Big Thank You to Fireworks Volunteers!
Once again the fireworks were set up and managed by our own CBC members. This is a major project to complete during July 3-5, which includes transferring of fireworks/casings, set up on the island, and dismantling and returning everything to the Club. While some of the fireworks were delivered set up incorrectly, our team made them all work and put on a great show. Let's thank Extreme Performance for donating the use of their barge for transport, and Karst Motorsports for moving the fireworks storage unit to and from the front dock.
And let's not forget our own CBC members who coordinated, managed, transported, set up and took down all of the fireworks: Rob Vondra, Tom Stokes, Darin Rodgers, Pat Burgen, Larry Stevens, Ken Denman, Rick Means, Deo Carmichael, Nathan Vondra, Austin Vondra, Rich Jamison, Janet Jamison, and Terry VanFelt.
It's not only the Board that contributes to the betterment of the Club; CBC members contribute as well. Often you can find members bussing tables in the Club on a busy night, helping someone launch a boat, picking up trash, or cleaning up their campsite. Here are a few recent examples of how some Club members have contributed to the CBC Community. Obviously, this is not an all inclusive list. Many thanks to ALL of our Club members for contributing to the Club Community.
Please note this is not an all inclusive list as only projects that are observed or reported are listed here. If you know of any other members who have contributed to the Club, by doing a small project here or there, please leave a comment identifying the person(s) and what they did. Many thanks to ALL of our Club members for contributing to the Club Community.
Facing a gray, cold morning, the Canyon to Curve participants were hoping the rain would hold off long enough for them to complete the race. And it did. Thirty-six people participated in the 11th Annual Canyon to Curve Fun Run/Walk. Participants faced the cold and walked, jogged, ran, or biked the 5 miles to the Canyon, back to the curve, and back to the Boat Club. When finished, participants took advantage of the buffet breakfast. Bloody Ben’s were bartended by Ben G. and the event was organized by Sonya G. Thanks to the CBC staff for providing food and drink services for the Fun Walk. The Canyon to Curve Fun Run/Walk is an annual event hosted by the Casper Boat Club and is open to the public. See results and pics below.
Can you say seafood-fest? That’s what greeted members who attended the 2019 Icebreaker on May 18. Luscious lobster, sizzling scallops, and (pre) cracked crab legs were just a few of the items on the menu. Additional food included various shrimp, roast beef, pork loin, veggies, and salad bar. Over 90 people attended, and virtually all members gave a thumbs up on the quality and quantity of the food. In addition, having the food in the bar and allowing people to move from the dining room to the bar through the hallway, proved to be a popular change in serving the buffet style menu. Most everyone agreed the cost of the buffet was a great value. A big thank you to the servers, cooks, and bartenders for making this a very successful event. Make sure you attend next year!
Clean up day is a time to give something back to the Club, and members did just that on May 11. Several members braved the morning cold to rake, sweep, pick up trash, clean/move furniture, and whatever else they could do to get the Club ready for the summer season. One group raked the front lawn, while another picked up large items laying around the grounds to be discarded. Some people cleaned the Promenade area and others got the front patio looking awesome. Walking the grounds and picking up trash was the final cleanup effort (something that can be done anytime of the season). Afterwards, everyone enjoyed complimentary chili dogs and coffee provided by the staff. Many, many thanks to the members who came out to help get the Club in shape for the new season. Thanks to Julie, Jinnger, CJ, Mark B., Pat, Festi, Gary, Niki, Jim, Izzy, Mark, and Cindy. You are all awesome!
Yes. The Kentucky Derby has always been known to be the "most exciting two minutes in sports," and this year's Derby certainly lived up to that reputation. A muddy track and no clear pick for the winner, made the Derby extra exciting to watch this year. After placing bets, the members who attended the Derby party on May 4, cheered their horses on to victory. At the conclusion of the race, those who bet on horse number seven, were ready to enjoy their winnings. But wait! An objection was lodged and the winner was no longer the winner! The winning horse (Maximum Security) was disqualified, making the second place horse (Country House), the winner of the 2019 Kentucky Derby.
