The Palm Beach Gator Snow Ski Club is a group of active, fun-loving, sports-minded people who live in sunny South Florida (mainly Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast), but also share a love for winter activities. Our founding fathers adopted the alligator logo because of its association with South Florida. They did not intend to emulate any University or College.


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New Officers for 2021-2022


Congratulations to our newly elected officers and thank you to all our members who voted so that we could achieve a quorum!  The new officers will serve from June 1, 2021 to May 31, 2022.  


Officers for 2021-2022:

  • President - Kelly Lunsford
  • Past President - Patti Bochniak
  • VP of Special Activities - Walter Marussich
  • VP of Socials - Kathy Levas  
  • Treasurer - Carol Pattison
  • Secretary - Linda Mitchell
  • Member at Large - Angie Shand


The following positions will be filled by appointment at the June 3rd  Board Meeting.  Please contact President Kelly Lunsford if you are interested.

  • VP of Ski Trips
  • Communications Director
  • Membership Director
  • Event Comptroller

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Message from Kelly Lunsford, President


I am excited to be elected again to be your President for 2021 – 2022. 


With summer quickly approaching we continue to enjoy our General Meetings and Happy Hours outdoors.


We have many fun outdoor activities and trips planned for the summer and fall.  Our ski trips for 2022 will be on sale this year at our Annual Picnic.  We have three (3) international  trips scheduled for 2022. 


Please join us this summer, get your name added to the wait list for the Jackson Hole and Grand Canyon Rafting trip.  We have a few local trips planned for the summer including Rainbow River tubing which was a hit last year.


I am looking forward to meeting the new members and reuniting with some of you who may now be out and about again.


We continue to follow the guidelines and put safety of the members first. 


Kelly Lunsford, President

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Message from Carol Pattison, VP of Ski Trips


Hi Gators,


Our 2021-2022 Ski Schedule is finished and here is a summary of the trips. More information can be found on the flyers and Trip Applications along with the Trip Leaders and their contacts.

  • Vail – January 8 – 15 staying in Vail Village at the Lodge at Vail, ski-in/ski-out. This is a high end trip that many people have asked for. The air is into Eagle from PBI. Price $2,950*.
  • FSC Heavenly, Lake Tahoe, NV – January 22 – 29 at Harvey’s Casino Hotel. This is the major FSC trip for 2022. Air will be into Reno, NV. Price $1,875*.
  • Winter Park – February 4 – 11 at the Zephyr Mountain Lodge ski-in/ski-out. Air PBI to Denver. This is a Friday to Friday trip.  Price $2,085*.
  • Banff/Lake Louise – February 26 – March 5 at the Ptarmigan Lodge. Lift tickets are to ski the Big 3, Lake Louise, Sunshine and Mt. Norquay. Flight into Calgary, Canada. Price $1,800*.
  • Solden/Berlin – March 4 – 16*. This trip is held over from 2021 but includes an additional day in Berlin. Air from Miami to Austria. Price $3,250.
  • Steamboat, Co – March 19 – 26 at the Storm Meadow Condos located slopeside (ski down to the lift). This is the Palm Beach County Spring Break Trip. Air is from PBI to either Denver or Hayden. Price $2,140*.

All prices are subject to change after air has been secured. All prices are subject to change should components of the trip change.


Trips will go on sale for Early Sign-up at the Membership Picnic on Saturday, May 22 at Carlin Park. You must be there to sign-up in person. There are special procedures for early sign-up for out of state members.  Regular sign-up will be June 1.


Early Sign-up for In-State Members 

Early sign-up will be at the Membership Picnic May 22 at Carlin Park. You must be there to sign-up in person. 


Early Sign-up for Out of State Members

Members who reside out of state will be able to sign-up at the Membership Picnic in the following way:

  1. Fill out application for the desired trip.
  2. Do Not submit the application on the website as the VP will not have notice of online applications.
  3. Your application will be date and or time stamped by the VP when received.
  4. VP will add your name to the sign-up sheet for the desired trip.
  5. You must be a member for the 2021-2022 club year to sign-up for any Gator trip. Membership can be completed online prior to the date of the Picnic.

Applications will be available online for each trip prior to the date of the Picnic. They will also be available from the VP via mail or email (her contact information is listed at the end of her message). It is advisable to use email to get the application to the VP to avoid delay via the postal system. DO NOT SEND THE TRIP APPLICATIONS TO THE TRIP LEADER. SEND THEM TO:

                                    Carol Pattison

                                    616 NW Monticello Pl

                                    Port St Lucie, FL 34986

                                    772-323-0316, cpattiso@aol.com


The finalized 2022 Schedule of Ski Trips is in the link below. All prices are subject to change should components of the trip change or airline policies are revised.


I think the 2022 ski season will be a great one since people are anxious to get out and about and resume some normalcy.


