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Thank you Northland Foundation!

We would like to share a huge, heartfelt “Thank You” to the Northland Foundation.  They awarded the Chester Bowl Improvement Club a $20,000 grant for support during our leadership transition as Thom Storm prepares for his April retirement and Dave Schaeffer and Sam Luoma learn their new roles.  Thank you Northland Foundation!

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.”

Ski Lottery October 21

*** Please note: this post has been updated to reflect the new Ski Lottery date of October 21 and the new hill cleaning date of October 25. We apologize for the inconvenience.

2014-15 Chester Bowl Ski Program
Information Night and Lottery
Tuesday, October 21
Approximately 6:15-8:00pm
Ordean-East Middle School Cafeteria
2900 E. 4th St. (Park in the lower lot right next to the cafeteria)
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Zeitgeist Brunch supports CB

You have an opportunity to enjoy a great meal and support the Chester Bowl Improvement Club at the same time!

The Zeitgeist Arts Café (222 East Superior Street) is donating a portion of their July weekend brunch proceeds to Chester Bowl.

Brunch is served 10 AM-3 PM on Saturdays and Sundays, so you can support us during this month while enjoying a sunny weekend afternoon and delicious food!

Find out more, and preview the brunch menu, at www.zeitgeistarts.com.

Chester Bowl Final day on Northland’s News Center

Our good Buddy Billy Wagness came to visit us and report on the last day of the season. Nice to see you back at the hill, Billy!

2014 Race Results

2014 Race Results – you may have to widen your browser window to see everything.

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Winter Carnival rescheduled for Saturday March 15th.

The Winter Carnival has

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been postponed until Saturday, March 15, from 1-4pm. For parents that volunteered to help this Saturday, please let me know if you can help out on the 15th. For others, we are looking for help from 12:30-2:30 and 2:30-4:30 running games and other fun events.

Thank for supporting your park!

Race Day at Chester (and fun for the Non-racer, too!)

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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.”

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CBIC is a 501(c)(3) organization. Your donations are fully tax-deductible.

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Hours & Events

Chester Creek Concert Series
All concerts are at 7pm, and are free!

June 30th: Brothers Burn Mountain (Original Blues Duo)
July 7: Borderstone (Traditional Gospel/Folk)
July 14: Fishheads (Bluegrass)
July 21: Gentleman's Anti-Temperance League (Gypsy Jazz/Swing)
July 28: Sound Inc. (60's-70's)
August 4: Charlie Parr (Folk)
Rain dates if needed August 11 (6:30), August 18th (6:30), and August 25th (6:00)

Coming up: Fall Fest!
Saturday September 19th, 9:30-4:30
Rain date 9/20

Contact

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.