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Clubs Khedive Shriners

Yacht Club

By Vice Commodore Bill Hammett


he Mid-Atlantic Association of Shrine Yacht Clubs (MAASYC) commodore ball season is in full swing. In February seven nobles and six first mates from our yacht club set off in their land cruisers to Chester, Maryland to attend the Nur Shrine Yacht Club Commodore’s Ball. For the past 26 years the Nur club has hosted this event at the Kent Island Yacht Club located a short distance on the Eastern Shore side of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge (about 15 minutes from Annapolis, MD). The next stop on the land cruise schedule was a return to homeport and our own 2013 commodore’s ball hosted by Commodore Travis Twiford and his first mate Kathy. The Khedive Yacht Club ball coincided with the Ocean View St. Patrick’s Day parade. Shrine yacht club members from Almas, Nur, and Crescent shrine joined us in the parade and their support is most appreciated. We were honored to have Ill. Rick Underdown attend our ball. Current attending association commodores were Ill. Lonnie Ramos and Lady Ann, Commodore, International Association of Shrine Yacht Clubs (IASYC) and Maurice Herbert and Lady Sandy, Commodore of MAASYC). Current commodores also attending included George Jefferson and First Mate Barbara Nur Shrine, Fletcher Johnston and First Mate Marie from Almas Shrine, and Commodore Dan Rose and First Mate Karen from Lulu Shrine. The final all-land event is Kena Yacht Club’s pirates ball on May 4th. This is another fun-filled event where most participants dress as pirates. Boating season is upon us. Our fleet captain Don Super is lining up some great boating rendezvous that begin with our shakedown cruise at Hampton City piers May 7-8th. This is followed by our traditional Memorial Day weekend cruise to Bay Creek Marina on the Eastern Shore. A few years ago Past Commodore Bill Kennedy organized a Memorial Day ceremony at Bay Creek open to the public. Yacht club members don their summer whites and Fez. The ceremony is far more than a public display of Shriners showing their deep love of country. It is deeply moving and reminds us all of the ultimate

sacrifice made by so many to keep our country the great bastion of freedom it is. There are other boating events on the horizon. One of which is the annual MAASYC rendezvous in July. This year it will be held at Spring Cove Marina located on Solomons Island, Maryland. a short distance from where the Patuxent River meets the Chesapeake Bay. There will be more to report on this event in the third quarter issue of Hi Noble. As a closing thought the word “yacht” in the name of our club should not be associated with wealth. We are a boating organization open to all Shriners with an interest on boating and one does not have to own a “yacht” to join.

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