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October 6 & 7
Vero Beach Yacht Club


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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President's Message

Because of my wife’s medical emergency, we were not able to attend the summer regional meeting in Punta Gorda, FL. I’m happy to report that Louise is doing much better and soon she will be discontinuing her therapies.

My thanks go out to P/C Doug Case, President Elect, for officiating our General Business Meeting. P/C Jim Nuzzo was so kind to write up a recap of the meeting’s activities. Thanks JIM!

"The Summer Regional Meeting in June was proudly hosted by the Isles Yacht Club in Punta Gorda, Florida. District 8 officers were joined throughout the weekend by members of the IYC Chapter, other District Chapters, and IYC Bridge Officers.

After check-in on Friday attendees adjourned to a social before dinner in the main dining room. Saturday morning started with an Executive Meeting followed by the General Meeting. After the meeting local personality and amateur historian Captain Ralph Allen presented slides and entertaining comments relative to the history of Punta Gorda and Charlotte Harbor. Attendees were on their own to explore local attractions after lunch. 

Saturday evening's social included hors d'oeuvres, refreshments and a Flag Retreat…complete with a cannon shot, bag pipes, and a narration of the folds; colors were retired for the evening and presented to Commodore Armstrong. Those participating joined together representing all the organizations and clubs in attendance.

The evening dinner banquet followed which included comments by President Elect Doug Case and exchanging of club burgees between IYC Chapter President Jim Nuzzo and Southeast VP Buzz Bisanz of the Allatoona Yacht Club and D8 Director Karen Shea of Gulf Harbor Yacht Club. Sunday breakfast brunch wrapped up a weekend of business, camaraderie, and celebration of tradition.

Now it is time to mark your calendar for our Fall Regional Meeting and Change of Watch at Vero Beach Yacht Club on Oct. 6 & 7, 2017. Our President Elect P/C Doug Case will be installed as your President and you should make a special effort to attend the most important meeting of 2017. Invitations and details will be forthcoming; be on the look out for them!

Unfortunately, I have terrible news about our friend P/C Jim Reichard. Jim passed away from pneumonia last Friday. He was District 8 Chapter President for Lighthouse Point Yacht Club.  He, Fader, his wife and their club hosted our last District 8 meeting in April. Some of us were fortunate enough to spend some time with the Reichards at their beautiful home at Lighthouse Point, FL. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jim’s family and friends.

Fair winds and following seas, always!

Peter Franck, District 8 President