State of Counties Address draws large BAHEP crowd

November 1st, 2018

BAHEP President Bob Mitchell, from right, welcomes Galveston County Judge Mark Henry, TXU Energy Business Director Jason Schultz and Tiger 21 Chairman Rick Gornto to the State of the Counties Address Sept. 27 at Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook.

By Mary Alys Cherry

Galveston County Judge Mark Henry and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett probably grow tired of giving speeches, but one attending Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership’s State of the Counties Address Sept. 27 at Lakewood Yacht Club would never know it.

Both reeled off things foremost in the public’s mind, and, interlacing their remarks with a sprinkling of humor, provided BAHEP members with a quick look at the projects and problems at hand.

Judge Emmett spoke first, expressing his pleasure over the passage of the $2.5 billion Harris County flood bond referendum, noting that having the money on hand is necessary to getting matching federal dollars for Harvey improvements, going on to stress that “we need more accurate flood plain maps.”

He also discussed indigent healthcare, a cost borne by property owners that will probably be even more costly in the future. “We’ve got to get away from the county jail being the largest healthcare facility in the county,” he said, explaining that we’re turning a lot of bad kids into bad criminals instead of trying to rehabilitate them. “They get out of prison but can’t get a job because they have a prison record,” he said, “and eventually end up back in jail.”

Judge Henry reeled off a number of headline-type facts for the crowd, including the news that a Coastal Spine study by the seven-county group is due next month. Other items of interest:

  • Work on the expansion of State Highway 146 will begin in January 2019.
  • A total of 20,000 Galveston County homes were damaged during Hurricane Harvey.
  • The Highway 646 overpass will be destroyed in January 2019.
  • Friendswood is growing with a big new development under way.
  • Galveston is getting a third cruise line and a record number of tourists this summer.
  • League City’s population is now approximately 120,000.
  • La Marque is the county’s fastest growing city, because of a big new development.

Area mayors attending included Pat Hallisey of League City, Carl Joiner of Kemah, Mike McNamara of Clear Lake Shores, Mike Foreman of Friendswood, Louis Rigby of La Porte, Thom Kolupski of Seabrook and Michel Bechtel of Morgan’s Point, along with State Rep. Dennis Paul, Councilmen Dave Martin of Houston and Larry Millican of League City and Mayor Pro-tem Amanda Fenwick of Clear Lake Shores.

Harvest Moon, Hurricanes, and that particularly bad boy, Harvey

September 1st, 2018

By Andrea Todaro

The Harvest Moon Regatta® is probably the best known sailboat race on the Texas Gulf Coast, although even many participants do not know its history, or the role that hurricanes have played in its evolution.

The first HMR was the brainchild of three sailors from Lakewood Yacht Club. As John Broderick told the story, one Friday night at Lakewood the bar conversation turned to the need for more opportunities to sail and in particular, opportunities to get offshore. Sail maker John Cameron offered “the best sails I’ve had were late in the fall in the Gulf after the summer doldrums are over and the winter Northers haven’t started.” Competitive racer Ed Bailey agreed, saying he missed the old Texas Offshore Race Circuit (“TORC”) sailing events. Broderick, a dedicated cruiser and, at the time, Lakewood’s commodore, agreed and said, “why don’t we organize something?”

The bar talk led to discussions with members of other area sailing clubs, some of which were held at Frank’s Shrimp Hut, which is now Hooter’s in Seabrook. The first regatta, in 1987, was planned as a four race event beginning with a skippers’ meeting on Friday, Sept. 25, and a kickoff party on Saturday, Sept. 26. Racing started on Thursday, Oct. 1 and ran through the 10th with race segments or “legs” from the Galveston jetties to Port Isabel, back up the coast to Port Aransas, back to the Galveston Jetties, and then up to Marker Two at the Clear Creek channel leading into Lakewood’s homeport, Seabrook.

