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St. Paul Ski Club holds Hall of Fame inductions — Myhras of Lake Elmo go in
A pair to draw to
It hadn’t snowed in months but that didn’t stop the storied St. Paul Ski Club from hosting its annual Hall of Fame induction ceremonies Sept. 14.
It was a festive affair at the North St. Paul American Legion hall, and three new members joined the ranks of those enshrined in the club, which traces its beginning back to 1885.
Longtime members Jack and LeeAnn Myhra of Lake Elmo made their way into the elite ski jumping organization’s Hall of Fame.
A new category, established a year ago, honors SPSC honorary members. Recipients are presented with an honorary lifetime membership to the club, as well as a copy of the book “On Wings of Wood - History of the first 100 years of the St. Paul Ski Club”
The 2013 Hall of Fame honorary member inductee was Sue Denney. For years Denney has been an active participant in the Itasca Ski and Outing Club of Coleraine.
Headline speaker for the evening was Signe Jordet, director of sports development for USA Ski Jumping.
Listed below are excerpts from each of the 2013 citations.
Lee Ann Myhra
Throughout the years, Lee Ann Myhra has been a tireless volunteer worker on behalf of the St. Paul Ski Club.
During tournaments and holiday training camps, Lee Ann managed the concessions stands. She was in charge of ordering, cleaning up and, in general, everything associated with the successful operation of concessions.
In the past, Lee Ann was a driving force in the operations of the St. Paul Ski Club Junior program. She was responsible for junior club activities and was in charge of registering participants during the St. Paul Ski Club’s junior jumping scheduled meets.
She is a member of the St. Paul Educational Foundation board of directors.
Lee Ann was a pioneering individual in what turned out to be a highly successful U.S. Women’s Ski Jumping program.
She was the chairperson for the Central Division Junior programs and a member of the Central Division Panel.
At an early age, Jack Myhra became a junior ski jumper with the St. Paul Ski Club, and he has been with the club ever since.
Jack continues to offer his time and talents as member of the board of directors of the St. Paul Educational Foundation.
He has donated countless hours to the club as a “track cutter” on the various ski jumps at the club’s Carver’s Lake Nordic ski jumping complex.
He does work as a snow maker, hill groomer and bobcat operator. He also donates and installs sod.
He works on the many tournaments held during the ski jumping seasons, and he finds time in his busy schedule to be a regular volunteer during the ski club’s Christmas holiday training camps.
He shows up for the tournaments and donates his time as a hill marker. For many years he chauffeured carloads of kids to out-of-town tournaments.
His talents and work ethic brought him to the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, where his abilities garnered him a position on the hill preparation team.
He also was a pioneer in the early efforts of the U.S. Women’s Ski Jumping program.
Sue Denney was a panel member and a coordinator for the Central Division for several years.
She became a member of the St. Paul Ski Club when two of her children - Garrett and Karl - were active as junior ski jumpers.
In 2002, during the time the Itasca Ski and Outing Club hosted the Junior National Nordic competitions, she was a catalyst for many of the activities.
Many years she opened her home to visiting ski jumpers - both juniors and seniors - from throughout the country. During these times she cooked lavish meals and baked cookies that were readily consumed by the many visitors who were fortunate enough to be a part her get-togethers
She raised a “ski jumping family” and has continued to be a great ambassador for the sport.
She has been a mentor to parents new to the world of ski jumping, and taught them the “ins and outs” of becoming active participants.
Hey RUTH, you hang in there!