Skiing first becomes popular in the US in the 1930’s
The Ski Club of N.J., the oldest ski club in New Jersey, was formed in 1938 by a group of outdoor enthusiasts who were members at the YMCA in Hackensack, N.J.
Word was passed around to friends that a group would meet at the “Y” on December 7, 1938, to discuss skiing and make some plans about how to get some professional ski instruction. Approximately 26 attended that first meeting. After a general discussion it was decided to form a ski club separate from the “Y” with officers and regular meetings.
Thus was the Ski Club of New Jersey born. The next meeting was the first formal ski club meeting on December 13, 1938. At that meeting they elected a president (Fred Leeman), vice-president (Jim Carew), secretary (Marie Eimert), treasurer (Jerry Stone) and weatherman (John Bourne). This first regular meeting adjourned at 10:30 that night.
Club objectives were discussed and adopted, to wit: “To promote safe, controlled skiing, and ski excursions: to cultivate good fellowship between ski clubs, ski club members and skiers everywhere; and to buy sound, adequate ski equipment.”
These are basically the same ideals the Club has today.
The name “Ski Club of New Jersey” was chosen at the next meeting. According to Rudi Logel, (early history, 1960) ten cents was collected from each member to defray the cost of then current expenses. Dues of $2.00 were established for membership and a treasury set up.
The first Club trip took place January 2, 1939. About 20 members left from New Jersey, probably Hackensack, at 6:30 am for Simpson’s Memorial Slope in Phoenicia, NY, which was a hill with a rope tow. The snow was good; the weather was sunny and cold. A good time was had by all.
A temporary constitution and by-laws were voted on and accepted in January 1939 at other meetings. Dues for the 1939-1940 ski season were raised to $2.50.
Club colors of maroon and gray were adopted at the sixth meeting sometime in January 1939.
The emblem was a gray field, shield-shaped with the letters NJ in maroon, A skier skiing down the slanted bar of the “N” was designed.
These first emblems were made of felt with the NJ and skier sewed on, the shield bordered in maroon. Much was accomplished in a short time.