Linda Horn

Moving Forward!

It is with sincere gratitude that I thank all of the past Presidents and Board Members for their leadership, creativity, and dedication to keep the Club evolving and moving forward for 60 years. The Vagabond Ski & Social Club began in August, 1958, as Vagabond Ski Club of Milwaukee.

With the dedicated leadership of those who have gone before, the Club has expanded its horizons into much more than a ski club only and offers a variety of sports and social activities for a wide variety of people to enjoy.


I also thank the event leaders, ambassadors, volunteers and members, both current and past, who have volunteered their time and talents over the years to aid the Club in its ever-expanding array of events, trips and activities. You are what has kept our Club healthy and strong for 60 years and will maintain our health and strength for the future. And a sincere thank you to the current Board of Directors, event leaders, ambassadors, volunteers and members for keeping the Club moving forward by adding and organizing new events, and for embracing the easy and convenient use of the new Vagabond website.


Please see the article titled Membership Renewal Procedures in this issue of the Life for more information about conveniently and easily renewing your membership online using a computer, tablet, or smart phone. When renewing online there is no form to complete, no check to write, no envelope, no stamp, and no trip to the mailbox! It is another step in honoring the 60-year tradition of keeping the Vagabond Ski & Social Club moving forward.


“Hey Vagabonds! Are you on Facebook? If you are, please ‘Like’ the Vagabond Ski & Social Club page. Then share our posts with your friends. This is a great way to reach potential members.”


Board of Directors

  • Officers:
  • President  Linda Horn
  • Vice President  Pam Cole
  • Treasurer  Les Radtke
  • Secretary  Ann Jankowski


  • Board Members:
  • Public Relations  Ron Sonntag
  • Meetings 
  • Membership  Jan Breitbach
  • Sporting Activities  John Podsedly
  • Tennis/Pickleball  Jennie Aiello
  • Finance & Bylaws  Sue Cummings
  • Ski Activities  Joyce Szulc
  • Social Activities  Cindy Hummer


Jan Breitbach



The easiest way to renew is on the Vagabond website. Simply follow the instructions in the email you will receive on or about August 1. The membership renewal form is in this newsletter. It is also on the Club website. Please complete the form (be sure to sign and date) and send with the payment to the address on the form.


ALL members must complete and submit a form whether payment is due or not. If you attend the August or September General Meetings, you may submit your Membership Application and pick up your new Membership Card at the same time. The final deadline to have your information in the new Directory is in October, so please renew as soon as possible.


Volunteers are needed to spend time at the Registration Renewal and Membership tables at the meetings.


If you have any questions or are willing to volunteer, contact me at 414-732-9749 or jan.breitbach@



Membership Renewal Procedures


The quickest, easiest way to renew your Vagabond membership is to use the Members Only Secure Website. And this year you have choices for how to do that. The Club will send email renewal notifications to all members who have a valid email address on file with us on or about August 1. Follow the instructions in the email to renew with a credit or debit card payment. Or, you can renew directly by following these instructions:


First Time You Are Logging In? Here’s How

For best results use a computer for your First-Time Login


NEW!! – NOW EVEN MORE CONVENIENT For best results use a computer for your First-Time Login


    Come to the August General Meeting Roundtable and in addition to explaining all about online access, we’ll show you how to put an icon on your phone so that with a single touch on your phone’s home page, you can immediately access the Vagabond website. It’s so quick and easy.


    Close To Final Call For 60th Anniversary Dinner Dance

    Spring Country Club on Fri., August 24

    It’s close to being your last chance to be included in the spectacular 60th Anniversary Dinner Dance that will be the highlight of this tremendous Anniversary celebration.


    However, there IS still time to join in the fun and all the hoopla at Silver Spring Country Club on Fri., August 24, featuring a cocktail hour at 5, a superb buffet dinner at 6, our own Mary Kelling offering keyboard music and bass accompaniment during the cocktail hour, and then a wonderful, memory-filled program honoring past presidents, board members, and others, memorable videos, the singing of the famous Vagabond Greyhounds’ led by former president Lyle Thompson, and then dancing to the sounds of the fabulous Command Performance 19-piece Big Band.