The full moon closest to the autumnal equinox is known as the “harvest moon” and is characterized by a bright orange color; it is followed by a “hunter’s moon. The “harvest moon” can occur as early as September 8th or as late as Oct. 7 which was the date of the “harvest moon” in 1987. Thus, in October 1987, with the races occurring between October 1st and the 10th, the Harvest Moon Regatta® was born. Seventeen yachts sailed that first year, with several bikini beach parties along the way.

In 1988, the “harvest moon” fell on Sept. 25, so the race start was scheduled for Thursday, Sept.22, but on Sept. 8 Hurricane Gilbert destroyed the Queen’s Point Marina at Port Isabel. The race start was delayed three weeks to Oct. 14 and the destination was changed to Port Aransas. Thus began the tradition of sailing to Port Aransas under a magnificent full moon, sometimes a “harvest moon” if it fell during the first seven days of October, otherwise a “hunter’s moon” if it fell on or after the 8th of October.

Mother Nature and Hurricane Gilbert are credited with the growth of the Harvest Moon Regatta® which grew steadily from the 17 yachts of 1987 to over 260 yachts in later years. The growth was due in large part to the perfect destination, Port Aransas. As John Broderick described it: “This ideal Texas port allows yacht owners and sailors to use minimal days from work to join in on what can be a most memorable overnight sail down the Texas coast during traditionally the best offshore sailing time of the year. And we can all do this in relative safety shared by some 200 other yachts.”

The race, open to sailors with no club affiliation as well as members of other area sailing clubs, became a bucket list item for many Texas sailors, many of whom had little or no offshore experience. The growth of Harvest Moon Regatta® also resulted in the formation of a charitable organization, Bay Access Sailing Foundation. Bay Access now serves as the regatta’s organizing authority, with race management provided by volunteers from Lakewood Yacht Club.

In 2015, Hurricane Patricia was forecast to envelop Port Aransas in a “catastrophic rain event” with the worst conditions forecast for Sunday morning when sailors would be required to leave the relative safety of Port Aransas City Marina for the trip back to Houston and various other home ports. Numerous warnings from weather officials eventually prompted race organizers to cancel the race for the first time in its history. Despite the race cancellation, the party in Port Aransas went on, and some of the more seasoned sailors sailed the course and were able to obtain slips in the City Marina harbor to ride out the gale force winds that arrived as forecast on Sunday morning.

In 2017, when the actual “harvest moon” again fell in October, on the 5th, Hurricane Harvey put a new twist on the story. Hitting the Texas coast near Port Aransas on Aug. 25, the storm devastated “the ideal Texas port” and dumped torrential rain on the entire Houston area. This time, instead of canceling the race or rescheduling it, race organizers decided to reformat the race as a triangle race, similar to Lakewood’s TORC event, the Heald Bank Regatta, which is traditionally held in April. Beginning and ending at the Galveston Jetties, the Regatta was followed by an awards party at Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, where regatta volunteers put a special focus on raising money for the devastated Port Aransas. Port Aransas city officials were surprised to receive a check for about $20,000 from the regatta, and they are looking forward to the return of the regatta this year, although it will be many years before Port Aransas recovers to pre-Harvey prosperity.

Lakewood gearing up for two August regattas

August 1st, 2018

Lakewood is gearing up for two big races in August — the Bay Cup II and Heald Bank Regattas, which provide the perfect opportunity to compete against your peers on the bay and offshore as well as a chance to tune up for this year’s Harvest Moon Regatta in October.

Lakewood will host Bay Cup II Aug. 4 along with the post-race party that evening. Liquid trophies will be awarded by Southwest Spirits, and artist Robert Greaney will perform for the crowd.

The Heald Bank Regatta will be raced Aug. 17-18, followed by a celebration at the club. Andy and the Dreamsicles will provide the live entertainment.
The fun doesn’t stop in August. Follow up these races by participating in the Harvest Moon Regatta Oct. 25-28. HMR is returning to its usual format and will race from Galveston to Port Aransas.

