Tuesday October 19 , 2010
The ASI Election dinner meeting is this Saturday!
The October 23, 2010 dinner meeting is at the Monaghan K of C hall, Farmington Road north of Seven Mile. At this dinner meeting, you'll be voting for three trustees to fill three open spots on the nine-member board.
Here are comments from three of the candidates. Other nominations for these positions will also be accepted from the floor on the night of the dinner meeting.
I have been with ASI since the fall of 2007. It has been an honor serving on the ASI Board since August 2009 as your Treasurer. Prior to joining the ASI Board, I served on my homeowner's association for 9 years as their Treasurer This summer, I obtained my Level 2 Captain's certification.
My Bachelor's degree is in Accounting, and my Master's degree has an emphasis in Management Information Systems - both from Lawrence Technological University.
Professionally, I have worked in various areas of accounting and finance for almost 30 years with increasing responsibility. Currently I am employed with Dawn Food Products as their Commercial Finance Manager with six people reporting directly to me.
My name is Mike Perrin and I would like to serve on the ASI Board of Trustees. Many people may not know who I am so to that end, here is a little information about me and my time with ASI.
My wife Kathy and I have two children, Jessica (20) and Joshua (17). We live in Plymouth. I work at The University of Michigan-Dearborn where I am interim director of the Environmental Interpretive Center which is a center for outreach education and research.
My experience in sailing began when I was in my teens where I sailed windsurfers and raced catamarans in northern Michigan and up-state New York. Life took me away from sailing for awhile until I found ASI where I have been a member since the summer of 2007. I currently am a Level 2 rated sailor which I completed in 2009. This past summer I co-captained Overture on the Lake Erie flotilla and am looking forward to exploring additional harbors and islands. I have plans to take the Level 3-4 class in the near future to expand my sailing horizons.
Over the past few years I have been involved in a variety of activities within ASI. I have been in the level 1 racing program and an on-water instructor for two years. I am currently finishing my first year as assistant maintenance captain on Overture. I have also been involved in many Interlake boat put-in and boat take-outs, as well as the keelboat spring prep, maintenance workdays and decommissioning. These activities have been invaluable to me on my journey to become a complete sailor and have given me a wide perspective on the various operational perspectives of the club. As a board member I hope to provide constructive input and assistance to ensure the continued success of this organization.
If elected to the Board my intentions would be to dedicate myself to the Mission statement of ASI. To help foster a excelent working relationship of all members, and so, help one another to achieve our own personal goals with respect to sailing. Foremost, would be a sound structural and finacial foundation so as to insure the long term viability of this organization and on to a healthy future.
The Dinner / election meeting:
The buffet menu consists of Baked Chicken, Veggie Lasagna, Baked Potato wedges, tossed salad and dessert
- social hour - 6 pm (cash bar)
- dinner - 7 pm
- election and meeting - 8 pm
Tickets are $18 per person: call Lisa, ASI Sail secretary, 248-393-4280 for tickets. DEADLINE IS TUESDAY OCTOBER 19, HEY, THAT'S TODAY! Call for your tickets NOW!
Please note also that we'll be holding the January Awards dinner at the same place, on Saturday, January 22. Details to follow, but put it on your calendar! That one you don't want to miss either!
Keelboat takeout opportunities
Keelboat takeout will occur today, Tuesday, October 19, starting at 8:30 am.
This is an opportunity to get volunteer hours in. During the following weekends, your help will be required in covering the boats.
The Interlake takeout schedule - Kensington
Who's needed? You!
Where? Kensington East Boat Launch
When? This Saturday October 23, 9 am to ??
- Coffee, hot cider and donuts will be served- Station leaders please arrive at 8:30
- Interested in becoming a station leader? please contact Marilyn Leece or Jessica Hogg, co-managers
Note: This will be Marilyn's last season as Level 1 Launch/Take-Out Leader, due to other ASI commitments. If you are interested in being mentored for a position that is fun, educational,and you enjoy meeting new people, please contact Marilyn Leece
SCUBA Divers, take note! - - Sherry Gregory
A scuba tank backpack is available to anyone who can use it. My husband no longer needs it and would like to give it away. If you think you can use it, let me know and I will bring it to the elections meeting. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks, Sherri Gregory.
