THE SKI & SPORTS CLUB OF WASHINGTON, DC
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The 2022 Election and Awards Meeting was conducted on April 5, 2022. Ruth D'Alessandro was re-elected as President, and B J Barger, Mary Thibault, Rita Togni, and Cheryl Wiseman were elected to serve on the Board of Directors.
Ruth D'Alessandro , President 2021-2023. I have been a member of SCWDC for over 36 years. Initially, I participated in tennis parties, the instructional tennis program, weekend trips and weekly tennis at Haines Point. I also played softball. I began skiing 3 years after I joined SCWDC and benefited from many one day and weekend learn to ski trips. Over 30+ years, I have attended 3-4 ski trips a year. Most recently, I have participated in Club Med trips and a Viking Cruise. Several years ago, I became involved in Wednesday evening golf. I led the May 2021 Club Med Sandpiper, have led three ski trips, including leading the Winter Park 2022 ski trip. I also have led several weekend golf tips. "Through the years I have met many interesting people and have made numerous lifelong friends while enjoying being active." Ruth was re-elected in April 2022 for another term, she continues to lead until April 2023.
Board of Directors:
B J Barger
After two knee replacement surgeries, I’m back to skiing and loving it! I have SCWDC to thank for getting me back on slopes; I want to pay it back by continuing to serve on the Board. After one year on the Board I have a better appreciation for Club operations. This year we’ve struggled with the impacts of COVID, so my goal is to get the social and sports aspects of SWCDC back to normal. I’m a retired AF employee with experience in HR, training and development. I have Board experience with my homeowner’s association, LPGA Amateurs and American Singles Golf Association. With the Club, I’ve skied, biked and gone to baseball games. This year I’m going to add pickleball. I’m looking forward o another year of representing the members of SCWDC. BJ's term runs through 2024.
Leo Boelhouwer, Vice President
I joined the club in 2000, after I found SCWDC in the yellow pages(!). Very soon I became the Cultural Chair, a position I held for 6 years. During that time there were about a dozen people running cultural events. In 2009 I became president of the club and helped celebrate the organization’s 75th anniversary in 2011. I have served on the BOD since 2012 including holding the position of Vice President since that time! Leo's term ends in April 2023. Length of Service: 11 years BOD member, 2 years as president. Previously, Cultural Chair for 6 years. He originated the concept of the Skigram while Cultural Chair. He has served as Magazine Editor since 2009 and has composed 81, repeat, 81 different magazine issues. Although the magazine is no longer printed and mailed to all members (which was a BOD decision),Leo has kept the magazine going for many years. The magazine is the club's record of officer service and many events. Leo's term runs to 2023.
I have been a member of SCWDC for over 32 years. I have been skiing with the club since I joined and early on would go on several bus trips in addition to flight trips. In recent years I typically go on couple ski trips per year. I have enjoyed meeting a lot of interesting and friendly people over the years, a number of whom I have known for over 30 years. Many of you know me or will recognize me from all the trips that I have been on. When not skiing with the club I have had a season pass at Whitetail for over ten years and can be found up there skiing during the rest of the season and occasionally at Liberty.
I retired in August 2020 from L3Harris as a Controller with a staff of seven. I am a licensed CPA in Virginia and also a Certified Management Accountant (CMA). While I was working I did not have time to volunteer for the club. Now that I am retired I would like to give back to the club. I realize how much hard work everyone who volunteers has done and are currently doing and would like to help out. I think my work experience would be helpful to the club in a number of areas particularly financial and budgeting matters. This would be my first volunteer activity with the club, but you have to start somewhere and I think my work experience, knowledge, years of participation and contacts in the club would be useful.
In conclusion, I would like to do more volunteering with the club going forward in particular with the ski programs, Western, Eastern and one day trips. Hopefully this COVID thing will end and next year’s ski season will be more normal.
Larry's term runs to 2023.
I have been an active Club member for over 30 years. I have enjoyed participating in a wide variety of club activities, social events and trips with an emphasis on skiing. I have met lifelong friends and tons of ski buddies. I believe in our Club’s ability to bring people together and to provide great value to its members. It has been a challenging two years and I hope to continue to support the Club’s mission over the next two years.
