2015 November Commodore’s Column: ‘Tis the Season of Thanksgiving

What a great opportunity to express gratitude for the numerous people and natural wonders that surround us all every day in this extraordinary place!2015 Nov Comm

As Cindy and I have discussed topics for this month’s “Commodore’s Column”, we naturally kept returning to the idea of how blessed we are to have decided to retire HERE. Although we knew this place beckoned, the real reasons were yet to be revealed. As we settled into living in our new home in the woods and began to become acquainted with the area, it dawned upon us how unbelievably fortunate we were to have this place choose us.

Why do we feel so thankful? Well here goes…

Wonders abound all around us here; mountains, water, animals and historic places so special that all one needs to do is utter a single word or phrase such as Rainier or Baker or Puget Sound, Juan de Fuca Strait, San Juan Islands, Olympics, Cascades…..! Who has time to really appreciate all of them? But we all try, and the reward is in the seeking.

The people who have chosen to make this place their homes are the bonus! We are truly thankful for the people we know who are friendly and giving of their time and talents to the benefit of all.

This is especially true in the Port Townsend Yacht Club where so many members work hard to make our club a vital, growing source of fun, giving, learning and adventure.

A case in point is the just completed PTYC annual garage sale where sales broke last year’s mark by about one thousand dollars! This remarkable achievement is due to the generosity of our club members, who gave their saleable items and the members who, over a 4 day period, volunteered their time to help organize, set up, staff and clean up all under the capable leadership of Muriel Powers. Muriel spent untold hours planning, recruiting, organizing, publicizing and managing the sale. Of course the proceeds of the garage sale go toward the PTYC scholarship fund which assists deserving students every year who seek to further their education in the marine related trades.

The theme of last month’s column, was asking folks to step up and help to continue to make PTYC great. And people continue to do so at critical times and for that too, we are also thankful.

As the rewards of our wonderful place and the people we meet continue to accumulate, how can we be anything but thankful?