The Marco Island Yacht Club held its annual gala event, the Change of Watch and Commodore’s Ball.
New officers of the bridge, a nautical term for center of operations, were installed at the formal Change of Watch ceremony, which was held outdoors in the courtyard and included a colors ceremony, transfer of command ceremony and concluded with the singing of “God Bless America.”
During Saturday’s event, outgoing Commodore Lois Dixon handed over command to the new Commodore Bob Winterhalter. This transfer was signified by a ceremony that lowered the past commodore’s burgee (triangular flag) and replaced it with the new commodore’s burgee.
The Marco Island Yacht Club Commodore has overall responsibility for the cruising fleets, sailing regattas, boating programs, matters relating to the Florida Council of Yacht Clubs and social activities.
Following the installation of the new officers, the festivities then moved inside for dinner and dancing at the Commodore’s Ball. Past Commodore Lois Dixon greeted the quests, thanked everyone for their support over the past year of her command and wished the new commodore good luck in the year ahead. Incoming Commodore Winterhalter presented Dixon with a thank you gift for her service.
As part of the ceremony, the Marco Island Patriots presented a large framed photo of the Jolley Bridge to the Yacht Club to thank members for the funds they raised last year to support the Patriots’ post-Irma recovery efforts.