Interrelated Contents Taken From “A Background Essay”
Written For the Club’s 50th Anniversary Party, May 1, 2010
When Jug & Mug began as a singles social group in 1960, Dwight D. Eisenhower was in the White House, Elvis Presley’s latest hit was “It’s Now or Never,” and Michigan’s governor was G. Mennen “Soapy” Williams.
Jim Foote, son of a Lansing car dealer, started it all with three skiing friends: Tom McDonald, Dick Zimmerman, and George Kuhn. Kuhn recalls that Foote came up with the “Jug & Mug” name to symbolize a good-time spirit.
Word of mouth brought together about 40 single men and women to the first organizational meeting in the Elks Club on downtown Allegan Street, according to Roger Boettcher, an early member.
Since then, Lansing’s Jug & Mug Ski Club has taken to the snowy slopes, bars, dance halls, house parties, resorts, casinos and softball fields for year-round fellowship with other singles.
Singles met and married over the years. Nevertheless “Stay Single and Ski” remains the Club’s sassy motto.
Several of those married and exiled formed their own social wing, which continues today as the Hearth and Hill Ski Club.
The Jug & Mug Ski Club continues to offer social activities during all four seasons for singles that are 21 years of age.
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