Vice Commodore's Corner: May 2019

Ahoy,

Hopefully the late snow has not put a damper on everyone’s preparations for the upcoming sailing season. It is nice to see new faces at the meetings, as that is the only way that the club can continue to grow. I hope everyone has enjoyed the guest speakers that we have had so far this year. I have received positive feedback from all of the guest speakers, so far. They enjoy the enthusiasm of the club members, and the interest in the subjects presented. Last month we hosted Al Veenstra from Chicago Sailing, and he presented “navigational aids”. Most of the members present, including myself were educated on a variety of navigational aids, and hopefully we all walked away learning something. Next month, the club will be hosting Bill Bloom.

Bill Bloom is an independent financial planner and principal of Bloom Financial Company in Chicago. He helps individuals and business owners understand their current financial situations, define future goals, and develop a strategy that is flexible and will allow them to reach their retirement objectives. Bill helps clients “Retire as You Desire” by providing them with meaningful solutions to a wide range of financial matters including: investments, risk management, tax planning as well insurance needs analysis.

Bill is also an avid sailor out of the Chicago Yacht Club and has participated in many races in Chicago.  He has also competed and won international regattas such as the Antigua Sail Week in 2015.  Last year, Bill and his crew set the record for earliest arrival ever for the Race to Mackinac.  Bill specializes in working with fellow yachter's to help them achieve their financial goals along with helping them plan for retirement.

I am really looking forward to hearing Bill speak on May 20th. Good luck with everyone’s sailing season preparations.

Wayne Smith

Vice Commodore