SSS Board Elections on Sun 22 Nov at 3pm

Calling All Members

Annual Membership Meeting & Election Day

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009 at 1500 hrs (3 PM)
at Sarasota Sailing Squadron

Each year, at our Annual Membership Meeting, we go through the process of electing our Board Members to serve for a one-year term.  This year we also have two proposals for changes to the By-Laws.

At the Annual Membership Meeting the polls will be announced closed, Ballots received will be counted, and results announced as soon as available.

As the Election Judge, with the assistance of the Election Committee Members, I will see to it that the election process is accurate, valid, and expedient.

This is your Club, make Your Vote count, Cast your Ballot!

Official Ballots can be found:

  • In the October & November Burgee
  • In the Squadron office
  • Online at www.sarasotasailingsquad.com

Ballots must be received prior to the polls closing and may be submitted either in-person at the meeting, dropped in the Official Ballot Box located outside the Squadron office, or mailed to the Squadron (please account for delivery time).  One vote per Membership.

Please, clearly print your name, sign and date the Ballot.  In the event you decide to recast, or multiple submissions by one membership are received, we need to be able to identify the most recent Ballot.

In order for a Ballot to be counted, the membership must be in good standing as defined by being current on dues and fees payable and having no official, unresolved complaints on file.  Payments and resolutions to meet the requirements of good standing will be considered through November 15, 2009. The report that will be used on Election Day will be generated on November 16, 2009.  Payments and resolutions made after November 15 will be gratefully received but will have no impact on the membership’s standing.

The Board of Directors approved Proposal 2 and 3 to be included on the Ballot for vote (Proposal 1 did not pass).  In summary, Proposal 2 adds responsibility to the role of Education Coordinator, and Proposal 3 changes the title of Measurer and further defines the responsibility of Vice Commodore, Education Coordinator, and Regatta Director.  Please see the Ballot for the exact wording of the proposed changes.

The Nominating Committee announced its slate with incumbents and recommendations as denoted on the ballot.

Alan Pressman, Commodore, has graciously offered to serve for a second year.  This would be Alan’s second two-year stint as Commodore as he also served in 2006 and 2007.  The other Board Members willing to serve an additional year are: John Huber, Vice-Commodore; Michelle Lee, Treasurer; David Jennings, Secretary; Sara Allen, Fleet Captain; and Cassandra Roznos, Social Coordinator.

Since the Nominating Committee announced the slate there have been several petitions for additional Candidates.  David Jennings, our current Secretary, after initially declining to run again, came to the realization that the Squadron really needs him to continue his efforts negotiating our lease with the City and State at this crucial time.  Therefore, he has also been so graceful to offer to serve as Secretary for an additional year.  The other petitioned Candidates are Jason Roznos for Commodore, Barry Millbourn for Rear Commodore, and Tom Dieter for Treasurer.

The following Candidate Statements have been submitted by each individual Candidate; accuracy has not been verified.


Alan Pressman


Why Have I Asked For Your Vote? Alan Pressman, Commodore

Some say I must be nuts.  Some say I am a fool.  And they are of course right.

But those who know me well are certain of this:  I love the Sarasota Sailing Squadron and all it stands for.  My goal is to be able to insure that my kids and their kids and all of the other Squadron members and their families enjoy and cherish the club far into the future.

And so why give me your vote?

  • I am consistent in my policies and goals and have the record to prove it.
  • I stay the course and have a steady hand on the tiller.
  • I am focused and I work through problems no matter how difficult they are.
  • My goal is to guide the Squadron towards what is best for the greatest number of members.
  • I navigate through unexpected crises that arise and have an impact on resolving them.
  • I go out of my way to elicit viewpoints of as many members as possible to fully appreciate their concerns and wishes for the Squadron.
  • I consistently attempt to and am often successful at building consensus among the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee.
  • I believe that with almost 900 members of diverse interests who use the Squadron in different ways, the best guide is a well written rules policy that is uniformly applied equally and to all, but without a heavy hand.
  • And when the rules aren’t working, I will participate with my fellow Board Members in improving them.
  • And I am well prepared to continue the work begun and to help navigate the Squadron through what I believe to be the three major issues that we must conclude in this next year; the successful management transition that began with Pat Murphy’s retirement in 2008, an acceptable outcome to our Mooring Field negotiations with the State, and ultimately to secure a renewal of a Long Term Uplands Lease with the City of Sarasota.

