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Temporary-before archive/Club News 2006

05/22-26/06  National Safe Boating Week

Congrats to Leaming's Marina & LVYC members for providing safety brochures  to the community and potential new boaters. These items were provided by the National Safe Boating Council and Boat US; members delighted with the many questions presented, and some offered on board instruction.

05/28/06  Opening Day/Flag Raising/Wine & Cheese Celebration

Thirty six members/friends attended our annual festivities. Not the usual number in view of graduations and weddings. But it was a grand affair with a mad hatter theme, with Muriel Clark & Grand Daughter Heather winning the first and second prizes provided by new member Russ Carlson of BeneServe. Diane Lynch (mother of Heather) provided a special prize, that was won by a non-member. Congrats!

Commodore Russ Mehalick, R/C Bob Powell, and especially Fleet Captain Tom Leaming did an excellent job with set-ups and coordination. Of course the GM was Rita, along with all the other gals giving instructions. The array of foods and drinks exceeded expectation. Russ acted as Chaplain for the Memorial Services. Many thanks to all for your attendance, help and participation.

06/17/06  7th Annual Richard West (BeachWheels) Wheelchair Race

Congrats to Commodore Russ Mehalick, V/C Bob Cummings, R/C Bob Powell and the 'Crew of the Bounty' for their volunteer help in making this event another great tribute to our charitable endeavors. A special note of thanks to Chris & Cele West, Shirely Phiefer, Walter Lott, and Bob & Bonnie Mayer for their participation and support. A grand THANK YOU to Rita Morgen for hosting a 'Thank You' BBQ.

07/08/06 July 4th 'Christmas in July' BBQ Celebration

The Marina was decorated as though it was Christmas in December thanks to Commodore Russ Mehalick and the Crew of The Bounty. Thirty two members attended. Many thanks to Russ, Bob Cummings, and Rita for another great job.

07/28/06 Commodore Fluke Tournament

Twenty members signed up. It was a hot and humid day with showers and late thunderstorms. We were able to complete the awards and BBQ prior to the thunder and under cover of the BBCA pavilion. A greatful thanks to the BBCA Executive Committee for the use of their beach.

I am pleased to announce that Kevin Komovowski (age 12) a non-member won the grand cash prize with a 2.725 lb fluke 19". Second winner (with four keeper fluke) was Doris Regan, 2.190 lb, 17.50". Third runner (no prize) Joe LaPenna, 2.155 lb, 18.25".

Many thanks Russ for BBQ'g the foods under those humid conditions; and a sincere thanks to the 21 participates that shared in the festivities. For the first time, there were no left-over foods.

08/05/05 Commodore Crab Contest

Fifteen members signed up. It was a fun day for all. Lyle Clark won the grand pot of $100 for a 6.5 (point) crab and the most caught by a single crabber. The marina and club provided food and drinks for the participants. Great job Commodore (and helpers). A special note of thanks to Ray & Jane Kecmer for providing a 2nd prize award, presented to Bill Morgen "an old crab resides here." Love ya Ray & Jane"

09/02/06 Labor Day 'Sea Food Fest'

I regret to advise that this event has been cancelled by reason of lack of participation. Hopefully we'll have a seafood inclusion at our Year End Dinner, scheduled for Saturday, October 7. This will be a catered affair at the Morgen property FOR MEMBERS ONLY.


Belated congrats to F/C Tom Leaming on his election as President of the NJ Marine
Trades Association. Congrats also to Founding Member Bill Hunsinger on his election as Rear Commodore of Tall Oaks Yacht Club. Bill continues as a member of LVYC and flys our burgee proudly on his (new) 30 ft sailboat. Tall Oaks Yacht Club is located on Forked River; they are primarily a sailing club. Best wishes, Bill.


10/07/06 Commodore's Year End Dinner

Our Year End Dinner celebration will be held on the above date. This is a member only-adult affair. A small donation is required, with the club offsetting the balance of costs.  This is our way of returning a portion of your dues monies. Reservations are required no later than September 30. Many thanks. Looking forward to a great time with friends. A grateful thanks to Rita, Walt, Shirely, Bob, Nancy, and Russ/Bob for their advice, prep & helping hands. A special note of thanks to the BBCA for the use of their club house & past beach facilities.



Happy New Year. I hope the holidays and Santa were good to you. For those members and friends that lost loved one's in '04, or were hospitalized over the holidays, our 'get well wishes', sympathy and prayers were with you.

The holidays were not a bundle of joy for this writer as we lost Board member and CBYCA/Delegate Bob Gattone; and my Mother in November. I recently learned of the passing of Founding Director/Historian Carl A. Mayer on January 23, 2005. Services were private (and confidential) per Carl's request. I lost a good friend and mentor. Our condolences to Helen and Family.

As we enter the '05 season, we have some nice 'tentative' affairs scheduled. Please take a moment to review the schedule, and advise your comments or suggestions.


