evening got underway with a cocktail reception, a
viewing of the 2006 FLC Boat Show DVD, a welcome from
President Rob Kidd, and introduction of new members
Ed & Anne Leroux, Bill & Sue Kiesel and Charles Horton.
Steve White gave the invocation before 51 Chapter
members enjoyed another delicious buffet put on by
the staff of The Sherwood Inn. Rob Kidd began the
business meeting with a brief summary of chapter events
of the past year, and acknowledged the efforts of
two outgoing directors, Bill Gregory and Dave Freund.
Acting Secretary Steve White then presented the slate
of officers for 2007, including new directors, Jamie
Strong and Hamilton Armstrong. Approval was unanimous.
Rob then spoke about the great job that Brad Wirth
had done as Boat Show Chairman, and how fine a job
his wife, Lisa, has done maintaining FLC's Ship's
Store. Brad and Lisa also involved their children,
Emily and Trey, in both of these efforts. In recognition
and appreciation of the Wirth family's contribution
to the Chapter, Rob presented them with the President's
Cup for 2006.
father, Dave Kidd, then introduced the evening's guest
speaker, Tony Mollica, and spoke at length about an
exciting ride that he and Tony had taken years ago
in Miss America IX, Gar Wood's 1932 speedboat. Both
sat with their legs straddling spinning drive-shafts
at speeds of 70+ MPH while a tired forward deck swayed
back and forth in front of them. They would later
learn that the very next time the boat went out it
would peel a bottom plank and sink! Tony Mollica gave
an excellent presentation on the homes of the Thousand
Islands, sharing many of his personal experiences
along the way. Viewers were treat-ed to a colorful
slide show of beautiful homes and a very interesting
historical narration. The evening concluded with a
question and answer session with Tony. By all appearances,
everyone had a fine time.