Jan 5th, 2018 Northwood Hall, Bellingham
We just had our annual Installation Ceremony and Banquet last night. We had about 50 members and guests attend the event and a good time was had by all. We started at 6:00 pm with a no host bar and about an hour to socialize and watch a slide show of past club cruises and events. A great buffet dinner was prepared for us and started at 7:00 pm.
After dinner we had a presentation by Gordie Lavigueure recapping the cruises of 2017 and providing lots of humorous stories that happened along the way. Gordie is our clubs 3rd year Trustee.
Incoming Vice Commodore Rick Rusher made special presentations to Secretary Bev Brownrigg and Membership Secretary Lynn De Fehr thanking them for their service to the club in 2017. They were presented with an engraved plaque recording their years of service and also a gift. We could not function as a club without the diligent work of our bridge officers and secretaries.
Rick De Fehr made a presentation of the clubs new web site. The new site can be found at our original web address of www.wheelandkeel.us You are all invited to go and check out the web site. All members are already entered into the site and you can go their, set your password and begin using the site. The site contains Event Registration, Membership Directory, Photo Albums, Discussion Forums and more. Rick De Fehr said “it is a work in progress and we will make alterations as we receive feedback from our users. Our hope is that the new website will give our members a fresh dynamic way to experience the Wheel and Keel Club.”
Gordon Lavigueure made the presentation to our Boating Family of the year, with an engraved plaque. The selection this year was to the Reg Alvord Family. Recognizing their years of participation in the club and their continuing involvement in our cruises and events. Congratulations to all of the Alvord's on their award. We all appreciate you.
Steve Ross was called upon as Master of Ceremonies and conducted the formalities of the Installation Ceremony. Our new officers for this year are Commodore Joe Young, Vice Commodore Rick Rusher and Rear Commodore Jim Jenkins. We welcome our new officers and look forward to a great 2018 boating season with Wheel and Keel under your guidance. Thanks to Steve Ross for his service in conducting the ceremony and bringing his professionalism to our proceedings.
Check out the new website and remember that annual membership renewals are now due. Our dues are still $35 per year for the whole family and you can easily pay online at the website and receive an invoice and receipt. Also remember that we will be having Nominations and Elections at our Feb 8thh meeting to fill positions for 1st Year Trustee, Treasurer, Secretary and Membership Secretary. We would appreciate all members making a concerted effort to attend this important meeting.
We look forward to seeing you all out on the water in 2018.