Covid has without a doubt impacted our operations. Since Covid, we have all been working overtime to manage the club and support our members. We have used Zoom for meetings and Happy Hours. We also held events that could be done outdoors in a Covid safe manner, like the Back to the Slopes Party, Summer Picnic, Golf, Sailing day trips, Ski Trips, and summer Tennis. We have also used this opportunity to re-brand the club as the Ski and Sports Club of Washington DC to recognize our diverse activities. This coming year, the Board will need to focus on expanding membership and returning to our favorite activities that we have all missed.
Additionally, I am a member of the Ski Flight Trips Committee, which provides members with one of their greatest benefits – our excellent ski trips. The Committee has never worked so hard to plan the trip schedule, contract with tour operators to provide the best value, and support and direct trip leaders. Believe me we have never worked harder than this year. Despite Covid we have managed a few great trips for those comfortable traveling.
Professionally, I am a recently retired Diplomatic Security Officer for the US Department of State. I have managed large programs and contracts in an international environment. I know the importance of establishing consistent policies and managing large budgets. As a side benefit, I have traveled and skied around the world, giving me a unique perspective on planning and evaluating air, transportation, and lodging. I am now a Ski Instructor with Liberty Mountain and very excited about sharing my love of skiing to develop new skiers.
I have been a club member for about 20 years and it has been a fantastic experience. My introduction to the Club began on the Potomac River on a 19-foot ‘Flying Scot’ sailboat. As a trip leader I organized many Tuesday and Saturday Potomac sails and was also able to take sailing lessons (provided by our volunteer skippers). In addition, I had the pleasure of participating in a week-long sailing trip in the Caribbean. Skiing is also very much a part of my background, beginning back in the 1970s at Sugarloaf Mountain in Maine. More recently, it has been great to take advantage of ‘good times’ on Club Med trips; a magical Bike and Barge trip in Italy, golfing and hiking.
Needless to say – I benefited from all the wonderful experiences our Club offers. As a result, I have decided to seek a term on the Board of Directors. I am now retired and have more time available to focus on a new undertaking. As far as my skills, I have both education and career experience in the financial areas. Specifically, I have a degree in accounting from Boston College. Most of my work experience comes from positions with the federal government. Several years in auditing with Dept. of Health and Human Services., several years in budgeting and a then a stint as a management analyst with DOD. My last, longest and most gratifying was with US Geological Survey as a financial manager. I learned how to listen and understand a variety of situations that were new to me. I believe that this background gives me a solid foundation for analyzing data/information and exploring possible solutions as part of a team effort. Thank you for your consideration. Mary's term runs through 2024.
I am an SCWDC member since the early 1990's. I volunteered to lead many ski trips in the USA and in Europe, as well as some local hikes. I have served as a Director for the past 2 years, and then successfully ran for re-election in 2022.
I enjoy skiing, hiking, tennis, pickleball and other sports with family and friends. The Club has evolved and expanded from being only a ski club to including other sports and social events. Volunteers work hard to make it successful.
Pickleball is my latest “passion” (it is the fastest growing sport in USA). and I would like to reinstate hiking events at all levels.
I worked as an Architect, as an Interior Decorator and currently in Real Estate.
Captain Cheryl Ann Wiseman, Ret.
Since becoming a SCWDC member in 1990, and subsequently a Columbia Ski Club member as well, the social and experiential experiences have been nothing short of transformational. I have been close friends with past presidents and board members, giving me their unique perspectives as well. I am a strong advocate of recruitment and marketing the club’s leadership opportunities to more young people. Our current leadership is at the helm in navigating the club’s future, and as our society begins to venture out again in pursuit of more freedom of movement and social interaction, now is the perfect time to become more aggressive in marketing the club’s potential.
As a retired O6 of 30 years (USAF and USPHS), I have time now to give back to the SCWDC that did so much for my quality of life. My education includes 4 Master’s degrees (Psychology, Epidemiology, Human Resources Management and Social Work). I have served as a Government Task Leader / Contractor Officer Representative at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; a Senior Program Management Officer Consultant in CDER, FDA; a Regulatory Health Project Manager at the Office of Generic Drugs, CDER, FDA; a Senior Instructional Officer for the USPHS as well as a Transportation Officer (USAF) at Langley AFB and 32 TFS, Soesterburg, Netherlands.
