THE SKI & SPORTS CLUB OF WASHINGTON, DC
GREAT SPORTS FOR ALL SEASONS
"GREAT SPORTS FOR ALL SEASONS"
MEET YOUR VOLUNTEERS AND STAFF WHO MAKE IT POSSIBLE
THE 2021 ELECTION AND AWARDS MEETING WAS CONDUCTED ON APRIL 9. RUTH D'ALESSANDRO WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT, HER PICUTRE AND WRITE-UP ARE BELOW. RE-ELECTED FOR TWO -YEAR TERMS: LEO BOELHOUWER AND MARY-JO SWINIMER, AND TWO NEW MEMBERS, LARRY LANGER AND BEVERLY ASHCRAFT. ELECTED TO A ONE-YEAR TERM, BJ BARGER. THIS PAGE IS MISSING SOME ENTRIES.
Ruth D'Alessandro , President 2021-2022. I have been a member of SCWDC for over 35 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 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. Ruth led the May 2021 Club Med Sandpiper, has led two ski trips, plus is leading a 2022 ski trip. She has 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's term ends April 2022.
Board of Directors:
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: 10 years BOD member, 2 years as president. Previously, Cultural Chair for 6 years. He originated the concept of the Skigram while Cultural Chair.
Mary Kaye Hrivnak For the past 20 years, the Ski Club has given me the opportunity to meet numerous interesting people, form new and long-lasting relationships, and participate in fun-filled activities including tennis trips, tennis parties, hiking, sailing, and cultural events. I’ve hosted several tennis parties over the past years and I am currently on the Ski Club Board. In addition to my Ski Club volunteer experience, I’ve been very active in The Tennis Group (TTG). In 2006, I was elected President. As President, it was very important for the TTG board and me to continue to offer events that brought our members together creating fun and camaraderie for all. Mary Kaye's term ends in April 2022. Length of Service: 9 years.
Mary-Jo Swinimer< I have been an active Club member for over 30 years—wow, that is a long time. 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. I am a member of the Ski Flight Trips Committee, which provides members with one of their greatest benefits – our excellent ski trips. Every year the Committee plans the trip schedule, contracts with tour operators to provide the best value, and supports and directs trip leaders. 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. While I served in Frankfurt Germany, I was a member of the Frankfurt International Ski Club and was their Membership Co-Chair. I am currently an aspiring goldsmith. Mary-Jo's term ends in April 2023. Length of Service: 4 years as BOD member, 1 year as BOD secretary. Also, 4 years as member of Flights Committee.
René Thierry I have been a member since 1987 and I have served on the Board several times because I am concerned about the club's future. That is why I am running again for another two year term. I worked for the IRS for 24 years in a variety of positions and retired in 2018. Rene's term ends in 2022. Length of Service: 10 years as BOD member, previously Membership Chair, 1 year.
Rita Togni I am a Ski club member since the early 1990’s. I volunteered to lead many ski trips in the States and Europe, as well as some local hikes. I enjoy skiing, hiking, playing tennis; all activities that I have been doing with my family. My background? I lived in many countries in Europe, South America and the Middle East. Professionally? I worked as an Architect, as an Interior Designer and currently in Real Estate industry. Rita's term ends in April 2022 . Length of Service: 2 years
Beverly Ashcraft (BIO To Be Added, relative to BOD service, if not provided, then no entry)
Larry Langer (BIO To Be Added, relative to BOD service, if not provided, then no entry)
BJ Barger (BIO To Be Added, relative to BOD service, if not provided, then no entry)
BOD Secretary: Carole Howe Carole is serving her third(!) 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. Thank you, Carol! Length of Service: 3 years.
Senior Officers and Staff:
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. 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 we run 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. Her workload includes managing our bank accounts and 2,200+ 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, (total of 2 members). 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. 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, 16 years. He served as SCWDC President for 4 years, 2000-2004.
Webmaster: 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, 12 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 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 Chair and has resumed Eastern service as a co-chair. 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 this position: Since 2008 (not continuously), 13 years.
