THE SKI CLUB OF WASHINGTON, DC
GREAT SPORTS FOR ALL SEASONS
A GREAT SPORTS CLUB FOR ALL SEASONS
MEET YOUR OFFICERS WHO MAKE IT POSSIBLE
Bill Johnston, President Who am I? In my time as a club member, I went from a happy-go-lucky skier and tennis player to running the entire SCWDC tennis program for five-and- half years, serving as board member for a total of five years and President for two years, Budget and Finance chair for five years, and performing as a web administrator and assistant web administrator for three of the four web sites that SCWDC has used since 1998. Bill's term ends in April 2021.
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 2021.
Ruth D'Alessandro 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. Through the years I have met many interesting people and have made numerous lifelong friends while enjoying being active. Ruth's term ends in April 2022.
Donna Harris I have been a member of SCWDC since 2000. I take 2 Western trips each winter I am also a part time ski instructor at Ski Liberty. My other passion is tennis. I play year-round, captain a team, captain contract time groups, and play at the USTA 4.0 and 4.5 level. I have strong organizational skills (taught this in a business environment) that often come in handy. I am retired from 25 years in the biomedical supply business, and co-chair a 30-year-old ladies’ investment club. Donna's term ends in April 2021.
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.
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 2021.
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. His term ends in René's 2022.
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.
David Toms I have been a member of the Ski Club since 2006. I have been very active with the club participating as a skier, tennis player and sailor. I've led several ski trips and have been a skipper for the sailing program. I previously served as a Board member for the 2016-17 board. During that time, he re-invigorated the Club’s marketing efforts by establishing a Marketing / Communications committee. The committee developed several efforts to improve the Club’s visibility in the local market. Before retiring in 2017, David was a business development consultant with several technology firms in the DC area. I am also a retired naval officer and government program manager. David's term ends in April 2021.
BOD Secretary: Carole Howe Carole is serving her third(!) year as BOD secretary. She is a retired surgical nurse for a local opthamologist. She skies at least once a year with her husband and family. (President's 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.)
Senior Officers and Staff:
Treasurer: Brian Chollar
This is written for Brian by the President. 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 Recreation Chair and 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 asking for an outside CPA audit every year, he was responsible for opening all records and dealing the auditor with the auditor's numerous technical questions. From 2007 until 2020, SCWDC has received "clean" audits for our accurate financial statements based on Brian's work. He retired from this position in 2020, and became the club's Treasurer. He was selected as an Honorary Lifetime Member in 2008.
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, long-time member, former volunteer ski leader & Meetings Chair, and current member of the Activity Leader Evaluation Committee member, Bev has become our Financial Manager. Her workload includes managing our bank accounts and 2,000+ credit card 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 can 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.
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 23, repeat 23 ski trips since 1999. He is a prior Social and Eastern chair, 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 leading many of the golf weekends, for Friday Night Bowling at a Falls Church lane, 50 weeks a year, and six-seven yearly trips to the Washington Nationals games. As Administrative Manager he has been responsible for helping other leaders understand and "navigate" SCWDC financial and leader responsibilities.
Senior Web Administrator: 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 Administrator of the SCWDC website; SCWDC Facebook Administrator, one of several; Lifelong skier (over a dozen NASTAR ski racing medals).
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.
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.
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 yearbook runs to over 200 pages and nothing like it has been attempted again. Kate has received every major award the club gives.
Two Eastern Ski Trips Co-Chairs:
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 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 and might be regarded as the club's major league SPORTSMAN. This pic represents his first day in Florida on vacation after receiving news that his $500,000 retirement buyout was accepted by the BOD of his former company. He is a master accountant and comptroller who has served several DC Metro area non-profits. Seriously, after a 50 year career in financial services and non-profit management with significant recognitions , the first free day is a bonus in its own right.
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.
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.
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.
Travel Chair: Trixi Bicknell Trixi has been the Travel chair, renamed from "Recreation" since 2016. She has run four different Bike and Barge trips to Europe, and unfortunately the last trip to Poland scheduled for June 2020, had to be canceled due to COVID. Every trip she has run has filled and most participants have taken the trip of a lifetime, to have biked in Europe, had time to sightsee famous sites, eaten at some of Europe's best restaurants, and then traveled home safely.
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.
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.
Social and Cultural Chair: Bernie Joiner Bernie is a long-time member and has served in many, many roles. His most recent role is "Election Chairman for Life." SCWDC elections occur every April although the work begins about January when the Nominating Committee finishes it work and Bernie begins to advise candidates about campaigning. Bernie has been a ski leader, social leader, member and chair of the Activity Leader Evaluation Committee. In 1990 as the club was at the height of its membership (7,000), he wrote a seminal work, "Project 2000", a thesis that the club should plan for changes in its volunteer recruitment and awareness.
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.
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.
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 person who had been leading Viking cruises retired, Ying volunteered to take over. In 2019, Ying led the Viking Cruise to Lyon and Provence. She also led the 2020 Viking Cruise in Russia but unfortunately the cruise had to be cancelled due to COVID. Ying is leading a Viking Cruise to Alaska in 2021. There is a possibility that she can plan another Russia trip in 2022. Viking Cruise Line gave generous refund and cancellation terms. If you are interested in the Viking Alaska trip, click this link: 2021 Viking Ocean Cruise to Alaska
Contract Specialist for All Club Med Contracts: Gary Rubens Gary has been SCWDC member since 1968, and a more descriptive biography is above. Gary resumed his extensive volunteer work in 2013 becoming the "Member Services" Chair for analyzing all SCWDC business arrangements. His work reduced our overhead costs by 20%. Then in 2015 timeframe, he saw the potential to expand our vacation offerings for both skiers and non-skiers by selecting Club Med Caribbean destinations, and negotiating with Club Med. CM's contracts are some of the 'toughest' in the vacation industry for participant minimums and penalties when the minimums aren't met. He supports our Travel Chair with his work on CM contracts.
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.
Budget and Finance Chair: Charlie Lorenzetti 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.
Nominating Committee: Board of Directors, 2020-2021
Elections Chair: Not selected for 2021
Membership Chair: Madeline Metcalfe Madeline joined the club in 1991 to play tennis. She enjoyed many tennis parties and weekend trips. When other players learned that she was a gourmet cook, for every tennis party and weekend she attended, she was asked to provide a dish or (weekend) organize a happy hour night or the "party before dinner" social event. These were great times at Camp Wohelo, TimberRidge, Wintergreen, Duck/Corolla, and Tops'l. She became the Tennis Trips chair in 2006 and served in that role until she became president in 2012. She organized and ran 16 different tennis weekends, including several trips to "Top 50 Tennis Resort, "Tops'l" in Destin, Florida, which was a Thursday through Tuesday trip. Her presidency ran from 2012 to 2015, and then she served a year as membership chair. Her presidency is known for the change to membership length, we moved from a fixed fiscal year, May 1 to April 30, to a 12 month system starting whatever a member joined joined. Also, in 2013 when the then current SCWDC membership system failed, she authorized a new website with a working membership system. She is also known and thanked for planning and running many BOD annual volunteer parties.
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 presidents manual and passes it on to every new president, then stays in touch to offer help and advice without being intrusive.
Policy: Howard Fisher
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