I am honered that the board has re-elected me to be president again this year. This will be the second year of my second term. I did retire in June of 2013 as I planned after a career in public service. I have worked for DOD at Langley AFB, was a machinist's mate in the US Navy, worked as an engineer for the Tennessee Valley Authority, and at NASA. The photo of me at left was taken in July 2010 at Machu Picchu, after I walked the Inca Trail. I started skiing in 1993 at the age of 42 on PSC daytrips to Wintergreen and Massanutten. I started going on the Mount Snow PSC trip in 1996 and have been going ever since. I also took in the Cortina trip in 2000 where Ronnie and Lynn got married. Jim Colbert talked me into running for the board a few years back and I served as Membership Chair for two years. I took a couple years off and was recruited again and was elected president two years ago. Last year I captained the Mount Snow Trip and with Jim's help I think I did a fairly good job. I have agreed to captain it again in 2015. Since I'm retired, my wife, Janice and I are planning to take a few trips, starting with a road trip to parks in Utah and other destinations along the way. Whenever I'm in town, I hope to take part in the club activities, especially the hikes and walks.
MAHYAR MALEKPOUR, Vice President
I never turn down an opportunity to be outdoors, whether it is hiking the Blue Ridge Mountains, sailing the waters of the Chesapeake Bay in the summer, skiing in the winter, or just kicking a ball at a scoccer game, it is all good. I also smear paint on canvas whenever I get a chance. The picture was taken in 2012 at the Charles H Taylor Art Center (CHTAC) in Hampton where my painting of a watermelon was part of the exhibition. Since I live in the flatlands of VA (i.e., Hampton Roads), skiing is another great opportunity for me to go back to the mountains. I became member of PSC in 2011. I met great skiers and made many friends in this club. Their fellowship has kept me in the club. This is my first time on the board, and, as Vice President, I hope to make it a productive one.
JIM CROCKER, Director at Large.
Pictured at the New Kent Wine Festival, May 2013. Jim and Helen live in Hampton.
DORRIE THOMPSON is the club Secretary who furiously and without fail transcribes club business from the spoken word to hard copy to record discussion, decisions, assignments, plans, and strategies. I will be bumping into my term limit next spring. I joined PSC after a fifteen year hiatus from skiing: I’ll never forget my astonishment when I was handed a pair of those short skis that are today’s norm at the rental shack at Mt. Snow, and, people wear helmets now? Glad to be back on the slopes. Photo taken at Kayak nature tours Virginia Beach - got wet, saw dolphins: great fun.
LINDA ADOLPH, Treasurer. I have been a PSC club member for over 13 years. I am currently serving the second year as Treasurer to the club. I have the most awesome memories of the Europe trips that I have been to with PSC. Switzerland, Italy (twice), Germany, and France. They were wonderful and then I started on the stateside trips and Mount Snow has remained the favorite due to the structure of the trip. I have loved Telluride, Utah, California and New Mexico. What great opportunities and friendships opened themselves up to me when I joined the Peninsula Ski Club those many years ago.
DALLAS KIPFER, new Membership Chair, pictured at the Noland Trail.
I have been skiing for over 50 years, and the sport, with my wife, Peggy, and 2 boys, became a family recreation. I was a member of the National Ski Patrol in western New York for 22 years and also was a ski instructor in the 1990's. We moved to VA in 2002 and I joined the PSC in 2004. I have taken several trips with the club to western U.S. and Canada. I have enjoyed skiing with so many club members and when asked , I'm pleased to offer advice on skiing technique or form to help make skiing more efficient and enjoyable.
STEVE LIBERMAN, Ski Chair. I have been a member of the PSC since 1991. Since then, I've skied at over 50 different places. The club came along at a very critical point in my life and it's been very important to me. I love the wonderful traveling and dining companionship as much as the skiing. Uppermost in my mind as the ski activities chairman is the development of more trip captains so the club can stay viable and even grow. Judy and I thank you all for all you've done to enrich our skiing and our lives. Photo taken at Horseshoe Bend in Page, AZ in 2012.
VALERIE GRASON, Non-Ski Chair. I have been skiing on and off since the 4th grade. Have skied mostly in the Northeast, in Colorado, Utah, Montana and participated in the trip to Chamonix this past year. Non-ski hobbies include scrapbooking, swimming, rock climbing, and traveling. Enjoy visiting historic sites- especially those associated with the Civil War.
WINNIE FELDHAUS, Web Master. I have been a member of PSC since 1980. I went on my first Mt. Snow trip in 1984 and met my husband on the 1985 Sugarbush trip. I have enjoyed many years of both skiing and non-skiing activities with all the wonderful friends I have made in the club. During the years I have served as treasurer, non-ski chairman , and web master. I hope to keep everyone up-to-date with all the PSC news.
MELVA MALLISON, Ski News Editor. I am a retired Air Force Major who was seduced into the club by Bob Mallison. We’ve been married 22 years and I’m still a reluctant skier, but love the club’s people and activities. I served on the board before, including as President and Ski News editor. Years ago I even captained day trips and a ballroom dance. I’ve enjoyed PSC trips to Snow Shoe, Park City, Sunday River, Steamboat, Germany, and many to Mount Snow (sometimes with grandsons). We cruised with PSC. I like to travel, eat out, go to shows/plays, outdoor concerts ... My goal is to keep the newsletter crisp and newsy and help out with recruiting new members and retaining “old” ones.