Primary sponsors for Bay Cup II and Heald Bank include the City of Seabrook, Blackburn Marine, Davis Marine Electronics, True North Marine, Mariner Magazine, Upstream Brokers, Sea Lake Yachts, Keven Severance Insurance, OJ’s Marine, Little Yacht Sales, and Texas Coast Yachts.

Bay Cup II Regatta
Racers can register at under the Regattas tab. The registration fee for Bay Cup II is $75 and includes entry into the Skippers’ Meeting on Aug. 3, as well as a meal and two drink tickets to be enjoyed at the post-event awards party. A $5 discount is available to U.S. Sailing members. The entry fee is payable by credit card or yacht club reciprocal charge. Aug. 1st is the registration deadline.

Bay Cup II is the second in a two-race series. One or more distance races will be sailed in either Trinity Bay or Galveston Bay. Potential classes include PHRF Spinnaker, PHRF non-Spin, Cruising Spinnaker, Cruising Non-Spin Classic Canvas (using only Dacron sails), Multihull and One Design class(es).

Non-racers and other out-of-town guests can enjoy an array of nearby activities in Seabrook and the surrounding area, which offer a variety of entertainment. Walk the trails in Seabrook, visit Space Center Houston, check out the wildlife at Armand Bayou Nature Center or experience the dining and amusement options at the Kemah Boardwalk.

Overall trophies for the Bay Cup series will be given out at the post-race party on the evening of Aug. 4 in the LYC Ballroom. Robert Greaney will provide live entertainment while guests socialize and savor great food and tasty drinks.

This year’s sponsors include City of Seabrook,, OJ’s Marine, Little Yacht Sales, True North Marine, Texas Coast Yachts, Blackburn Marine, Upstream Brokers, Davis Marine Electronics, Kevin Severance Insurance, Sea Lake Yachts, Mariner Magazine, Bay Area Houston Magazine and Southwest Spirits.

Regatta proceeds benefit Bay Access, a not for profit charitable organization fostering amateur racing and sailing on Galveston Bay.

For further information, call LYC at 281-474-2511 or David Comeaux, Bay Cup I Regatta chairman at or 832-993-5933. For visitor information, visit

Heald Bank Regatta
The Heald Bank entry fee is $80 and includes access to the Skippers’ Meeting on Aug. 16 and a ticket for dinner and two tickets for Texas Navy Rum at the post-event awards party hosted at LYC Aug. 18. A $5 discount is available to U.S. Sailing members. Don’t miss the Aug. 11 registration deadline.

Heald Bank is an offshore regatta open to all boats of the PHRF Spin, PHRF Non-Spin, Cruising boats with a PHRF Rating (non-spin or with Spinnaker), One-Design, and Multihulls.

The Buccaneer Bash dinner and awards party will follow the race at LYC, which will include a “Pirates’ Pig Roast,” live entertainment by Andy & the Dreamsicles and plenty of Texas Navy Rum.

Sponsors of the 2018 Heald Bank Regatta are the City of Seabrook, Texas Navy Light Rum,, OJ’s Marine, Little Yacht Sales, True North Marine, Texas Coast Yachts, Blackburn Marine, Upstream Brokers, Davis Marine Electronics, Kevin Severance Insurance, Marine Outfitters, Sea Lake Yachts, Mariner Magazine and Bay Area Houston Magazine.

For further information, call LYC at 281-474-2511 or Heald Bank Race Chairman Bob Hunkins 281-216-4082 or

Additional visitor information and accommodations near the club can be found at

Amanda Fenwick named winner of Athena Award

June 4th, 2018

Athena Award recipient Amanda Fenwick proudly shows off the award after the luncheon at Lakewood Yacht Club. With her are, from left, League City Chamber President Steve Paterson, keynote speaker Doreen Hughes and Chamber Chairman Rebecca Lilley.

