By Greg Lewandowski, member of the Michigan chapter. Photos by Gale Woods, member of the Michigan chapter.

What does the Michigan Chapter do when the lakes are frozen and the boats are stored for the winter? Well, our Commodore, Jack Warren (chairman of Boat the Blue fame), puts out the call for volunteers to come to his shop in Blenheim, Ontario and build toy boats and paddles to be used for the kid’s events at our 2019 boat shows.

Last Saturday, about 15 members answered the call and crossed the border with their significant others for a great day. Jack organized a production line process in his shop that completed 35 of each type of two boats and 35 paddles in about two hours. As the guys were having fun in the wood shop, Jack’s lovely wife Carrol took the ladies on an outing to the shops in downtown Blenheim, where they had a wonderful morning and got the guys out of their hair for a while.

When the toy production and shopping was done, all involved enjoyed a wonderful lunch of salad, Jack’s famous three alarm chili and an adult beverage or two. As far as I know all made it back across the border and Canada was not even aware of the WoodyBoater invasion!

We all want to thank Jack and Carrol for their hospitality and a great day of Michigan chapter fun and fellowship that will also benefit a lot of kids enjoying the kid’s events this year in Algonac and Port Huron.

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