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2015 San Diego Boat Show and Dinner Recap

posted Jan 26, 2015, 10:51 PM by Tartan-Owners Southern California   [ updated Jan 26, 2015, 11:07 PM ]
The Annual TOSCA Dinner was a great success.  It was a small group - only 15 people - in attendance but I think it’s safe to say that a good time was had by all.  To those who came, thank you for your participation!  To those who couldn't make it, we missed you and are hoping to see you soon at one of the upcoming events this year.  

This year's event was held at the Boathouse restaurant, on Harbor Island, in San Diego.  Here’s a quick recap of the dinner:
  • There were brief presentations with slides of the 2014 Baja Haha and the Baja Bash made on the sailing vessel Intuition by Marko Princevac, Frank Conner and Don & Laura McLennan.
  • Frank Conner presented the status of incorporating TOSCA as a non-profit organization (we are completely done with the Feds and are waiting for the final letter from the State).   On behalf of TOSCA, a great big THANK YOU!!!!!! to Frank Conner for all of his work in completing all of the many forms needed to apply for non-profit corporation status, drafting official Bylaws, and staying on top of all the filing deadlines for both the Federal and State government.  It was a huge undertaking and he graciously donated all of his legal time.  His help is very much appreciated!!
  • The Chair of the Nominating Committee (Marko Princevac) submitted the names of Don McLennan, Frank Conner and Keith Fullenwider to serve on the 2015 TOSCA Board of Directors.  After a brief discussion, there was a unanimous vote of approval of the nomination.
  • Don McLennan presented News from Tartan, including the introduction of the Tartan 36, Legacy by Tartan powerboats, custom Carbon Fiber masts available for your boat, and the Tartan 42 purchase option.
  • Discussions about where/when to meet throughout the year took place.  The events will be:
    • March:  Raft-up in Mission Bay (Keith Fullenwider and the San Diego contingency will be planning this)
    • May 16: Spring BBQ (place TBD) (Laura McLennan and a local “host” will be planning this)
    • June 20: Ashbridge Race on Catalina, joining the Corsair Yacht Club in Emerald Bay (Don and Laura McLennan will coordinate this with the Corsairs)
    • Late July/Early August:  Annual rendezvous (place TBD – suggestions included Emerald Bay, Howland’s Landing, Geiger Cove and Dana Point) (Keith Fullenwider will be planning this)
    • October:  Fall BBQ (place TBD) (Laura McLennan and a local “host” will be planning this)
    • January 23, 2016: Annual Dinner (place TBD – there was some discussion about having it at a yacht club or other venue to make it less expensive. This year’s dinner turned out to be very expensive because we had poor attendance compared to last year.  We had already paid a deposit on the Boathouse Restaurant in anticipation of similar participation.  It turned out that the Boathouse had a minimum charge of $800 for food/drinks, exclusive of tip, tax, a “linen fee” and a room usage fee, making the per person charge quite costly.  Fortunately, the food was quite good.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW FOR THE MAY 16, JUNE 20 and JANUARY 2016 DATES!!
  • Finally, a couple of requests were made to the group and will be repeated here:
    1. PLEASE respond timely to the e-mails you receive from the TOSCA Directors.  At times, it truly is a bit akin to herding cats when we are trying to put these events together.  It takes a lot of time and effort to organize each event and when we don’t hear from the membership, it makes the planning extraordinarily difficult.  Remember that we are all volunteers!!  Many of us are working full-time, so that the time spent on the behind-the-scenes planning is on top of already full days.  It will be very much appreciated if you could make every effort to respond right away.
    2. PLEASE get involved!!  It is important that the group remain vibrant.  That takes effort by all of us so that it’s not just the work of a few for the benefit of the group.
    3. WE NEED TO EXPAND THE MEMBERSHIP.  There was discussion about how to do this and we agreed that small cards (3x5” or 4x6”) with TOSCA info should be printed and distributed to each member.  Keep them on your boat and when you see a Tartan, let them know about TOSCA and give them one of the cards.  Additionally, we will be expanding our reach via social media - stay tuned for more information.
Again thank you to Tartan for their continued sponsorship of our events.


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