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Knowing Emily Wilson.  A Tribute.

 I don’t really remember meeting Emily; it just feels as if I’ve always known her.  Active and involved she just seemed, to quote Warren Miller, to be Here, there and Everywhere.

Emily had a quick wit and intellectual curiosity that defied convention.  Her pioneering spirit took her to places most of us only dream about.  When she developed a love of Smith Mountain Lake, she bought a boat and moored it there.  When she wanted to improve her skiing ability, she went to Steamboat.   When she wanted to use her medical training for unique purposes, she ventured to base camp at Antarctica- twice.  And finally, once her ability was where she wanted it, she moved to ski mecca Colorado.  ‘Here, there and Everywhere.’

Emily had grit.  When she first joined the GSOC she was a beginning skier.  But that didn’t stop her from joining the race team.  Learning to ski as an adult, an over-30 adult, she practiced, raced, and practiced some more.   I don’t think I have ever seen anyone work as hard as Emily to improve their skiing ability.  If ever the GSOC had a Most Improved Skier it was Emily.   Grit, True Grit.

She had a solid sense of self, knew who she was and what she wanted.   You always knew where you stood with Emily.  What you saw was what you got.  She pulled no punches and suffered no fools.    Maddening at times, she was also barrels of fun.  We led a trip together to Lake Tahoe—to this day it’s one of my fondest memories.  Her fun-making and impish grin was infectious. 

When I heard she’d moved to Colorado, I knew she was right where she wanted to be.  Now she’s soaring freely among the peaks and spires of the world’s tallest and snowiest mountains.  I’m sure of it. 

Here, there and Everywhere. 

Soar in Peace, Emily.  GSOC will remember you. 

Linda Pickl

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Well, I’m not sure what happened to the warm weather but I’m not thinking about snow again just yet.

In case, of course, I’m thinking about any of great ski trips the GSOC is offering in 2017 namely Valle d'Aosta, Italy and Copper Mountain, of course.  We’ll be taking early sign-ups soon so check the website.

Meanwhile, I don’t want to get too far beyond the bowling season without a  big thanks to members and subs of our four bowling teams.  It was a great run, topped by hostess extraordinaire Barbara Greene for a superbly catered (by her) season-ending party!!    I’d also like to recognize the contribution of Dave Rewerts who kept all the math straight and conferred this year’s achievement awards:  High Series Scratch- Men:  Bob Montle; High Series Scratch- Women: Barbara Greens; High Average- Men: Neil Brogden; High Average- Women: Donnalea Flynt; High Game Handicap – Men Bob Montle; and High Game Handicap – Women: Eileen Kennedy.  Anyone wishing to join the team, please let Dave know.  

Moving forward with some of the many ideas and opportunities gleaned from the Crescent Ski Council Spring Convention at Myrtle Beach, the board is looking at new trips and activities and improvements to old trips.  We heard from the usual western resorts as well as some new Northeast Ski Centers who have new and improved facilities, lifts, restaurants, etc. to report on.  They are trying for some new ski clubs and it may be time to give one of them a try for a shorter, easier ski.

 

Please feel free to contact me with any ideas and/or suggestions: president@gsoski.org or call 336 316-0450.

Sincerely,

Linda Pickl, GSOC President

 

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It is with great anticipation that I take on the office of president of the GSOC.  I have always had great regard for the club and the people in it.  The club offers numerous opportunities for world travel, sightseeing, skiing, recreation and comradery.  

My goal is to maintain this tradition and build upon it to broaden our offerings and provide activities and destination trips that best serve club members.  So let us hear from you!  We welcome your input!

I would like to thank David Hanner and Dumont Bunker for their past service to the club and welcome Van Tanner to the board as local trips director.  He has lots of ideas for the coming year!

I am looking forward to getting better acquainted with those members I haven’t met and reacquainted with those I haven’t seen in a long time.

We are living in challenging times and I hope to make the club a fun and memorable place to be.   So plan ahead now to be active, engaged and present for our activities! And please don’t hesitate to call or contact me!  I would love to hear from you!

Sincerely yours,

Linda R. Pickl

GSOC President

president@gsoski.org

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The GSOC lost a dear friend and longtime member yesterday.  Mike Durant passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at his home.

