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August 2017

President’s Message

Hope everyone has had a great summer, and is ready to start thinking about cold weather and skiing, and will be able to join us for our first meeting of the 2017-18 year. Remember our year runs August to July so it’s time to renew your membership in our club. Before you will be able to attend a CFS&OC or Crescent event, your membership in our club will be verified, so go ahead and plan on joining at the meeting, or sending in your membership form. (See additional information elsewhere in the newsletter).

On a sad note, I am sorry to say that fellow ski club member Karen Valentine passed away on July 2 due to complications from pancreatic cancer. While she was only in the ski club a year or so, she had been active in the club, and will be sorely missed. Our prayers go out to her family.

Heard some of the ski trips are already filling up, so it’s not too soon to start thinking about, and committing where you’d like to ski for the 2017-18 season.

But before you start packing those jackets yet, we have lot of hot weather yet to come, and with many of us spending lots of time in or around the water our guest speaker for August will be discussing alligators. Interestingly enough within the last 2 weeks I’ve had several people tell me about the alligators they have been seeing around Oak Island so I think this will be a timely topic. Look forward to seeing you at the August 1 meeting.

Please RSVP to me at, or sign up on our Meetup page by Monday July 31st for our Tuesday August 1st meeting.

2017-18 Club Officers
Well, no new people volunteered to be on the board so you are stuck with the current slate of officers. We do need people to step up and volunteer to head events, meetings, etc. We have a wonderful club, and only you can make it better.

Our membership year runs August thru July. Remember you must be a current member to attend any Club sponsored trip. A new membership application must be completed annually, and dues can be paid in person at the monthly meeting or sent to our P O Box address: P.O. Box 774, Oak Island, NC 28465. If you are unsure whether you have paid for this year, contact Linde Johnson at 910-201-1608. We have had several requests to print a membership list complete with name, phone, and email address. To respect your privacy on this year’s application there will be a place to check if you are willing to have this information included in our listing.

Reciprocal Memberships
Crescent recommends that our member Clubs allow members of other Crescent Clubs to participate in their trips and offer a reciprocal membership to the member of another Crescent Clubs to participate  on trips offered by member Clubs.  Cape Fear Ski and Outing Club (CFS&OC) will follow this format and Reciprocal Membership will be made available to persons twenty-one (21) years of age and older who are currently a member in good standing in a Crescent Ski Council Club other than Cape Fear Ski & Outing Club (CFS&OC). The reciprocal member shall not be entitled to vote. If a Crescent member in good standing participates in a CFS&OC hosted activity, that person will be charged a

$1.00 membership fee and become a CFSOC guest member during the activity.

Monthly Meeting August 1, 6 PM Dinner/Social Hour 7PM Meeting
Becky Skiba, a regional education specialist with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission will be our guest speaker on alligators. She does educational programs in the lower Eastern 15 counties. Becky has a BS in Ecology from the University of Georgia. She really enjoys kayaking, cycling, birding, boating, and anything else she can do outdoors in nature (sounds like our kinda person). She said she dearly loves to learn something new everyday and will never consider herself an expert because that means she will have to stop inquiring and discovering. She has worked in the environmental education field for 9 years with non-profits, 4-H, US Fish and Wildlife Service and Audubon Mississippi, also having worked on research projects with sea turtles as well as wood storks in south GA.

TOW (Taste of Wilmington) Tuesday August 15, 6 PM
Waterman’s Brewing Company, 1610 Pavilion Place, Lumina Station

We had a great time at the Little Buffalo Pizza Shop in Wrightsboro on July 18. We had 7 in attendance and enjoyed the fine Italian food, fine wine and great conversations. We mostly talked about skiing, go figure (lol). Our next outing is planned for Tuesday, August 15, 6 PM at the newly opened Waterman's Brewing Company, 1610 Pavilion Place, near Wrightsville Beach, Lumina Station. We've heard good things about it, but can't even get reservations yet. For our 6:00 PM arrival, I'm told we should have no trouble getting seating though. By August they expect to have a system for reservations working, so I will make firm reservations then. As usual, this group not be sweating the small stuff. They'll let us in. Email to RSVP or signup at the meeting (or RSVP on meetup at ).

I checked out Facebook for reviews. Seems they have the usual hiccups from a newly opening restaurant. Good food, not so hot service yet, some short cuts. Should have calmed down and improved some by mid-August when we get there. It is an exciting venue, so it should be a great time.

4.5  out of 5 stars from 77 FB reviews. Here is one of the favorable reviews:

So excited about this place! They did an amazing job with the renovations, it looks great. I tried a couple of their beers and loved them all! The ESB and IPA were my favorites! Food was great too, which is a plus. I was impressed by the menu, most breweries slack on this part! Service was great, we will definitely be back!

Fall Conference
Don't forget to start booking your rooms at the Glenstone Lodge in Gatlinburg for the Fall Conference, October 20th – 22nd. See everyone there!    Glenstone Lodge, 504 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 (NEWLY REMODELED!)

Toll free 800-362-9522 or 865-436-9361 (not toll free) $90 per night (excluding taxes) per room, 1-4 people per room

Make your own reservations one of two ways:

 1)   Online at, click on Rates/Reservations, enter dates, click on “Do You Have a Group Code” and enter group code: Crescent17 OR

2) Call the above phone number – say you are with the Crescent Ski Council Conference to get the special room rate.
Rooms can have a king bed or two queen beds.

You can stay from Tuesday, October 17 (check-in day) - Wednesday, October 25 (check-out day) at the same low rate to enjoy Gatlinburg and the Smokies more.)

