If you missed the opening day at DCYC, you missed a real treat . Though the rain never came, the wind did prevent any water activities. Nevertheless, we made the best of it. Chance Beck did a great job coordinating the event as he has done for several years. With over 40 members and guests in attendance, the club and season was blessed by Pastor Donna Sutton Oaks of Oak Grove Methodist Church. Drake Ditmer and Ryan Dickey (future commodores?) did a great job raising our flags as each officer was announced followed by shotgun blast performed by Darrin Ditmer. I was delighted to have twelve past commodores join us, including Forrest Garb (1970), Jack Coke (1978) & Dick Leavitt (1979) whom we don’t see much. All past commodores were presented a piece of the old docks destroyed by Tropical Storm Bill on June 18th 2015. Each also gave a brief memory of their time as commodore, which was a joy to hear. We heard stories of the harbor being dry with keels stuck in the mud, old wooden docks covered with snakes, a Volkswagen floating in the harbor and the merger of the club with members from Pier 121. A few commodore facts were also shared as well.
The morning ceremony was topped off with a toast of champagne, then followed by a wonderful lunch and social time .
Throughout the day, we were delighted to see some of our recent newest members join in. We also had one new member sign up that very day and is going through the BOG approval process as I write this. In addition, a few other guests showed up and toured our facilities. The evening ended with a great burger burn and social time coordinated by Pam Hancock with help of grill masters Jim Hancock and Chris Hoskins upstairs in our newly refurbished clubhouse. We all thoroughly enjoyed the evening, even staying until past 9 PM, reminiscing about the day’s events.
I want to personally thank all of those that helped in any way and for all those that supported the club with their attendance.
Let’s look forward to a great rest of the year .
James Hankins – Commodore 2017
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