Many Club members attended dressed in their finest Derby attire, and prizes were given for best dressed and best hat...not to mention the winnings earned by placing bets. A great time was had by all as the traditional drinks, Mint Julep and infused Strawberry Lemonade, were served along with some great food. Each year, the Kentucky Derby seems to get better, and it's quickly becoming the "kick-off" event for the new season. Don't miss it next year!
The Commodore's Party was held Saturday, March 2 at The Hangar. Over 50 members attended the gathering to enjoy conversation, cocktails, and a dinner choice of chicken, ribeye, or salmon.
Thanks to the five past Commodores who attended, along with members of our current Board, who provided generously for the drawings. Board member C.J. Edwards could not attend due to an injury. We wish him a speedy recovery. (more board info here)
Thanks also go to some local businesses who donated: Alpine Motorsports, Western Divers, Driven Powersports, White's Marine, NAPA, Extreme Performance.
All in all, great party and a great way to kick off the 2019 summer season!
The Last Blast party (Sep 2) was organized and managed mainly by the CBC staff (thank you!). The theme was Greek Olympics and teams participated in various games throughout the day, including horseshoes, vollyball/badminton, croquet, cornhole, ladder golf, egg relay, and more. Games were set up on the lawn, swim beach, dining room, and Hobie beach. Prizes were awarded.
The games were followed up with a Greek style buffet (gyro bar, dirty rice, green beans, soup & salad, Baclava, and citrus cheesecake), and a DJ playing tunes on the patio until late in the evening. Special drinks and a satellite bar on the patio enhanced the fun, as well as the togas worn by the staff. All in all, a great day and evening to celebrate the end of the summer season. We look forward to increased participation and even more fun next year for the Last Blast!
A sort of drab day with rain and clouds did not keep CBC members from enjoying themselves. You'd think with Martini and Karaoke on the same night, you would get a lot of karaoke singers showing their stuff. And you would be right! About 30 people showed up to participate in karaoke right after the sampling of martinis. The martini menu had a wonderful variety of 5 different martinis. The list (click on menu to see larger size) included The Witness, Wedding Cake, Thin Mint (reported to be the favorite) and others. All of these concoctions were a delight to taste. And bonus...you got to keep the special martini glass provided with your drink!
Karaoke followed (emceed by Tim) with many people doing solos, duets, and trios, as well as performing several times. The crowd was enthusiastic often singing out the chorus lines or simply jumping up and getting into dance mode. A great night no matter the weather. Hopefully, we will have even more participants (and fun!) next year.
The Poker Run took on a bit of a different tone this year as long time club member and sponsor, Larry Rubis, retired from organizing the event giving others a chance to continue this great endeavor. This year Lynn Burgess stepped up to fill the void left by Larry, and created a Mardi Gras themed poker run, which benefited two charity organizations; Meals on Wheels and Hunting with Heroes.
Purple, green, and gold were the predominant colors as members decorated their boats and created costumes for the event based on a Mardi Gras theme. After picking up their poker cards at various stops around the lake, the final stop was the east side of Goose Island where a massive floating dock had been constructed. People stopped for burgers and hot dogs, graciously prepared by Wheels on Meals staff. As some boats left, others came in to take their place. While the parking was somewhat limited, all agreed this was a really great concept and enjoyed the idea of meeting in the middle of the lake. Judging of boats and costumes was done at the island. Winners will be posted here shortly.
After the "run," members enjoyed a great dinner on the lawn at the Club, along with games, an auction to raise money for the charities, and great DJ music after. The auction had some great items for bid, including packaged meat, vacation in Costa Rica, and water toys, to name a few. Total amount given to the charities is still being determined and will be posted here when calculations are complete.
All in all, a great time was had by all. If you didn't participate in this year's Poker Run, put it on your list for next year. Not only is it a good time, but it helps our Casper Community charity programs. Check out some pics below.