Monday, October 25, 2021

Change of Watch 2020

America’s Boating Club:

Marco Island installed its 2020 officers at a Change of Watch Ceremony held at the Marco Island Yacht Club on January 8th. 

“I am delighted to work with our new leadership team to promote boating education and safety in and around Marco Island,” said Robert N. Smith, who was installed as the Club’s Commander for the coming year.

Bridge Officers installed at the event include Commander Robert N. Smith, Executive Officer Wanda Burson, Education Officer Patricia Cavanagh, Assistant Education Officer John Maciolek, Administrative Officer Steven Riley, Assistant Administrative Officer William Kreppein, Secretary Margaret Smith, Assistant Secretary Mary Kreppein, Treasurer Lindsay McFadden, Assistant Treasurer Robert Gloodt, and Executive Committee Members Thomas G. Morr, John Salotto, Donald Cates and Dennis Enstrom.

“Boating safety continues to be our number one priority,” said Smith. “I encourage all Marco Island boaters to take advantage of our educational courses to improve their boating skills and to call us for a free vessel safety check to help protect family and friends.”

America’s Boating Club District 22 Commander Ted Reiss swore in the newly selected leaders. He said, “You have accepted the role to lead your fellow members in education, civic and social endeavors thus continuing to make Marco Island stand out as a premier boating safety organization. Congratulations.”

Outgoing Commander Thomas G. Morr thanked all members for their volunteer contributions in 2019. “America’s Boating Club – Marco Island is successful because of its volunteers. It takes a team of more than forty people to lead this all-volunteer organization. These volunteer leaders and all of the Club’s members who support them deserve the thanks of all Marco Island residents for the great work they do to make boating both safer and more enjoyable here,” said Morr.

“Tom Morr’s leadership qualities and organizational skills have solidified our Club’s infrastructure during the past year,” Smith said. “Our planning and marketing functions have made great advances during your tenure. Thanks, Tom, for all you continue to do!”

America’s Boating Club – Marco Island offers a wide variety of benefits to its members, including on-the-water training opportunities, cruises, and many other social and recreational events each month. “Come and join us to safely experience the beauty of our wonderful natural environment here in the ten thousand islands,” Smith concluded.

America’s Boating Club – Marco Island is a 501(c) (3) non-profit, that is a unit of the United States Power Squadrons, a 104-year-old, 346 chapter national Boating organization that teaches boating skills and navigation, conducts vessel safety checks, assists Governments in identifying defective aids to navigation and promotes fun and camaraderie among Boaters of all kinds.

For information about Membership, please contact Peggy Reiss at 239-213-8686. For a free Vessel Safety Check, contact John Salotto at 703-864-5528. For information about skill development courses and registration, contact Tippy Cavanagh at 239-393-9158. Additional information is available at

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