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.
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!
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.
Imagine a warm summer evening, sitting on a lawn with a lake view, drinking your favorite drink, and listening to some of your favorite music performed by a great live band! That's what the evening of July 21 was like for the CBC members who attended the show put on by the Grease Monkeys Band. A great summer night provided all the atmosphere needed for everyone to enjoy the sounds of the band with great conversation and dancing all evening. What started out as a "Hey, let's see if we can get a band to play on the patio one night," turned into a sort of, "Best Summer Ever," theme night (no costumes), with CBC members enjoying dancing on the lawn to the sounds of one of our favorite bands (the Grease Monkeys have played at the Beach Party event for several years). Dancing and socializing was the order of the night. One of our members, Rick M. even showed his skill as a band member when he played and sang, 'Ridin' the Storm Out' with the band. A fairly large crowd experienced the show with perhaps as many as 100 members being present during the evening. Thanks to the Grease Monkeys for providing us an evening of great entertainment, and thanks to our CBC community for making this a great event. Maybe next year will be another, 'Best Summer Ever!?'
Casper Boat Club sponsors the annual July 4th fireworks display each year for CBC members, friends, relatives, and Alcova area residents. As usual, it was another spectacular show this year. Sadly, Andrew Burgess, after managing the show for us for ten years decided to step aside. However, our Club responded by sending four member volunteers to receive fireworks training, so that we could continue the CBC fireworks tradition. And...we did it! The show went off without a hitch and everyone enjoyed a fantastic fireworks display on July 4th.
One of the best things about the CBC fireworks display is the location and atmosphere. It's hard to top seeing fireworks shoot off the island over the water, and hearing the echoes across the lake. People find their favorite locations to enjoy the display; beach, lawn, hillside, boats, deck, whatever. A truly great event and thanks to CBC, an awesome annual event that we plan to continue for years to come. If you would like to make a donation to cover the cost of the fireworks for next year, please stop by the Club to fill out a form, or call the Club for further information.
It would not be appropriate to post this article without recognizing and thanking the member volunteers for their time and effort in making this event so successful. Special thanks go to Rob Vondra, Pat Burgen, Ken Denman, and Rick Means. These members attended an all day training so that we not only have someone who can manage the display, but we have built in redundancy by having several people trained. Also, a big thank you to Rob Vondra, Pat Burgen, Ken Denman, and Tom Stokes for doing the "island work." This includes setting up the fireworks canisters, filling them with the fireworks powder, and connecting them to the computer board. In addition, once the actual fireworks powder is placed in the canisters, someone must be present at all times to make sure wayward water sport enthusiasts do not come on to the island. A necessary safety precaution for all.
There is also the transportation of all the canisters and equipment to and from the island to be considered. Again, several members volunteered to do the loading and unloading on and off the barge of canisters, fireworks, and various other equipment needed to make the fireworks display possible. This takes several hours of work for several people, on the day before (July 3) and the day after (July 5). Instead of boating and partying with family and friends, these members put in long hours to make the fireworks display a success. Also, a special shout out to Lynn Burgess for organizing the training and moving the fireworks storage container to and from the front dock.
Below is a list of member volunteers that helped make the fireworks possible for 2018. If you know or see any of these members during your time at the lake, give them a hearty "Thank You." They deserve it!
And please....consider volunteering yourself next year for this project. It's one way you can give back to the Casper Boat Club Community.
Casper Boat Club Fireworks Volunteers - 2018
Rob Vondra, Pat Burgen, Ken Denman, Tom Stokes, Larry Stevens Jr., Rick Means, Nathan Vondra, Howard Oden, Austin Vondra, Donovan Short, Andrew Burgess, Dave McMahan, Lynn Burgess, Extreme Performance (pontoon barge).