Who we are
We are a non-profit ski club, not affiliated with any travel agency or travel-related business. The Clearwater/St. Petersburg Ski & Sports Club (A.K.A. The SnowSharks) was established in 1983. We are dedicated to providing our members with affordable ski trips and other sports-related activities the year round. We have reciprocal membership with all other Florida Ski Council Clubs (15 clubs in Florida). Many of our members enjoy in-line skating, boating, scuba diving, camping and bicycling, and traveling in general along with our exciting winter trips.
The “Snow Shark” web site is an excellent source for information so you can stay on top of the most recent club activities. Every effort is made to have the web site updated on a timely basis. The web site contains a wealth of information, pictures, ski trips, events, membership applications and up to the minute news.
For the upcoming season, the club has a team of players that are full of ambition, energy and raring to go to assist the club in hosting a variety of fun activities all year long.
Through the tireless efforts of many volunteers, our club is one of the best. If you are interested in volunteering, please Get Involved!
SNOWSHARK BOARD MEMBERS
Appointed board Positions
President: Tom Morris
Vice President: Jacki Gehring
Secretary: Brenda J Roberts
Treasurer: Lynn Pierce
FSC Delegate: Steve Hodges
Board Of Directors 2021-2022
Membership: Linda Martin, Terry England & Allen Knox
Trip Coordinator: Polly Trautweiler
Marketing Chair, Newsletter & Website: Abby Thrift
MEET OUR OFFICERS
President – Tom Morris
Moved to Florida in 1979 from Camden New Jersey and currently residing in Crystal Beach for the past 27 years. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Biology/Chemistry and have worked in Laboratory Instruments, entertainment Lighting, Spectral Camera Sales and currently am a representative for an Instrument company covering the state of Florida. I am Married to Chef Eileen Morris for 27 years and also a member and trip leader in the club. I Began snow skiing at age 22 at Camelback Mt in the Poconos, Vermont, Sugar Bush, Killington Mts in Vermont. Have skied a good number of west coast and resorts in the US and Canada. Favorite resorts are Whitefish, Big Sky, and Crested Butte. I have been a member of the Snowsharks for longer than I can remember and President for the past two years. A competitive water skier and full-time musician in the Philadelphia, Jersey Shore areas in the 70s and recently in a part-time Rock Band in the Tampa Bay area. I am an avid SCUBA diver with a PADI Divemaster, Master Diver (with 5 specialties), Rescue Diver, Cave Diver (past), and first responder certifications. I competitive spearfish on SCUBA and Free dive. Eileen and I have been diving in Australia, the Philippines, and many islands in the Caribbean. My personal favorite diving is WWII Wrecks and my favorite dive sites are: Truk Lagoon in Micronesian Carolina Islands; Cay Sal Bank, Bahamas; and underwater hunting anywhere in the Gulf of Mexico.
Vice President – JACKI GEHRING
Jacki came to Florida in 1972 from Westlake, Ohio. She started snow skiing in the early 1990’s and was hooked when she skied out west and in Canada. She joined the Snow Sharks on their 2020 Snowmass trip and had a great time. In her spare time she enjoys the outdoors, gardening, rollerblading, walking or biking our beautiful parks. Her indoor passions are Painting and Teaching Decorative Painting/Mixed Media Art. Jacki is excited to be a contributing member of this great club.
Secretary – Brenda J Roberts
Treasurer – Lynn Pierce
Lynn is a long time Florida transplant from Groveport, Ohio. She started skiing in 1986 but became a more active skier after meeting her husband, Fred, in 1992. Together they have skied both the Eastern and Western US. She and Fred live in Palmetto. She also enjoys cooking, kayaking, camping, boating, fishing, reading, and volunteering for our community.
FSC Delegate – Steve Hodges
Steve is a native Floridian and comes to our club with a varied and multi-faceted background. He went to The Citadel, served in the U.S. Army and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. He has many interests that keep him busy all year including several local military organizations. He loves that sport of snow skiing and looks forward to heading out to the slopes in the winter months.
The positions below are appointed by the Board.
They are the existing and new appointees.
Trip Coordinator – Polly Trautweiler
A member since 1999, Polly has been membership chairman, V.P., President and now Trip Coordinator. She has led 14 trips over the past 20 years, both domestic and International. She and Bruce value the friendships they have made with club members and love skiing and traveling with them.
Newsletter & Website – Abby Thrift
JoAnne started skiing in 2003 and skiing has become one of her greatest passions. She and her husband Patrick joined the Snow Sharks four years ago for the trip to Big Sky in 2013. They have enjoyed many ski trips and social events with the club and have made some wonderful friends. However, JoAnne reminds herself that there’s no waiting for friends on a powder day and she is ok with that.
Facebook Manager – Fred Pierce
Fred migrated with his parents to Florida from Vermont in 1963. He taught himself to snow ski in Vermont when he was about 6 years old. After moving to Florida, he enjoyed water skiing for a few years. In 1979, he ski bummed the entire winter at Sugarbush , Vt. Besides skiing, he has a passion for scuba diving, spearfishing, boating, kayaking, socializing and volunteering for environmental projects. He resides in Palmetto, FL with his wonderful wife, Lynn.
Disabled vets program – Denise McDonald
Snowsharks support and raise money for the Disabled Bay Pines Veterans so they can participate in the Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic. To view a sample flyer, click here.