The Commodore's Watch

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

August 2015

commodore Andrew

While it is easy for me to "gush" about the appearance of our club, the landscaping, parking lot and drive way, the new ramp to the gas dock, in short the overall "curb appeal", I would like members to send me suggestions as to what other improvements you would like to see.

You can reach me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Suggestions will be reviewed by the Board of Directors. Should your suggestion be approved for follow up, you will be invited to a Board meeting to discuss implementation.

This is the same process which resulted in the new gas dock ramp.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Before I sign off, on behalf of everyone at the club, I would like to wish Harry & Melisa "Best Wishes" on their recent marriage.

Andrew Witwicky

July 2015

commodore Andrew

I would like to thank all the members and guests who participated in our Annual Sail Past ceremonies.

Those who where unable to attend missed the pleasure of participating in one of our oldest traditions.

We hope to see you at next year’s event.

Andrew Witwicky, Commodore

May 2015

commodore Andrew

It finally happened; we had a Great Saturday prior to the long awaited "Boating Season" at the THYC.

I would like to thank all those members (Social, Paddlers and Boaters) Spouses and Guests who set aside their gardening chores and volunteered their time to help build new dock sections under the direction of Larry Laurila. Also a thank you to those who have started to clean up their patio areas in anticipation of the Great Summer ahead of us. In case you haven't noticed, the Garden areas around the Club House are being spruced up by a very capable Mike Mitchell. If you would like to assist him, give him a call. I'm sure he would appreciate offers of help.

For those who are wondering when the docks are going to be installed, my best guess (after consulting with Mother Nature and Sid Mills) is prior to the long weekend in May.

Please check the Event Schedule for upcoming events.

Well I guess that it for now. See you at the club.

Andrew Witwicky

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