The rest is all little stuff.

The work ahead is substantial, but if the majority of the Squadron members value my help and give me their vote, I stand ready and willing to serve as your Commodore again.

Nana Bosma

Election Judge 2009

Commodore

Why Have I Asked For Your Vote?

Alan Pressman, Commodore

Some say I must be nuts.  Some say I am a fool.  And they are of course right.

But those who know me well are certain of this:  I love the Sarasota Sailing Squadron and all it stands for.  My goal is to be able to insure that my kids and their kids and all of the other Squadron members and their families enjoy and cherish the club far into the future.

And so why give me your vote?

I am consistent in my policies and goals and have the record to prove it.

I stay the course and have a steady hand on the tiller.

I am focused and I work through problems no matter how difficult they are.

My goal is to guide the Squadron towards what is best for the greatest number of members.

I navigate through unexpected crises that arise and have an impact on resolving them.

I go out of my way to elicit viewpoints of as many members as possible to fully appreciate their concerns and wishes for the Squadron.

I consistently attempt to and am often successful at building consensus among the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee.

I believe that with almost 900 members of diverse interests who use the Squadron in different ways, the best guide is a well written rules policy that is uniformly applied equally and to all, but without a heavy hand.

And when the rules aren’t working, I will participate with my fellow Board Members in improving them.

And I am well prepared to continue the work begun and to help navigate the Squadron through what I believe to be the three major issues that we must conclude in this next year; the successful management transition that began with Pat Murphy’s retirement in 2008, an acceptable outcome to our Mooring Field negotiations with the State, and ultimately to secure a renewal of a Long Term Uplands Lease with the City of Sarasota.

The rest is all little stuff.

The work ahead is substantial, but if the majority of the Squadron members value my help and give me their vote, I stand ready and willing to serve as your Commodore again.

Jason Roznos

Hello SSS, My name is Jason Roznos and I would like to introduce myself. I have been asked several times to run for Commodore and would like to step up to the plate and put the Sail back into the Sarasota Sailing Squadron! Over the years of my membership, I have served on the board 3 times in several positions.  In addition, I have coached adults and handicapped children, co-chaired the Opti Nationals for the YSP and more.  I think our current Commodore has done an outstanding job on the operational functioning of the Squadron and I tip my hat.  I do believe we are ready for a change.  I see the docks empty, a handful of families and racing diminishing.  I know the economy has a big play on this but our core foundation and mission is to make our wonderful facility affordable and accessible for all who wish to sail.  I think the culture has been slowly fading and I believe it is time to get back to focusing on what the Squadron is all about, sailing!

We have major challenges ahead with the lease, the state and the city of Sarasota.  Per our mission statement and by-laws, I strongly believe the SSS should cater to all, whether you hoist, trailer, moor, or drag your boat in the water.  As well as providing a family friendly venue for those who share the passion of sailing. I believe with a dedicated effort by all of us including the FULL board of directors that you elect we can engage with the community, state and city and restore the vision and mission statement formed by those before us.  We need to show the state and city of Sarasota what we have offered to the community and engage in activities to promote that.  The SSS should and can be an historical and secure icon of Sarasota and the state of Florida.  We can get there but it will take the entire SSS crew, not just one voice.  I feel we collectively need to embrace and appreciate that we are a member run organization.  Our financial situation is in dire straights.  The amount of money spent on services, and sub contractors is depleting our operating capital.  I don’t think Billy Johnson and the founding members would have accomplished building our facility with a phone call and a checkbook.  Dedication and the passion for sailing is what created the SSS.

