Editor:  Doug Jones

January 2016



In this issue:
Belle of the Ball
Commodore's Report
Membership Report
Education Report
Cruising News
Social Events
Events at a Glance
Sunshine Lady
Meeting Minutes

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Belle of the Ball


At last count over half the Seafarers attended the annual Change of Watch party at the Isles Yacht Club, and what a terrific time we all had!  As usual the food and service were great, and Lattitudes satisfied everyones' listening and dancing tastes.  Best of all, we had a chance to talk with our old Seafarer friends and make new ones.  If you'd like to see photos of the party, click here.

Now everyone knows that an event like this doesn't just happen by magic - although sometimes it seems to.  And that's because of the mastermind behind it - our own Terry Miller.  Part of the reason that Terry can handle all of the details that begin essentially immediately after the party ends is that she has done it so many times.

One of the things that make the Seafarers such a fantastic club is long-standing members like Terry who are still actively supporting it.  At the same time, it is exciting to see many new members who are stepping up to bring new energy and ideas, and for whom the experience and help of members like Terry is always available.  Thanks, Terry, and thanks to the new Board and all the activities leaders and participants who make Seafarers' activities so much fun.

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Commodore's Report: by Ginger Crumbaugh

I can hardly believe it's the New Year already! Time has flown and so I hope with this 2016 New Year all you Seafarers are ready to hop on your boats and cruise to your hearts content! After all, that's what this club is all about.....

As this being my last Way Points "blog" to you, I would like to thank all the wonderful people that made this such a wonderful year - We had record breaking attendance and it really was because of all the Seafarers that put their hearts and souls into the club....

And with our new 2016 Board, I'm sure they will have not only great future cruises for you, but many socials and educational activities available, as well. So please, welcome your new 2016 Board...

Mike Clark
Vice Commodore
Harry Ensley
Bob Shirk
Janice Davis
Cruise Director
Joe Preece
John Tiller
Social Director
Bev Riggs
Doug Jones
Membership Director
Gayle Clark
Past Commodore
Ginger Crumbaugh

Be sure to check your Seafarer Website Calendar to watch for upcoming events.

 Happy New Year Seafarers!!!

"Keep on Keepin' On!"



Membership Report: by Joe Preece, Director

Our Membership is currently at 315. Please welcome new members Mike & Cindy Miller owners of a 26’ power boat. Dennis & Meg O’Brien fellow Punta Gordian’s who own the Quiet Man a 26’ sail boat. Jim & Sandie Parker from Elk Rapids, MI owners of a 24’power boat.

By now Gayle Clark will have taken over as Membership Director so help her to finish out the dues collection period of our year. Remember that when you log into the calendar if you see text in red just below your name you have probably not paid your dues yet. See you soon on one of our cruises.


Education Report: by Joe Longo, Director

Another Holiday season has ended and hopefully all the parties have not done too much damage to your waist line.  I think I heard my bathroom scale complain when I stepped on it this morning.  Well, a good way to start working it off is to start packing up all the decorations and storing them all away for another year.  While you have the ladder out it might be a good time to replace the batteries in the smoke detectors before they start chirping at you.  Don’t forget the smoke detectors in the boat and the carbon monoxide detectors too.  Hey, while you’re at it take a look at the fire extinguisher gauges and make sure that they haven’t lost their charge and if they’re still good give them all a good shake to loosen up the dry powder inside them.

After two years of writing this article for the Seafarers Newsletter it’s time for me to turn over my pad and pencil to our new Education Director, John Tiller.  This is officially my last article but I’m looking forward to seeing Y’all at the socials and the meetings and the lunches and the raft ups and ............well, Happy New Year from Holly and I.

     And for one final time, never forget that… 

 Safety on the Water is No Accident



Cruising News: by Harry Ensley, Director

Since December has been so busy with parties and parades, the cruising has been less than usual.  We did however have a cruise to Sarasota’s Marina Jack on December 3-6.  Jim Crumbaugh led four boats north to see Sarasota’s Lighted Christmas Parade on December 5th.  The less than ideal weather forecast and the usual “boat problems” caused several to miss the cruise.

Our new cruise director, Joe Preece, has a busy year of cruising ready for us next year.  The first cruise of 2016 will be led by Laddy Kartes on January 15 – 17 to Cape Harbour Marina on the Caloosahatche River.  The cruise is limited to nine boats so sign up early.  In addition to the usual food and drink, a dinner is planned at Rum Runners on Saturday night.

Bob Dickson will lead a lunch cruise to Bert’s Bar & Grill in Matlacha on January 21st.  Bert’s is a popular lunch cruise destination and they have requested that our group arrive at 11 AM.  Dock space is limited so take a group on your boat.

Here’s to the special water,   



Cape Harbour Marina Cruise
January 15-17

Bert's Bar Matlacha Cruise
January 21

Ft. Myers Art Festival Cruise
February 5-7

Lazy Flamingo Lunch Cruise
February 9

Social Events: by Bev Riggs,  Director

Happy New Year!  I was curious about the song we sing at the New Year -- Auld Lang Syne -- and wondered what it actually means and how that translates to Seafarers.  So I went to that global source of all things, The Internet, and this is what I learned.  Literally it means that for the sake of our long friendship we should join hands and share a drink together in the spirit of good will. To extend that meaning it means that we should not forget our old friends and celebrate reunion with them.  Wow, that perfectly describes Seafarers! 

We had a great social year in 2015.  I hope, with your help, 2016 will be even better!  We are starting to fill up the calendar.  On January 9, we are trying our hand at bowling at Treasure Lanes in Port Charlotte.  The cost is $10 and includes 2 hours of bowling, pizza and soft drink.  The strikes and spares start at 3:00 p.m. -- be there!  Please sign up on the website no later than January 6th.

On February 7 at 5:00 p.m. we will gather at Harpoon Harry's to watch the Super Bowl.  We have reserved the back room which has a large TV, but all of the TVs at the restaurant will be showing the game.  It is cash bar and order from the menu.  Please sign up on the website calendar if you plan to attend.  We will be selling squares again this year for $5.  The payout is $125 per quarter.  Squares will be available for purchase beginning at the St Andrews January socials.

Our club socials are nothing without you.  Your ideas, coordination, leadership and attendance equal successful socials.  Please contact me with your ideas for socials or food for the general meetings as well as your willingness to lead an event or coordinate meeting food.  Thank you in advance!

See you at St Andrews on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays!




Bowling at Treasure Lanes

January 9

Super Bowl at Harpoon Harry's

February 7

 Events at a Glance


Bowling Fun Social
Social at St. Andrews Country Club 5-7 pm
Cruise to Marina at Cape Harbour
Bert's Bar Lunch Cruise
General Membership Meeting PGICA 5:30 pm
Social at St. Andrews Country Club 5-7 pm
Home Tour Seafarer Sponsored House

 The Sunshine Lady - Cynthia Cowdrey

Cynthia Cowdrey is the Sunshine Lady for the Seafarers.  So if you hear of anyone who is ill or is hospitalized, or of anyone who has lost a family member, you should call her.  Her phone number is 941-575-5671




Membership Meeting Minutes -- Click here to view.


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