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David Smith


Hometown: Dunlap, TN
When did you first join the ski club:
2002
Favorite ski Resort: Big Sky, MT

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be? 
Colorado or Montana

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane?
Behind the wings

What is your favorite candy or treat?
Either Almond Joy or M&M Peanut

What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?
Rattlesnake

What is your favorite hobby?
Golfing, hunting, fishing

What is your favorite dessert?
French coconut pie

What is your favorite sport to watch?
Football

Samantha Reedy

Hometown: Brentwood, TN
When did you first join the ski club: 2013
Ski club offices held: None, just a regular on the family ski trips that my sister, Kelly Frizzell, leads. My mom, Sandy Hill, is also a member.
Favorite Ski Resort: Beaver Creek, CO

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane?
Always the window. I love to see the world from a different vantage point. The beauty of it makes me feel so small and puts any troubles into perspective.

How many countries have you visited outside the US?
13, mostly in Europe.

Do you have any pets? What are their names?
We have two goldendoodles, Palmer and Daly. Both named after the golfers.

What is your favorite zoo animal?
Elephants. We were sad to see them leave the Nashville Zoo, but we recently visited friends in Jacksonville and found them at the zoo there.

What is your favorite dessert?
Right now, it’s Jeni’s White Chocolate Peppermint ice cream, but usually it’s just wine. Haha!

Kelly Ginn


Hometown: Logansport, IN
When did you first join the ski club: 2017
Favorite ski Resort: Whistler!

How many countries have you visited outside the US?   23

What is your favorite hobby?
Running - I usually try to run 2-3 half marathons a year - favorite on is Gasparilla in Tampa. I get to dress up like a pirate to run!

What are your favorite sports to watch?
Titans Football and University of Kentucky Basketball

What show on Netflix did you binge watch embarrassingly fast?
Ozarks!

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane?
Aisle so I don't have to bother anyone to get up.

Brad Meeks

Hometown:
San Francisco, CA.
When did you first join the ski club: 2005 to go on a ski trip with Patty
Favorite Ski Resort: Mammoth

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
Beach Home in Hawaii

What's your favorite seat on an airplane?
I like to sit by the window, but so does Patty!

Do you have any pets? What are their names?
A white and grey Bichon/Shitzu named Buddy

What is your favorite hobby? Playing guitar

Do you have any hidden talents? What can you do?
Playing music by ear.   I cannot read music but can hear a piece of music, pick up a guitar, and start playing the song.

What dance move are you secretly awesome at?
All of them, ha, ha.  Not really, but I did tie in a dance contest against Joe Moreau and before I backed out, we were supposed to have a dance off.

Lou Gerner


Hometown: Milford, Connecticut. My wife and I moved to Tennessee when we retired a few years ago.
When did you first join the ski club: I joined the ski club shortly after moving to Tennessee in 2017.
Favorite ski Resort: My favorite ski resort in the east is Killington, VT known as the “Beast of the east”. My favorite ski resort in the west is Vail.

What is the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
The best trip I was ever on was my trip to France. I especially like Normandy. My trip to Alaska is a close second.

What's your favorite seat on an airplane?
My favorite seat when I fly is any seat in first class or the aisle seat.

How many countries have you visited outside the US?  
I have visited five countries outside the United States; Aruba, Dominican Republic, France, Ireland and Italy.

What is your favorite dessert?
My favorite dessert is Key lime pie. My wife makes the best. The second best I ever had was at a golf course near Thomas Edison’s laboratory in Florida.  

What is your favorite hobby? Woodworking

What are your other favorite sports to participate in?
Boating is my favorite summer sport. I also like to hike, bike and kayak. I have been sidelined recently because of a knee injury.

What are your favorite sports to watch?
I like to watch hockey.

Do you have any hidden talents?
I am a brown belt in one form of Taekwondo and a black belt in another.

What is your favorite job you ever had?  
It’s hard to choose my favorite job but I can narrow it down.
My favorite job was teaching in the ghetto of Darien, Connecticut. Some of the poor high school kids had pre-owned BMWs without factory installed sun roofs.  (It was actually a wonderful place to teach.)

Retirement, they pay me to stay home.

Friederike Statum

Hometown Bad Tölz, Bavaria

When did you first join the ski club? 2000

Ski club offices held: Ski club party organizing, decorating assistant to Sandy Hill for the past several years. Missing our fun parties!

