This page is your new one-stop guide to everything going on in the club this winter. From here, you can quickly find information on any event, sport, or activity. You can also read reviews of this past summer’s activities and events.

If you would like all the winter information in a printer-friendly newsletter format (19 page PDF document), click here.

If you would like a “just the facts” winter calendar with only the details you need to sign up for this winter’s activities and events (2 page PDF document), click here.

Note: the PDF files will NOT be updated during the season.  Web page updates since the PDF files were created:

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President’s Message

Gary Blamire

Where did summer go?  Oh yeah… we were having so much fun, time flew by us! Yet another great summer. As always, there are Club Volunteers who made it all happen…

A big thank you to several “retiring” board members; Carol Matthews (Summer Social), Lois Bruce (Winter Social), and Karlene Spivak (Membership) all served two years on the board.  Two years is a lot to give to the club!  Also deserving thanks are Linda Wolz (Summer Social) and Melanie Richmond (Secretary) who stepped down after serving a year on the board. Several activity coordinators deserve recognition, too: Pat Cornett (cycling), Skip and Eileen Thurnauer (tennis) Jeanette Brown, Louise Willimann and Sue Kuntz (hiking), Gabrielle Mimeles (ladies par-3 golf), and Connie Smith (ladies bridge), all of whom made this summer a big success. Finally, thanks to the many event volunteers, named later in this newsletter, who are equally responsible for a great summer social program.

A special thank you to “retiring” IT/Communications Chairperson Jenny Rink. Jenny has been the driving force behind the club’s move to a paperless, web-based organization. Over the last five years, Jenny developed the club’s web site, use of PayPal and online registration. She spearheaded the migration of the bi-annual printed newsletter to a web based product. Our use of web-based communications continues to grow, but Jenny’s impact will be felt for years to come. Thank you, Jenny!

After considerable cajoling and making impossible promises, I was lucky enough to recruit several new board members. Seriously, the following people were all willing volunteers: Ann Faison, with Suzette Newman assisting, will coordinate Winter Social Events; Lois Bruce offered another two years as Membership Chair; Patricia Cornett and Karen Woodard took on Summer Social Events; Paul and Karen Gerhardt volunteered for IT/Communications (website and newsletter). Please thank them for their time. I am excited to see what they have planned for the next two years.

Vail Club 50 continues to change as needs and technology allow with a few changes rolling out in 2015. Club membership year will now start 1 October, instead of 1 September. This minor change better aligns social and sporting activities with the membership dues year. We will start collecting event registration and payments online, too. Hopefully, this process will make event selections and payments easier. Finally, we hope to organize an informal, monthly happy hour in the valley for singles as well as the entire club.

Vail Club 50 provides exciting sporting and social activities for so many people. I find my circle of friends growing every year as I meet people who, like me, just want to have a good time. Volunteering has been an even better way to make new connections. In the process of event/activity planning, or even as a participant, it is hard to imagine a better way to get to know someone. The 2014-15 Winter Social Events and Sports Calendars are found by clicking the links above. Whether a new, or seasoned (notice how I avoided the word “old”) member, get out your calendar, contact event coordinators, and plan your winter. There is no downside to participating. Please sign-up quickly; many sell out. While arrangements for more are possible, last minute additions are difficult. So plan ahead and don’t miss the fun. Looking forward to seeing everyone on the slopes, in the back-country, at a dance, or social function. Think Snow!

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