First, I would like to extend a big thank you to outgoing Commodore Keith Barrack and our retiring Board Members Bill Tunner and Joe Morgan. Over the last three years, these three members invested many hours in our Club. As Commodore, Keith led improvements to our facilities including replacing deteriorating decks and picnic tables. He also came up with the idea for, and then went on to run, our popular Anchor on the Ware events – a great combination of time with family and friends, a view of the beautiful Ware River, music, food and of course a few adult beverages! Bill Tunner created and honchoed two successful (and one weather canceled) Take a Veteran Fishing Day events, bringing together fishing enthusiasts from both our Club and the Gloucester community to get military veterans out on the water for a day of fishing. And Joe was the driving force behind our Keel Boat and Adult Sailing programs, including many hours sanding, painting and cleaning Snags and Wags each winter. We hope he will continue to help with The Virginia Governor's Cup Race Committee too. All of our programs depend on Club volunteers, and we are grateful for Keith's, Bill's and Joe's service to WRYC.
For those who do not yet know us, Lorna and I are fairly new to the area, having escaped Detroit's winters and arriving full-time in Gloucester in late 2014. Your warm welcome at Club events helped us settle in quickly. As an avid sailor, WRYC quickly become my second home. I've thoroughly enjoyed helping Joe Morgan with the Keel Boat and Adult Sailing programs, Bill Tunner with the Veteran's events, and Clayton James with Governor's Cup. Lorna and I are empty nesters, but you will occasionally see us at socials with our D.C.-based daughters Christiana and Elissa (with husband Steve and grandson Jack) and a bit less frequently with our son Eric who works in Southern California.I am looking forward to serving as Commodore this year. My hope is that I continue the tradition of building the value of membership in our Club. To that end, I will be working with the Board to solicit ideas from all members to ensure we continue to provide new activities and programs that make belonging to our club even more worthwhile. More on this in the next few months so be watching for emails and announcements in the monthly Telltale newsletter.
A final note of thanks to our four new Board members – Erin Matthews, Scott Titus, Jon Lucy, and Jane Smith. Again, the success of our Club depends on volunteers, and we are happy to have new faces and fresh energy to continue growing WRYC!Steve Hanson