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2018 RHYC Hall of Fame

Dinner and Inductions
Saturday, November 24th

On the evening of Saturday, November 24th, five remarkable RHYC members, past and present, were inducted into the RHYC Hall of Fame at a sold out dinner in the Champions Room. The five inductees were;

This was the second series of inductions into the RHYC Hall of Fame, with the first taking place at the club three years previous.  On that date the club inducted Æmilius Jarvis, Norm Robertson, John Robertson, and Commodore Don Green. We were indeed fortunate that both John Robertson and Don Green could join us for this second induction ceremony. 

The evening opened with Master of Ceremonies, and Chairman of the Heritage Committee, Rob Mazza welcoming club members and our many guests. Rob then introducing Commodore Jan Graves-Passmore to perform the traditional toasts, and to say a few additional words of welcome.

Rob returned to the microphone to highlight the large number of guests present that evening, honouring specific Inductees. There were two full tables of Harry Greening descendants, comprising four grandchildren (including club member Vicki Inness-Wondergem), and three great grandchildren (including club member Kelly Arnott). There was also a full table of Bill Cheek’s family, including club member Gerri Staples, and another full table of Scotts, including Larry and Susie, Ryan, and brother Rick.

Mazza emphasized that there are few sailing clubs on Lake Ontario, and even in Canada, that can match the achievements of RHYC members on a national or international level.
The permanent display of the Hall of Fame Members, mounted in a window in the Evergreen Lounge, was also open for viewing by club members on that evening,. The plaques honour our current nine Hall of Fame members, with room for an additional fourteen more, before we have to also occupy the second window in this room.

Mazza, in his introductory remarks, highlighted the multi-generational family nature of all five of our current round of inductees, with each representing an RHYC family. Harry Greening’s father was one of the founding members of RHYC in 1888, and his granddaughter, Vicki Innes-Wondergem, and great granddaughter Kelly Arnott are current members of RHYC.  Dick and Larry Scott are father and son inductees, as were Norm and John Robertson in the first round of inductions. Larry’s brother Ryan is also an active and involved member of RHYC, aned accepted Dick Scott’s inducvtion on behalf of the family. Bill Cheek’s daughter Gerri Stables carries on as an RHYC member, and Marty Essig’s parents Rolf and Betty are still extremely active in the Optimist program at RHYC that they started in the mid 1980s with other club parents. Previus inductee Don Green’s father was also a member of RHYC, as is Don’s son Steve and grandson Michael.  Mazza pointed out that family multi-generational memberships to RHYC are common, with such families as the Perrys, Browns, Blandfords, Crowders, Nelsons, Broe-Vaydas, Hynds, Metcalfes, Woods, and many more still active at RHYC. Indeed the goal of the club should be to continue to create these multi-generational memberships with all new members.  Mazza also pointed out that one common element in all these multi-generational family memberships was, and still is, the involvement in Junior Sailing.

The inductees spanned over 100 years of club history, through four clubhouses, and were inducted chronologically.

Special thanks to Heritage Committee members Barb and Paul Stoskopf, and Debbie Levo, for all their efforts in planning the dinner and organizing the permanent HOF display, as well as to Za Mazza for the flowers on each table, and Bob and Debbie Levo for the club burgee on each table. An extra special thanks, as well, to Joan and Chris McCormack for the phenomenal photos of the evening. It is important that these inductions are preserved for posterity.

Special thanks to General Manager, Katrina Lewis, Bar Manager Carolyn Eaton, Chef Bruce Morris,  and all the excellent bar and service staff for producing and promptly delivering a superb beef tournedos dinner. 

Thanks as well to Watson’s Engraving of Dundas for the production and mounting the display and presentation plaques. The longer biographies of all RHYC Hall of Fame Members will be available on the club website.
MC Rob Mazza, Chairman of the Heritage Committee, introduced the
presenters for each of the five Inductees.
  Stan Chambers, presenter for Dick Scott, with Dick’s son Ryan
and Commodore Jan Graves-Passmore.
Presenter Tom Dunmore with Harry Greening’s granddaughter Vicki Innes-Wondergem, and great granddaughter Kelly Arnott (both club members) with Commodore Jan Graves-Passmore.
  Vicki and Kelly with Harry Greening’s plaque and the Lipton Trophy, which Harry
won in 1928 for the North American powerboat racing championship.
Commodore Don Green inducted Bill Cheek. Bill’s plaque was presented to his daughter
Gerri Staples by Commodore Jan Graves-Passmore.
  John Finch inducted Larry Scott, with help from Ted Hains (not pictured).
Dot Blandford inducted Marty Essig, with the plaque presented to Marty’s parents
Rolf and Betty Essig by Commodore Jan Graves-Passmore.
  Inductors and Inductees gather for a group portrait in the Evergreen Lounge after dinner. Back row, left to right – Stan Chambers, Tom Dunmore, Dot Blandford, MC Rob Mazza, Betty and Rolf Essig, Commodore Don Green, John Finch, Ted Hains. Front row, left to right – Ryan Scott, Vicki Innes-Wondergren, Kelly Arnott, Larry Scott, Gerri Staples.