2015- LSSC 60th Anniversary...See all of our Celebration Events!
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Notes from our President  

The New Year is fast approaching and we need to start thinking about LSSC board elections. for your 2015 board.  We NEED you....if you want to see LSSC remain a viable, vibrant club, volunteer for a board position,.  Bring your ideas and energy to the table to help us survive in a very different social climate than our 1980's prime years.  

And, as ski season is upon us we are still looking for a volunteer to be our Skimeister to manage our race program.

We cannot do it without you!

Rich Zaber

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".


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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.

No March Social Meeting


LSSC Board


Rich Zaber

Vice-President and Western Trip Director
Scott McGarvey

Dave Hicks

Membership Director
Kimberly Chulis   

Cross-Country Trip Director
Lee Galusha

Program Director
Marcie Marcovitz

Marian Nealon

Communications Director
Sue Herman

James E Carroll
We want to welcome all our new members who have joined since February 2015. We can’t wait to meet you all at an upcoming LSSC event. Be sure to introduce yourselves to board members so we can find out more about you!  

Welcome New Members
Randa Bishlawi                         Nicholas Bridge                  Susan Chamberlin

Welcome back- Recent Renewals 
Leo Bujalski                              Alan E Engel                       Patricia O Hanlon

From Your Board

As we draw closer to our fiscal year end and SPRING TIME, it’s also time to create our Slate of Candidates for the next LSSC Board.  We’d love to get some new people involved…so if you’d like to help shape our future, please give me, Rick Zaber, a call or email to let us know of your interest.

And SAVE THE DATE for our annual Spring Fling on May 2, at Villa Brunetti….details to come.  This event is also where we announce the new board and give out our Ski Race awards.  Dinner, dancing and open bar included!!  And we’ll combine this with our Worker’s Party…so if you were a trip or Event Leader, Board member or Assistant Board member, watch for your special invitations. We hope to get a great turnout to our first Social Event of the new LSSC year!

Rich Zaber


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, 

Spring Social Events

COUNTRY DANCING at Cadillac Ranch
WHEN:    Saturday 7 pm, March 14
WHERE:  Cadillac Ranch
                1175 West Lake Street
                Bartlett, IL 60103
                (630) 830-7200
Cost:       FREE – it’s a MeetUP
Event Leader 
Couples Dance lessons at 7:30 pm (girlfriends are totally acceptable if didn't come with a guy).  Beginner Line Dance lessons at 10 pm. 
Come join the LSSC for a fun night of Country and Line Dancing. Meet & Mingle with LSSC friends as well as make new friends at this popular music/ dance venue.  They serve appetizer type food as well.

Look for Julie Hicks at the Bar. She will have her LSSC pin on her beige cowboy hat. Yee Haw!
Eifman Ballet of Saint Petersburg 
Don’t miss this emotionally charged performance  - ticket sale ends March 31st! 
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  
June Golf WEEKEND 
Swan Lake Golf Trip with Optional Lessons 
When:  June 5-7, 2015 
Where:  5203 Plymouth Laporte Trail. Plymouth, IN 46563
Price: $490- Stay & Play Package (No Lessons) - Unlimited Golf with Cart on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Price: $560 Academy Package –3 Hours of Lessons Friday and Saturday (4:1 Student to Teacher Ratio),  
          Unlimited Golf with Cart on Friday, Saturday and Sunday  
STATUS:  Open.  Registration required by March 30, 2015 so we can let resort know how many pros are needed.

Here is a chance for 12 participants to start the golf season off at one of the Midwest’s premier resorts, less than 100 miles and two hours from Chicago, with or without lessons.  The trip includes:
•    36 holes of Championship Golf
•    2 Nights Lodging, 3 Days of Unlimited Golf Including Cart
•    Deluxe Continental Breakfast
•    Indoor and Outdoor Pool, Sauna, Whirlpool
•    Practice facility included
•    Wine & Cheese Party

We will be staying in Fairway Villas based four occupants in each. 
Trip Leader:    TBD
Questions:      Marcie Marcovitz,
SPRING FLING – Saturday, May 2, 2015
Open Bar, Hors d'oeuvres, Delicious Family-Style Dinner, DJ, Dancing...

