PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE &
Interested New Member Important information
Welcome to the Winter 2021-22 Season.
The first snows of winter have graced the high peaks surrounding the Vail Valley and as we begin to look forward to winter, we also look back on a very successful and busy summer season.
As the nation and valley began to recover from the COVID-19 virus, the volunteers who make this Club great really pulled together to deliver an amazing variety of activities.
The Club delivered 95 hikes, meeting the hiking interests of Green, Blue, Black and Double Black hikers. Hikes ranged far and wide and were delivered in the Vail Valley, the Aspen area, Breckenridge, Frisco and even in the Flattops area outside Yampa.
In addition, the biking group delivered 15 bike events and tennis delivered 16 Thursday morning tennis events.
That wasn’t all though as the Club also put a golf group together this year at the Gypsum Golf Club. It was a bit further to drive but we had good participation and look forward to more golf next year.
Pickleball also made it on to the sports list as a joint pickleball round robin and the party was a big success.
We also gave back to the Forest Service by running 3 separate Trail Work days where close to 80 people worked on the Stag Gulch trail outside Cordillera doing trail clearing and trail maintenance.
Outdoor activities were only a piece of the Club activities this summer though. We returned to Social activities with full plate of events. Our summer social team put together 23 separate social gatherings, ranging from an elegant summer kick off event at the Westin, to a Western BBQ and ride at Bearcat Stables, 2 pop up music concerts at the Minturn beach and ending with a great End of Season Party at the Sebastian. I also have to mention one of the most fun events of the summer, the Karaoke night at the Boneyard in Eagle. You had to be there to appreciate the ladies' version of Abba’s Dancing Queen and the entire group singing Bohemian Rhapsody. Our summer social team did an amazing job of bringing a wide variety of activities to satisfy all kinds of interests.
This Club is strong, it is healthy, it is active, our volunteers are incredible, and we are looking forward with great anticipation to a winter season full of fresh snow, bluebird days and lots of downhill skiing at both Vail and Beaver Creek, cross country skiing, backcountry skiing, snowshoeing and of course, a wide variety of social activities. It will be a winter season to remember. Please watch the website on a regular basis to see and sign up for the events as they get posted.
I encourage each of you to find your special activities and make plans to join your fellow Club members outside, or inside this winter. It promises to be a winter to remember, and we want you to be a part of it.
All the activities described above were put together and delivered by members of the Club who volunteered their time and energy to bring these events to life. I encourage every member to find a place where you can volunteer your special skills to make a future event happen. I guarantee you that you will get much more back than you give, and it gives all of us an opportunity to work together.
On that note, I want to take this opportunity to thank four people who are retiring from your BOD, each of whom has put a great deal of time and effort into making this Club the great organization that it is today: Gretchen Babcock, Burt Merical, Bill McKenzie and Dick Karlson. We wouldn’t be where we are as a Club without their contributions over many years.
I also want to welcome four new BOD members who will help chart the future course of the Club: Lorry Prentis (Secretary), Ellen Keszler (Membership), John Kelleher (Winter Sports), and Pat McFarland (Summer Sports). We welcome each of them and are appreciative that they will be joining the BOD. We also want to thank Nina Wise, who has been on the BOD, stepping over to take on the Treasurer's position. This is a challenging position that Dick Karlson has held for 6 years and we are glad to have someone of Nina’s talents be able to take on this role.
A big thank you for both our departing and our incoming BOD members!
This is a phenomenal Club, and I am honored to be a part of the team that brings all of this to you, VC50 members. I look forward to seeing you this winter.
All the Best,
President, Vail Club 50