1 Vol. 56 Issue 3 March, 2018 The Sitzmark News Sitz-mārk: An impression left in the snow by the backward fall of a skier. In this issue: Calendar President s Thoughts of the Month Directory of Board Members Social Events & Meet-Me-Ats Lots-O-Other Fun Stuff Have an idea for an event or a special club adventure? Contact Jean Bronson, Social Director, at We can help you plan and schedule the activity, and help get the word out to our membership through our web site, Facebook, and the newsletter! The Board of Director s Meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. every third Tuesday of the month, throughout the year. All members are welcome. Contact for the next meeting location.
2 Calendar of Upcoming Events & Deadlines 2018 March SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY Membership Meeting Game On Cleveland Pub & Grill Board Meeting After Work Meet-Me-At Craft Beer Cellar Birthday Meet-Me-At Black Finn AmeriPub 2018 April SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY Membership Meeting Board Elections Great Lakes Distillery/Wine Tasting Board Meeting Favorite Pizza Place Thirsty Duck MMSC Senior Race Banquet Spring Highway Cleanup May SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY Membership Meeting Year-End Celebration Board Meeting
3 The President s Corner Our new the meetings location at the New Berlin Hills Golf Course, Clubhouse, is working out to be a huge success. We had about 25 people there for the Membership Meeting in February; it was a blast. It s located just west of Greenfield Park, W Graham St, New Berlin, WI March Meeting (March 2, 2018) Light Hors d oeuvres at 6:30 included: No sign-up needed: Pay at the door, member $5 & guest $7 Chamonix Pre-trip Meeting We ve had a great skiing season with only the trip to go in March. Join us for the pre-trip meeting/party scheduled for the meeting too. The Les Houche Ski Area faces the Mont Blanc range, this area offers skiing for all levels of ability and all ages. A paradise for free riders with a relaxed atmosphere and a wide variety of runs, including the legendary World Cup Kandahar run, known as La Verte des Houches. Learn about the Vallée Blanche, the longest off-piste itinerary in Europe: a legendary 22 km descent down a glacier. We continue to have a fun collection of social events to keep us busy during the week. Check the Web Site and/or s for the latest details. Elections: Yes, it s time to think about running for a Board and Officer position. We need a few new people every year to continue the fun events and ski trips. The Election Committee will be chaired be Nancy Woltzen. She or I will be contacting you for your help. Keep them pointed downhill! Save the Dates!!! Camping: Gov. Dodge State Park June Camping: Door County Aug. 23 Aug 27 Kayaking: Apostle Islands Aug. 2 5 Fall Bus Tour (Ohio): Oct TO REACH THE ENTIRE BOARD Phone Number PRESIDENT: Dave Wherry VICE PRESIDENT: Dawn Petermann Harris PAST PRESIDENT: Tom Augustine SECRETARY: Sharon Gale TREASURER: Joyce Katona MEMBERSHIP: Jim Reilly NEWSLETTER: Jonathan Rydz SOCIAL EVENTS: Jean Bronson WESTERN TRIPS: Mark Harris NORTHERN TRIPS: Jeff Borchardt RACE & SPORTS: Brian Boerner PROMOTIONS: David Fowler MEETINGS & ENTERTAINMENT:
4 Sitzmark Elections 2018 We need you! Our Club is a volunteer organization. It would not exist if it were not for the help of those who serve on the Board of Directors Officers and Directors. We need you to run for a position on the Board. Contact if you are interested. Elections will be held at the April membership meeting. Who is eligible to run? Candidates for President must have served on the Board for a minimum of two years. Candidates for Vice-President must have served on the Board for a minimum of one year. The offices of President, Vice-President, and Treasurer are one-year terms; the Director positions are two-year terms. To run for a Directorship, you need only be a member in good standing. Each Director discusses with the new President their preferred position, and assignments are based on these discussions as well as an individual s experience. Board members are required to attend monthly Board and membership meetings. President: Preside over Board and membership meetings; appoint committees as needed; represent the Club at various activities and associations. Vice-President: Succeed President if necessary; preside over meetings in the absence of the President; sell Club merchandise to trip leaders to sell on trips; select new items for the Club store; maintain inventory of Club equipment. Secretary: Record minutes from monthly Board meetings; complete official correspondence not related to specific Directors. Treasurer: Keep Club books; make deposits and disbursements as approved by Directors; report monthly and year-end financial status to the Board; chair audit committee and file federal tax return. Meetings and Entertainment: Coordinate selection of meeting locations for the Club; contract bands and/or DJs for meetings; Board Positions recruit members to greet and sign in members and guests at the meetings. Membership: Recruit new members; enter and maintain membership records using the Club website database; distribute membership cards. Newsletter: Editor of the newsletter; solicit articles, design, and create monthly newsletter; distribute the newsletter to members using the website and Facebook. As needed, print and mail newsletter to members. Special Events: Recruit volunteers. Organize and preside over Auction for Charity and year-end awards party for Club volunteers. Promotion: Distribute the Club brochures to ski, sports, and other retail outlets. promote the Club and its events via social media. Coordinate booths at ski and sports shows, to promote the Club and recruit new members. Race and Sports: Coordinate the race team with MMSC; oversee sports leagues such as softball, tennis, volleyball, and golf. Social Events: Recruit members to organize a variety of social activities such as afterwork parties, camping, skating, and Packer parties. Western s: Organize non-midwest trips, including reservations and pricing; handle all payments in trip sign-ups using Club website database; solicit and work with trip leaders. Assist with production and distribution of the ski trips booklet. Northern s: Organize Midwest trips, including reservations and pricing; handle all payments in trip sign-ups using Club website database; solicit and work with trip leaders. Assist with production and distribution of the ski trips booklet.
