Complete with a Project Update!

January 2024
Christmas Party a Well-Attended Success!

More than 40 WBA members, spouses and friends attended the 2023 WBA Holiday Party, hosted by Ann and John Hallam. The group enjoyed cocktails and a lovely buffet. Special thanks to Ann and John for the hospitality!

Jeff Dils (l) was given a certificate of commendation by Scott Myers for Jeff's service as our vice-president for the past two years. Appreciation gifts were also sent to our incumbent officers, treasurer Scott Reichardt and Secretary Trey Bull for their ongoing service to the club.



Outgoing WBA president, Scott Myers (second from left) was congratulated by past presidents (l-r) David Kanally, David Sheets and Jim Wolfe, all sporting their past president WBA blazers.

Scott presented a bouquet of flowers to Lisa Daniels, who is our signal person, sending WBA greetings to members who are hospitalized. Lisa also sends cards, memorials or flowers on behalf of the WBA in memory of WBA members who have passed away. Thanks for your service, Lisa!

Meet Your New Officers

Our newly elected president, Phil Brosseau, grew up in Dallas and went to Texas Tech. He began a 50-year career in real estate by working for the developer of Las Colinas. He later was owner/broker of Colliers International until transitioning into hotel and senior housing developments in multiple states. He has been married to Karen for 47 years and has 6 children and 23 grandchildren. When Phil was in high school, his dad Charlie bought a 17 ft Chris Craft double cockpit. They did more boating than restoring, but Phil got the classic boating bug! Twenty years ago, Phil bought an 18ft. Chris Craft Cavalier runabout sitting in a junk yard. With Robin McGeorge and others' help he restored the “Charlie B”  in his back yard over a 2 year period. Phil is one of four “Century Partners” working on a 1965 Century Sabre.



New VP Alan Oppenheimer is a retired CPA who worked for well-known multi-unit retailers and restaurant chains.  In his last position, Alan was VP Finance for Tony Roma’s restaurants.  Alan is also the author of Classroom to Career, a book that helps young people transition from the world-of-education to the world-of-work.
Alan’s significant other is Pat Vinson, whom many of you have met.
Growing up, Alan’s family had a 17’ ski boat.  More recently, Alan had a 36’ Catalina Sailboat on Lake Texoma. You can see a fine example of this model sailing here: Bing Videos. Alan is currently one of four Century partners working to restore a 1965 Century Sabre.  Over the past few years, Alan has participated in learning about and restoring several Yellow Jackets.

Project Updates from the Lucas Shop and Beyond!

(Above) Joel Odom stains the forward dash of his 1958 Yellow Jacket Catalina. With a lot of scraping, repair and sanding, the original dash looks as good as new!

(Above) Phil Wolff measures and fits pieces of cabin sole trim on "Boo Boo", a well-known Century Resorter that Phil has passed down to his son, Richard.

(Above) Carl Lapiska has draped his beautifully finished bilge in order to turn his attention to the removal of the old foredeck.

Jay Emerson has sent in a couple photos of Ray Harvey's "Chesterfield", which has just been completely refreshed in Jay's shop in McAlester, OK.

Barney Gulley has painted the cabin sole of his '57 Yellow Jacket Riviera, and is now in the process of varnishing the boat's interior.


(Above) Joel's Yellow Jacket is nearing completion with its spiffy yellow side graphics and decals. Joel's now focused on refinishing the interior.

(Above) Ted Dysart has completed varnishing the transom of his Century Sabre, and is now replacing a number of bottom plank sections.

(Above) The old foredeck of Carl's Super Sport was fastened with 3M 5200, which is making the removal quite challenging!

Jay's craftsmanship really shows in the flawless finish on the foredeck of "Chesterfield". The Chris-Craft Capri has been featured in magazine ads and many WBA shows.

The floorboards of Barney's Yellow Jacket have received four coats of varnish, and are looking great. The rounded cutouts for the first board give access to the drain plugs.

Next Monthly Meeting January 18th at Two Guys, Don't Miss It!

boatOur next meeting will be Thursday, January 18th, 2024, at 7 p.m. You'll receive an email reminder for the meeting a few days prior. This will be our annual planning meeting, so bring your best ideas for events and gatherings for the coming year! We'll be continuing our door prize tradition, giving out an e-book of the lucky winner's choice, or a complimentary design of a boat show placard.

If you can't join in person, you'll be using the Zoom application for your cell phone or your home computer. To make things easier at meeting time, it would be a good idea for you to go to your normal smart phone app store to download Zoom Cloud Meetings, or go to on your home computer and sign up. Prior to the meeting, you will be sent an email with a link to join the meeting, and further instructions. Those who wait to download Zoom will also receive a link to do that just before the meeting starts. If you are among those who need a few attempts to be successful with technology, you may want to get the downloading taken care of ahead of time.

Our meetings are a great opportunity to socialize with fellow WBA members and to talk shop on questions on everything from paint and varnish to carburetor kits. Please join us on Zoom to be a part of our monthly fellowship!

Shop Talk and Musings: Donovans Featured in "Mahogany & Chrome"

We were thrilled to see longtime WBA members Jim and Inna Donovan's XK 22 on the cover of the latest edition of the magazine of the Heartland Classics Chapter of the ACBS, and even happier to see a very nice new member profile inside the magazine. Many WBA members also belong to the ACBS as well, broadening their opportunities for outings, shows and friendships in the classic boating world.

Jim and Inna take full advantage of their beautiful XK, participating in shows from Table Rock to Clear Lake. We're glad they're part of our club!

And finally, please take a look in the shed or garage for leftover parts or other salable items you would like to donate to the Club. Contact David Kanally at for more info.