CFSA Awards Night 2019

Last Saturday night we celebrated a great many accomplishments at our annual awards dinner.  It was very well attended and an excellent opportunity to get together with so many people.  Most importantly it gave us the chance to recognise the community spirit and voluntarism of a fantastic group of people.

As many know, there are three very special trophies that we give out on an annual basis that recognise individuals who have contributed to our common good above and beyond what is already a very high standard of voluntarism.

This year the following awards were presented:

Community Stewardship: Jennifer Harvey

Recognizing a club member for outstanding support to fellow members and the sailing community. Nominations from the membership, and the final selection is made by the Executive.  Jen has been an avid member of the executive and a keen racer helping others to get involved in racing. Her big contribution this year has been to really energise the Junior Sailing Division.  She has worked so hard, pouring her heart and soul into an amazing and large group of kids who have done so well under her leadership

Outstanding Executive Member (Ship Repair Unit Trophy): Chris Maier

The Ship Repair Unit Trophy was donated in 1984, and is awarded annually to a member of the Executive for distinguished Service.  The voting is determined by the Executive by secret vote. 

Outstanding Member (Prosser Trophy): Kevin Greenwood

The Prosser Trophy was donated in 1958 by Commander Prosser to recognize Outstanding Contribution to CFSA by a club member. Nominations are accepted from the membership, and the final selection is made by the Executive. Kevin's work as the leader of the Future Property Committee hs been inspirational.  He has taken over the coordination of the work associated with the future property which includes the coordination with our design consultant and refining our requirements to dovetail with our budget. This task is quite substantial and Kevin has put so many hours into the task. We are all indebted to his outstanding contribution to our club.

New this year I had the pleasure of presenting the first Commodore's Bravo Zula award.  A commendation to reecognise an act by a member as nominated by fellow members.  Peter Lichtensteiger and Jennifer Bilsbarrow of S/V Aeolos were nominated after the Broken Islands cruise last year.  The citation reads: 

For great seamanship, quick action and dedication to their fellow cruisers, when, during the 2018 Cruise to Barkley Sound, they provided immediate assistance to a grounded boat and subsequently their quick reaction ensured another cruiser in medical distress was immediately evacuated.

As a final thanks, I would like to single out Bill Brekelmans and Aaron Weisgerber.  These two outstanding volunteers were down at the club working very hard during our recent snow event.  Bill wore out his snow shovel keeping pathways open and snow off the docks.  Aaron cleared off every bimini in the club ensuring no damage occurred. Another big thanks to these two volunteers on behalf of the club!

It is my hope that everyone will take the time to thank these members the next time you see them – it’s hard to visit the club and not see them.  I also hope that other members will be inspired to help and volunteer more around the club so that these folks can enjoy some time on their own boats.  Please seek out members of the executive and look for opportunities to help.

I look forward to more great news and opportunities to showcase the vibrant community we have built at CFSA.