Candidates for 2019 BOD
The below list is a running list of the 2019 BOD Candidate nominations received to date. Want to run? Nominations including the desired position, a short bio of previous SMSA activity and service, and a recent photo must be received and confirmed by the Nomination Committee no later than 5pm on October 10th, 2018. All candidates must be SMSA members in good standing.

Commodore

Jim Whited

Jim Whited

James Whited, member since 2004. Worked for IBM Corp, and retired to Solomons area. Have been the Keelboat Scorer, Facilites Program Chair (With Barbara and Bob Stratton), Club Treasurer for 3 years, and Vice Commodore for two years currently serving as Commodore for 2018 season. Began sailing in Chicago in 1977. Joined Chicago Yacht Club. Have participated in major sailing events on the Great Lakes and both coasts, also done extensive cruising. Current Boats are: Bad Cat - a J/111, and Heckle and Gybe - an almost ready Buccaneer 18. Major focus as Commodore has been the Youth Sailing program and clubhouse appearance. For 2109 would like to see growth in our on the water programs. Keelboat and Smallboat fleets have shrunk over the past few years. Cruising Fleet seems strong but should also be a focus.

Vice Commodore

Mark Gyorgy

Mark Gyorgy

I have been a member of SMSA since 1999. I have raced my keelboat, Wicked Good, with my crew of family and friends in both our informal and formal races and enjoy the camaraderie of my fellow SMSA racers. The Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge and the out-of-town boats that join us in the strong PHRF B fleet have been fun competition. I have been on the board of the Southern Maryland Sailing Foundation since my son Erik was a high-school sailor. Eighteen years later I am still active in supporting this non-profit organization supporting youth and community sailing and served as the SMSF President this past year. I have been a small boat dinghy sailor since 2009 and competed in the Buccaneer 18 Nationals hosted by SMSA in 2010 and 2015. I was the SMSA keelboat program co-chair and chair for 4 years. I enjoyed the adventure and the pace of cruising during my first bareboat charter in the Grenadines and this past year I had the opportunity to do my first offshore delivery. I want SMSA to remain a vibrant and welcoming club with great on the water programs. I am willing and enthusiastic to serve as Vice Commodore for a second year.

Rear Commodore

Robin Witte

Robin Witte

Robin Witte (and her husband Mark) has been a member of SMSA since 2009. Robin has served as the Rear Commodore in 2018 working with the Officers, Directors and Chairs to help make improvements throughout the club. She has participated in the weekly racing programs (Wednesday night, some Thursday night), race committee for the weekly races, skippering or crewing for the Women’s Series, and as well as special event races (Screwpile, Smallboat Invitational). In addition to racing, Robin continues to volunteer her time to the Social Committee whether it be planning, setting up, working the event or putting things away. She has contributed to events such as Movie Night, Luau, Buccaneer 18 North Americans, Casino Night (your friendly bartender), Holiday Decorating (Christmas, 4th of July), Awards Banquet and in 2017 received her TAM certification. Robin can be seen at the Spring & Fall Clubhouse cleanup days and helping with special projects such as installing the dishwasher at the bar, remodeling the bathrooms in the clubhouse, even coordinating a wedding event, whatever it takes to help keep our club in good repair and a great place to hang out. Robin (& Mark) are also members of the Fort Worth Boat Club (since 1983). There she worked with the social committee, was the scorekeeper for major club events (JY15 North Americans, J22 World Championship, Major Club Regattas) and was responsible for the first on-the-water score keeping in the early 1990’s.

Treasurer

Kristi Yurko

Kristi Yurko

Kristi Yurko (and husband Jimmy) joined SMSA in 2004. Since joining Kristi has been active in both the keelboat and smallboat racing programs as both skipper and crew. Kristi has previously served as the Women’s program chair, Social chair, webmaster, Secretary, and Treasurer. Kristi (and Jimmy) also volunteered as Junior program chair and have continued to be involved in the Junior program, HIgh School program, facilities team, and social committees. Kristi looks forward to having the opportunity to serve for another term as your SMSA Treasurer and continue her efforts to modernize SMSA business practices.

Secretary

Lowell Martin

Lowell Martin

Hi, I am Lowell Martin, the incumbent secretary. I am running for reelection. Marilyn and I have been SMSA members for five years or so. I grew up spending much time on Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island, both sail and power boat. Ended up in the DC metro area in 1971 as a result of my last Navy duty station but didn’t spend much time on the water. When Marilyn and I retired, we moved to southern Maryland in 2011. Saw the adult sailing course on SMSA’s web site and we were hooked. We have a 1981 Catalina 27 -- Blue Boat Home -- which we day sail and "race" in non-spin class. Looking forward to another term as secretary if you choose to elect me. Thanks.

Director

2 candidates will be elected. Candidates listed in alphabetical order.