Commodore's Ball 2015
This past weekend we had had our annual Commodore’s Ball where we paid tribute to past, present, and future Commodores. It was an elegant and fun evening complete with sit down meal service and music by Tom Geckand his 500’s. Special guests attending the Ball were the Flag Officers of the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club where they were afforded some genuine GGYC hospitality. Additionally that evening it was formally announced the Leslie Iacopiwas approved by the Board of Directors as the new Rear Commodore. Perfect timing as it was an evening to celebrate “Commodore-ship.”
It seems appropriate to share some reflections not only as your Commodore but my past 19years of being on the Board of Directors. I have enjoyed these years enormously and the reason that these have been enjoyable are the same things that make the “GGYC” such a successful club and a happy environment.Particularly:
- The members recognize and appreciate the work of the various committees, volunteers and staff, and while they are very supportive, they are always happy to share their views.
We benefit greatly from the capability and commitment of our staff. Bob Mulhernhas assembled a professional staff and competent group who all share a passion for the club and are happy looking after members.
The Club has a well-defined sense of purpose and strategic direction that is shared with a supported by the Members.
A good measure of performance for the Club is the level of participationof members in the various activities and events that are held at the Club. More than 95 percent of events have been sold out and participation on Club committees hasrisen significantly.
The Club continues to invest in raising the“Bar” of our Member boating experiencewithour J22 program. We are actively seeking anothervesselto initiate our own fleet. Both member lessons and rentals are a great way to improve yourboating skills and to enjoy the thrill of sailing.
Finally, the most rewarding feature of the role at GGYC is the caliber of the people and diversity of skills presentin our Committees – it has been a pleasure working alongside these groups – my thanks to all.
To all our Members, it has been a privilege to be Commodore of the GGYC – thank you for giving me the opportunity and support.I wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving and a great start for the Holiday Season.