Starting this month the Secretary, Jim Fenn will publish summary Board Minutes in the Tell Tale. Our goal is to keep members as informed as possible about the workings of the Board and the issues and solutions the Board deals with. Knowing the facts will help everyone work together.
In the following months we will provide summary Treasurer's reports in the Tell Tale. Again we want you to understand how the Squadron is being run.
Hello from Cape Cod, Massachusetts! It is very difficult to believe that the summer has passed so quickly. Noreen and I are looking forward to seeing everyone again at the beginning of October!
I hope all of our members had a great summer season. I know that the Squadron's new summer program activities helped in that regard. A special thanks to Ken Nolan, Vice Commodore, Miriam Staveley, Fleet Captain-Operations, and our directors Jonathan Phillips and John Drury for their creativity and efforts to make this new initiative successful.
Hello from the frozen north (Bass River, Massachusetts)! Cape Cod Bay and Nantucket Sound are still cold from the wintertime so there is an evening chill in the air. Noreen is freezing but the ice in my veins helps me. We have a needed fire in the fireplace as I write this brief message.
The View Astern
The April 10, 2016 Shark's Tooth Regatta was very well received with great sailing and events afterwards. See more concerning this annual event in the Fleet Captain - Sail report below.
We are completing our First Watch under the Standing Committee concept and I am very pleased to report the concept and its practice has been quite successful. Our first committee, the Membership Committee, under the able leadership of Ken Nolan, has been a great success as evidenced by our new membership total of 110! Further, these able volunteers have been a wealth of talent which we have been mining quite extensively, much to the chagrin of Ken who has the formidable task of replacing these valuable contributors
Happy Spring to all! As a native of the Frozen North I am now getting accustomed to fine weather all winter long. No longer do I get as excited about the arrival of the Spring season as I did years ago. That is, years ago when the rising strength of the sun warmed my pale face while shoveling the driveway for the umpteenth time. Or was that warmth from the exertion of shoveling? Well, whatever, let us count our blessings!
Although it has never stopped me, I normally have nothing of interest to say each month. This month is an exception. We have had, and will continue to have, a lot of sailing activities going on so let me summarize:
Happy New Year Sailors! The year 2016 is indeed a happy year for the Venice Sailing Squadron! Vicki Solomon’s Holiday Party starting the season was an overwhelming, success as evidenced by the many toe-tapping fools still up dancing and laughing at 10:00 PM closing time (your Commodore included). Further, the impact the extraordinary work of Ken Nolan and his Membership Committee is having a major positive impact on new member enrollments and new member initiatives. We are now up to 96 members and rising. Vice Commodore Lou Salhany has really stepped up to the Acting Fleet Captain-Cruising function with new cruising initiatives and alternatives that will make this winter and spring exciting for our cruising sailors