For a living I own and run a strategic recruiting firm focused on complex networking and wireless technology.  I hire and build consulting divisions and technical offerings for the the largest companies in the world (At&t, Cisco Systems, Microsoft, Ericsson, BT to name a few).  I have opened entire divisions all over the world from the CEO to the network engineers.  Currently my focus has been building a team of Subject Matter Experts for Ericsson Federal.  Ericsson Federal is building the next generation of secure and classified wired and wireless technology for the federal government based off of new wired and wireless 4G ( most of your wireless phone technology is 3g ) and LTE technology.  In addition, I have a team engaged to help At&t build their service offerings for Telepresence, Unified communications and convergence.  I feel my professional experience in the high tech sector, dealing with foreign countries and their cultures would be an asset to our club.  I look forward to the opportunity to guide the Sarasota Sailing Squadron into a secure future.

Fair Winds,
Jason Roznos
941-907-2620

Vice Commodore

John Huber, Vice Commodore

I am John Huber and have been Vice Commodore for the past year. First, I would like to thank the Board of Directors and the staff for all of their hard work in handling the major issues we faced this past year in addition to day-to-day operations of the Squadron. The upgrading of our accounting system, the change in management, and the mooring field and lease issues, are a few of the major challenges of the past year.

I am running for another term as your Vice Commodore.  One of the goals I would like to accomplish in the coming year is the organization and setting of procedures to insure that the Sarasota Sailing Squadron and the Youth Sailing Program continue to be the finest sailing venue on the West Coast of Florida.  I will also continue to listen to input from all of the members and use that information to make decisions that address the necessity of running the business along with the purpose of encouraging the sport of sailing.

My past voluntary experience includes:

  1. Served on my condominium association Board of Directors for 16 years and was elected president for the last 13 years.
  1. Served as a director of the Venice Chamber of Commerce for 8 years and was president in my last term.
  1. Member of the finance committee for the Sarasota County United Way.
  1. Director for the Venice Kiwanis Club.
  1. Founder and president of a newly formed Venice Jr. Chamber of Commerce.

My sailing experience started about 40 years ago racing on a friend’s boat every week with the Venice Sailing Squadron.  I also raced for about 10 years on a Cal 39 in Tampa Bay.  I have done several long distance races to Key West, Mexico, and Cuba and most recently, I spent 9 months crossing the South Pacific from Panama to New Zealand.  I own “Green Flash”, a Rodgers 24, that I have restored and I now participate in most of the SSS races.

Thank you for your support this past year and I look forward to serving another year as your Vice Commodore.

John Huber

Rear Commodore

Bill Niblock

Bill Niblock was asked by SSS Management to become Rear Commodore this year.  His first SSS Labor Day Regatta was in 1952.  Since joining the SSS in the early 80’s, Bill has operated sailboats from virtually all parts of the facility; trailer, dolly, hoist, mooring field and main dock, and as such is well aware of the challenges of boat ownership and operation at the Sailing Squadron.

Awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by the SSS in 1987, Bill has served on the Board previously in 1987 and 2007, and on the Long Range Planning Committee on numerous occasions.  As a local Architect with a close working knowledge of the SSS and the City of Sarasota’s building permitting processes, Bill has designed and implemented nearly all of the Squadron’s buildings.  Additionally, Bill was asked in 2005 to take the reins of the mooring field dilemma, and in the few years that followed, created the approved Engineering Documentation, providing a huge financial savings for the Squadron.

As Rear Commodore, Bill will be well suited to oversee the maintenance and improvement of the Squadron’s built-environment.

Barry Millbourn

Hello, my name is Barry Millbourn and I’d like to serve as your Rear Commodore.  I’ve been a member of the SSS since 1988.  I’ve raced PHRF on a variety of keelboats as well as many smaller boats.  I’m a Level I Certified Sailing Instructor dedicated to sailing and to the Squadron as a family of sailors.

In my work for Sarasota Memorial Hospital I am responsible for plant operations at the Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  My role there is to manage and maintain the physical plant, from climate control to plumbing to medical equipment, making sure everyone has what they need to be comfortable and get their job done.  I answer to a diverse population of patients, nurses, doctors and family members.  These are the skills that I hope to bring to you to make the SSS a safe and comfortable place for us to gather, to sail and to teach others the lifelong satisfaction of sailing.

