FCA Addresses Educational
and Environmental needs
The Florida Commodores Association continues to grow
in membership, but also in its vision and mission of addressing the needs of our state's environmental concerns and working
to identify yacht club issues in the areas of member appreciation/satisfaction as well as member retention
At the Bay Point yacht Club Winter Meeting we focused on these two (2) issues; our Florida environmental responsibilities,
and yacht club leadership and management educational opportunities available through the Association. Today
and future yacht club challenges will necessitate exposure to such programs for members, and yacht clubs to understand and
meet these challenges. The entire social structure and multiple generations, speaks to change...significant
These educational opportunities include nine (9) Power Point (PP) presentations
available for your individual viewing or your yacht club chapter, officers, etc. Just recently, the International
Commodores Association (ICA), addressed yacht club leadership/management with the ICA Academy for Yachting Officers and Professionals.
With the success of this program and its impact on targeting yacht clubs concerns, the Executive Committee unanimously
approved to award four (4) grants (scholarships) to the Academy. Attendee qualifications, requirements,
etc. are being developed and will be announced shortly.
The environmental programs were
addressed by guest speaker, Jeanne Williams, Clean Marina/Vessel Coordinator for the state of Florida. I
think you will agree that our planet needs our help...the FCA can make a difference by working with Florida Yacht Clubs and
this worthwhile environmental program. There are currently a number of state yacht clubs and marinas with
the Clean Marina Program designation. Our objective is to expand this program throughout the entire state.
By bringing program awareness to the yacht clubs and working with the state district coordinators,
we all can improve the environment and our quality of life. We were fortunate to have PC Kathy Champagne,
NYCP and Four Star Commodore recipient at the BPYC meeting. Kathy presented the WAVE (Wounded American
Veterans Event) burgee to FCA as a WAVE contributor. This event gives wounded veterans a chance to enjoy
a day on the water.
There will be another W.A.V.E event being held in Pensacola on August 10th,
2013, (RD) 8-11-13. If you have an interest in starting your own W.A.V.E. event please contact either Kathy Champagne at (email@example.com)
or the FCA for more information. The event will be registered with the State of Florida and placed on the official State calendar.
We challenge you and your club to "Catch the W.A.V.E."
As with all good
programs and ideas, nothing happens and good intentions fall short without the support, desire and discipline to stay the
course, and achieve our goal. I encourage you to consider what role you can play in support of these, or
any projects/programs; writing articles for newspapers, working FCA public relations, committee chair/team member, yacht club
The success of our effort and work will be measured by the footprints we
leave for the next generation.
FCA meetings are always a good time! So
remember to register for the FCA Spring meeting at Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club, April 26, 27, 2013
Kimmerling, Commodore FCA