A FOND FAREWELL . . . and THANK YOU to Sailing Instructor Heidi Ruse

Most everyone who has enjoyed the Sailing Center during the past five years has gotten to know Heidi Ruse, our highly skilled instructor and genuine all-around great helper and person. Heidi will depart at the end of September to move back to Virginia and continue her college education. We will miss her! Below are quotes from folks that express the appreciation we all feel.

Commodore Jane Carper: “It is with mixed feelings that we see Heidi depart the Sailing Center this fall after five great years. On the one hand, we are happy that she’s decided to continue her college education. On the other hand, she has been the center pin of our education and racing programs. She has grown so much and contributed so much since she arrived. We wish her absolutely the best and if she ever wants to come back, we would welcome her with open arms.”

Ben Hermelin, fellow instructor: "Since first coming to the center when I was merely six years old, and spending a majority of my time there since then, my time spent working with Heidi at the center has been my favorite portion of that time by far. Her love and passion for sailing is inspiring. The way she connects and interacts with each of the students and parents on a personal level, yet loves each and every one of them equally is one of the many incredible qualities that can be so hard to find in a good teacher... The program she has built, the position she has held, and the amount of work she has put into the center is unbelievable. She will be leaving behind shoes much too big for anyone to fit in, and the center will suffer a great loss with her departure. Yet I wish her all the best in her next adventure, and worry not, as I know this is only the beginning and there is so much more to come for her ahead."

Russ Vickers, Board Treasurer: "Heidi’s energetic leadership has increased the enthusiasm and support among the Sailing Center’s members, parents and supporters. Everyone loves her. She will be sorely missed."

Mike de Bettencourt, Rear Commodore: "Everyone who was involved with the KWCSC will miss Heidi. Whenever I went to the center, if I saw Heidi there, I knew that everything was OK. She cared about the center, its members, and those she taught. Each summer, she shared her knowledge and love of sailing with hundreds of children. She helped me to increase the number of children from the Boys and Girls Club and Wesley House to where we needed one full week this year just with those children.
Heidi was much more than an instructor. She could repair almost anything, and gave practical advice to maintaining the boats and the grounds. She was available to tow sailors in when mishaps occurred, or when the wind died. Always available, and always helping. Yes, we will miss her greatly."

If you would like to share a message with Heidi, her personal email is hruse12@gmail.com.