I’ve known Mike and Nancy almost the entire time I have been a member of the GSOC.  Nancy was treasurer when I was president many years ago. Her beloved husband, Mike, was one of the most industrious and motivated individuals I have ever known.  No challenge was too small or task too big for him to tackle.

When Mike and Nancy decided to move to Greensboro and build a new home, he got his contractor’s license.  When doing their taxes became more complex, he sat for the CPA exam.  When he wanted to get serious about his favorite avocation, flying, he not only got his pilot’s license - he bought his own airplane.  And most recently, he sat on the advisory council of the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Greensboro and was a major fundraiser for the new Royce & Jane Reynolds Family Center under construction at 400 W. Whittington Street.  The list goes on.

A native southerner, Mike put the “gentle” in gentleman. He had a heart of gold and mentored and supported the dreams and ambitions of his and Nancy’s many nieces and nephews.

His favorite saying was always, “Life is Good.” And if you were fortunate enough to know Mike and Nancy Durant, life WAS good!!

Arrangements are incomplete but will be handled by Forbis & Dick Funeral Service.

Sincerely Yours,

 

Linda Pickl

GSOC President

president@gsoski.org

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Thanks to all our Board Members as well as Linda Fields and Elsie Bell for making our Christmas Party such a success. If you attended the party I know you will agree that their hard work resulted in excellent results. Our December warmth makes it hard to believe that a number of our fellow club members are skiing as I write this! If I hadn't seen postings by our former president, George Nauman, I would hardly believe it! Meanwhile back at the home front, our Copperheads are hoping for continued Rocky Mountain snowfalls and our Innsbruck Internationalists are waiting for their European Fasching or Mardi Gras (which incidentally means Fat Tuesday in French). For our unlucky stay-at-homers, bowling will be available starting in January (continue to check the web-site for updates). Elections are coming up soon. If you would like to serve on the Board next year, please let me or any other board member know - there are many opportunities to serve. Here's hoping the Merriest of Holidays to everyone!

David Hanner

GSOC President 

Hannerdavid99@aol.com

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Skiing is just around the corner - in fact, it has already started in Aspen and several other resorts out west. The GSOC Race Team is ready for the upcoming season hosting the only Greensboro showing on December 4 of Warren Miller’s Chasing Shadows. Do not forget to grab tickets for you and your family members!  Our Copperheads are waxing their skis and our Innsbruck skiers are double-checking their passports!  However, what about the rest of us?  Well, there is the once a year opportunity to re-connect other members at our fabulous Holiday Party and (hopefully) our Winter Bowling League.  We need an absolute minimum of twelve bowlers so please give this opportunity your consideration, particularly if you have never been in a league before.  Then there are our upcoming socials and our Chili Cook-off, so keep checking the website's calendar.  Please keep in mind that there will be several opportunities to serve on the board next year and give some thought about serving your club as a board member.

David Hanner

GSOC President 

Hannerdavid99@aol.com

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I was glad to find out that both our Innsbruck and Copper Mountain trips are "good to go"!  If you would like to go on either of these trips, do not give up!  Sign up on the waiting list for Copper and let Martha know if you are interested in going to Innsbruck - you may be able to go. Do not miss Darrell's party in September.  Your BOD is planning a big time, fun-fest for all and I, as well as the rest of the Board, want to give a special thanks to Darrell for allowing us to party at his ESTATE (!) again this year.   Good news on the membership front as well.  We now have increased our membership over the last twelve months.  Please keep in mind that an increased membership means that we will be able to offer additional activities as well as provide additional opportunities to meet new friends for both the membership as well as the new members.

 Fall is just around the corner, and your Board is looking forward to presenting our annual Warren Miller film, so stay tuned for details.  We are also planning on a new and exciting visit to a new (for Greensboro) location for our western ski junkies.  Try to quiz your Board Members at Darrell's party for the location!  First person to guess wins a chance to run for the office of their choice for the upcoming Ski Club year!

Do not miss the party at Darrell's, bring a guest if you would like, and if for someone reason we do not know each other, please seek me out. I would love to meet you.

