Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00
On Sunday, May 19, Sagamore Yacht Club held one of the most important events of the year: Opening Day, marking the commissioning of the officers and the club, and the official start of the boating season.
In years past, the ceremony has taken place under sunny skies, however, this year it rained, so most of the event took place inside the clubhouse.
Past Commodore Darren Martin was the Master of Ceremonies. He thanked the officers, trustees and committee workers for all the accomplishments under his tenure, and Georgia Gehrling and Kris Lalonde for organizing the event. He also talked about the new programs coming up in this coming season, particularly the reinstating of the Junior Sailing Program.
He then started the formal ceremony of commissioning Sagamore Yacht Club for the 69th season.
Jean Butler, Reverend of the Syosset Community Church and long-time member of SYC, presented the invocation and led the assembled members and guests in prayer.
Past Commodore Martin then introduced a most distinguished group, the past commodores who were present: Joe Gentile, Chris Lorenzen, Greg Bradley, Dave Roach, Maureen Austin and Rob Casale.
He introduced the trustees Ken Deering, Keith Swanson, Tony Miraglia, Mike Maffucci, Jeanne Lafiteau, and Ray Wulff, followed by the current officers: Commodore Michael Gehrling, Vice Commodore Gerald Lalonde, Rear Commodore Kevin Curry, Secretary Deanna Flanagan and Treasurer Constantine Baris.
The rain stopped long enough for the official raising of the flags. The Union Jack was raised by Mike and JoAnn Anthony; the Past Commodore Flag was raised by Denis and Suzanne Siple; the Rear Commodore flag was raised by Emily and Isabelle Curry; the Vice Commodore flag was raised by Janice and Dick Longworth; the Commodore flag was raised by Fred and Georgia Gehrling; and the Club Burgee was raised by Mario, Kelly and Alisa Gallo.
The formal ceremonies concluded with the raising of the American Flag by Captain Billy Friedman and Eric Smith, the sounding of the cannon, and finally the Flag Salute. Then Commodore Gehrling invited all to a buffet dinner.