What a spectacular Commodore’s banquet! The committee members have received rave reviews… good food, not too much talking by the Commodore, beautiful room decorations and a really fun group of people. This event was very well attended with everyone dressed up for the occasion – it’s really nice to see how well we all clean up.
During cocktails we enjoyed some really high quality entertainment: Onofrio Virdo, an excellent guitar player who seemed to have just the right pieces of music to fit the mood of the room.
We awarded two senior life pins: the first to Roger Kell, skipper of Miss Conduct and chair of our membership committee; and the second to Nick Riemann, devoted “R” boat skipper of the recently beautifully renovated Diana. Congratulations gentlemen!
We also awarded Past Commodore Keith Morley the Addie Muerkoester trophy for volunteer effort above and beyond the call of duty. Keith has been a tireless volunteer this year, in addition to his duties on the finance committee, he stepped in and volunteered as our board secretary at the time that we had no GM. Thank you Keith!
The dance band, Amélie et les Singes Bleus, had just as varied a repertoire. Some great musicians playing along with a really good singer – I thought at times that I was listening to Edith Piaf.
People just danced on and didn’t want to go home. Thanks very much to VC house Linda Morley and her committee for all her efforts, my lovely wife Anne Blais and my awesome daughter Gabrielle for the table décor and special blue, navy and white Christmas tree. Also thank you Karen Ford for your M.C. work.
I would like to share with you some news that delighted me; match racing team National Yacht Club are ranked 1st place in Canada, 4th place in North America and 46th place in the World. This is an amazing achievement, we recently presented the team with the Cope trophy for their efforts in bringing international recognition to our yacht club, next time you see these folk please congratulate them: Chris Clarke, Magnus Sandberg, Jason Hearst, Keith Hearst and Tristen Story.
Please mark your calendars; our next important member event is NYC’s annual general meeting on December 9th. Some of you may think “well I don’t really need to go; we have already decided to stay with the current board of directors”. Although they have all been elected by acclamation, I still urge you to attend as there are a number of motions up for discussion and we would really like to have member input on them.
One motion in particular deals with a realistic attempt to have a dock fee structure that is more equitable. This is long overdue as some members are being charged far more than their fare share for their docks, and we would like to rectify this. One of the reasons National is a special place is because our members participate so please come to express your views and vote.
There are many folk in need especially during the holiday season, let’s do what we can to help the underprivileged so please remember to contribute to National’s Annual Food Drive, donations can be placed in the dingy in our lobby let exceed last year’s donations.
See you at the AGM!
Denys Jones, Commodore