by Kathy Hotz, 2022 Past Commodore
Every year, the Osprey Yacht Club selects a Volunteer of the Year. This award goes to a member who has volunteered their time, energy, and skills in maintaining and improving the Yacht Club facility, equipment, and programs. This year Bob Burgess has been awarded this honor for his outstanding service to OYC.
Bob and his wife, Susan, have been members of the OYC since October 2013. During this time Bob has been involved in many projects and activities for the Yacht Club. Bob and his wife have served as the Committee Boat for many of the Facey Cup Series races and they have hosted the Secret Beach OYC picnic for three consecutive years. Bob volunteered his time for the pedestal refurbishing projects at the marina, and when the entire Sunfish fleet was refurbished, Bob headed up the fiberglass work. He has also worked on securing both the Opti and the Sunfish docks.
As Fleet Captain for two years, Bob was responsible for the publication of small craft warnings, maintenance of the weather station at the Marina, and worked with the fleet administrator to maintain records for those OYC members borrowing a Sunfish to go for a sail. Last but not least, Bob was the project manager for refurbishing the channel markers in the Yeopim Creek channel. The channel markers can now be seen from across the Albemarle Sound.
Volunteerism is very important for the success of the Osprey Yacht Club. All members are encouraged to volunteer their time. Bob has certainly done more than his share over the years. We thank him and know that we will continue to see him out there helping whenever he is available.