the years we have been very fortunate indeed to have had a
long stream of extremely capable, professional members of
the Board, all related in some way to the Maritime Industry.
may already be aware, our Board members all have their own
professional careers yet they give their time freely to us.
That being said, although term limits are de-lineated in our
bye-laws, it is quite often the case that a Member's professional
career takes him/her away from our locale, in which case they
are no longer in a position to serve on the Board.
the case with our previous Vice President, Tony Backos, who
tendered his resignation as his path has taken him over to
Greece. We thank Tony for his able and astute assistance during
his tenure. Tony was also one of those who, in order to attend
our 30th Anniversary last week, made a huge effort to be there,
basically travelling from Greece and back again within 36
hours! His donation to the silent auction of a week in that
mouth-wateringly beautiful Greek villa was an amazing item.
Tony, many thanks.
next Vice President, the Board is exceedingly pleased that
Capt Joe Gross agreed to take up the vacated seat, moving
from his position as Education chair where he has so ably
coordinated between the Board of the CMA and that of the Board
of the Education Foundation.
replacement in the Education Chair, is Kevin Breen. Kevin
is a graduate of SUNY Maritime, well known in the industry
and we look forward to being the beneficiaries of his 15 years
of maritime experience.
again we are very fortunate to have such experienced individuals
donating their time and support.
already mentioned our 30th Anniversary Gala dinner, but it
definitely deserves greater recognition which you will also
hear (and see) elsewhere in the Newsletter.
lot of people made great efforts to be there from great distances.
It was a sold out evening, fun was had by all, and thanks
go out again to the organizing committee of Lorraine Parsons,
Molly McCafferty, Beth Wilson-Jordan and Carleen Lyden-Kluss.
felt that there were echoes of those words that I quoted which
succinctly outlined a core identity of the CMA:
feel that an organization like the CMA can be very helpful
in socially integrating the group in mutually beneficial ways."
& Gentlemen - isn't that what we did?