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Knowing Emily Wilson.  A Tribute.

 I don’t really remember meeting Emily; it just feels as if I’ve always known her.  Active and involved she just seemed, to quote Warren Miller, to be Here, there and Everywhere.

Emily had a quick wit and intellectual curiosity that defied convention.  Her pioneering spirit took her to places most of us only dream about.  When she developed a love of Smith Mountain Lake, she bought a boat and moored it there.  When she wanted to improve her skiing ability, she went to Steamboat.   When she wanted to use her medical training for unique purposes, she ventured to base camp at Antarctica- twice.  And finally, once her ability was where she wanted it, she moved to ski mecca Colorado.  ‘Here, there and Everywhere.’

Emily had grit.  When she first joined the GSOC she was a beginning skier.  But that didn’t stop her from joining the race team.  Learning to ski as an adult, an over-30 adult, she practiced, raced, and practiced some more.   I don’t think I have ever seen anyone work as hard as Emily to improve their skiing ability.  If ever the GSOC had a Most Improved Skier it was Emily.   Grit, True Grit.

She had a solid sense of self, knew who she was and what she wanted.   You always knew where you stood with Emily.  What you saw was what you got.  She pulled no punches and suffered no fools.    Maddening at times, she was also barrels of fun.  We led a trip together to Lake Tahoe—to this day it’s one of my fondest memories.  Her fun-making and impish grin was infectious. 

When I heard she’d moved to Colorado, I knew she was right where she wanted to be.  Now she’s soaring freely among the peaks and spires of the world’s tallest and snowiest mountains.  I’m sure of it. 

Here, there and Everywhere. 

Soar in Peace, Emily.  GSOC will remember you. 

Linda Pickl

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Well, I’m not sure what happened to the warm weather but I’m not thinking about snow again just yet.

In case, of course, I’m thinking about any of great ski trips the GSOC is offering in 2017 namely Valle d'Aosta, Italy and Copper Mountain, of course.  We’ll be taking early sign-ups soon so check the website.

Meanwhile, I don’t want to get too far beyond the bowling season without a  big thanks to members and subs of our four bowling teams.  It was a great run, topped by hostess extraordinaire Barbara Greene for a superbly catered (by her) season-ending party!!    I’d also like to recognize the contribution of Dave Rewerts who kept all the math straight and conferred this year’s achievement awards:  High Series Scratch- Men:  Bob Montle; High Series Scratch- Women: Barbara Greens; High Average- Men: Neil Brogden; High Average- Women: Donnalea Flynt; High Game Handicap – Men Bob Montle; and High Game Handicap – Women: Eileen Kennedy.  Anyone wishing to join the team, please let Dave know.  

Moving forward with some of the many ideas and opportunities gleaned from the Crescent Ski Council Spring Convention at Myrtle Beach, the board is looking at new trips and activities and improvements to old trips.  We heard from the usual western resorts as well as some new Northeast Ski Centers who have new and improved facilities, lifts, restaurants, etc. to report on.  They are trying for some new ski clubs and it may be time to give one of them a try for a shorter, easier ski.


Please feel free to contact me with any ideas and/or suggestions: president@gsoski.org or call 336 316-0450.


Linda Pickl, GSOC President


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It is with great anticipation that I take on the office of president of the GSOC.  I have always had great regard for the club and the people in it.  The club offers numerous opportunities for world travel, sightseeing, skiing, recreation and comradery.  

My goal is to maintain this tradition and build upon it to broaden our offerings and provide activities and destination trips that best serve club members.  So let us hear from you!  We welcome your input!

I would like to thank David Hanner and Dumont Bunker for their past service to the club and welcome Van Tanner to the board as local trips director.  He has lots of ideas for the coming year!

I am looking forward to getting better acquainted with those members I haven’t met and reacquainted with those I haven’t seen in a long time.

We are living in challenging times and I hope to make the club a fun and memorable place to be.   So plan ahead now to be active, engaged and present for our activities! And please don’t hesitate to call or contact me!  I would love to hear from you!

Sincerely yours,

Linda R. Pickl

GSOC President


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The GSOC lost a dear friend and longtime member yesterday.  Mike Durant passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at his home.

I’ve known Mike and Nancy almost the entire time I have been a member of the GSOC.  Nancy was treasurer when I was president many years ago. Her beloved husband, Mike, was one of the most industrious and motivated individuals I have ever known.  No challenge was too small or task too big for him to tackle.

When Mike and Nancy decided to move to Greensboro and build a new home, he got his contractor’s license.  When doing their taxes became more complex, he sat for the CPA exam.  When he wanted to get serious about his favorite avocation, flying, he not only got his pilot’s license - he bought his own airplane.  And most recently, he sat on the advisory council of the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Greensboro and was a major fundraiser for the new Royce & Jane Reynolds Family Center under construction at 400 W. Whittington Street.  The list goes on.

A native southerner, Mike put the “gentle” in gentleman. He had a heart of gold and mentored and supported the dreams and ambitions of his and Nancy’s many nieces and nephews.

His favorite saying was always, “Life is Good.” And if you were fortunate enough to know Mike and Nancy Durant, life WAS good!!

Arrangements are incomplete but will be handled by Forbis & Dick Funeral Service.

Sincerely Yours,


Linda Pickl

GSOC President


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