By Bruce Nason, PC
Do you notice some of the ‘dings’ on the walls disappearing and that the varnish on stair railings looking better as well? Say thanks to Pat Rakowski and Cookie Mueller PC, they’ve been spending some morning hours sanding, painting and varnishing. Just another example of how volunteers make SSYC the place that it is. Thanks ladies.
First call for any members who have an interest is serving as a Flag Officer or as a Director. There is a very good probability that there will be vacancies at both levels. Any interested member should check the By-Laws to make sure they meet the qualifications and then submit a short resume’ indicating their interest to the Nominations Committee. Elections are held at the September General Membership meeting and although that is seven months away last year some members voiced concern that there wasn’t enough notice given. So this call will appear every month in the Compass.
|Here’s a little bit of Queen’s Cup trophy background. Carolyn and I had a real treat on our recent visit to London (England) when we stopped at the silversmith shop of R.S. Garrard. The firm dates back to 1735 and has been silversmith to English royalty for centuries. R.S. Garrard also created our Queen’s Cup in 1847. I brought photographs of the Queen’s Cup and shared them with a very appreciative Angus Stewart, the principal Valuer / Stone Buyer at Garrard. Garrards had been aware of our ‘cup’ since several members have corresponded with the firm in the past. Photography is not permitted in the showroom and that was enforced by a security guard that was the size of a lineman for the Green Bay Packers. However Mr. Stewart give us a tour of the shop and took us upstairs to the Queen Anne’s Room, noting that nearly every “Royal” for centuries had set foot in this room. He explained that Garrard had the task of designing and maintaining many of the Crown Jewels including cutting and mounting the “Great Star of Africa” diamond (530 carrots) that crowns the top of the Sovereign’s Sceptre. He did allow a single photograph to be taken in that room in front of a display case that housed the ‘working model’ of Queen Elizabeth’s Crown of India (over his right shoulder in the photograph) as well as dozens of other examples of historical and priceless jewelry.||
There’s constant talk about low Lake Michigan water levels and that the water used to nearly reach the top of the docks. Check out the water level in the Review of the Fleet photo I recently found. While we probably don’t need the water at that level it would be nice to have half of that.