The Marco Cruise Club celebrated its 42nd annual Change of Watch and Commodore’s Ball at the Marco Island Yacht Club.
The Marco Cruise Club (MCC) has been part of island life since the late 1970s, shortly after the Deltona development days that set most of the island’s infrastructure.
Members enjoyed sunset cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the veranda overlooking the beautiful Marco River and the Jolley Bridge, followed by dinner in the Harbor Dining Room with a plum glazed rib of beef drizzled with apricots. Warm double chocolate lava cake topped with vanilla ice cream completed the meal.
After dinner it was time for the Change of Watch Ceremony, signifying a change of command from one commodore to the next along with a new bridge of officers. The ceremony saw outgoing Commodore Carol Bryant pass the burgee (or flag) to new Commodore Deena Procopio.
“We became members of the club in 2001 and have never regretted one moment,” said Procopio. “We go on trips to Sanibel, Sarasota, St. Pete, Key West and other locations, spending two or three nights on the boat. I enjoy the cocktails on the beach, the cookouts, luncheons and all of the many social activities.”
Applause went to the arrival of the rest of the incoming Bridge: Vice Commodore Todd Whitney, Treasurer John Nevalus and Secretary Julie Whitney.
Procopio is the forth woman sworn in as Commodore for the Cruise Club, following outgoing Carole Bryant 2018, Joan Kenney 2014 and Margie Hirschenberger in 2004-2005. The Cruise Club has always been a friendly, welcoming place for women.
The Ball continued with lively dancing to the music of Nevada Smith.
“Truly, I have made many lifelong friends here in the cruise club,” Procopio added. “I feel honored to be selected as new Commodore of the MCC.”
Marco Cruise Club continues to be a very friendly, welcoming place for newcomers, as well as, salty veterans who enjoy good boating times and a variety of social activities. For more information, visit www.marcocruiseclub.com.