Thank you to CMD Jeanne Koenig, lunch hosts P/C Bill and Anne George for their contributions to the event and specifically this article.
On May 21 the Down East Yacht Club hosted the DEYC Commodores Lunch at DiMillo’s on the Water in Portland, Maine.
A Social Hour preceded the lunch. The DEYC store was open during this time. R/C Aaron Rugh and his wife, Suzanne, displayed many new items to check out!
Hosts P/C Bill and Anne George were instrumental in revisiting the old tradition of a more formal setting: suggesting gents shed their flip flops and T-shirts while ladies trade their shorts and sandals for a more ceremonial formal look. Anne George checked guests in and assigned tables to the attendees. Membership Cards and 2022 DEYC Rosters were distributed. Bridge hosts guided people towards the adult beverage area.
A DEYC meeting was next on the agenda. CMD Koenig welcomed guests to the 2022 boating season. V/C Brent Pope spoke of upcoming events during the summer season, reminding members first next annual event on this year’s busy schedule is the Launch Party, to be held on June 11 at Luke’s Boatyard in East Boothbay. The Club will participate in Boothbay Harbor’s Windjammer Days activities this year which is held at the end of June. Anne George talked about the “Club’s Float” for the Street Parade.
The very popular DEYC Cruise will be held in July again this year. Certainly, the calendar is full of boating fun!
Commodore Jeanne Koenig introduced the Past Commodores who were present. Carole McCarthy, wife of P/C Bob McCarthy, now deceased, longest tenured member of the DEYC in attendance, was acknowledged.
R/C Aaron Rugh and spoke about the upcoming annual DEYC Cruise, the Tug Boat dock, moorings, and our Mooring Share Program organized by member Jan Mildram.
New members John and Tracey Dubois, Gail and Randy Rice, Andrew Roberts, Phil and Kristin Stanley and Steven Whipple were introduced to a standing ovation. A moment of silence for deceased members and friends was observed. Among the recently departed was Perry Edwards Bradley member since 1998, survived by wife, Sue.
Before the buffet, Past Commodore Bob Wheeler 2004-05 gave the blessing.
The feast was on! A Captain’s Buffet indeed! Baked haddock, Prime grade tenderloin -Tip, Italian pasta, Parmesan roasted green beans and fingerling potatoes, salad with choice of dressings, Italian bread, assorted desserts and beverages.
Commodore Jeanne Koenig addressed the members with an inspired accounting of her concept of our meaningful club. There is immense power when a group of people with similar interests gets together to work toward the same goals. We endeavor to combine two passions --- socializing and boating!