Canyon Lake Yacht Club honors volunteers at Stewardship Appreciation Potluck

Founding member and first commodore Lee Norris and his wife Marti were presented with a certificate in appreciation for their contributions to the Yacht Club during the early years. Photo by Canyon Lake Insider.

Fifty Canyon Lake Yacht Club members gathered Thursday evening in the Eastport Activities Building for a Stewardship Appreciation Potluck.

Several former and current members were honored for their contributions to the club and community, including Pete Delia, keeper of the club’s Green Dragon and chair of the Lake Clean-Up, Paul Hawker and Teresa Filder, creators of the club’s popular Whale Hunt event, Jim Lange, former vice commodore and chair of Parade of Lights, Chris Papavero, co-leader of the first Opening Day/Blessing of the Boats, Claude Beauchamp, former purser, and Michael Morgan for bringing in nearly $5,000 in sponsorships for the 2022 Parade of Lights.

The surprise guests and honorees of the night were Marti and Lee Norris. Lee was one of the founders of the club and the first commodore. He served as commodore three times. Marti was the first mate and a great support in the club’s early years.

Michael Morgan, second from right, was honored for his contributions to the Parade of Lights. Teresa Fidler and Paul Hawker were honored for creating the club’s popular Whale Hunt event. Photo by Canyon Lake Insider.

“We will continue to honor those who have given their time and talents to serve the club and its contributions to our community,” Commodore Ron Wilbur said. “Club members are the backbone of any club and the Yacht Club will lead the way in recognizing and thanking them for their time and service.”

On Saturday, April 4, at 10 a.m. at Holiday Harbor, the club will be holding a Get your Boat Ready for Boating Season/Trick Out Your Boat event. All Canyon Lake boat owners are invited to attend. 

This informative clinic will be led by independent service techs and representatives of prominent local marine centers who will demonstrate tips and tricks for getting boats ready for a season of fun on the water.

The Yacht Club invites everyone to join the club for fun, friends, and the enjoyment of the lake. Annual club membership is $15. Boat ownership is not required. For more information, visit

Commodore Ron Wilbur presents a certificate to Pete Delia. Photo by Canyon Lake Insider.
Chris Papavero is all smiles after receiving an appreciation certificate for his volunteerism. Photo by Canyon Lake Insider.
Vice Commodore Robert Mora welcomes the members. Photo by Canyon Lake Insider.
Yeoman Diann Oltman poses for a photo with members Ginny and Chris Papavero. Photo by Canyon Lake Insider.
Jim Lange is honored for his work as former vice commodore and chair of the Parade of Lights. Photo by Canyon Lake Insider.
Pictured, from left, are Alece Beauchamp, Fran Tibbet, Membership Chair Cindy Cameron, and Mary Lange. Photo by Canyon Lake Insider.

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