A yacht club tradition formally transferring responsibility, authority and accountability of yacht club leadership
The Marco Island Yacht Club today announced its 11th Annual Commodore’s Ball and Change of Watch will take place at the waterfront Club’s Harbor Dining Room the evening of Saturday, January 19, 2013.
According to MIYC Membership Director Lisa Luft, yacht clubs use Change of Watch, a time-honored naval tradition, to formally transfer responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another and from one year to the next.
The formal evening’s gala festivities begin with a cocktail hour at 6 pm followed by a festive dinner at 7 pm. Immediately following dinner, outgoing Commodore Stuart Curtis will lead the venerable tradition of changing officers.
“The Change of Watch is a solemn and official ceremony recognizing the outgoing Bridge and installs those who now take the helm of club activities,” explains Curtis. Jim Marr takes the helm for 2013 after serving as Vice Commodore in 2012.
“As Commodore, Marr’s new duties include providing outstanding boating, social and dining environments. He will be asked do everything possible to make the Marco Island Yacht Club friendly, comfortable, affordable and a yacht club where members feel invited to participate,” explains Curtis.
New Commodore Marr will introduce the Bridge Officers, Directors and Chairpersons for 2013. New officers will salute the incoming Commodore and receive flags identifying their responsibilities as Bridge Officers.
Roses will be given to the outgoing Commodore’s and the incoming Commodore’s spouses. On a permanent yardarm at the Club, Mr. Curtis’s flag will be lowered and Mr. Marr’s flag hoisted to signify the new command. Stuart Curtis, the outgoing Commodore, will present the recognition award known as The Commodore’s Award for services performed above and beyond expectations.
Members of the 2013 Marco Island Yacht Club Bridge are Jim Marr, Commodore; Robert DeFeo, Vice Commodore; Dick Irwin, Rear Commodore; Lee Harkness, Extended Cruise Captain; James Ferry, Day Cruise Captain; Lois Dixon, Sailing Fleet Captain; Kathy Hershberger, Port Captain; Gary Riss, Florida Council of Yacht Clubs (FCYC) Director.
With women in their glitter and gowns and men in their club uniforms and tuxedos, guests at the Commodore’s Ball will be singing and dancing the evening away.
“The word ‘yachting’ in our name places the importance of having club functions around boating such as cruises, day cruises and safety, but social events are important,” says Ms. Luft. “The Club holds many additional boating and social events including extended cruises that last from several days to several weeks to destinations as far away as the Bahamas,” she adds.
It is the MIYC’s objective to encourage safe boating, the sport of yachting and to promote the skills of seamanship and navigation. Founded in 2001, the Marco Island Yacht Club is located at the junction of the Marco River and the Yacht Basin, at 1400 North Collier Boulevard, Marco Island, FL.
The elegant Old-Florida style, two-story clubhouse, offers panoramic views of the Marco River, Jolley Bridge and Marco Island Marina. The Club recently introduced a Harbor Room Dining Membership for $150 annual dues. This new membership welcomes permanent residents and snowbirds and provides the opportunity to experience the tradition of a yacht club and to enjoy for lunch, dinner and a legendary Sunday Brunch as a Harbor Room Dining Member.
Marco Island Yacht Club is open for lunch Wednesday through Saturday 11:30 am until 2:30 pm, dinner Wednesday through Saturday 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm and Sunday Champagne Brunch from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm. Prime Rib Night is every Thursday.
To discuss membership opportunities, hosting a private event or to arrange a personal tour, call Lisa Luft, MIYC Membership Director, at (239) 394-0199 or visit marcoislandyachtclub.net.