Great South Bay Power Squadrons

Junior Past Commanders Ceremonial Hats

Forward by P/R/C Angelo Giovaniello, SN-IN

“While I was working my way up the Great South Bay Power Squadron Bridge, I noticed that once you served your term as a Commander, and you stepped down, you were quickly forgotten. So when I was elected Commander in 1987, I created a hat for the out going Commander to wear at every meeting, so everyone in attendance would know who he was and his contributions to the squadron. However, to make him wear that hat and acknowledge him, there was one stipulation. He had to wear that hat to every meeting for the rest of the year, If he forgot to bring the hat and wear it at the meeting, or took it off without permission he would have to buy every Past Commander in the room a drink. Fortunately this tradition took hold and until this day we still present the out going Commander a hat.”

1987 – Angelo Giovaniello

In 1987 while Angelo was Commander, Anglelo along with  Bob Kirshbaum, P/C Irv Smyle and their wives took a vacation trip to France. Logically Irv presented Angelo with a french hat.

1990 – Barry Schwartz

1991 – Peter Richichi

For those that know Peter, he is a loud fellow with a booming voice despite his short stature. During his tenure Pete would often say ‘Because I am the Commander!’. Pete hat was made as a homage to Napoleon Bonaparte, a pirate of similar stature.

1993 – Lawerence Postel

If there as a trophy of award out there, Larry wanted to win it. During Larrys tenure we brought the Rendezvous east trophy back to great south bay, as well as many educational awards including the coveted Prince Henry. Therefore Larry’s hat is covered in trophies.

1996 – William ‘Bill’ Ford

Bill’s hat was made in the shape of a cigarette as he was a smoker. Bill was known to enjoy a beer or two and therefore beer cans were fixed to the hat. On the back of the hat is a wine bottle (not pictured) because Bill was the first commander to have wine at our picnics. Unfortunately this hat has been lost to time and this is the only remaining photo.

1999 – Marie DeVito

Marie was our first female Commander which is represented by the diamond ring. She was always losing her glasses, so an extra set was attached to her hat. In 99′ Marie led a group of members that appeared on News 12 for a boating safety profile. Finally, Marie’s late husband Tony was injured at work losing the tips of two finders, as shown by the injured hand.


2000 – George Morrissey

During George’s tenure he was known to sing Shania Twain’s ‘Man I feel like a woman’ [we’re not really sure why] which is paid tribute to by the blonde wig attached to the hat. On the way to a squadron event George’s boat overheated because a hose collapsed. George used beer cans to add structure to the hose and forever is known for it!

2003 – Joseph Barrato

2005 – Arthur Huebner

In 2005 there were 28 named storms. The most named storms since we started naming storms in 1851. Each storm is labeled on the hard hat and Hurricane king is written on the fan that is built into the hat.

2007 – Joseph Milano

Joe had a fold able boat. A boat in a box of sorts. While assembling the boat one day, Joe fell in and the boat collapsed around him, hence the boat design of the hat. Joe’s catchphrase of ‘I Love you Guys’ is painted on one side of the boat. The other has NY2007, the year of his tenure.

2008 – Joseph Gagliano

2010 – Luann Kazanecki

Luann’s hat is designed on the idea that she was one of John Sanfilippo’s D3 Penquins. At her spring picnic the Commanders liquor locker served specialty martini’s and held a Chinese auction. There was a poker run at a raft up, represented by the playing cards. She was the 69th Commander of GSB and the Fall Picnic was named Woodstock at Atlantique represented by the Peace Signs.

2012 – Thomas Pilek

Tom’s hat is in the likeness of a ‘Red Solo Cup’ the hit song of 2012 by Country music artist Toby Keith. Solo cups are a staple of squadron picnics.

2013 – Kevin Miller

2015/2016 – Suzanne Rough-Mora

Suzanne is a big fan of champagne. She insisted at every squadron party we would have champagne to celebrate. During her 2nd term as commander she was forced to relocate to Chicago and logged many miles flying back and forth to NY.