March 2019 Commodore’s Column: The “AYES” of March!

As the snow thaws and spring heats up, there are plenty of exciting things on the horizon at PTYC. Coming off a very successful planning meeting in January, our engaged members proved you could think outside the box with new ideas for cruises and events for the coming year.

With that in mind, the first event of the year was the FUNdraiser and games night for our successful Scholarship Program. The Scholarship Committee has worked tirelessly to promote marine-related education for our rising stars. This committee presently needs new members in order to keep their efforts thriving. Please contact Paul Eisenhardt, if you’re interested in helping. The event this year raised $1,690, which is a great way to begin the 2019 scholarship funding season and it was a lot of fun. For those of you not in attendance, playing reverse charades was hilarious! Thank you to all who helped make the night such a success.

Due to a scheduling conflict, we’ve moved the Seminars and Chili Cook-off to Saturday, March 30th. Check out the seminar info in this issue. This is the perfect opportunity to show off your grandmother’s favorite chili recipe or the tried-and-true family favorite. We’re looking forward to tasting them all. Please sign up online for both the Seminars and Chili Cook-off…and there will be prizes and a crown for the best chili!   Continue reading

2019 February Commodore Column: Rock Stars Abound

Five years ago, when we joined PTYC, I didn’t know much about the club operations or how things got done, or for that matter what things got done. It just seemed like everything worked magically. Going into my fourth year on the board, I’ve realized what it takes to make PTYC such an amazing club.

I stated in the general meeting in January, that the 2019 board are rock stars. I’m sure other Commodores have felt the same way over the years. Upon further reflection, that’s only the beginning. The hundreds of hours put into standing committees, which include advertising support and writing the Baggywrinkle, communicating with members in need, technology and website care, overseeing our investments and the amazing scholarship committee who raised nearly $10,000 to help students in their pursuit of a maritime career; not to mention all the watches, cruises and events where members give so generously of their time and all work together to keep the club running smoothly. And how cool is it to see newer members step up to fill positions that have been handled for years by longstanding members? It all seems like it’s orchestrated in perfect harmony. Continue reading

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