the incoming President of the Finger Lakes Chapter,
ACBS, I would first like to acknowledge Rob Kidd for
the wonderful job he has done as President of FLC.
A lot of Rob's work has been behind the scenes with
phone calls, letter writing, and lots of thank-you
notes to all those who contribute to our chapter.
Thank you, Rob, for a job well done.
annual meeting was held the first weekend in November
at the Sherwood Inn in Skaneateles, with wonderful
food and a guest speaker. The topic of the evening
was a trip up
the Hudson River in wooden boats (put together
by FLC member Wil Vidal) including a slide show of
the ACBS-sponsored event. An award was also on display
that Dick Sherwood won for the best newsletter at
the ACBS Annual Membership Meeting in September. A
huge congratulations to Dick! We are all very lucky
to have such a great newsletter.
Looking forward, the Board of Directors is working
on two upcoming events for next spring - a day's visit
to the village of Fairport's Annual Canal Days in
June, and a trip to the Adirondack Chapter's Annual
Fulton Chain Rendezvous (held in the Adirondack village
of Old Forge) in July. (See
page 7 of this edition of Brightwork for more details.)
We are also working on boat show items and coordinating
our efforts with the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce
and our sponsors. We always need a few extra hands
during the boat show, so if you would like to help,
please contact any Board member. They're all listed
telephone numbers) on page 3.
It is a great pleasure to be involved with such a
wonderful group of people -- on the FLC Board and
with wooden boaters in general. Remember that everyone
is invited to our Board Meetings, usually held the
third Sunday of the month at the Sherwood Inn in Skaneateles.
Brightwork carries the dates of the next quarter's
meetings in the Calendar of
Events on page 3 of each issue. Best Regards,
Janice Miller, FLC President
Needed For Historical Display
shivering manikins are standing-by to be the centerpiece
of an upcoming display at the Skaneateles Historical
Society. They're cold because they're in dire need
of clothes - not just any old clothes, but some 1940s-vintage
man will be dressed as a workman in the Skaneateles
Boat Works. Approximate sizes: shirt 15 � -33; pant
waist 35 to 36 with 28 inseam. The woman will be dressed
as she would for going shopping including white gloves
and hat. Her measurements are 38-30-34 �. (How about
If you can help with clothes for this display, please
contact Arnie Rubenstein at 315-637-8522
can't imagine a nicer way to close our year than with
the Annual Dinner Meeting that we recently had at
The Sherwood Inn. Bob & Teddi Myllymaki organized
this year's event and decided to try something new
by substituting our usual buffet with a choice of
three or four entrees. Without exception, everyone
I spoke with said that their meal was among the best
they've ever had. Mike Tutor of The Sherwood tells
us that they have some of the best staff ever working
in their kitchen and it certainly shows. Our special
guests Wil & Mary Vidal gave an entertaining and informative
presentation on ACBS's recent
Hudson River Cruise. They also brought along two
beautiful framed prints that were raffled off to raise
money for the chapter. Thank you to all concerned
for helping to make this one of the nicest Annual
During the past year I've had the opportunity to visit
with a few of our Brightwork advertisers. It's no
secret that their financial contributions are what
make this fine newsletter possible. With this in mind,
let's all remember to do business with them whenever
we have the opportunity to do so. Remember also to
let them know that you saw their ad in Brightwork.
It will help to make their decision to renew next
year's ad that much easier.
the past two years I've had the pleasure of working
with a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic Board of
Directors. Their efforts are what helped to make my
job easy and I know that our incoming President Janice
Miller can look forward to the same kind of cooperation.
I hope that anyone reading this will consider becoming
more involved in our chapter. Every organization benefits
from fresh, new ideas and we would welcome yours.
Remember that our meetings are always open and that
your level of involvement is always up to you. For
me, getting involved has meant getting to know a lot
of very nice people and enjoying my membership in
the chapter even more. Bring your appetite with you
and plan to join us for dinner. I still recommend
the Yankee Pot Roast!
Rob Kidd, FLC Immediate Past President
2008 edition of the Joint Meeting of the eight ACBS
Chapters based in New York State is scheduled for
April 19th. Organization and planning are being handled
by the Adirondack Chapter with a major objective of
increasing attendance which has been dwindling in
recent years. The meeting will again be held at Geneva's
Ramada Inn because of its central location.
So, save the date, plan to attend, and think about
asking some friends who may not have been to one of
these dinner meetings before, to also attend. Look
for more info early in the New Year and in the March
issue of Brightwork.