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Succession ning I recently discovered that lam the subject of an interesting rumor in town. Apparently an ad I,ran has led to speculation that I am closing shop, selling all and get- ting out of Avalon. To paraphrase Mark Twain, "Rumors of my demise have been grossly exaggerated." ~ I have to say I found it amusing to hear from a couple of friends who were con- cerned about what I am doing. One of our local b a r t e n d - John King ers went so Columnist far as to say "Everybody is talking about you." Another gross exaggeration, but one that needs addressing. I am a fan of change. I like to think about the future and to extrapolate outcomes from current events. I believe that our thoughts can shape our destiny. I was once With Capt, John King told, "Be careful whaty:ou:~r, Avalon. I would like to see this the universe has an uncanny way legacy live on and am hopeful that of delivering." I can bring in a younger partner to I once dreamed of owning a carry on this tradition. boat. I have had many and still Partnerships are tricky. One have two. look at the divorce rate in the I once: dreamed of living in US gives clear evidence of how Avalon. We have been living that difficult personal dream for 16 years, partnerships can I once dreamed of fishing for a be. Business living. Afishinado Charters had a p a r t n e r s h i p s banner year last year. might be even There is good news and bad more treacher- news about dreams. The good ous. Still, I am news is that they lead to goal set- dreaming of ting which can provide motivation finding someone modern world is ridiculous. The amount of paper work, licensing, taxes, insurance, permits, compli- ance requirements and mundane effort is mind boggling. Running a boat business is even more stressful with hired Captains handling very expensive vessels that cost a fortune to fix when mistakes are made. Such Running a boat business is even more stressful with hired Captains han- dling very expensive vessels that cost a mistakes can easily put a small business in the red, or worse yet, cause injury. Sometimes I wonder why I love it so much. and focus. The bad news is that once a dream is achieved it is no longer a dream. I am not done dreaming, but I am aware that my dreams are driving my future into some new directions. I am also aware that none of us live forever, so now is a good time to begin succession planning. I have shared the secrets of fishing Catalina Island with near- ly 8000 visitors over the last 14 years. As a result, Afishinados Charters has become known as the premier charter operator for private party fishing out of who what started and build mistakes upon it. There is no doubt that our success here has led to ever increasing demands on our time in our charter business and in Afishinados Gallery. Karen and I started our businesses doing what we loved. Our passion gen- erated the energy for our success. However, of late, we have both found ourselves spending more time doing what is required rather than what we love. Running a business in this can take we have fortune to fix when I have suc- ceeded by rec- are made. ognizing that my. best asset is my passion. I still have a passion for shar- ing the secrets of this little place where land meets sea, so I am not done here. But, I am dreaming of having somebody join me in the quest. I need to free up my time to do what I do best and what I enjoy the most. Recently, Deckhand Charlie became Captain Charlie and I am hopeful that he can replace Captain Lance who has moved on. I have been training Captain Chaflie for the past couple of weeks and I am amazed at how much there is to learn to perform well as a charter boat captain. We have had a few perfect training days. We had wind gust- ing to 40 knots during a rain squall that dumped sheets of rain and we found ourselves sucking up a sand line in Catallac's props. Bummer. Expensive too. On the bright side, Charlie now knows why every big boat Captain in the harbor depends so much on their deck hands to get on and off the moorings. That is a lesson I do not want to repeat. Sharing my knowledge of the island, my experience at fishing and my passion for boats is mak- ing for some busy days for Chadie and I. In between training we are working through the task lists for the boats. As I write this I can say for the first time in two months that I see a light at the end of the tunnel... hope it's not a train! Contrary