 

David Hanner

hannerdavid99@aol.com

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Our recent hot weather has probably driven snow skiing off the radar screen for all our skiers, but NOW is the time to sign up for the Innsbruck trip.  If you've "fired-up" your computer in the last week or so, you've seen the "boiler plate" advertisement with the "red hot" soon  to expire, initial price guarantee, so don't get any "half-baked" idea of letting this opportunity go by.  Sign up now and avoid the chance of getting "burned" in July or August.  My Name That Member was a rousing failure - with one entry (which correctly identified the member), so I'm going to take this month off from trying to challenge the membership.

Winner of May Name That Member – Hal Boyle

David Hanner

hannerdavid99@aol.com

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Summer is almost here and many of us have exchanged snow skis for water skis and headed for Belews Creek.  But don't give up on your ski club!  We've got some special events scheduled for this summer so continue to visit our website.  By now, you've probably noticed our trip to Austria has been set.  If you've never experienced skiing in Europe (and at an Olympic site), this is not a trip to be missed.  Not into skiing?  How about visiting Mozart's birthplace or Venice for Mardi Gras?  Want to stay local?  Don't miss the Fasching (Mardi Gras) parade in Innsbruck. Want to go a few days earlier or stay a few days longer?  How about a pre or post stay in Munich and a visit to the Hofbrau House?  No matter what your preferences are, Innsbruck should be just the ticket!

I'm sad to report that I had no response to last month's President's cornball.  I'm not sure whether no one read my message last month or didn't think my cornball was worth comment. Either way I'm suspending cornball until further notice.

A new feature for your consideration.  

In an effort to make our newsletter more fun and enable you to know more about your fellow ski club members, we're going to try a new feature, NAME THAT MEMBER!  Clues about a member will be provided and it's up to you to identify the member.  The member's name will be given the following month.  If you would like to be the mystery member, submit your clues along with your name to the webmaster webmaster@gsoski.org.

This month's challenge:

He has been a member of the ski club for over 30 years.

He learned how to ski in Germany.

He's skied in seven different countries.

He's one of the very few club members to have skied in Arizona.

He was always a better runner than skier.

Will you accept the challenge?  NAME THAT SKIER!

David Hanner, GSOC President

 

hannerdavid99@aol.com

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We have lots of exciting events coming up.  Some events have not been finalized so keep checking back on our website.  Now that winter is over, skiing is over until next season and our skiers are already thinking about next year.  Our Copperheads and wanna be Copperheads are already starting to sign up for next year and your Board of Directors hopes to have the February, 2016 trip to Austria plans finalized soon. Our Bowling League is over for the year and has seen some great bowling and some not so great bowling.  We're heading into our annual summer slowdown and many of our members are exchanging snow skis for water skis and thinking of white beach sands rather than snow white champagne runs, but don't worry Old Man Winter will return!  Your Board is still in need of a Secretary so if you'd like to find about the behind the scene operations of your club in a position that usually requires no more than four hours a month, please let me know or simply show up at the next Board meeting.

This month I am going to start a new monthly President's message feature and its future will be determined by your feedback.  This feature will be called Cornball of the month. So here goes - Why do most skiers not use drugs?  Because they get high enough on the slopes! 

 

David Hanner, GSOC President

hannerdavid99@aol.com

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Our annual cookout at the March meeting was a rousing success thanks to the efforts of all our entrants.  A special shout out to Linda Fields who won both first prize for her chili as well as presentation.  There were many newcomers and many attendees who were welcomed back after extended absences.  I hope everyone will continue to spread the word about our club and continue coming to our meetings/socials.  Elections were held at the meeting and your current officers maintained their positions with two exceptions. Vice President Linda Fields did not seek reelection and was replaced by Dumont Bunker.  Our Secretary, Denise Collins, did not seek reelection and her slot remains open.  Being Secretary entails taking notes at our monthly Board of Director meetings and then preparing the notes into minutes for the next meeting.  It is not a difficult position and a great way to find out the inner workings of the club as well as getting to know the club officers on a personal basis.  No experience is required and represents a great opportunity to give back to your club.  If you are interested in this position, please call me at 202-0967 and I'll be glad to give you more details.

Please keep checking back to this website for future announcements about exciting events - ski trips, socials, and our super trip to Austria next February which combines skiing and sightseeing.

