2019 April Commodore Column: The Promise of Spring

As I sit here writing this column, it’s 58 degrees with an anticipated high of 66 today. This can only mean one thing—spring is here. Now, being Northwesterners, we know this can change in an hour, however, the thought of being out on our boats, enjoying the sun, the breeze, and following seas is pretty darn exciting.

The first step is to get our boats ready and Opening Day Weekend, May 3rd and 4th, is our opportunity to celebrate the season. For the past few years, the yacht club has launched the weekend’s festivities with the Past Commodores’ Dinner, hosted by the board, followed on Saturday morning with coffee and donuts, and concluding with a pizza party that evening. Continue reading

March 2019 Commodore’s Column: The “AYES” of March!

As the snow thaws and spring heats up, there are plenty of exciting things on the horizon at PTYC. Coming off a very successful planning meeting in January, our engaged members proved you could think outside the box with new ideas for cruises and events for the coming year.

With that in mind, the first event of the year was the FUNdraiser and games night for our successful Scholarship Program. The Scholarship Committee has worked tirelessly to promote marine-related education for our rising stars. This committee presently needs new members in order to keep their efforts thriving. Please contact Paul Eisenhardt, if you’re interested in helping. The event this year raised $1,690, which is a great way to begin the 2019 scholarship funding season and it was a lot of fun. For those of you not in attendance, playing reverse charades was hilarious! Thank you to all who helped make the night such a success.

Due to a scheduling conflict, we’ve moved the Seminars and Chili Cook-off to Saturday, March 30th. Check out the seminar info in this issue. This is the perfect opportunity to show off your grandmother’s favorite chili recipe or the tried-and-true family favorite. We’re looking forward to tasting them all. Please sign up online for both the Seminars and Chili Cook-off…and there will be prizes and a crown for the best chili!   Continue reading

2019 February Commodore Column: Rock Stars Abound

Five years ago, when we joined PTYC, I didn’t know much about the club operations or how things got done, or for that matter what things got done. It just seemed like everything worked magically. Going into my fourth year on the board, I’ve realized what it takes to make PTYC such an amazing club.

I stated in the general meeting in January, that the 2019 board are rock stars. I’m sure other Commodores have felt the same way over the years. Upon further reflection, that’s only the beginning. The hundreds of hours put into standing committees, which include advertising support and writing the Baggywrinkle, communicating with members in need, technology and website care, overseeing our investments and the amazing scholarship committee who raised nearly $10,000 to help students in their pursuit of a maritime career; not to mention all the watches, cruises and events where members give so generously of their time and all work together to keep the club running smoothly. And how cool is it to see newer members step up to fill positions that have been handled for years by longstanding members? It all seems like it’s orchestrated in perfect harmony. Continue reading