This past Saturday evening I conducted my last business meeting at The Point Waterfront Restaurant. It was an evening filled with fun, lots of laughs and fellowship among our members. Here's some of the really fun things I got to do:
I had the privilege of swearing in two new members. New members are the lifeblood of any club. They bring fresh ideas and add to an already great club. Our mantra is to have fun and that's what we do.
Our club won the first Harter Gail Force Wind award. Now this is a really big deal. There are 107 clubs in PICYA and we are one of those clubs. Each club vied for this award and it was based on the donations that each member gave to RBOC. This award is geared to help the smaller clubs to have a shot at winning. The current president of RBOC is Dr. Linda Bendsen who is also a member of Delta Marina Yacht Club. She got to present this award, but didn't know who the recipient was until the cover came off the award. To say that our club is thrilled is an understatement. Having received this award on Dr. Bendsen's watch is even better.
I got to say thank you publicly to all the officers and board of directors for their hard work all year long. I've been blessed with a great group of people to work with. They dug in and got the work done and had fun along the way. They were supportive of each other and there wasn't any infighting about anything.
I got to talk about the flag officers (those that really do lots of work) and recap the year and all their hard work. They did an outstanding job getting the work done and adding new and fun things into each event.
I got to rib our port captain who had some interesting experiences on our cruise to Driftwood Yacht Club. Our vice commodore had an issue with his boat and we came to his aid by side tying him to our boat in anticipation of towing him into Driftwood YC. Our port captain who is responsible for getting all the boats in to the cruises came along side to see if he could help. He couldn't so he said he would hurry to Driftwood so he could assist us in getting our boats in. He powered up! Big!!! and gave us a wake that wouldn't quit. Bless his heart. When we rounded the bend we saw our port captains boat way out of the channel and stuck. He had the smallest boat so none of us could go help him. He finally got free, and one of the other boats got close enough to hook to him and tow him in.
During our September meeting the port captain had a report for the flags and Board of Directors. "Plot your course. Stay in the channel, and don't wake the commodore when she is towing the vice commodore."
On December 2, 2011 I will step down as commodore of Delta Marina Yacht Club and will spend next year as the staff commodore. This is an advisory position. But I'm not done with going through the chairs. Check Thursdays post on what I'll be doing next year.