Favorite ski resort? Whistler

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?

My home stomping ground is always the best, Bavaria, Austria and Italy. My big adventure was traveling and living in Vietnam and traveling in Thailand and Hong Kong.

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?

Bavaria, Süd Tirol and northern Italy. I would love to rekindle my childhood trips.

How many countries have you visited outside the US?

24: Germany, Kingdom of Bavaria, Austria, Italy, Croatia, Czechoslovakia, Luxembourg, Lichtenstein, Holland, Belgium, France, England, Spain, Switzerland, Greece, Lebanon, Turkey, Pakistan, India, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong.

Are you a member of any other clubs or organizations?

Special Olympics and other organizations benefiting people with disabilities have been my main volunteer activities. In the past years I have coached SO bowling, basketball, tennis and swimming, also skiing in Gatlinburg.

What is your favorite candy or treat?

Chocolate in any shape or form. Milka with Hasselnüsse.

What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?

Champignons Escargots, they tasted delicious when I didn't think about what I ate.

What are your other favorite sports?

I love to play tennis . Hiking always gets me high

What are your favorite sports to watch? Politics!!!

What is your favorite holiday?

Thanksgiving . Celebrating family and friends with gratitude.

During the pandemic did you learn a new skill or improve an old one?

Reading and expanding my horizon with books that challenge my thinking.


Bess Gormley


Hometown: San Bernardino, CA (though I’ve lived in Nashville most of my life)

When did you first join ski club: 2013

Ski club offices held:  Board Member

Favorite ski resort: Steamboat


What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had? 

Hard to pick but ski trips are always fun. My first ski trip was with a group of teens when I was 15 to Park City. It was my Christmas present and it was SO MUCH FUN! Tom and I honeymooned in Kitzbuhel, Austria where we were stranded after the slopes closed and had to hike and ski our way home by moonlight. Very romantic. We were too poor in both time and money to ski for years after. Our first family ski trip was to Breckenridge for my 40th birthday. I think we tried to go every year after that. We joined the ski club when the kids grew up and made fast ski buddies with whom we’ve shared many a great trip.


If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be? 

Steamboat? Or maybe somewhere safely exotic in Spanish-speaking Central or South America. I’d like to learn to surf – so let’s go with Costa Rica. Tom could golf.


What’s your favorite seat on an airplane? 

The window! And not necessarily in first class, though nice.


How many countries have you visited outside the US? 

Several, England and much of continental Europe, though I’m still missing the Iberian & Balkan Peninsulas, the northern countries, and the rest of United Kingdom. We’ve been to several countries in Central America but never South America. And let’s not forget the 18 days in China. I realllly want to visit Spain.


What is your favorite zoo animal? 

Chimps! Or giraffes! Or bears! Maybe anteaters. (Have you seen their tongues?) It’s hard to pick.  The zoo is fun on a cool fall day!


What is your favorite candy or treat? 

All treats are tempting, especially good chocolate. The Sees Candy stores call my name when I walk by in the airports. Sees makes the best chocolate candies.


What is your favorite dessert? 

I do like good chocolate. And anything with eggs, butter, cream and sugar combo. I also like grapefruit for dessert.


What is your favorite hobby?

No real hobbies. I’m not organized enough to have a hobby. I like needlework and I used to sew, but not so much lately.


What are your other favorite sports to participate in? 

Sports?? I try and stay in shape for skiing! This includes walking, hiking, swimming and a few strength moves. Any sport that includes a ball eludes me. Am I am not competitive in the least. I don’t want anybody to lose.


What are your favorite sports to watch? 

Ice skating and water polo. My sporting interests are not quite mainstream.


What crazy activities do you dream of trying someday?

Surfing - Not so crazy but I’m running out of time!


Do you have any hidden talents? What can you do?

I have no talents, hidden or otherwise. I play piano by laboriously practicing what old dead white men have written down.  I can’t get the rhythm for anything more exciting. I sing in an excellent choir at church but it’s hard work and it’s excellence belongs to the attributes of others.


Where and when would you time-travel, if it were possible? 

It depends on the rules: Would they know I didn’t belong? Would I have the right clothes? Would I be in danger? Could I be younger? Could I be male? This is why I like to read a good book, historical or fictional. Time travel is endlessly possible with a good book.


