ADMIN OFFICER’S MESSAGE, Lt/C Peggy Ciolino, S
The annual kickoff party and Change of Watch ceremony was held on February 17, at the Santa Barbara Yacht Club. It was a fun event.
Ron and Vicki Slocum with their usual wit that kept everyone laughing, presented our annual Awards (see full list of awards in the next article).
Neil Ablitt entertained us all with his presentation of the Sailing Award to Don and Inge Crowder — especially Inge and her role all these years as being a sailor and a sailing “enabler” for Don, particularly when she allowed him to build a boat in their backyard. They also received a gift certificate to the Waterfront Grill.
Rich Ciolino presented Ron and Glenice Mathews with a gift certificate to the Waterfront Grill in thanks for their many years of assistance in producing the roster each year. Doris and Will Swalling also received a gift certificate to the Waterfront Grill for their seventeen years of publishing the Signal Hoist.
We were so honored to have in attendance, all the way from Riverside, the District Commander Ronnie Mann, accompanied by her husband Mike, to officiate at the Change of Watch Ceremony.
Betty and I shared the calendar of events for the coming year and we do hope that you will be able to attend many of our on water and on land activities this year!!
Many thanks to Neil and Sue Ablitt for enabling us to hold this event again at the Yacht Club, where the location is perfect with lovely views of the harbor and ocean from the dining room and the food is excellent.