Presidents Message – 10/22/16

Your Rib Mountain Ski Club is winding up for another fun-filled snow season.  As we prepare for our annual SKI SWAP on Friday and Saturday, November 4-5, it seems only yesterday when we were on the slopes of Brule, Blackjack and Powderhorn enjoying one anothers company and the joy of skiing and snowboarding.

This will be one of only a couple of “Sitzmarker” newsletters this year, as more and more of us transition from paper to cyberspace.  In order to stay informed, please consider bookmarking in your browser, stay engaged with other members (working at the swap is a great way to do this) and watch your mail for postcard reminders of upcoming events.  Don’t forget to like us on Facebook, too, as that is a great way to network and promote the club to the public.

Thirty four members recently attended our annual season kick-off dinner held at Wausau Homes Scout Center, McCormick Lodge.  It was great seeing many of you again, to renew friendships and discuss our winter plans.  The food and prizes were terrific and plentiful.  Numerous prize winners ended up with a “bonus” piece of chicken!  Many of you signed up to help with our annual swap…much appreciated.  We need everyone’s involvement to make this year’s swap a success.

Mark your calendars for the following dates:

Our current plan is to visit three familiar hills this year, and introduce the club to one new hill.

Over the past couple of ski seasons we introduced the concept of “Active” and “Rostered” membership.  While the membership dues are the same ($15 single, $30 family), our active members…those who volunteer time and effort toward making RMSC a great club…enjoy a substantial discount on trip fees.  We understand that some have more restrictions on their time and cannot contribute in a volunteer capacity, and offer our rostered members a lower discount on trip fees.  Whichever you choose, our bus trip costs for the four annual ski trips offer a significant value.  As a way of helping our new members “fit in” during their first year, they are registered as an active member.  In order to maintain active member status, we request that each adult and junior member contribute at least five hours toward the betterment of the club.  While the swap is a great way to contribute, there are many other ways, including serving on our board, coordinating social activities, helping with our web site, and volunteering at various local events (Warren Miller, Ski for Youth, Badger State Games, etc.).  Whatever you decide to do, know that your club appreciates your efforts.

Keep your ski tips up!
Rick Munz, President

Final Event Meeting Notes – 4/10/16

Held at Mt. Olive Church; this was a social gathering as well as a meeting of the entire membership to elect officers.

  • 24 in attendance
  • Rick gave recap of the year
  • Introduction of board members
  • 115 total members
  • 57 new members this year alone
  • 3 trips, the last one was canceled
  • Amy conducted elections for 2016-2017
  • Amy asked for a motion to accept ballot as printed, second and passed.
  • Macia motioned Rene’ for secretary,  Rene’ accepted
  • Door prizes were drawn

Here are the results of the election.

  • Rick Munz, President
  • Amy Christophersen, Vice President
  • Rene’ Munz, Secretary
  • Saleem Surti, Treasurer
  • Sue Mortensen, Board member
  • Brad Mathey, Board member
  • Katie Mathey*, Board member
  • Loyetta Dennis*, Board member
  • Phil Berg*, Board member
  • Ben Zoromski*, Board member
  • Terry Hanson*, Board member

The new board will be meeting some time in May.

Board Meeting Notes – March 16, 2016

STATE Patrol Office

March 16, 2016

ATTENDANCE: Dan Bowen, Amy, Andy, Sue S, Cathy, Sue M, Brad, Rick and Rene’

MINUTES: February minutes were approved

FINANCE: Saleem sent a report to Rick. Report will be open until Saleem can finalize it.

Membership: No new members

TRIPS: Dennis was not in attendance so final report will remain open. The club subsidizes 70% /person…~$45.  This report thanks to Dennis will help us budget for next year.

E-COMMERCE: nothing new

GUEST MEMBER: Dan Bowen put together a program that will help us in the future with registration and “bookkeeping”.  He demo’d the program.  It will work well with what Cathy has put together.  Dan is not charging us for the program. It is a program that he has used for 2 other clubs, that is working well. Thanks Dan!

SITZ: Recently sent out

SWAP: Brad will assist Loyetta as Swap chairs.

END OF THE YEAR EVENT: Date and venue are set. Amy will help Rene’(maybe Katie will help too if I ask?)

SCHOLARSHIP: with MUCH discussion, a motion was passed that we will offer a scholarship to graduating seniors and college students who apply and meet the criteria.

ELECTIONS: Amy posted the voting process in the Sitz.  All board officers need to be filled.  Voting will take place at the Final Event in April 10.

We will have a summer meeting in July


BOARD MEMBERS DINNER APRIL 20TH …location will be announced later.

Board Meeting Notes – 2/17/16



ATTENDANCE: Rick, Rene’, Amy, Sue S. Andy, Saleem, Sue M. Brad

MINUTES: January minutes approved

TREASUARY: We still have some outstanding checks from the Swap. Treasurer report approved.

Membership: We have 114 members. Online membership has been working out nicely.  We have more online than snail mail.  We need to check into a spreadsheet mail merger.

TRIPS: Powderhorn is all set. Calls have been made to the bus company and Mcdonald’s. Rick called the bus company to change drivers (some concern about unsafe situations).  Rick reminded that board members get a free trip that was approved at the September meeting.

