November Monthly Meeting Recap

The meeting was held after the Fall Workparty. on Saturday November 11th. We started with a salute to past Commodores – Lee Huddleston, Rob Hatcher, Gary Reimer, and Deborah Champion.

Gary Reimer –  Purser Report: Purser reported that the Dues for 2018 ( $300 per member / $50 for extra boat, would be due and payable starting January 1st. A late fee will accrue after February 1st. This is a change from our usual dues procedure and will help us have funds prior to the start of the season. We will contact members via email instead of sending out mailers which have become expensive in recent years. The club is in decent financial shape with about $9000 in funds after paying our Corps dues and Gary will start putting some money back into a capital expense account to cover the eventual replacement of the Pavilion and improvements thereof.

The Christmas Party – This year the party will be held on December 9th from 6-10pm at Christ Episcopal Church on State Street in Bowling Green. The Fee will be $10 member. This year the club will provide Beer and Wine and we would like the members to bring a potluck dish  (heavy hordeuvre’s) If each couple/ or member could prepare enough to serve 10 people, we should have sufficient food for all. Please RSVP on our Facebook page or contact Leah McMurtrey to let us know what you are bringing. Lets try for variety! so we don’t all bring the same items.

2018 Slate of Officers – We presented and voted on the following candidates for 2018
Commodore – Bill Miller
Vice Commodore – Troy Monroe
Scribe – Gary Guss
Purser – Gary Reimer
Hardmaster – Tom Cripps
Social – Leah McMurtrey ( and helpers)
Race Chairman — Rob Hatcher

Other Business –

We briefly discussed hiring someone to mow the yard next year. As always, each member is responsible for mowing under their boat and are encouraged to help out their neighbor as well. Bob Zoellner lives nearby and has the equipment to do this as well.

Bob Zoellner

We would like to welcome Jack Blanton to the Club, Jack has purchased Troy’s boat Watercolors – Please introduce yourselves to Jack and make him welcome.

Please welcome New Member Jack Blanton

The winner of the Chili cookoff this year was Troy Monroe, who took the valuable trophy home after extremely arbitrary judging by the Scribe. Thanks to all who brought chili and fixings and also thanks for helping out at the work party.

Troy and Dexter take the prize

2017 Chili Trophy





Great Minnow is Next Saturday and Sunday!

Can’t you just see yourself at the Great Minnow Regatta next Saturday and

Come sail like the Skipper
Party like Gilligan
Plot your course like the Professor
Pay your race fee like the Howells,
(only $25 for racing AND meal, or $10 meal for non-racers.)
.. and if you look like Mary Ann or Ginger, there will
probably be plenty of boats needing crew.

Pancake breakfast at 9:00, Skippers meeting at 10:00

Dinner at 5ish Bar-b-que (Thanks Troy) baked beans and coleslaw

Members please bring a dessert, so we can have a dessert island.

Music on the island provided by Denise and Alan Janes.

The Great Minnow Regatta October 7th and 8th

Calling all Skippers and Gilligans,
Prepare ye for the Great Minnow Regatta
Oct. 7th-8th.
Kick off with a pancake breakfast at 9:00 Saturday morning.
Skippers’ meeting at 10:00.
$25.00 race fee which includes dinner.
All members invited to dinner $10.00/person.
Troy will be smokin’ butts for dinner(the pork variety.)
Baked beans, coleslaw and beer will be provided.
The wonderful Alan and Denise Janes will be providing music.
Fun continues Sunday morning with a light breakfast before

Salty Dawg BVI Relief

Guys, you are all painfully aware of the devastation of British Virgin Islands, and some of the other northern Leeward Islands of the Caribbean. Our news has featured the destruction in Florida and Houston, but the people of BVI wish they could trade places with the people of Florida and Texas. Not only are their homes and businesses crushed and blown away, their livelihoods are largely gone for the foreseeable future. Tourism doesn’t spring back to life when the debris is bulldozed into landfills. Tourists have other places to go; and who wants to go to a wrecked island that has no hotels, no restaurants or bars, no grocery stores with provisions, no reliable services, and virtually nothing green left on the island? The British Virgin Islands are almost completely dependent on tourism and boating, but no islands other than Barbuda were more completely devastated than Tortola, Virgin Gorda, and Jost Van Dyke in BVI. Many of our club members have happy memories of chartering in BVI. The charter fleet there is destroyed, along with the docks at the Moorings/Sunsail, Nanny Cay, and Bitter End Yacht Club.

Diana and I have followed the news of BVI from every possible source. What can we do to help the people in BVI during this catastrophic time? We are members of the Salty Dawg Sailing Association, a non-profit organization that has been sailing from the Chesapeake to BVI every November for several years. Last fall our boat was one of 80 that sailed into North Sound on Virgin Gorda to be hosted by the Bitter End Yacht Club, which exists no longer. The SDSA has strong connections with BVI and is raising money to work through the Rotary Club of BVI and some other civic groups to provide immediate relief for the people most severely affected by Hurricane Irma.

I have forwarded to you the announcement of the Salty Dawg BVI Relief Fund. Could you please post it on our website and send it out to our club members? If you want more information about the Salty Dawg Sailing Association, I will be happy to provide that. I know the leaders personally and I know their hearts. Not a penny will be spent on administrative costs. Contributions are tax deductible and can be made by credit card.


Larry and Diana Caillouet

Click here to view – Salty Dawg BVI Relief