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Club Officers - Polaris Sailing Society 2014

Commodore: Rich Gadek

Ex Navy guy (1964-1970) who really appreciates how large and unpredictable the Pacific Ocean really is. After sitting in offices for 30 years in downtown Chicago, I decided to try retirement at my last Navy Home Port (Sub Base Ballast Point, Point Loma) on the Big Bay this past Sept 2010.

Started to sail with the Marina Sailing Club on Shelter Island shortly after arriving here and have been practicing as crew/skipper on several boats since then.

Recently heard about the sailing and social opportunities at Polaris and have been most graciously welcomed aboard. I have been active in Polaris for 2 years, having served 4 terms as Vice Commodore of Programs.

Junior Staff Commodore: John Prior

Born in Columbus, Ohio, I am an Ohio State Alumnus. In my 20ís I was an airline pilot. After that, a Financial Planner (now retired). I have been active in Polaris for many years, having served three terms as Vice Commodore of Sail, five terms as Commodore, and four terms as Junior Staff Commodore.

I Captain a 45í Lancer Sailboat, Godís Blessing.

Vice Commodore of Sail: Bill Palmer

I teach sailing classes at Polaris and I am the Chairman of the Safety Committee.

Vice Commodore of Social: OPEN

Vice Commodore of Programs: OPEN

Membership Chairperson: Ann Lampkin

Owner/skipper of Newport 30 "Puffin" (9 yrs.). Previously captian of Coronado 25 (13 yrs) and Victory 21 (23 yrs.). Over 25 cruises to Catalina & other Channel Islands. 1st Mate on boat deliveries that include: Ensenada to Oceanside, Ensenada to San Diego, Santa Barbara to Santa Cruz, and Santa Barbara to San Francisco. Member Mission Bay Yacht Club 30 yrs.

I have been active in Polaris for many years, recently having served 14 terms as Treasurer.

Treasurer: Rich Gadek

Please see Commodore above

Secretary: Susan Reed & Kay Forester

Susan -

Kay - I spent my first 30 yrs growing up in Chicago around Lake Michigan; swimming and boating. We vacationed in Michigan and Wisconsin for many summers. Married, in 1969, the family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1976. Then the "Delta" waters became our new water wonderland, for the next 30 years. We continued our enjoyment of water activities, teaching the children to ski. Finally, I became a "powerboat" owner for over 20 years. I decided on living in San Diego, since retirement in 2006, in order to stay near the water, again. I have crossed over to the sailing lifestyle, now, and love it! Teaching P.E. for 30 years, I've always loved the outdoors, and now I have MORE time to devote to FUN!!!

Boat Owners Rep: Ann Lampkin

Please see Membership Chairperson above.

Boat Owners Rep: OPEN

Non Boat Owners Rep: Dian Walkinshaw

I was raised in Arizona, but moved to Texas after my first two years of college. Another couple of years at a university in Texas and I began my government career. I spent 28 years in Charleston, SC where I first developed a love for being on the water and boating. I moved to San Diego in 1995 as an Explosives Safety Inspector for the government. After 30+ years, I retired and began volunteering with garden clubs, Habitat for Humanity, the SPCA, other nonprofit organizations, and many local events that need volunteers. I even became a Norwegian Viking while living in WA for a few years.

I found the Polaris Society at the Festival of Sails in 2012, joined and quickly developed a love for sailing. Although I don't own a boat, I have found there are many friendly and generous boat owners in the club willing to take on a new crew member.

I have been active in Polaris for 1.5 years, having served one term as Vice Commodore of Social and two terms as Membership Chairperson.

Non Boat Owners Rep: OPEN

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Education Director: Bill Palmer

I teach sailing classes at Polaris and I am the Chairman of the Safety Committee.

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