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March Musings from the Helm
by Rhonda Brewer, 2015 Commodore
In 1785 William Cowper wrote “Variety’s the spice of life, That gives it all its flavour.” Although poet Cowper was referring to the English countryside in his poem The Task, the saying also applies to our Club, sailing and our own Lake Pleasant. The strength of our Club lies in the diverse experiences and backgrounds of our members, the variety of activities and programs in which we participate, not to mention the range of weather conditions and temperatures we enjoy at Lake Pleasant.
I think it would be interesting to survey the educational and occupational backgrounds of our members. I know for a fact that we have doctors, accountants, engineers, artisans, pilots, teachers, dieticians, realtors, computer analysts, and salesmen among our ranks. I think it is safe to assume that you all could add at least a dozen or more off the top of your heads!
At the February general meeting I made my way around the room sharing the beautiful “LPSC” guitar made by Dave Brickner. As I moved from table to table, I noticed the variety of topics being discussed over dinner. This mixture of interest and expertise combined with a shared love of sailing makes the Lake Pleasant Sailing Club a diverse organization that has last more than 37 years.
Because we are such a diverse group, it is important that we plan, implement and support a variety of activities throughout the year. Some of our members are very social and enjoy activities that allow them dress up, play games and make Pinterest-worthy recipes to share at raftups. Other enjoy just a day of sailing and a relaxing evening under the stars-nary a Pinterest recipe to be found! Some of our members are transitioning from sailing to camping and enjoy the two land/water events the Club sponsors each year. Other members have left the sailing world but still enjoy the land-only events-spring breakfast and fall picnic. These events are a great opportunity to connect with the folks that have kept this Club strong for so many years. Relatively new events like dock parties and Sunday Sails have attracted another group of members. These newer members are looking for connections, education, and the sharing of experiences and expertise from the Club. This is a whole new group to share our stories with!
Anyone who has sailed a whole year at Lake Pleasant knows that we enjoy diverse weather and temperatures while sailing at Lake Pleasant. Even in the brutal heat of the summer or the two and one-half days of “frigid” winter we suffer through each February, there is usually at least one LPSC boat scooting across the lake. To paraphrase the United States Post Office unofficial motto “Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, stays these LPSC sailors from the swift (or sometimes not) completion of their appointed rounds.”
Hopefully, March will bring us an even greater variety of members, activities, programs and even weather so that the LPSC can remain the spicy, flavorful Club we all enjoy.
(Earlier “Views” are published in the ARCHIVE category on the sidebar.)