Many thanks to those of you who attended the Semi-Annual Meeting on Sunday, October 5. I know it was a difficult day with racing and scarce parking, so thanks to those that came!
Highlights from the meeting included the following:
•Christening of the 1965 Champion of the Chase. Ed Gehres represented the Men’s Sweep team and said a few words about the legacy of the crew that won the 1965 Head of the Charles Men’s Sweep event and we were fortunate to have Jim Edmonds – a member of that crew – on hand for the christening.
•Unveiling of a drawing of Jim Edmonds and Tony Johnson commemorating their partnership in a pair in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Both Jim and Tony were there for the unveiling. The drawing has been the Edmonds family for many years and they have donated it to the club. It will reside in the kitchen until the new vestibule is complete. Please take a moment to look at it. It is a remarkable drawing!
•Standard business was conducted. Pamela Roberts, President, gave an overview of what has been happening since the Annual Meeting in April, and Chad Jungbluth, Treasurer, review the financials of the club through September 30, 2014.
•Election for Float Officers was held. These positions ensure the safety and security of the float, ramps and on the water. The current team was reelected with no opposition.
•Chuck Selden, Captain
•First Lieutenant, Stephen Weiss
•Second Lieutenant, Bill Kostoff
•The winners of the 2014 Challinor Award were announced. Lenny Futterman, who is racing for PBC in the Men’s Championship Single, was the recipient of the men’s award. Emily Schmieg is representing PBC in the Women’s Lightweight Single. Both are members of the Open Sculling Program.
•The President presented the Bleed Red Awards to two well deserving members. Jim Edmonds received the award for his many years of quiet, behind the scenes service to the club and David Bowyer received the award for the support that he has provided to Cal Sutliff in recent years as they work to keep our house together.
New House Chair
One of the announcements was that Cal Sutliff is resigning as House Chair at the end of 2014. He says it is for real this time. So the President asked for volunteers to step up to fill Cal’s very big shoes for this very important job. I am pleased to announce that Sebastian von Marschall has volunteered to take on this role. We will be transitioning from Cal to Sebastian over the next couple of months and you can count on us asking for additional volunteers to take the lead on projects. So a BIG shout out to Sebastian!
The members were reminded of the category of Life Member, which is awarded to members who have provided sustained volunteerism to the club over the years. Any Senior Member can nominate someone for Life Membership by notifying the Board of Governors. The candidate will be presented at a Board of Governors meeting and can be approved for Life Membership with a unanimous vote of the Board. So please send the names of the candidates you would like to be considered to [email protected]
The ramps have become slippery, especially those on the downstream end. We are working to fix that situation, but PLEASE BE CAREFUL as you traverse the ramps while they are damp.
Good luck to everyone racing this weekend at the Head of the Charles! We look forward to many guaranteed entries for next year! GO PBC!