The Change of Watch for the Fleet will be held – live – at the Golden Gate Yacht Club in San Francisco on Sunday, June 27th. Details will be sent out the first week of June.
In accordance with our By Laws, our San Francisco Fleet Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 22nd at 7:00 pm via Zoom. One week before the you will receive a copy of the Fleet’s Financial Statements and an Agenda for the meeting. Please contact me if there is anything you would like included in the Agenda.
We have a new member, Katie Keith. Katie is a member of the Tahoe Douglas Rotary Club (near Lake Tahoe). She and her husband are interested in sailing and have talked about buying their own boat. Welcome to the Fleet!
Please note that there is a new masthead on our newsletter. I am using it to introduce all to the new IYFR logo and branding. Rotary International is now requiring that all Rotary Fellowships comply with Rotary’s branding guidelines. The masthead on this issue of our newsletter is at emergencymoldsolutions.com/ and what RI has provided for IYFR as our official branding. The obvious issue is our burgee. According to RI the Rotary wheel cannot be used without the word Rotary, as it is now on our burgee as shown below. RI International Commodore Robert Burns is in contact with RI regarding this matter how to reduce your heating and cooling costs. He has stated that IYFR has no interest in changing our burgee, which has been in use for many years. We will keep you posted on any communications on this.
We have a new member! Michael Bretz. Michael and his family are currently ‘wintering’ in San Rafael with their Jeanneau “Quicksilver”, as part of a journey up and down the West Coast of the USA. Michael is not a Rotarian but was told about IYFR by a relative in Europe who is a Rotarian. We now have expanded out membership beyond Rotary to Rotaract and a “friend” of Rotary. Welcome Aboard!
At our January social, our member Winston Bumpus, who is President of the Recreational Boaters of California, gave us an overview of the status of recreational boating in California. There are several issues important to boaters being considered by the state legislature and various agencies and organizations. Included with this newsletter are the slides that Winston used in his presentation (RBOC IYFR Update). Take a few minutes to review and if you have any questions you can contact Winston directly at email@example.com.
The San Francisco Fleet’s General Rules and Regulations (bylaws) have been updated for the first time since 2004. Thanks to Commodore Alan Test, who took the time to review them and suggest the necessary updates.
Plastic Free Waters is an initiative of IYFR International. As boaters we know how important it is to rid the oceans and our waterways of plastic. This initiative is on the Agenda for the International AGM, along with a document that describes the initiative.
Due to social distancing, what in the past has been Coastal Clean-up Day has been expanded to include the entire month of September. IYFR members, Rotaractors, and Rotarians will be teaming up – with social distancing – during the four Saturdays in September – the 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th. If you are interested in participating, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also pass this information on to your club and other Rotarians.