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September 2017

President’s Message

What a GREAT first meeting! Good to see everyone after the summer. If you missed it, you missed a very informative and entertaining speaker in Becky Skiba, a regional education specialist with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, who educated us on alligators. Hopefully she’ll be able to come back at a later date and give us some more information on other “wildlife” we might encounter on our various outings. Speaking of encounters with animals, I had the privilege of going to the Galapagos Islands earlier this year along with several members of our club and we were able to walk and swim beside numerous/various animals including turtles, penguins, seals, sea lion, iguanas, birds, and fish too many to mention. We welcome Richard Bressler as our guest speaker this month giving a short presentation on the trip. Please RSVP to me at, or sign up on our Meetup page by Monday Sept 4th for our Tuesday September 5th 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.

Membership: 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
Cape Fear Ski & Outing Club September Newsletter.

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 September 5, 6 PM Dinner/Social Hour 7PM Meeting At the meeting we’ll be brain storming what we’d like to do for CFS&OC outings in the coming year, so put your thinking caps on and throw your ideas out there. Following the brief meeting, Richard Bressler, a longtime member of our club, will present a short presentation on a recent trip to the Galapagos Islands. Paddleboard Outing, Sunday Sept 24th On Sunday Sept 24th we will be going with Wrightsville SUP (96 W Salisbury St, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480) (910) 378-9283 for a 2 hour Standup Paddleboard trip from noon until 2. Jarrod (owner) of Wrightsville SUP, said the cost will only be $30 per person for 2 hours instead of $35 (last years rate) !!! since we are repeat customers. Since parking is at a premium, we’ll do like last year and meet at Blue Water Grill (4 Marina St, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480) (910) 256-8500 parking lot at 11:30, and plan on eating there when we get back from the paddleboard trip. Please RSVP to Karen Kenney ( so she can reserve you a spot.  During the Sept 5 meeting, we will pass along a sign-up sheet and give more details of our SUP ADVENTURE scheduled for 9/24/17. No $ needed until the date of the event. 

TOW (Taste of Wilmington) Tuesday September 26, 6 PM- 9 PM Location TBD- We’ll plan to meet at one of the locations

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

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. I hope you all have a had a wonderful summer. I know from watching Facebook, a lot of you have had a whole lot of fun this summer. And it was fun to see some of the Clubs put together some joint events! Fun times were definitely had by all.

This long hot summer is soon to be moving along (thank goodness). Don’t know about all of you but I more than ready for Fall temps to arrive! Before we know it, this year’s season on the slopes will be here. Hope you’ve signed up for one of Crescent’s fantastic trips – Steamboat in December, Mammoth (where the season seems to hardly ever end) in January, and Killington in March. We have some great options – and of course, there are also a lot of great trips that the Clubs have put together. There is no excuse not to sign up for a Crescent or Club trip – the destinations are awesome!!

Attached is the August President’s Update and the Fall Conference Flyer and Registration form. Please pass the President’s Update and Fall Conference information and registration form along to your Club members, include them in your newsletters and emails to your members. Remind them also that the Update is published monthly on Crescent’s website, The Fall Conference forms are also posted to our website.

Any questions, please let me know – and it’s time, THINK SNOW and start those snow dances to Ullr?!!

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