    All for just $45 for current members and $50 for former members, and, included in the price, everyone signing up will receive the just-completed SIXTY-YEAR HISTORY of the Vagabond Club, year by year, from 1958 into this year, 2018.


    Click on the button to use your credit card to sign up, OR send a check payable to VSSC for the number of tickets you are purchasing to Ron Sonntag, 9406 N. 107th St., Milwaukee, 53224.


    Questions? Call Ron at 414-788- 4907.


    Hurry, though, space is limited. You can also sign up at the August 1 General Meeting.



    * This event is open to non-members also.

    Non-Members only please register here (instead of using the black oval button above).


    60th Anniv. Sock Hop Is Getting Ready To Rock – Sat., August 25
    Silver Spring Country Club Downstairs, Persimmon Room
    5:30 Bar Opens; 6:30 Grand Cookout Buffet; Band from 8-11 p.m.


    Come one, come all, if you like fun, music, nostalgia, dancing, playing games such as hula hoops, twisting and jitterbug and swing dance contests, and way, way much more, including group dances so nobody has to sit out, fantastic music by Vagabond Nick Pumilia’s great  Advance Band playing the big hits of the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s, plus a wonderful Cookout Buffet of Johnsonville brats, hamburgers, hot dogs, macaroni salad, American potato salad, a fresh vegetable tray with dip, chips and dip, and even watermelon.


    Oh my, what a way to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of our terrific club that we love so much. Bring your friends, bring guests, bring your spouses, your significant others, and celebrate together by having a great time with Vagabond friends and friends to be. All of the above for just $30 a person.

    Hard to believe, but wait till you hear Nick’s band – a fantastic band that people love and you will, too.


    Click on the button and use your credit card to sign up OR just make out a check to VSSC for the number of tickets you are purchasing and send the check to Ron Sonntag, 9406 N. 107th St., Milwaukee, 53224.


    Questions, call Ron at 414-788- 4907. Hurry, though, space is limited.

    You can also sign up at the August 1 General Meeting.



    * This event is open to non-members also.

    Non-Members only please register here (instead of using the black oval button above).


    60th Anniversary Golf Scramble Fun Returns
    Songbird Hills Golf Club – Sat., August 4


    Registration at Noon Warm ups and Putting until 12:45 pm Shotgun Start at 1 pm
    Sign up alone or as a twosome, threesome or foursome. We’ll make up foursomes where needed.


    Cost: $68 for 18 holes with cart, prizes and buffet dinner. Or $52 for golf only, or $17 for guest dinner. Send check, payable to VSSC, with Event Coupon, to include names of others you want to play with, to: Ron Sonntag, 9406 N. 107th St., Milwaukee 53224.


    Indicate if you are signing up for golf and dinner, golf only, or dinner only.



    60th Anniversary Labor Day Weekend Picnic
    Wirth Park Sun. September 2, Noon – 6 pm

    The huge 60th Anniversary Celebration concludes with a fun Labor Day Weekend picnic on Sun., September 2, at Wirth Park, Area #9, from noon till 6 pm, with sheepshead, bocce ball, cribbage, bean bags, and a variety of other games and just plain fun talking, laughing, visiting, and enjoying food, beverages, and camaraderie.


    Bring your own food, drinks, utensils, plates, chairs, grills, games, and other items for the picnic. If you would, please bring a dish or dessert or snacks to share on the Share Table


    Enter Wirth Park from the road next to the railroad tracks about two blocks north of North Ave. on Pilgrim Rd. Head west to the turn of the road where Area #9 is identified with a sign and with a large pavilion shelter. A restroom and swimming area are right across from our picnic area and tennis courts are also available almost across the street from our area


    There is no charge to attend and enjoy this 60th Anniversary culmination party. Just show up and have a great time. Questions? Call Ron Sonntag, Anniversary Chairman, at 414-788-4907.