A Message From Your Incoming Commodore

I would like to introduce myself; my name is Alvin Clarke, and I am the newly elected Commodore for the MacGregor Yacht Club of BC.

Introducing the rest of this years Bridge; Rick Thompson – Immediate Past Commodore, Steve St-Amour – Active Past Commodore, Ken Downes – Active Past Commodore, Darry Major – Active Past Commodore, Peter Rodenburgh – Rear Commodore, Ron Gillies – Treasurer, Kelvin Dueck – Membership Captain, Darren Jensen – Regatta Captain, Andy Sigrist – Web Captain, Alex Boronowski – Assistant Web Captain, Eric Manevich – Social Media Captain, Darry Major – Education/Safety Officer, Ken Poole – Photographer, Tim Nicholas – Quartermaster, and Alan Fisher – Member at Large

On behalf of the Club, the Bridge, and myself, I want to extend our thanks to our outgoing Commodore, Rick Thompson.

Rick led the Club though turbulent times. The bigger challenges that Rick took on were:

  • Rapid growth in club membership. The club grew from sixty-one members in 2015 to 145 members at the end of the 2021 season.
  • The membership profile changed from one dominated by local members to distant members making up the majority.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic fell upon us in early 2020 upsetting our status quo and continues to have a detrimental impact on Club operations to this day.

Rick was selfless in donating his time to club duties, mentoring, tutoring new members, leading Club Cruises, and assisting members with boat repairs and modifications.

A few of Rick’s highlight accomplishments as Commodore are:

  • Introducing hybrid Club nights using ZOOM to include our Distant members in our club business and presentations,
  • Developing a completely online meeting format via ZOOM to continue our Club Nights through the COVID-19 period,
  • Started the “Virtual Dock Parties,”
  • Created numerous boat modifications and DIY sail gear videos,
  • Developed our MYCBC Logbook, and
  • Sourced sailing reference books and obtained Club discounts for volume purchases.

Rick now assumes the role as Immediate Past Commodore. We look forward to Rick’s continued involvement with the Club and the Club’s Bridge.

Everyone that takes on a role like the one I have just assumed stands on the shoulders of those that preceded them. I am lucky that the Club is built on a very solid base, and I can only hope to add to that foundation.

As well as continuing to support current Club operations I have the additional goals that I would like to accomplish over my tenure as Commodore. These goals include:

  1. Engage more member participation in the Club’s decision-making processes.
  2. Garner more input from members in selecting cruise destinations, presentation ideas, and suggestions to improve the Club,
  3. Improve the quality of our ZOOM presentations during Club Nights that involve an in-person gathering.
  4. Break down the duties of existing volunteer positions so that the time commitment averages two hours per month with a maximum of four hours per month.
  5. Solicit new volunteers to become actively involved in the Club’s operations.

To date, the operation of the Club has been run by a small, dedicated core of volunteers. The rapid growth in Club membership and the expansion of Club offerings has placed an onerous time commitment on the existing volunteers. The Bridge needs a lot more volunteer assistance if the membership wants to see the Club continue to grow, evolve, and improve.

The talent pool that exists within our membership is vast and deep. New volunteers typically bring new talents, perspectives and fresh ideas that can only improve the club and move it forward. Hopefully with your support and active involvement, we as a team can make the additional goals a reality.

I look forward to another fun filled and challenging year with the Club and hope to see you on the water, at Club Nights, and other Club events.

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