Carol Pattison, VP Ski Trips

cpattiso@aol.com 

772-323-0315



2022 Ski Season

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Message from Walter Marussich, VP of  Special Activities                    

Hi Everyone,


Travel restrictions due to the COVID pandemic are less confining due to vaccination programs, changes in political climate, etc. We are seeing an upsurge of pent-up travel demands.


The Scotland/Ireland trip is now scheduled for April 16th to17th, 2022. The roster is rapidly filling up – please contact the trip leader for availability.


The Thailand trip will be rescheduled later this summer. We will try to maintain a late October to early November 2022 time frame. This trip is also showing a high demand. Please contact the trip leader if you are interested.


Middle to late September 2022, we will be offering a bike and barge excursion to the Greek Isles. The Schooner Thalassa has a limited passenger capacity so this trip will be restricted to 20 passengers. This trip will only be available for a few days as I expect it will fill up rapidly. The trip leader is Edward Boatwright.


We are expecting to offer an Amazon/Galapagos excursion for early summer 2022. We are looking a trip leader. Please contact me if you are interested.


We cannot get more inexpensive air transportation for this year’s (2021) Jackson, WY trip. There are few, if any, hotel rooms left to book for this early September date. The Grand Canyon rafting trip has been sold out for two years ahead of schedule. The message here is, “If interested, do not delay signing up for trip rosters”.


Look for either myself or Linda Mitchell at the GAME OF AXES bar the third Wednesday of every month for an evening of axe throwing fun.


Please review the website for other in-state events scheduled for 2021.


Thank you for your patience.


Walter Marussich, VP Special Activities

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Happy hours are being held outside so we can stay safe.


    

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General Meetings have resumed.

 


The new meeting location for the General Meeting is Stadium Grill in the Abacoa Town Center (right across the street from Roger Dean Stadium). The meeting will be held outside, weather permitting.  Otherwise, it will be held in the upstairs room. The social hour starts at 6:30 PM and the meeting at 7:30 PM. 

 

Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021

Time: 6:30 - 7:30 pm (social hour)  **Meeting starts at 7:30 pm**

Location: Stadium Grill (across the street from Roger Dean Stadium)

Address: 1203 Town Center Drive, Suite 119, Jupiter, FL 33458

Phone Number: 561-630-9669

 

We'll meet outside, weather permitting; otherwise in the room upstairs.

 

    

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Membership Registration


Single Membership:  $50

Family Membership: $75 

 

Kathy Levas, Membership Director 

Membership Application 2020/2021 PDF 

2021 Summer trips


  • Jackson Hole/Yellowstone/Grand Tetons National Parks trip  is on sale.   Details

 


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2022 Ski Trips

  • Vail, Colorado: Jan. 8-15, 2022 (Price $3,000*)
  • FSC Heavenly, Lake Tahoe, NV: Jan. 22-29, 2022 (Price $1,860*) 
  • Winter Park, Colorado: Feb. 4-11, 2022 (Price $2,085*) 
  • Banff/Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada: Feb. 26-Mar. 5, 2022 (Price $1,875*)
  • Soelden, Austria / Berlin : Early March 2022 (Price TBD
  • Steamboat, Colorado: Mar. 12-19, 2022 (Price $2,100*)

* All prices are estimated including air, but are subject to change after air has been secured. All prices are subject to change should components of the trip change.


Download/Print 2022 Ski Trips Flyer 

 

Early Sign-up for In-State Members 

Early sign-up will be at the Membership Picnic May 22 at Carlin Park. You must be there to sign-up in person. 


Early Sign-up for Out of State Members

Members who reside out of state will be able to sign-up at the Membership Picnic in the following way:

  1. Fill out application for the desired trip.
  2. Do Not submit the application on the website as the VP will not have notice of online applications.
  3. Your application will be date and or time stamped by the VP when received.
  4. VP will add your name to the sign-up sheet for the desired trip.
  5. You must be a member for the 2021-2022 club year to sign-up for any Gator trip. Membership can be done online prior to the date of the Picnic.

Applications will be available online for each trip prior to the date of the Picnic. They will also be available from the VP via mail or email. It is advisable to use email to get the application to the VP to avoid delay via the postal system.  Her contact information is given below.


Carol Pattison, VP Ski Trips

cpattiso@aol.com 

772-323-0315





 

Proposed Bylaw Amendment


There will be an open discussion of the proposed amendment at the May 13th General Meeting and it will be voted on at a special meeting at the membership picnic on May 22nd. 


Print / Download Proposed Bylaw Revision.


Proposed Bylaw Amendment: Under the current bylaws, all elected Board members except the Member at Large receive a trip credit with of $500. Appointed Directors also receive a trip credit of $500.  This amendment would increase the trip credit received by the Vice President / Ski Trips and the Treasurer to $1,500.  If the same person holds both the position of Vice President / Ski Trips and the position of Treasurer, that person would receive a benefit of $2,000. (The actual Amendment text was sent in the email Blast and may be downloaded using the link above.) 


 

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