This is my last communication with you as Commodore. It is amazing at how fast the past year has gone by! It was a year that saw significant achievements, including written procedures for the Membership Committee, an improved racing program, enhanced financial reporting and the development of all the summer programs.
It is important to remember that the squadron has a blend of objectives from pure racing to pure social and our survival depends on creating a balance between the two. In any case our members must be able to participate in what they feel is appropriate for them.
The Change of Watch will be held on Sunday May 21st at the pavilion at the North Jetty. It will be catered as last year. All the details will be available as we get closer to the date. I would suggest that if you are here in the Venice area, you should attend. This is your opportunity to vote on the officers, directors and budget for the upcoming year. It is also a good time to socialize with other members before the summer.
The budget has been included in this issue of Tell Tail. The key item is that we are not projecting any growth in membership. It seems as if approximately 90 memberships (because of the way we count couples the headcount of members would be more like 150) is the ceiling. It seems to vary little from year to year but hover around that number.
The calendar for next year is also included in this edition. As with last year we are planning summer activities. We will send out notices before each event. The Nominating Committee has recommend the following:
Commodore - Jonathan Phillips
Vice Commodore - Glenn Heydt
Secretary - James Fenn
Treasurer - vacant
Fleet Captain Racing - John Lynch
Fleet Captain Operations Miriam Staveley
Fleet Captain Cruising - vacant
Board TellTail - Fran Locke
Board Membership - Ray Ellison
Board Activities - vacant
Board Public Relations - John Drury
Board - Gerry Cashion
As you can see we still have several vacancies. We need your help.
Please step up and help the Squadron. Its success is strictly dependent on your willingness to volunteer.
It has been my pleasure serving you for the past year.