October also saw the National Conference held in Vancouver. PMD was the host of the event and Jenn was Chair of the Decorating Committee with yours truly assisting. The Conference was a huge success from both the social aspect of the event and to all the various meetings. So much was discussed on activities occurring across our nation. Problems were addressed, but also possible solutions were brought up. Hopefully, we can implement some of these to make us a stronger organization.
November saw a new venue for our Information Night, Willy’s Galley at Reed Point Marina. Dinner was served followed by a presentation by Les Bullis on his West Coast boating experiences. These adventures culminated in his book, The Little Black Cloud Called Harold. Mishaps happen and 60 years of these are cap-tured in the book. Maybe we should consider this book as a gift to the winner of the coveted Bent Prop Award. Speaking of which, I have had virtually no mishap reports, so please let me know if you have seen, heard of or are yourself a candidate.
Our Tri-Squadron Committee met in November and we concluded that our joint activities are working well and we will continue these efforts into the New Year.
Jenn and I both attended some Coquitlam and Royal City Socials. It was a delight to all.
Our fall students from our Tri-Squadron classes wrote Boating 2 & 3. All passed except one person for Boat-ing 3. That person will be back in the New Year to redo the course.
Our Christmas party at Socrates was well attended with one of our students attending. His wife was out of town and would have attended, so their daughter came in her place. Both will be joining a squadron as are a number of the other graduates.
Seattle Squadron held their Christmas party and again it was a wonderful event. Bellbottoms and Afro hair-dos were everywhere. The place was smoking hot. Jenn and I had the pleasure of going out on the water the night before to see Seattle’s version of the Carol Ships. Special thanks to the Kodish’s for the invite aboard Rosebud.
Seeing 2017 is now here, we have a number of activities on the horizon.
Boating classes are just around the corner, Boating 1, 2 & 3, Seamanship, Electronic navigation and VHF. Check out dates and start times on http://www.boatingcourses.ca. Please get the word out to family and friends to take a course and be safe on the water. Hey, consider helping out as a proctor or just monitoring the course as a refresher.
The Vancouver Boat Show starts January 11th. I hope to see you all there getting pumped up for this sum-mer’s season. If you can volunteer by lending a hand and help promote our squadron and CPS at the show, please let me know. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.762.2827. PMD does not have the schedule out at this time, but we will make arrangements to get connected. As a volunteer, you get into the boat show free.
Cruisemaster Neal Tyldsley has secured moorage at Snug Cove for the May long weekend. This will most likely be a joint cruise with a number of other squadrons. Hold the date.
Our AGM will be held on April 26th at the Confederation Seniors Centre and our Tri-City COW on May 12th at the Scandinavian Centre. A number of other Socials and other activities are being planned. I will get the word out on the details in a future Cdr. Mike’s Memo to all members and friends.
All the best to you and your families and friends in 2017. As always, please feel free to contact me with your thought and comments.