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  • 03/25/2020 7:59 PM | John Schroeder (Administrator)

    Prez Sez …. April Fools day is April 1. Trust no one and believe nothing. Pretend it’s Facebook.

     WOW, what a difference a month has made!

     Like I am sure it is for you, life in my house is very different. But Kathy and I are well and sheltering in place. I hope and pray for a quick reversal in trajectory so we can start looking forward to those fun activities again. But for now, I have ample toilet paper and I am content to stay safe and secure at home.

     You have probably seen that all near term club activities are cancelled. This includes the April General Meeting. We typically hold our second round of nominations followed by elections at this meeting. I am taking the unprecedented step of postponing them until the May meeting and hope we can have it. May is traditionally the turn-over day from the prior Board to the new Board so we will not loose any time in doing so. No, I cannot say for certain that we will have a May meeting. But I can hope.

     And speaking of nominations, an update on the candidate situation. For the Board we have a candidate for President and Treasurer. We have a candidate for Recording (take notes at Board meetings) but we really could use another. That still leaves vacancies at Vice President (aka Membership Chair) and Corresponding (aka Newsletter). All these are voting members of the Board.

     We have ample candidates for the four Activities positions.

     The Shelter-In-Place rules did not stop your Board and Activities Committee. We still managed a virtual meeting on March 18 via videoconference. Along with the normal business matters your Activities Committee began laying the groundwork for the 2020-21 Ski Season and our normal Summer activities!

     So, STAY HOME!  Stay Safe! And I hope to see you (in person) soon.

     The next time you have company, serve them a bowl of shelled peanuts. After they've eaten a few handfuls, casually mention that you've never liked peanuts, but you love to suck the chocolate off of them.

     See you May 6 (I hope).

     John Schroeder

    President, BVSA


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  • 01/05/2020 9:51 AM | John Schroeder (Administrator)

    How long will your resolutions last? Go ahead… I have a stopwatch.

    The Holiday Fog is lifting. It’s time to get back to work.

    Fortunately, this is a quiet time of year in a way. All the planning for the trips is done. The big parties are over for now. It’s time to do what a ski club does best…. SKI!

    So please do get out there and have fun. Be safe. And send pictures.

    I look forward to the new year as a new start to old bad habits.

    Holiday Party Thank You

    A great big Thank You to Tim Noonan and Kathy Schroeder for a great Holiday party. They get better every year. The turn-out from the BVSA surpassed recent past years by a long margin. And the participation by KOP made it even better. This one will be hard to top… but top it we shall try. 

    Please stop looking at me when people say, ‘out with the old’.

    Club Business

    Alas there really is some very important work ahead. BVSA elections are a few short months away. It is time to start thinking about our future direction, and who is going to take us there.

    All Board positions are up for election. Four of the eight Activities Committee positions are rotating out and there is one vacancy to be fill. I cannot predict who will, and will not, volunteer to run for another term. I do anticipate turn-over as some of our leadership has been at it for quite some time. They may want a break. They deserve a break. They have worked very hard for you for years.

    That work has paid off. We have a vibrant, active club. We are financially sound. We have a great future ahead of us. We need smart, creative, and responsible leadership to maintain the momentum.

    If you are curious about leadership in the BVSA please do speak with me or any member of the Board or Activities Committee.  We will train.

    May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions?

    John Schroeder

    President, BVSA

  • 08/07/2019 3:39 PM | John Schroeder (Administrator)

    Pool Party

    As promised, the Pool Party was a resounding success so I will extend the thanks of those that contributed… but especially to Carole and John Pucella for volunteering their beautiful pool and yard for the event.    

    A little bit of business

    Whoever said technology will replace paper has obviously never tried to wipe their butt with an iPad.

    A short time ago I overheard the remark ”Wish we had an email service like our free yahoo.”

    So what became of the BVSA Yahoo Group?

    Shortly after I became President so long ago I did a study of the BVSA’s Yahoo Group to gauge its usefulness. The exact details of the results are lost but here is roughly what I learned.

    ·       Most of the email addresses registered in the Yahoo Group were unknown. Only about 25% of all the registered emails were associated with a Member, past or present.

    ·       Most of the unknown Yahoo Group members did not have a recognized name; most had no name at all.

