Greetings East Iowa Ski Club members. I am filling in for our friend Marty until he is back on his feet & writing his inspirational president’s messages. This is the slightly less inspirational VP message. We had a good turnout at the January Soup and Chili Cook-off meeting. Thank you to all those who participated in the cook-off, those who brought in the other foods – especially the desserts and those who helped with the set up and the cleanup of the lodge. We want to recognize board Secretary, Mary Day and the door workers who checked everyone in & distributed the Adventure Trip Ideas survey. Thanks to Sandra Cummings and Connie Miller for running the cook-off & counting the tickets. House & Clinics board rep, Tim Gull did a great job of organizing the supplies – he mentioned he didn’t count on people using two plates for all the samples as the cause for the slight plate shortage. I don’t think anyone even noticed.