Candidates for 2018 BOD
The below list is a running list of the 2018 BOD Candidate nominations received to date. Want to run? Nominations including the desired position, a short bio of previous SMSA activity and service, and a recent photo must be received and confirmed by the Nomination Committee no later than 5pm on October 12th, 2017. All candidates must be SMSA members in good standing.

Commodore

Jim Whited

Jim Whited

James Whited, member since 2004. Worked for IBM Corp, and retired to Solomon’s area. Have been the Keelboat Scorer, and Facilites Program Chair (With Barbara and Bob Stratton). Served as Club Treasurer for 3 years, and Vice Commodore for the past two years. Began sailing in Chicago in 1977. Joined Chicago Yacht Club. Have participated in major sailing events on the Great Lakes and both coasts, also done extensive cruising. Began Smallboat racing a few years ago and still maintain a Buccaneer 18 at the club.

Vice Commodore

Mark Gyorgy

Mark Gyorgy

I have been a member of SMSA since 1999. I have raced my keelboat, Wicked Good, with my crew of family and friends in both our informal and formal races and have enjoyed the camaraderie of my fellow SMSA racers. The Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge and the out-of- town boats that join us in the strong PERF B fleet have been fun competition for the past 15 years that we have been on the bay. I have been on the board of the Southern Maryland Sailing Foundation since my son Erik was a high school sailor. Seventeen years later I am still active in supporting this non-profit organization supporting youth and community sailing. This year I have agreed to serve as the President after Stovy Brown, a founder and spark of the organization, needs to pass the baton. I have been a small boat dinghy sailor since 2009 and competed in the Buccaneer 18 Nationals hosted by SMSA in 2010 and 2015. I have been the SMSA keelboat program co-chair and chair for the last 4 years and have ensured we have race marks prepared and in place for the season and pulled out for the winter, I coordinated the volunteer Race Committees and race scoring. We have had rule seminars and had a protest committee that met and adjudicated a protest. I enjoyed the adventure and the pace of cruising during my first bareboat charter in the Grenadines. I’d like to encourage some of our experienced SMSA cruisers to share their experiences and lessons learned with those of us who are interested in learning more. I want SMSA to remain a vibrant and welcoming club with great on the water programs. I am willing and enthusiastic to serve as Vice Commodore.

Rear Commodore

Robin Witte

Robin Witte

Robin Witte (and her husband Mark) has been a member of SMSA since 2009. Since joining, Robin has participated in the weekly racing programs (Wednesday night, some Thursday night), skippering or crewing for the Women’s Series, and race committee for the weekly races as well as special event races (Screwpile, Smallboat Invitational). In addition to racing, Robin routinely volunteers her time to the Social Committee whether it be planning, setting up, working the event or putting things away. She has contributed to events such as Movie Night, Luau, Buccaneer 18 North Americans, Casino Night (your friendly bartender), Holiday Decorating (Christmas, 4th of July), Awards Banquet and in 2017 received her TAM certification. Robin can be seen at the Spring & Fall Clubhouse cleanup days and helping with special projects such as installing the dishwasher at the bar, remodeling the bathrooms in the clubhouse, even coordinating a wedding event, whatever it takes to help keep our club in good repair and a great place to hang out. Robin (& Mark) are also members of the Fort Worth Boat Club (since 1983). There she worked with the social committee, was the scorekeeper for major club events (JY15 North Americans, J22 World Championship, Major Club Regattas) and was responsible for the first on-the-water score keeping in the early 1990’s.

Treasurer

Kristi Yurko

Kristi Yurko

Kristi Yurko (and husband Jimmy) joined SMSA in 2004. Since joining Kristi has been active in both the keelboat and smallboat racing programs as both skipper and crew. Kristi has served as the Women’s program chair, Social chair, webmaster, Secretary, and Treasurer. Kristi (and Jimmy) also volunteered as Junior program chair and have continued to be involved in the Junior program, facilities team, and social committees. Kristi looks forward to having the opportunity to serve for another term as your SMSA Treasurer and continue her efforts to modernize SMSA business practices.

