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Marco Island Yacht Club Installs New 2014 Bridge (Officers)

By Coastal Breeze News Staff

Past and Present Bridge Officers (left to right from the bottom) Robert DeFeo, 2014 Commodore; Jim Marr, 2013 Commodore; M.A. Kline 2010 Commodore; Dick Irwin, 2014 Vice Commodore; Randy Harris, 2014 Rear Commodore; Jim Ferry 2013 & 2014 Day Cruise Captain, Lee Harkness 2013 & 2014 Extended Cruise Captain; Dave Everitt 2014 Safety and Training Officer; Ed Sellers, Chaplain, Gary Riss, 2013 and 2014 FCYC Director; Chuck Downton, 2014 Sailing Captain.

Past and Present Bridge Officers (left to right from the bottom) Robert DeFeo, 2014 Commodore; Jim Marr, 2013 Commodore; M.A. Kline 2010 Commodore; Dick Irwin, 2014 Vice Commodore; Randy Harris, 2014 Rear Commodore; Jim Ferry 2013 & 2014 Day Cruise Captain, Lee Harkness 2013 & 2014 Extended Cruise Captain; Dave Everitt 2014 Safety and Training Officer; Ed Sellers, Chaplain, Gary Riss, 2013 and 2014 FCYC Director; Chuck Downton, 2014 Sailing Captain.

On Saturday, January 25th, the Marco Island Yacht Club held its most prestigious annual event, the Change of Watch and Commodores Ball. New officers were installed at the formal and festive event that was held in the beautiful Harbor Dining Room.

The time honored installation ceremony, Change of Watch, is a solemn naval tradition in which responsibility, authority and accountability are transferred from one person to a to another. At the Marco Island Yacht Club, it signifies the change of command as the outgoing Commodore hands over command to his successor.

Outgoing Commodore Jim Marr officially handed over command to new Commodore Robert DeFeo. Other officers installed were Vice Commodore Richard Irwin, Rear Commodore Randy Harris, Extended Cruise Captain Lee Harkness, Day Cruise Captain Jim Ferry, Sailing Captain Chuck Downton, Port Captain Kathy Hershberger, Safety & Training Officer David Everitt, Chaplain Ed Sellers and Florida Council of Yacht Clubs Director Gary Riss.

Upon completion of the Change of Watch, new Commodore DeFeo outlined his vision and goals for 2014 and formally welcomed the new Bridge. Commodore DeFeo will be the official spokesperson for the Marco Island Yacht Club and will regularly attend public events on the club’s behalf. He will have responsibility for club cruises, sailing regattas, boating programs, matters relating to the Florida Council of Yacht Clubs and all social activities.

Also in time honored tradition, the wives of the new Bridge were presented with bouquets of roses, as was the retiring Sailing Captain, Lois Dixon. Past Commodores each received a boutonniere of white roses with the new Commodore receiving a red one.

 

A special gift was presented to outgoing Commodore Jim Marr for his leadership of the 2013 Bridge. With his theme, ”Participate and you will be rewarded,” membership grew to over 800 and the Club surpassed its financial goals.


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