Party with your new friends and old as we say “good-bye” to Skiing (and artic winter weather) and “hello” to warm weather activities like Biking, Hiking, Golfing, and Outdoor Music Events. 

This is our annual event to thank our 2014/15 “Workers”… the “saints” on the Board of Directors, Appointed Officers and Volunteers who keep our club vital. And we’ll welcome in our new 2015 Board of Directors and acknowledge our winning ski racers.

JOIN US FOR A GREAT SOCIAL EVENING…A “totally worth it” all-inclusive package price that includes 4 hour open bar and all the wine you can drink at your dinner table.

WHERE:   Villa Brunetti Banquets -- 9755 Grand Ave, Franklin Park, IL 60131
WHEN:      Saturday, May 2, 2015
TIME:        7pm-12pm 
PRICE:      Members -- $52 per person; Non-members -- $57 per person
To RSVP:  Advanced Registrations Only! No Walk-ins.
Event Leader:  Julie Hicks,  
Sign-up Online at
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
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,


Aspen - Season Finale! 4 Openings Left  Ground Package ONLY 
Due to recent cancellations there are 4 ground package openings available for the Aspen trip.  Included in the cost of $1,144 is lodging at the Limelight Hotel which has an Apres Ski Jazz Combo daily, 4 days of lift tickets, welcome party and partially subsidized dinner on the last night. (Transportation is on your own). Sign up online or call the trip leader Jo Ellen Reed
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 at
Status: 44 spaces
Cutback date: 1/7/2015
Standard Package $1,749

For all trips, you can pay with a credit card or mail your check to the treasurer after you complete registration. Payment information will appear on the registration confirmation email. 
Must be a member or pay the Non-Member fee (when applicable) to attend.  See Membership Requirements.
Cancellation: Full refund within 21 days of event opening.  Penalties may apply after this.  Full cancellation policy.

Recent Events - RECAP

South Kettle Moraine - X-Country Trip Recap

A hut tub wine & cheese gathering in the party room/Larry Kyte suite kicked the weekend off. 

Fitted with skies or snowshoes, twenty skiers/snowshoers headed out to the trails. The recent snowfall and a bright sunny day made for a wonderful Saturday of skiing.  
One casualty--Rosemary Devlin, fell and fractured her collar bone and missed a wonderful dinner at The Rushing Waters Trout House.  We hope she mends quickly! 

Minocqua Trip - 2015 Recap  
Isn’t it a joy to be with folks who do not complain about sub-zero temperatures?  

44 LSSC members joined our annual XC trip to Minocqua . Led by our veteran hosts/organizers, Ken East and Tim Thurlow and a seasoned squadron of volunteers, we headed north. The weather gods blessed us over the weekend. Snow was ample. So was sunshine. The bone-numbing temps did challenge us in the skills of textile layering. We looked like a band of bank robbers in frost-licked masks.   

Over the three-day adventure there were no reports of thirst or hunger pangs. But member Dave Galusha did suffer a wrist injury which, luckily, did not impede his talent in pizza ordering/aisle delivery. New members – Hunter Ingram, Margie Huerta and Mike Rhodes – promised to return. Ski lessons by members Larry Kyte, Dina Petrakis, Andrew and Dani Kirby were thumbs up, according to Margie and Mike.      

Winter Park welcomed us with Dan Clausen, Zeke Fashingbauer and the ever-accommodating staff at the ski shop. Skiing had its challenges. The wind on Saturday plus low moisture in the snow thwarted any attempt at gliding. Darrell Duchon spotted porcupines while cruising black diamonds (and has photos to prove it). Frank Loomis, host of The Tea House, thawed us out with Earl Gray, hot chocolate, sandwich cookies and a fine playlist of classic country. While Mary and Dario Giacomoni kept the lodge fires burning and knitting needles in aerobic motion, some of us chose a tour (ski or snowshoe) with John Bates, a local naturalist/author/teacher from Manitowish River Press. A big thanks to Mike Stockreiter for finding John. 

