President’s Message – Spring 2014

We are well on our way with the planning process on all our major events. The first on our list is the Annual Meeting on June 21, (note date change) more information and registration form is on page 9 in the Cutwater and on the Website—www.

Please note: There will not be an organized Spring Romp Cruise, however we encourage folks to come by boat and dock them like anyone else then walk up to the Inn for the meeting and brunch.

The meeting and brunch will be held at the Wolfeboro Inn. You will not want to miss this event because the new and special feature this year will be a “Founders Tribute”. We hope to have as many of the original group attend and provide us with memories, stories and history. You are invited to participate and share any story you may have also. Additionally this group as well as many others within our club may have documents that are historically significant items that we would like to manage in a sustainable way. Think about this and we will discuss more. We hope to have this videotaped for reference as well. And any written stories will be printed in future issues of the Cutwater.

We will also elect some new officers and board members at the meeting. Gary Michael is resigning as Vice- President because of personal and business priorities and unfortunately we do not have a replacement nominee. John Burk is resigning as Treasurer after serving NEC for eight great years in that position. Kurt Kaiser is nominated to replace him. See Kurt’s bio below. On the Board of Directors Lin Galeucia is resigning and Donny McLean is nominated to replace him. See Donny’s bio below. In addition, I am nominated to serve another year as president and we will search for
my replacement during this year.

Kurt_KaiserKurt Kaiser has been interested in boats and engines since he was a kid in Minnesota. Most of his boating involved sailing. He once acted as navigator on a Marion/ Bermuda race.

In the 21st century, he came to his senses and bought a reproduction of a 14 ft, 1880’s Melonseed Gunning Skiff. He and his wife, Christin, have spent many happy hours exploring tidal estuaries, creeks, and offshore sandbars.

After a career as a physicist/engineer, he continued another avocation – software. He became a Python developer, but got pulled into taking on a role as the treasurer of the Python Software Foundation, a position he’s held for the past nine years. The PSF holds a yearly conference with around 2500 attendees and also supports smaller Python conferences and groups financially. Kurt stays pretty busy.

For relaxation, he enjoys hanging out with the NEC-ACBS crew. He and Chris keep threatening to get a powerboat.

Donny_McLeanDonny McLean was born and raised in Fort Meyers, Florida where he became involved with hi performance boats and cars at an early age, an involvement that he still enjoys to this day. He was trained and worked as an engine mechanic; however, his career has been in management.

He moved to New Hampshire 30 years ago. After moving to the Wolfeboro area, he was introduced to the classic wooden boats so plentiful on Lake Winnipesaukee. Through the years many good friendships have been made because of the boats, allowing him the privilege to work on some great projects. He is a member of the American Power Boat Association (Region 1 Representative, Inspector), the NEC-ACBS and the New Hampshire Boat Museum, and recently co-chaired the 2013 Antique Raceboat Regatta.

We expect another great boat show the last week in July. Scott Robinson, our chair for this event, has been getting numerous calls about the event, so make it a priority to register early which also will put your boat’s picture in the Laker insert if received no later than June 10, 2014. Diane McArthur and Barbara Hayes have been working hard at making sure registration flows smoothly. Your help by registering early will also help that effort. Registration information is in the Cutwater and on the Website.


We will have a special guest with us the weekend of the boat show in Meredith. Teresa Hoffman, International President of the ACBS will be visiting us and participating in the boat show. It is our privilege to have her here so please give her a warm welcome.

See you on the water — Dennis

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