IOBG Chapter

The Gulf Harbors Yacht Club offers reciprocity to all International Order of the Blue Gavel (IOBG) members with a valid club membership card. 

The IOBG is an international organization made up of Past Commodores of qualified yacht clubs. The mission is to recognize Past Commodores of the international yachting community and to unite them in order to promote the highest ideals of yachting and preserve its customs and traditions through social, educational and humanitarian programs.

We meet locally and nationally in the true spirit of camaraderie as Past Commodores. We are governed by local Chapters, Regional Districts and the International Board of Directors. Each District is represented by a District Director. All of Florida is District 8 where the current Director is P/C Karen Shea from our GHYC. There are currently 239 members in District 8 and 24 Chapters. For more information on our District 8 visit IOBG District 8 or for International information visit International Order Of The Blue Gavel .

Our 2019 GHYC Chapter board is President P/C Bruce Long, Vice President P/C Donna Long, and Secretary Kathy Hockenberry, Treasurer P/C Karen Shea. Our GHYC IOBG was chartered on October 10, 1982. Since that time, we have had three Presidents of District 8 from GHYC, P/C John Snow, 1990, P/C John Button 2001, P/C Joe King 2005. P/C Button continued on as the District 8 Director in 2002 and 2003 and the South East Vice President in 2004. P/C Karen Shea was the District 8 (Florida) Director in 2016, 2017 and is again in 2018. She is also the 2018 International South East Vice President responsible for the IOBG chapters in the states of Florida, South and North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. The Gulf Harbors YC Chapter (9 IOBG members) conducts monthly scheduled evening meetings (except for June-August).

The IOBG Chapter is responsible for the annual Change of Watch, Member of the Year/Spring Social and the Commodore’s Ball which includes organizing the entire event. At these three events, we always explain the mission of the IOBG including the formal white uniform, and the summer or winter uniform the IOBG members wear. In addition, we have also put on other events like a Pig Roast, Fish Fry, Spaghetti Feast and assist with the Children’s Christmas Party, Christmas Boat Parade, Blessing of the Fleet, Poker Run, Memorials and Veterans Day.

Our primary mission is to ensure that our Yacht Club customs and traditions are preserved for generations to come.

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