Secretary

Hannah Bulynko

Hannah Bulynko

As a member of SMSA since 2007, I have enjoyed both big boat and small boat racing, as well as serving as Social Chair for several years in the past. A chance invite by my now very good friends, Marc & Rebecca Briere brought me to partcipating in big boats on Smokin, later the Schneider family brought me to sailing on American Flyer, and then Eddie Sierra and the Rolland’s to racing on Krackin. Desiring to become a better sailor, I took a laser clinic and my life in my hands along with Megan Hildenberger and 20+ knots of wind on the Corsica River. Beaten by the wind and Sea, I went and did what we all have done. I bought my first boat, a Laser! And am still trying to keep myself inside of the boat! I would like to serve SMSA as secretary and be apart of it’s future.

Lowell Martin

Lowell Martin

Hi, I am Lowell Martin, the incumbent secretary. I am running for reelection. Marilyn and I have been SMSA members for four years or so. I grew up spending much time on Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island, both sail and power boat. Ended up in the DC metro area in 1971 as a result of my last Navy duty station but didn’t spend much time on the water. When Marilyn and I retired, we moved to southern Maryland in 2011. Saw the adult sailing course on SMSA’s web site and we were hooked. We have a 1981 Catalina 27 -- Blue Boat Home -- which we day sail and race in non-spin class. Looking forward to another term as secretary if you choose to elect me. Thanks.

Director

2 candidates will be elected. Candidates listed in alphabetical order.

John Auman

John Auman

I joined our club in 2015 and have been participating in and assisting with club activities in any capacity needed since, whether it be as grill cook, bartender/TAM, race committee, crew, and what I consider most important, serve as a steward for SMSA assisting with membership welcoming new members, outreach via "SMSA-lite" - a meetup.com group to introduce folks to sailing and SMSA - or walking the boardwalk for the opportunity to share what we offer with passersby. Started sailing as a teen, sailed various small boats off and on throughout my life, and in 2013 launched and started sailing the Pearson 26 I restored and most recently added a Buccaneer 18 to enjoy. Professionally, I have been in a leadership roles for many years, understand the importance of vision, strategic planning, and effort it takes to guide an organization towards a successful future. I seek the opportunity to do that with SMSA. Thank you.

Nichole Doub

Nichole Doub

I have been actively racing with SMSA since 2010 and became a member 2012, participating in Wednesday and Thursday night racing and crewing in the Women's Series events. I also served as the Membership Chair in 2014 and 2015, was on the Facilities clubhouse redecorating committee in 2014, and have managed the Junior Camp registration database from 2014 through 2017. I look forward to finding new ways to serve my SMSA family.

Michael Hulme

Michael Hulme

Michael Hulme is Captain of the Rachael Carson, the research vessel at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences. He also serves as the Director of Marine Operations at the Solomons-based institutions.
Captain Hulme (pronounced HYOOM) has spent virtually his entire career in the maritime industry. After four years in the Coast Guard, he joined the merchant marine as a seaman, serving on a string of big ships, from tankers and freighters to oceangoing tugboats, cruise ships, and research vessels-even a huge hopper dredge ship. Before joining UMCES, he served on research vessels operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency, and spent six years with the Army Corps of Engineers as skipper of a hydrographic survey vessel in Baltimore. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts in Boston, where he received a bachelor's degree in physical geography.

Jim Keen

Jim Keen

Retired Naval Aviator. Active SMSA member since 1978. Maintained SMSA membership during the 1980’s while I was at other duty stations and/or deployed. Have cruised and raced a series of sailboats (Jayhawk, Aileron, Williwaw, Foxtrot Corpen, and Lakota) locally and throughout the Chesapeake and East Coast. Raced Annapolis-Newport and Annapolis-Bermuda with the IRETSU crew. Served SMSA race committee duty for several years including the last 6 Screwpile Regattas. I’ve been actively involved in SMSA social events since the early days of backyard/waterfront rendezvous. I have served as SMSA Treasurer (2.5 yrs), Race Governor (3 yrs), Director (6 yrs), and Commodore (2 yrs). As Commodore, successfully negotiated a five-year extension for our clubhouse lease. I wish to remain engaged in active leadership of SMSA.