    ·       Only about 25% of known members, past and present, were registered in the Yahoo Group.

    ·       Greater than 60% of members past and present are members of our Facebook page.


    - we were communicating with strangers.

    - we were not communicating with Members.

    Continued use of Yahoo was not productive; and potentially detrimental to our members. I shifted emphasis for member-to-members communications to Facebook. Facebook has much higher participation (and growing). It is more secure (we know who is registered ; members admitted by a moderator).  For all its faults it is a modern, vibrant service. This contrasts with Yahoo Groups which has not had a facelift in, well, longer than I can remember. 

    Agreed, for a club with our demographics Facebook can be daunting for some. But Facebook is navigated daily by hundreds of millions of people. It is easy enough that a 10-year-old can do it. And it has far more penetration with the future members of the BVSA than Yahoo will ever have.

    So check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/180751838041/ . I hope to see you a concert, a Happy Hour, or the Pool Party. And if not… see you at Brickside in September.

    I wonder what Facebook employees do to waste their time at work?

  • 04/08/2019 9:14 PM | John Schroeder (Administrator)

    At last Wednesday’s(4/3) General Meeting the Membership approved the slate for the Board and Activities Committee for 2019-20. Before I announce the results I want to take a moment to thank those outgoing members who volunteered their time to make your club great. Each of them gave of their time and talent to provide YOU an awesome Club. Please do Thank them when you see them next. They deserve all our thanks and gratitude.

    Maureen (Mo) Collins (Activities)

    Emily Warner (Activities)

    The membership also approved some NEW Members. Joining us on Activities are

    Paul Hart (Activities 1)

    Pat Mullins (Activities 1)

    Joyce Schiavo (Activities 1)

    You all know Pat and Joyce and their wealth of experience with the Club and our Activities. Paul is relatively new to the Club but is rich in experiences of his own. I am excited about the prospects they offer us.

    Lastly, and equally important, are the returning members. They are:

    John Schroeder (President)

    Phil Shiner (Vice President)

    Nancy Canale (Treasurer)

    Barb Cropper (Recording)

    Lisa Shiner (Corresponding)

    Linda Peduto (Activities 1)

    Jeff Lucas (Activities 2)

    Tim Noonan (Activities 2)

    Kathy Schroeder (Activities 2)

    Sheila Williamson (Activities 2)

    I trust they will have your support and encouragement.  Please do thank them.

    Of course, I cannot close without the obligatory Public Service Announcement. There is a lot of work in front of this talented team. These good people can do a LOT. But they can do nothing without YOU.

    Your support

    Your participation

    Your ideas and suggestions

    See you on May 2nd.

  • 12/31/2018 9:45 AM | John Schroeder (Administrator)

    May all your troubles last as long as your New Year resolutions.

    Merry Christmas

    I write this on the eve of Christmas Eve knowing it will reach you after Christmas. Never-the-less… on behalf of the entire Board and Activities Committee, we wish all our members and their families a very Happy Holiday Season, a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year the whole year long.

    Dear God, my prayer for 2019 is a FAT bank account and a THIN body. Please don't mix it up like you did this year.

    Holiday Party…

    We had a very successful Holiday party on December 8th at St Anthony’s Lodge in Downingtown. This was the second consecutive year the BVSA held this event at this venue. St. Anthony’s did a great job for us this year. We improved certain aspects from the prior year. And the band Just For Play did not disappoint. 

    On New Year's Eve, Marilyn wanted every husband to be standing next to the one person who made his life worth living. As the clock struck, the bartender was almost crushed to death.   

    Bon Voyage

    We are entering the BVSA busy season. Whether your destination is Big Sky, or Switzerland, Elk Mountain for Cross Country, or Killington have a GREAT trip.

    I was going to quit drinking for my New Year’s resolution. Then I remembered nobody likes a quitter.

    Yes, you heard that right

    • The January General Meeting will be on Wednesday, January  9th, one week later than normal.

    I will raise my left leg before the ball drops on New Year’s Eve so that I can start the year off on the right food.




    John Schroeder

    President, BVSA


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  • 11/25/2018 12:43 PM | John Schroeder (Administrator)

    I shot my first turkey for Thanksgiving this year.

    Scared the crap out of everyone in the frozen food aisle at Wegmans.