By Mary Alys Cherry

Amanda Fenwick, San Jacinto College vice president and mayor pro tem of Clear Lake Shores is the recipient of the 2018 Athena Award, presented annually by the League City Regional Chamber of Commerce.

“I was so shocked when my name was called as the Athena Bay Area recipient,” she said afterwards. “To be among that group of nominees was truly an honor.”

She was honored for her professional excellence, community service and for working to improve the quality of life for others in the community. The presentation came during a luncheon at Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook.

Amanda who serves as vice president of marketing and public relations at San Jacinto College, has 15 years of experience in leadership and public relations and currently oversees a staff of 12.

That includes a public relations and event team, a digital and website team, and a design team responsible for the advertising, marketing, communications, media and public relations, social media, website content, publications, events, and crisis communications for the entire San Jacinto College district, which includes 45,000 credit and 10,000 continuing education students each year, and 2,500 employees.

Prior to joining San Jac in 2007, she was an event coordinator in the Houston mayor’s Office of Special Events, planning parades, special events and a variety of celebrations.

She began her career in public relations at Rice University as an assistant sports information director. As such, she was responsible for the daily public and media relations for several Owls teams, including women’s basketball, men’s and women’s tennis and women’s volleyball.

In addition to her role at the college, she serves on the Clear Lake Shores City Council. She was first elected to office in 2012, and is currently in her fourth term, serving as mayor pro-tem.

Amanda holds a B.S. in Kinesiology from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., and a Master of Education in Physical Education from the University of Houston. She and her husband, Jay, have lived in Clear Lake Shores for more than 17 years, and they have a 5-year-old daughter, Peyton.

Others nominated for the award were Trisha Barita, Barita & Keough Law Firm; Deborah Bly, Re/Max Space Center, The Bly Team; Penny Brockway, Brockway Realty; Kirsten Cavaness, Green Window Group, LLC; Kathy Cruse, Texas First Bank; Wendy Ghormley, Texas First Bank; Janice Hallisey, League City Proud; Kristi Koncaba, Texan Bank; Ashlea Quinonez, Memorial Hermann Health System; Jill Reason, Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theatre; Jenny Senter, Texas City – La Marque Chamber of Commerce; Amy Smith, Dickinson ISD; and Peggy
Zahler, PZ Consulting.

The Athena Program, named for Athena, the goddess of wisdom, honors females in leadership roles that make them effective, admirable and successful leaders and who have also contributed to the development and empowerment of women. These individuals have strong values that emulate the eight principles of Athena: Live authentically, learn constantly, advocate fiercely, act courageously, foster collaboration, build relationships, give back and celebrate.

Athena leaders are fierce advocates for what they believe and committed to enriching their communities.

Nassau Bay Garden Club takes time out to party

May 1st, 2018

Nassau Bay Garden Club President Betty Armstrong, right, welcomes Judith Crowley, left, and Mary Grieneek to the biennial fashion show luncheon at Lakewood Yacht Club.

LOOKING FOR the most outstanding garden club in the Bay Area? You won’t have to look far. Most folks will tell you the hands-down winner is the Nassau Bay Garden Club, whose members are always on call when their city needs help.

Outside of Nassau Bay, few people know of all the hard work these ladies do to make their city sparkle. Led by President Betty Armstrong, they support things like Arbor Day and Beautification Day and find time to help clean up Peninsula Nature Park and the other city parks, repair and refurbish the city parks after Hurricane Harvey, even host a spring flower show for the city.

Then every two years they toss a big spring fashion show luncheon at Lakewood Yacht Club that is a must-attend event.

“Va-Va-Bloom” was the theme Chairman Cherry Nims and her committee picked for the 2018 luncheon that brought out a standing-room-only crowd of around 230 to watch as Style Show Co-Chairmen Jennifer Hudgins and Valerie Moses sent a number of pretty models down the runway, showing off spring and summer fashions from Casanova’s, Bay Back Boutique, The Clotheshorse Boutique and Designs by Kelly Halbach.

