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Commodore’s Corner – October 2011

“I’m SAILING!!!!!”  We’ve all seen Bill Murray strapped to the mast shouting for joy that HE IS SAILING! I’m sure many of you had the same feelings as the fall season began this month and you and your crew headed back out no the water together.

As soon as Fall Season starts that also means it’s time to start thinking about the AYC BDR – the BIRTHDAY and LEUKEMIA CUP REGATTA!! Start going through your contact lists and get yourself ready to be part of our biggest AYC community service event of the year.

Lots of volunteers will be needed, as always, so be on the lookout for emails and phone calls from the BDR Committee to see how you can help to make this year’s installment another great success for sailing and for helping to CURE BLOOD CANCERS!

Hope to see you on the water!

Emory Heisler
Commodore

Commodore’s Corner – July 2011

“Help Wanted!  Inquire Within!” 

Many wonderful ideas have been flowing in from you all in the past months since I became Commodore, and now YOU can provide the hands, heads and hearts to bring them to life. 

Here’s your chance to fill in some of that “free time” you have (ha, ha) by helping out the sport you love.  Volunteers are needed to both lead and support several Arizona Yacht Club special committees:  Here are just a few places where you and your special talents and interests can help improve your club.

Juniors: The junior program’s activity level has always been “parent driven”, and that activity has dropped off in recent years after “graduation” and relocation of several of those families.  If you have kids and want to see more Kid-Friendly sailing and social activities, this is the committee for you! 

Equipment: Got a special talent for “messing around with boats”?  Love the smell of curing epoxy and fiberglass?  Got a trailer-hitch and a little free time to haul a boat down to Phoenix Fiberglass?  Keeping up with all the little repairs and preventive maintenance on our AYC/ASF Fleet is a never ending job – opportunity! – for you if any part of this sounds like what you like to do in your spare time. 

Adopt-a-boat:  This one is pretty simple.  If you want to adopt a boat, we need to have someone to manage the adoption process.  This is a perfect position for someone that wants to sail at TTL, but doesn’t feel a big need to race.  Yes, you can manage your own adoption paperwork!  Like everything in AYC, it doesn’t happen on it’s own. 

History:  As we’ve “gone digital”, and simply by the passing of time, we’ve lost visibility of our history, and many have suggested that it would be wonderful to see that history at club meetings, and online.  This one calls for a little bit of the “librarian” in you for researching and organizing club’s history from the many cabinets and boxes of material, AND for some folks with high speed scanners to help get it into online form.

Marketing: From “brochure” design, to “working a booth” (or a boat) at local events, this is a great role for someone that loves to tell the story of AYC to others at events like Tempe Arts Fair, Lake Pleasant events, TTL events, REI “water sports day”, etc.  Help us get the word out about what a great club we have! 

You’ll keep hearing me say this, “Many hands make light work!” Please give me a call (602 679 0462) or drop me a quick email to let me know where you can help bring more life to the ideas that keep coming in about these types of activities and services in our club.

Emory Heisler
Commodore

Commodore’s Corner June 2011

Ahoy Arizona Yacht Club!  So here I am, Commodore!  Whoa! You really can’t believe how surprising it is to me that I’m in this position.  Well, ok, yeah I suppose it’s pretty surprising to some of you too.

Experience?  OK, I ain’t got it….but fortunately, we have a great Board of Directors to help keep me out of trouble and help create a great year for us all.  We have past Commodores (Joe, Greg, Mike and Mike), former Commodores from other clubs (Roger, Philip), tried and true BoD mainstays of the past few years in Trey, Cindy and Tony, my good buddyJohn Mayall at the helm of the ASF and our lone “newbie” Brenda Shears that has no qualms about keeping me in my place.  THAT is some talent.  (Thank goodness!)

Talented as this bunch is, a ship the size of AYC needs a big crew too and that means we need YOUR help too.  So step up, “grab a line”, ask how you can help “trim” the sails on this vessel we call the Arizona Yacht Club.  Crew comes in all shapes and sizes and there are roles just right for everyone to make a difference, from racing, sailing classes, and equipment maintenance, to helping re-energize our juniors program, getting our “Golden Sailors” on board, and on and on.  “Many hands make light work!”

First on the agenda for the year is FAMILY NIGHT.  Come on out and bring the kids for a night of fun for everyone.

I look forward to seeing each and every one of you this year!

Fair winds!

      Emory

Commodore’s Corner

My year as Commodore is nearing its end and that can only mean IT’S TIME FOR THE COMMODORE’S BALL!

