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Board of Governors and Administrative Secretary

  • Commodore

    Roger Gibson

    Primary contact for all questions or business regarding NSA.
    Roger started sailing in 1973 with small boats. He joined the NSA in 1980 with a 21' Gulfcoast. In 1983, Roger sold the boat and bought a house for his young family. In 1991 he bought back same boat and re-joined NSA. Roger has sailed for 40 years and find that there is no better place than NSA and Cheney Lake to experience sailing and family fun.
  • Past Commodore

    Andy Woodard

    Past Commodore
    Contact for information on reserving the Afterdeck Activity Center.
    Bio to come.
  • Commodore

    Norm Dodson

    Commodore Elect
    Contact for information on memberships and committee assignments.
    My wife, Lenita, and I moved our family to this area from Weatherford, OK in 1993 when I went to work as a chemist for Vulcan Chemicals (now Occidental Chemical Co). We settled initially in Derby, KS and then moved to Clearwater in 1998, where we still live. We have raised 3 children, Alvin, April, and Ashley and now have one grandchild, Hudson.
    I first sailed when I was 16. A friend of mine bought a small boat similar to a sunfish. We worked at sailing it for about a week and, although I can’t say that we mastered it, we at least got good enough to have a lot of fun. I didn’t get the opportunity to sail again for many years but always remembered that experience and vowed that one day I would own a sailboat. I would mention this to Lenita at least once a year, and one evening in 2010 she was reading the paper and said, “well here’s your chance to see if you really want to sail, the Red Cross is giving sailing lessons at Cheney.” I took the lessons in August of that year and we bought our Catalina 22, Mercy Me, later that same month. We joined the NSA and put Mercy Me on the slip that Labor Day weekend.
    In the short time we have been members of the NSA we have met many wonderful people that are bound by their passion for sailing. Sailing and the NSA has provided Lenita and I with a great social outlet now that we have completed our primary goal in life, which is raising our children. It gets us out of the house and provides us with many hours of enjoyment. Both on the water and off.
  • Vice Commodore

    Chuck Radabaugh

    Vice Commodore
    Contact for information on regattas, youth sailing, and sailing lessons
    I’ve been fascinated with Sailing since grade school. I had the chance to try sailing at scout camp at an early age and fell in love with the art of making a vehicle move with wind power. That fascination came to fruition when my college roommate invited me out for a sail on his Hobie 14. I had the time of my life as we pushed that boat to its limit. (Yes I learned a new nautical term that day, “Pitch Pole!”). About 18 years ago, I purchase my first sailboat, a Hobie 16, and my dreams took flight. Because I had experience some in sailing and a mentor of mine, Lowell Richardson, new of an opportunity to start racing, I was invited to help crew Wednesday nights on Tom Olsen, and Doug Douthit’s S2 7.9. I raced with that team for around 5 years until a job transfer caused me to take a two year hiatus. In 2010, my wife and I moved back to Wichita and I picked up where I left off racing the Screamin’ Eagle. Better yet, Lowell presented me an opportunity to become a fractional owner in a 2007 Capri 22 that was in mint condition. I’ve been proudly sailing that Capri for several years now and still continue to learn more about sailing. My greatest joy is introducing new people to the sport of Sailing. You will often find my wife and I, on the water, with either some of the High School Students I help mentor, or friends who we enjoy spending quality time my wife and I.
  • Treasurer

    Sheila Whiston-Fox

    Contact for financial information
  • Operations Officer

    Chris Zachary

    Operations Officer
    Contact for information on social events, special activities, and NSA merchandise
    To come.
  • Yardmaster

    Dale Groninger

    Contact for information on boat yard storage and grounds
    To come
  • Harbormaster

    Charles Bruce

    Contact for information on wet slips, moorings, and harbor equipment
    No bio
  • Secretary

    Bruce Rowe

    Contact for administrative records and correspondence
    I always admired guys sailing Sunfish sailboats at summer camp in 1967 and in 1983 I bought my first sailboat, a Laser. I had a lot of fun sailing it on Wellington and Winfield lakes. As time went on I needed something a little bigger to take my wife, Karen, out sailing, so we bought a Chrysler Mutineer. Next, we upgraded to a Prindle 16 catamaran, and then water ballasted Santana 23 keelboat, a lightweight craft with a large sailplan, designed for light air. I struggled with it on Cheney Lake with the strong winds. So next up was a Sea Pearl trimaran. It had a great little swim platform for my son and his scouting friends. I got tired of dry sailing and bought a S2 7.3 keelboat out of the west yard. It came with a trailer and a slip on "B" dock. I found it a lot easier to just drive to the dock, load up, fire up the motor and go sailing. We also have a Windrider 17 trimaran and a project boat, a Hunter 26.5. I am currently retired and take care of my two grandchildren. Besides sailing I ride a recumbent bicycle and have participated the Bike Across Kansas numerous times.
  • Administrative Secretary

    Allen Johnson

    Administrative Secretary
    Contact for administrative records and correspondence
    I got started sailing during summer camp at lake Okoboji in NW Iowa when I was about 12 or 13. Some of the older kids were required to take the younger ones out with them. I was told to sit on the front and not touch anything. I had so much fun that when I was in ninth grade I got a job as a janitor’s assistant and saved up enough money for a brand new Sunflower ($135). My mom’s boss had a cabin on the shore of Clear Lake, Iowa, about ten miles from my house, where I could store the boat. I used to ride my bike over there to go sailing. When I moved to Kansas and my first real job, I was looking for a boat, but met Thumper instead. After she finished her college degree I found a Hobie 14 in the paper for $700. Bargain!!!
    The Hobie wasn’t Thumper’s picture of what a sailboat should look like and after two years of sitting on the shore with our dog, Caly, she decided it was time for a “real” boat. In 1990 Thumper bought a Dolphin 22 from a guy at El Dorado and took up keel boating. The weekend we bought the boat, Thumper slipped on some coiled lines in the cockpit and broke her foot. The next Tuesday a big storm came through the lake while I was in rehearsal for Shakespeare in the Park. After I got home that night, we headed out to the lake at 11:00 p.m. Luckily, the Dolphin was on a mooring and rode the storm out fine. Thumper spent the rest of the summer visiting the doctor’s office each Monday to get a new cast on her foot since she couldn’t keep it dry on the weekends.
    We sailed the Hobie 14 and Dolphin for four years and I upgraded to my dream boat, a Hobie 17 Sport Cat, and Thumper to hers, an Islander 28.
    When Jim Beddow retired from the Administrative Secretary position in 1994 Thumper volunteered for the position. That same year we decided we weren’t going to quit sailing and joined NSA as lifetime members.
    When our daughter, Alex, came around in 1996, I took over the Administrative Secretary position from Thumper and have held it ever since.
    In 2008, Alex decided that Junior Sailing was fun so she got a Sunfish, then later our old Dolphin 22 came back up for sale (through Thumper’s coercion) and we bought her back. Our fleet now consists of the Dolphin 22, Islander 28, Hobie 17SC, Sunfish, a sailboard, an ice boat, two land sailors, and two kayaks. How many boats do you need?
    I started racing the Hobie 14 with Hobie Fleet 27, then with the Dolphin when we joined NSA. There were times the committee boat picked up the windward mark before we got to it! Continued racing with the Islander (3rd place in 1994), then with Allen Archer in his San Juan, Mary and Wayne Kearbey in their Capri 25, Gary Shepard in his San Juan, Bob Born in his Capri 30 and Catalina 28, plus Iam undefeated on Bill and Sue Coffman’s J27!
    Anyway, I love this place and getting to know all the new members. If you need assistance, please give me a call.