Commodores' Words of Wisdom

Commodore Matt's September Article


What a great month of August at our Club!  Lots of events and activities for all to enjoy!

We all had a great time at the Luau. I would like to thank all who helped make it happen, especially Robert and Denice Babo, and my wife, Marianne, and everyone else who participated; the event was wonderful!  I had several members of my extended family who attended and all of them enjoyed the food, the entertainment, and the camaraderie. One of my cousins drove 304 miles one way to attend!  This cousin, Tony, also very much enjoyed a personal tour of our museum by none other than our Curator, Kathie Hammer!!  The museum is a Club treasure that we all should enjoy, especially during these events when we have family and friends attending.

This month we are looking forward to our Club Picnic. I hope everyone will come out and enjoy the festivities and have a great day at our beautiful Club on the Delta!

Another event this month is our annual cruise-out to Rio Vista.  I am planning on winning the Clam Chowder Cook-Off this year, but I am hoping for a lot of competition!!

I hope that by this time you all have seen our new picnic tables out in the patio area!  These tables are just a start of some of the improvements that I hope to see occurring at our Club.

Hoping to see you soon either at the Club or out on the Delta!


Vice Commodore Roberts's September Article

I would like to start with the Steamboat Slough Raft-Up and thank our Fleet Captain Rick Barton for organizing this event. With the Oasis at center anchorage holding the fleet together, Bill & Darlene Moore were flanked by Neal & Elena Draper aboard Chill Out to their starboard and Rick Barton in No Rules to port. What a beautiful spot they found, quiet, calm, with clean water. On Saturday, Commodore Matt Tate accompanied by Dale Bauer and Denice & I were launching our trailerable boats at Hog Back Island and heading up river to join our fellow Sportsmen. What a magnificent ride we had, 20 minutes later we were at the raft-up. We were greeted with appetizers, refreshments, great camaraderie, and just floating on the Delta!  Thank you to all who participated.

Aloha! Our Sportsmen Luau was an awesome event with nearly a 100 people in attendance.  With cocktails & pupus to get us in the spirit of Aloha, along with the Hawaiian music played by the band, our friends at the Antioch Senior Center provided the hula dancers for our entertainment.  Special thanks to our own Yong Gardner for helping arrange for them to come; they were all very happy to perform for us. I would also like to thank everyone who helped with the decorating, raffle, pupus and preparing our excellent dinner. I would like to give a special thank you to my wife, Denice Babo, for taking on the planning, shopping and cooking of our lovely meal. Mahalo! 

This month we have our Annual Club Picnic.  If you haven’t been to the Club in a while, it would be nice to see you on the 9th! We also have the Rio Vista Cruise-Out and Clam Chowder Cook-Off on the 22nd-24th.  With this event, you RVers better get your reservations in soon as the spaces fill fast. Last year we had 11 vessels that made the voyage and I hope we have a big turn-out again this year. 

I want to thank all those who help and participate in all our Club functions!



Rear Commodore Bobby's September Article

September is full of fun as the summer season winds down. This autumn month starts out with a proud holiday: Labor Day. Labor Day celebrates American workers and how hard work has helped this country to do well and prosper.  Most identify this holiday as the last weekend of the summer to get away. So enjoy it, and enjoy it safely. Other holidays include Grandparents’ Day, which is observed the first Sunday after Labor Day.  So honor your Grandparents and what they have contributed to society or just spend Grandparents’ Day with your grandchildren for some good ol' quality time. Finally, happy Birthday to all our Virgo and Libra babies. Enjoy your personal holiday too, you deserve it.

September also brings fun and exciting events to the Club. Saturday, following our Club meeting is our Club picnic. Come join us as your Commodores will be hard at it on the grill cooking delicious American burgers with all the fixings. Games for all ages, plenty of food and lots of fun, and maybe a little relaxing for some are the agenda. Our first MNF is the 11th, with the Saints vs. Vikings, then on the 18th is Lions vs. NY Giants, lastly it's the Cowboys vs. Arizona Cardinals on the 25th. Be sure to make reservations online or with Ann English prior to that Monday for a head count. Let's not forget about MLB playoffs shaping up. You can come down and watch you favorite sports team or head out on the river for your own sport: fishing. September is one of the best months to catch stripers in the early morning or as the sun sets—one of my personal favorites.

As a friendly reminder, it is not up to the Grounds Keeper to control weeds in your Dry Storage space. Please help out and keep your area clean. There is no smoking in cabins, nor are there any flammable liquids or combustible materials permitted in the lower deck.  Help us be safe and prolong this Ferry of ours for many years to come. Its future depends on you!