The Commodore's Watch

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

April 2016


Hi and welcome to the Re-opening edition of your signal

The overall view is VERY positive for the up-coming season. Your club has received a Major Deep cleaning and is now re-stocked and ready for you to enjoy.

There are many FUN times planned for the summer and on into to the fall/winter months.

Take your calendar of events out if this signal and stick it up on your fridge or other prominent spot so that you can reference it often.

This will be a short signal for me as we are packing to come home. We leave on Mon morning and will be at the club on Fri for the pot - luck from what I can pull up weather wise there will be NO problem for Italian sausages on the BBQ
Again thanks to the “club cleaners”.

Hope to see you soon

March 2016


Hi and Welcome to your March Signal

The first thing that I have to say is Thank you for giving me the Honor and Privilege of being your Commodore for 2016. Your new Board and I will continue working to keep the club moving forward and on a positive note.

We are two thirds of the way through first ever club closing, and we are all looking forward to the re-opening on April 1st; with the first of the year pot - luck Dinner. Don’t forget that we will be entertained by Alex on the accordion for the evening. And as I mentioned last month the accordion is associated with Italy so Shirl an I will do a ceaser salad and a few Italian sausages on the BBQ ( snow permitting ) Your club will up and running for this event and Ursula will be behind the bar ( most of the time ).

From here on in we are open on our regular hours.

Also don't forget the "All you can eat " pancake sausage and eggs brunch ( includes mimosa's )
This fun brunch starts at 11 am an goes till 2 pm
The date for this is Sun April 10th .
The cost for this is $10.00 PP an kids $ 2.00

Trivia question:
What country drinks the most beer?

  • Germany
  • United States
  • Australia
  • China

Answer further on in the signal

We have all heard of “Lego” bricks but did you know that Six eight-stud bricks can be put together in a whopping 915,103,765 different ways? And at least one of those bricks will be stepped on by a bare-footed adult! (Try it later when you have more time)

Both Shirl an I are looking forward to seeing you soon (pot luck Fri)

Warm regards Ron.

Febrary 2016

commodore Andrew

Hi everyone;

It is hard to imagine that five years ago I was elected to my first term as Commodore. Now five years later, I am nearing the end of my second two year term as Commodore.

I feel that it is always necessary to have new faces and fresh ideas to ensure the continuance of any organization. So you will notice on the slate of nominees that my name does no appear there. I have decided not to run again to provide an opening on the Board of Directors for some one else to have the opportunity to some day hold the position of Commodore.

I wish the next Board of Directors best wishes for continued success.

See you all at the Annual General Meeting.

Andrew Witwicky, Commodore THYC

January 2016

commodore Andrew

Hi everyone;

Hard to imagine that the week before Christmas the river was open, grass was still green, and golfers were still hitting balls. Well the weather a week after Christmas is certainly feeling a lot more like winter, great for skiers and skaters.

Having had our last board meeting for 2015, the Board of Directors has made one of the most painful decisions we have had to make in some time. The Clubhouse will be closed from January 1st through to March 31st.

The only exception is the club will be open for the Annual General Meeting in February.

The reason for this decision along with other important issues will be discussed at the A.G.M.

On a personal note, Nadia and I wish everyone a safe winter and a Happy New Year.

Andrew Witwicky, Commodore

December 2015

commodore Andrew

Hi everyone;

Well the most wonderful season of the year is here.

Time to hurry out and about. Gift getting, turkey getting and cards of good wishes to be sent out.

Don't forget about the less fortunate especially at this time of year. Food banks, Christmas Kettles at the Malls or at the very least a smile and a wish of good cheer to everyone you meet.

In closing Nadia and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Andrew Witwicky, Commodore


November 2015

commodore Andrew

Hi everyone;

As the premier event of the year, and one that should not be missed, The Commodores' Ball, this year, as in the past, was a success on all levels.

I would like to thank everyone involved in organizing this event. Their efforts made it memorable. I would ask the members who had friends attend, to be sure to extend my thanks to them as well.

Good meal, good music, good friends, these are the ingredients for a great time.

I would be remiss if I forgot to acknowledge the magical transformation of the club by the very talented Ursula.

Nadia and I look forward to seeing you all at next years Ball.

Andrew Witwicky, Commodore

October 2015

commodore Andrew

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times (Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cites).

Boats in the water, boats out of the water, soon they will all be out and another chapter will have come to an end.

While we are hoping for rain to see the river rise we forget the problems created to other aspects of the club. Namely, the potential for roof leaks, which brings me to my point. The shingles above the entrance have deteriorated to the point that they no longer are a barrier to rain fall, resulting in having to be replaced.

This repair while never planned for is none the less scheduled and will be completed over the next few weeks.

Once again the Annual Corn Roast, hosted by Vice Commodore, Ron Gilpin and his able crew was a great success. Thank you all, you have raised the bar again. We have a challenge to meet or beat that level next year.

I can hardly wait to see what challenges and rewards the next chapter brings.

If I don’t see you on the bank, I hope to see you in the club.

Andrew Witwicky, Commodore

September 2015

commodore Andrew

Hi everyone;  
It's hard to tell by looking outside; overcast, damp, 17 deg., that it's still "Summer", well, at least the last half of it.
The "Grand Lady" by the lake, known as the Ex. has started.  This heralds the last hurrah of Summer.

Being an optimist as most of us are, I'm sure we will have many more delightful days on the water (or at least, at the Club).

We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming "Annual Corn Roast", and don't forget to get your tickets for the "Commodore's Ball".

Just a cautious reminder to always secure your boat with an adequate Storm Line while docked.  As you know Mother Nature and the river are always unpredictable.

Well, that's about it for now.

See you soon,
Andrew Witwicky

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