By David Kanally                                                                                                                              January, 2007

Banquet a Chris-Craft Family Affair!


Forty three WBA members and family attended the annual WBA Installation Banquet at Canyon Creek Country Club on January 13, 2007.  The inaugural event for the year welcomed Mike Green of Portland, Oregon, as the featured speaker.  Mike is the great-great grandson of Chris-Craft founder Christopher Columbus Smith, and is a professional wooden boat restorer.  

Mike shared family and company photos of six generations of Smiths and Greens, from his great-great granddad to his own two lovely daughters.  In addition, Mike showed rare Chris-Craft factory footage from 1929, covering the design, manufacture, testing and launching of dozens of magnificent Chris-Craft vessels from that vintage year.  

The program was extremely well-received by the Club.  Mike was generous with his time and knowledge, visiting the Club's shop in Lucas during the day on Saturday, speaking individually with many members about their projects, and visiting with members after the banquet.  Thanks, Mike, for being with us!

The 2007 officers were duly installed as well:  President David Kanally, Vice-President Bob Van Guilder, Treasurer Phil Wolff and Secretary Richard Haug.  Outgoing Secretary Stan Lehnhardt was recognized for his exemplary service to the club as secretary.

At the conclusion of the banquet, Vice-President Bob Van Guilder announced the Outstanding Achievement Award to be given to Dick Peterson, for his many years of dynamic leadership and selfless service to the WBA.


See the WBA website for more pictures!!

February 15th Meeting to Establish 2007 Activity Calendar--NOTE NEW TIME AND LOCATION--Thursday, February 15th, 2007, at 7 p.m. at Midway Point Restaurant

Don't miss our 2007 planning meeting on Thursday, February 15, at Midway Point Restaurant.  We'll be reviewing all the opportunities for activities for the coming year, and we need your ideas and input!

Pre-meeting meal:  5:30 p.m., Meeting at 7 p.m.

As you may know, November was our last meeting at Quick-Draw, where new office modifications have claimed our meeting space.  

We've made arrangements to have all our 2007 meetings at Midway Point, 12801 Midway Road, on the Southwest corner of Midway and LBJ .  Midway Point has offered us complimentary use of their meeting room in the back of the restaurant, so to show our appreciation, we'd like to encourage as many people as possible to also join us for the light pre-meeting meal and libation at 5:30 p.m.  If you can't join us for the meal, please plan on arriving in time for a prompt meeting start at 7 p.m.

Please take a look in the shed or garage for the leftover parts you can donate to the club. Bring them to the meeting or contact David Kanally at for pickup.