This article is being presented through the lens of a jet-lagged attendee. Having just returned from Dubai on Wednesday evening, husband (The DAZED Vice Commodore voted in by acclamation earlier in the week- surely someone else wanted the job!) and writer were still experiencing very long days with early wake ups at 2:30 am! But there was NO WAY, they were going to miss this annual event!
From the moment one walked in the doorway, members were greeted by Elaine Curran and Jo Graham (Social Director) and queued for photos by Wally Clark while sipping a complimentary Prosecco... One was made to feel like a most welcomed VIP. SCYC is known for its inclusiveness and friendships. The buzz around the room during the cocktail hour made it obvious that members seek each other out to catch up with one another. The door count came to 87 this year.
The decor was chic with the satin blue table runners on white tablecloths and glass centerpieces surrounded by light strings... that were later used as jewellery by some innovative members. Who knew they had a dual purpose? Cathy Carey, Donna Howells, and Joanne McIlveen circulated -immersing themselves in conversations, while taking candid photographs for our Photo Gallery.
The capable Jim Dutton was the Master of Ceremonies over dinner. He welcomed everyone, including specialguests, Past Commodore George Creek and wife Barbara from Ladysmith Yacht Club. Our treasured member, Bonnie Curl was called upon to lead the Mariner's Grace.
The Fairwind’s staff served a lovely plated dinner. (The writer and husband started to confuse the location of the dinner- transported back aboard the Azamara Journey. This became even more disconcerting for them when the wine kept being replenished...) A special mention goes out to Dan Vogt (Manager of Food and Beverages), Joanne Fortin (set-up), and JoHanne and Elizabeth Robinson (creating the cocktail/dinner ambience).
The program was presented over the dessert, and YES, the writer and husband continued to over- indulge in the sweets. (Denial, denial, denial - their cruise wasn't really over, was it?)
Past Commodore Peter Howells was called upon to present the Si Wood Trophy. Peter made it clear that he already knew a week or two into his term as Commodore, who the recipient of this award would be. It is presented to a member for his/her outstanding contribution to the club. Even before Peter announced this year's recipient, his name was being whispered at the tables. Everyone knew the deserving person to have his name engraved on the cup was Bruce Petry. His involvement and willingness to support the club whenever and wherever he can was apparent to all members. Congratulations Bruce!
A clever introduction of the SCYC Commodore of 2018 was made through a video production. One was transported to Hawaii (presumably) where COMMODORE SIMON HUDDY, was awaiting the induction ceremony with the (literally) THROWING of the Commodore's Cap by PAST COMMODORE PETER HOWELLS. (If the writer of this article was more techy, she'd upload it onto our website.) Such a clever way of having Simon present for this important evening! It is now official, SIMON HUDDY is now COMMODORE!
The new 2018 Executive was introduced, including:
Vice Commodore Ryan Laudien (stunned and confused... "I'm what? I thought I agreed to be Treasurer?.... ")
Past Commodore Peter Howells
Secretary Sandra Dutton (We love executive members who stay on for another term or two or three... Am I pushing it?)
Treasurer James Watson (Did they mix you and husband Ryan up? Perhaps you'd like to trade places...)
Rear Commodore Bob Delaney
Fleet Captain Neil Berger
Staff Captain Doug Herchmer
Social Director Jo Graham (Oh, we're so lucky that you extended another year!)
Communications Director Kathy Swangard (Kathy MUST continue, she's the only one who knows what's going on and how to communicate it on the web! NEVER leave us! Promise!)
Director at Large Chris Jobb
Husband Ryan was called upon (in the absence of holidaying Commodore Huddy) to thank Past Commodore Peter Howells for his service and leadership to the club. Ryan mentioned his strength as a gifted "relational leader". Peter built a strong working relationship with Seacliff Properties that will serve the club well moving forward. Past Commodore Peter Howells will be remembered as a quality, articulate, sociable and fun/ caring leader. Thank you Peter!
Of course, everyone knows the real power lies in the contributions of the spouse, don't they? Donna Howells was presented with a bouquet of flowers for keeping her wandering Welshman husband pointed in the right direction and focused on his SCYC duties. Well done, Donna!
The talented resident poet of our membership, John Vallis, was called upon to set the stage for the judgement of the recipient of the MEMA AWARD with Judge Bruce Barry presiding. For those new members, MEMA stands for Most Embarrassing Moment Award. Boaters are notorious for "making little mistakes" which become fodder for some hilarious tales. These incidents are taken note of and submitted to the Executive for consideration for this most UNDESIRABLE award. This year there were 4 submissions and Judge Barry made his judgement based on the noisiest response by the members in attendance. (A truly scientific approach, wouldn't you say?)
1. Tim Rann nominated Larry Morden for moving to the DARK SIDE by selling his sailboat and purchasing a power boat. (absurd)
2. Wally Clark nominated John Collins for radioing in a message that Spud would finish ahead of Regalo and Starlight Express. With bad luck and questionable tactics, they actually finished last… Jim Dutton was revealed as the actual radio operator.
3. Tim Rann nominated Richard Hudson for hitting a Yeo Island reef. Richard wasn't present so the award was deflected to the unscathed racing crew member-Pam May-Straka. This would have been her first MEMA award. (Her husband, Joe Straka, on the other hand, was a recipient of the award twice before.)
4. John Vallis nominated Gerry and Anne Thompson for their 2017 “Body of Work.” A leaking thru-hull, errant toilet seat, unnecessarily replaced pump, Gorilla Glue mess, and unplanned swim were but a few of their 2017 boating events. Surrogates acted with the appropriate outrage at the nomination due to Gerry and Anne’s mysterious absence.
And the MEMA award for 2017 was awarded to...
ANNE and GERRY THOMPSON!(and accepted by those weird people waving cardboard faces...)
Dancing followed with SOUND SUCCESS providing the music. And the evening ended with members staying for the last few songs. (A true sign that everyone had a great time!)The Commodore's Ball takes organization and attention to detail. The success of this event is dependent upon our exceptional Social Director, Jo Graham and her troupe of volunteers, including: Marion Clark, Sheila Greenberg, Bonnie Curl, Donna Howells, Sandra Dutton, and Elaine Curran. Thank you to all for making it a memorable night!
It is 5:30 pm as this writer finishes this article and she's about to put her jet-lagged body back into bed... Sweet Dreams...
- Article submitted by Mary Laudien (aka PRAIRIE GIRL) http://www.marylaudien.com-
- Photos by Wally Clark, Cathy Carey, Donna Howells, Joanne McIlveen