I was delighted to recently have had the opportunity to visit the Calgary Chapter for the very first time in my role as Commodore. The timing of my trip was perfect to attend the last Club Night of the season – I was amazed at how many people were in attendance, given the Provincial election that day, with its historical outcome, and a critical game for the Calgary Flames! But the speaker, Fiona Garforth-Bless, was fabulous, which is no doubt why there was such an appreciative turn-out.
My visit also provided a welcome opportunity to meet with Chapter Vice Commodore, Magnus Murphy, and his Watchkeepers who are energized, committed to BCA in general and especially keen to provide BCA members in the Calgary Chapter with entertaining and informative speakers, a Fleet group, and education programs of interest to cruisers. There are already plans in the works for the final rendezvous of the year, which is traditionally hosted by Calgary on Thanksgiving weekend, Oct 10 to12th at Thetis Island Marina.
Established in 2000, the Chapter is the smallest of the three, with 99 members (25% of whom are recognized Bluewater members for their offshore experience), so it was exciting to hear that the Watch is also exploring some innovative ways to increase membership and member engagement next season. Hats off to Magnus, Rick Reynolds (Treasurer), Tami Adams-Catherwood (incoming Speakers Watch), Ted and Pam Simper (Fleet Coordinators), Allen Dick (Rendezvous), and Terry Allen (outgoing Speakers Watch, Calgary Boat Show coordinator) and Heather Marshall (Special Projects) for all your good work! And all the other members of the Chapter who have stepped up to assist with Education this past year – thanks for your contributions too! If any other members of the Chapter are interested in learning more about or wish to get involved on the Watch, please contact Magnus.
Needless to say, I look forward to my next visit; thanks for that wonderful Calgary welcome!