2015 FWSA January 21, Meeting, Pass-a-Grill, SPYC

    The FWSA January 21, 2015 meeting was held at St. Petersburg Yacht Club at Pass-a-Grill.  Fifteen Bitter Ends attended.  Clubs reports were given with Bitter Ends being first.  First Delegate Miriam Staveley made a short introduction and the Rappers chimed in.  Audience cheered and laughed a lot.  Bitter Ends was declared winner later in the day, click link below  to view the video.
    The Re-gifting store to benefit the Young Woman Sailor of the Year Award fund was open as well as the FWSA Ship's Store.  Bitter Ends did their share to support these Stores.
    Main business was to vote on a rephrasing of the by-laws requirements for a person to be an approved substitute delegate.  Making it official the current practice of only requiring written notice prior to the meeting start.
    The Speaker was Jennifer French, Silver Medalist in the 2012 Paralympics for Sailing a Scud-18.  As a result of a skiing accident she became a quadriplegic.  Became interested in sailing and partnered with a blind man to win the silver medal.  She is also wired with hardware to stimulate her muscles thus enabling her to sit-up and even stand and walk with a walker.  Her bionics are experimental but hold a lot of hope for the future for paralyzed people.
Bitter Ends Winning Rap Report

       Pictures/Video by
Nancy Marik and Susan Juranek
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Judy Clements accepts "Report Prize", bottle of wine from Del Palmer (r), FWSA President, who explains orginal bottle rolled out of car and shattered.

Lynn Paul goes around sharing "The Prize".

Susan Juranek and Nancy Marik, didn't perform, but videoed the perforance for future generations!

Earlier in the day Prsident Del led a Birthday sit down, to arrive at closest Birthday to today Jan. 21 as it was her Birthday. We sang "Happy B-day"

Nancy Marik was trilled because her Birthday was the closest, Jan. 25, tieing w/another gal. Both were awarded large Chololate Cupcakes, YUM!

Bitter Ends Ann Carroll is FWSA Treasurer and sat at the head table. Later she reported on the financial state of affairs.

Centerpieces were simple but contained goodies to help sustain us as lunch was a long way off.

Bitter Ends Delegates Miriam Staveley and Penny Washburn hold up their Voting Cards, "All in favor of the By-laws changes".

Two clubs, the Mainsheet Mamas and Dinghy Dames (?), showed the many beautiful quilts they have made for donation to Tampa General Hospital Patients.

Speaker, Jen French, a quadriplegic, won the Silver Metal at the 2012 Paralympics in Sailing! She is also a "bionic woman"!

We admired the pretty Sail Boat ring worn by a Salty Sister, Susan Duran.


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