Full registration information is being finalized and will be sent out soon. However, you can go ahead and book your rooms now!! Everyone is responsible for booking their own rooms individually which is different than the Spring Conference!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Spring/ Summer Activities

 The following activities were discussed at the January meeting- more information will be coming when they are scheduled. Please note the person listed beside the activity and let them know if you are able to help them with this activity. If you’d like to do something you don’t see listed, let a board member know.

Ft Caswell Tour- Glenda Dennis (working on fall date with staff at Ft Caswell) Bike Ride- Al Bishop (currently scheduled for fall months)

Paddleboard- Karen Kenney (currently scheduled for Aug/Sept timeframe)

2018 Crescent Trips
The ski trips for the coming season are:

34th Annual Steamboat Race/Ski/Ride Camp – December 2-9, 2017 January Ski Week to Mammoth – January 13-20, 2018

March Ski Week to Killington, VT – March 18-23, 2018

 Trip registration has been open for just over a month. Registrations are at BTW Sara is also working on a wine tour extension from Reno after the Mammoth week.

The Greek Isle cruise was very successful with 34 participants from 8 clubs, all wanting to know where the next CSC Cruise will be!

The 2019 trip short list is Telluride and Crested Butte, bids will be going out in the next couple of weeks.

Also, don’t forget to check the Crescent website often to see what trips other clubs are going on you might be interested in participating with.

CFS&OC shirts

If you were at any of the recent meetings you saw the CFS&OC shirts some members had ordered, and saw how good they looked.

Jack Little has set up the online store for logo clothing named after Paula Sturdy who was consistently the best dressed member of our club and had magnificent logo ski clothes with the ski club emblem.

You will need to set up an account when you sign on to register. With future orders, you will be able to pick up at their factory located at 1400 Marstellar St., Wilmington, NC 28401 (thus saving shipping), or have them mailed directly to you.

More items will be added in the future (caps, toboggans, ski under garments, jackets, etc.). Questions? Contact Jack at 910-623-4484 or

Hope to see you sporting one of these at future meetings and outings. This is an easy and economical way for us to wear and promote CFS&OC!

CFS&OC pennants
What’s the best way to find you skis when you come out from lunch and there are hundreds of skis that look just like yours? Or you are looking for your buddies on the slopes and everyone is bundled up and you can tell who they are? If you have a CFS&OC pennant on the poles they are easily recognizable. Linde Johnson has a few still available at the low cost of $3 or 2 for $5. Get them before you go skiing….

Member Services
Reminder if you haven’t already done so, go in and “like” the Crescent Facebook page,, and also the Crescent Racing Facebook page, We’ve posted pictures from the Spring Convention on the CSC Facebook page – make sure to check them out when you have a chance!! And check the Crescent Ski Council website, Sue Chadwick, CSC Webmaster, updates the site regularly. And also like the National Ski Council Federation page at, Lots of great information from resorts and ski industry news from all over the country is added on a regular basis.

Point 6 socks
Point 6 socks is offering all Crescent members and their friends a 25% discount on Point 6 socks. All one needs to do is use the code “CSC’ and receive a 25% discount off internet orders, For all internet orders over $50 free shipping is offered. This offer is extended to all CSC members and their friends, so spread the word. Point 6 Sock Company was started by Peter Duke who founded Smartwool Sock Company. The quality, comfort, and fit of Point 6 socks are better than what one experienced from other wool socks.

National Ski Council Federation
 as a member of Crescent Ski Council, you are also a member of the National Ski Council Federation (“NSCF”). NSCF has some great benefits and discounts available and more are being added regularly. Check out the website, for member only benefits. The site allows you to search the benefits by category allowing you to find what you’re looking for much faster. You’ll need to register on NSCF’s website but once you’re signed up, you can take advantage of all the benefits that are available.

NSCF has finalized its new Travel Insurance provider with International Medical Group through their iTravelInsured group. Details will be available on the NSCF Benefits page soon.

Stage Goggles has become the latest benefit provider offering NSCF members a 50% discount of their product line. Pat Harvey has received a sample of the goggles with customized straps with the CSC logo. The goggles have interchangeable lenses and straps. Goggle prices start at just $25/each. Pat will bring the CSC goggles with her to the Fall Conference. For more info., email, or call (877) 274-9719, and let them know you’re with NSCF.

Ship Skis is one of the benefits offered through NSCF. Ship Skis is proud to offer its partner benefits for the Crescent Ski Council and its member ski clubs. Clubs & Members are now eligible for 10% OFF and shipment booked through the Crescent Ski Council Partner Site. Ski Club Presidents and Trip Chairs are encouraged to contact Will Smith directly to determine what group discounts beyond 10% OFF are available for their upcoming Trips.

Ship Skis will ship your skis, snowboards, and luggage to wherever you're staying or skiing, providing you with a hassle-free travel experience. Ship Skis provides shipping supplies, real-time tracking, 24/7 customer service, and an on-time delivery guarantee. Their mission is to make winter travel easier, and more affordable. Crescent Ski Council Partner Site: Contact Information - Will Smith - - 561-440-2125.


Crescent Ski Council President Report

Hi everyone.
Summer has arrived here in the south. Hope you have some fun plans coming up during the off-season. Remember, the Crescent trips to Steamboat, Mammoth and Killington are now open for registrations as of June 1st. The website for sign-ups is These are some great trips and hope a lot of you can join us. Please spread the word to your Clubs.

Attached is the June President’s Update. Please post to your Clubs’ websites, Newsletters, Social Media sites, and direct your members to Crescent’s website, The Updates are posted there each month.

Thanks and any questions, please let me know.

Pat Harvey
Crescent Ski Council
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