I would be honored to serve SCWDC and play an instrumental part in making this organization thrive, grow and become a cogent social epicenter.
Cheryl's term runs until 2024.
BOD Secretary: Carole Howe
Carole is serving her fourth year as BOD secretary. She is a retired surgical nurse for local hospitals and a local ophthalmologist. She skies at least once a year with her husband and family. Comment: It's important for the SCWDC BOD to have accurate records of its discussions and votes. Carole is diligent and helpful in every respect. The SCWCC Board of Directors has an obligation to inform members of its deliberations and decisions. Please look under the Home Menu item to read current and past BOD minutes. President's Message & BoD Minutes
Treasurer: Brian Chollar
Brian joined the club in 1974 and soon became active as a leader. He was elected as president in 1984. The account of his presidency can be found in the 1936-1986 Yearbook. He continued to serve in various roles after his term was over, including serving as Recreation Chair and as a ski trip leader. He served as an BOD member 2004-2006. In 2006, he became the club's Financial Manager responsible for club accounting, auditing financial reports, and auditing tour operator invoices. Because the club resumed conducting an audit by outside CPA every year, he was responsible for opening all records and answering the auditor's numerous technical questions. Because of Brian's 2007 until 2020 work, SCWDC has received "clean" audits from our outside CPA firm for our accurate financial statements. He retired from the Financial Manager position in 2020, and became the Club's Treasurer. He was selected as an Honorary Lifetime Member in 2008. Length of Service as Financial Manager: 16 years beginning 2006. Length of Service as Treasurer: current, 2 years. Previously served as SCWDC President for 1 year and served multiple years as Recreation Chair.
Financial Manager: Bev Ashcraft
SCWDC's annual budget is about $1 million and includes about 40 admission events. While all of our events are planned and run by volunteers, we need year-round financial services to manage our various financial relationships and transactions, and these services come from our Financial Manager. From 2006 to mid-2020, Brian Chollar, long-time SCWDC member and past president, served in this role. Now, Bev, who is a long-time member, former volunteer ski leader & Meetings Chair, and current member of the Activity Leader Evaluation Committee member, has become our Financial Manager and serves today. Her workload includes managing our bank accounts and 2,000+ annual credit card and check installment payment transactions, auditing Tour Operator invoices and leader financial reports, and providing the Board of Directors with timely advice. One major aspect of financial work is due to the complexity of SCWDC ski trip vacations , which have multiple pricing options including "Ground Only" (participant books his/her own airline travel), "Single Supplement" (participant pays to occupy their own bedroom), and multiple lift ticket options. We are lucky to have Bev serve because she knows how the club operates, backwards and forwards. Length of Service as Financial Manager: Since May 2020. 2nd Member of Activity Evaluation Leader Committee. Prior service as member of Flights Committee for multiple years and service as Meetings Chair for 3 years.
Administrative Manager and Skigram Editor: Pete Campbell Current Administrative Manager serving since 2009. He is a long-time ski trip leader for Western, Eastern, and International trips. He has led more trips than any other serving ski leader, he has led 24, repeat 24 ski trips since 1999. He is a prior Social and Eastern chair/multiple years, and each of those positions required many hours of work. He has received most of the possible awards as a volunteer and is an Honorary Lifetime Member. Also as a volunteer, Pete has been responsible for planning and leading many golf weekends, he serves as coordinator for most Friday Night Bowling at a Falls Church lane, 50 weeks a year, and also six-seven yearly trips to the Washington Nationals games/except 2020 & 2021 due to COVID restrictions. In 2022, Nationals Games ARE BACK! As Administrative Manager he has been responsible for helping other leaders understand and "navigate" SCWDC financial and leader responsibilities. Length of Service as Administrative Manager: Since January 2009, 17 years. He served as SCWDC President for 4 years, 2000-2004.
