New 2016 Birchleggings Club Clothing Available Now! Don't miss the Annual Awards Banquet on February 21st at The Steakhouse & Lodge in Hayward from 09:00-11:00am!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Birchleggings Club 2016 Annual Awards Breakfast Meeting - February 21, 2016

The Birchleggings Club 2016 Annual Awards Breakfast Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, February 21, 2016 at The Steakhouse & Lodge in Hayward, Wisconsin from 09:00-11:00am!









The address is:

15860 T Bone Lane
Hayward, WI 54843
GPS Coordinates: 46.002364, -91.486133
(off of Route 27 South of Hayward)

Phone Number: 715-934-4411

The Breakfast Price is $10 payable at the door.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Tony Wise Museum of the American Birkebeiner Partners with Birchleggings Club for Museum Exhibitions

This was just published in the December Holiday Edition of the American Birkebeiner Carpe Skiem.

Gale Otterholt, Birchleggings Club President, Tom Rowley, Vice President, and John Kotar, Board Member and Birkie Founder present ABSF Executive Director Ben Popp with a check for $2,000 for exhibits at the Tony Wise Museum of the American Birkebeiner. The Club has joined forces with ABSF to raise money for the Museum in a unique way that will help the Club grow and build support for the museum.

For more than 15 years the Birchleggings Club has worked with the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation to honor skiers at the Birchleggers Sunday Breakfast with awards for 20, 30 and 40 years of racing. Additionally, the Club provides the Tony Wise Award in recognition of contributions to the growth and success of the race, and has provided the funds for the warming hut at Mosquito Brook Road. Now the Club has another feather in its (ski) cap: a $2,000 gift to the Tony Wise Museum of the American Birkebeiner, scheduled to open in 2016. “I am proud and excited that the Birchleggings Club can be part of this project,” said Gale Otterholt, Club President. “It meshes with our mission so well, which in part is to enhance the race traditions of the American Birkebeiner.”

In addition to the Club’s gift, the Club’s Board of Directors has been involved in an effort to seek individual gifts for the Museum from all skiers who have skied twenty or more Birkebeiners. As an incentive, donors of $100 or more – called Museum Founders – will receive a one-year complimentary membership in the Club. “This is a win-win for all of us,” continued Otterholt. “Our Club is growing with a significant number of new members, Club members are renewing their membership early, and we’re getting in on the ground floor of something big – a museum that will honor our race and its legacy.”

Those who took advantage of the complimentary membership offer will be included in the Club’s own membership drive incentives, which includes drawings for prizes, including race-day parking passes. In early November, letters were sent to all skiers who’ve completed 20 or more Birkebeiners. Please contact the ABSF (715-634-5025) if you did not receive a letter, or need a replacement or other information. Contributions may be made at www.birkie.com/museum. In addition to the aforementioned perks, Museum Founders will be permanently recognized in the Museum, and receive a nifty plaque, a nice addition to those twenty, thirty, and forty year awards in one’s trophy case.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

2016 Birchleggings Club Clothing Now Available!

The 2016 Birchleggings Club Clothing is now available in the Birchleggings Store. Click here or go to the Website Navigation Menu and click on Birchleggings store.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Birchleggings Club Membership Drive!

Birchleggings Club Membership Drive!

Join during our membership drive from Dec 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016 and become eligible for fine prizes in our random drawing.

 How do I get my name into the drawing? Pay Birchleggings Club dues for 2016 by January 31, 2016 and your name will be put into the drawing. See the Membership Menu.

What are the Prices?

 2   Grand prizes – 2016 race day parking passes
15   Other prizes – choice of Birchlegger ball cap, ski hat or T-shirt

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Celebration of Joan Pedersen's Life - November 18, 2015

We are very sorry to communicate the passing of Joan Pedersen, wife of Birchlegger Paul Pedersen, who has completed 31 American Birkebeiner ski races. 

On behalf of the Birchleggings community we wish to express our deepest sympathy to Paul and his family. 


A Celebration of Joan's life will be held on Wednesday. Nov. 18, 2015 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM, at the Lumberjack Steakhouse off of Highway 27 at 15860 T Bone Lane, Hayward, Wisconsin 54843.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Outdoor Ventures Offering Special Discount to Birchleggings Club Members!


Outdoor Ventures has just announced that it is offering a 20% discount on all regularly priced skis, boots and poles to Birchleggings Club members. You must show your membership card and be current with your club dues to take advantage of this offer!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Birchleggings Club Annual 2015 Meeting and Board of Directors Election - November 14, 2015

Birchleggings Club Annual 2015 Meeting and Board of Directors Election

Per the bylaws of The Birchleggings Club Inc, one-third of the 9 Directors are to be elected each year at our annual meeting.

This year, the nominees for the Board election are the three incumbents – Gail Otterholt, Jim Tenorio, and Tom Rowley.

The Birchleggings Club Inc annual meeting will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 1:00pm CST. All members are welcome to attend. Address is:

5340 Harold St
Eau Claire WI 54701 

Method of Voting.

(a) Absentee Ballots. Download and print the Official Ballot and mail to Dave Balsiger (address below).  Your name must appear on the envelope for voter registration purposes. Completed ballots must be received by November 4, 2014.

(b) In person. Individuals who choose not to vote by absentee ballot may cast their vote in person at the Annual Meeting.

(c) Proxies. There are no votes by proxy.


Mail ballots to:
Dave Balsiger
5703 Lincoln Rd
Oregon WI  53575

Questions to: dbalsiger@aol.com

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