By Commander Michael Matich
SHIVER ME TIMBERS, ME HEARTIES
Welcome to my first Commander’s Corner. After many years of coaxing, I have finally taken the plunge to take the helm. It is a great honour and I hope to lead our Squadron on a true course to success.
As I reported electronically via mail chimp, we have a full complement of Bridge members for the ensuing year. We are all working on plans to take us through the future year and beyond.
Executive Officer Jennifer April Matich and I attended the Seattle Sail & Power Squadron’s (SSAPS) Change of Watch to welcome incoming Commander Leslie Kodish and outgoing Commander Matt Lombardi. We discussed plans to strengthen our association with our Sister Squadron and to make plans for future joint events.
Officers are currently in the process of updating our Bridge calendar. As soon as we have more specific dates, we will send out an event notice via mail chimp, so you can all make your own plans to join in on the fun and comradery.
Executive Officer Jennifer, myself and a number of other Burnaby members attended the Pacific Mainland District (PMD) Change of Watch. It was a lot of fun and a lot of information on changes happening at the National level. These changes will be affecting all Squadrons. A few to mention are: the new on-line access system; the boating course will be split into two sections; and the development of an on the water training course. These, along with a number of other initiatives, will make it a busy year.
On our own front, July 1st, 2015 will have seen our Canada Day cruise to Alderwood Landing in Port Moody and the PMD integrated cruise to Snug Cove, Bowen Island on the following weekend. In July and August we’ll see an impromptu cruise to Desolation Sound. There are already a number of boats scheduled to de-part starting July 15th. If you are interested, please contact Bob Douglas, our cruise master for this event.
The SSAPS Picnic will be on Saturday, July 25th at Lakewood Moorage. Labour Day in September will again see our squadron at Snug Cove. You may as well book your slip now. You can always cancel if need be.
I would be amiss if I did not highlight the presentation of the National Media Outreach Award at the PMD Conference. Chief Joe Gatfield presented this to Brent and Sara Morrison. A beaming P/C Betty Ewasiuk accepted the award on behalf of her grandchildren. This is a great example of making a difference to our community by volunteering your time. Please make an effort to reach out and give a helping hand. It is truly rewarding, especially when you are having fun. There are a number of areas that we could use your help. Just give me a call and I can direct you on the correct course heading.
We have a lot on our plate for the next year and plans for subsequent years. Come out and join in on the fun!
My door is always open. Please do not hesitate to give me a call.
Fair winds and calm seas. Have a safe and glorious summer on or around the water.