Webmaster, Membership Chair, and Budget & Finance Committee member: Gary Rubens SCWDC member since 1968; Past SCWDC President (four separate terms); Past SCWDC Director; Past and Current Committee Chair for Budget & Finance, Elections; Past Program Chair for Business, Meetings, Member Services, Public Relations, plus Tennis Program Chair for over 20 years!; Designer and Senior Administrator of the current SCWDC website;; Lifelong skier (over a dozen NASTAR ski racing medals). Length of Service in this position: 7years. Previously, 4 years as SCWDC President, & Tennis Chair multiple times and years.
Magazine Editor: Leo Boelhouwer Leo has served as editor since 2009. While the club has reduced the number of issues and number of pages, we owe the "life" of the SCWDC magazine to Leo's efforts, without his work, we would not have had this magazine for many years. Leo has composed 70 different issues of the SCWDC magazine. Length of Service in this position: Since April 2009, 13 years.
General Counsel: Peter Hartogensis SCWDC Member since 1999. Board of Directors (BOD), 2013 to 2015 President, 2015-2017. Legal Counsel, 2009 to date. Ski Trip leader, tennis party host. Silver award, 2013. I managed the merger of The Tennis Group (TTG) into the Ski Club. For TTG, I served as President, Board member, newsletter editor, legal counsel, Team Tennis Coordinator, Team Tennis Captain, trip leader. Professional qualifications and experiences: City of Rockville, 1978-87. Elected to City Council, served 2 terms. Served on Board of Appeals as member and chairman, city Planning Commission. Profession, Attorney at Law in Maryland and District of Columbia, now retired. Practiced in areas of real estate, contracts, Bankruptcy, torts, criminal law, estates and trusts, domestic and other areas. Length of Service in this position: Since 2010, 11 years. Previously, President 2 years, BOD member 2 years.
Historian: Kate Hayes Kate is a legend in SCWDC circles. She became our historian in 1983 and faithfully accumulated history artifacts, photos, and accounts of SCWDC members, officers, and all events. When the club began discussions of how to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 1986, she and others developed the concept of creating a "Yearbook" that would provide all members with an account how the club started, what every president accomplished in his/her year in office, and then gave an account of every program that the club had ever operated, who was started it, to whom was credit due. The 1936-1986 Yearbook runs to over 200 pages and nothing like it has been attempted again. A copy o the Yearbook can be obtained from the SCWDC office, just by asking. Kate has received every major award the club gives. Length of Service in this position: Since 1983, 39 years.
Note: By a decision of Board of Directors, the Eastern Committee and the Flights Committee have been combined. The set of bios for the Eastern Committee is left in place for a time to recognize the work of the Eastern Committee: Ron, Charlie, and Brigid.
Two Eastern Ski Trips Co-Chairs and one committee member:
Charlie Lorenzetti Charlie joined the club in 2008 and has been a volunteer from almost the first day. He served eight years as the Eastern chair. He served two years as a BOD member. He is currently serving as a member of the Budget and Finance Committee and resumed Eastern service as a co-chair until this program was integrated into the Ski Flights Committee. He has led numerous ski trips and a sailing trip to the Caribbean. He is also a golfer, a seasoned accountant and served as CFO/COO for several major DC area non-profits. Length of Service in the Eastern chair position: Since 2008 (not continuously), 14 years.
Brigid OBrien Brigid is currently the Sports/Recreation Chair, and has been a member since 2018 and helping in the Eastern Program since 2019. She has led a one-day trip to Ski Liberty in 2020. She led the 2021 Canaan Valley trip. She is the 2022 ski leader to Park City/Deer Valley during part of the 10-day Sundance Film Festival. Length of Service in this position: 3 years.
Two "Flights" Ski Trips Co-Chairs (= Western, Eastern, Canadian, and International Trips)
Ken Eng Ken has been a member since 1989 and has been responsible for many of the club's activities and successes. He is currently co-chair of the Flights Committee and his ski trip planning services go back to 2001. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of world and North American ski resorts. He has pioneered as a leader, trips to several ski resorts including Park City during the Sundance-Film-Festival and Hakuba Valley, Japan. He has received every possible SCWDC award including Honorary Lifetime Member. For nine years, he served as a promoter for the Warren Miller adventure films under SCWDC Sponsorship. Ken''s love of snowsports is expressed in boarding and he is a long-time member of SCWDC's Ski School as a boarding instructor. Length of Service on the Flights Planning Committee: Since 2001, 20 years. BOD Member, 6 years.
