Oklahoma City Sail and Power Squadron
Volume 55, Issue 1, A Unit of the United States Power Squadrons®, America’s Boating Club, January 2022
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Commander P/D/C Danny Goss, JN
405-376-0678 Executive Officer
Lt/C Ron Huff, P 405-613-1529 Administrative Officer
Lt/C Aaron Spivey, AP 405-626-7524 Educational Officer o
P/C Bob Hlubin, JN 405-373-2310
Secretary Lt/C Glenda Sims
405-401-5368 Treasurer P/D/C Danny Goss, JN
405-376-0678 Membership P/C Marilyn Goss, P
405-376-0678 Public Relations P/C Mike Ellis, JN 405-799-7004
Webmaster P/C Danny Goss, JN
405-376-0678 Vessel Safety Ck Officer
P/C Laurie Hestand, P email@example.com
Social Chair Lt Mary Wilkerson, S
405-691-8412 Newsletter Editor Lt Peggy Anglin, P firstname.lastname@example.org 405-371-9045
3 January—Members Business Meeting
Our monthly meeting was held on Monday, 3 January 2022 at 7:00 PM via conference call.
13 January—New Year Party
We will be celebrating the coming year with a Pizza and Games Night on Thursday, 13 January 2022 at the Church of the Resurrection, 13112 N Rockwell at 6:00 PM. Bring your favorite game and any snacks you may want to share.
29 January– Change of Watch
Our Change of Watch will be held on Saturday, 29 January 2022 at the Saltgrass Steak House at 1445 West Interstate 240 Service
Road. Happy hour starts at 6:00 PM and we will order dinner at 6:30 PM from a pre-selected menu. Please let Marilyn know you are coming so she can arrange seating, She is at 405-376-0678.
7 February—Members Business Meeting
Our monthly meeting will be held on Monday, 7 February 2022 at 7:00 PM via conference call.
7 March—Members Business Meeting
Our monthly meeting will be held on Monday, 7 March 2022 at 7:00 PM via conference call
. 4 April—Members Business Meeting
Our monthly meeting will be held on Monday, 4 April 2022 at 7:00 PM via conference call.
29 April-May 1—Lake Thunderbird Rendezvous
We will be gathering at the Little Axe Camping Area #2 in Lake Thunderbird State Park.
Reserve your space now and join us for the whole weekend, or come and go as you please.
More details to follow.
I’ve always heard Texas tales saying that in Amarillo the main reason weather was so variable was because there was only a five-strand barbed wire between it and the North Pole, and three of those strands are down! Now we know that also applies to Oklahoma!
Last Saturday it was 14° here and 57° at our boat at Texoma. Yesterday (Saturday), my son’s black Angus herd was partially white due to the snow on their backs. This type of change is why we teach boat winterization options and procedures. Around here, you just really never know for sure what the weather is going to do. Although, I did see good warnings from our weather sources on this change, you have to make preparations for sure. Even if you have heaters like we do on our boat, we still have the pink anti-freeze in the case there are wide- spread power failures like last year. The marina also has instructions to start our generator if power is lost in freezing weather.
Our squadron is blessed to still be here. We’ve had many challenges these past two years, but we still look forward to new opportunities to serve our boating club and the boating public.
We’ll be moving to our new meeting spaces in the next few weeks. It is a bittersweet event, for we’ve been at the Crown Heights Christian Church as long as anyone can remember, but we are just too small for the expense, as reasonable as it is.
The good news is that our sons’ business is buying their own building and donating space to us in exchange for a letter acknowledging the space will be used by a 501c.3 non-profit organization. Free is an excellent price for meeting space. We still have determine all of the fine details, but basically we can use any building space that is open in the evening. Marilyn and I will probably host an open house sometime in January. There will be wine! More to come!
Before you get too depressed, just remember we really only have January and February to go before we can expect much better (warmer) weather. November and December were mild, so we can count ourselves as lucky again. As soon as the CDC revises current protocols, we’ll be able to adjust our class schedules.
Others will continue their geodetic adventures as the weather allows. Our Party Chair, Mary already has a party night for us in January. Reservations are being made for a late April/first of May Little Axe Rendezvous.
Our Change of Watch is set for Saturday, 29 January 2022. Don’t forget National meeting in February and the D-21 COW in early April.
