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Mt. Dora winter general Membership meeting


February 25 - 26, 2022

Mt. Dora - Friday Night Happy Hour

Friday Night, February 25th:

Friday night found the members of FCA enjoying adult beverages and plenty of scrumptious appetizers provided by Mt. Dora Yacht Club.  FCA member guests and Mt. Dora members, both general members and FCA members, had a delightful evening catching up on what had been happening in their respective clubs.  

Saturday General Membership Meeting:

Saturday morning started with a continental breakfast of muffins, Danishes, biscuits with jams, fruit, juices and plenty of coffee. During the registration period, members took advantage of the time to shop the well-stocked Ship's Store managed by Quartermaster Beverly Plummer.  this was a time to pick out those uniform items in demand.

Commodore Ray Dewrell called the general membership meeting to order.  The Flag Officers and Program/Committee chairs reported on current and future activities that the organization has been and/or will be conducting.  Minutes of this meeting will be posted to the website as soon as received.

At the conclusion of the general meeting, Past Commodore Charlie Kennedy spoke about the history of Mt. Dora and the role that the Mt. Dora Yacht Club has played in Mt. Dora's growth through the years.  Mt. Dora Yacht Club, as the oldest inland yacht club in the state of Florida, was started in 1913 by Henry Fuller.

A hearty sandwich buffet was served to attending members and their spouses of the meeting.  Members clustered in groups to share information about their different clubs and how their clubs had survived the pandemic.

Past Commodore Joe Tringali, of Palm Coast Commodores, gave an informative and in-depth lecture about yacht clubs and the law.  P/C Tringali provided those attending with much needed knowledge concerning how the law can affect the everyday activities of a club.

Mt. Dora - Sat. General Meeting
Mt. Dora - Sundowner Ceremony

Saturday evening's Sundowner Ceremony:

Saturday evening, the FCA held the first Sundowner's Ceremony at the club.  The ceremony was called to order by Pensacola Yacht Club Past Commodore Sam Foreman.  Pensacola Yacht Club Past Commodore Susan McKinnon, 2021 Four-Star Commodore Recipient, served as the cannoneer during the ceremony.  She fired the cannon to signal the beginning of the ceremony. 

Ft. Walton Yacht Club Past Commodore and FCA Commodore Ray Dewrell, Pensacola Yacht Club Past Commodore and FCA Vice Commodore Bob Sutton, and Pensacola Yacht Club Past Commodore and FCA Treasurer John Matthews served as the honor guard to lower the flag and present it to MDYC Commodore Jeffery Begin.

Past Commodores of the FCA and Mt. Dora Yacht Club, Associate members of the FCA, and spouses lined the balcony of the yacht club to salute the flag as it was lowered and watch the ceremony conclude with the presentation of the flag to MDYC Commodore Begin.

Saturday night's Happy Hour and Dinner:

Saturday evening was a social extravaganza that began with a fun filled social time.  Attendees then moved to the nautical themed dinner area to indulge in a delectable dinner highlighted by hand craved Prime Rib and White Wine chicken.  To top off this delicious entree', a generous slice of cheesecake was for dessert.  

To help work off all the calories, a DJ played tunes from the 50s and 60s.  Attendees whirled and twisted away the evening.  It was a wonderful way to end such an entertaining and pleasurable weekend.
Mt. Dora - Sat. Happy Hour/Dinner