By David Kanally
January, 2008

Hills Do Disappearing Magic at Banquet

l-r: Ron and Jeff Hill, Sarah, David Kanally and Bob Van Guilder

Ron and Jeff Hill, a father and son team involved in the restoration and preservation of the unique Canadian Disappearing Propeller Boat, or Dispro, were a real hit at the WBA 2008 Installation Banquet on Saturday, January 19. The pair presented the history of the Disappearing Propeller Boat Company from 1916 until 1958, then showed photos of the restoration of Sarah, the Hills' 1926 "Dippy" that is familiar to boaters in North Texas waters and at area boat shows.

They event brought Sarah herself for show-and-tell on the verandah of the Canyon Creek Country Club, enabling banquet attendees to see a Dispro up close, and to have their questions answered by the experts! Special thanks to Ron (who flew in from Toronto for the occasion), Jeff and Jeff's wife Marilyn for being with us!

The banquet also featured the installation of WBA officers for 2008. Outgoing president David Kanally turned the Club Bell over to newly elected President Bob Van Guilder. The 2008 officers are:

President: Bob Van Guilder, Vice-President: Mark Webster, Secretary: Richard Haug, Treasurer: Phil Wolff.

Check out the WBA website for more photos.

Dallas Winter Boat Show to Feature WBA Member Boats Feb. 1-10!

Beginning February 1, 2008, tens of thousands of Dallas Boat Show visitors will be able to see a display of five WBA wooden boats and three classic fiberglass boats. This show is a great opportunity to get visibility for our club and build awareness and interest in our hobby. Volunteers are needed to man the display during the show. Volunteers will receive badges good for entry into the show plus passes for their family members. To volunteer, please contact Bob Van Guilder at 214-957-3692. Click on logo at left for the show's website.

All members are encourage to attend the "Taste of the Show" Opening Event on the evening February 1. Call David Kanally at 940 395 2742 for tickets. A limited number of complimentary passes are available, first come first serve.

February 21 Meeting to Feature Annual Planning, Historic Presentation

Please make plans to attend our first business meeting of 2008 on Thursday February 21 at the Midway Point restaurant at 635 LBJ and Midway. We'll begin the meeting promptly at 7 with the very important task of planning the dates and formats of our events for the year. WBA President Bob Van Guilder has some great ideas for enhancing our events, but needs your input and involvement to be sure we have the best year ever.

In addition, WBA member Marc Richter will present the history of wooden boats based on a book he won at a recent WBA meeting drawing. See what can happen if you come to a meeting? Don't miss it!

Join us for a light meal and moderate libation prior to the meeting. We'll gather at Midway Point at 5:30. See you there!

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

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