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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 2017 President Peter Franck:



Wow, what a weekend! The District 8 Annual Meeting was held at the Pelican Isle Yacht Club in Naples, FL. The Membership Meeting on October 8, 2016 was attended by 16 members representing District 8.  Luckily all of us on the west coast of Florida were spared the fury of Mother Nature's son, MATTHEW, however our planned Back Water Cruise with cocktails afloat had to be cancelled because of high winds. Only a few of the east coast registered participants made it. We certainly appreciated their special efforts.  Even though we were a "little short", we had enough proxies to conduct our annual meeting.

Director Karen Shea reported that a lot of work had been done on getting D8's records in top form. She also reported that as of October 1, 2016, District 8 had a total of 230 members of 24 Chapters and Members at Large. District 8 is now the largest District in IOBG.

The treasurer's report was presented and approved.

Past President Bill Pittman, Chair of the Nominating Committee presented the slate of Officers and Board Members:

President Peter Franck
President Elect Doug Case
First Vice President Bob Pease
Second Vice President Joe Dombrowski
Secretary Heather Wood
Treasurer Dennis Bosi
District 8 Director Karen Shea

The slate was approved by all.

Re-appointed was our Legal Officer, Rosemary Kaley Krieger.

Following Saturday evenings cocktails and entertainment P/C Jack Kindsvater conducted the "Evening Colors Ceremony" at sundown with the participation of of visiting IOBG members.

The Installation Dinner was attended by 40 members and guests. Rear Commodore, Dick Hobbs welcomed IOBG's District 8 attendees to the Pelican Isle Yacht Club and President Shaun Graser presented him with an official "Thank You" plaque for hosting our annual meeting. International President Joe Dowdell installed the new officers.

It will be be my distinct honor to serve as your President for the 2017 year and I thank you for putting your trust in me. In return, I commit to you that I will enlist as many P/Cs as possible to be "The Keepers of the Flame". That phrase I borrowed from P/C Joe Tringali, who was our scheduled guest speaker, but MATTHEW had different plans for him, too.

My thanks go out to past President Shaun Graser for providing his leadership this past year. He set high goals for all of us.

So, now mark your calendar. These are the future meeting dates. Be sure to attend at least one meeting per year.

April 7 & 8, 2017 Lighthouse Point yacht Club

June 2 & 3, 2017 Isles Yacht Club

October 6 & 7, 2017 Vero Beach Yacht Club

Peter Franck
District 8 President