David Hanner

GSOC President

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Please Read the Thank You Letter from the Greensboro Urban Ministry

For Our Holiday 2014 Donation

 

I'd like to take a moment to say thank you today.

Lately some stories in the media about Greensboro Urban Ministry have overlooked the many life-changing and terrific things we are able to do, thanks to your support. I’d like to take a moment today to remind you of some important things about the work you help us do and the impact you help us have for our neighbors in Greensboro.

Each day, our staff members are able to greet folks who are in crisis with help, hospitality and hope.

Last year, thanks to you:

We served 38,735 breakfasts, 152,413 lunches and 37,800 dinners at Potter’s House.

We distributed 1,192,863 pounds of food to 22,942 people.

We sheltered more than 1,520 people in the Weaver House and Winter Emergency shelters.

We gave 54 homeless families shelter at Pathways Center.

We provided permanent housing for 36 formerly homeless families and 32 formerly homeless individuals through Beyond GUM and Partnership Village.

Please know how much I truly appreciate you. Thank you for being part of this great ministry of hope.

Sincerely,

 

Mike

Rev. Mike Aiken

Executive Director

Greensboro Urban Ministry

305 West Lee Street, Greensboro, N.C. 27406

336-553-2639 (direct line)

http://www.greensborourbanministry.org

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Dear Members,

Thanks to everyone who made our annual Christmas Dinner successful.  Special thanks go out to Sue Overend and Linda Fields.  They put this party together and did a fabulous job, sending out invitations, decorating, selecting the menus as well as attending to numerous other details - so if you enjoyed yourself, please let both Linda and Sue know.

We are rapidly approaching the prime skiing season.  The trip to Copper and Aspen are SOLD OUT.  But don't despair!  Our long running winter bowling league starts again on Tuesday, January 13 at 7:00 p.m. at Triad Lanes.  Uncertain as to whether you want to commit to a ten week schedule?  Volunteer as a substitute.  Or just come out on the 13th and party with us.  There will be free bowling!  Your only obligation?  Bring a snack for our pot-luck dinner.

A new year is rapidly approaching and the end of your ski and outing club year is also coming soon.  Consider serving on next year's Board of Directors or better yet consider serving as an officer.  This a great way to meet new friends and find out the fascinating inner workings of your club.  Unwilling to consider serving on the board as an officer?  Please bring a friend to our next social or club meeting.

Last but not least - can you say INNSBRUCK?  Our February, 2016 trip has already got tongues wagging.  Once in a life time opportunity to celebrate Fat Tuesday with your ski club friends in Venice (for uber partiers) of Innsbruck (for minor leaguers) as well a chance to meet Austrian frauleins or herren while you bask in the sun on top of alpine peaks while slurping down your favorite German or Austrian beverage.  Stay tuned for more details!

 

 

David Hanner, President 

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For those busy GSOC members who can’t leave home without their tech savvy devices, there is a real easy way to keep track of all the events GSOC has to offer. Check out the nifty “Save to Cal” function on all of the GSOC events in the “Events Calendar” on your website.  This nice little function enables you to add GSOC events to the default calendar you have set on your smart device. To import a GSOC event to your device’s calendar, simply do the following, using my smartphone as the example:

  1. Using your device’s browser, bring up the gsoski.org website on your device.
  2. Enlarge your device’s screen to zoom in on the GSOC event you would like to add to your device’s calendar.
  3. Select the event, then touch the “Save to Cal” link next to the date and time of the event.
  4. The event’s definition will download to your device.
  5. Touch the download, then simply touch “Import Event”.
  6. Now open your calendar app on your device and the GSOC event and a description is on your device.

Each type of smart device may perform the above in a slightly different manner; however it really is super easy to do, with simply a few touches on your device.  The “Save to Cal” function works on laptops and desktops as well.  

By using your savvy devices, spend more time at the GSOC events, then searching for them!

Always connected……

Sandy Kozak

GSOC Webmaster

webmaster@gsoski.org

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As the GSOC Board of Directors 2013-14 term ends, the existing GSOC Officers and Members wish to personally thank three of the Board's long-term members, George Nauman — Western Trips Director, Dave Slinkard — Treasurer and Jan Geismar — Outings Director. Please take a few moments to read our letters of gratitude and thanks to these dedicated leaders as they leave their respective positions. They have given so much of themselves to the benefit of the GSOC organization and GSOC is truly thankful! 