    Bon Fire Party Thank You

    Another great big THANK YOU to Emily and Dave Warner for another hugely successful Bon Fire Party. And Thank You to all the members for bringing those delicious dishes to share.

    Post-Thanksgiving Thanks…

    …to elastic waist bands.

    BVSA is on a roll…

    No, not a crescent roll… this is not another Thanksgiving joke.

    • ·       Two very successful parties.
    • ·       Three fully subscribed trips (there is still room for more though).
    • ·       The Holiday Party has already surpassed last year in participation.
    • ·       New and returning activities (Fall Foliage Express and Horseback riding.
    • ·       Membership is up.
    • ·       More ski trips are being contemplated for this year.
    • ·       Happy Hours are always well attended.

    Yes, the BVSA is in great shape thanks to the participation of our members. And there is room for more.

    Thanksgiving is an emotional Holiday…

    People travel thousands of miles to be with people they see only once a year, and then discover once a year is way too often. (Johnny Carson)

    Yes, you heard that right

    1. The December General Meeting will be on MONDAY December 3rd.
    2. The January General Meeting will be on Wednesday, January  9th, one week later than normal.

    The most important cooking instruction on Thanksgiving…

                  Is to remember to give wine to the cook.

    Sign up for the Holiday Party on line or at the December General Meeting


    John Schroeder

    President, BVSA


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  • 10/22/2018 10:03 AM | John Schroeder (Administrator)

    A Mexican magician tells the audience…

    I will disappear on the count of 3. Uno… Dos…  Poof, he disappeared without a Tres.

    Presidents Party Thank You

    A great big THANK YOU to all those members who attended our second Presidents Party. It was such a thrill for Kathy and I to host so many good people at our home on October 13. There is so much history and good will among our members. So many good times and even tough times. This party brought together many old dear friends. You could feel the energy.

    And we extended that heritage by welcoming several of our newest members this year.

    I want to take a moment to thank a few folks who went above expectations.

    • Mo Collins who again was a huge help in the kitchen.
    • Linda Peduto / Ted Elicker for helping to set up and serve.
    • Jeff Lucas for bringing beer, wine, and chairs.
    • Deb Curran (new member) more kitchen duty.
    • Dan (the Man) Dacey for keeping the fire burning in the fireplace.
    • Tom Ward for keeping the fire burning in the fire pit.
    • Phil Shiner for manning the check-in table.
    • And, of course, Dan Marinacci for taking the photos.

    And I am sure there were more that I did not see. Thank you to you all. Regardless, your presence alone was an important contribution to the success of the party.

    But there is one member above all that deserves a special THANK YOU. The person that planned the menu, ordered the food, shopped, prepared more food, decorated and cleaned the house, and even brushed the dogs; Kathy Schroeder. It should have been called the Kathy Schroeder Party.

    Mountains aren’t just funny

    …they’re hill-areas.

    See you at the next General Meeting, Bon-fire or Holiday Party

    John Schroeder

    President, BVSA

  • 10/01/2018 7:37 PM | John Schroeder (Administrator)

    It's September and two geese are chatting in a farmyard

    One says to the other, 'What do you do now that summer is over and you begin to feel lonely?'

    The other one replied, 'Oh, I’ll just have a gander around.'

    A special Welcome to our new members.

    Please do take advantage of what this club has to offer. If I can give you one suggestion it would be this….  Sign up for SOMETHING. Meetings and Happy Hours are great. But nothing breaks the ice like spending a day, a weekend, or a week with your other members. This is a vibrant, dynamic club. There are day trips, week long trips and weekend trips all in the works.

    The September 5 General meeting was awesome.

    We recorded 47 non-member guests signed in and there were probably more. MANY new members signed up. It was thrilling, if not a little frightening. 

    I was particularly heartened by the enthusiasm of many of the guests. Those I spoke to were genuinely excited to be joining this wonderful club. One even hunted me out to Thank us for giving her the opportunity.

    And that success was 100% because of you, the members. Your excitement and enthusiasm was infectious. You made them feel welcome. You made BVSA an exciting group to be with. Your positive attitude and good humor made BVSA a fun group to be with. 

