I’m Barry Millbourn and I’m running for re-election as Rear Commodore. I’ve been a member of the Sailing Squadron for 25 years and have been involved in many aspects of the Club. I have raced Portsmouth, PHRF, and One Design in a variety of boats. I’m a Certified Club Race Officer, and have served as PRO for many Labor Day Regattas, club races, and other events. I have seen my daughter grow as a young sailor with the Youth Sailing Program. I have been an active volunteer and met many friends and colleagues (and my wife!) here at the Club. As Rear Commodore, I have worked to bring to fruition the Long Range Plans of my predecessors, and to create a funded maintenance program that will keep our premises safe and attractive. With commitment and dedication I hope my daughter and future generations have a great club to enjoy.
I have seen many changes here at the SSS. This board was greeted in its first months with the denial by FDEP of our application for a fee-waived mooring field, and saddled with the responsibility of enforcing the Consent Order that ordered us to clear the area of unauthorized moorings. Despite these setbacks, more people than ever have been enjoying the club. The Social Committee has been awesome and has brought members and families together to enjoy great camaraderie, music, special events and each other at the “best kept secret in Sarasota.” The Race Program, which had grown stagnant several years ago, is now back and is stronger than ever. We are once again hosting national and international events and introducing many new sailors to Sarasota Bay. Volunteerism is at an all-time high. As liability issues and the realities of the modern world interfere, we have had to restructure our volunteer efforts to make use of our volunteers in the most effective way.
Reorganization and restructuring have been critical in bringing the squadron into the modern age. Standing rules have been expanded and clarified to eliminate vagueness and give recourse to any accused member. The Bylaws Committee did an incredible job of restructuring and organizing the bylaws after years of piece-meal changes. The result of their hundreds of hours of work was commended by our attorney as a model for bylaws which even the Sarasota Bar Association could aspire to!
I am very proud of what we have accomplished. The club is thriving. Membership is up, volunteerism is up, activities are popular and well attended. Management is doing a great job. The fundamental rules of the club are being organized for clarity, and the rights of members are being protected. I am particularly proud of the volunteers comprising the Dock Committee. Working with the city, the DEP and contractors has been a huge undertaking. It has taken an incredible amount of time and effort. The Dock Project took time, but we went through an exhaustive process to come up with the best proposal possible. That proposal is becoming a reality as work begins in the next several weeks! As that work begins I am anxious to get back to the many other projects that have been begging for attention. There will be fresh paint, better lighting, improvements in the clubhouse and a myriad other things. I hope you give me the opportunity to see these plans through.