2019 December Commodore’s Column: “Changing Tide”

Most people would think that December would be a slow time of year for a boating organization, but this month is filled with camaraderie and celebration. Most people would also believe that December on Puget Sound is not a great boating time, but we have 8 intrepid boats heading to Bell Harbor the first week in December. This event is always a favorite for holiday shopping and touring the Emerald City, all aglow with festive decorations. I believe there’s still room for boaters to participate in this cruise and get out to enjoy the gorgeous Salish Sea in the winter.

December is also a time of change. At the November meeting, the membership voted in the new Officers and Board for 2020. This is a dynamic group and I’m proud to be a member of the team. We’ll have a joint board meeting of the 2019 and 2020 Boards on Monday, December 9th, to plan the upcoming year.

The next day, Tuesday, December 10th, starts the theme of holiday celebrations and since many of us have a strong connection with Hawai’i, we thought it would be fun to have a theme of Mele Kalikimaka with mai tais and aloha attire for our general meeting. The Key City Public Theatre players will give a preview of their upcoming holiday play, “Mercy Falls” which the club will be attending on Friday, Dec. 27th with a reception following in the lobby. Don’t forget to buy your tickets at www.keycitypublictheatre.org.  

This year, the yacht club is joining forces with the Port of Port Townsend, the Port Townsend Marine Trades Association and the Jefferson County Moorage Association to bring back the “Dock Lights” celebration at Boat Haven on Thursday, December 12th from 4-6 pm. There will be hot chocolate, cider, coffee, cookies and we’re unexpectedly expecting the Unexpected Brass Band. It promises to be a fun time for all.

Your 2019 board is again hosting the festive holiday party on Saturday, December 14th at 6 pm. This is a potluck dinner and Yankee Gift Exchange. For more details, check out the flyer on page 18. Be sure to sign up online or at the general meeting. It promises to be a great time!

As you know, with the 2020 PTYC membership renewal letter that went out in November, there was also a membership form for the Recreational Boaters Association of Washington (RBAW). We encourage you to become a member and support the important efforts of RBAW for boaters.

From what I said at the beginning, there’s a lot going on this month with many opportunities to participate and be together. As the year winds down, I want to say what an honor it’s been to be your Commodore this year. I’m so proud to be a member of this amazing organization. Thank you for all your support!

Jim Pivarnik, Commodore