The models included a number of well known faces such as Judge Holly Williamson, Mayor Pro-tem Sandra Mossman and several wives of city councilmen in the mix — Stacey Amdur, Ashleigh Klug and Sue Warters, along with Mary Chambers, Joy Edwards, Kathryn Gehbauer, Kelly Halbach, Betty Harper, Tuie Lee, Christie Reynolds, Joyce Mayor, Kitty Kalil, Judith Crowley, Jayne Samson, Donna Stoa and Win Weber.

Long-time member Ann Gay wore a big smile as she welcomed both City Manager Jason Reynolds and former City Manager Chris Reed – each there to say thank you to the club that gives so much to their city.

At the entrance, highlighting the theme, stood a beautiful 1948 Packard limousine owned by the president of the Packard Club in League City, Tommy Baccaro, with his son, Anthony.

Once inside, you might have spotted the theme poster artist Kelly Halbach created or the beautiful program Gail Ferris Beasley designed that listed the many others who played key roles in making the afternoon a huge success — Nancee Lynn, D’Lisa Johnston, Richard Armstrong, Beth Ann Maxwell, Ann Gay, Jayne Samson, Jayne Land, Mary Tuttle, Gail Ferris Beasley, Peg Hill, Ann Davidson, Suzanne Gossett, Mary Ann Prescott, Betty Armstrong, Royce Walker and Priss Fletcher.

Or swooned over the gorgeous floral arrangements donated by HEB that created a floral garden in the Lakewood ballroom.

Astronaut Shane Kimbrough gets a warm welcome from Bay Oaks Women’s Association Vice Presidents Amy Schweers, left, and Suzanne Leatherman as he arrives to address their monthly luncheon at the country club..

And, just as you might expect, proceeds will go toward the beautification of Nassau Bay, horticulture scholarships and education programs.

Astronaut keynotes BOWA luncheon
CLEAR LAKE may be the home of the Johnson Space Center, but rarely do we get to spend time with the busy astronauts. So Bay Oaks Women’s Association members were more than delighted last month when astronaut Shane Kimbrough, a former International Space Station commander, was the keynote speaker for their April luncheon at the country club.

President Susan McCoy and Vice Presidents Suzanne Leatherman and Amy Schweers were there to greet him on arrival and welcome him to Bay Oaks. They, like everyone in the crowd, thoroughly enjoyed his talk and video of his experiences on the Space Station.

Earlier, Susan welcomed Karen Reed, Sharon Phelps, Courtney Atchley, Georgia Piwonka, Cindy Zook, Sue Laabs, Sue Broughton, Barbara Dickey, Brigid McVaugh and next month’s speaker, author Eileen Hult, as Sharon Dillard and Amy Roppolo signed them in.

Some of the others spotted in the crowd were Annette Dwyer, Kimberly Weathers, Glenna Crist, Jodi Schnabel, Mitzi Romanko, Bobbie Moutz, Kay Lee Benoit, Gayle Wylie and Mary Colombo, to name a few.

Symphony Leaguekick s off Home Tour

Lola Mclain, from left, with Sue Ellen Jennings and Jackie Daley.Romanko, Bobbie Moutz, Kay Lee Benoit, Gayle Wylie and Mary Colombo, to name a few.

HOUSTON SYMPHONY League Bay Area kicked off their 2018 Home Tour by the Bay with a lively Pre-Tour Party at the home of Kyle and Misty Killebrew  in Clear Lake’s Bay Oaks.

Some of those you might have spotted Party Chairman Carole Murphy welcoming included Ron and Pat Biddle Kahl, Jim and Jane Sweeney, Pat and Wendell Wilson, Mary Voigt, Mariglen Glenn, Elisabeth Wilson, Walter Bell, and Joan Wade and her daughter, Andrea Koop.

