Bill Anderson, 82, of Beverly, said he was able to join about 43 years ago because he worked at a marketing firm for newspapers. He had to work nights and weekends, so his boss let him take Wednesdays off. He retired when he was 66 but went to work a few years later at another company — after negotiating Wednesdays off.
“It’s been a great activity for me and one that is very, very important,” Anderson said. “It keeps you going.”
This is also a group that loves to laugh and often enjoys ribbing each other. On the ride home, before the movie started, club member Tony Ciruolo, 58, of Danvers, stood at the front of the bus and held up his cellphone — club president Larry DeLorenzo was on the line from Florida. “It’s Larry’s birthday,” Ciruolo, who owns Sam and Joe’s Restaurant in Danvers, announced. “Drinks are on Larry!” The bus cheered.
And then came a good-natured shout from the back of the bus: “Tell him he missed the best day of the year.”
Anyone interested in joining the ski club can call George Ropes at 978-468-3670. A $320 membership covers the bus trips. Members get a reduced group rate — and those over 80 usually get a free pass — at the slopes.
Mark Micheli can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.