Annual Meeting and International Boat Show Updates:

Online registration for the 2019 Annual Meeting and International Boat Show opened on Wednesday, April 17th. A printed copy of the event details and registration forms will be mailed with Spring issue of the ACBS Rudder scheduled for delivery to the post office this week. A PDF version is available on the ACBS website,

Future dates for the Annual Meeting and Boat Show:
September 16-19, 2020 Coeur d’Alene, ID (Inland Empire)
September 8-11, 2021 Burlington, VT (Lake Champlain)
September tbd, 2022 Upper Michigan (Water Wonderland)
September tbd, 2023 Brainerd, MN (Bob Speltz Land O’ Lakes)

Summary from the March Board of Directors Meeting:

President Stan Struble called the meeting to order, welcomed the ACBS members and board members in attendance, and noted all committee reports are available online through

Minutes from the October Planning meeting were approved.

Treasurer Jim Mersman presented a profit/loss report for FYE 11/30/18 and a profit/loss report for the 1st quarter of FY 2019 (Dec-Feb). FYE 2018 is currently being reviewed by the accounting firm for ACBS. The Treasurer’s Report was approved as presented.

The ED report included 4 items.

Since 2011, the number of active members has decreased by nearly 1,000. The number of active members in March of this year is slightly ahead of March 2018. This is a positive trend. Since January first of this year, 175 people have joined as new members.

Social Media continues to be an effective tool to create more awareness about ACBS and the hobby. Since 2017, the number of monthly visitors to the ACBS website has grown from 4,000 to more than 12,000. The number of Facebook followers has grown from 3,000 to 6,500.

The Rudder will now be called the ACBS Rudder to differentiate the ACBS magazine from other publications that use the name Rudder. The ACBS Rudder will display a new masthead and return to its former size of 8.5 x 11. Advertising will be displayed throughout the magazine providing better value to the print advertisers.

As noted above in the schedule for future dates, the locations for the 2020 and 2022 Annual Meeting and Boat Show were swapped. This change was approved by the board of directors.

The following committees gave reports (available online from

Long Range Planning
Marketing and Public Relations
Website/Digital Media
Chapter Liaison Program
International Boat Show
Quarterly Meetings
Founders Award
Constitution and Bylaws

New Business:

Gene Porter from the Lake Champlain chapter provided an update for the 2021 ACBS Annual Meeting and Boat Show to be held in Burlington, VT.

New logos were approved for the Mid-Atlantic chapter and the Chesapeake Bay chapter.

The RDC Triangle chapter changed their name to NC Coastal and Piedmont chapter.

A copy of the meeting minutes are available from

I am in the ACBS office most days from 8:30-4:30. You may contact me with questions or comments at 315-686-2628 or

Best wishes,

Dan Gyoerkoe
Executive Director

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