Quite a party it was, and best of all, the proceeds help support music education in our local schools.

Best of the Bay Winners

May 1st, 2018

The Best of the Bay Awards were announced at a highly attended and anticipated ceremony at Water’s Edge Venue on March 22. The 2017 winners, voted by you, are:

Best Asian Cuisine: Merlion
Best Auto Repair: Space Center Auto
Best Bank: Allegiance Bank
Best Bartender: Sarah – Volcano Room
Best BBQ: Dickinson BBQ
Best Breakfast: Pelican Grill
Best Brunch: Sundance Grill II
Best Burger: Tookie’s
Best Cajun: Little Daddy’s Gumbo Bar
Best Car Dealer – domestic: Norman Frede Chevrolet
Best Car Dealer – foreign: Ron Carter Hyundai
Best Credit Union: JSC FCU
Best Café: Seabrook Classic Cafe
Best City to Live: League City
Best Contractor/Remodeler: Maverick Remodeling
Best Dentist: Tie – Dr. Farid Noie and Dr. J. Derek Tieken
Best Entertainment Spot – Jackie’s Brickhouse
Best Entertainment Venue: Kemah Boardwalk
Best Family Restaurant: T-Bone Tom’s
Best Gift Shop: Spruce Flowers and Home
Best Hair Salon: Brazil N Drops
Best Hair Stylist: Bonnie Wolcott – Heist
Best Hospital: Houston Methodist St. John
Best Italian: Grazia Italian Kitchen
Best Local Entertainer: Tie – Mickey Hobbs and Claudio Sereni
Best Luxury Car: Ron Carter Cadillac
Best Margarita: El Tiempo Cantina
Best Marina: South Shore Harbour
Best Mexican: El Tiempo Cantina
Best Oysters: Gilhooley’s
Best Pizza: Dan’s Pizza Co.
Best Pub: Scotty’s Pub
Best Realtor: Kimberly Harding
Best Resale Shop: Assistance League of the Bay Area
Most Romantic Restaurant: Opus Bistro
Best Seafood: Topwater Grill
Best Steak: T-Bone Tom’s
Best Sushi: Michiru Sushi
Best Web Design: Big Splash Web Design
Best Wine Bar: Chelsea Wine Bar
Best Women’s Apparel: The Clotheshorse
Best Women’s Boutique: Back Bay Boutique
Best Yacht Club: Lakewood Yacht Club

The 24th Annual Men Who Cook

April 1st, 2018

Miss Texas Nancy Gonzales stops to chat with Rick Clapp, left, and Steve Hegyesi as she arrives at Lakewood Yacht Club for Men Who Cook.

Lakewood Yacht Club was nearly overflowing when a crowd of hungry folks gathered for the 24th annual Men Who Cook, benefitting Seabrook Rotary Club and the Seabrook Police Officers Association’s Charities.

They arrived to find some 40 celebrity chefs serving up a variety of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts – enough to please most any palate – and spent the evening sampling the array of food and visiting with old and new friends. They also took time to applaud as Seabrook Rotary recognized Seabrook Police Officer Fernando Rodriguez as their Seabrook Police Officer of the Year.

Interfaith Caring Ministries event raises nearly $50,000

February 1st, 2018

Wayne and Marilyn Musial, from right, Scott Rainey and his wife, Martha Bowles, and Alan and Gaye Wylie enjoy Interfaith Caring Ministries’ 24th annual Festival of Trees.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Interfaith Caring Ministries’ still ended 2017 on a high note as its 24th annual Festival of Trees raised nearly $50,000 – funds that will be used to strengthen our community one family at a time by helping local families, individuals and seniors in need.

In 2017, for example, ICM provided rent and utilities assistance to 1,000 households.

Lakewood Yacht Club made a picturesque backdrop for ICM’s popular holiday event. Opening remarks by Executive Director Suzy Domingo and a performance by the Salvation Army Harbor Light Choir kicked off the night’s festivities, followed by a salute it its corporate sponsors.