STAY SAFE...LOOK GOOD... - - Joan Swain, L1 Manager
...Or serve as a reminder for the rest of us.
Being at Kent Lake twice this past week, I observed the following list of 10 goofs. I know only three more days are left for sailing this season, but perhaps your noting what I observed, will have us all finishing up the season in style - the ASI way:
- Lock the dock box locks before you sail, or leave for the day.
- And spin the numbers on the locks, so they cannot be opened by a passerby.
- Raise the sails only at the J-dock or open water - never in the finger slips - most notably with any breeze, unless instructed by the Maintenance Team or Head Instructor for a specific reason.
- Ship the rudder over the side, not the transom. This reduces the chance of marring the boats.
- Use the flotation pad only for water safety. If you use it to ship the rudder (ignoring #4 above) it can be damaged, thereby becoming useless, if needed in a capsize.
- Furl the main sail n-e-a-t-l-y with the chain stitch: to keep it out of your way; so it doesn't get caught by the wind putting stress on the sail, rigging, or knocking the boat around in the slip; and just because it looks like one knows what they are doing, aka looking 'ship-shape.'
- If someone yells "raise the center board" as they see you being stuck as your approach the J-dock - do not raise it up all the way! If you do, you may have new problems. If you hear "Raise the center board" add on "a bit."
- Ship the rudder or release the bow after you and your crew run up the hill, get out to sign in, or gather all your gear. If you ship the rudder/release the bow and leave it before you're ready to head out, the boat then is too free in the slip and can get knocked around by waves or wind, and won't be as stable as you again go aboard.
- When lowering the jib at the J-dock, remember to wrap it with the jib sheets so the wind doesn't blow it into the water, or catch it and "sail" the boat into the dock.
- If you can't paddle to the J-dock, and are floating aimlessly, perhaps percariously, in the channel, raise the jib and sail out to open water. Once very clear of any hard objects, get into irons and raise the main.
Finally, lest you think I'm being persnickety or unkind in these reminders, please know that any observed goof serves as a reminder for all to be more conscious Kent Lake sailors. I know I've served in that capacity over the years, so I hope we read the list with that in mind as we all strive to keep our boats and gear safe, be safe ourselves, look competent - and enjoy sailing with ASI.
2011 Keelboat classes - - Bill Lane
Become a Level 2 Captain and sail the Level 2 O’Day 28' Keel boats Interlude and Overture on Lake St Clair. Learn the basics of: navigation and GPS, docking a keelboat, anchoring, keelboat sailing, radio operation, boat systems, rules of the road for power boats, and much more.
- Declare sailing ability by submitting a sailing resume to head of Level 2 instruction.
- Be an ASI member and Level 1 Sail Pass holder with all volunteer hours up to date.
- Complete and present a certificate showing completion of US Power Squadron or US Coast Guard Auxiliary Safe Boating / Basic Seamanship course before the start of Level 2 classes. The class must have a navigation component.
Sail longer and farther than ever before!
Contact Bill Lane, Level 2 head instructor, for details248-891-6125Email: email@example.com
Level 3/4 class for 2011
Level 2 sailors, it is not too early to be think of joining the level 3/4 class for 2011
Sail to interesting ports such as
- Thames River
- Port Huron/Sarnia
- Port Elgin
- Harbor Beach
Georgian Bay and the finest cruising area in North America, The North Channel. Explore beautiful coves such as: Covered Portage, Snug Harbour, Marianne cove, The Pool and Browning Cove
Learn advance navigation techniques and enhance your knowledge of GPS
- Do off-shore sailing work
- Advanced anchoring
- Boat provisioning
- Crew organization
- Sail to a destination overnight
- Prerequisite are to have a Level 2 sail pass and work hours current, and to sail the Level 2 keel boats 8 times, 4 times as captain and 4 times as crew.
Contact Bill Lane for details 248-891-6125 or Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The ASI Burgee is now on an 'as needed' schedule. The next one will be - well, we just don't know! It depends on input! Please send your Burgee input to email@example.com