MCC celebrates change of watch with ball

Donna Babb
Special to the Eagle
MCC's new bridge, from left, Julia Whitney, Bob Madaio, Deena Procopio, Todd Whitney, Lynn Stiles and Joyce Madaio.

The Marco Cruise Club celebrated its 43rd Annual Change of Watch and Commodore’s Ball on Jan. 16 at the Marco Island Yacht Club.

The Marco Cruise Club has been part of island life since the late 1970s, shortly after the Deltona development days that set most of the island’s infrastructure. 

MCC board of directors, from left, Geoff Fahringer, Ed Bauersfeld, Joanne Blaauboer, Terry Raymer, Charles Schwalje and John Marsh.

Members enjoyed sunset cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the verandah overlooking the Marco River and the Jolley Bridge. Dinner followed in the Harbor Dining Room. After dinner it was time for the change of watch ceremony, signifying a change of command from one commodore to the next along with a new bridge of officers.

The ceremony saw Commodore Deena Procopio accept the burgee for a second year term. Applause went to the arrival of the rest of the incoming Bridge Vice Commodore Todd Whitney; Rear Commodore Robert Madaio; Treasurer John Nevalus, Secretary Julie Whitney, Assistant Treasurer Joyce Madaio and Ex-Officio Lynn Stiles. 

From left, Sally Cage, Lisa and Terry Raymer, Cindy and Sean McKeown, Carol and Charles Schwalje.

“We became members of the club in 2001 and have never regretted one moment,” said Procopio. “We go on trips to Sanibel, Sarasota, St. Pete, Key West and other locations, spending two or three nights on the boat. I enjoy the sunset cocktails on the beach, the barbecues, luncheons, fishing contests, raft- ups and all of the varied activities of the club. I am honored to serve as the MCC Commodore for a second term.”

The Ball continued into late evening with lively dancing to the music of Nevada Smith.

Marco Cruise Club continues to be a very friendly, welcoming place for newcomers, as well as, salty veterans who enjoy good boating times and a variety of social activities.  For more information, visit the club’s website at www/ or email