The Nickel brothers, who joined South Shore Yacht Club shortly after World War I, gave long and dedicated service.
Al was Secretary, Treasurer and COMPASS editor for over 30 years. Erv performed a variety of tasks during the period. Both provided steadying influence during the perilous period of the Great Depression. Their leadership touched the lives of many at South Shore.
The idea of an award to honor them, endorsed by many, was formalized in the spring of 1971 when a special committee under the chairmanship of Carl Mueller was formed. Donations were solicited to finance the award. Life member Ross Lewis designed the plaque and keeper awards. Past Commodore George Walker did much of the metal work and engraving. The finished trophy was presented to the Club at the 1972 Commodore's Ball.
It is awarded each year to a member in good standing for contributions to South Shore Yacht Club representative of the high standards set by Al and Erv Nickel. The basis of consideration includes at least five years continuous membership, years of service on standing committees, character and sportsmanship of the recipient, participation in sailing, power boating or general Club activities and at least one year of outstanding service. Candidates must be active on a standing committee or in a Club post in the year for which the award is presented. The plaque remains at South Shore Yacht Club. Recipients are given keeper awards.
This year's recipient joined SSYC in 1970. He was elected to the Board in 1981 (serving for 6 years) and again in 1998 and has served on the Board ever since, a total of 21 years
He has chaired just about every committee: House, Special Events, Entertainment, Computer, Tender & Docks (which became Derrick, Tender & Docks committee, and then became the Waterfront Services committee), Sail Race, Grounds, Publications and Budget.
He has held the offices of: Rear Commodore, Vice Commodore, Commodore and Treasurer.
Some of the things he helped accomplish: As chairman of the Computer Committee he purchased the first computer for the club, a Datapoint 1550. He brought in a Jukebox (which apparently wasn’t well received). He proposed a $25 monthly minimum. He chaired the House Committee during the recent remodeling project and did most of the wiring for audio, computers and the security system. While Commodore, he dealt with a flood in the office when the sprinkler system froze and broke. He was Commodore when the club enacted a smoking ban.
He is a frequent participant the race committee, PRO for women’s series. With Fran, he is a key member of the RC for the Queen’s Cup. He is also one of our most experienced derrick operators.
We are proud to award the 2013 Al & Erv Nickel Award to Bob (and Fran) Aring.