines into Denver.

New this year: Get a $15 voucher from Vail Resorts for each day you ski, good for lunch at any Vail Resorts restaurant.
When: Sunday, January 11 to Saturday, January 17, 2015
Resort: Vail
Lodging: Lodge at Vail
Leader: Shelli Williamson
Opens: July 1, 2014
Status: 36 spaces
Cutback date: 11/2/2014
Standard Package $1,819
Early Bird Rebate $25
Early Bird Price (by 7/31) $1,794
Payment Schedule:  
Deposit (if paid by 8/23) $100
First Payment $810 by 9/10/14
Second Payment $909 by 11/20/14

Enjoy the five mountains of Breckenridge, Colorado including the just-opened Peak 6 that is served by a brand new 6-person chairlift.  This is true “back-bowl” country except with the convenience of lift access, so intermediate skiers are able to experience true open-bowl skiing above the tree line.  

Well stay at the Beaver Run Resort, a slopeside accommodation conveniently located at the base of Peak 9 that sports two swimming pools and seven Jacuzzi whirlpools.  When evening comes, enjoy nightlife in a very walk-able village that is just steps away from the Beaver Run.  We’ll fly United into Denver and board bus for the scenic ride to Breck.  Your lift ticket may also be used at nearby Keystone.
When: Tuesday, January 27 to Sunday, February 1, 2015
Resort: Breckenridge
Lodging: Beaver Run
Leader: John Grubbs
Opens: July 1, 2014
Status: 30 spaces
Cutback date: 11/18/2014
Standard Package $1,219
Early Bird Rebate $25
Early Bird Price (by 7/31) $1,194
Payment Schedule:  
Deposit (if paid by 8/23) $100
First Payment $510 by 9/20/14
Second Payment $609 by 12/10/14

Red Mountain, BC
Join us as we check out this undiscovered gem just north of the border in the Monashee range in central British Columbia.  This is not to be confused with skiing in the Rockies – it’s a whole different experience with 2,900 vertical feet at a moderate altitude (base is below 4,000 feet).  You’ll never see crowds or lift lines.

Getting there is half the fun.  As the bus takes us north from Spokane, we’ll pass through rolling hills and follow a river before we begin our climb into the mountains as we approach the Canadian border.  We’ll stay slopeside at the Slalom Creek Condos that can’t be beat for luxury – each condo has its very own outdoor hot-tub on the balcony.  And, upon arrival, we’ll enjoy a Complimentary Welcome Reception in the Rafters Apres Ski Bar. 

Trip also includes
  • Snow Cat skiing on newly-opened terrain that includes plenty of trails for intermediate as well as advanced skiers.  If you’ve never tried cat skiing this is your opportunity.  If there is sufficient interest, we’ll rent a cat for a day as a group, at about $80 per person.
  • Day trip to Whitewater resort, known for its exceptional powder (40+ feet per season).  Bus excursion, lift ticket, and a two-hour stop in the historic town of Nelson for dinner, are all included (dinner on your own).
  • Superb cross-country skiing available at Blackjack (two minutes away by free shuttle), with trails for both classic and skate-style skiing.
When: Saturday, February 14, 2015 to Thursday, February 19, 2015
Resort: Red Mountain
Lodging: Slalom Creek
Leader: Calvin Johns
Opens: July 1, 2014
Status: 28 spaces
Cutback date: 11/6/2014
Standard Package $1,348
Early Bird Rebate $25
Early Bird Price (by 7/31) $1,323
Payment Schedule:  
Deposit (if paid by 8/23) $100
First Payment $574 by 11/5/14
Second Payment $674 by 12/31/14

Squaw Valley at Lake Tahoe
Squaw Valley Ski Resort is the second largest ski area at Lake Tahoe, with 30 chairlifts, 3,600 ski acres, and the only funitel (fancy gondola) in the U.S.  Squaw Valley joined forces with nearby Alpine Meadows, and now the combined resorts offer 270 ski trails. The Resort base is at sleep friendly   6,200 feet elevation, with the top of the ski runs at 9,050 ft.

Our accommodations are ski-in, ski-out at the Resort at Squaw Creek, the best lodging available with scenic views of Lake Tahoe. Trip also includes skiing at Alpine Meadows, which is 12 minutes by free shuttle. (We MAY be able to use Southwest Airlines once fares are published, which could allow substantial savings.) 
Trip includes the following:                           
Departure Date Sunday, 3/1/2015
Return Date Friday,   3/6/2015
Lodging: Resort at Squaw Creek
Leader: Peter Hughes
Transportation: Roundtrip Delta Airlines to Reno via Salt Lake City, Ground transport to resort (about 1 hour).
Lift Tickets 4 days skiing at Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows
Cutback Date: 12/21/2014
Opens: July 1, 2014
Status: ONLY 20 SPACES!
Cutback date: 12/21/2014
Standard Package $1,544
Early Bird Rebate $25
Early Bird Price (by 7/31) $1,519
Payment Schedule:  
Deposit (if paid by 8/23) $100
First Payment $672 by 10/20/14
Second Payment $772 by 12/20/14

