The Commodore's Watch

May 2017


Hi and Yup it's still cold - what’s going on?

Well there is lots going on down at the club, Thurs night jamming with the band, Fri night dinner hosted by one of the members and Sundays are always a great time to come visit with friends (an get out of the cold).

The docks are going in but the problem is the high water. The guys are doing the BEST they can but it is VERY hard to hammer nails under water. That's one of the o bstacles that they have to face; the other is they have to hamm er in VERY cold water.

The river has not warmed up as much as the land (??). A tip of the THYC burgee to the dock installers. WELL done guys!

We have had a few new members join this month and we would like to welcome them all aboard. We hope that you all enjoy the club and if there are any questions… just ask, as we are all here to help.

I mentioned the Fri night dinners that are hosted by different club members - well if you would like to "do a dinner" we do have some dates still available for you to choose from. Just ask Andrew or June and they will be happy to help you with your " dinner date "

Don't forget to check the "events page" for the latest upcomi ng events.

See you in th e club, on the bank or (soon) on the river.

Warm regards Ron.

April 2017


Hi and here we go with the start of another great year at the club.

This year we are starting off with a private party on the 30th and then on Fri we have the first of our Pot - Luck dinners.   Andrew has a new twist for the dinners but more in side.    

Also inside   there are the dates for the  upcoming Wine n Cheese, Dingy Race, Sail Past just to name a few.  

The bar is stocked up and ready for you to enjoy.  It is also time to "think" about getting the tarps off and at least making "some" plans for the upcoming season. Clocks are forward in anticipation  and   spring is here!  

As of this writing the Leafs are fighting for a play-off spot and   when they win it, we  will be able to watch the games on the big screen at the bar.  Plan o n coming down to cheer them on to victory either the Stanley Cup  or   an early "tee time"  

Staying with sports ……  Here's a Hoops Trivia for you who invented  the SLAM DUNK ?  
A.   Julius Erving  
B.   Bob Kurland
C.   Moses Malone
D.   Wilt Chamberlain

Answer on page 4     

A Brain teaser for you

Suppose you have fifty coins with at least one of them a quarter, totaling  exactly $ 1.00.  If you happen to drop a coin at random; What is the probability  that it is a penny ? Answer on page 4

There was a little mistake in last month’s  signal. (my fault) I told you of the mention of nuts. It should have read …….

Religious Scholars know that they'll find no mention of peanuts, cashews, pecans or macadamias in the Bible; the only nuts mentioned in that book are almonds and pistachios.  

You also might be surprised to learn that the blood of a grasshopper is white !   

And just in case that it’s still cold up there, as you know Polar bears can grow to be massive, weighing more than 2000.lbs as adults. However, when they are born, polar bear cubs weigh no more than a pound.  

See you in the club or on the bank
Warm regards  

March 2017


Hi and welcome to the start of another GREAT YEAR at the club!

I would like to say thank you for your continued confidence in me to be your Commodore for another year.
Although the club is closed right now, the board and I thought that we should keep you aware of what's up-coming for the opening weeks.

But first, we have to say thanks to the Babes for the "after" A G M meeting finger foods and to Ursula for the preparation and serving.

We start off with a private party on the 30th of March for about 55 / 60 people from 5 till 10 pm. The bar will be open as usual for our members... but, please remember that there is a private function going on.

This will be followed by the next night, by one of our (soon to be) world famous Pot-luck dinners ( Fri the 31st ) We are anticipating a good turn out so come early and don't forget your favorite dish. (both the one in a bowl and the two legged one!)

Warm regards Ron.

January 2017


Hi and welcome to the first Signal for 2017

Shirl and I would like to wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year.

We ended the year on a positive note , with well attended dinners fun filled functions and even though we had low water in the fall , we still had a great boating season.

As you know the club will be closed for Jan, Feb, an March.. We WILL be open for the AGM on Sunday the 5th of Feb. Club will open at noon for those that would like to come down and visit with friends or have a drink before the meeting starts at 2 P M ( Toronto Humber Time . The parking lot will be plowed as necessary to give access to the south end BUT mainly for club house emergences.

The grand re-opening will again be a POT-LUCK on Fri March 31st. Mark this date on your calendar and look for that recipe that you told me about. I will have a new recipe from the Cabbage Patch in Samsula for you to try. Hope to see you at the official re-opening and start to the summer season.

Now here's something; At the start of World War 1, American financier August Belmont Jr. volunteered for the U.S. Army - at the age of 64. He served in France as a major in the Army Air Service. His wife was so proud that when one of their mares, Mahuhah, gave birth to a colt in 1917 , she named it in honor of her husband , not realizing that " Man o' War " would become one of the greatest racehorses of all time.

Almost a thousand years before Johannes Gutenberg introduced mechanical movable type to Europe, people in Asia were already printing messages set in type. The oldest recorded such piece, from China, translates as "Beware of Dog" ( go figure ) And it was the 20th century Swiss - American psychiatrist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross who said "People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light with-in."

Warm regards Ron.

