Friday, January 18, 2013

Safety Officer's Update


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This is your Safety Dude signing off.
Mark Sechler

Thursday, January 17, 2013

From the Commodore

Happy New Year! Now that 2012 is in our rear view mirror, I would like to take the opportunity to reflect on some of the accomplishments of last year. 2012 was the first full year that Caliente Isle Yacht Club went without a home base or club house. None of us knew how this first year would turn out, but we all were pleased with our success. This success was largely due to the efforts of our 2012 Commodore, Colette Curtis-Brown. Colette worked tirelessly to make sure we stayed on point and worked endless hours on the membership survey, among other things, to ensure we were satisfying a majority of the memberships needs.

We had so many great events and cruise outs last year that a slight majority of our membership now favors a cruising club model over a land based model. That said, your 2013 board will be open to suggestions and will certainly bring any new ideas for establishing a new home base if practicable, to the membership.  Our fleet captains, Curt & Marsha Hayes, Ted & Jo Anne Lyman, Dave Peck, Chip Maguire, and Michelle Young did a fantastic job of scheduling events that helped us remain an active YC. Curt & Marsha certainly came up with some interesting games to keep us all engaged. Where the heck did you guys find all those ideas anyway? We also built up our treasury so we have a little wiggle room should we find a viable home base option.  I would like to especially thank Janice Page for all her hard work setting up and running the raffles. Without her hard work, our working capital would be a lot smaller.

Our staff commodore, Kim Sechler, managed to get a full slate of officers and staff for 2013. Great job Kim. One of the things your board will undertake this year is the updating of our by laws to reflect current conditions.  More information will be forthcoming on this issue. The calendar that is reflected on our website will be updated as additional cruises/events are planned. For instance, we have already added a cruise out to one of our favorite spots, The Rusty Porthole, on April13th so save the date to ensure you make this one. I’m sure there will be some impromptu cruises or anchor outs as the weather gets nicer.

I look forward to serving as your Commodore in 2013!

Diane Shoff

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Eight Bells for Andy Desin

August 31, 1930 -  December 2, 2012

For those who knew Andy, you remember all the good times we had together.  Embracing boating for the first time he and his wife, Deanna ("the Salty Broad") took advantage of every opportunity to explore the Delta and Bay with our yacht club.  Andy loved meeting new people and knew how to warm the souls of good friends both old and new.  A quiet and gentle spirit, he had "the aura" and will be missed by many.  Here's to you Captain Andy.  May you have fair winds and following seas.