 

 

Letter to George Nauman

Letter to Dave Slinkard

Letter to Jan Geismar

 

 

You Will Be Missed...Many Thanks.....

 

 

 

 

 

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Greetings Members!

It's been a long time since I've posted a message to my blog. I just wish there were more hours in the days and days in the year to accomplish everything I would like to. I cannot believe another year has come and gone so fast! Feels like only yesterday I became your President and now Elections 2013-14 approaches. Working on the GSOC Board of Directors as Webmaster and Database Support for a number of years and President the last year, the time has come to move one of my positions to Past President  2013-14. The year has been a rewarding experience for myself.  However with my IT career demands, I must make the time to hit my studies again, keeping myself on top of the game in the ever-changing IT field. I plan to remain on as your Webmaster and provide Database Support to the GSOC.

As Election Night March 13, 2013 draws near, the same night as the Chili Cook-off, please consider pledging yourself to one of GSOC Board of Directors positions. With the exception of the GSOC Race Director, all Board positions are open to all members. An overview of the positions available are on our website. If you would like to pledge yourself and have questions on the details of these positions, please contact me or Secretary Carney Bryant at cjbfive@aol.com.

GSOC is only as good as its members, so chip in and pledge your time to the GSOC cause. If you cannot serve time on our Board, please consider being a GSOC Trip Leader. Our Western Trips Director, George Nauman needs and will mentor trip leaders, so you will have guidance. Being a trip leader on one of the upcoming CSC trips to Steamboat, Lake Tahoe and Banff Canada is a great stepping stone to GSOC trip leading.

Outings....we need more of these as well as the climate is tending to staying warmer.....longer. If you are unsure that an upcoming outing or trip idea will not pull enough members, as a member of the Crescent Ski Council, GSOC non-skiing trips can be open to other CSC clubs. That's the beauty of the CSC, as GSOC is never alone.

I end this blog post reiterating I cannot believe another year has come and went so fast. GSOC has been through a lot during the past year and always continues to go forward. I am so pleased to be part of this journey.

Sincerely,

Sandy Kozak

GSOC President & Webmaster

president@gsoski.org

 

 


 

 

Greetings GSOC!

I hope everyone had a great summer and was able to attend at least a few of the events and membership socials during the warm weather months. Cecil Buchanan gave us some great photos of the GSOC Picnic in August and they have been posted to the website. Cecil is sort of our "Club Photographer" of the events he attends as he can always be counted on for those club "Kodak Moments". Thank you Cecil for continually sharing your photos and for all your volunteering efforts for the club. You're the tops in the webmaster's book! 

As Autumn sets in with its stimulating cooler temperatures, volunteers have been spreading the word on a number of events for all to enjoy from artsy festivals to camping in the great outdoors and of course Halloween! This year GSOC is really in the  "Trick or Treat" moment, as our annual Halloween Party is on October 31st at the Buckhead Saloon! It's always more fun in costume, so start planning that killer costume now. Full details will be coming soon.........

The annual showing of this season's Warren Miller film, "Flow State"  is Tuesday, December 11th at the Carousel and our annual Holiday Party follows. Just a quick note on our Holiday Party....we are in planning stages of something a little more "special" for you all and details will be coming soon! But mark your calendars for Wednesday, December 12 as the official date of the Holiday Party and do plan on attending!

This is almost the favorite time of the year for many of us, as the cooler weather automatically makes us think, SNOW SEASON IS COMING and NOW I really need to have my winter adventures set for the season. Our volunteers really did an excellent job with filling up the club's winter itinerary. We have our ever-popular Steamboat Ski/Race/Ride Camp in December, Crested Butte in January and Copper mountain in February. Locally, there will be lots of cheers for our Race Team for another award-winning season! Local training sessions are available, so why don't you skiers and boarders give it a try and look to qualify and join our team this season! 

Look for Bowling starting in January and the official date of our Chili Cook-off is March 13, 2013!

Many thanks to all our volunteers and members as you make all of this possible!

All the best always,

Sandy Kozak

GSOC President & Webmaster

president@gsoski.org

 

 

 

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