    A special thanks to Tim Noonan for spearheading the article in the Community Courier.  And to the Community Courier for putting us in the spotlight. It was a resounding success. And Thank You also to the Brickside Grill for hosting us and understanding the surprising,  unusual circumstances of last nights meeting.

    Presidents Party

    As I write this there is still room for more at our second Presidents Party on October 13. Last years party was a huge success. Kathy and I (and Winchester and Sherman) are expecting a repeat. We hope for a sell-out. Please register in the Events section of our Web Site (bvsa.wildapricot.org). Having trouble registering? Email (kayakor@gmail.com) or call (516-902-4371).

    John Schroeder

    President, BVSA

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  • 08/28/2018 9:33 PM | John Schroeder (Administrator)

    Prez Sez …. Lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer….

    What did the pig say on a hot summer day?  I’m bacon.

    Pool Party

    A huge Thank You again to Carol and John Pucella for hosting another awesome Pool Party. They even got the weather perfect this year…. No rain. 

    And I don’t say it often enough… Thank You to Jeff Lucas and our Activities Committee for organizing the party.

    When do you go at red and stop at green? When eating watermelon.

    Vacation Edition

    I write this month from the shores of picturesque Fourth Lake in upstate New York. It is already mid August and it has been a very busy summer for Kathy and I. We regret that we have not made any of the Eagleview concerts. And the weather has essentially eliminated kayaking for us. I was very relieved though to see Pat Jones’ paddle at Stone Harbor was a success even though we could not participate. Thank you Pat for organizing that great outing.  

    I love my barbeque, she is the grill of my dreams!


    What an enthusiastic response to our trips this year. They are selling out fast. You can read more about them elsewhere in this newsletter. Again, this is thanks to the awesome work of your Activities Committee.

    I mustn’t be a very good driver. On the way to the lake this year my GPS said “Pull over and let me out.”

    September Meeting

    By now you have seen the announcement. Regular meetings resume in September (Sept. 5 to be exact.) And that meeting will be a special Open House to welcome potential new members. You know this is a great club. Please invite your friends to join the fun and meet your fellow club members.

    I went to a ball game. I wondered why the ball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me…..

    Please enjoy the rest of summer and I look forward to restarting another great year in September..

    John Schroeder

    President, BVSA


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  • 04/05/2018 11:14 PM | John Schroeder (Administrator)

    A message from the President

    I am happy to report that we have completed the election for your 2018-19 Board and Activities Committee.

    Board positions filled:

    • President - myself, John Schroeder (returning)
    • Vice President - Phil Shiner
    • Recording Secretary - Barb Cropper

    Activities Committee, 1st year

    • Jeff Lucas (returning)
    • Tim Noonan
    • Kathy Schroeder (returning)
    • Sheila Williamson

    They join the current 1st year members returning for the 2nd year of their term: Mo Collins, Jeff Klein, Linda Peduto and Emily Warner.

    The term of the incoming Board and Activities Committee begins with the May General Meeting.

    To our outgoing members Tom Ward (Treasurer), Carol Puccela(Corresponding/Newsletter), Lara Lamparski(Activities) and Jim Wilson(Activities) I extend a hearty THANK YOU on behalf of myself, the Board, and the Club at large. We all understand the commitment required to run a club as great as this one and we appreciate your participation.

    Of course that leaves two Board positions for which there were no volunteers.

    Communicating with our membership is vitally important and the Corresponding Secretary is a critical to that function. Of the two vacant positions this one is of paramount importance to fill.

    Tom Ward has graciously volunteered to continue as Acting Treasurer until a permanent person can be appointed. Tom’s help is clearly needed and appreciated. But we must honor his desire to step down and find a candidate soon.

    As president it will be my responsibility to appoint someone to these roles until next year’s elections. Know that I will try very hard to find a qualified person but I need your help. Watch for further communications from me on this topic.

    As I begin my third term as President I am optimistic. We are financially sound. We have a modest but active membership base. The board members are experienced. Our Activities Committee is full of renewed enthusiasm. They are well along on running some great trips in the next year or two. Our summer activities are also being planned now.

    Please take a moment the next time you see any Board or Activities member, past or present, to thank them personally. After all, they gave of themselves so that you can have the great Club that we have. 

    I will be back with more in the coming weeks.

    John Schroeder, President, BVSA

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