100 Year Old Member
Rocky asked me to write something short about Al Collins to recognize him on his 100 birthday was quick to say yes and had little trouble in doing so. In fact the biggest problem was in keeping it short as Al’s long history in the club made it easy to go long. So I did keep it brief and to the point. Rocky then had it printed as a certificate that we presented to Al when we honored him at the February membership meeting.
The text of this certificate is below. I think it is important to highlight major milestones in the lives of our members and the events at our club. Also, let’s get ready to make history in 2015 as the snow and ice is melting and we will soon be putting the docks in.
Let it be known that the membership of the Peekskill Yacht Club recognizes P.C. Al Collins for his many years of service and commitment. In many ways Al is the model for how members should conduct themselves. As Feb. 25* will mark his 100th birthday we dedicate this day to him.
Al joined our ranks in 1949 shortly after he returned from the service. Over the many years that he has been a member he has done almost every job that he could perform To name a few Al has been: Secretary, Commodore, Historian and now elder statesman. It would be right and proper to refer to Al as the model for membership.
So we the members honor this fine gentleman on the occasion of his 100t birthday. We also want it to be known though the Hudson Valley and beyond that we are proud to have him as one of our own. Congratulations P.C. Al Collins.
PYC Historian Thom Johnson read a certificate recognizing Al Collins’ 100th birthday and his contributions to the club during a celebration dinner before the January membership meeting. Al thanked the members for all the attention he’s getting and said, “You have built a good foundation for success in the years ahead.”
During the Chamber’s 100th anniversary gala in January, former Peekskill Mayor Vinnie Vesce(left below) introduced Al who then led the Pledge of Allegiance. PYC’s Thom Johnson and Chuck Newman stood with him.