September Commodore’s Column

As I sit down to write this column after a two month vacation I am struck with how active we are during the summer.  One new thing about this summer that stands out as unusual is that four new family members joined (due to the new bylaws recently passed) during the time when we did not have a general meeting.  A big congratulations goes out to the membership committee lead by Rick Rezinas and Macy Galbreath.

The second great thing was the three great lunch cruises. They were well attended and  everyone had a great time.  Again a big congratulations goes out to Carl Sidle Cruise Captain and Macy and Bill for the Port Gamble lunch cruise,  Rick and Sandy Rezinas for the Port Ludlow lunch cruise and Mike and Nancy Machette with Char and Jim Quandt for the Kala Point lunch cruise. We have had great participation from our newer members for these events.

Our normal activity cruises came off as planned with very good participation from our members.  Big thanks goes out to Carl and Sue Sidle for the Pleasant Harbor cruise in June to kick off the summer.  Some boats even continued south to Alderbrook to extend this great cruise.  Gerry and Cindy Walsh hosted a great time for those that went to Fisherman Bay in early July.  The Reid Harbor 4th of July cruise hosted by Mike and Barb Soskin and Ken and Ila Mikkelsen was very special with more food to eat than we needed and a great decorated dinghy parade.  If you have never attended this cruise I would recommend it highly.

We did have one social at the club house in July where Mary Ann and I showed our Africa pictures.  We would like to thank Darrell and Cindy Olson; Houlton and Duane Madinger; Char and Jim Quandt and Gerry and Cindy Walsh for helping with this evening.

I would like to introduce our new members that have joined since our June meeting:  Gary and Nancy Fredrick; Tom and Patti Biazzo; Mike Heckinger and Kris Easterday; and Bruce and Kathy Painter.  They all have met some of us at one location or another. We all looking forward to visiting with you and finding out your varied interests at our regular meetings.

I would like to thank Galen and Shelly Peterson and Char and Jim Quandt for being the Watch at our June regular meeting and also for hosting an off-site June Social—a Sea Shanty Sing-Along at the Northwest Maritime Center.

I am going to end on a sad note about our longtime member, Dave Frazeur, who passed over the bar.  A Memorial service will be held at the Point Wilson Lighthouse, Fort Worden at noon on September 15.

Vince Verneuil, Commodore