Buffalo Launch Club News Page -
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Official Buffalo Launch Club Website
503 East River Road
Grand Island, NY 14072

Commodore: William A. Reitebach
Vice Commodore: John A. Bruno
Rear Commodore: Capt. John A. Bruno
Fleet Captain: Richard T. Beck
Secretary: Thomas E. Grady
Treasurer: James P. Burke
Frank P. DeGeorge
Robert W. DeGlopper
Capt. Thomas E. Grady
Kenneth D. Bambach
Capt. Thomas W. Stewart
Michael E. Ziegler

Interesting Sites
BLC Lighthouse
1906 Regatta Link       1907 Regatta Link
1908 Regatta Link      1950 Regatta Link
1957 Regatta Link             Wildroot Charlie
The Vintage Hydroplanes
"Official web site of the APBA Vintage & Historic Division"

Buffalo Launch Club History

BLC Announces Annual Boater's Seminar/Luncheon - 2007

    The 17th annual Boater's Seminar and Luncheon sponsored by the Buffalo Launch Club, will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2007 in the clubhouse, 503 East River Road, Grand Island, NY. Registration for the morning of boating education, maritime history, and adventure begins at 9:30 a.m. with a program from 10 a.m. to noon and lunch from noon to 1 p.m. For reservations ($18 includes lunch, tax & gratuity) call 716-773-7629. The seminar is open to all boating friends. See "BLC Boater's Seminar/Luncheon for further information.

Spring Boat Show Event At BLC - 2007

   A Boating Event sponsored by the Niagara Frontier Antique & Classic Boats will take place at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, 2007 at the Buffalo Launch Club, 503 East River Road, Grand Island, New York. The public is invited.
   The George Reis Story
George Reis (1917-1962) was the owner/driver of "El Lagarto" Gold Cup champion 1933, 1934 and 1935. Not for 30 years would another craft (Miss Bardahl) match El Lagarto's record of winning 3 Gold Cups in a row. The fastest boat in the world at that time, achieving a record speed of 72 mph. Pictured in the following link is the El Lagarto driven by Buffalo Launch Club member Ed Grimm.
   Guest Speaker: Bill Morgan
Just a boy when El Lagarto was being campaigned, often seeing her on Lake George, Bill will talk on the accomplishments of George Reis. Bill created a full-size replica of the El Lagarto that he calls "Happy Times."
   Cost for the evening: $20 per person
This will include hors d'oeuvres, beef and turkey carving stations, as well as a chocolate fountain dessert selection. Food will be served informally at stations to give the opportunity to view Bill's photo collection.
6 p.m. - Food and drinks served, cash bar available
7:30 p.m. - The George Reis Story - presentation by Bill Morgan
   Reservations (check payable to NFC/ACBS) and more info:
Mail to: Jennifer Frederick-Kelly, 109 June Dr., Elma, NY 14059
E-mail: fredmach@choiceonemail.com
More info: Rich DeGlopper, 716-876-7390

Gliding Stars Presents Diva by Diva At The BLC - 2007

    Gliding Stars Presents Diva by Diva on Thursday, February 15, 2007 at the Buffalo Launch Club, 503 East River Road. Diva by Diva is a cabaret style production filled with songs, readings, poetry, and quotes by, for and about women. This show is “gender specific” but not “gender exclusive”…men enjoy it too! Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Click
"Diva by Diva" for complete event and ticket information.

Buffalo Launch Club Officers 2007

Buffalo Launch Club officers for 2007 were installed at the Clubhouse on East River Road, Grand Island on December 27, 2006. Shown front left are Vice Commodore John A. Bruno, Commodore William A. Reitebach, Rear Commodore Douglas M. Scheid; (back) Fleet Captain Richard T. Beck, Directors Frank P. DeGeorge, Robert W. DeGlopper, Thomas W. Stewart, David A. Grady, Kenneth Bambach, and Secretary Thomas E. Grady. Missing from the photo are Treasurer James P. Burke, Director and Michael E. Ziegler.
Click photo for larger view.

Boater's Seminar & Luncheon - 2006

   Members of the Buffalo Launch Club will hold their 16th annual Boater's Seminar & Luncheon on Saturday, April 8, 2006 in the Clubhouse at 503 East River Road, Grand Island, N.Y.
• Registration - 9:30 a.m.
• Program - 10 a.m. to noon
• Lunch - noon - 1 p.m.
   Reservations are necessary by calling 773-7629. Cost is $12 which includes tax and gratuity.

Buffalo Launch Club Commodore's Ball - 2006

   Members of the Buffalo Launch Club will hold their annual Commodore's Ball on Saturday, April 1, 2006 when Commodore Dennis Daniels will be honored. The traditional surf and turf dinner, by invitation only, including wine service, will be a black tie event featuring the music of "Live Wire."

BLC Officers 2006

Buffalo Launch Club officers for 2006 were installed at the Clubhouse on East River Road, Grand Island on December 29, 2005. Shown front left are Vice Commodore Bill Reitebach, Commodore Dennis Daniels, Rear Commodore John Bruno; (back) Fleet Captain Doug Scheid, Director Robert DeGlopper, Secretary Richard Beck, Director Michael Ziegler, Director George Schlemmer, Treasurer James Burke, Director Frank DeGeorge, and Director Thomas Grady. Missing from the photo is Director Thomas Stewart.
Click photo for larger view.

New Year's Eve 2005 At BLC

Bob Gates photos - (left) Mike and Karen Dallassandro; Rick and Sue Henderson; Karen and Bob DeGlopper; Chie and Floyd Doring; Tom Giambra, Jean Roth and Penny Giambra; Rick and Sue Henderson and Trish and Larry Harpster; - BLC Lighthouse Ice sculpture - Free Fall Band

   Pictured are just a few of those attending the Buffalo Launch Club's well attended New Year's Eve party. The band, Free Fall, provided the music. The New Year's Eve committee included Bill and Ann Curry, Bob and Donna Gates, West and Port Hoddick, Ron and Joanne Hortman, Ray and Judy Dintino, Frank and Joyce Ann DeGeorge, Carl and Pam Detig, Mike and Karen Dallessandro, George and Molly Peters, Dave and Carol Pontrello and Sue Berger. Click last two photos for larger view.

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