By Jeff Johnson
The Sailing Association of Marco Island (SAMI) installed its new officers (Bridge) for 2014 on Jan. 16. The annual event was held at Bistro Soleil where SAMI members enjoyed a wonderful dinner followed by the Change of Watch ceremonies.
The invocation was given by Past-Commodore Russ Rainey, and Past-Commodore Don Mills served as master of ceremonies. Mills introduced the outgoing Commodore Mary Lee Cale, who thanked her 2013 Bridge for their outstanding service over the past year. The outgoing Bridge included John Weston as vice commodore, Lucie Galloup as rear commodore, Robin Singer as secretary, Nancy Meyers as treasurer and Dave Dumas as fleet captain.
Commodore Mary Lee Cale then transferred the Commodore’s Flag to the 2014 commodore, Gail Carstersen.
The rest of the 2014 Bridge consists of BJ Henning as vice vommodore, Sheri Heard as rear commodore, David Dumas as fleet captain, Robin Singer as secretary and Stacy Onorato as treasurer.
SAMI was organized for people who enjoy the sport of sailing and cruising. The club plans and participates in several regattas each year and hosts several cruises to various locations. The club also holds monthly meetings, both at local restaurants and pot luck dinners held at various locations around the area. Most gatherings feature a keynote speaker on areas of interest to the club.
SAMI is always looking for new members and invites interested boating enthusiasts to check out its website at www.samisailor.org for more information.