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 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” website 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 website updated on a timely basis. The website 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 is 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
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2022-2023
President: Jacki Gehring
Vice President: Brenda Roberts
Secretary: Ginnie Souther
Treasurer: Lynn Pierce
FSC Delegate: Tom Morris
Appointed board Positions
Membership: Linda Martin & Terry England
Trip Coordinator: Polly Trautweiler
Marketing Chair, Newsletter & Website: Abby Thrift
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.
Vice President – Brenda Roberts
Secretary – Ginnie souther
Ginnie is originally from New York, but has lived in Florida for 25 years. Having enjoyed various ski trips with the Snow Sharks before serving as Treasurer and Trip Leader, she is currently serving as our Secretary. Ginnie also loves to be outdoors biking, kayaking, and hiking. She recently did her first whitewater rafting trip in North Carolina with her oldest grandson as the guide. Her other passions of cooking, reading, volunteering, and keeping up with out-of-state family members keep her busy.
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 – Tom Morris
Moved to Florida in 1979 from New Jersey and residing in Crystal Beach for the past 28 years. I have been married to Eileen Morris, Trip Leader extraordinaire, for 28 years. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Chemistry and worked a lifetime in Laboratory Instruments sales. I began snow skiing at age 22 at Camelback, Jack Frost in the Pocono Mts, and Sugar Bush, Killington Mts in Vermont and numberous west coast ski resorts in the US and Canada. Favorite resorts are Whitefish, Big Sky and Crested Butte. I have been a member of the Snow Sharks for many years and President for the past two years. I am an avid SCUBA diver with a PADI Divemaster, Master Diver (with 5 specialties) and other advanced SCUBA certifications.
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.
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
For the past 10 years Denise McDonald has accompanied a group of disabled Bay Pines Veterans for a week of adaptive skiing in Snowmass Colorado. The event is called The National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, but she prefers to call it “Miracles on the Mountainside”. An Occupational Therapist for more than 35 years, Denise has long witnessed patients triumph over severe injuries and disabilities – but escorting the Veterans group surpasses anything she has done in her career. “It is awesome and humbling to be able help with a Veteran’s recovery in this way, to see them realize that they can participate in winter sports, and then watch them thrive on the mountain” says Denise. The Winter Sports Clinic is sponsored by the VA and the DAV, but the individual Veterans are responsible for their airline tickets and hotel. For years the Snowsharks have raised funds to donate to the Bay Pines team to help with these costs. “We thank you from the bottom of our hearts”.
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.