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Welcome to Sam Luoma!

The Chester Bowl Improvement Club (CBIC) announced Wednesday that Sam Luoma will become the new Program-Operations Manager.

Sam Luoma

Sam will be working alongside current Executive Director, Thom Storm and in-coming Executive Director, David Schaeffer. Thom will be retiring on April 30, 2015, after more than 40 years of service. Sam and Dave were hired prior to Thom’s retirement to allow ample time for the transition in leadership for CBIC. Through an extensive succession planning process, CBIC identified the need for a new leadership structure that includes a part-time Executive Director focused on sustaining the financial health of the organization and strategic planning; and a full-time Program-Operations Manager responsible for management, planning and operational oversight for CBIC programming and park operations. While Chester Bowl is a City of Duluth park, all of the programs at the park are operated by and primarily funded through the non-profit, volunteer-run Chester Bowl Improvement Club. That includes the winter downhill skiing program that serves more than 1,000 youth and adult skiers and snowboarders; the summer youth program that serves 60 children per day; planning and coordinating the Chester Bowl Fall Festival; and other activities at Duluth’s most popular park. Additionally, CBIC provides staff and volunteers to assist the City of Duluth with the Tuesday night summer concert series.

Sam has been involved in programming at Chester Bowl for almost a decade, including serving as a Program Assistant between 2010 and 2014. His various roles have included starting the “Freestyle Fridays” and Snowboard Cadet programs, leading and coordinating snowboard lessons, and serving as a counselor for CBIC’s summer Chester Bowl Adventure Camp. Sam has also been a member of the CBIC Board of Directors. Sam received his BA in Health Sciences from the College of St. Scholastica. Most recently Sam was employed as a Counselor and Supervisor for Northwood Children’s Services. He is a neighbor of the park and an avid snowboarder.

“I am delighted to have Sam join us as the new Chester Bowl Program Manager,” said Thom Storm. “Sam has a deep love of children and community. He has been part of the Chester Bowl family for nearly 10 years, and brings a wealth of experience & knowledge to the position.”

Chester Bowl announces new Executive Director

David Schaeffer, newly hired Executive Director of the Chester Bowl Improvement Club (left) and Thom Storm, Executive Director since 1975

David Schaeffer, newly hired Executive Director of the Chester Bowl Improvement Club (left) and Thom Storm, Executive Director since 1975

David Schaeffer, new Executive Director of Chester Bowl Improvement Club

David Schaeffer, new Executive Director of Chester Bowl Improvement Club

The Chester Bowl Improvement Club announced Sunday that David Schaeffer will become the program’s new executive director. David will be working alongside longtime executive director Thom Storm for approximately one year.
While Chester Bowl is a City of Duluth park, all of the programs at the park are operated by the non-profit, volunteer-run Chester Bowl Improvement Club. That includes the winter downhill skiing program that serves more than 1,000 youth and adult skiers and snowboarders; the summer day camp program for youth; assisting the city of Duluth with the Tuesday night summer concert series; and other activities at Duluth’s most popular park.
Schaeffer has more than 10 years’ experience leading non-profit youth programming, including the past seven years as director of Mentor Duluth, the highly praised program that pairs volunteer adults with Twin Ports’ children in need of adult friendship and leadership. He’s also served as the Harbor Highland s Community Center Director since 2012.
David previously worked as director of education and guest services at the Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth. He has a master’s in education from UMD and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in environmental forest biology from State University of New York
Schaefer is also a neighbor of and frequent visitors of Chester Bowl. He’s an avid skier and his daughter is a winter skier and summer camper here at Chester Bowl.
Storm, who has worked at the park since 1975, will stay on through May 1, 2015 to help with the transition to new leadership.
“David is uniquely qualified to accept the Chester Bowl torch that’s being passed down by Thom Storm,’’ said Ann Myers, president of the Chester Bowl Improvement Club. “Chester Bowl will lose a legend next year when Thom retires. But the Chester Bowl legacy of providing a safe, fun place for kids and families to be outdoors will be in good hands.”

Updates for the week of Feb 17th.