I’m sure Mary will keep us entertained throughout the year with her fun ideas. Anyone for a Lake Texoma Rendezvous? Another Little Axe date later?
Our Environmental chair Steve is sure to provide us dates for lake cleanups, which gives us good reason to have (you guessed it!) Ron Dogs, by the master hot dog cooker himself.
With a little luck and effort, I forecast an excellent possibility of teaching some classes at the OKC Boat Club for their junior sailors, and maybe some advanced classes for the regular members. Good venue and good opportunities!
Personally, I’ve had enough of this pandemic ruining everything. Most of us now have their vaccinations, or natural immunity. It is time to get our club moving, teaching , and having more fun again.
Happy New Year! Let’s spend more time on the waters this year!
Calm anchorages to you,
Cdr Danny Goss
“Everyone must row with the oars he has”
My View From the Boat Ramp
The boat ramp is the beginning and the end of an adventure whether it be fishing, wakeboarding, tubing, or just a pleasant cruise. Most times it is a pleasant adventure, sometimes not. To me it is more than this. It is a source of amusement.
I hope you got your toys winterized before the Arctic cold weather arrived. I wanted to get my batteries charged before the cold weather hit. Couldn’t find my battery charger in the place I’ve been keeping for the last 15 years, so I went out and bought another charger. When through using it I went to put it away and found my old charger.
You may have the opportunity to bid on it at the next auction.
I have always been of the firm opinion that you should never back up a vehicle, even if It means driving around the block to get to a driveway you missed. Last week I confirmed my opinion.
I wanted to back into my daughter’s driveway. I wanted to stay as close to the Steerboard (sic) side of the driveway as possible. Now my daughter has a brick mailbox next to that side so all I would have to do was stay as close to the mailbox as possible using my right mirror. (The sun was shining on my high-tech electronic backup monitor making it unusable.) What I forgot was that the neighbor’s identical mailbox stood about four feet over.
Yep! I lined up of the wrong mailbox running smack into my daughter’s mailbox. Now I didn’t knock it over, but it now leans back at a precarious angle. Kinda like the Leaning tower of Pisa. (Maybe the tour busses will put it on their list of worthy sites.)
So, remember. The “R” on the gear shift should only be used to get the car out of the garage. (I also recently backed into my truck getting the car out of the garage, but that’s another story.)
So what does this have to do with the boat ramp? NOTHING!
LIFE JACKET P/C Bob Hlubin, JN
From the Education Office:
Nothing happening in the education department. No courses scheduled.
An instructor course is in the planning, but it will be a while before we can start due to personnel problems. I hope to also get the N course started soon.
Our indoor courses will be conducted in accordance with guidance from the CDC. If you have a course you are interested in, please let me know. If we can’t schedule a formal course maybe you would like to study on your own. You can buy or borrow a course book, study on your own, and take the test. One of our instructors can go one-on-one with you to review the material before the test.
If you or someone you know is interested in a USPS course, please contact me. 405-373-2310 (If no answer, please leave a message) or email@example.com.
(It’s a tough job but somebody must do it.) That’s why know that I am somebody.
P/C Bob Hlubin, JN
“Know the rules before you go.”
Why do we have red and green lights/sides? What are they for and how do they help us? These are just some of the many ways that we, as
boaters,use these signals.
January 2022 Legislative Report
The legislators have until January 20 to file their bills, as of today there are few bills on the website.
One bill is of interest:
SB 1129 (Burns), would require legislative approval on decisions by the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Commission that would affect a state park status. This is motivated by the closing of Hugo Lake State Park and its transfer to a non-profit. https://kfor.com/news/local/oklahoma-lawmaker-files-bill-to-protect-state-parks/
More bills of interest should be filed by next month.
Lt David McGhee, SN
Finally a CHRISTMAS PARTY!
It has been 2 long years since our last Christmas Celebration! We had a great turnout!
Everyone was asked to bring canned goods to donate to the Church for their Meals on Wheels program. We set up one of the big round tables and thanks to everyone, we had to set up a second table. It felt good!
