About Us

Volunteers

Winter Club is not-for-profit volunteer organization with a rich history in Indianapolis.  Our skaters, parents, coaches and families all work hard to continue that tradition.  Listed below are a few key ways that you can get involved:

  • Ambassadors (help the instructors during LTS classes)
  • Learn to Skate Desk 
  • Ice Monitors during Winter Club freestyle session
  • Winter Wonderland Recital

Detailed infomation on Volunteer oportunities is available on the “Volunteer Opportunities” page.

Board of Directors

Ashley Mullin, President (president@winterclubindy.com)

Laura Haggenjos, Vice President (vicepresident@winterclubindy.com)

Louise (L) Pay -Secretary (website@winterclubindy.com)

Susan DeHart, Treasurer (treasurer@winterclubindy.com)

Laura Haynie, Membership Chair (membership@winterclubindy.com)

Aubrie Scott, Test Chair

Michelle Study-Campbell, Compliance Chair​

Pauline Coderre, Board Member

Joanne McAnlis, Board Member

Jessica Sheplavy, Board Member

Meeting minutes 2019-2020

Please join us for a board meeting anytime! Contact any board member for location and time.

 A BRIEF HISTORY OF WINTER CLUB 

1939

The Coliseum was constructed and ice was installed.​

1940 

The Free Skating Club formed, and then was renamed Winter Club of Indianapolis. Joined U.S. Figure Skating Association in January 1941.​

1940

Olympic champion Sonja Henie starred in ice shows in the Coliseum and many other cities.​

1953 

Cynthia Hanson, 17, was the first Winter Club member to pass the gold figure and freestyle test.  Soon after, John Allen was the first WC member to pass the gold dance test.​

1955 

Daniel Ryan, National dance champion and World bronze medalist, and his wife, Rose Ann, joined the professional staff at the Coliseum, making the rink a mecca for dancers from across the country. ​

1961 

A plane crash in Belgium killed the entire U.S. World Figure Skating Team, including coach Danny Ryan and his students, U.S. dance champions Larry Pierce and Diane Sherbloom.​

1962

Ron Ludington, Olympic pairs bronze medalist, started coaching at the Coliseum.  His students included Sandy and Judy Schwomeyer and their dance partners, and Pieter Kollen and his partners, who won National medals in dance and pairs.    

1963 

Explosion during Holiday on Ice show in the Coliseum killed 74 and injured dozens more.​

1964 

Darlene Streich and Charles Fetter Jr. became U.S. ice dance champions and finished eighth at Worlds. ​

1968 

Judy Schwomeyer and Jim Sladky, National dance champions, skated an exhibition at the Olympics in Grenoble, France, helping to make ice dancing an Olympic event.​

1970 

Judy Schwomeyer and Jim Sladky won the silver medal in ice dancing at the World Championships, missing the title by one-tenth of a point. The couple won Nationals five times, medaled at Worlds four times and were elected to USFS Hall of Fame in 1991.​

1976

Sandy Schwomeyer Lamb coached U.S. ice dancers in the first Olympic ice dance competition in Innsbruck, Austria.​

1977

Kelley Morris and Michael Seibert trained at Winter Club en route to winning U.S. junior dance championship.​

1982

U.S. Figure Skating Championships were held in Indianapolis with help from local skating clubs and civic groups.​

1983

Sandy Lamb was elected president of the Professional Skaters Association. She also helped create local, national, and international skating events for Special Olympians.​

1985

The first Puck, a black Labrador, took up residence at the Coliseum Skate Shop.​

1986 

Winter Club and other Indianapolis groups helped to sponsor USFS’s Celebration on Ice, a star-studded ice show marking the 25th anniversary of the plane crash. ​

1989

Lesle Lane and Rob Ferendo competed in junior dance at Nationals.​

1990 

WC hosted the Indy Challenge Summer Dance Competition with Indiana/World Skating Academy. Over 20 years, the event evolved into one of the world’s largest pairs competition.​

1991

Winter Club’s 50th anniversary ice show included guest skaters Judyand Jim SladkyKelley Morris and Donald Adair, and Michelle Millikan.

1995 

Patty Hagen led a team of local coaches to produce a book, Figure Skating: Sharpen Your Skills.​

2001 

Laura Page and Joel Dear competed in novice dance at Nationals.​

2007

Kelley Morris-Adair served as PSA president until 2010.​

2010 

International Special Olympics competitors Shannon Lamb and Katie Crawford were the first athletes to complete the USFS Special Olympics gold dance test.​

2011

Sandy Lamb contributed mementos to the USFS documentary Rise, produced on the 50th anniversary of the 1961 plane crash that killed her first coach.​

2011 

Sarah King won the gold medal in the preliminary level at National Solo Dance Championships.​

2012 

The Coliseum was closed for $63 million renovation.​

2013

Youth Arena was opened next to the Coliseum and Winter Club moved in. Patty Hagen and Kelley Morris-Adair helped produce the PSA history book, The Joy of Coaching. Rachel Stropky and Isabel Blahunka competed at National Showcase.​

2014 

The Coliseum reopened. Viola Grace Smitman and Isabel Blahunka (third straight year) competed at the National Solo Dance Championships. Erin Giesler, Emma Leonard and Rachel Stropky qualified for National Showcase. Sandy Lamb was inducted into the PSA Hall of Fame. ​

2015 

Isabel Blahunka and Will Shawver won juvenile dance at Midwesterns and placed sixth at Nationals. 

Not all skaters mentioned were Winter Club members. Sources: Winter Club scrapbooks and conversations with members. Submit corrections or additions to Patty Hagen.