The Chairlift will be open every day this week from 11-4:30

Other News

No Thursday Night Lessons This Week

Friday, Feb. 21, 2:00pm Fun Events
One ski race, backwards ski race & partner ski race. Snowboarders welcome. Prizes for all!

NO FREESTYLE FRIDAYS

Sat, Feb. 22
LAST SATURDAY FOR SKI LESSONS
11:30-12:30 Adult Ski Lessons
12:30-1:30 Snowboard Lessons
1:30-2:30 Non-Skier Lessons
2:30-4:30 Early Race Registration
3-4 Beginner & Intermediate Lessons

Sun, Feb 23
11-4:30 Lift Open
11-12:30 Race Registration
No Late Registrations
1:10 Race Starts

We need computer help for Sunday’s race. A volunteer is needed to come in advance and get familiar with the race timing program, and then work on the race Sunday afternoon.
This is a very critical race day job. Please send an email reply if this is something you can do.

Other Items-
The Ski Patrol is looking for a few blankets & old sheets for the patrol room. The blankets will be used in the toboggan, & the sheets we are going to make slings out of.

The 11th Annual Chester Bowl Winter Carnival is going to be on Saturday, March 1st. We are looking for 10 volunteers from 12:30-2:30 and 10 from 2:30-4:30, to help facilitate games and other fun events. Please email
chesterbowlpark@gmail.com if you can volunteer.

Additional coverage in the concessions stand is needed on Feb. 21, 22, 24 & 28. Signing up is a click away at

http://www.jooners.com/guest?l=5b2edbe3-37ab-4d20-8a3e-4ac37825b20b

Enjoy the last month of the ski season!

All the way from Puerto Rico

Eggie is from Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico. This past Christmas break was the first time he has ever seen or played in snow and he skied at Chester! Great job Eggie! Looks like you have your own cheering section too!

Video from HJfreeski – Chester Bowl Edit #3

Too cold to be on the slopes? Stay inside and edit together those GoPro and other videos and photos and send us the links. We’ll start posting to the Chester Bowl Facebook page and here on the website.

Thanks Hans and HJfreeski!

Ski Lessons rescheduled

Due to the cold weather and the cancellation of two days of our ski school, additional ski lessons have been scheduled at Chester Bowl. For the next two Saturdays, Jan. 4 & 11, we will offer lessons at the following times:

11:30-12:30 Adult lessons – for skiers of all abilities
12:30-1:30 Snowboard Lessons
1:30-2:30 Non-skier lessons
3-4 Beginner & Intermediates

Since our first race of the year is Sunday, Jan. 5, Saturdays skiers will practice skiing out of the starting house & going through gates, just like they will do in Sunday’s race. Anyone who can ski down the hill is welcome to race! We have age categories from 5 & under up to age 16.

Early registration for Sunday’s race will be on Sat. from 2:30-3:30 in the ski garage. The one time fee for all six races is $15.00/racer or $25/family. This includes a free lunch for every race, and an award for each event, no matter how a skier places in the standings.
This Sunday’s race is sponsored by Ron Hanger, who will be taking pictures of all racers from approximately 12-1, and providing them with a free photo button.
Sunday’s registration will be from 11-12:30 in the ski garage. There is no late registration. The race starts at 1:15.

Questions?
chesterbowlpark@gmail.com
724-9832

Everyone Is A Winner At Chester Bowl!

Thom

We’re making SNOW!!!!

Thanks to Jeremy Kershaw for the photos

Sand Modeling Contest Winners

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Here are some pictures from the Chester Summer Camp adventure at the Park Point sand modeling contest! We won first place for our Despicable Me minions! The prize was a giant watermelon and some candy.

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Chester Bowl Improvement Club
1801 East Skyline
Duluth, MN 55812
phone: (218) 724-9832


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Inclusiveness Policy

Chester Bowl Improvement Club (CBIC) is deeply committed to providing a diverse, inclusive and respectful environment in the park and in our programs. CBIC is committed to preventing bullying and harassment in our community and expect all program participants to sign our Peace in the Parks pledge. For both employment and access to programs and activities, the CBIC will not engage in discrimination against any person because of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation including gender identity.

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