Danny was sick and unable to party. So our Executive Officer, Ron Huff, called the group to order and asked Jan Ridle to say the prayer and Steve Bryant led the Pledge of Allegiance. Ron then presented the proposed 2022 Squadron Bridge for a vote and was unanimously approved.
The Squadron catered the barbecue & sides. The members brought the appetizers and desserts. The barbecue was good, but couldn’t equal the goodies from our members!!! We do have a lot of good cooks!
After dinner, we all gathered around the Christmas tree for a really fun Dirty Santa Gift Exchange. There was a lot of hooting and hollering going on and ok….some whining when someone stole a coveted gift. But oh my goodness it was fun! My fingers are crossed this will become an annual tradition. Can’t believe we haven’t been doing this all along!!!
For those unable to attend we missed you! And you really missed a fun party!!! Thanks to EVERYONE for making it such joyous event!
Everyone pitched in and had everything all cleaned before anyone left. That’s another good thing about our Squadron. There were lots of hugs with Merry Christmas wishes on the way to the door and a Happy New Year wishes being shouted as we were all leaving.
What a GREAT bunch of friends!❤
P/C Marilyn Goss, P️
OKLAHOMA CITY SAIL and POWER SQUADRON
Members Business Meeting Minutes 03 January 2022
Cdr Danny Goss JN called the meeting to order at 19:04 hours via teleconference. The following were participants: Lt Peggy Anglin P , P/C Steve Bryant JN, P/C Mike Ellis JN, P/C Marilyn Goss P, P/C Bob Hlubin JN, Lt/C Ron Huff P, P/C Dave McGhee SN, Lt/C Glenda Sims, and Lt Mary Wilkerson S.
Invocation & Pledge of Allegiance – P/C Bob Hlubin JN gave the invocation.
Secretary – Lt/C Glenda Sims moved to approve the minutes of the December business meeting; P/C Marilyn Goss P seconded; carried.
Dinghy Painter – Lt Peggy Anglin P is awaiting several reports.
Treasurer - Cdr Danny Goss JN advised the Executive Committee regarding a new member’s dues-payment check which had bounced. Cdr Goss had stipulated that the squadron would accept either cash or cashiers check. Discussion of the situation. Cdr will follow up.
Executive Officer - Lt/C Ron Huff P asked for the following reports:
Website – Cdr Goss reported that our website is status quo, with some pictures yet to be uploaded.
Public Relations – P/C Mike Ellis JN has been able to have an OKCSPS article printed in a Yukon paper.
Legislation – P/C Dave McGhee SN summarized his report (see his report in the Dinghy Painter).
Safety - Lt Jeff Penner S was unable to participate.
Education Officer - P/C Bob Hlubin JN, would like the Nav course participants to meet soon. The Instructor courses are still TBD.
Administrative Officer - Lt/C Aaron Spivey AP was unable to attend.
Membership – P/C Marilyn Goss P reported 30 members. She anticipates getting a printed listing.
Environmental Committee - P/C Steve Bryant JN had no report and will check into a lake clean-up date for April.
Social Activities - Lt Mary Wilkerson S, reminded the squadron of the January 13 Pizza & Games night to be held at the Church of the Resurrection (see DP calendar for details).
Commander’s Report - Cdr Goss has submitted his article to Lt Anglin P for publication in the Dinghy Painter.
Old Business – The 2022 Bridge was voted in unanimously at the Christmas party. No OKC Boat Show 2022 info available.
New Business – C.O.W. set for January 29, 2022, at Saltgrass on I-240. ABC Annual Meeting is slated for February 19-27, 2022, D21 Spring Conference will be held April 8-10, 2022, probably in Ft. Worth. Lake Thunderbird / Little Axe #2 rendezvous is set for April 29-May 1. [SEE DP calendar for more details.]
Address for new squadron meeting facility is: 15304 N. May Trace, OKC (on east side). Cdr Goss will advise when the squadron will be able to utilize.
P/C Mike Ellis JN moved to adjourn at 19:53 hours; P/C Marilyn Goss P seconded.
Respectfully, Lt/C Glenda Sims Squadron Secretary
3 Jan Members Business Meeting 13 Jan New Year Pizza & Games 29 Jan Change of Watch
7 Feb Members Business Meeting 7 Mar Members Business Meeting 4 Apr Members Business Meeting29 Apr-1 May
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