Joe Gilbert Joe has been a member of the Flights group since 2010 and now is a co-chair, He is an experienced ski instructor and boarder and serves in our Ski School as a boarding instructor. He leads one ski trip a year, always a sell-out,. He somehow finds time for pursuing a career in the financial services industry, making a lifetime commitment as husband and father, giving SCWDC his volunteer time 12 months a year to plan and manage SCWDC Flights Program, and possibly sleeping about 5 hours a night. Length of Service on the Flights Planning Committee: 6 years. BOD member, 2 years.
Ski School Director: Mike Cavallaro Mike's biography is in the area, "Ski instructors" in the Winter Sports part of the website. He has served as SCWQDC's ski school director since 1987 and has been teaching for 35 years. He is planning to be a part-time instructor or consultant at two West Virginia ski resorts, Canaan Valley and Timberline. All SCWDC ski instructor bio's can be read at SCWDC's Ski School Instructor Bios. Our Ski School is certified to teach children 13 and over and adults. Length of Service on the Ski School Staff: since 1985, 35 years. Chair since 1987.
Travel Chair: Yingwen Prince
Yingwen joined the club in 1997 to participate in ski trips, Saturday and Sunday tennis, Viking cruises, and Bike and Barge trips. She is a former Director, has served on the Elections Committee for many years. She is now the new Travel Chair, having participated in many SCWDC travel events, especially Viking cruise events.
Sailing Chair: David Toms David has a long career in sailing, starting with a career in the Navy. He is qualified as a master-qualified captain of commercial vessels. He picked up the SCWDC sailing chair position from other long-serving, dedicated SCWDC sailing chairs and co-chairs. He has led Club Med trips, ski trips, sailing trips, and tennis parties. He is a sportsman of major caliber. Length of Service: 1 year, but previously a sailing leader for 5 years.
Social and Cultural Chair, now VACANT
Tennis Parties Chair: Casey Tarr & Jack Tarr, USPTR Professional
Casey has been the Indoor Tennis Chair since 2005. This is meant that she has planned and run with considerable volunteer help, somewhere between 20 and 30 Saturday night tennis parties every year from September to May. Every party requires a leader and usually an assistant leader, splitting the duties of paperwork, collecting monies, and planning a light buffet for the participants. Recruiting and coaching 20 to 30 tennis party leaders and assistants a year is a big deal. Some years ago a second level of party management was created, "Party Supervisors" so Casey did not have to do all the work herself. Her helper in every respect is her husband Jack who cooperatively initiated some better practices in the tennis program, setting up a system of regular and fair ability ratings and creating/publishing a newsletter to members of the ski club community as well as to others who were guests at our parties. Every tennis party requires an advance plan for "Who will play in what ability group and when," and Jack has probably composed something like 350 to 400 individual party rotations that is the advance plan of four hours of play. Up to 80 persons attend any party and when a new person comes in, Jack often calls that person to learn how frequently they play tennis, in what ability group should they be initially placed in the available 10 courts? This means that the time to compose the rotation can be as little as two hours or as much as four, every Saturday afternoon that there's a party. Jack is a USPTR tennis professional (graduate of the Dennis Van der Meer Tennis Academy). When empty courts were available, he would give free lessons from 7-11. We give great credit to this team for the success of SCWDC tennis parties. In any one year, there have been as many as 700+ different players and 1,600 player spots. Casey was selected as an Honorary Lifetime Member and Jack has received the Gold Award. Length of Service for Casey and Jack: since 2005, 16 years.
Sunday Instructional Tennis Co-Coordinator: Yingwen Prince
Ying joined the club in 1997 to participate in ski trips, Saturday and Sunday tennis, Viking cruises, and Bike and Barge trip. She is the SCWDC Viking Cruises trip leader and has served on the Club Election Committee for many years. She and Janet Brown, have agreed to take over Sunday Instructional Tennis program beginning June 2021. More about Ying is further down as the Viking Cruise Coordinator. Length of Service for this position: February 2021, Just started.
