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We are a non-profit, member run, Sports and Adventure Club operating in Houston, Texas for 50+ years.  We offer 8 - 12 winter and summer trips per year, all over the world.

Our social, sports, cultural, and charitable events fill the calendar year-round. From September to May we have fun monthly general meetings normally held the 2nd Monday of the month.  Happy Hours are the 4th Thursday of each month, year-round.

Popular local Houston Area activities this year were monthly dinner gatherings, theater outings, bike rides and winery/brewery tours.  Activities are run by volunteers, if there is something you are interested in doing, make a suggestion and we will consider offering it.

Initial trip sales generally start in August and sell briskly, so act quickly to avoid landing on a wait-list.  Trip participation requires membership but it is only $40 for an Individual for an entire season.  Have a look around and we hope you decide to Join Us.  If you need some more time to decide, Click "Add Me to your Mailing List" (Top Left Corner)







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MONTHLY GENERAL MEETING 



GENERAL MEETING



NEW DAY AND PLACE FOR THE SCSC MEETINGS!!!

We are going back to having the general meetings on Sunday

 
SUNDAY, May 5, 2024

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Come for dinner, drinks and visiting at 6 and the meeting will start at 7.
If you plan to not eat and spend less than $20, please bring cash instead of charging.

Please sign up before Friday night. 

Register below

May General Meeting - 5/5/2024


CHRISTIE'S SEAFOOD
6029 WESTHEIMER RD (Across from




Christie's Seafood
 6029 Westheimer (across street from Sun & Ski)


The next General Meeting will be
Sunday, May 5, 2024


6:00pm to 8:00pm
6029 Westheimer

 Please sign up

May General Meeting - 5/5/2024



THE SCSC 2023-24 TRIP SCHEDULE: RITA CARDENAS VP-TRIPS







When should I book my air!
By Rita Cardenas, VP Trips

What is going on with airfares?  A question that I keep asking?  According to the International Air Transport Association, states that average ticket prices across all regions are not expected to change significantly. In the United States, domestic and international airfares are expected to move in opposite directions.
Hayley Berg, lead economist for the booking platform Hopper, anticipates that for the next six months, domestic airfare will cost less than in 2023 and pre-pandemic years.  Reasons for the falling prices include increased airplane capacity, the number of seats on a given route and a drop in the cost of jet fuel.
January is usually the cheapest month of the year to book travel until the fall shoulder season in September and October.  International airfare departing from the United States is up 10 percent for 2024 compared with 2023, according to Kayak, a travel search engine. But airline capacity is rising and might eventually dampen that increase in prices.
Existing airlines are offering more flights and routes, 2023 was a huge year for travel, with several records broken. The U.S. State Department issued a record 24 million passport books and cards during the 2023 fiscal year, signaling increased interest in travel abroad.  Airlines added 10% more flights between the U.S. and Central America in 2023 versus 2022, according to scheduling data analyzed by Going from aviation analytics company Cirium Diio. In 2024, airlines are expected to add another 10%.
Last year’s high traveler volume has prompted airlines to increase flight schedules to other parts of the world. For example, Delta Air Lines announced that, it would launch its largest-ever transatlantic schedule for summer 2024. That includes new daily service from New York to Naples, Italy, beginning in May, as well as more flights from the U.S. to Paris; Venice, Italy; Barcelona, Spain; and Dublin. For travel from North America to Asia, there are 5.5 million more airline seats for sale in the first half of 2024 versus the same period in 2023. That’s a 35% year-over-year increase, according to American Express Global Business Travel.   More availability in turn can help with pricing.

So, when should I book my international air?  Don’t delay booking in hopes that prices will fall.  The travel experts advise booking two to eight months out for international travel.  Airfares tend to increase the closer you get to booking, it is far more likely for airlines to sell tickets at higher prices at the last minute.  Global airfares are expected to rise between 3%-7% next year, as airlines grapple with high fuel costs, sustainability changes and fleet upgrades, according to the FCM Consulting’s “Global Trend Report” for the third quarter of 2023.

I hope my research sheds some light on your decision as to when to book airfare, especially when flying internationally.  Safe travels!


 Rita Cardenas - VP Trips
Trips@spacecity.org

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SportsAmerica offers the IKON or Epic Pass to purchase go to:

Go to  https://www.sportsamerica.com/ikon-spacecity     
  password: snow

Go to  https://www/sportsamerica.com/epic-spacecity   


Space City has been notified by Sports America that the IKON Epic Pass for the 2024-25 season are currently on sale.

We strongly encourage members to buy Epic Pass products. Lift tickets are expected to be 2-3 times higher than the Epic Day Pass prices.

Remember, for the Day Pass products, buy the 'holidays restricted' version NOT the 'limited' version. The limited version is not valid at Beaver Creek.

Guests going on more than 1 trip to an Epic Destination should buy the Epic Local Pass.
 
