2019 January Commodore’s Column

Happy New Year!

As we welcome 2019, it’s given me time to ponder what this year will mean to me personally as well as to PTYC. It’s a time to reflect on the past and look toward a bright future. I say that because of two important events happening at the club this month. One is the Change of Watch (COW) and second is the Cruise, Event and Watch Planning Meeting for the upcoming year. These two events are very special since they give us an opportunity to look both at past successes and future endeavors.

One of things that struck me when I first became a member, and first attended a COW, was that it was not only about the outgoing board and the incoming board, but the long-term commitment of our members. What was most obvious when I looked out at the members present was the depth of experience that the Past Commodores and their spouses have provided for the club over the years. Another thing that struck me was how incredibly welcoming the people who’ve been members for many years were to newbies like Christina and me. We’re both looking forward to this year’s COW on January 19th to honor our club’s past, present and future.

The second event that’s so important this month is our Cruise, Event and Watch Planning Meeting on January 26th. This leads the way for what our club will be doing in the coming year. It’s not only about cruises or events, but it’s laying out a road map for our future adventures together. For those of you who haven’t attended a planning meeting, it’s a great opportunity, if not for the free coffee and goodies, to enjoy the camaraderie of creating new experiences and fun for our members. This is the time when we look forward to people stepping up to be cruise captains, event captains, watch captains and crew. And a time to brainstorm about destinations we want to travel to and events that will bring us together.

I encourage all of you to attend these two functions to help steer the direction of the club. Like it’s been said many times before, this is your club, and your input and support are essential to its success.

Here’s a toast to a great 2019! I’m truly honored to be your Commodore this year.

Commodore Jim Pivarnik