Sunday Instructional Tennis Co-Coordinator : Janet Brown
Janet joined the club in 2014 to participate in ski trips, Saturday night tennis, the Sunday tennis instructional program, and Viking cruises. She is an avid tennis player and will co-coordinate the 2021-2022 instructional program with Ying. Length of Service for this position: February 2021, Just started.
Ying and Janet will manage the Sunday Instructional Tennis program starting 2021 fall season. They are passionate tennis players and long-time Sunday Tennis players. They will also plan and run a Christmas party and an End-Of-The-Season tennis party. The program has about 150 players.
Activity Leader Evaluation (ALEC) Chair: Bernie Gilbert Bernie has been our credit card transaction manager since 2006. He is the current chair of our Activity Leader Evaluation Committee (ALEC) and has been a member of that group for years. ALEC helps the club evaluate all ski leaders so their performance is up to our standards. Bernie has also led ski trips. In 2020, he was recognized by the BOD as an Honorary Lifetime Member. Length of Service as member of ALEC: Since 2006, 15 years and chair since 2016..
Budget and Finance Chair: Larry Langer. See writeup above, Larry is also a BOD member.
Nominating Committee Chair 2020-2021 & 2021-2022: Geoffrey Pennoyer, thank you!. Geoffrey Pennoyer is one of the most dedicated volunteers of the last 20 years. While he enjoyed many activities as a member, in 2005 he agreed to be the Sports and Recreation Chair, and served until he retired in 2021. Under his watch, he managed these programs: Volleyball, Golf, Softball, Hiking, Biking, Spectator Sports, and Tuesday Night Tennis. He also served as a BOD member several times. He has been able to recruit many other sport-minded leaders to help him. He has also served as an Eastern and Western ski leader many times. Length of Service in this position: Since 2005, 17 years. Previously, an BOD member, 3 years.
Elections Chair, 2022: Bill Johnston. Bill is a past president/3 years, former Budget and Finance Chair/5 years, and former Tennis Chair/ 6 years.
Past Presidents Advisory Chair: Howard Fisher Howard has been a continuing major volunteer presence in SCWDC matters since joining the club. He served as president twice, 1987-1988 and again in 1995. He was not the founding member of the "Past Presidents Advisor" group but she has been the chair for several years. As Policy Chair, he has advised the Board of Directors and the president about various club matters, and when there is a proposal to change our Policy Manual, he does the analysis and formulates the wording. As best he can, remains neutral on issues although he will give us advice when asked. At the time he became president there was no "introduction guide" to the role, it was learn as you go, ask questions, and so on. To fill that gap he created the President's Manual and passes it on to every new president, then stays in touch to offer help and advice without being intrusive.
Policy: Howard Fisher Every club needs a foundation of policy guidance and operating rules. For many years, Howard and a few members have both initiated changes and responded to BOD & member change requests. Some chapters of the Policy Manual require 2/3 membership approval at the annual membership meeting, while other chapters are maintained and controlled by the Board of Directors. Howard and committee helpers are known for their balanced approach - listen carefully for the intent behind any proposal, evaluate the possible impact and give advice the Board of Directors about how to proceed. Length of Service: since 1997, 24 years. Previously, SCWDC President, 2 years.
President of Snow Sports Museum and SCWDC Member: Kim Williams Snow Sports Museum at Davis, WV Snow Sports Museum Web Site
Each winter, certain areas of West Virginia are blessed with a tremendous amount of snow. In 1950, members of the Ski Club of Washington DC were flying over Canaan Valley. They noticed an open meadow with huge snowdrifts in the late spring. In 1951, the Ski Club opened Dirftland near present-day Canaan Valley Resort bringing snowsports to the Southeast. After Driftland opened, other resorts were founded. A few resorts closed but several are thriving such as Blackwater Falls State Park, Canaan Valley Resort, Olegby Resort, Snowshoe, Winterplace, and White Grass. These resorts helped develop and continue to contribute to a thriving tourist industry. Snow sports enthusiasts work hard and play hard. This attitude has spawned a plethora of stories and legends. Longtime West Virginia snowsports enthusiasts believe in the importance of preserving and documenting these amazing stories. A group of these dedicated individuals founded the Snows Sports Museum of West Virginia in 2018. See the "History of SCWDC" web page, below, for more information about the SnowSports Museum.