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Island boating club installs new officers

By Staff | Feb 10, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED District 22 Commander Ted Reiss congratulates new Commander Joanne Heroy-Giller.

The America’s Boating Club of Sanibel-Captiva held its 45th Change of Watch ceremony on Jan. 21 at its annual meeting, which focused on the election and the installation of the new bridge officers.

Distinguished guests included District 22 Commander Ted Reiss, District 22 Executive Officer Sam Bonilla, District 22 Education Officer John Nasson and District 22 Secretary Peggy Reiss.

Commander Joanne Heroy-Giller was sworn in as the new commander by Reiss. Additional elected officers installed were George May as executive officer, Tom Schmidt as administrative officer, Steve Abbott as education officer, John Fridlington as treasurer and Lynne Campean as secretary.

In addition, member John Fridlington received the District 22 Distinguished Educator Award. Having taught advanced courses on offshore navigation for the club, he was a finalist for the National Distinguished Educator distinction.

Attendees also heard from the co-founders of Captains for Clean Waters, Executive Director Capt. Daniel Andrews and Program Director Capt. Chris Wittman. Throughout their presentation, they urged the club to work with elected officials and government agencies to ensure science-based solutions to restore local and statewide water quality.

PHOTO PROVIDED District 22 Commander Ted Reiss swears in new bridge officers George May, Steve Abbott, Tom Schmidt, Lynne Campean and John Fridlington.

For more about the club, visit www.sancapboating.club or call 612-987-2125.

PHOTO PROVIDED Capts. Daniel Andrews and Chris Wittman with Captains for Clean Water.