From the Helm March 2018

This has been a winter that has had a number of very cold days unlike the last few years which have had mild temperatures overall.  Though it has been cold, one positive is that we have not had a lot of snow or significant amounts of freezing rain here in Oklahoma where I live. However, I will admit, I have stayed indoors as much as possible (I hate the cold and threaten to move way south each winter) so I am ready to see the warmer temperatures arrive so I can live outdoors more.

The first weekend in March is an event promoted by the many businesses at Grand Lake called “Welcome Back Weekend”. This event is for the purpose of getting boaters to the lake early in the season and right now the forecast is for mid-60 temperatures. Not too bad for a little cruising. So depending on your location, hopefully you are about ready for your first launch of the year.

The 2018 Workshop was delayed a week from February 10th to February 17th due to typical Oklahoma weather where it can be 70-degrees one day and then freezing rain the next. So, though it was a decision made at the last minute, and the amount of freezing precipitation was not significant, it was still a good call as there were some cars slipping and sliding in the area throughout the day.  If you were unable to attend, check out the great article here on the website.

Next Annual Event

The Hot Springs Classic will be here before you know it, so start making plans to attend Friday April 20th through the morning of Sunday the 21st. Details will be forthcoming as the Chairman Mike Langhorne finalizes details, but the current overview is to arrive Friday, and then go to one of the local restaurants for a group dinner. We will not being having a boat show, as we have had historically, so Saturday will be a day of cruising with a cookout and lunch at Clay and Patty Thompson’s house. Then more cruising. I am not sure what Mike has planned for dinner on Saturday, but I am sure it will be another great event. This event is a couple of weeks later than last year, so the temperatures should be getting warm making it a great weekend.

Make your Own Event

I mentioned the Grand Lake “Welcome Back Weekend”, but let me encourage anyone to plan a cruise. If you need assistance in contacting other members, let me know. You can plan an event focusing on members near the event site, or expand your invitation to members in a larger geographic area or the entire membership. Planning can be simple with an outline of where to launch, whether any needed meals will occur at a restaurant or everyone will need to be a “bring your own” sack lunch, and an idea of where the cruise will travel on the lake and return.

Job Opportunity – Heartland Classics Webmaster

There is a lot of work that goes on “behind the scenes” in making Heartland Classics Chapter, a chapter worthy of winning the Chapter of the Year award, given by ACBS, as we did last year. So we need someone willing to take responsibility for managing the Heartland Classics website. Kathy Parker has been managing this for some time, but with other chapter responsibilities, it is time to have someone else take on this function. If you are willing, but concerned as to whether you have the needed skills, reach out to me. Kathy or I can provide more information as to what is required. Your service will be appreciated.

Hope to see ya’ soon!
Mike Yancey