to recent rumors, I still have a few dreams to chase around the island. Capt. John runs Afishinados Charters and Catallac Tours 888-613-7770 john@afishina- dos.corn Grow your boat Boat clubs need ship." Croft, who is also a long- time boat club member and vol- To change with unteer board member of an asso- The current times elation of community boat clubs says these new resources "will STAFF REPORT get your members thinking about new ways to recruit and retain Community boat and yacht boating families." -, clubs offer critical access to the Video: "Growing Boat ~rqub water and significantly add to Membership": the quality of life for local resi- With some up-to-date tips and dents. However, for some clubs ideas to help clubs grow, this growing membership is a chal- short, five-minute video is great lenge today. To help with the for showing to membership at issue, Boat Owners Association club meetings, or emailing a link to club members to create a dis- of The United States (BoatUS) offers two new resources - a five- cussion. Go here to view: https:// minute video and comprehensive BoatUS Magazine feature - that BoatUS Maga:ine article "Building Up Arr~.rica's Boat can help clubs grow membership. "Much has changed in the Clubs": Why are some clubs world in the last few decades and struggling, while otaers are suc- cessful? To view o: download a boat clubs need to change as well, and that includes how they grow PDF copy to post t) your club's bulletin board or o share via membership" said BoatUS Vice President of Public Affairs Scott email with membcs, go here: Croft. "Our video and BoatUS Magazine story share new ideas, In addition, BoatJS has a pro- tips and proven techniques to gram for clubs that)ffers annual help any club increase member- membership for $15-half off the ' 4 years ofexceedin expectations FISHor TOUR THE ISLE IN THE CATALINA ISLANDER regular $30 dues - to those boat- ers who are members of a boat or yacht club that has a BoatUS Cooperating Group aff.iliatiom !n addition to :range of membership benefits that helps club members get more out of boating lifestyle, the C~p~r~ihg GrouliTpi:Ogr~ offers members discounts at hun- dreds marinas,:: fuel docks,: repair facilities, bait/t ickle shops, sail lofts, and many other marine related businesses. To sign up or learn more, go here: BoatUS. com/membership/group. Call 714-546-2020 For a Saturday clinic appointment at CIMC. ORANGE COAST center (~ persons have at the General Municipal Tuesday, April 12, 2016 ........ i. For Mayor: (Vote for one) Ralph J. Morrow, Jr. Ann =Anni" H. Marshall Cinde MacGugan-Cassidy NOTICE OF NOMINEES FOR PUBUC OFFICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the following been nominated for the offices designated to be filled Election to be held in the City of Avalon on For Member of the City Council: (Vote for no more than two) Steven C. Hoers Richard J. Hemandez W.E (Oley) Olsen Michael Ponce Sandra Putnam Bruce R. FerUg Yolanda "Yoli" Monta~ :For City Treasurer: (Vote for onei Chdsb/Uns Denise A. Radde City Clerk, Elections Official March 25, 2016 CC #-14 (~ NOTICE THAT ALL BALLOTS FOR THE GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2016 WILL BE COUNTED AT A CENTRAL COUNTING PLACE. The-City Clerk, of the City of Avalon, has authorized that the City Hall Council Chambers is designated as the central place to count the ballots for the General Municipal Election, to be held on April 12, 2016. Vote by, Mail ballots will begin to be counted at 1:00 p.m., but the results of the vote by mailballots will not be released until ~et the close of the polling places at 7:00-p.m. -_ Denise A.Radde - : City Clerk . .: - , . . .~ :. Dated: April 1, 2016. NOTIFICACION DE OUE TODA8 I_AS BOLETAS ELECTORALES PARA LA ELECCION MUNICIPAL GENERAL OUE SE LLEVARA A CABO EL MARTES, EL12 DE ABRIL, DE 2016, SERAN CONTADADAS ENLUGAR CENTRAL DE COMPUTOS. La Secretaria Municipal de la Ciudad de Avalon ha autorizado la City Hall Council Chambers sea~designado coreD el lugar central para contar las boletas electorales para la Elecci6n General Municipal que se habr~i de Ilevar a cabo el Martes, Abril 12, 2016. Se comenzara a contar los votos por correo a las 1:00 p.m., peru los resultados de.los votos por correo no ser'an publica hasta despu~s del cierre de lascasillas electorales a las 7:00 p.m. Denise A. Radde Secretarial Municipal ........................................................................ F'rid~iyl Mai'ch"25;-:2016i~