Bates’ skill in bird calling attracted a gaggle, or what he calls his “St. Francis moment”. Ash trees and pines, frogs called peepers, and dental details of hare and reindeer were touched on in his entertaining discourse. His elegant wooden snowshoes gave new meaning to the term “silent sports”. 

The wine & cheese party, organized by Tim and crew, on Saturday turned out to be its usual Thanksgiving banquet. For those still hungry, I’Tsuay D’Arcangelis commandeered the telephone to order a sumptuous array of Chinese take-out dishes. Dinner choices on Sunday included The Plantation Supper Club, a brewpub, and Polecat & Lace. The supper club diners were seduced by strong beverages and crocks of cheese spreads and Ritz crackers in the bar, followed by tutoring at the table by waitress Candy who insisted that fish & chips keep boyfriends happy.  

Leaving Minocqua is never easy. But overcast skies and flurries helped. A Zen quiet took over the bus as the weary sunk into their seats. But adventure arrived before the order for 15 pizzas was picked up.  Blinking lights and warning signals on the bus’ dashboard foiled our estimated time of arrival. A prudent decision was made to trade the bus in for a replacement. Luckily, we made it into a BP Gas/convenience station outside of Madison that was not short on heating, stacked retail shelves and clean restrooms. 

Ninety minutes later, we continued in our new bus, picked up the pizzas ordered by Liz Moyer and Dave Galusha, and headed towards Chicago. Waiters and waitresses managed to keep everyone’s taste preferences straight. Waitressing may be Virginia Boehme’s new career after nursing. 

Bravo, Ken and Tim, and their corps of multi-tasking members. 

By Margaret Sheridan 

Breckenridge Trip - 2015 Photos 

  Tom and Mike Ryan 
the top of Breckenridge

Skiers climb to the highest point on the bowl. 

Snow sculpture competition Jan.31st. After a farewell meal at Kenosha Tavern.  
Daniel Hunt. 

Membership Committee Update

Membership Recruitment & Retention Initiatives
After reviewing the findings and recommendations of the Membership Workgroup, the board approved a number of initiatives at our February meeting, to begin to address our membership concerns.  Two major goals are the focus of almost all of these actions.  The top priority is to improve retention of new members and recent new members.  The second goal is to increase our member recruitment, with a particular focus on the 30’s and 40’s crowd.  Actions the board approved and will be working on in coming months include:
  1. To initiate development of some social events and activities targeted specifically at members and potential members in there 30’s and 40’s.  If you are a member in this age range, we need and would welcome your help in identifying great events and activities specific to your age group.  Please contact Dave Hicks at for ideas and suggestions. 
  2. To acknowledge our low monthly social meeting attendance and improve club communication by incorporating a member meeting agenda into our 3-4 most heavily attended member events, such as Spring Fling, Annual Picnic, and the Ski Kickoff Party.
  3. Development of a new membership incentive program 
  4. Development of a new member mentoring or buddy program among our current members.
  5. Development of a revitalized club and events marketing program focusing on our “ski and sports with friends” attraction.
  6. Review of how we can better recruit and recognize trip leaders.
  7. Discuss and review our membership efforts with like-minded clubs and Chicago Metropolitan Ski Council to identify strategies other clubs may be pursuing. 
The board also extended a special thanks and appreciation to the Membership Workgroup for their assessment and recommendations work.  Workgroup members are: Kenneth East, Richard Zaber, Cindy Bilek-Halik, Roy Youngblood, Calvin Johns, Tony Freston,  Marcie Marcovitz, Sharon Murphy, Lawrence Kyte, Gina Metelica, and Dave Hicks.

Dave Hicks
LSSC Treasurer

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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