As I take the helm I want to thank everyone for giving me the honor and opportunity to lead you through the next year. As I have stated in past posts, I joined the Squadron in 2002 and then sat on the sidelines. I finally got in gear 5 years later and slowly became involved. I participated in Adopt-a- Street and a few other volunteer events.
I was then approached to be the Squadron Public Relations Officer, which scared the daylights out of me! It was intimidating but I was assured that I would be assisted with the venture so, I stepped up and took the position. From that position I went to Administrative Officer. During that 2 year stint I became very involved with activities of the Squadron; street clean up, parades, rendezvous, boat shows, etc. I then became the Executive Officer with the knowledge that I was heading for Commander. With higher Bridge positions came more responsibility and also a greater understanding of the organization.
I look back and wish I would have grasped the concept earlier on. After 17 years in the Squadron I have been able to garner 12 merit marks. I could have more if I would have started earlier!
I encourage members, especially newer ones, to jump in early in your membership and experience the satisfaction of giving to others through our many public activities, not to mention the experience gained from the many classes available to you!
So, as we power (and sail) into the summer months lets enjoy our time together with friends and know that we are part of a great organization that strives to make safe the very activities we endeavor to participate in.
Be Safe on the Water