December 2016


Hi and welcome to the Merry Christmas edition of your signal

Looks like Dec is going to be another busy month with John Frazer's fund raiser on Dec followed the next day with a Skuller's party. It is an evening function for about 40 people.

Kris Kringle is on the 18th of Dec and starts about 4pm. This is always a fun time. Bring a wrapped gift worth no more than $ 30.00 and get in on the fun. You never know what you will go home with.

Make plans to come down for the "last dinner" of the year on Dec 23rd. It will be a POT-LUCK and will be a chance to see every one before the Christmas week-end. Your food does not have to be Christmas related.

Christmas Hours
Thursday Dec 22 and Friday Dec 23/16 - normal club hours
Saturday Dec 24 /16 - 12pm to 4pm
Sunday Dec 25/16 - CLOSED
Monday Dec 26/16 - 4pm to 8pm

Closing preparations will take place Friday Dec 30th and Saturday Dec 31/16

Not many of you have heard of Ann Taylor Cook. She was about four months old when her image was sketched in charcoal by a family friend. It was submitted about a year later and in 1931 Ann's sketch became Gerber's official trademark. She grew up and had four children taught Literature and writing in Tampa and retired in 1989. Ann just celebrated her 90th birthday, ( Nov 20th ) Happy Birthday Miss Gerber.

Shirl and I would like to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and festive season.

See you on the bank ( weather permitting ) and in the club

Warm regards Ron

November 2016


Hi and welcome to your November edition of your signal

The club has lost a good friend and member of the THYC.

With the passing of Adam, another page in the club history book is turned and closed….Rest easy my friend, sail with calm waters and enjoy your wine.

Chris has stepped up to be the acting Vice Commodore until the AGM in February, at which time he intends to run for that position.
Thank you Chris !!!!

We are all pulling for Todd ( Chris's dad ) who is in the hospital with a serious blood disorder.

At this time ( Sunday ) he is doing well. The swelling has gone down a lot and he is not in as much pain.

Bob has turned the water and power off down the bank. So now the bank and the boats are ready for the cooler (cold) weather.
Enjoy the club and bank while it is still warm, and enjoy the club when it gets a little cooler.

Warm regards

October 2016


Hi and Welcome to your Oct edition of the Signal.

Sept was one of the busiest months that we have had for a LONG time.

With the end of the EX,, the Air Show , followed by the corn roast the next week-end then a wedding the following week-end, then the Commodores Ball and to end the month, another wedding. Never ran out of beer either, came close, but never ran out!

Now that we are into Oct, the next thing on our " plate " is Thanksgiving Pot luck ( did you get the pun ? ) On Fri the 7th. Then the two “wanna be” Italians will be hosting their ( soon to be, maybe ! ) world famous Italian Fri night dinner on Oct the 21st. Also there is NO truth to the rumor that one of the recipes came off the back of a can ! Don't forget that Alex will be here to provide us with the sweet sounds of his accordion.

Friday the 28th of Oct is open for someone to host a dinner. How about something scary for Halloween?

Give June or Adam or Shirl a call and lets “do a dinner “

I mentioned the commodores Ball. The candle holders that were on the tables were made possible by the VERY generous donation from Larry McGrath and not to be out done, the wine for the tables was donated by the Babes.

A tip of the THYC burgee, to all who made the night such a success. That includes Keith the chef and his girls for the GREAT food and James our DJ. who played well into the next morning. We have not heard anything from MPAC, with regards to our taxes. When we do we will let you know how we are making out.

We are losing approx 2.5 minutes of daylight , every day , at this time of year and when the sun dips down behind the trees on the west side of the parking lot you can feel the temp drop as fast as the Sun. but cheer up, in just over 90 days; the days start to get longer ! ( means back to warm weather ? ) Dec ? ?

Enjoy the fall colors and crisp breezes. Hope to see you in the club or, on the bank

Warm Regards Ron.

September 2016


Hi and what happened to the EX?

It's over! And the Air Show seemed to just fly by as well. Could this be the start of the summer slow down?

I don't think the club is slowing down as the next fun event is almost here.

The 37th annual Corn Roast will be here on Sept 10th starting at 4pm. ( see the flyer inside ) Always a FUN time and although not in the flyer, I think that the Earlscourt Pipe Band ( or some of the guys ) will make an appearance again this year and MIGHT just jam with the Steel drums as they have in the past. A DO NOT MISS GREAT SOUND!

Then just two short weeks later comes the Commodore's Ball. This year it will be a very enjoyable evening with great people, an excellent dinner and fine sweet music for your listening and dancing pleasure.

It's nice to see and have CHRIS back in and around the club after his ordeal. WELCOME BACK ps…. don't forget to pick up some beer now that you are off the MEDS ! And on a reverse note, we have to say, “Safe Trip Home” to George and Christina Veveris who are heading back to their home in Santa Fe, New Mexico for the winter.

Mark this date on your calendar FRI OCT 21st. As we are going to have a REAL Italian dinner prepared by two wanna - be Italians. Music played by Alex on the accordion and included in your dinner ticket will be a nice Italian beer "Peroni ". Also available for purchase will be Italian wine by the glass or bottle. Watch for more info in up-coming flyers.

