2014 November Commodore’s Column

Macyy2 First of all, hats off to Muriel Powers and her team for a great garage sale! We netted over $1,700 which is a record. Yes, I asked for more items last Thursday – the club looked pretty bare compared with past years, but the additional items brought in on Friday plus more higher priced items made the difference. Thanks to the workers, donors and buyers! We will all feel so proud next spring when we present our scholarships. Muriel has already indicated her interest in serving on the scholarship selection committee. Who else would like to help?? It is a spring job.

Our club’s greatest asset is its diverse membership – people with wide ranging interests, skills, backgrounds and living locations all over Jefferson County and elsewhere. It also sometimes is a stumbling block for people outside of Port Townsend to feel like they can accept a board position, as it was this year when looking for rear commodore. Rear commodore is in charge of clubhouse rentals and maintenance which brings him/her often to the club. Fortunately, we have had some great people step up for 2015 and only two of them actually live in town!! (This year only one does.) What we need to recognize is that the Board member positions are managerial – not hands-on. We have committees and eager volunteers who are willing to support board members. That way one person is not doing everything. This is particularly true with regard to maintenance and rental of the building. Also, a board position requires only the additional Board meeting each month September through June. Election of the slate, published here in the Baggy on page 7, will be at the November meeting – be sure to let the new Board know of your interest and support and consider getting more involved during the upcoming year. Being a member of the Board is fun and so important to the life of our club. Thanks especially to all those who will comprise the 2015 Board.


PTYC Garage Sale Scholarship Fundraiser a Huge Success!

2014 PTYC Garage Sale Proceeds Flyer






2014 October Vice-Commodore’s Column: Our History and Our Future


Is it Fall already? Heck, we were just becoming used to the wonderful summer weather we’ve had in the Pacific Northwest! Well, Fall does bring nice weather still and even better it brings us to our second PTYC meeting following the summer meeting hiatus. The October 14th meeting will be special for those members who have joined in recent years and really have not had the opportunity to learn about the history of the Port Townsend Yacht Club, especially from the folks who brought it into being, built the clubhouse and nurtured it through the years. That being said, be sure to be on hand when Past Commodores Carl Sidle and Jim “Daubie” Daubenberger will review PTYC’s history first hand. We owe these guys a lot due to their hard work and willingness to step up when necessary for the good of the club.

Speaking of new members, the lifeline for the future of the club, a quick review of the procedures set forth on page 18 of your copy of the “Roster” book for 2014might be helpful in recruiting.   Article V. in the by-laws of the club contains 5 sections which are summarized in the table below. Hope this information helps you all in asking new folks to join us.

Membership Application Checklist
# Step by Step Description Date
 1. Application to Treasurer with money.  
 2. Treasurer to notify Vice Commodore and send application.  
 3. Applicant(s) attends a club event (#1 and #3 can be in reverse order).  
 4. Vice Commodore sends application via email to Membership Committee members for approval.  
 5. Committee member(s) interviews applicant(s) in person or phone.  
 6. The interview is typed and sent via email to committee members.  
 7. Committee members state” yes” or “no” in regards to accepting application.  
 8. With committee approval, the application is sent out to the membership for seven days for their review, comments and approval.  
 9. Vice Commodore completes “for PTYC” on bottom of application.  
 10. Upon approval, Vice Commodore enter new member(s) into database  
 11. Upon approval, Vice Commodore enters new member(s) into List Serve database.  
 12. Upon approval, Membership Committee or Secretary sends “Welcome Letter” to new member(s).  
 13. Vice Commodore requests “Goodie Bag” to be prepared.  
 14. Vice Commodore orders name tags and boat name hangers.  
 15. New Member(s) are presented at next General Meeting  

Thanks are in order to September’s Watch Captains Fred and Ilona Bell and their crew Kathy and Chelcie Liu, Val Thurston and the many members staying after the meeting to help with clean-up. Thanks to Michael Machette for organizing the T-37 Demonstration Race at Point Hudson for RC enthusiasts and spectators alike. Thanks to Phil and Katie Habegger for their presentation on “Sailing South of the Border”. Also thanks to Cruise Captains Ed and Theda Cooper for putting together the “Port Hadlock Sunset Equinox Cruise”. And thanks to Cruise Captains Jim and Char Quandt, and Jim and Rhonda Turner for their efforts in planning and executing the” Kingston Cruise.”  Perhaps we can have Cruise Captain Marilynne Gates schedule and lead the “Lock Through to Lake Union” Cruise next year. See you on October 14th!                                             Gerry Walsh, Vice-Commodore