Newsletter of the Finger Lakes Chapter, ACBS

Volume 16, Issue 4 .................................................................. December 2006

UPDATED: December 23, 2006


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FLC's Annual Membership Meeting

The 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.

Rob's 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.