The 13th Annual Commodore’s Ball and Change of Watch ceremony held recently at the Marco Island Yacht Club was a show of class and nautical tradition. The event recognized past and present members of the Bridge, (club officers) and those who have contributed their time and talent to the club over the past 12 months.
Dick Irwin was sworn in as Commodore for 2015, promising to uphold the club’s mission statement to “Provide an outstanding boating, social and dining environment that is friendly, comfortable, affordable and invites participation.” He replaces Commodore Robert DeFeo who ceremoniously lowered his burgee (flag), allowing Irwin to raise his.
Commodore DeFeo recognized the former commodores with a crisp salute (Commodore Frank Rinker 2011, Commodore Jim Marr 2013 and notably Commodore Stuart Curtis 2012, who passed away in 2014). “(StuartCurtis) worked many, many hours for the benefit of our yacht club. We are pleased to have his widow Jane Curtis and their son, John, with us this evening.” A moment of silence in Curtis’ memory followed.
Kudos went out to members of the 2014 Bridge, which included Irwin; Vice Commodore in charge of sunset cruises Randy Harris; Rear Commander in charge of Boaters’ Night Programs Lee Harkness; Extended Cruise Captain who organized Extended Cruises Jim Ferry; Day Cruise Captain Chuck Downton; Sailing Fleet Captain Kathy Hershberger; Port Captain Dave Everitt; Safety and Training Officer Gary Riss; MIYC’s Director of the Florida Council of Yacht Clubs (FCYC); and Commodore for FCYC in March 2014.
Awards included the “Sailing Fleet Leadership Award,” which was presented to Lois Dixon, and “Boat of the Year Award” went to Gary and Marsha Riss.