This 99th summer of our beloved Fleet has been a fabulous one weather-wise and a welcomed relief from the past 2 years.
The Flags or more formally known as The Fleet Executive Committee: John Henry, Peter Ill, John Roberts, and Lee Fox. are supportive and dedicated to making Our Fleet the best it can be. David Schoeder as President of The Sailing School and his devoted board keep a keen eye on growing and developing our future sailors and members.
Fran Charles, our Fleet Manager, has been helping guide and direct our Fleet since 2009 with focus and a unique sense of humor and this year was no exception..
Kelsea Squires has embraced her role as Operations Manager and taken charge.
Alix Smith Long is in charge of Membership and Bill Smith Head of Building and Grounds.
All of these individuals add to the fabric of our Fleet and we should all be grateful for the direction they give us so we can all enjoy this little corner of our ocean. Please Thank them.
Two positions that faded over the years are House Committee Chair and Fleet Historian. A goal is to bring these roles back not just for our Centennial but for the future as they are integral in keeping the character and the history of our Fleet alive. Lee Fox is chairing the House Committee as we prepare our Fleet House for the Centennial and Willie Granston has agreed to Chair the History Committee as we endeavor to archive Fleet documents, photos, and awards.
We have over 465 members. In the past 2 years we have added over 65 new members. New members are welcomed and encouraged. We are constantly trying to navigate how to best accommodate everyone through more classes like women's sailing, powerboat skills course both of which grew exponentially this summer, as well as water access, and moorings.
We have over 35 members on a waiting list for moorings. This is one of our largest challenges at present. We wish to offer more moorings to our members and are working hard to find reasonable solutions to meet our mission for everyone to have reasonable access to the waters that we all share and we all care about.
As you will note this is our 100th Annual meeting. It was at this meeting a century ago we formally became The Northeast Harbor Fleet that we know today. We now officially begin our 100th year and a year of Celebration.
We have numerous goals for the centennial: it will be a summer of celebration and consideration of how we sculpt our Fleet for the next 100 years.
There are 6 active committees helping plan next summer's events and charting the course to enhance our Fleet and remain on solid footing. If you want to be an active part of the planning, please let us know.
We are planning a large "wedding" weekend in late July that will involve a fun and all inclusive water event followed by dinner and dancing and a brunch with multi generational activities the next day. So keep an eye out for a save the date notice coming in your inbox soon!
We will look back at our rich history, embrace where we are with friends and family and determine how to maintain and enhance the gift we now have for centuries to come.
What makes our Fleet what it is? The answer is its people - our members and our staff. It is the joy we find in each other's company that brings us back summer after summer. It is these relationships and traditions we aim to preserve as we celebrate our Centennial next Summer and beyond.
In conclusion the Charles Dickey Award is being awarded to John Roberts, Jr.
John has been the Treasurer of the Northeast Harbor Fleet since 2017 and is stepping down this October. He has been a dedicated member of The Fleet for decades as well as an avid and successful racer in his IOD Woodie and sailboat Lark. When I joined the Executive Board as Rear Commodore I immediately realized that the Treasurer role was filled with someone who not only cared deeply about our Fleet and its financial position but was devoted to making sure everything was exact. John did this in his calm and articulate way with a sincere warm smile and occasional chuckle. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with him over the past 5 years and we will miss him on the board.
JR exemplifies the tradition of the Charles D. Dickey Memorial Award which is to honor a Fleet member who has made significant contributions to the Fleet, through excellence in the sport of sailing and through dedication and service.
JR I am honored to award you the Charles D. Dickey Memorial Award. The entire Fleet thanks you for your dedication and service.
It has been an amazing season here at the Fleet. Operations are winding down but we are looking forward to hosting the IOD North American Invitational September 9th, 10 & 11th. We welcome all Fleet members to come out and support this event.