2014 December Commodore’s Column “2014 — A Great Year”

Dec Macy- BaggyThank you so much for making 2014 a great year for me. I have enjoyed working for you and with you and representing the club. I have loved my year as Commodore probably because it was much like my career working for non-profits – mostly in management and marketing of symphony orchestras. I guess I continue to enjoy brainstorming, planning, budgeting, organizing, writing, meeting, marketing, and cheerleading! Now, I am ready to move on and pass the conn to incoming Commodore Gerry Walsh.

Thanks for all your support! It was a joy to get a resounding yes when asking someone to help! The programs were great, the watches full, the cruises well organized and attended, and parties filled and sold-out in some cases. We are richly blessed with so many active members, that we are sometimes overflowing the clubhouse. The Board is already looking at ways to make sure our members can enjoy all our club has to offer – and is always happy to hear your suggestions.

One of the great pleasures this year was welcoming our 16 new member families—Michael Bateman; John Blakemore & Pamela Thompson; Brandy & Oleathia Buntin & daughter, Genoa; Tom & Marie Cawrse; Steve Froggett; Jamie & Brena Hayashi, Jim Heckmann & Karen Ridings; Glen Hellman & Ann Heyerdahl; Bruce & Diana Klock; Craig & Marie Muma; Robert & Martha Olbrych; Jack & Barb Parent; Kevin Peters & Sally Gadow; Jim & Christina Pivarnik; Bill & Margaret Taylor; and Tom & Val Thurston (see photos pp. 10-11). They bring a wealth of boating and life experiences that will enrich the club in the coming years.   Bill and I look forward to getting to know everyone. We encourage new people to join in a cruise. It is such a great way to get to meet members in a small group setting, in addition to the just plain fun of cruising. (more…)

2014 November Commodore’s Column “Meeting the Challenges”

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.

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PTYC Garage Sale Scholarship Fundraiser a Huge Success!

2014 PTYC Garage Sale Proceeds Flyer