The Commodore’s Ball will be held “lake side” on May 14, 2011 at the Chart House Restaurant in Scottsdale on McCormick Lake. We have a very nice lineup of exciting evening events scheduled, I hope you can join us for the annual celebration of the Arizona Yacht Club

SCHEDULE FOR THE EVENING:
6pm-7pm Social Hour
7pm-9pm Dinner and Program
9pm-????  Celebrate!!!

Registration is available online and additional details will be mailed out in with the 2011-2012 Board of Director Ballots.  To register CLICK HERE.

Speaking of elections, I want to thank all our volunteers that have stepped up to fill in all the seats for the 2011-2012 AYC Board. I’m looking forward to working with Emory and the new team from the Jr. Staff “chair.”

Enjoy the rest of spring! Hope to see you on the water!

Joe

Commodore’s Corner – March 2011

Well here we are at the end of February and about to begin March. For those who race at TTL, don’t forget that we start racing an hour later 3pm “first horn” in March and April.

The start of the 2011 ASF programs is just one more indication that the club is on its way to getting all things back to normal after Tempe Town Lake was recovered. With Start Sailing Right back “on the water” many new faces have shown up, anxious to learn abour sailing, which may be the realization of a lifelong dream, some young, some older.  Trying to keep them actively involved in sailing once they have completed the course is always a challenge.  We always promote joining AYC and gaining access to boats through the Adopt-A-Boat program as a means to more time on the water.

We, as a club, could maybe do more and this is a great transition into our March General Membership meeting. This month’s speaker, Nicholas D. Hayes, is a noted author who is running around the country speaking on the subject of “Saving Sailing”. He has some interesting insights into how clubs can actively grow membership and re-build a base of growth for an active sailing community. I would encourage all you to come and hear what he has to say and to take up the challenge.

And…don’t forget to reserve the date of May 14th for the Commodores dinner at the Charthouse restaurant.

Joe

From the Commodore’s Chair-February 2011

The 2011 year has been a busy year already with our Birthday Regatta and many other activities.  The March General Membership presentation will be Nicholas Hayes, an author who has recently been speaking all over the country about how sailing programs are being revitalized. I hope you can attend that session as it will be all of US that will need to help the club go forward.

The club does not go forward on its own, and relies on the continued participation of the membership.  Please step up and ask what you may do to help the club.  I know that each member will bring their strengths to the club if even for an hour a month. Clearly we need your help.

I am looking forward to the Commodores Dinner which will be coming up May 14th at the Chart House at McCormick Ranch.  We will have a festive evening of great dining along with awards and summary presentations with introductions of the next AYC governing board.  Planning is already under way and details of the event will be made available very soon.  So don’t forget to block that date for a very nice evening and watch the website or look for e-mails coming soon about the event.

Thanks.

Joe

Joe Motil
Commodore
Arizona Yacht Club

New Year’s Message from the Commodore

Ahoy,

Here we are on the eve of a new year and my wish for you in the coming year is summed up in a toast below.

We raise a toast to the good water, where boats abound never aground and has brought us these drinks, and the friendship that has brought us together to enjoy them. We raise a toast to the people that have gone on to better world, and the ones that have gone on to other lands. Though they are not with us in body, we raise this toast to their spirit, their memory, and the memories that we have created with them.

Happy New Years and I hope that the coming year is better tan the last as the promise of a new day inspires us to make it better in everyway.

Joe Motil

The Call of the Sea

Commodore Motil,

All these many years my “Pop” (90) has had another love in his life besides my mother; it’s his love of…the sea. A while back I wrote a song with him in mind. Now, with the internet, there are pictures with the words. It’s titled, “The Call of the Sea” and, since you have the same “calling,” I thought you might like to see it. I’d be honored if you did.

All the best, stay warm, and…smooth sailing,

Robert (bob) Edwards

Thanks to Chrisann Tortora for website image.

From the Commodore’s Desk…

Ahoy Friend,

Welcome to the newly revised AYC website. This is a new effort at taking a great idea and trying to make it even better. What you see before you is the result of efforts to upgrade and add features to one of our main communication tools, the AYC website. Much of what was created before is being utilized in the new design. This is so that members and anyone wanting to find out about sailing in Arizona, can interact with our site.  Change always seems tough but the technologies of today require adaptation.

Please join me in a well deserved thank you to Mike Ferring for his multiple years of service as webmaster,  shaping and giving the website much of its look and style. Mike has done a fabulous job with our website.  Nicely done!  After many years of dedication, Mike made his decision to pass the baton on. Rob Gibbs has accepted the challenge as the new webmaster and stepped up to help renovate the new website you see before you.

There are new social networking tools embedded into this website. These enable a broader range of communication formats that allow you to be notified directly of current events and activities when they are posted. As with all new things, it will take time to shape it into the mature product our former web sight had become but it will allow for easier maintenance and facilitate a broader outreach.

Yours in sailing,

Joe Motil