Brigid OBrien Brigid 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 That Require Airline Travel)
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: Gary Rubens SCWDC member since 1968; Past SCWDC President (three separate terms); Past SCWDC Director; Past Committee Chair (Budget & Finance, Elections, Nominations); Past Program Chair (Business, Meetings, Member Services, Public Relations, plus Tennis Program Chair for over 20 years!); designer and Chief Administrator of the SCWDC website; SCWDC Facebook Administrator, one of several; lifelong skier (over a dozen NASTAR ski racing medals). Length of Service in this position: 4 months. Before this, he had been the Club Med Contract specialist since 2013 and also served as Member Service Chair for 5 years and Budget and Finance Chair for 5 years. Previously, also a member of the Flights Committee for 4 years.
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.
Sports and Recreation Chair: Geoffrey Pennoyer Geoffrey is one of the most dedicated volunteers of the last 20 years. While he has been able to enjoy many activities as a member, in 2006 he agreed to be the Sports and Recreation chair, and he continues to serve in this position. Under his watch is, Volleyball, Golf, Softball, Hiking, Biking, and Spectator Sports. He has served as a BOD member several times. He has been able to recruit 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, 16 years. Previously, BOD member, 3 years.
Social and Cultural Chair: Debra Howe
Debra has agreed to become our new Social and Cultural Chair. The BOD approved her role in March 2021. Deb Howe is a relative newcomer to SCWDC, joining in 2017 after going to a Friday Night bowling outing with friends who were members. She has participated in sailing, golf, bowling and has volunteered to help with various events from the spring dance to summer picnic. Deb is a long-time volunteer in professional organizations, church, education & youth sports. She’s a native Texan, semi-retired mental health professional & die-hard Dallas Cowboy fan who is a co-organizer for the Northern VA Cowboy fan club.
Happy Hour Coordinator: Bob Sobun Bob joined the club in 1985 and began to enjoy many activities including social and Eastern skiing. At that time bus trips were the best deal going, it was possible to take a short Friday night trip to Liberty, Roundtop or Blue Knob, but then there were the "Thursday 6pm through Sunday night/early Monday morning" returning home trips to ski resorts all over the Northeast. He became the Thursday night Happy Hour Host in 1990 and served in that role through the last event, February 2020, when the club had to suspend Happy Hours due to COVID starting with March 2020. In 2020, the BOD selected him to become an Honorary Lifetime Member. Length of Service in this position: 30 years.
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 Coordinator: Ying 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 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.
Tammy Vetter and Jayne Lynch ran the program for the past 5 years and retired at the end of 2020 season. 2020-2021 season was greatly affected by the COVID pandemic as Fairfax Racquet Club could not provide instructors. So Tammy and Jayne were responsible for making refunds to all of the players and did a great job.SCWDC thanks Tammy and Jayne, and welcomes Janet and Ying. Length of Service for Tammy and Jayne: 5 years.
Viking Cruises Coordinator: Ying Prince Ying joined the club in 1997 as a tennis player and skier. She hosted Saturday night tennis parties and took many SCWDC Western ski trips. She and her husband took a couple Viking cruises in Europe and thoroughly enjoyed them. When the SCWDC volunteer (Sue Miller) who had been leading Viking cruises, retired, Ying volunteered to take over. In 2019, Ying led the Viking River Cruise to Lyon and Provence. She also was scheduled to lead the 2021 Viking Cruise in Russia but unfortunately the cruise had to be cancelled due to COVID. Ying is leading the June 2021 "Viking Ocean Cruise - Alaska & the Inside Passage." There are openings for this trip. If you are interested in the Alaska trip, click this link: 2021 Viking Ocean Cruise - Alaska. The Viking Cruise Line is giving generous refund and cancellation terms. Questions? Go the event write up above and write Ying using the link in the event. Length of Service: in this position 3 years.
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: Gary Rubens. Charlie is a master accountant and comptroller who begin accounting work in 1971 and rose through positions of increasing responsibility. His first comptroller job became his in 1981. He been the financial authority, senior financial officer, for several nonprofits. Length of Service: 2 years. Previously served as BOD member, 4 years.
Nominating Committee Chair2020-2021: Geoffrey Pennoyer, 2020-2021 Chair
Length of Service: 2 times
Elections Chair, 2021: Gary Rubens
Membership Chair: Vacant for six 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 of the group since ____. He took over the role of Policy Chair for the club in ______. in this role 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.
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