Commodore’s Column

2017 February Commodore’s Column: “Give Way Together”

Fellow crew, in this column we’re going to catch, then drive our way through the importance of teamwork. But, before the race starts, let’s recognize those who worked so hard in January. Their contributions were vital, and much appreciated. We acknowledge this on the Bravo Zulu page. If you look at nothing else in the Baggy, go there and see who works for you.

At the last meeting, I broached the subject of volunteerism. Clubs like ours deal with two challenges. The first is a dearth of volunteers—not enough people to make things happen. The second is the rise of super volunteers—a handful of people assuming ever more responsibility. Either condition can undermine an organization. The sweet spot lies in the middle, with the coxswain setting the pace and the crew following the stroke.

Right now, with a strong varsity team, it’s time to get the juniors up to speed and start training the freshmen. We don’t want to end up with a scratch crew next season. So, metaphors aside, let me simply encourage participation. If you are new to the club, attend some meetings and get on a watch. Been around a bit longer? Volunteer to help on a committee or cruise. The next step, run an event or cruise. You get the picture. Uncertain about the process? The veterans will pull you through.

Sharing the load is the best way to keep our organization vibrant. If you would like to help, contact me or a member of the board. And, don’t be surprised if we approach you. In fact, your new commodore is a shameless recruiter. For starters, take a look at the What’s Happening page and notice the gaps in next year’s schedule.

Finally, remember, if we all pull together, we’ll find our swing.

                                                      Commodore Duane Madinger    

                                        One spirit, one stroke!

2017 January Commodore’s Column: “Wakes and Horizons”

Sailors, by tradition, make the first log entry of the new year in verse. The practice is observed in the Navy, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, and, occasionally, in the yachting community. Our log book is the Baggywrinkle, and, this being the first issue of the new year, we must now all suffer together. You aren’t alone, for at 0400 on January the 1st, mariners in every ocean and every sea will record, in official documents, similarly painful compositions.

2016 was a very good year
We partied, we cruised, we drank some beer
Bruce, The Bruce, led the charge
From the luxury of his stately barge

The change of watch was most glorious
Our ladies divine, the men meritorious
Hurrah, our season began in May
When all the boats came out to play

First Paddy, Pleasant, Reid and Ludlow
To Sequim and Blake, most apropos
Finally, Hadlock and frosty Bell
Oh, the tales we lived to tell!

Recall the home port revelry
The opening day mega-party
A scary spooktacle, a crabby feed
Gifts and a play, our holiday creed

Now, ken the work of our stout crew
Who fixed a park and the clubhouse, too
They raised money for a worthy cause
While the board harrumphed, per the bylaws

To all who helped, a hearty cheer
As we give thanks for quite a year
And how the Christmas Star does twinkle
For she who writes the Baggywrinkle

But we won’t stop in 2017
Coming up, a planning thing
To have a say in where we go
No excuses—you’ve got to show

Then Bruce, the conn, will pass with glee
To a lubber of moot pedigree
And his cutter of diminutive size
Persevere, friends. I apologize.

2017 Commodore Duane Madinger      
Now, bring me that horizon!



2016 December Commodore’s Column: “HAPPY HOLIDAYS!”

12-16-com-photoAhoy Fellow Members!

It seems only a month ago that I was writing my first article and now I am working on my last.

First, let’s talk about the election. No, not that one! The other one!!! We congratulate Commodore-Elect Duane Madinger, Vice Commodore-Elect Jess Schefstrom, Rear Commodore-Elect Lee Hoffman, Fleet Captain-Elect Debbie Williams, Secretary-Elect Christina Pivarnik, Treasurer-Elect Jim Pivarnik and Trustee-Elect Dale Moses on their election to the 2017 Board and thank them for their willingness to serve. We also thank Trustees Bill Taylor and Tom Thurston for their continued service into 2017. This will be a great Board!

Remember that our Board works for you!

As we get busy preparing for the coming holidays, let’s take a moment to look back at the year to date. Our many successes include: Monthly cruises and events; Opening Day activities; Interesting guest speakers during our General Meetings; Earth Day Cleanup at Fort Flagler; Informative Seminars; Good Scholarship Awards and a garage sale that positions us for a good award effort for 2017; Getting our foot in the door for possible increased future support of the annual Race to Alaska (R2AK); PTYC Bylaws updates; Establishment of a very active Clubhouse Expansion Exploratory Committee (CHEEC); Implementation of the new Investment Policy and establishment of the Investment Committee and Facility maintenance, repairs and improvements— to name just a few.

None of this just happens  . . .  All of this is the result of an active, interested and dedicated membership.

Remaining events include the Holiday Party at the clubhouse and the Holiday Theater Party at the Key City Public Theater. The final cruise of the year is the Holiday Cruise to Bell Harbor.

Finally, my thanks to all of you for this great year. Your good work exemplifies your character. Our voyage is nearing its end as we prepare to enter port. We will soon set the in-port watch and transfer the flag to the new flagship, Brevity.

2016 Commodore Bruce Painter      May “Moored” always be a temporary status