What a great time of year. Today is cold, crisp, sunny and beautiful. The water is flat with a breath of wind – a great day for sailing or cruising. We are so fortunate to have these little breaks all winter long when we can enjoy our boats and the outdoors.
With Thanksgiving kicking off the holiday season, I thought it would be a perfect time to say thanks to people who have worked, sometimes in the background, to make this a great year for the club.
Cindy Walsh and Houlton Madinger were my teammates working on Watches and Programs, and they have agreed to continue on – with some additional help. Our Watch Captains and crews were terrific – setting up the clubhouse and providing some memorable desserts! We also had some great programs – many of them presented by our own members: Katherine Buchanan, Bill Bloemker and Carl Sidle on Cruising to Alaska, Jo Bailey on the Gunkholing books, Bruce and Kathy Painter on their trip from Alaska to PT, Viktor Grabner on cruising uphill from Japan to Hawaii, Duane Madinger on Life at Sea on an Oil Tanker, and most recently Greg and Sheryl Kerkof on Building TOCCATA. What a wealth of talent and experience our members bring to the club.
I especially want to thank members of the Membership Committee: Viktor Grabner, Sue McKay, Mary Ann Verneuil, Mary Schefstrom, Tim Loika and Sue Kutsch. We had a successful recruitment this year adding 11 new member families. It was thanks to the committee and to the entire membership for getting the word out. Gerry Walsh will be taking over the membership cheer leading spot, and I know all of you will give him the support you gave me.
Rear Commodore Jim Quandt and his team did a superb job on club projects and maintenance! Some exterior painting, a new floor in the men’s room, a new flagpole and loads of small projects were taken care on with little fanfare.
Hats off to Ilona Bell! What a lady – she not only does the Baggywrinkle, but gets advertisers, maintains the website, takes and posts fabulous photos, but pitches in on Watches, the Garage Sale and cruises.
Many thanks to Gerry Walsh and his Cruising Committee who planned and the Cruise Captains who executed some great cruises: Cindy and Gerry Walsh, Paul Eisenhardt, Jess and Mary Schefstrom, Bruce and Kathy Painter, Tim Loika, Jorge and Terry Martello, Lloyd and Nancy Schulberg, Jim and Char Quandt, Mike and Barb Soskin, Ilona and Fred Bell, Sue and Dick Kutsch, Mike and Sandy Smith, Paul Happel and Sue McKay, Michael and Nancy Machette, John and Stephanie Oliveira, Marilynne Gates, Vince and Mary Ann Verneuil, Jim and Rhonda Turner, Macy Galbreath and Bill Rothert, and Karen and Bill Bloemker .
Events and parties are always fun, but they take work. There is a long list of those who took them on: Sandi and Rick Rezinas, Jorge and Terri Martello, Patti and Tom Biazzo, Michael and Nancy Machette, Duane and Houlton Madinger, Joe and Beth Burson, Chelcie Liu, Craig Kurath, Sue McKay and Paul Happel, Bill and Anita Snell, and Vince and Mary Ann Verneuil.
Many thanks to the Purser and bar crew: Mary Ann Verneuil; to the Scholarship Chair: Betty Petrie and her crew; to Char Quandt for Ship Stores; to the Finance/Investment Committee Chair treasurer Joe Burson; to Michael Machette for his work on Long Range Planning; to Sandy Curtis and Mary Ann Verneuil for the Fair Winds Committee; and to the Garage Sale Team – chair Betty Petrie, and key helpers Ilona Bell and Katherine Buchanan.
I could not list everyone, although it looks like I did, but it has been such a team effort! For Rick and members of the Board, I want to say thanks for a job well done. We can be thankful for such a terrific group of people who enjoy boating and living in the Northwest.
You all have an opportunity to get involved and help plan 2014. We will kick off the year with a pizza planning session at the club on Saturday, January 4, 11:30.
Look forward to seeing you. Macy Galbreath, Vice Commodore