|The Holidays are on us – a time of celebration, for reminiscence about meaningful events in our lives over the past year and for looking forward to the promise of a new year. As the new Commodore I look forward to growing into the role with the assistance of our current and past members of the board as well as the rest of our SWYC community. Should you have any thoughts you wish to share, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or to one of the board members for a chat.
SWYC Organizational News
Congratulations to our award recipients. Katy Shaner was selected as this year’s Founder’s Award recipient – a much deserved recognition of the creativity and time she’s contributed in finding interesting speakers for our monthly member programs and as the leader for the Kayaking interest group. The McArthur Award went to a team of volunteers who reconditioned a floating dock for use by the YSA sailing program. Congratulations to team “Bismarck”.
Thanks again to all who stepped up to plan this year’s event.
As announced during the Commodores Ball the new Flag Officers are myself, Peter Grimlund – Commodore; Bruce Morris – Vice Commodore; Dan Mooney – Rear Commodore; Patty Maxfield – Secretary; Barbara Grimlund – Treasurer. At Large Members; John Gibson, Jake Levitt, Kathy Rodgers, Stark Scott and Katy Shaner. Commodore Emeritus, Jim Rogers will continue to provide his advice and counsel as an ex officio board member. My appreciation to all these volunteers who have agreed to serve.
I wish to personally thank Martha Ford for her years of service working “undercover” as the “Bilgerat”. With her transition off the board, we are in the process of redistributing her responsibilities to others. Barb Grimlund will add “Bilgerat” to her title and assume some of Martha’s member communications functions and support for co-membership chairs Kathy Rodgers and Debra Richardson’s activities. Sue Gibson will take responsibility for another critical piece of Martha’s previous role – managing the SWYachtClub.org web site content.
If you have content that you would like to share with our community, please reach out to Bilgerat to review. Bilgerat@swyachtclub.org
Looking Forward – Meetings and Speakers
We are beginning the process of pulling together our 2022 calendar of events. There are eight (8) monthly meetings where we feature a presentation. We need everyone’s help to keep these presentations coming.
Suggestions can be emailed to Rear Commodore, Dan Mooney who’s in charge of programs. firstname.lastname@example.org
We anticipate being able to continue our in-person meetings at the Greenbank Progressive Club. We encourage you to come in person to the meetings to renew old friendships and make new ones with our newer members. However, if you are unable to make it or are uncomfortable attending larger gatherings, you can still participate by dialing in electronically via Zoom.
As a reminder, the annual Christmas Party will be held at the Greenbank Progressive Club on Wednesday, December 15. The planning group still could use a few more volunteers to show up an hour early to help decorate the hall. If you can help, please reach out to Katy Shaner.
Looking Forward – Interest Groups
Looking Forward – Membership
And with that, thank you for your trust in me as the new Commodore. I know, I was the only choice on the ballot, but you could have written someone else in. I hope to see more of you while cruising on our Boston Whaler 305 Conquest or enjoying a peaceful paddle with the kayaking folks. While not currently a sailor, I am sure there will be those of my peers who will succeed in getting me out on a sailboat once or twice.
Wishing you all the Best during this Season of Holidays.