What show on Netflix did you binge watch embarrassingly fast?

Last one – Queen’s Gambit series in 4 or 5 days I don’t watch a lot of TV but I tend to binge when I get hooked.


What movie can you rewatch over and over again?

I will watch It’s a Wonderful Life every year if I can find it.


What is your favorite holiday? 

Thanksgiving.  It’s good family time.          


What is your favorite job you’ve ever had? 

I am a lucky woman to have a job with great people and support. That makes all the difference.

Gary Moore


Hometown: Nashville, TN

When did you first join the ski club? 1990

Ski club offices held: Board Member

Favorite ski resort? Steamboat


What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had? Innsbruck 2008


If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?

Hard question as there are many. Greece and Italy


What’s your favorite seat on an airplane? Aisle seat by the emergency exit


How many countries have you visited outside the US? Just 4


Do you have any pets? What are their names?

I have a miniature dachshund named Hannibal


Did you have a stuffed animal as a child? What was its name? Don't remember any stuffed animals but I had a stuffed Casper the friendly ghost


What is your favorite hobby?

Collecting and painting military miniatures (toy soldiers)


What are your favorite sports to watch? Formula 1 racing


Where and when would you time-travel, if it were possible? Ancient Greece


What show on Netflix did you binge watch embarrassingly fast?

Stranger Things


What movie can you rewatch over and over again?

Any of the Star Wars films


What is your favorite holiday? Halloween


What is your favorite job you’ve ever had? Current one, Retirement

Adam Durham


Hometown: Murfreesboro, TN

When did you first join the ski club? 2012

Favorite ski resort? Telluride


What’s your favorite seat on an airplane?  Window so that I can fall asleep easy. I usually fall asleep on planes and in cars.


How many countries have you visited outside the US?  6: Canada, Mexico, Great Britain, France, Italy, and Switzerland


What are your other favorite sports to participate in?  Golf


What movie can you rewatch over and over again?  Tombstone. Mostly for Doc Holliday.


Where and when would you time-travel, if it were possible?  Everyone always says some time in the past. I would go 30 years in the future for stock tips and lotto numbers.


What is your favorite dessert?  Gentleman Jack neat.

Kathy Ware


Hometown: Oceanport NJ

When did you first join the ski club? 2017

Favorite ski resort? Crans Montana, Switzerland (though I'm not a skier, I love traveling!)


Are you involved in any other clubs or groups? I currently serve as Commodore of Percy Priest Yacht Club and served on the Board as an elected officer for the last 5 years. I will serve one more year in 2021 as Past Commodore before I have to leave the Board after a 6-year term. I ran “Learning at the Helm” for 14 years at PPYC, a sailing program to teach new sailors, and team-taught new sailors with my late husband, Bob, and he and I raced in regattas for several years.


What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had? Chartering with my husband Bob on a 39’ sailboat in Tortola BVIs with another 2 other couples as crew, a 41’ sailboat in Tortola BVIs with 2 other couples as crew, and a 44’ sailboat in Belize with 3 other couples as crew.


What’s your favorite seat on an airplane? Window. I like to see everything!


How many countries have you visited outside the US? BVI twice, Belize, Bermuda, Cancun, Bahamas, Switzerland twice, Rio de Janeiro-Brazil


Do you have any pets? What are their names? No pets, need to be free to travel!


What is your favorite hobby? Sailing


What crazy activities do you dream of trying someday? In college I had thought sky diving would be fun until a jump team member’s chute didn’t open.


Do you have any hidden talents? What can you do? I sing lead soprano in my church choir and church soloist occasionally when asked.


What show on Netflix did you binge watch embarrassingly fast? Outlander


What movie can you rewatch over and over again? Pretty Woman


What is your favorite holiday? Christmas


What is your favorite job you’ve ever had? Nabisco International-NY as Executive Asst. to EVP


What dance move are you secretly awesome at? Cha cha, not awesome but decent.

Sandy Hill


Hometown: Mobile, AL

When did you first join ski club: 2001

Ski club offices held:  Board Member

Favorite ski resort: Between Big Sky, Snowmass and Vail


What's your favorite ski trip?

All the ones except when I broke my Humerus Bone in Jackson Hole or Collar Bone in Coyote Glades at Beaver Creek. Each trip has been too fantastic to choose only one!