5 Membership Meeting Friday, March 2, 2018 New Berlin Hills Golf Club s Clubhouse W. Graham St, New Berlin, WI (just west of Greenfield Park) Doors open at 6:30 pm; light hors d oeuvres include Coconut Shrimp W/Sweet Chili Cocktail Sauce, BBQ Meatballs, and Herb-Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms! Pay at the door: members $5 and guests $7. Special Event includes pre-trip meeting for the Chamonix trip. Club member Francois Mortier, who is from France, will be on-hand to help any question about the area. 6:30 8:30 pm: Drinks, appetizers. 8:00 8:45 pm: Meeting 8:45 11:00 pm : Socializing. Meet-Up After Work Craft Beer Cellar 1320 George Town Dr. Pewaukee Wednesday, March :00 pm Craft Beer Cellar is a tap room and beer-to-go retailer in Pewaukee. Bottled beer on the shelves is organized by the brewery s region. Customers can find beers from east coast breweries, and as they move toward the other wall, they will move toward west coast beers. Beer and Wine only. Bring your own food or order and have food delivered. Epic Brewing Company from Colorado will be there for the One Barrel Brewing Tasting at 7:00 pm. Hosted by Joy Zuerner: Meet-Up March Birthdays Thursday, March 22 5 pm The Black Finn Brookfield Square 95 N. Moorland Rd., Brookfield Join us as we celebrate the March birthdays at this lively restaurant and bar that offers the affordable American food everyone will want to eat, alongside an extensive list of craft beers signature cocktails, and a wide range of appetizers. Happy Hour 3 7 pm. Hosts: Jonathan Rydz Susan Harte (Birthday Twins!) Honorable mentions for other March birthdays are: Marc Pettit, Dave Wherry, & Dave Weber Did we miss anyone? Game On Sunday, March 25 Noon 4:00 pm Cleveland Pub & Grill W. Cleveland Ave, New Berlin We did this last year and had a great time, so we were asked to do it again! Bring your favorite board and card games to share (Monopoly, Chess, Dominoes, Yahtzee, Scrabble, SKIP-BO - just to name a few) for a fun-filled, relaxing afternoon while drinking beer, eating food and socializing. Cleveland Pub & Grill has a variety of menu for everyone - order food and drinks by the main bar. Not a game player? Join us anyway to make sure no one is cheating! Let s play! Cost: Donation of $3 towards the cost of the party room. Hosts: Tom & Jean Bronson
6 Race & Sports Report Race season is complete. The season was fun, even though we had a couple of injuries. Mark Mayer suffered a Tibial Plateau Fracture, as well as some ligament damage, and we pray he has a speedy and complete recovery. Jim Fisher suffered a concussion, but was able to finish the season with us. We are looking for more racers for next season! Come join in the thrill of competition, and the camaraderie! The MMSC is having its annual Race Banquet, and it would be great if would get a solid turnout of Sitzmarkers in support of our team. Thank you Brian Boerner, Racing and Sports Director 2018 MMSC SENIOR RACE BANQUET Saturday, April 21 Panos Banquet Center (aka: Bullwinkles) W. Bluemound Road, Brookfield Cocktails: 5:00 pm Dinner: 6:00 pm Awards immediately following dinner Cost: $30 per person Make check payable to: Carolyn Murphy 8715 Glenwood Drive, Greendale, WI Deadline: March 25, 2018 Buffet to include: Chicken Marsala, Rotisserie Pork Loin with stuffing and gravy, California blended vegetables, salad, vegetables/relishes, assortment of fresh fruit, oven-browned potatoes, rice pilaf and ice cream with chocolate topping. Coffee and milk. Northern Trips The Tyrol-Devil s Head weekend was a great success with 16 participants, double from last year. We even had two three inches of fresh powder Sunday morning at Devil s Head. We stayed at Devil s Head Lodge Saturday night which included a hot tub and a fire pit. Special thanks to Susie M. And Audry W. for providing us with awesome s mores. We wrapped up our final year s event with Cascade Mt. on February 24. Four of us enjoyed nearly 40 degree temperatures and very good conditions. Jeff Borchardt, Northern Trips Director. Copper Mountain 2018 Thirty six Sitzmarks made the journey to Copper Mountain, Colorado January It was snowing when we left Milwaukee on Monday and it was snowing when we set out from Denver on the