Local News: Mole's Bait & Tackle has changed ownership. The new owners L & H
Woods & Water (609-242-1812) will continue as a 'full line' bait and tackle shop.
Stop in and say hello. I think everyone will be impressed with the new design and

The Fish Hawks and Lacey Elks 'Antlers' will host a Fishermen's Flea Market (over
100 tables) on Saturday April 9, 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. at the Lacey Elks Lodge 2518, 900 Beach Blvd., Forked River, NJ. Admission is $3.00, children under 12 free. For table information call Dave at 609-693-7202, or Ed at 609-971-1028

05/29/05 - Opening Day

Our first official function of the season was celebrated over Memorial Day weekend. Over 60 members and friends attended our Opening Day/Annual
Wine & Cheese festivities. Chaplain Nancy Cummings opened the ceremonies
with a beautiful prayer dedicated to our 'past and current' Veterans.

The array of 'homemade' food trays exceeded everyone's expectations. They
were all delicious! The assortment of varied wines and brews added some 'comedy'  to the festivities. A special note of thanks to Diane & Robin for the exquisite French Wines. Great job and many thanks to all for making it another
memorable day.

06/18/05 - Beach Wheels Handicap Race

Congrats to Commodore Russ Mehalick, V/C Bob & Nancy Cummings, R/C Bob
Powell and the many members that volunteered their time on a 'sunny boating
day' to participate in this worthy event. I understand the race was a grand
success. Accolades to Program Director Richard 'Dick' West for a superb job!
Lastly, and with sincere appreciation, many thanks to Chris & Celia West for
hosting a cocktail party at their home for our volunteer members and friend.

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07/04/05 - July 4th Holiday BBQ

42 members attended our gala celebration. The food, drinks, desserts & salads
exceeded expectations. A special note of thanks to Walter & Shirley for their
'special' pasta salad, Bob & Nancy for their coordination and cooking expertise,
John & Susan Waleski for their 'yellow' watermelon; and to the GREAT members
that brought desserts. Of course these functions could not be possible without
the support of our host facility F/C Tom Leaming and his charming wife Marie,
of Leaming's Marina. A sincere thanks and gratitude to all.

07/30/05 -  LVYC Crab Contest

Unfortunately we were forced to cancel the above for lack of participation.

08/06/05 - 'Commodore's Fluke Contest'

Regrettably (Editor's note), only twenty members signed up. The cash prize
after food expenses was $200.00. Congrats to Lyle Clark that won 1st & 2nd
prize for his entry of two fluke 2.75lb & 2.65 both 19".

The largest fluke was caught by Bob & Doris Regan @ 2.79lbs, 19". Unfortunately,
they missed the weigh in time by 12 minutes.

Many thanks to Commodore Mehalick, V/C Bob Powell, Board Member Chris West,
the participants, and the Barnegat Beach Association for making this tournament possible.

09/04/05 -  Labor Day BBQ

Twenty six members attended our festivities. A low turnout, but understandable because of other family commitments. It was a great party.

Rita & I, along with V/C Bob Cummings and his First Mate Nancy, normally coordinate these affairs. Rita & I were on vacation in Ocean City, MD. Russ and his crew, along with Lyle Clark (our chief chef and provider of crabs), and F/C Tom Leaming did an excellent job in making our party a memorable occasion. A special note of thanks to Bob & Nancy (that went out of their travel area) to pick up freshly picked corn.

A gracious thank you to the ladies for their salads & delicious desserts. Many thanks. Words cannot express the club's appreciation.

As this was our Labor Day general meeting and BBQ, with election nominations due by September 8, F/C Tom Leaming made a motion that "the current slate of Officers remain as-is". The motion was seconded and approved by all members. All Officers present agreed to serve and the members present re-elected the current Officers for the 2006-2007 term. They will be sworn in at the October Year End Dinner, to be held at the Thirsty Mallard, on October 9.

Don't forget to mark your calender for Surf Fishing on October 1 with Commodore Russ in Beach Haven, LBI.

10/01/05 - Surf Fishing with Commodore

It was a beautiful day on the 28th Street beach at Beach Haven, LBI. Six members and their guests enjoyed the hospitality of Russ and his friends. Although no large fish were caught, it was a beautiful Indian summer beach day with plenty of food and assorted ice cold brews. We started the day at 8 A.M. and retired at 3 P.M. Great job Russell.

10/09/05 - Year End Dinner/Installation of Officers

Twenty two members attended our year end dinner at the Thirsty Mallard. The
Officers present were sworn into office by President Bill Morgen. Commodore
Russell Mehalick made his acceptance speech and thanked the members in attendance for their participation and continued support.

Many thanks to General Manager Mark Gola of the Thirsty Mallard, the staff, and especially, our GREAT waitress Robin Robinson for another memorable occassion.
The food was great. The service excellent; and not one member complaint!

I want to thank the members that attended in view of hurricane Pamela. The rains
were torrential, and a long drive for many. Many thanks for attending.  Russ & Bill

Holiday Party

We're looking to set up some type of get together prior to the Christmas season.
If you have a suggestion, or are willing to host a cocktail party, please advise.

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