The Lawlers Sail the Seas But Gloria Gets the Globe!

President JoAnn Schwartz (left) honors Immediate Past President Gloria McCoy for her leadership on the board and term as president.

TCCers Michael and Barbara Lawler captivated an engaging crowd of 62 members and guests with their tales of circumnavigating the world aboard their 47-foot cutter-rigged sailboat, Traveler, focusing on their adventures in Yemen, the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea.

Meeting at the Newport Beach Yacht Club on March 10, Charter Chapter attendees were enthralled with fascinating photos, stories of interpersonal contacts with local residents and encounters with pirates on the dangerous waterways all capped off with a personal tour of the boat following the program.

Earlier, new TCC President JoAnn Schwartz presented Immediate Past President Gloria McCoy with a crystal-based, solar-powered, rotating globe as a gift of appreciation for her two-year leadership of the Club, during some challenging times.

As self-proclaimed King of Rodonda (a small Caribbean island), Michael concluded his program by “knighting” Past Presidents McCoy, Pamela Barrus and Michael Sholer.

Charter Chapter Coordinator Michael Sholer recognizes Barbara and Michael Lawler following their presentation at the March 10 luncheon.
Michael Lawler, aka King Michael of Redonda, bestows knighthood on Michael Sholer as fellow Past Presidents Gloria McCoy and Pamela Barrus laugh while ignoring possible beheading.
TCC members enjoy a personalized tour of Traveler, festooned with flags of the 61 countries visited on its three-year circumnavigation journey.
San Diego Chapter Coordinator Jeff Ward and wife Sandra enjoy the yacht club ambience prior to lunch.
Rich and Jackie Swanberg share travel tales with Tori Werner (right) at the March meeting.
New Provisional Member Ryan Beyer and member Randall Rehak attend their first TCC meeting.
Although tempted, TCC Vice President Tim Skeet and wife Lana eventually realized they could not sail home to Calgary, Alberta!
Part of the large crowd of 62 attendees at the Newport Beach Yacht Club with multi-screen presentation.

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