bus. Unfortunately we did not see any new snow during our stay at Copper. But we did have a bluebird week, with decent snow on everything but the back bowls, which were closed due to low snow. We had a nice wine & cheese party Monday night, after everyone found the right room in the Conference Center. Skied Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday with some braving the trees to find some fresh stuff. A few took advantage of the mountain tours and had a great time. Wednesday night we had a tasty pizza party at the Double Diamond Restaurant in the East Village, which is owned by a Wisconsin native. David took great care of us, and the wine and beer flowed! Trip Leader - Laura Herrick
7 One More to Go! Chamonix pre-trip meeting will be at the March 2nd membership meeting. Trip itinerary and info will be sent out this week. I am sending a western trips to the club talking about next years trips and soliciting people interested in learning about the western trips committee. I am looking for input from individual club members prior to composing a club trips survey. We will discuss a date for the club trip planning party in early April. I want to narrow down destinations for 2019 prior to attending Mountain Travel Symposium April 11-15, This would give me the chance to better pursue details with the representatives of our potential destinations. Respectfully submitted, Mark Harris Western Trips Director Geneva, Switzerland Mar. 9 19, 2018 (Fri. Mon.) Trip Leaders: Mark & Dawn Harris No Lifts: $2,292 Check Only $2,361 Credit Card *Price is subject to fuel surcharges and foreign currency changes Insurance is strongly advised Round-Trip Air from Chicago to Zurich on Swiss Air 3/9 ORD/ZRH#LX9 7:15pm-10:55 A+ FRI/SAT 3/10 ZRH/GVA#LX2806 1:05 pm-1:55pm 3/19 GVA/ZRH#LX :00am-11:55 am 3/19 ZRH/ORD #L8 12:55 pm- 5:00 pm Trip includes: Round trip bus transportation from Milwaukee to Chicago Round trip air from Chicago to Zurich on Swiss Air First bag flies free Round trip bus transportation from Geneva to Chamonix 7 nights lodging at Rocky Pop Hotel (2 per room). 3-Star Superior Hotel located 5 minutes from the center of Chamonix Welcome reception Rocky Pop Half board breakfast and dinner 2 nights lodging at Hotel Suisse in Geneva (2 per room). On 3/17-3/19/2018 Hotel Suisse Buffet breakfast It s Not All About The Skiing! Top 10 Things For Non-Skiers To Do In Chamonix Discovery & Photo Walks, Ice Climbing, Snowshoeing, Paragliding, Husky Sledding, Arts & Culture, Spas & Massages, Montenvers & Mer de Glace - The little red train and Wine Tasting Skiing In The Heart Of Nature In The Les Houches Ski Area: Facing the Mont Blanc range, this area offers skiing for all levels of ability and all ages. A paradise for free riders with a relaxed atmosphere and a wide variety of runs, including the legendary World Cup Kandahar run, known as La Verte des Houches. Just-For-Fun Things To Do: Filmed and timed slalom run Snow Park Ski Camp: sledging slope, snow tubing run, curling, children s zipline, avalanche transceiver search area. Altimeter service: for instant measurement of descent distances Boarder cross Photo point and Panocam Ski touring trail: 800m of ascent for keen ski tourers Marked snowshoeing trail: at the top of the Prarion ski lift - the Petit Prarion circuit Activities With Animals: Combine originality and fun: from dog-sled driving, horse riding or ski joëring, to a tour of the St Bernard breeding kennels. The Vallée Blanche: The longest off-piste itinerary in Europe: a legendary 22 km descent down a glacier. Accompaniment by a professional guide is strongly recommended.
8 Sitzmark Ski Club P.O. Box 1877 Milwaukee, WI Visit our website for information on memberships, trip information, events and sign-ups: Check out our Facebook page to see what our members are up to: Monthly meetings are held at the New Berlin Hills Golf Course W. Graham St., New Berlin just west of Greenfield Park. Save the club more than $2,200 annually in printing and postage by switching from a printed version of the newsletter to an electronic version, ed directly to you. Compatible with all PCs, phones, tablets, and other devices. the newsletter director at to switch from paper to an electronic version.