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Evening Colors Ceremony

 This ceremony will be conducted at the Ceremonial Mast, located between the pool and spa. Evening Colors is based on naval tradition of lowering the colors (ensign and jack) at the end of the day. The British Navy conducted this ceremony as early as 1797, and the practice was adopted by the U.S. Navy in 1870. A similar ceremony, called Retreat, dates to the Crusades and the American Army began using it after the Revolutionary War. An early version has been traced to a New York yacht club in the early 1900’s.

The purpose of an evening colors ceremony is to both signal the end of the day and to pay respect to and honor to the flag of the United States of America and the brave men and women that protect our freedom. The "Evening Colors Ceremony" reminds the participants and members of the sacrifices that have been, and continue to be, made for our country and the values it represents. It is a simple yet effective ceremony that is designed to inspire.



International Order of the Blue Gavel (IOBG)img

IOBG is an organization of Past Commodores (PCs) of yacht clubs. PIYC has its own chapter comprised of 15 current Members, all former Commodores of our Club, who have influenced significantly the progress of our Club as we know it today. Our chapter was formed in 2012 and is currently led by President and PC, Bill Pittman. At the end of each Commodore's Watch, they are invited, by Member vote, to join the IOBG. 

PIYC's IOBG chapter is an organization of Past Commodores with shared experience, mutual respect and camaraderie. They have a keen interest in the vitality and traditions of our Club. The PCs in our chapter lead several events annually to reinforce our yachting traditions and customs. 

The chapter's Members represent years of experience, continuity and leadership of our Club. As a result, they provide a source of counsel and sounding board for current flag officers and the Board of Directors. Their influence is informal, low profile, and only offered when asked. 

Current Members in PIYC's chapter of IOBG and the year their watch ended:

Bill Ring (2001)                                                            
Peter Franck (2004)                                                   
Bill Pittman (2005)                                                       
Tom Andes (2008)                                                         
Larry Farese (2009)
Carl Redfield (2011) 
Audrey Moreland (2012) 
Tom Marmen (2015)
Tom Lachner (2016)
Dale Medford (2017)
Rick Baird (2018)
Dick Hobbs (2019)
Tom Friedman (2020)
John Garmhausen (2022)
Karen Hendricks (2023) 

Joe Moreland (2006) 
Jim Kuras (2013)
Sue Frane (2014) 

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