The Commodore's Watch

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

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

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