Dedication of the Gerow Observation Deck

At the time of his death, George Gerow was the longest continuous member of the Grosse Pointe Farms Boat Club. He and his wife Ann were faithful members of many leadership committees as well as the sailing race committee, where one of his favorite duties was the firing of the cannon. He was dedicated, faithful, and loyal. He will be deeply missed.

On November 2nd, an observation deck was dedicated which has been named in George’s honor by the Grosse Pointe Farms Boat Club. Members of the Gerow family were in attendance and were thanked by Mayor Jim Farquar for George’s years service to the city as well as to the club.

GPFBC was founded in the 1955 as the Grosse Pointe Boat Owner’s Club with twenty-two male members. The mission of the Grosse Pointe Farms Boat Club is to promote the enrichment of community life in Grosse pointe Farms by providing leadership and support for park-related activities, boating/sailing activities and social activities centered at the Pier Park.

Membership is open to all Farms residents. We currently boast over 150 families and single members. Social activities are held year-round. Despite the name of the organization, nearly half of our members are non-boat owners. Our motto is to “come aboard for family, friends, and fun!”

The observation deck project was a collaborative effort between the city and the GPFBC. It was funded by donors from the Grosse Pointe Farms Boat Club as well as other members of the community.

The fundraising effort for this project was spearheaded by Cyndee Harrison, 2012 Commodore. A plaque will prominently display the names of those who have contributed. Contributions will be collected through March 2013. Call Cyndee Harrison at 313-410-2343 to learn more.

A ribbon-cutting will be held in the Spring 2013

 

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Halloween Party 2012

This year’s halloween party, hosted by Rear Commodore Mark Jasin and his wife Sue at the haunted home of former GPFBC member Glenn Williams, was an absolute blast! Check out these photos (have photos to share? email them to cyndeeharrison@att.net!). Special thanks to Glenn and his crew at Haunted Garage Productions. We HIGHLY recommend this party for groups!

 

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Grosse Pointe Power Squadron Race and Steak Roast

All interested racers are invited to enter the Grosse Pointe Power Squadron Race which will be held October 13th and administered by the Grosse Pointe Farms Boat Club. Following the race, the Power Squadron will hold their annual Steak Roast at Pier Park.   The Race Application and Sailing Instructions are posted on our  “Races” page.

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Commodore’s Corner–Summer 2012

COMMODORE’S CORNER
This club and its activities and events have meant a great deal to our family over the years. We moved to town on June 17th, 2009 and one of the very first things that we did was attend Regatta … I couldn’t have possibly predicted how special that yearly event would become to our little family! It’s become my favorite day of every year, and I wound up as Commodore, in fact, simply because I wanted to plan last year’s Regatta! And now, as my time in this role draws to a close, I am grateful to the supportive individuals who have made this experience extremely rewarding.

The job of Commodore is traditionally something of a wind-down which follows two busier years. First, a person serves in the role of Rear Commodore, who facilitates social and membership events, and then Vice Commodore who serves as a liason to the city and oversees events such as Regatta and Winterfest.

Traditionally, it is the final job of the outgoing Commodore to help build the Bridge and Board for the next year term. And so it is in that effort that I’d like to reach out to you and invite you to consider becoming a member of the Bridge and Board for 2013.

In order to more fully explain the commitment involved, we are including brief job descriptions in this edition of the Dock Box. We are also planning an informational session in the form of an informal cocktail evening on August 23rd. This will just be a fun night where current and former members of our leadership team can interface with folks who might be interested in raising their level of commitment. There are always plenty of ways to get involved including positions on the Bridge and Board or Sailing Race Committee.

Fact is, none of the work involved in leadership for GPFBC is difficult stuff. Ours is a pretty simple organization, primarily focused on the mission of just enhancing the Pier Park and other recreational activities of our city. It’s not complex, critical, or charitable work, and we are certainly a fairly loose group. Still, leadership of any organization presents certain levels of responsibility and accountability. Here are some considerations for next year’s leaders:

•    Responsibility to our membership: This year’s Board made the right call when they voted to always abide by gaming laws which regulate raffles and other fundraising incentives. Over the course of the year, there are certain things that we do as a club which are regulated by state and federal laws. Instead of focusing on the highly unlikely nature “getting caught” or resting in the comfort of having “always done it that way”, we must abide by these various rules and regulations to the highest degree. Failing to do so puts everyone at unnecessary risk. As we shepherd GPFBC into it’s second fifty years, it is essential that we continue to hold ourselves to the letter of the law.

•    Making decisions as a group: As I’ve mentioned, none of the matters facing GPFBC involve life-and-death decisions. Still, it’s important that members of our Bridge and Board be able to work with other people to make and move forward from the decisions that we make together, even when they themselves are indecisive or feel differently than the majority.

•    Being good stewards of our resources: Thanks to years of successful Regattas and an ever-growing membership, we now regularly maintain a treasury that exceeds $10,000. Your 2012 Board has appointed a fiduciary committee who will help shape a simple budget and some financial goals for our organization. I’m proud of their decision to take a more purposeful approach to our monies.

•    Having fun: Most of the members of our Bridge and Board are heavily involved in our community and have other commitments including families and jobs. No one wants or needs to attend long or stressful meetings during their off time. Therefore, we work to keep Board meetings short, efficient, and FUN!

Being a member of the Grosse Pointe Farms Boat Club is an easy and inexpensive way to really enhance the recreational experience that’s a part of living in Grosse Pointe Farms. Being a leader of GPFBC is a wonderful way to give back, ensuring that our neighbors and friends will enjoy the same benefits that make this a such a fantastic organization!

Please join us on Thursday August 23rd at 7pm as we gather at the Gazebo and watch the sailing races together while learning and sharing more about leadership opportunities!  If you have questions, please call me directly at 313-720-7808.

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June 28 Race and Awards Photos

Phil Adamaszek fires the cannon to start a class on June 28.

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Phil Adamaszek fires the cannon to start a class on June 28.

Photo: Grosse Pointe News

Commodore Cyndee Harrison hands out flags to the winners of the Spring 2012 Thursday Night Series

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REGATTA 2012 IS HERE!

REGATTA Program 2012

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Race Photos From June 14 and June 21

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June 7, 2012 Race Photos

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Boats struggle to complete the shortened course in light air and fishflies

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Joint Rendezvous with Grosse Pointe City–reserve your slip NOW!

The spaces are filling quickly and the plans are being made! Please make your OWN reservation and let them know that you’re with our group. Hurry — spaces fill up fast!!

Site: http://www.midnrreservations.com/default.aspx
Date: 7/21/2012
Marina: Lake St. Clair (SOUTH MARINA)
IMPORTANT: To get linked to our group put the following comment in the field on the credit card screen: “GPF/GPC Boat Club”
 

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Grosse Pointe Farms / Grosse Pointe City Rendezvous 2012!

Announcing
2012 GPF-GPC Boat Club Rendezvous
The GPF and GPC Boat clubs are planning a joint overnight boating rendezvous. Both sailboats and powerboats are welcome. We will get overnight slips at Metro Beach Marina for an evening of fun and celebration of the water.
Bring your family for a barbecue and some adult beverages.
When: Saturday, July 21, 2012
Where: Metro Beach Marina
Payment: $20 – due by Friday, May 18, 2012
To register: Send an e-mail to Scott Bade at sbade@comcast.net
Send the names and ages of those attending and
the size of your boat (length, width, draft).
I’ll send you an address where you can mail your check.
If you can register by Friday May 18, 2012 we will make your reservation
for you and try to get the boats together. Details will follow via e-mail.

Download a flyer: GPF Boat Club Rendezvous 2012

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