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2024-2025 Trips


 Type Destinations
 Date  Trip Coord
 ATC
Tour Operator

 
Club Trip
 
 Texas Hill Country Wine
Tasting Weekend 
  May 17 - 18, 2024
  Deb Cini
 
Carter Creek Winery
 
 
Club Trip

 Galapagos Adventure
  July 21 - 30, 2024
 Beverly Roberts
 
Active Adventures 


  TSC Fall Expedition

 Amalfi Coast & Rome
 October 22 - 31, 2024
 Marsha Lutz /
Leyla Ozkardesh  
 
Premier Discovery 
 
 
Club Trip

 Vail, Co
 Dec 14-21, 2024  Kate Clinton
   Vail Resorts
 
 
Club Winter Expedition 2025
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 TBD   Jan 24 - Feb 1, 2025 
       
 
TSC Traditional  2025

 Big Sky
 Jan 11 - 18, 2025
 Cindy Moore
   Big Sky Resort
 
 
Club Trip

  Snowmass, CO
 Feb 8 - 15, 2025
 Ann Dorn
   Sports America
 
 
Club Trip

 Telluride,CO  Feb 22 - Mar 1, 2025
 Steve Ying
   Sports America
 

 TSC Final Showdown 2025

 Crested Butte, CO
  Mar 1 - 8, 2025
 Max Salinas
  Ski Group.net
 
 
Club Trip

 12 Night Best of Japan Cruise
 May 1 - 14, 2025
 Janice Salinas
 Rita Cardenas
 Dream Vacations/Celebrity
 
 
Club Trip

Croatia Bike & Yacht Tour
 Oct 10 - 18, 2025
 Melinda Hughes
   Croatia Cruises
 


2023-2024 Trips




Type  Destinations
Date Trip Coord/ATC TC Email Full pkg $/pp Land pkg $/pp
 



   
SCSC Club Trip  Branson MO Sept 19 - 22, 2023   Susan Granbery  Branson@spacecity.org   NA 
$769 

SCSC Club Trip   Vail, Co
Dec 9-16, 2023 Kate Clinton
Vail@spacecity.org

NA $1,089

TSC - Traditional 2024 
 
Beaver Creek, CO
Jan 13-20, 2024  Max Salinas/Marsha Lutz    beavercreek@spacecity.org  
$2,277 $1,785
 
TSC - Winter Exp 2024

 Interlaken, Switzerland
Jan 26-Feb 3, 2024 Karen Leeson/Sandra Schneider  interlaken@spacecity.org $2,667 $1,621

TSC - Winter Showdown 2024 
 
Park City, UT 
Feb 3- 10, 2024 Ann Dorn Parkcity@spacecity.org  $2,458 $2,005
 
SCSC Club Trip

 Breckenridge, CO
Feb 10-17, 2024  Steve Ying breckenridge@spacecity.org  $2,135 $1,735
 
TSC - Final Showdown 2024

 Whitefish, MT
Mar 2-9, 2024  Bill Bomberger whitefish@spacecity.org  $1,752 $917

SCSC Club Trip 

 Costa Rica
April 20 - 27, 2024 Sorrell Warren costarica@spacecity.org
NA $1,509


 

 


Rowena Roche - VP Membership


MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL RATES!

After much consideration, the SCSC Board of Directors has approved an increase of our annual membership dues for both new and returning members. We feel an increase in dues is necessary to keep the club financially stable and still provide our members a great activity venue for traveling and socializing all while having fun with friends!

Dues for all levels of membership effective on renewal date of April 30, 2024:

One Year:
    Single - $45
    Family - $80
Three Years:
    Single - $115
    Family - $190

Early Bird Discount - join now through May 31, 2024, rates below apply:
One Year:
   Single - $40
   Family - $75
Three Years:
   Single - $100
   Family - $175


Don't delay! Go to  http://www.spacecity.org   When you log in, click the down arrow next to your name to see if it is time to renew your membership. 

Follow the payment instructions to join immediately if paying with a credit card.  Or follow the application steps to generate an invoice and mail a check to the address below.

If paying by check, your invoice will calculate a 2.99% discount. 

SCSC
PO Box 22567
Houston, TX 77227

If you have any membership questions contact Rowena Roche, our current VP Membership:  
membership@spacecity.org

2023-2024 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE


Space City officers for the 2022-2023 year.

Lynn Burch: President

Bil Cusack: VP - Programs

Rita Cardenas: VP - Trips

Rowena Roche: VP - Membership/Marketing

Diane Stotz: Secretary

Marti Turner: Treasurer

Susan Granbery: VP Communications


New Officers for the 2024 - 2025 Year (beginning May 1, 2024):

Ann Rogers:  President

Deborah Gorden:  Treasurer

Leyla Ozkardesh:  VP Communications (webmaster)

Beth Slaughter:  Sitzmarke Editor (appointed officer)



A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT LYNN BURCH


Greetings SCSC’ers!

