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Officers and Chairpersons
2019 - 2020 Officers
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Commodore - Jack Kennedy
My wife, Mary, and I have been residents of Panama City, Florida since 1996 and reside at 353 Wahoo Road in Bay Point.
I attended Hiwassee College in Tennessee. I made three tours of duty in Viet Nam during my six years in the Navy. I have forty-nine years of experience in construction trade sales. I am retired from Benjamin Moore Paint Company as a Business Development Representative after 29 years. I am also a Construction Specification Institute (CSI) member in my trade.
I have been on the Bridge and Board of three different yacht clubs in Tennessee. I was the Commodore of Chattanooga Boating Club 1985, Commodore of Lakeshore Yacht Club in 1988, and Vice Commodore of Chattanooga Yacht Club in 1996. Since I have moved to Florida in 1996, I was Commodore of Bay Point Yacht Club in 2000. I was also the District 8 International Order of the Blue Gavel Florida President in 2007 and a District Director of District 8 in 2008. I am a founding member of the Florida Commodores Association and was Rear Commodore of the International Commodores Association in 2010-2011. I am presently on the board of the FCA Foundation whose mission is to promote sailing and boating.
I am looking forward to leading the Florida Commodores Association as we navigate new waters. I will need a lot of help and look forward to guiding our organization with future leaders.
Vice Commodore - Ray Dewrell
Though I was born in Florala, Alabama I consider Fort Walton Beach to be my home. I attended School in Fort Walton Beach and graduated from Florida State University with a BS in Business Management (1965). While NW Florida has been my home for over 70 years, the Fort Walton Yacht Club became my second home.
As your Vice Commodore I am charged with representing you in the FCA Executive Committee. To this I will bring my years of experience as Fort Walton Yacht Club Director, Finance Committee Chair, and Club Commodore, Vice President Fort Walton Yacht Club FCA Chapter, and my career business experience as a Real Estate Broker and over 40 years ownership and management of a retail furniture company.
Yacht clubs, true to their purpose, serve their memberships with outstanding social, boating and other recreational activities. But, they also serve a wider purpose that is often unrecognized. My FWYC has served and continues to serve a pivotal role in the leadership and growth of our community by providing a place for our community leaders to meet in business and social environments to conduct business. Our Club also serves a leadership role for all the boating community representing the interests of thousands of non-Club members. Drawing attention to this community role serves not only our community but serves to increase growth in our Club memberships. So, I would like FCA member clubs to better promote their community service role with active publicity chairs on their BODs. We on the Executive Committee can provide ideas for this with our forums for education and inter Club exchanges and modeling.
As Vice Commodore I will of course be active in visits to non-member Clubs to promote our growth. I will also serve as an advocate, like my predecessor Dr. Tom Reynolds, to grow colleagueship among and within chapters. The sense of past commodores belonging and still contributing to the quality of Club leadership and to the benefit of their club members is important to nurture. FWYC’s chapter gives our Club an annual gift as a very visible way of enhancing our Club and we reward outstanding volunteers annually with an outstanding service award. Monthly luncheons and business meetings, socials and seasonal parties are all good activities to knit together our FCA members. We need to promote what works for your Club.
Rear Commodore - Bob Sutton
I hail from the Northeast, learning to sail a sunfish the summer in my tenth year off the coast of Provincetown. I continued my love of sailing into adulthood, with racing on the St. John’s river while stationed in Jacksonville Florida and have continued to love the water, sailing, and owned several boats during the last 51 years
I’m currently a self-employed flight instructor, logging over 10,000 flight hours. I retired from the US Navy after 22 years of active duty, flying missions in Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Somalia, and Bosnia where I earned an air medal. I’ve held many positions requiring business savvy, including the President of a multimillion-dollar waterfront homeowners association in Maine for over 5 years. Also, management and budgeting of a Pro Shop on a busy golf course for 2 years.
I returned to Florida in 2001, settling in Pensacola. I have been a dues paying member of Pensacola Yacht Club (PYC) for 16 years and Navy Yacht Club Pensacola (NYCP) for 15 years. I have been active in volunteerism at PYC and since 2003, with PYC Junior sailing from 2003-2005, race committee for both clubs 2003-2006 and 2010 to present. I served on PYC ‘s Board of Directors over bylaws in 2005, Assistant Race Committee Chair 2011, and Race Committee Chair the following year. Involved in the annual W.A.V.E., I have had the responsibility for leading the on-water activities since its inception in 2012.
I have held several Flag Officer positions over the years. As PYC Fleet Captain 2013, I was able to celebrate a successful year with the lowest budget and spending in 13 years. As Rear Commodore at PYC, I introduced the summer membership to PYC, which is now known as a social membership. Under my direction, the membership committee introduced the development of several groups focused on activities such as fishing, kayaking, biking, in addition to the traditional sailing and raft-up activities. This productive year was followed by NYCP Fleet Captain, Vice Commodore, and Commodore consecutively. Of significant note, membership was increased two-fold under my leadership as Vice Commodore in 2016 through my term as Commodore in 2017. I simultaneously continued involvement in the FCA, W.A.V.E., held BOD positions at PYC, as well as serving on selected committees at PYC. I continue to actively participate in volunteering and currently holds the position of the Vice President of the PYC Chapter of the FCA.
