Very soon it will again be time to elect a set of board members. Nominations typically fall during a time of year when people have put their boats away and are deep into making holiday plans. In the last few years this has resulted in the previous board serving another year in the same post or trading jobs with another board member and continuing another term.  After some period of time doing the same jobs efficiency tends to replace inspiration. The club founders knew that when they wrote term limits into the bylaws. The basic requirements of board members are attending a meeting once a month and writing something for the newsletter or now maybe the blog. The more elusive part is bringing enthusiasm, new ideas, and new points of view to the party. To date two veteran club members, but who will be brand new to the board, have agreed to be nominees for 2011. Robert Davenport agreed to the post of secretary and Lee Howard for my current post of vice commodore. This is a really good start and good news. Lavon Yacht Club has a great tradition, a great facility, and a dedicated group working hard to keep it all going. Think about being a part of that group for a few hours of spare time in 2011.

Speaking of board members, I have to point out how a diligent effort all year long by our current racing commodore has paid off. Larry approached every racing event with his tees all dotted and eyes crossed, with a plan and a backup plan. By the time the rescheduled Founders regatta was held recently it all came together for the best race day in years (although I may be slightly biased).  I really hope this marks the start of a renewed interest in racing. If you want to race sailboats on Lake Lavon, there aren’t a lot of options.  Because such a productive effort deserves to be given a chance to grow, I have no choice but to nominate Mr. Kousal for another term as racing commodore.   I simultaneously volunteer to help with all 2011 racing activities, as long as they don’t involve dinking with computers like this.

Tom Johnson

  1. Larry Kousal says:

    Since there is not a chance that we can convince Tom to take on the Race Commodore position ever again, there doesn’t seem to be any alternative but for me to accept the nomination. Were it not for the high level of participation in the Founders Regatta, I would have never again considered accepting. That event evoked fond memories of days gone by, and provided just enough incentive for me to go on for one more year.

    The club was originally organized primarily to advance the sport of racing on Lavon. For better than twenty years, that core group of racers was the glue that held the club together. Most of those real enthusiasts have now moved on. And I am intimately aware of the notion that the focus of the club’s membership has evolved away from that primary goal of those founders. Times have changed, and so have we. But there’s still a few of us left, just barely enough to keep that element of the club alive. And there’s a chance that we might just gain a couple more competitors. So, it would seem a shame to dump the whole program altogether. Without a racing program on Lavon, I, personally, would be forced to pull up roots and move to Ray Hubbard (yuck!).

    So, here we are, trying to satisfy the interests of the club while trying to avoid frustration due to lack of participation. Our current plan is that we will, again, further shrink the schedule down to just a few strategically placed regattas. Those regattas will coincide with social events at the club pavilion. The Spring and Fall Series will go away. It would be a shame to delete the Summer Series, but, considering the lack of participation this year, we must consider doing so. We would also consider actually expanding the Sunfish Regattas to four, since it has always seems to be well attended. We are open to any comments and/or suggestions. Just let us know.

  2. mike
    mike says:

    I want to say thanks to Kenny who has worked very hard for years on the newsletter. Although not everyone turns in their articles timely, he works hard to get a good newsletter out to us all. As we move toward a blog instead of a newsletter, we will see how well that is received.

  3. Ton Johnson says:

    I know Mike also contributed a lot to getting out the printed newsletter. Maybe Mike and Kenny can use the time freed up by going to the blog to race more. Question. Why is Larry,s picture an avitar, Mike a red X, and mine nada?

  4. Ton Johnson says:

    When the movie “Wind” came out in the early ’90’s the plot was considered hokey and it closed three days after it opened. That was the only time Phyllis and I saw it until last night. She latched on to an old VHS and we rewatched it last night. The plot still had major flaws but was fun and the racing action was enthralling, and Jennifer Gray was cute as a button. If everyone with a sailboat watched this right before racing season the line would have to get a lot longer. Has anyone checked out “Charlie St. Cloud” for a recent Hollywood take on racing?

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