Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago
Burnham Park Yacht Club
After the potluck it’s just one week to our next activity : the Strictly
Sail show and Winter Rendezvous at the Hampton Inn. Strictly Sail will
be held January 28 through 31 this year. As always we will be manning a
Catalina Owner’s booth at the show. Volunteers are needed to be at the
booth during all hours of the show. This is a great deal! Your admission
to the show is paid for when you spend some time working at the booth
for Fleet 21. There are a few time slots remaining. Contact Dave DeAre
at to volunteer. Following the show on Saturday
1/30 is the Winter Rendezvous at the Hampton Inn. This is always a fun
time to renew your sailing friendships, have a little fun and have the
opportunity to take home something from the raffle that Catalina Yachts
If you have not yet reserved your room at the Hampton Inn for that
weekend, please contact me (312/923-8378 or
Madalyn Duerr ) right
away. After the show closes on Saturday, January 30, the Fleet 21 Winter
Rendezvous will be held in the Hospitality Room on the second floor of
Pizza, salad and soft drinks will be served. The cost is $10 per person
and will be collected at the door. Looking forward to seeing you at the
show and the rendezvous.
WARM UP A WINTER NIGHT
A fire crackling in the fireplace, pictures of warm summer fun on the
big screen, friends sharing a drink, the smell of good food wafting
through the room…doesn’t that sound like a pleasant evening? It’s our
annual potluck! Really! That’s what it’s like. It’s a great way to warm
up a January night. This year the pot luck is Saturday, January 23 at
the Corinthian Yacht Club located at Montrose Harbor. Join us and get
the new year off to a sailing start.
Even though we continue to call this event a “potluck,” it’s really a
catered dinner (the yacht club makes us use their catering service).
We’ll start off with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. They have a bar and very
reasonable drink prices. The catered dinner is $12.50 per person and
will begin about 7:30 p.m. After dinner we’ll have a very brief business
meeting, and get down to the fun of a brown bag auction. Bring some item
you’re happy to part with in a stapled shut brown bag. Indicate an
estimated value on the outside of the bag and a clue to its contents.
Then the bidding begins! Our fast talking auctioneer will get you to
part with a surprising amount of cash so be sure to bring some so you
can go home with someone else’s brown bag treasure. Besides the brown
bag auction item, bring a log for the fire and your membership renewal
form (included in this newsletter).
RSVP to Bill and Mickie Thompson at 630-257-8052 by Jan. 20.
A MESSAGE FROM THE COMMODORE
Happy New Year to all our Fleet 21 members and their families. At the
start of the new year I try to reflect on the past year and look forward
to the upcoming year and begin the planning of the club for 2010. In
looking back we had a busy year of activities; programs, outings, social
activities and of course the banquet. I think we did a pretty good job
based on the weather last year. The only thing I think we as a board
were not very successful at was in recruiting help for the various
committees. But that was last year and we begin again.
I would like to take this opportunity to ask the membership to step up
and volunteer to help. I know we are all very busy and have multiple
facets to our lives and sailing is only one part of that picture. But
the club needs help if we are going to continue to provide the wide
variety of activities that we currently do. The board is very flexible
in terms of what we need and how much participation is necessary for any
one individual. We can split any of the positions on the committees up
among any number of people so one person does not have to come to all of
the meetings. In many cases much of the participation could be done via
email. At this point we have a great need for a Secretary, and once
again this could be split between people if say one person is away
during the winter months. The other positions that we need help with
• Secretary – Takes minutes at each meeting and corresponds meeting
notices to the board.
• Programs – Puts together programs for the general meetings.
• Fund Raising – Sets up and implements various fund raising programs
for the fleet.
We also have a couple of positions that the current committee chair has
asked for a replacement but none has yet to be found. One in particular
is the Mainsheet editor. Hazel Luther has done this job for over 10
years and is looking to retire. The Mainsheet is published quarterly and
a report of Fleet 21’s activities needs to be published in each issue. I
know we must have at least one aspiring writer in the club that can take
on this job. Again if we have more than one volunteer we could split the
responsibility between them.
If you can help and volunteer even some of your time please contact me
at 630-257-8052 or via email me, Bill Thompson and we can
discuss options. Many hands make for much lighter work!
On a lighter note we have some upcoming activities that I need to
mention. Our first is the annual “Pot Luck”, which is also the first
opportunity to renew your membership in Fleet 21. The details are still
being worked out as I write this so please refer to the front page for
The next activity is the Strictly Sail show and Winter Rendezvous at the
Hampton Inn. Details are also in this newsletter.
Winter Rendezvous Chairman
Please Note: If you choose to bring in another beverage of choice, we
just ask that you please be extremely discreet about it.
Fleet members may list items they want to sell, trade or buy in this
column without any charge.
Email listings to
Carolyn DeAre or
mail to Fleet Sheet Editor, 306 Linden St., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137.
Listings run for 2 issues unless you notify me otherwise.
Your 2010 membership renewal form is included in this newsletter. Please
fill it out completely even if your information has not changed. Bring
your completed form to the January potluck or mail it to Pat and Ron
75 Fleet members dined, danced and sparkled at the Awards Banquet on
Awards were presented as follows:
Boat of the Year went to Branson and Danita Stone for all their work for
Commodore’s Award went to Nancy Bartlett for her enthusiasm and help
Racer of the Year went to Ray Kalinsky in recognition of his racing
activities including participation in the Mac Race with other Fleet
members as crew.