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Club Officers - Polaris Sailing Society 2014


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:

Vice Commodore of Programs:

Membership Chairperson:



Boat Owners Rep: 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.

Boat Owners Rep: Rich Geary

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: Bob Leibenguth

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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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