They include TechTrans International, Albemarle Foundation, Norman Frede Chevrolet, and Universal Plant Services. Underwriters included AccuZIP, LLC; Bay Area Printing; Houston Mechatronics; JSC Federal Credit Union; Moody National Bank and Texan Bank. The evening’s proceeds will benefit ICM’s services to local families in economic crisis.
ICM’s annual Toy Store took place Tuesday, Dec. 12 at Clear Lake Presbyterian Church, where 160 households were registered. Parents received a household gift and 328 children received toys and gift cards, just in time for Christmas!

To make a monetary year end gift to Interfaith Caring Ministries, visit the Interfaith Caring Ministries office at 151 Park Avenue, League City or make a secure donation online at

Brother-sister team earns chance to vie at National Championships

August 1st, 2017

Paul & Celia Houston, in white shirts, were second place winners.

Lakewood youths Paul & Celia Houston earned the opportunity to compete for the coveted Bemis Trophy as the LYC Youth sailors traveled to Rush Creek Yacht Club June 3-4 to race in the Chocopalooza Regatta, which was the Bemis Area F Qualifier.

“After two days of very light winds in Dallas, Celia and Paul earned a second place at the Area F Qualifier for the Bemis Trophy,” said Lakewood Sailing Director Watt Duffy.

This trophy is a U.S. Sailing National Championship for youth sailors in a double-handed boat. Sailors from all over the country pursue this trophy through regional qualifiers.

This year non-LYC members Yumi Yoshiyasu and Kara Scully from Houston Yacht Club and Texas Corinthian Yacht Club finished first and LYC’s Celia and Paul Houston finished second. Both teams qualified to move on to the final round in New Jersey later this summer.

Coach MacKenzie McGuckin coached five LYC teams at the eliminations and reported light oscillating winds that challenged the competitors consistency and resolve.

“The competition is the highest honor for double-handed teams awarded by U.S. Sailing and with it comes great recognition, added Duffy. “Many Olympic sailors begin their strive for gold competing for the Bemis Trophy.”

Lakewood Yacht Club launches 62nd season

May 1st, 2017

Richard Allen, left, Lakewood Yacht Club commodore in both 1970 and 1971 and now 92, gets a warm welcome at the Blessing of the Fleet champagne reception for past commodores from PC Jack Thomas and his wife, Alice, at right, and Dr. Anna Dewald, widow of 1975 PC Lester Dewald.

Past Commodores Don Genitempo, Glenn Robinson and Tom Taylor, from left, were among the many attending the champagne reception preceding the 2017 Lakewood Yacht Club Blessing of the Fleet ceremonies.

Lakewood Yacht Club members, with their oldest surviving Past Commodore – Richard Allen — looking on, gathered by the harbor March 19 as boats were christened and the club began its 62nd Opening Day Ceremonies.

Commodore Jim Winton and his wife, Cindy, got the day off to a happy start, hosting past commodores and their wives at a champagne reception in the Harbor Room, where they and Vice Commodore Ashley Walker, Rear Commodore Tom Frankum, Fleet Capt. Rex Bettis and their wives and Ladies Association President Amy Dunphey also welcomed Houston Yacht Club Commodore Steve Gillett and several of his line officers.

Allen, now 92, was all smiles as several past commodores stopped to say hello to him and his daughter, Amanda Dwyer. The retired attorney served two terms at Lakewood’s helm nearly 50 years ago, in 1970 and 1971 – one of only four who have served two terms as commodore. Afterwards, they turned their attention to the harbor, where the happy sounds of Cy Fair High Marching Band and the Houston Highlands Pipes & Drums signaled the start of another LYC boating season.

LYC Commodore Jim Winton and his wife, Cindy, prepare to welcome a number of past commodores and their wives to a champagne reception in the Harbor Room before the ceremony.