Thank everyone for coming to the February and March meetings.  The February meeting at Christie’s was well attended by 54 people and the nominees for the new officers for 2024/2025 year were presented.  There were not any nominations from the floor, so the slate stood to be voted on at the March meeting.  Cindy Moore was the chairman of the nominating committee and she is the one who presented the slate. 
The March meeting was phenomenal.  We had 77 people attend, I don’t know if it was due to me saying please attend the meeting because we needed a forum to vote in the new officers, Rita saying she was going to talk about the Japan cruise or everyone really likes Sunday meetings at Christie’s (where the food is really good) but I was amazed at the turnout.  I emphasized that we really need everyone to register for the meetings if they are coming. I have to let Christie’s know how many to set the tables for and to have enough staff to wait on us.  They have done a wonderful job getting that many people served and fed in a short period of time.  Please tell them how much we appreciate their service.
The April meeting will again be at Christie’s and then the May meeting will be at Sun & Ski across the street on Sunday May 5.  We will not meet in June or July.  
Now that ski season is almost over, we can look forward to the non- ski trips that are coming up.  Costa Rica, Texas Hill Country Wine Tasting, Galapagos Adventure, and Amalfi Coast & Rome.  There will be all sorts of activities to do here from the Dinners, Happy Hours, parties, ball games and some other things we are working on that will be a lot of fun.  Watch the website and eblasts for details.
We are working on the Volunteer Party for June 8 or 9.  Bruce Lowther and Robert Clements who have cooked the BBQ for the party for years are not going to be able to cook for us this year so we are going to talk to a few other people to see if someone else can bring their pit to cook for the party.  I really thank Robert and Bruce for all they have done for us for a lot of years.  I have put a list of volunteers on the website and the Sitzmarke for everyone to see.  If you volunteered and worked on something for the club and I missed your name, please call me to add your name.  This club is run by volunteers and we want to show our appreciation to them with the party.  Without Volunteers this club would not exist, please help us keep SCSC going by offering to run trips, activities or help out any way you can.  I am so pleased that a few new people are going to help run the club.
The TSC Bid Fest is going to be in Houston this year.  It has been a number of years since it has been here and I want to make sure all the attendees and vendors enjoy themselves and see how great Houston is. I am going to be responsible in putting together the activities and getting volunteers to help with all the little details.  The date is August 2-4 and it will be held at the Sheraton Brookhollow (where this last year’s Gala was held).  If you have never been to a bid meeting, it is where all the ski clubs in Texas and vendors from ski areas and tour groups meet yearly to decide which trips for the members of the council to go on.  The vendors present their bids on places for us to go skiing or touring and we all vote on which trips the TSC clubs would like to go on.  Closer to time the information will be on the website if you want to attend and help out.  It really is a lot of fun and you get to help make the decision on which trips we want to take.
If you have an idea or want to run an activity after May 1, please contact Lynn.  Please sign up for all the activities that are coming up. We all work very hard to come up with ideas and venues so our members can have various activities to enjoy.
Thanks again to everyone and I look forward to seeing and working with you.

Lynn Burch

President

ACTIVITY NEWS WITH Bil Cusack-VP ACTIVITIES





Check out these photos from some of our past events!
2022 Events
SCSC Dinners

SCSC Happy Hours
2021 Holiday Gala




Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events

MEMBER NEWS


SAVE THE DATE!
Space City Ski & Adventure Club
60th Anniversary Party
Next Year!
Saturday, October 12, 2024



Martin Baker passed away a few weeks ago.






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VOLUNTEERS 2023-2024





A HUGE THANK YOU TO

ALL OUR WONDERFUL

2023 - 2024 VOLUNTEERS!

VOLUNTEER LIST - 2023 - 2024


CINDY ACQUARD

DIANE GRESKO


ROWENA ROCHE
JAMES BARBEE

GARY HALEY


ANN ROGERS
JO BARRIE

MELINDA HUGHES

JANICE SALINAS
MARY BELLIS

MARTY KAMINSKI

MAX SALINAS
BILL BOMBERGER
MARSHA KILGORE

PAT SALINAS
LOUISE BRADFORD

LINDA KUPER


SUE SALVAGE
LYNN BURCH

STAN KUPER


GEORGE SARGENT
CRAIG CAMPBELL

DARRYL LARSON


SANDY SCHNEIDER
RITA CARDENAS

KAREN LEESON


BETH SLAUGHTER
DEB CINI


LINDA LICARIONE

LOUELLA STELLER
ROBERT CLEMENTS

JOAN LORA


SANDRA STOLNACKE
KATE CLINTON

BRUCE LOWTHER

DAVID STOTZ
BIL CUSACK

MARSHA LUTZ


DIANE STOTZ
TOM DANOWSKI

JIM MATUJEC

RITA MARIE THEROLF
BETTY DONELLAN

KAY McKEOUGH

ANNE THOMAS
BOB DONELLAN

CINDY MOORE


TOM THOMAS
ANN DORN

PAT MUSEMECHE

MARTI TURNER
ELLEN EASTHAM

TAMMIE NADELL


SORRELL WARREN
DEBRA EDWARDS

JILL NANNEY

MELANIE WOOD
JIM EDWARDS

LEYLA OZKARDESH

JEAN MARIE YING
CORDIE EWING

PAT PIECH


STEVE YING
DEBRA GORDON

KIM PUFFIN


LESLIE
CASHIO

VICKI FAULKNER

KATHLEEN QUIGLEY




SUSAN GRANBERY

KASIA REZMER





TERRY GRAY


BEVERLY ROBERTS





                   
                     
                     
                     
                       
                     
                     

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