District 8 - Florida
  International Order of the Blue Gavel

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Mark Your Calendars

Meeting Schedule

Winter Meeting
January 29-30, 2016
St. Augustine YC
St. Augustine, Florida


Spring Meeting
May 20-21, 2016
Gulf Harbors YC

New Port Richey, Florida

Annual Meeting
October 7-8, 2016
Pelican Isle YC

Naples, Florida


Each member should make an effort to attend at least 1 Regional District 8 meeting a year. The experience is very rewarding.


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A Message from President Shaun Graser


Welcome to IOBG District 8,

It will be my distinct honor to serve as your President for 2016. The goal of District 8 IOBG is to preserve the traditions of yachting and seamanship and pass those on to future generations.

According to the international IOBG website: “We strive to preserve the proven traditions, customs and ethics of yachting so that they may not be lost to those yet to come.  We meet locally, regionally, nationally and internationally in the true spirit of camaraderie enhanced by our common bond of having been a Commodore.”

Our camaraderie is not limited to only past Commodores as we embrace all members of our member yacht clubs as well as the younger generations who will carry this knowledge forward.

We come together to pass on information, beliefs, and customs by word of mouth or by example from one generation to another.  We are our heritage. We are the torchbearers of the traditions that will last well beyond our lifetimes. I hope you will join me in sharing those traditions with this generation knowing that they will share with generations to come.

2016 Meeting Schedule Announced...Mark Your Calendars


Winter Meeting January 29 & 30, 2016 St. Augustine Yacht Club, St. Augustine, FL
Spring Meeting May 20 & 21, 2016 Gulf Harbors Yacht Club, New Port Richey, FL
District 8 Annual Meeting & Installation Banquet October 7 & 8, 2016 Pelican Isle Yacht Club, Naples, FL



[From Bylaws of District 8] To encourage and promote the continuing interest and service of qualified and proven Past Commodores to their own yacht club and its activities without in any way usurping the authorities and responsibilities of the incumbent Officers, for the best interests of the Club.

Identify and share information on the many activities and sponsorships by the different District 8 Chapters

Develop and conduct a survey of District 8 Chapters, then communicate the results to all District 8 Chapters, active and in-active with the hope of inspiring Chapters to find new ways to be of service to their Clubs.

Summary – Many Chapters are involved in traditional activities, such as, Change of Watch and Fleet Review. A number of Chapters sponsor some interesting social events and fund raising events for Club projects.

To view the results of the entire survey, click here...

Chapters communicate any and all activities and ideas they are involved in to:
PC Bill Pittman at jbnapleswi@aol.com