“But What,” and It’s a Wrap!
Our Showboat experience is now but a memory, and it will never be forgotten, lasting a lifetime. Both Lynn and I were so impressed with the dedication, passion, patience and yes, the talent, that exists within our club. For us to participate in this 45-year tradition was a special privilege. The cast and crew, along with our exceptional staff, entertained and cared for more than 400 patrons during the four-day run of Showboat. Not having experienced this first-hand before, I wondered why we do this event? Now I know and can firmly attest Showboat is part of our BCYC family DNA.
Congratulations and many thanks to Nancy Bryant and Joan Delaney as the show organizers, and Kari Konapelsky, Kristy Parr and Director Rhonda Tolar for all their work on decorations and costumes. Special thanks to Nancy and Michael Bryant for designing, and Cary and Director Silvia Breeden for creating the set backdrops that made us all feel like we were in New Orleans. There are also many members to thank behind the scenes, including: Vice Commodore Jerry Shandera, stage manager; Dick Stone and Secretary Ginny Lombardi, technical support; and Director Bill Parr and Dale Forester, construction leads. To the cast, thank you for welcoming Lynn and me into your show family, as well as your many contributions to making this show a success. It’s a wrap until next year.
The weather is heating up and the rains are gone, so that means the boating season begins in earnest. In April, we had a great turnout for the Avalon Cruise, hosted by Lauri and Rear Commodore Steve Moffett. Thank you both for a great cruise and all your hard work.
The annual Newport to Ensenada Race has always been an event that I planned to sail in, while also swearing each year I was done. This race will mark my 40th year of participation, “and last” according to Lynn – the crew that will join me are all from years when we trophied. In addition, we will have our special chef on board to ensure all crew is properly fed and hydrated with the appropriate wines (and water) in keeping with our slogan, “hungry soldiers can’t fight.”
Opening Day, May 13, will feature a return of great dock parties and temporary docks so that we can have as many members’ boats in the marina as possible. Contact Director Rhonda Tolar with questions about how you can help with the dock parties. Of course, Closing Night precedes Opening Day and that Friday will feature the LLS Poker Run, Closing Night ceremony, and Prime Rib & More. With Mother’s Day on Sunday, make plans to enjoy BCYC during a very busy three days.
Finally, I am pleased to report the Board of Directors approved the BCYC Strategic Plan and Mission statement to establish a blueprint for the long-range plans for our club. Many thanks to Staff Commodores Mary Bacon and Marshall Caplan and their team for all the hard work and time. This document will be reviewed at least annually as to its relevance, and modified to fit the changing times. I have asked Director Stuart Leigh to head the inaugural Strategic Plan Committee. If you have any interest in serving on the committee, please contact Stuart directly.