Tickets MAY be reserved through Ursula BUT if you " no - show " you will still be responsible for the ticket.

Hope to see you on the water, on the bank or in the club.

Warm Regards Ron

August 2016


Hi and welcome to busy Aug.

I say busy because we have over 12 members who celebrate a birthday in Aug and the annual bank party will be on the 13 of Aug, This is a free party for ALL and starts about - somewhere - in and around - 2pm or 2.30pm. ( THYC time ) Just bring your own burgers / dogs / chicken? or whatever to put on one of the BBQ's. Sit and enjoy or walk the bank to see friends and talk about the upcoming EX, or the Air Show on the Labour Day weekend.

If you are planning to go to the Air Show, my suggestion would be, to " clear " the bridges by 11:15 / 11:30 at the latest, as the show starts at 12:00pm each day and ends at 3:00pm. There is a practice day on Fri. Sept 2nd and it starts at 11:00am till 2:00pm. This exciting weekend show is followed by the Annual Corn Roast on the next weekend ( Sept 10th with a 4.00 pm start).

Corn Roast is set and we are just waiting for the final burst of growth of the corn as it is only " so high " right now , but it WILL be great again this year. It's all you can eat corn on the cob , burgers, dogs , chili / cheese dogs, creamy potato salad, coleslaw and free draft beer ( till the kegs run out ) and hot apple pie an ice - cream for dessert. ( we might even have a surprise dessert in the wings ) all this for $ 20.00 PP. ( small kids a whole lot less ! like $ 2.00. ).

We did very well in horse-shoe competition against Etobicoke Y. C. We did beat them in actual team competition and Mimico did not make it up. Since Mimico did not make it up we will HAVE to beat them at the Dingy race next year!

Commodore's Ball tickets will be available at the bar very soon and we have an excellent DJ booked plus a Roast Beef dinner with all the trimmings for you to enjoy. Tickets are $ 35.00 pp Cocktails at 6 pm Dinner at 7 pm Dancing 8 pm till ? Enjoy. The DRESS code for the night is Blazer / Greys for the men and for the ladies elegant.

With the heat that we have had in the past 3 /4 weeks Greg and Adam have kept not only the lawn watered and looking good but also watered Ursula's huge array of flowers, keeping the club grounds looking sharp. There are still a few spots along the bank and the west fence line that need some clean up and this work is ongoing. Thanks to all for their continued efforts.

Welcome to our new members and hope to see you all in the club on the bank or on the river.

Warm regards Ron.

June 2016


Hi and welcome to WARM weather, finally.

Some boats are in the water and some are going in VERY soon. The water level looks good so there should be no problem getting out.

The problem seems to be getting back; we had our first " mini rescue ". Thanks to the first ones to have their boat in the water!!! Ron and Crystal were able to tow one of our own back in after a power / engine failure. WELL DONE Ron and Crystal!

I hope that you have marked your calendars for the 18th of June !!! SAIL-PAST. It is next on the list of FUN events to participate in at THYC. More information inside.

Also on the horizon is the horseshoe challenge with Etobicoke Yacht Club.

This year it will be on the 9th of July.

When Mimico (dingy race winners) were here last week end we mentioned the challenge and they said that they would like to join in. If this is the case then WE NEED to do some practicing!!! The horseshoes are available at any time and if you would like to join, get a partner and form a team. Watch for the sign up list on the bulletin board. Due to time constraints, we will be only able to have 4 teams of men and 4 teams of the ladies. (2 to a team)

We have had some GREAT Fri night dinners lately.

If you are interested in added your name to the list, all you have to do is contact Ursula, Adam or myself and one of us will set you up with a date that fits in with your schedule.

In closing if you are coming for the Fri night dinner, a quote from Ruth's place

Come Hungry Darlin' !!

See you in the club, on the bank or on the water.

Warm regards Ron

May 2016


Hi and welcome to your "start of the boating season" edition of your signal.

There has been a lot of activity in and around the yard, with tarps coming off, motor swaps, high pressure washing, polishing and of course the ever popular "bottom painting". Congrats to those who braved the cool ( read COLD ) weather to accomplish these tasks.

A tip of the THYC burgee to Ron and Crystal for being the first to have their boat in the water this year, and we all hope that you enjoy your boat so much that you might also be the "last boat out" as well.

The Fri night dinners are again still very popular, and you can host a dinner whenever you want, (there are dates available just for you) just let June, Mary, Adam or Ursula know what night you would like. There is lots of help available if you would like help in hosting a dinner.
Don't forget that the BIG dingy race is set for the 22nd of May! GO team GO ! This year WE R GONNA WIN !!

On behalf of the Board of Directors and membership we would like to WELCOME all our new members aboard. I don't want to mention names for fear of missing someone, BUT don't be strangers, we welcome you to come on down for the Thurs night band sessions or the Fri night dinners or just drop in for a coffee (or drink) and sit an chit - chat at the bar on Sat or Sun. (or any night, for that matter).

In the mean time lets go boating
Hope to see you on the bank or in the club

Warm regards

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