Aspen Traditional
Nothing beats the four mountains of Aspen to provide an excellent ski experience for skiers of all abilities, so it’s no wonder that Aspen continues to be LakeShore’s most popular ski trip for decades running.  This year, we’ll return to the Limelight Lodge which provides very convenient lift access to Aspen Mountain.  Use your lift ticket at Aspen, or catch the fast, free shuttle to nearby Snowmass, Aspen Highlands or Buttermilk.  We’ll fly nonstop into Eagle airport on American Airlines and hop a bus for a scenic 90-minute ride into Aspen that includes a grocery stop.  Daily breakfast included.
When: Wednesday, March 18 to Monday, March 23, 2015
Resort: Aspen
Lodging: Limelight Lodge
Leader: JoEllen Reed
Opens: July 1, 2014
Status: 44 spaces
Cutback date: 1/7/2015
Standard Package $1,743
Early Bird Rebate $25
Early Bird Price (by 7/31) $1,718
Payment Schedule:  
Deposit (if paid by 8/23) $100
First Payment $771 by 9/25/14
Second Payment $872 by 1/25/15

 Show and Go

Club Med Ski Break on the Turks & Caicos Islands
(not an official LSSC trip)
Saturday 2/21/15 through Saturday 2/28/15

Join Julie and Dave Hicks as they return to their favorite all inclusive Caribbean vacation/snorkeling resort for a break from the Chicago winter.  The ocean and the air temperatures hover around 80 degrees in February at this adults only Club Med resort with gorgeous white sandy beaches, great water sports, awesome buffet meals, dancing every night, and a 4-star TripAdvisor rating.  Check it out at  Activities include Scuba Diving (at extra cost), Paddle Boarding, Sail Boating, Snorkeling, Wind Surfing, Tennis, and circus school.   Registration is through the Club Med website or by phone at 1-888-WEB-CLUB (1-888-932-2582).  Club Med uses airline-type demand pricing, so the current cost of $1139 per person, double-occupancy, plus air, will gradually increase each month.  If we collectively book 8 or more rooms, we will qualify for incentives such as free wifi, boutique shop discounts, etc.  

CONTACT:  Julie Hicks at 630-803-6422 or
REGISTRATION: Air and Club Med arrangements made by participant. Please RSVP on MeetUp so we can qualify for incentives!

Recent Events - RECAPS

Elkhorn, WI and the South Kettle Bike & Hiking Trip
June 6-June 8.

LSSC members started arriving at the Hampton Inn mid-afternoon on Friday, setting up the Welcome Wine & Cheese party.  Lots of chardonnay, lots of crudités…and by 7pm, lots of hikers & bikers.

After the Hampton Inn free breakfast on Saturday morning, the hikers & bikers assembled in front of the hotel for the official picture.   It was sunny and the temperature reached 82 degrees.  11 hikers set out for the South Kettle‘s Scuppernong Trailhead and a 10 mile hike.  Mosquitoes accompanied these hardy hikers.  8 bikers set out for the White River trailhead for an 11.4 mile ride downstream from Elkhorn thru Springfield & Lyons to Burlington, home of the Nestles Chocolate Experience Museum.  After lunching in either Lyons or Springfield, the bikers continued uphill to the trailhead.  Next stop,  the Hampton Inn pool, and a pre-dinner visit to the remnants of the Welcome Wine & Cheese.

Dinner was various delicious fish entrees at the Trout House & Rushing Waters Fisheries.  As we drove back to the Hampton Inn after dinner, we passed about 100 runners, who were doing a 100 mile in 24 hours run, running in the dark of South Kettle Moraine.  Some bikers ended the night at the Culver’s next to the hotel; nobody ran the 100 miles.  Sunday was cool, windy & overcast, as we packed up and left Elkhorn.

Bob Marwin
Trip Leader

June Social Meeting Recap

We changed our June Social meeting to Millennium and had a great turnout (of course good weather helped).   33 people attended to hear our orchestra's  terrific music with plenty of  time to socialize with old and new friends.  Don't forget to join us at our July Social Meeting at the Navy Pier Beer Garden on 7/23.  

LakeShore to Test Accepting Credit Cards

The club has started a test of accepting credit card payments directly on the website! You will be able to pay your membership renewal and fees for most events without getting out the checkbook.

The trial will run until the end of July when both feedback from members and the back-end experience will be evaluated. At that time, a decision will be made about whether to continue accepting credit cards for the 2014/15 ski season and under what conditions.

During the test period, the club will absorb the additional costs associated with accepting credit cards for membership and most trips and so there will be no difference between the cash/check and credit card price in these cases. Due to the cost of the Isle Royale trip, credit card payments will not be accepted for it.

Q: Who is paying for the credit card fee?
A: The club will carry the credit card fees during the trial period and then determine a policy going forward if the trial is successful.
Q: Will I still be able to pay with a check?
A: Of course!  You can continue to pay by check as you do today if you so wish.  There are no plans to change this.
Q: Is there a limit on the amount I can pay with a credit card?
A: Somewhat.  The website will only allow you to pay up to $500 at a time, but you can make multiple payments if you sign up for more than $500 worth of events.  Again, please do not attempt to pay for the Isle Royale trip this way.
Q: Will you still accept Paypal?
A: We will not accept Paypal for membership and events during the credit card trial.
Q: What happens if I need to cancel?
A: At the moment we cannot reverse charges so we will write you a check for any refund.
Q: Can I pay for someone else's registration with a credit card?
A:  No, each person still needs to pay for themselves when they are logged into the site.  You can of course use the same card for multiple accounts.

Q: How quickly are the credit card payments processed?
A: It depends on some back end processes, but the usual experience is almost immediately
Q: Will there still be an early bird discount for membership?
A: Yes, and it’s even easier to take advantage of now!

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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