summer. The club meets at a dock on Balboa Island every weekday
morning during the summers, and kids ages 4 to 17 participate in
various activities. Officers are elected from among the kids to
manage the club.
From 1942 to 1945, there was no metal available for public use, so
winners received scrolls instead of the typical trophies and
Ralph Potter, 74, whose great-niece Quincy Bock was this summer's
commodore, was a member of the club during wartime. Not long ago, he
joked with Quincy that he was still waiting for his trophy.
Quincy and her mother, Diane Bock, talked about it and decided it
would be great to get extra trophies and try to track down some of
the former members who had received scrolls.
"They were even cuter than the little 4-year-olds going up to get
their trophies," said Diane Bock. "I thought it was the highlight of
Allan Beek's parents founded the yacht club because they noticed
the kids who visited the island during the summer didn't have much to
Beek said this year's banquet was different from others because
there was more nostalgia and a greater effort to get members from
years past to attend.
"They gave me a pewter dish engraved with my name," said Beek, who
was commodore in 1942.
Barbara Potter Birnie, 76, was a member from 1937 to 1945. The
sister of Ralph Potter, she said her brother swears Mrs. Beek
promised all the kids they would get trophies someday when the war
Birnie said the banquet was exciting because she got to see old
friends from the summers on Balboa Island.
"It was very heartwarming to see how much it meant to all the
people, even so many years later," Diane Bock said.
They still have some of the pewter- plated dishes, in case they
track down any more former Balboa Island Yacht Club members who
received scrolls during World War II.