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Annual Meeting
October 7-8, 2016
Pelican Isle YC

Naples, Florida


Each member should make an effort to attend at least 1 Regional District 8 meeting a year. The experience is very rewarding.


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A Closing Message from President Shaun Graser



As we come to the end of my year as IOBG District 8 President I want to thank each of you for your contributions and support of our organization. I think we have accomplished a great deal this year with our publication of the traditions of the District 8 IOBG member clubs and the renewed effort to retain and reach out to new members. My entire executive committee has been a great help and a pleasure to work with. I do want to specifically think Past Commodore and District Director Karen Shea for all her work in maintaining and stimulating new membership.  Our Secretary Past Commodore Heather Wood has done an excellent job of ensuring that our membership contact list is current and up-to-date and our Treasurer Past Commodore Dennis Bosi has worked tirelessly to streamline and improve our membership roster. Thank you all.

Our annual meeting at Pelican Isle Yacht Club in Naples is roughly one month away (October 7 and 8) and I'm looking forward to seeing you all at the meeting. If you have not been to a district 8 meeting this year I would highly recommend that you make this the meeting to attend. On the social side, on Friday night there will be a Backwater Cruise with cocktails and light hors d'oeuvres followed by an informal social dinner back at the clubhouse. On Saturday we will have lunch at 11:30 AM followed by an incredible presentation by Past Commodore Joseph Tringali who will be speaking on the upcoming America's Cup race. Commodore Tringali is the author of the book “Yachting Customs and Courtesies” and many other publications pertaining to yacht club protocols and ceremonies. You will not be disappointed in Commodore Tringali’s presentation. We will have our annual meeting at 1:00 PM where we will nominate and vote on the Board of Directors for next year. Please plan to attend this important meeting. There will be a cocktail reception at 5:30 PM followed by an evening colors ceremony and installation of new officers and of course a wonderful meal prepared by the chef at Pelican Isles Yacht Club.

It has been my sincere pleasure to be your President this year. I had big shoes to fill as I followed many dedicated District 8 Presidents before me. I hope I have served you well. Again I look forward to seeing you all at our annual meeting.