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Totem history

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History of the Totem Yacht Club of Tacoma, Washington.

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Totem history

  1. 1. Totem Yacht Club A Look Back Prepared by Totem Archive Committee
  2. 2. Archive Committee Commitment  Sort and save existing assets  Fill in/complete assets  Provide for collection of future assets  Preserve for the long term  Share with members/appropriate persons and organizations Totem: A Look Back
  3. 3. Early Interest  Mrs. Jean Henning and Layton Stalcop June 1955 conversation about boats and yachting and idea of a yacht club  Announcement ad placed in newspaper and on radio inviting those interested to a meeting Totem: A Look Back
  4. 4. First Meeting – June 16, 1955  Seventeen attendees  Layton Stalcop acted as chairman and Jean Henning was secretary  Mostly an exchange of ideas  Purpose: Get boating people in southern Commencement Bay together for social and boating activities  Decision to meet each Thursday at Grace Moore branch of Library Totem: A Look Back
  5. 5. Second Meeting – June 23  Officers were elected • Kirk Wagner elected first commodore  Club name and burgee agreed to • Name and design suggested by Virginia Martens • Why Totem?  Work begun on By-Laws Totem: A Look Back
  6. 6. Totem: A Look Back Early Meetings - 1955
  7. 7. Totem: A Look Back Early Meetings - 1955
  8. 8. Totem: A Look Back Membership  Seventeen at first meeting – June 16, 1955  Charter members – Oct 18, 1955 - 75 members(hips)  175 paid members by year end, including women  Dues – Sept. 1955 – adjusted to $6 annually and $6 initiation
  9. 9. Totem: A Look Back Early Boating Activities  First Rendezvous September 25, 1955 Maury Island sandspit • Invited clubs: TOA; Tacoma Yacht Club; Day Island Yacht Club • Attended by 16 boats, 60 persons and one dog  Other 1955 rendezvous was Dockton, October 1955  Occasional day and overnight cruises to waterfront properties owned by club members
  10. 10. Totem: A Look Back First Rendezvous – Maury Island – September 25, 1955
  11. 11. Totem: A Look Back First Rendezvous – Maury Island – September 25, 1955
  12. 12. Totem: A Look Back Dockton Rendezvous – October 25, 1955
  13. 13. Totem: A Look Back Dockton Rendezvous – October 25, 1955
  14. 14. Totem:A Look Back Early Boating Activities  Totem sponsored races • First Foul Weather Outboard Race – December, 1955 • First Vashon Island Marathon Race – May, 1956 • Lyle Smith Memorial Marathon • Predicted log races  Sponsorship of unlimited hydroplane “Miss Rocket;” later the “Coral Reef”
  15. 15. Totem:A Look Back Real Foul Weather Race – December, 1955
  16. 16. Totem:A Look Back First Vashon Island Marathon Race – May, 1956
  17. 17. Totem:A Look Back Miss Rocket carries Totem burgee on tailfin
  18. 18. Totem:A Look Back Cruises Continuing Over the Years  Daffodil Boat Parade  Special People’s Cruise  Dockton Cruise  Fair Harbor Cruise (with RVs)  Blake Island Work Party
  19. 19. Totem:A Look Back Social Activities  Average about 6 dances or parties per year  Annual Spaghetti Feed  Crab Feeds  Annual Fishing Derby  Commodores’ Balls and Officer Dances  Land Cruises • Ocean Beaches • Lake Chelan Caravans and Campouts
  20. 20. Totem: A Look Back
  21. 21. Totem: A Look Back Announcements about Totem dances and events were a big deal; usually carried on the Society pages
  22. 22. Totem:A Look Back First Clubhouse Commodore’s member survey regarding new clubhouse features and amenities, February 1956
  23. 23. Totem:A Look Back First Clubhouse  Property purchased in 1957  Except for pilings, all work done by club members  Building exterior completed in 1962 • Christmas party held with members wearing overcoats and mittens
  24. 24. Totem:A Look Back First Clubhouse The Club’s printed history places the original clubhouse at Ruston Way and Alder Street
  25. 25. Totem:A Look Back First Clubhouse Another source places the location adjacent to the remnants of the Dickman Lumber Mill. Any historical documentation of actual location is welcome.
  26. 26. Totem:A Look Back First Clubhouse
  27. 27. Totem:A Look Back First Clubhouse Dock completed, May 1960
  28. 28. Totem:A Look Back First Clubhouse  Destroyed by fire – January 30, 1970
  29. 29. Totem:A Look Back Second Clubhouse  Shoreline development regulations prevented rebuilding  Current property located and purchased in February, 1976  Contractor began construction in second half of 1976  Board held its December, 1976 meeting in the new clubhouse  Property and clubhouse paid in full March, 1977
  30. 30. Totem:A Look Back Second Clubhouse
  31. 31. Totem:A Look Back Second Clubhouse
  32. 32. Totem:A Look Back First Newsletter – December, 1955  Totem Yacht News  Contest for newsletter name
  33. 33. Totem:A Look Back First Woman Commodore - 1988 Commodore Sharon Nell, center
  34. 34. Totem:A Look Back Some early members you may know… Rocci and Sharon Blair
  35. 35. Totem:A Look Back Some early members you may know… Sharon and Jack Nell
  36. 36. Totem:A Look Back Some early members you may know… Will Witte
  37. 37. Totem:A Look Back A remarkable history… Wonderful memories… Some great opportunities!
  38. 38. Totem:A Look Back Totem Yacht Club welcomes your questions and any contributions of data or artifacts that can add to this history. Totem Yacht Club 5045 North Highland – Tacoma, Washington 98407 (253) 759-9062

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