WEB/ECOMMERCE: Cathy and Dan Bowen are working together to make website improvements.


NEW BUSINESS: Final event is planned. All were in agreement to have no deadline for trips.  Katie Mathey has mentioned that she would possible be a Trip Coordinator. Andy told us a story of a client of his telling a story of his time in WWII, very touching.

NEXT MEETING: March 6th @ State Patrol 6:00pm

RMSC Board Meeting – January 20, 2016

This meeting was held at sconni’s

ATTENDANCE: Saleem, Cathy, Sue M, Dennis, Rick, Rene’, Sue, Andy

MINUTES:  December minutes approved

TREASURE: Saleem received the final numbers for the swap. A family bought a pair of boots that was two different sizes.  Saleem wrote out a check and gave them back the $30. Sue M. handed Saleem 3 checks to be deposited.

MEMBERSHIP: 107 persons, 26 families, 19 singles. Sue M. requested that all members who have emails to provide them.

WEB/E-COMMERCE: Cathy is working on a photo gallery on the website. Rick had found a broken link in registration and it was repaired.

SITZMARKER: With Sue M. doing the newsletter, she would like articles to be sent to her by the 15th. Dennis will also be sending out reminders for trips and events.  The Sitzmarker is posted on the web and Facebook.  Sue would like a volunteer to take over the newsletter.

OLD BUSINESS: Dennis made a suggestion for the swap to have boots and skis at a  minimum price.  This could be done while the consigners in line.  This could make the process faster. Also, we decided to keep lines separate; Alpine and Nordic.

NEW BUSINESS: Starting to think about the year-end party.  Hoping to get a volunteer for the event.  Date is tentative for April 10th.

Meeting adjourned at 8:10pm

Next meeting at State Patrol February 17th, 6:00pm

Ski For Youth 2015 Wrap Up

Despite a rain dampened event this year there was plenty of success thanks to those who helped. Paul and I realize not everyone can make it every time or every year. Having a large group of volunteers to call upon is what makes it possible to carry SFY forward. Spike would be so pleased.

This year we restricted youth from participation if they attended in previous years. We wanted our focus to return to introducing skiing to true beginners as was the original intent. The decision could not have been more timely given the lack of snow/terrain.

There were 90 youth registered by the deadline. 86 were signed up for the first Sunday. But when it became evident to us terrain was limited we decided those registrations coming in the last two days before the deadline would be restricted to attending only on the second and third Sundays. This affected 10 youth. We hoped the weather would change and more snow could be made. In stead it rained. Of the 76 who could have come, 66 showed up. 84 were signed up for the second Sunday. About five came but since we decided to not have lessons I did not keep track. GPSA was gracious in that the youth were offered SFY discounted lift tickets if they wanted to stay and ski. 83 were signed up for the third Sunday, 49 showed up.

As much as I find it rewarding to introduce skiing to the youth I also take great gratification in all of you who make it possible.

Ski for Youth is always looking for volunteers. If you are interested in participating next year please contact us at  You do not have to be an expert skier or a trained ski instructor. Ski for Youth offers a clinic for their volunteers each year that will give you the knowledge that you need to teach a young beginner to ski.



RMSC Board Meeting – 12/15/15

RMSC Meeting 12/15/15

ATTENDANCE: Brad, Amy, Saleem, Sue S, Sue M, Andy, Rick, Rene’

MINUTES: November minutes were approved

FINANCE: Saleem has not gotten final  numbers yet for the ski swap.  Working with Steve Heller the totals were about $240 off.

Total sales of swap were down from last year.


Finance report approved.

SWAP:  Andy had some ideas that Rick suggested we table the discussion for a later date. (sharing charge card fees, upping vendor %. )

MEMBERSHIP: 108 indiv.

43 fam.

49 individual….43 new, 6 renew

E-WEB: Cathy received a letter back from Paypal about lowering the percentage.  We can but we would have to fill out a 20 page application with the IRS.  Percentage will stay the same.

OLD BUSINESS: Transferring of our storage unit went well.

Next meeting will be at Sconni’s on January 20, 2016.

Submitted: Rene’ Munz




Ski For Youth

I look forward to this time of year just as soon as the ski season ends. It has been that way ever since I learned to ski at Sylvan Hill under the tutelage of Spike Berg. An adult at the time I was just as excited as my son and the rest of the youth present. Spike’s kindness for letting me participate along with my love for the sport has led me to carry this program forward along withski for youth logo Ski For Youth Logosm my friend Paul Gerhke. Each year since 2007 he and I have taught beginner skiers from 2nd grade through age 17 to ski. It is a very rewarding ex-perience which I invite you to share by becoming a ‘Friends of Spike Berg’. You do not need to be a Professional Ski In-structor or an expert skier. Each first Saturday and Sunday in December we provide an instructors clinic to acquaint you with our method of teaching. I can say that my participation in just the clinic has led to improvement in my ski technique. Just another of the benefits of becoming a member of this group. Want another reason. If you do not have a season pass we can arrange for a lift ticket when you help. The clinic is one hour long. The youth ski lesson is one hour long. For more information go to: And then click on the link for Become a Volunteer Ski Instructor.