The Commodore's Comments - January
| by Mike Levine,
A note from your 2013 Commodore.
Well another Christmas party and Festivus celebration
came and went! The Christmas party was a blast and
everyone had a great time into the wee hours. The
music and food were great and the party was especially
well attended this year. A quick note on attending
the Christmas party. All party goers must be a Shell
Point Sailboard club member in good standing (i.e.,
current with club dues). Also, traditionally a single
membership member is permitted to drag along one
guest. This is not a major issue but I just wanted
to reiterate it here to fill some space.
Festivus was also well attended and the weather
was cool but the rain held off. We had a nice fire
going and there was lots of tasty food. There were
three Commodore challenges and feats of strength
this year presented by the vice Commodore Mike Levine
challenging reigning Commodore Bob Andrews. The
challenges were (1) the Holy Jolly Ball toss (furthest
toss wins), (2) the Holy mast ring toss and the
(3) Holy Frisbee through the boom challenge. The
challenger, due to near constant dog play time with
the Holy Jolly ball, clearly won the first event.
The reigning Commodore was more challenged by my
dog Malcolm who did not surrender his ball easily.
The second challenge started off well enough until
an errant ring toss by the Commodore knocked a Martini
out of Bob G’s hand who was holding the mast
and judging the challenges. Bob G immediately called
a foul, disqualified the Commodore and awarded the
entire challenge to Mike Levine who breathed a sigh
of relief that it was over! Bob G promised to get
even on the water next year. There were random airing
of grievances throughout the evening and a nice
flare show as the party wrapped up.
All in all it was a great way to end the year. I
will do my best to help make 2013 a year of our
usual fun events and lots of great sailing too!
See you at the beach…
Shell Point Sailboard Club
Board Meeting Minutes December 4th
note: Since there was no club meeting, I am sharing,
for the first time EVER, the Board meeting minutes with
the world. You will get insight into the intricacies of
the political process, the dedication to the task of ensuring
the SPSC is viable for the future and we don’t burden
the young people with old sails and equipment. Remember,
this September, YOU can volunteer to be on the board and
possibly get elected to this position of prominence, respect,
honor, adulation, and riches. Let the meeting begin.
We all met at Wright’s house at 7pm where a lovely
meal awaited us and martini’s made by Mr. Martini
himself, Perry. There was also beer and wine for the
unclean amongst us. At 7:55 the meeting actually got
Minutes approved as printed, un-expurgated and un-redacted.
Bob A. immediately went for a power play to become Commodore
for life, or, in words of another board member, BAAAAB
wanted to be GAAADD!!! However, the peoples of the SPSC,
supported by the rabble rousers of Summer Brook, did
not allow this to happen. The picture is from a typical
Wright said he would write an article about the trailer
re-insertion. If you read last month’s newsletter,
as you should have, he did as promised.
Purser said we had $fnns.th in the budget. Some money
was spent for different awards. Trying to get insurance
payment to a January 1st date instead of April because
an April payment always makes insuring the Stephen C.
Smith difficult. Payment for the Shrine club was made
and there will be some ham and turkey expenses for the
holiday meal and some for more beverage purchases. Martini
bar will be there, so bring the main ingredient.
Did I mention we had Martini’s at the last supper……of
the year? Well, thanks to Perry and Wright, we did, and
about this time during the meeting, Perry called for a
happy ending. (The picture is another typical Board meeting
coming to an end. Taken at the Commodores house. You may
recognize some of the esteemed members.)
We currently have 52 memberships.
The race marks are coming and Wright asked what we might
need in the training area. Bob G. started shooting off
his mouth in ignorance and Bob A. quieted him saying we
need to assess what we have and make an intelligent decision.
Bob A. will let Wright know what is needed. For a scribe,
Bob G. sure likes to talk a lot. It’s probably because
he can’t write and talk at the same time, thus shortening
Training trailer is done, re-insertion was a success.
Deb is looking good and recovering well. Our hearts
and thoughts were and continue to be with her.
Holiday party is a pot luck (lucky if you have pot),
and will be supplemented by some honey baked ham and
turkey. Bill will bring the booms for the holiday tree.
For Festivus, Perry will install the pole the weekend
of the 8th. Gin will be needed for martinis and firewood
for a fire. There will be feats of strength and airing
The Keys – everything is what it is. It may be
the last Fiesta keys trip, but not the last Keys trip.
We had a choice of Red Velvet or Carrot Cake for dessert.
Yum. Glad I can’t choose and had to get both.
Meeting adjourned after we gave three cheers to Bob
A. for a Commodore’s job well done and for dropping
his bid to become Commodore for life.
Scribes Notes (again): How could you
NOT want to be in a group as esteemed as the one you just
read about? We may not be conventional, but we are the
longest running Windsurfing club in the Southeast and
are growing. Some of us in the wrong way due to red velvet
and carrot cake, but the club in the right ways by increasing
membership and reaching out to the community through our
training and the awesome talents of Swami and the Festoons!