Treasurer

Michelle Lee, Treasurer

Although I started my career as a CPA in Arizona, I always loved the water and wanted to learn to sail.  My years spent at a Big Six Accounting Firm first as an auditor and then as a consultant performing business improvements and turnarounds of troubled companies were interesting and gave me a strong business and financial background.  After leaving public accounting, I served as the Controller and Director of Accounting for two publicly traded companies prior to my husband and I forming our own company.  Fortunately in 2007 we were able to relocate our family and business, which manufactures electronics for traffic control and parking access, to Sarasota.  Our family discovered the Sailing Squadron, where the three of us who are avid sailors sail regularly and attempt to convince the one power boater in the family to convert to the true way of life – sailing

I’m grateful to the Squadron for providing such a wonderful place for my family to sail and am glad to give back through volunteering regularly and currently serving as Treasurer on the Board.  The Squadron is facing some challenges in the upcoming year, and I look forward to using my business and financial background to work together with the team and solve these issues.  Some of those challenges include:

Securing a Lease or Permit for the Mooring Field and a Long Term Lease with the City of Sarasota – Although the state regulatory agencies have presented us with some tough choices, we need to continue to work together to find a way to preserve the right to maintain as many moorings as possible in a way that is financially responsible and feasible for our members.  While we navigate the state process, our foremost goal should be to further the Squadron’s tradition of providing low cost sailing to as many people as possible.  We have to remember that the members who have purchased moorings have a large stake in the process and their rights must be protected as well.  With an executed mooring agreement, we can then secure the long term lease with the City of Sarasota that is so vital to the Squadron’s continued existence.

Facilities Maintenance and Dock Replacement – A recent survey of the docks suggested that the main dock will need to be substantially replaced within one year and the two docks immediately to the southwest of the main dock will need to be replaced within the next five years.  In addition, the hoist may need to be replaced. It is important to keep our facilities in good repair while still keeping member costs as low as possible.

I look forward to serving as Treasurer on the Board, solving these issues and also sailing together.

Cheers,

Michelle Lee

Tom Dieter

When I hear mentioned that any one of the entities of the Squadron can be done away with, I get nervous about the future of the sailing club for us all.

We are all in this together and we must have a united front in order to preserve the club for future generations of sailors.  Without the mooring field there will eventually be no club. Without the kids there will eventually be no club.  My goal as a member of the Board of Directors, if elected, is to keep us all working together to help the Squadron advance into the 21st century while maintaining the friendly atmosphere of the past.

Tom Dieter

Secretary

David Jennings, Secretary

Why I’m running for a 3rd term on the B.O.D. for the Sarasota Sailing Squadron

I first joined the board in November of 2007.  My primary area of interest was working with our two landlords.  We are currently negotiating with the City on the renewal of our uplands lease and we are working with the State on our Sovereign Submerged Land Lease.  As most members know, these are intertwined projects and they should come to some form of resolution within the next board’s term.  I do not want to vacate my position until these projects have been brought to some form of long term conclusion.  It is important to maintain continuity in who represents the Squadron in these endeavors.

For me, this also highlights a larger issue.  The Squadron struggles with continuity and consistency from board to board.  I believe this is a result of 1 year board terms.  The possibility of annual turnover, compounded with an initial learning curve for new board members and late year burnout for others makes it very difficult to manage long range plans.  Has anyone ever seen Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray?

Continuity in Squadron representation and our public image are going to become increasingly important as we grow and move forward.

Fleet Captain

Sara Allen, Fleet Captain

I have been Fleet Captain for the Sarasota Sailing Squadron since early 2008 and I am committed to seeing that the Mooring Field project comes to conclusion. As Mooring Committee Chairman, I oversee the activity of the Mooring Committee and help find solutions to Mooring Holders individual problems. I also report to the Board as to the status of all boats at the SSS. That includes the trailer stored boats, the rack boats, the dingy racks and the permanent slips. With the assistance of office personnel, I prepare and deliver a monthly report to the entire Board. I also oversee the activities of the Cruising Committee.

My qualifications include that I am a United States Coast Guard Merchant Marine Officer holding my Captain’s License. I also am an American Sailing Association Certified Instructor holding teaching certificates for Basic Keelboat, Basic Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Charter and Coastal Navigation. I am committed to keeping the Sarasota Sailing Squadron the premier club to sail out of or visit on the west coast of Florida.

