"Land der Berge..." - "Land of Mountains..."
with these words the Austrian National Anthem starts. Austrians
and the members of our society almost by nature are enthusiastic
skiers. Small wonder that the members of the society for years
wanted a Ski Club as a sub-group. In 1968 Fritz Stockinger,
himself a master skier, took the initiative. Together with some
other ski enthusiasts he formed the Austrian Ski Club and became
its first president. Fritz held that post for 15 years and in
1983 was named honorary president. Helmut Böhm (10 years)
and Edmund Kirkman (8 years) succeded Fritz as presidents.
The main focus of the
Ski Club is to arrange for ski lessons for our youngsters. The
club is fortunate to have a number of qualified instructors to
help in the program. But grown ups are cordially invited to join
us on Sundays at the local ski hill, Mount Holly. As a group we
enjoy special reduced rates for the lift tickets. We also rent a
special room for the members of our ski club where everybody can
leave their belongings while enjoying the slopes and warm up
after skiing. For many years ski trips to Boyne Country were the
highlight of the ski season. Ski races to determine the club
champions of various age groups were held on the last day of the
trip. On evenings the group got together to sing German songs
and exchange the stories of the day.
Austrian Ski Club
The Austrian Ski Club is
also very active during the summer months. Many of our skiers
have discovered golf and the club arranges for golf outings
crowned by the annual golf championship tournament in September.
Every event and tournament ends - how else could it be - with a
"gemütliches" get together with good food and drink and
singing of songs from our home countries.