Monday, September 28, 2020

Marco Cruise Club Celebrates Change of Watch

Pictured from left to right are Vice Commodore Tom Dines, Past CommodoreJoan Kenney, Secretary Palma Klein, Treasurer Betty Thacher and Past Commodore John Nevalus.

Pictured from left to right are Vice Commodore Tom Dines, Past CommodoreJoan Kenney, Secretary Palma Klein, Treasurer Betty Thacher and Past Commodore John Nevalus.

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The Marco Cruise Club celebrated its 38th annual “Change of Watch” ceremony on Jan. 23 at the Island Country Club.

During the event, members and guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres followed by a filet mignon dinner. Following dinner, past Commodore Tom Thacher introduced the outgoing Commodore Joan Kenney,

Marco Cruise Club Members Betty Thacher( l-r) and Lynn and Vivian Stiles.

Marco Cruise Club Members Betty Thacher( l-r) and Lynn and Vivian Stiles.

who received a gift for her leadership of the 2014 bridge. Kenney thanked the club for her year.

New Commodore Neil Blaauboer was sworn in and received the 2015 gavel and new flag. Past Commodore Thacher then introduced the new bridge officers: Vice Commodore Tom Dines, Rear Commodore Lynn

Pictured from left to right are Palma Klein, Lynn Stiles, New Commodore Neil Blaauboer,  Vice Commodore Tom Dines, Betty Thacher and Joan Kenney. SUBMITTED photoS

Pictured from left to right are Palma Klein, Lynn Stiles, New Commodore Neil Blaauboer, Vice Commodore Tom Dines, Betty Thacher and Joan Kenney. SUBMITTED photoS

Stiles, Secretary Palma Klein and Treasurer Betty Thacher.

The festive formal evening continued with music and members filled the dance floor.

“Change of Watch” is a Naval tradition passing full authority, responsibility and accountability from one officer to another. For MCC, it represents a change of leadership from the outgoing

Cruise Club members from the left are Ann Eisen, Sue and John Barnes, Dr. KarenBooth and P/C Harvey Eisen.

Cruise Club members from the left are Ann Eisen, Sue and John Barnes, Dr. KarenBooth and P/C Harvey Eisen.

commodore to a new successor.

Marco Cruise club was founded in 1975 and is one of the oldest boating clubs on Marco. We are a friendly club and welcome boating enthusiasts to join us at some of our luncheons or outings.

For more information, call Kenney at 239-389-2528 or visit the club’s website at www.marcocruiseclub.com.

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