Thursday, October 29, 2020

Marco Island Yacht Club Holds Commodore’s Ball


Outgoing Commodore Lois Dixon swears in new Commodore Bob Winterhalter during the Change of Watch ceremony. Submitted Photo

Outgoing Commodore Lois Dixon swears in new Commodore Bob Winterhalter during the Change of Watch ceremony. Submitted Photo

The Marco Island Yacht Club recently held its annual gala event, the Change of Watch and Commodore’s Ball. New officers of the Bridge, a nautical term for center of operations, were installed at the formal Change of Watch Ceremony, which was held outdoors in the courtyard and included a Colors Ceremony, transfer of command ceremony and concluded with the singing of “God Bless America.”

The time honored Commodore installation ceremony, Change of Watch, is based on military tradition in which responsibility, authority and accountability are transferred from the current leader to the new commander.

2018 Bridge Officers, front row (from left): Rear Commodore Jim McKeown, Vice Commodore Jeff Comeaux, Commodore Bob Winterhalter, and Port Captain Kathy Hershberger. Second row: Fleet Captain Sail Chip Pittman, FCYC Director Ray Rosenberg and Fleet Captain Power Pete Frazier. Back row: Chaplain Alan Sandlin, Safety & Training Officer Geoff Walker and Secretary Chuck Downton. Photos by Joey Waves

2018 Bridge Officers, front row (from left): Rear Commodore Jim McKeown, Vice Commodore Jeff Comeaux, Commodore Bob Winterhalter, and Port Captain Kathy Hershberger. Second row: Fleet Captain Sail Chip Pittman, FCYC Director Ray Rosenberg and Fleet Captain Power Pete Frazier. Back row: Chaplain Alan Sandlin, Safety & Training Officer Geoff Walker and Secretary Chuck Downton. Photos by Joey Waves

During the event, outgoing Commodore Lois Dixon handed over command to the new Commodore Bob Winterhalter. This transfer was signified by a ceremony that lowered the Past Commodore’s burgee (triangular flag) and replaced it with the new Commodore’s burgee.

Commodore Bob Winterhalter and wife Diana (center) are joined by family members (from left) Robert and Jessica Gay, granddaughter Samantha Winterhalter and son Paul Winterhalter.

Commodore Bob Winterhalter and wife Diana (center) are joined by family members (from left) Robert and Jessica Gay, granddaughter Samantha Winterhalter and son Paul Winterhalter.

The Marco Island Yacht Club Commodore has overall responsibility for the cruising fleets, sailing regattas, boating programs, matters relating to the Florida Council of Yacht Clubs and social activities. In accepting his command, Commodore Winterhalter agreed to uphold the MIYC mission to “Provide an extraordinary Member experience of boating, social events and dining in a warm and beautiful Club setting where friendships flourish.”

Members were entertained by the Wendy Renee Quartet. Submitted Photo

Members were entertained by the Wendy Renee Quartet. Submitted Photo

Following the installation of the new officers, the festivities then moved inside for dinner and dancing at the Commodore’s Ball, held in the beautiful Harbour Dining Room, overlooking the yacht basin, Marco River, and the Jolley Bridge. Past Commodore Lois Dixon greeted the guests, thanked everyone for their support over the past year of her command and wished the new Commodore good luck in the year ahead. Incoming Commodore Winterhalter presented Dixon with a thank you gift for her service.

Outgoing Marco Island Yacht Club Commodore Lois Dixon with husband Ed.

Outgoing Marco Island Yacht Club Commodore Lois Dixon with husband Ed.

As part of the ceremony, the Marco Island Patriots presented a large framed photo of the Jolley Bridge to the Yacht Club to thank members for the funds they raised last year to support the Patriots’ post-Irma recovery efforts.

After enjoying dinner prepared by Executive Chef Bob Aylwin, the club members and their guests danced to the music of The Wendy Renee Quartet.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *