Greetings from Venice. Our community is still cleaning up and emerging from a visit with hurricane Irma. Even though we were spared the worst of the winds and the tidal surge never materialized, the area did not weather the event entirely unscathed. The VSS September meeting was one minor casualty of the storm, some the VSS offshore buoy's are scattered and the VYBA lost half of their 420 fleet due to a tree limb crashing the trailer parked under it. None the less we consider ourselves lucky as we look to the devastated communities in the wake of this year's ongoing storm season and consider ourselves thankful for what we still have.
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.
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.