Saturday, August 18, 2018

Marco Cruise Club’s New Officers Lead the Way


The Marco Cruise Club’s 2018 bridge: Vice-Commodore Deena Procopio (front), Commodore Carol Bryant and Treasurer Neil Blaauboer. Photos by Don Manley

The Marco Cruise Club’s 2018 bridge: Vice-Commodore Deena Procopio (front), Commodore Carol Bryant and Treasurer Neil Blaauboer. Photos by Don Manley

Peter Procopio said there’s a simple reason why he and his wife Deena have been members of the Marco Cruise Club

MCC) for 20 years.

“I love boating,” he said. “We go on trips to Sanibel and to Captiva’s South Seas Resort and spend two or three nights there and we go to Key West and spend two or three nights there on the boat. That’s why I enjoy it. And we have social events, as well. I love the boating and the social aspect of it. It’s the only club I belong to.”

Claire Evans and William Van Santen Submitted Photo

Claire Evans and William Van Santen Submitted Photo

The club recently marked its 41st anniversary with a Change of Watch ceremony at its annual commodores’ ball, held at the Island Country Club. The affair included hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, dancing to the music of Konstantino, and remarks from the outgoing commodore Lynn Stiles and the commodore for 2018, Carol Bryant.

Change of Watch is a Naval tradition in which full authority, responsibility and accountability are passed from one officer to another. In the MCC’s case, it signifies the annual passing of the torch from one commodore to another, along with the installation of a new slate of “bridge” officers.

Karen Booth, Joanne Blaauboer, Anne Brock and Deena Procopio chat during the Marco Cruise Club’s 2018 Commodores’ Ball.

Karen Booth, Joanne Blaauboer, Anne Brock and Deena Procopio chat during the Marco Cruise Club’s 2018 Commodores’ Ball.

Aside from Bryant, introduced as new “bridge” officers this year were Vice-Commander Deena Procopio, Secretary Eve Tschantz, Treasurer Neal Blaauboer and Ex-Officio Lynn Stiles.

Peter Procopio said the MCC was formed in 1977 by the late Red Stier, who hosted a television fishing show entitled “Angler’s Outlook” in the 1970s. Stier was a former sales manager at the Marco River Marina, now Rose Marina.

P/C Ed Booth and Commodore Carol Bryant Submitted Photo

P/C Ed Booth and Commodore Carol Bryant Submitted Photo

Long-time club member Donna Babb said the club has been very open to having women serve as officers, citing past commodore Margie Hershberger, Joan Kenney and Bryant, and commodore in waiting for 2019, Deena Procopio as examples.

“We’re very open to women or anyone actually,” she said. “This gives women the opportunity to hold office in a boating club.”

For more information on the Marco Cruise Club, visit www.marcocruiseclub.com.

Past Commodore Lynn Stiles and Lady Vivian Submitted Photo

Past Commodore Lynn Stiles and Lady Vivian Submitted Photo

Konstantino entertains at the Marco Cruise Club’s 2018 Commodores’ Ball

Konstantino entertains at the Marco Cruise Club’s 2018 Commodores’ Ball

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