Hello, my name is Lillian Vogelsong, and I am honored to hold the title of Queen of the Chesapeake for this year. June 3, 2012 was not only the day I was crowned the 65th Queen of the Chesapeake, it also marked the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II of England's ascension to the throne. It was truly a royal and memorable day for everyone, and I hope to make this a memorable year for the yachting community. I am thrilled to be representing such an amazing community of boaters while assisting all of you in your efforts to save the bay.
I am a junior at Bohemia Manor High School and am involved in many activities, including drama club, student council, Future Business Leaders of America, National Honors Society, and youth group. I am also in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program at my school, which is helping me to one day become an environmental engineer. In addition to all of this, I continue to raise funds for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and I’m a part of their volunteer speaker’s bureau.
I have been boating since I was eight months old, and my life has been rooted in the yacht club community for as long as I can remember. Being Queen is truly a dream come true, a dream that would not have ever existed without my home club and my family. I can proudly say that I was the first princess ever to represent my home club, Top of the Bay Cruising Association. Every single person in my club has given me endless support, encouragement, and love, not only while I was their princess, but my whole life. I am so thankful for all that my club does for me. My Family has done everything to get me where I am today. They always keep me afloat-- no pun intended. I can’t even begin to describe all that my family does for me and how much I love them. They are the light inside of me that keeps me shining so brightly.
The ways in which the yacht club community has influenced my life has made me the person I am today. For years I have happily devoted much of my life into this community, simply because of the wonderful people, and large potential I see in it. I strive to strengthen our bonds that make us such a tight knit community so that we are more effective in our efforts to restore the Bay. I want to create renewed interest and involvement in saving the bay by getting you, as well as others more informed. I know that we are capable of increasing our efforts to save the bay and your continued support means everything. I encourage you all so sign the Boaters for the Bay Pledge, which is a free pledge through the Chesapeake Bay Foundation stating that as a boater you will do everything you can to help the bay and prevent harming it. It only takes a minute to sign, either online (cbf.org) or by seeing me. The future of the bay is in our hands. Get informed. Get involved. Spread the word. I hope to SEA you soon!
2012 Queen of the Chesapeake
Ms. Lillian Vogelsong
Queen of the Chesapeake