Race Captain

Robert Miller, Race Captain

I have been sailing for over 60 years and spent most of my time sailing on the Great Lakes.  Living in Bay City, Michigan, I was a member of the Bay City Yacht Club and our races were held on the Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay.  Sailing on Lake Erie was my next stop where I served as Fleet Captain of Sail. My wife Jeanne & I moved to Bradenton in 1985 and we joined the Bradenton YC up until two years ago.  I served as Secretary, Director and was the Fleet Captain of Sail for two terms.

This past year, I was your Measurer and I had an opportunity to increase the participation in our PHRF fleet by offering a variety of courses and programs including the recently completed “Marathon Series”.   We had over 28 boats complete in excess of 600NM and fourteen Skippers earned their Marathon T-Shirt.  The brief “Chalk Talks” that we are holding at our brief Sunday skippers meetings have been well received.  If elected to the position of Race Captain, I look forward to working closely with the Regatta Director to continue improve the management of our major regattas and to continue building the participation of SSS sailors in the many racing and cruising events.

I have enjoyed sailing my 23’ Santana, the Blew Bayou with my SSS sailing friends and look forward to serving if elected as your incoming Race Captain.

Measurer

Gregg Knighton

No Submission

Social Coordinator

Cassandra Roznos, Social Coordinator

Hello Squadron Members,

My name is Cassandra Roznos.  I have served as your social director for 2009 and am requesting your continued support to run and plan our social and sailing events in 2010.  We have had some great dinners and parties this year for members, friends and families.  I hope to offer even more next year with a continued focus on family friendly events.  I would like to thank our team of volunteers for the success we have so far and look forward to the opportunity to do it again next year!

Fair Winds,
Cassandra Roznos

Education Coordinator

Lindsay Krienen, Education Coordinator

Dear SSS Members,

Hi!  My name is Lindsay Krienen and I am running for the Board position of 2010-Education Coordinator.  I volunteered to assume the Education Coordinator responsibilities when the position became vacant a few months back just to help out.  I was eventually voted in by the Board to act in an interim capacity until the upcoming election.  My first project after appointment was public relations efforts set forth prior to our recent Labor Day Regatta, which was a huge success.  I’m also looking forward to the challenges the remainder 2009 has to offer.

My husband and I have been sailing and active members of the SSS for approximately 9 years, the last 4 of which I have volunteered 300+ hours per year editing The Burgee.  This includes coordination, layout, formatting and content each month.  Professionally, I graduated with honors from a small business school in Niagara Falls, NY.  I’ve lived in Florida 20+ years where I gained experience in and in 1999 became certified as a Sr. Professional in Human Resources (this is the equivalent of a CPA for accountants).  My background in HR consists of generous stints with several well-known companies including Kemper Insurance, G. Neil Companies, and Chris-Craft boats.  I am currently employed as an HR Manager (4 years this upcoming March) by CSC, a Fortune 500 company (NYSE:CSC) with 92,000 employees in 50 countries.  Additionally, I have previously held positions on the Suncoast Workforce Board; and acted as a principal contributor in spearheading the launch of Manatee Technical Institute’s Boat & Yacht Repair program.

Throughout my career, my responsibilities have required me to not only understand the business from a management team perspective, but to possess the leadership qualities necessary to successfully manage various functions.  These functions include recruiting, retention, employee relations and training/education.  I believe these qualities and responsibilities mirror those of a successful Education Coordinator.  I hope the membership sees it as natural a fit as I do!

There are so many critical challenges currently facing the SSS including: finances/long term planning; land and in-water leases; and last but certainly not least – – the need to not only grow but get the word out about our awesome Youth Sailing Program.  The SSS is truly a special place and a landmark in the community.  I am confident my passion for the club, its diverse membership population, and its mission will make me a valuable member of your 2010 board.

If you would like to voice your opinions on these issues or have any ideas you would like to discuss, I’d love to hear from you.  Feel free to email me at sailingemma@hotmail.com, or give me a call on my cell 941-527-6292.  I would be most appreciative and honored to win your vote and serve on your board in 2010!

Warm Regards,

Lindsay Krienen

Dan Wiedenhoft Sr.

No submission

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