I’m now pursuing nomination as the Rear Commodore for the Florida Commodores Association.
Fleet Captain - Stan Mitchell
I was born and reared along the shores of Lake Michigan and attended Indiana Institute of Technology earning my BS degree in chemistry. Leaving the mid-west for the south, I received my PhD from the University of Kentucky in analytical and pharmaceutical chemistry. Go Cats!!
Water has been a large part of my life, especially as an adult. In 1968 while in graduate school, my wife, Cris, and I purchased our first boat and have been boaters ever since. This boat/motor was an old wooden craft with a 1959 Mercury 70 hp motor. The interesting thing about the “Merc” was that there was no neutral gear. Skiers were dragged forward slowly then signaled when ready to go. If you could ski behind this woody, you could ski behind almost everything! Larger vessels and more fun followed. We have now downsized to an eighteen-foot pontoon boat (just right for us) on Lake Beresford and the St. Johns River.
While living in the Chicago area (and later Memphis, TN), I was employed in the field of quality control and quality assurance for the manufacturers of pharmaceutical and home-care products and wood preserving bulk chemicals. During that time, we boated on the Illinois Chain of Lakes and the Pickwick Lake in Tennessee. Cris and I were actively involved with the local Coast Guard Auxiliary. Our contributions centered on water education, safety, coastal navigation, and communications.
Upon retiring and moving to DeLand, our real-estate agent suggested that I give Cris a membership in the Lake Beresford Yacht Club as a Christmas gift and the rest is history. I started out as the LBYC Fleet Captain and eventually being elected to Vice Commodore and finally Commodore. Cris and I enjoy sailing, stink-potting and just watching the sun and full moon sparkles on the Florida waters.
Secretary — Lynne Reynolds
Born in Virginia, and having moved numerous times, including to seven states and to Europe, it is wonderful to now call Florida “HOME”. My profession is neuro-psychology and I retired in 2004. My husband of 57 years has shared his love of boating and, having been members of several yacht clubs, we have managed to take many wonderful cruises in our “Celebration”.
In 2007, when several friends decided to organize a group of Past Commodores and to help others gain a greater appreciation of the “customs and traditions” of yacht clubs in Florida, we joined in the founding of the Florida Commodores Association. It has been a gratifying experience and we are blessed with many friends who share our love of boating. It is an honor to serve this terrific organization.
Treasurer—John H. Matthews
Originally from Laurel, Mississippi, John graduated from George S. Gardiner High School in Laurel in 1957 and went to Mississippi State University where he graduated in May 1961. He was a Distinguished Military Graduate in the Army ROTC program and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant, Regular Army. John was selected for promotion to Colonel and retired in 1983.
John earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics at Mississippi State University; his Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology; and his Master of Business Administration from C. W. Post College, Long Island University.
John and his wife, the former Nancy J. Strooband of Moline, Illinois, have been married for 54 years and have three married children, seven grandchildren and two great grandsons. They have been living in Pensacola for fourteen years. John is a Past Commodore of the Pensacola Yacht Club (PYC), the Gulf Yachting Association, Treasurer and Past Commodore of the Florida Commodores Association and is currently Commodore, Navy Yacht Club Pensacola.
He is a qualified Race Management Official and has been responsible for several Regional and National Regattas, including the US Optimist Dinghy Nationals, the Thistle Association National Championships, the US Sailing Single Handed Mens and Women’s Championships, the West Florida Ocean Racing Circuit, the Optimist Gulf Coast Championships, and the US Sailing Olympic Sailing Festival.
Immediate Past Commodore - Carole Lick
My roots are in Michigan, a state with Great Lakes galore! Boating, both sail and power, have been part of my life since “forever”. Michigan State University is my alma mater and that of many family members, including our daughter and son, my dad with his degree in 1934, and Don (my husband). Don was a grad student when I met him and took his College Algebra class. The rest is history as they say. The Green and White has been an integral part of our lives for as long as I can remember. Something I never dreamed I would do is participate in a statewide election. It resulted in my serving an eight-year term on the MSU Board of Trustees.
My career has taken two primary paths: the first in Special Education for 12 years and then non- profit management and fundraising for the national Alzheimer’s Association. This was particularly meaningful as my dad was diagnosed shortly after I was hired. Volunteer work has been a mainstay of my life and includes a variety of associations for which my related professional work was helpful.
I love college sports, particularly MSU football and basketball. I also love any means possible to be on or in the water. We sailed for 20 years and switched to power boating for another 20 years. With retirement we moved to Florida for the warm weather and water activities year-round. Platinum Point Yacht Club became a part of our daily lives as I served on the board for several years and then went through the flag officer positions serving as Commodore in 2015.
I discovered the FCA through that experience and have enjoyed serving on the FCA Foundation board and then in FCA flag officer positons. It is an honor and privilege to serve with such talented and dedicated past commodores and other yacht club flag officers.