Next General Membership Meeting is in January, 2014, at the Caddy Shack Restaurant (Rolling Hills Golf Club in Tempe). Directions to Rolling Hills on the sidebar. Please check back for the date.
Focus on LPSC Sailing Educators
Jim Cook of Victoria Sailing School in Denver visited Lake Pleasant this Fall to conduct an American Sailing Association (ASA) Instructor Qualification course in conjunction with the Sailboat Shop. LPSC members, Arly Benson, Bill Jung, Emily Kaufmann and Steve Shenkel were among the sailing instructor candidates.
“We focused on meeting the sailing requirements, leading seminars, and cramming one thousand facts into our heads.” reported Emily Kaufmann.
“After almost 50 years of sailing, I decided that I should get some sort of certification and start teaching something again.” said Arly Benson.
All the LPSC candidates who participated are now ASA instructors. The Club is lucky to have a healthy number of certified sailing instructors all poised to start new sailors on the right tack and to offer their expertise to fellow sailors. In addition to the new member instructors, Lynn Buchanan, Charlie Corridori, Tom Errickson, Ed Huntsman and Clint Sutter are trained ASA instructors as well as LPSC members. Mike and MaryEllen Ferring are US Sailing instructors and belong to the Club. (If you are a LPSC member and a certified sailing instructor, notify the Communications Directors and they will update the list.)
So, when a friend says, “I would love to learn to sail!” think of the wonderful resources we have within the Club. If you have never had a boating safety class consider a lesson. Almost anyone can benefit if they take a sailing class.
It is notable that boaters who have any formal boating education are highly unlikely to suffer an accident of consequence while on the water — and perhaps avoid the fruit cake burgee.
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Commodore’s View from the GangPlank for December 2013
As indicated by the title of this missive, the “gangplank” between “normal” life and the life aboard the good ship LPSC will be well traveled this month.
Most of the 2013 board will be heading towards land while transferring duties to the new 2014 board who will be boarding (get it?) the ship of LPSC. The month of transition (December) will be filled with setting the ship’s course for 2014, creating the schedule of fun events (both sailing and social) and enjoying the Christmas Party.
Congratulations are certainly in order for all of the new board members (and a few experienced ones) as they take over the helm — among other duties — on January 1, 2014. This new board brings to LPSC a whole lot of experience, energy and new exciting ideas. Let’s all chip in with our own ideas and energy to make our cub even better than it is now.
As the 2013 board retires (sort of), we can all feel good about the fun events we had, the new events, the educational programs, the Sunday Sail events, the Boys & Girls Club sail and the membership committee’s efforts. All of the dedication demonstrated by your board and members continues to make LPSC better and better. Participation in the General Membership meetings has increased by over 50%, new members have increased in numbers, excitement for the events and club has increased by a bunch, and hopes are high for an even better year coming up. Yea!
At this time I would like to personally thank all you board members and club members for all of your efforts in making this year successful and fun. How can I thank you? Don’t know. But all of you made my job easier by jumping in and helping when needed. And I know that the members who participated in the events (either by being there or helping out) had smiles on their faces and a little excitement in their voices. That’s what it’s all about — FUN! Wahoo! Thank-you!
Are you excited about the Cowboy Christmas party? Well, you should be, cowpokes, what with the chuck wagon servin’ up the vittles, trail ridin’ stories around the campfire right next to the host’s bunkhouse and the Marshall, or maybe the Sheriff, lookin’ to lock up an outlaw or two. Can’t have no shootout or nuthin’. Many thanks to our social committee for puttin’ this extravaganza together and to our hosts for puttin’ up with us cowboys and cowgirls.
Our next board meeting, which promises to be quite spirited, starts at 6 p.m. on Monday, December 9th (please see Meetup for location). Ya’ll are welcome — just let the hostess know if you will be attending.
Our club participation award will be … uh … awarded during the Wine & Cheese party in January (please see Meetup for time and place). You have participated, haven’t you?
Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year to all of you.
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