Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago
Donít miss the chance to celebrate 35 years of Fleet 21! Our Awards Banquet is set for November 22, 2008. Weíve done our best to make this a special event now we ask you to help make it a success by attending. Bring along a raffle basket if youíd like. Reservations are due today! Join us as we:
A MESSAGE FROM THE COMMODORE
As I sit down to write this, my last Commodoreís message, I really am at a loss for words. Being Commodore has been an honor and a privilege. I would encourage any one out there who hasnít been Commodore to give it a try. The real secret is that all your board members and Club members do all the hard work and you get the glory. Seriously, thatís how it feels to me. I suppose that what I really should do is take this time to thank everybody who has been on the board, headed a committee, hosted an outing or been the subject of an occasional mention in my message in this newsletter.
Iíll do that. Without singling anyone out for fear of failing to mention someone else, thank you. Thank you all.
When I took this position two years ago I set a couple of personal goals for myself. I wanted to try to find the right balance between quality and quantity. Nothing we do as a club should have be a burden for the people who to put it together. Our board had a couple less meetings this year, but it seems like every general meeting/program and every outing was very well attended. Again, when the people putting these things together know what theyíre doing, it all goes well.
Kind of a corollary to my first goal, I also hoped to not leave the Club any worse off than when I took over. I donít mean that there was anything wrong with the Club, I just didnít want to screw anything up. Some moments were touch and go. We had some last minute cancellations and I realized that we had scheduled events that coincided with concerts or that one of our meetings I actually set on a Sunday before I had to change it at the last minute.
I also wanted to leave the Club with the same local and regional reputation for be an active and interested group of sailors. In all these things I hope I have met with some small measure of success.
Bill Thompson will be installed as our new Commodore at the awards banquet this November 22nd. Bill has been both Secretary and Treasurer while I have been Commodore. Bill has been steadfast in his dedication to this Club. I really never needed to ask anything of Bill because I knew it was already taken care of. I know that Bill will bring the same dedication and determination as Commodore. If he asks you to help out please say ďyesĒ without hesitation. We all have other things going on in our lives but then again we all joined this Club for a reason. Whatever your reason was, take the time to help out.
Iíll finish this message with what has become a theme in many previous messages: If you are a member of this Club, no matter where you go, youíll meet someone you know. For me thatís more true now than when I started this job.
Stay connected. Good Health and Peace to all.
Brian D. Ruxton
Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
invites you to attend the 2009
Chicago Strictly Sail Show
Strictly Sail: Itís that time of year
again to start making plans to come on out to Navy Pier for the 2009 Strictly
Sail Show. As always, weíve got beautiful rooms reserved at the Hampton Inn &
Suites, 33 W. Illinois, for both Friday and Saturday night (January 30-31) at
great rates! Over 100 Catalina Fleet 21 and LMCA members and their guests stayed
downtown Friday and/or Saturday night last year and made a whole weekend of it.
Why don't you plan to do the same!