2014 December Commodore’s Column “2014 — A Great Year”

Macy 1Thank you so much for making 2014 a great year for me. I have enjoyed working for you and with you and representing the club. I have loved my year as Commodore probably because it was much like my career working for non-profits – mostly in management and marketing of symphony orchestras. I guess I continue to enjoy brainstorming, planning, budgeting, organizing, writing, meeting, marketing, and cheerleading! Now, I am ready to move on and pass the conn to incoming Commodore Gerry Walsh.

Thanks for all your support! It was a joy to get a resounding yes when asking someone to help! The programs were great, the watches full, the cruises well organized and attended, and parties filled and sold-out in some cases. We are richly blessed with so many active members, that we are sometimes overflowing the clubhouse. The Board is already looking at ways to make sure our members can enjoy all our club has to offer – and is always happy to hear your suggestions.

One of the great pleasures this year was welcoming our 16 new member families—Michael Bateman; John Blakemore & Pamela Thompson; Brandy & Oleathia Buntin & daughter, Genoa; Tom & Marie Cawrse; Steve Froggett; Jamie & Brena Hayashi, Jim Heckmann & Karen Ridings; Glen Hellman & Ann Heyerdahl; Bruce & Diana Klock; Craig & Marie Muma; Robert & Martha Olbrych; Jack & Barb Parent; Kevin Peters & Sally Gadow; Jim & Christina Pivarnik; Bill & Margaret Taylor; and Tom & Val Thurston (see photos pp. 10-11). They bring a wealth of boating and life experiences that will enrich the club in the coming years.   Bill and I look forward to getting to know everyone. We encourage new people to join in a cruise. It is such a great way to get to meet members in a small group setting, in addition to the just plain fun of cruising.

The Board was so supportive and gave good advice to me when it was needed.   What a fun group: Kathy Loika was so good I thought we should appoint her Secretary for life; Gerry Walsh always had a smile and a nice way of rewriting everything I gave him;

Bruce Painter kept the fleet moving to wonderful harbors because they were all new to him since relocating from Alaska; Mike Smith was amazing in keeping the club maintained and filled with renters – especially Weight Watchers; Craig Cholvin not only kept the books but was our lock picker and resident locksmith; Rick Rezinas organized this year’s Change of Watch and Opening Day breakfast and spearheaded getting new LED lights; and finally Jess Schefstrom and Beth Burson took on specific trustee responsibilities for the first time. Jess handled reciprocals and Beth organized our seminars. Thanks to them and thanks to all the other wonderful people who worked behind the scenes on maintenance, photography, publicity, ship stores, garage sale and much more. I have tried to highlight and thank those people in Bravo Zulu each month, but may have missed some.

So this is my last Baggy Commodore’s column, my last Board meeting was a couple of days ago, and my last General Meeting as Commodore will be December 9th.   It should be a fun evening – Key City Public Theatre will give us a little holiday revue and the business meeting looks to be short. I look forward to seeing everyone there. In January Bill and I can cruise off into the sunset on LADY. No, really, I look forward to my supporting role as Past Commodore on Gerry’s board. Happy holidays!

Tug on,           Macy Galbreath, Commodore