Commodore 2019 Welcome

Thank you one and all for the honor and recognition of being elected your Commodore for 2019.

Whether you look at the Commodore’s Ball as an end of the season event, or conversely the beginning of a new year, it was an outstanding. The food, the company, the service, the band and decorations were fabulous and we had over 120 attendees! The Ball continues to be considered one of the best, if not the best, island parties of the year. Please thank Karen McCue, Mary Kay Noren and Kathy Tuttle for organizing this wonderful party for us. I trust everyone witnessed Don and Mary Kay’s dance moves!! Maybe we need a dance captain on the board.

My thanks also to Bill Riski who took many photos and videos which are now posted on-line. I hope everyone noticed Bill’s credits and plug at the end of the slideshow.

The new bridge is in place and ready to serve – Scott Johnson as Vice Commodore and Bryan Tuttle as Rear Commodore. The new Board is also in place and planning will be starting soon on detailing out our 2019 activities. We will work to duplicate or exceed the exciting year we had on water and land in 2018. I think we have a great team.

A very recent and exciting addition to our Board is the position of Fishing Captain. This position has been unfilled for the past few years. Rich Dutcher and Steve Zerbinopoulos have volunteered to take on the role as Co-Captains. We want to restart the DIYC fishing fleet we use to have at the marina and Rich and Steve will be taking on that task. Thank you Gentlemen.

Looking ahead I envision that the Board will be focused on:

• Working to get out the positive vote on acquiring the marina property and rebuilding part of what was once there;
• Continuing our inclusion of non-boat owning members in various club activities, be they on water or on land;
• Maintaining and encouraging an active sail fleet, and eventually bringing them back to Dataw;
• Continue the growth in our kayak program, including kayak facilities at a rebuilt marina;
• Obtaining space at the marina building for DIYC membership to use as our own.

On the marina property vote, that will soon be upon all of us, I ask for your outreach. Reach out to your neighbors and friends on the island in a positive and cooperative manner. How are they going to vote on the issue? If they are not in favor of the DIOA acquiring the property, see what you can do to convince them of the merit and importance of bringing the marina and associated property under the island’s control. The benefits of ownership go well beyond boat owners and DIYC members.

I want to personally thank Wayne Vance for his leadership as the 2018 Commodore. Wayne has been extremely involved, behind the scenes, in bringing the marina property into the fold. He has regularly been engaged face to face and attended numerous meetings on the issue. I know he will not stop even though he relinquished his Commodore flag. As I noted at the Ball, he is tireless, thoughtful and dedicated.

Finally, the Board says farewell to Cindy Schafer, Ron Jacobs, Herb Stackhouse and Betty Huntley who were long serving members of the board. Each contributed to the success the DIYC has had, as others have before them or that will be there in the years to come.

Have a great thanksgiving holiday wherever you go and I will see everyone at the DIOA Special Meeting on the marina property vote on December 21st.