Did you have a stuffed animal as a child? What was its name? Snowball Fat a small cloth clown (I still have him!) which I got when I was 4 years old.


What show on Netflix did you binge watch embarrassingly fast? Game of Thrones but don't tell anyone!


What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?

That would be between going to Tahiti and staying in Bora Bora (amazing!!), China including Tibet (weird people/place), Alaska (the women say "the odds are good; the goods are odd"), and Normandy where we stayed in Arromanche with my cousins, Cruises with friends in Europe, and every ski trip except the ones listed above. Oh and the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador (put to the top of your bucket list)


What is your favorite candy or treat?

Anything where chocolate is the main ingredient!

Sara Tamas Shamblin


Hometown: Knoxville, TN

When did you first join ski club: 2001

Ski club offices held:  Board Member, President, VP, Trip Leader

Favorite ski resort: Steamboat, but Snowmass is a close second!


If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?   Switzerland! I love the mountains and love this country; I was an exchange student to Switzerland in high school and fell in love with it, have been back several times since


What is your favorite hobby?  My favorite hobby is hiking, I grew up hiking in the Smokies and have set a new goal of hiking all the trails in the Smokies, which will take about 1200 miles to accomplish.


What are your other favorite sports to participate in? I am passionate about sailing, we race our sailboat on Priest Lake, and plan to spend a lot of time offshore when we retire.


How many countries have you visited outside the US?  I haven't traveled that much, YET! I have been to Canada and Mexico, Belize on this continent. In Europe I've traveled to England, Ireland, France, Iceland, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Italy, Greece, Hungary, Luxembourg and Lichtenstein.  So many more places to see!


Do you have any pets? Of course I do, I'm a veterinarian! I have far fewer pets now than I ever have: one dog, Irish Setter named Rogan, three cats: Suri, Dante and Kadaj. In the past I've had up to 8 dogs at one time, 7 cats, bearded dragons, cockatiels, African Grey parrot and a Sulcata tortoise.


What's the weirdest food you've eaten? Define "weird"! I'm game for anything as we travel, I figure no one will eat food that tastes yucky, so even if it's not something we consider normal I'll give it a try! I won't eat crickets again.


What is your favorite holiday?  Christmas! I still believe in magic. It's the one time I know my children will be home.


What is your favorite zoo animal? It would have to be some cat, either a clouded leopard or a cheetah, they're graceful and relatively easy to handle.

Peter Tuttle


Hometown: Syracuse NY (God's Country)

When did you first join the ski club? Dec 1987 (To go white water rafting, not to ski. I already planned my own trips every year)

Ski club offices held: Board Member, Membership Chair, President, VP, Trip Chair, Crescent Rep, Web Editor, Long Distance Trip Leader, Weekend Trip Leader, Beach Trip Leader, Database Admin, Publicity Chair, Volleyball Coordinator, Ski Show/Ski Film Coordinator

Favorite ski resort? Vail. It was the only western resort I had ever skied before I joined the ski club, with no plans to ever go anywhere else. Guess that (the not going anywhere else) changed.


How many countries have you visited outside the US? 14


Do you have any pets? What are their names? Just one now, a dog named Domino


What are your favorite desserts? Candy Cane pie, Baked Alaska


What are your other favorite sports to participate in? Ice Hockey


What are your favorite sports to watch? Ice Hockey, College Basketball, College Lacrosse, College Football


What is your favorite holiday? Any family gathering


What is your favorite job you’ve ever had? The one I have now. I help people sign up for Medicare plans (Medicare Advantage; Prescription Drug Plans; Medicare Supplement Plans).


Who is your favorite comic strip/ cartoon character and why? Calvin and Hobbes   (Well, duh, have you read it?)

Joe Moreau


Hometown: Durand, IL

When did you first join the ski club? 1999

Ski club offices held: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Trip Leader, Apres Ski Party DJ

Favorite ski resort? SteaTelluMass (Steamboat, Telluride, Snowmass) I have to have some variety!


What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had? 7 weeks in throughout Europe


If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be? Europe because of variety, but New Zealand is a close second!


What is your favorite dessert? Fresh fried chocolate chip skillet cookie with vanilla ice cream


What is your favorite hobby? Watching live music


What are your favorite sports to watch? Titans football