From the Dock Master
There will be a delivery of lumber for the floating dock on Friday, February 28. The pilings will be delivered on Wednesday, 3/5/14 after lunch. We need as many people as possible to help move the lumber into the fenced area. Please contact me or Eric Nodland ( 813-633-5175 ) if you can be there to help.
At the last member meeting I announced that I would like to pass on the position of Dockmaster. A suggestion has been made to the Board to consider the following positions to work closely with the Dockmaster. I feel this is a positive step to facilitate the smooth operation of TSS. Please contact me if you are interested in serving in one of these positions or would like further information.
1. Project Managers (2-3 persons)
2. On site daily marina and facilities managers(several)
3. H.A.T. Manager
The Work Party will be Saturday, March 1. There is a lot to do and we can use all that show up. Thanks to all who help.
Eric Nodland and his plumbing crew spent five hours on Saturday to fix a very serious water leak by the shower door at the club. It is suspected that the leak has been around for quite a long time and has cost the club a good deal of money.
Please watch out for any suspicious water standing in unusual places. With the large property that TSS has, and having water piped to a good number of points, it is possible that there are more leaks. Members spotting something wrong and reporting it to the Dockmaster, may save more money in the future.
WATCH OUT FOR WATER LEAKS, SAVE TSS MONEY.
From the Helm, February 2014
Well, Dan Fels and his crew put together a great Gasparilla Regatta and Party. We had 31 boats, the
food and beverage was excellent and, yes, TSS regained the "Shoot Out Trophy". If you missed it, you missed a good time. We need to consider doing a better job supporting the other area clubs and theirregattas. Even if you're not a hard core racer, participation will hone your skills and build new friendships.
Rich Kuechne gave TSS a nearly new large Samsung flat screen TV from his mother's estate. We need to thank Rich for his generosity. I have ordered a wall mount that should be delivered in a few days. Bill Cullen gave the club a Sony TV that is now in the entertainment cabinet, thank you Bill. The small TV will be utilized with our security system. I would warn you not to stand still too long at TSS; you might get painted by Jim Bothwell. Jim has been busy sprucing up the Club, painting, fixing doors, etc. Marge says she was glad to get him out of the house for a while, thanks Marge and thanks Jim for your efforts!
Remember, the Change of Watch celebration is March 29 th and costs $25.00 per person. Barbara Gocek will have tickets available Monday night at the General Membership Meeting. We need to thank Barbara for organizing the event.
The weather has been all over place lately, so, when we see the sun; let's get out and go Sailing!!
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In accordance with the TSS Bylaws, Commodore Jim Allen has appointed the Nominating Committee, whose names and contact info are below.
If you are interested in serving as an officer or director, or if you would like a member to be considered for the 2014-2015 Watch, please contact anyone on the Nominating Committee. We'd love to hear from you!
We are looking for qualified candidates to represent the best interests of TSS and our fellow members. The following seats are available:
Two 1-year directors , in the unlikely event that Jim Boggs and Don Swartz choose not to serve the remaining 1-year of their 2-year term .
At the membership meeting on 1/20/14 , the Nominating Committee will present a recommended slate of officers and directors and report the names of all members who were presented to the Committee and seconded, but not selected for the slate. At that meeting, the Commodore will ask for floor nominations and allow every candidate the opportunity to speak. Nominations close in January and the names of all qualified nominees are posted at the Clubhouse no later than the first Monday in February.
The election is at the February membership meeting, when the nominee receiving the most votes of the votes cast is elected. Officers and directors for the 2014-2015 Watch are installed at the March membership meeting.
Pat Austin, Chairperson 813-645-2262 firstname.lastname@example.org Member/1986
Greg Johnson 813-267-3862 Greg.johnson@ preciseconstruction.com Member/1981
Julie Stocksdale 727-418-5119 Iolani1@verizon.net Member/1993
Steve Hodge 813-641-3940 Smhodge12@gmail.com Member/2005
Greg Herschell 813-323-6602 email@example.com Member/2008
More From the Helm
As we are actively looking for a replacement for the D. Heil, I find it interesting this is on my Watch. As I have shared before, Doug and I were good friends. Doug was an active and very good sailor. I am afraid I would drive him nuts when he and Ginny would be on my boat. It wouldn't be long before Doug would ask if he could trim the sails, or adjust the rigging a bit. Sure enough, we would pick up a knot, or so.
Doug was very active in the TSS racing program and whether it was a Hobie, or a Columbia 22, or whatever, he would be competitive. The “African Queen”, the old launch and converted lifeboat, had a lot of character. With its' Pinto engine and tranny it was slow and made a poor chase boat for regattas. Doug felt strongly that the “Club” needed a suitable, strong launch and advocated a Mako by make. The D. Heil was not a new boat when it appeared at TSS, but, it has served us well for well over 20 years. The last time I saw Doug he was at the “Club” working on the D. Heil. I had spent some time with he, and the “ Tuesday Group” and was supposed to spend some time working in Sarasota that day. Doug convinced me to stick around a while longer, a week or so later he passed away. I am very thankful we spent that time together. I am very hopeful our new launch will serve us as well as our current one has. My vote would be to name it the D. Heil II.
The Holidays are a great time to reflect on the past and look forward to the new. I wish the membership the best this “Season”, and as always, let's go sailing!
We all hope that everyone is enjoying the free Wi-Fi and the availability of a computer.
Under the direction of the TSS Board we convened a committee to look at the AV needs of the club. The committee recommended and the TSS Board has approved the purchase of a TV and a data projector which will be purchased with funds that we will raise via donations, special event dinners and the 50/50 draw at the TSS Membership meetings. Attached for your information is the Power Point Presentation that was provided to the Board. More information regarding fundraising will be sent out shortly.
I thank the committee (Deborah Doyle, Dan Otte, Marc Sexton, and Don Swartz) for their guidance. We all feel that as we look forward through the next 10 years these purchases will be beneficial to the club and will help to make it a place where people will want to come and be a part of all the wonderful things happening at TSS.
If there are any questions, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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