It is that time of year again for boating organizations on Marco Island to have their Change of Watch and install their new officers for 2017.
Recently, the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron held their Change of Watch on the Marco Island Princess. It was appropriate to have a sunset cruise to close out the old bridge of officers, and wake with a new bridge. The new bridge of officers are Commander Rhonda Gloodt, Executive Officer Gene Burson, Administrative Officer Tom Moor, Educational Officer Ted Reiss, Secretary Lori Williams, Treasurer Teri O’Connell, Assistant Educational Officer John Maciolek, Assistant Secretary Kathleen Reynolds, and Assistant Treasurer Deborah Rago.
It was a beautiful night with a full moon and tropical breezes. The program started with the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Past Commander Steve Moore, and then followed by Past Commander Andrea Battaglia giving the invocation.
The outgoing Commander, Bill Hughes, gave a welcome address to all in attendance. The evening’s Master of Ceremonies was Past Commander Peggy Reiss, who began the program by introducing the honored guests. Honored guests included District Commander Warren Maciag and Lt. Commander Marge Maciag, National Administrative Officer, Vice Commander Mary Page Abbott, and National Asst. Educational Officer, Rear Commander, Steve Abbott, District Lt. Commander, Susan Lomastro, District Lieutenant Bud Lomastro, District Lt. Commander Don Cook, Administrative Officer, Partner Marlene Bray, Past Commander Ernest & Past Commander Carol Segundo from St. Petersburg Sail & Power, Commander Doug Bartlett and Lynette Cahill, USCG-AUX, Commander Lois Dixon and Ed Dixon, Marco Island Yacht Club, Commodore Frank Mulligan and Marianne, Marco Bay Yacht Club.
There were ten Past Commanders from the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron present. District Commander Warren Maciag made glowing remarks on the success of the Marco Island chapter and then swore in the new bridge. District Lieutenant Commander Susan Lomastro presented Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron, Past Commander Jim Olmes with the Outstanding Educational Instructor Award. The new Commander, Rhonda Gloodt, thanked all the committees that she guided for the past two years and encouraged them to continue the good work with the new leadership.