Author Archives: Ilona Bell

2022 October Commodore’s Column: “Autum Musings.”

Easing out of our summer respite began with our September member meeting at the Clubhouse, highlighted by the annual pre-meeting soup and salad potluck. As usual, food was plentiful, and it was great to see so many folks back enjoying food, drink, and friendship.  We did ask members and guests to sign in before the meeting for contact tracing should someone end up testing positive for Covid. A day or two after the meeting, this did occur, and we put the contact tracing list to good use. I suspect that this will be an inevitable fact of life for the foreseeable future. However, with the availability of vaccines, most members have not objected to the in-person meetings, and many were appreciative of being alerted to the exposure.

October is going to be a big month for our Club. It begins with our second, Shared Boating Experience Seminar on Saturday morning, October 8, which will focus on “Planning for a Boat Trip.” Our October 11 member meeting will feature a roll out of the club’s new website platform and the many features it will bring to our online capabilities.  Our speaker will be PTYC Member Lisa Brandes, who has been leading a team of members to migrate our existing website information to this new platform.

Since this topic will be the  featured presentation, there should be adequate time to see how this website will function and address questions you may have.  Additionally, the slate of Officers and Board for 2023 will be announced at this meeting, with elections to be held at our November meeting.

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Current PTYC Board & Committee Recruitments

Ahoy  PTYC Members!

The Port Townsend Yacht Club hopes you will seriously consider volunteering for the following defining positions:   2023 Officers & Board and our Scholarship Committee–actively awarding funds to local students since 1992.

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2022 September Commodore’s Column: “Moving Forward in 2022”

Well, after a somewhat cool and rather wet beginning, it’s sure looking like summer is going to end up on a high note, and I don’t just mean temperatures. As I am sweltering behind a computer screen, I am reminded of being a kid, wanting summer vacation to continue for many more weeks; but knowing that school, and other duties were going to require a lot of inside attention.  Happily, for us, there are still two Club cruises in which to participate and, if the weather holds, we have many more weeks of good boating opportunities.

But on the duty side of things, we have a full agenda for the club, as we come off our summer break.  Our September member meeting will be the traditional soup and salad potluck in the clubhouse immediately preceding our meeting, 5:30pm (see page 12). We will continue to provide a Zoom option for those who wish to attend virtually.   September will also involve getting up to speed for what promises to be an EPIC Garage Sale in October, the proceeds of which go to our Scholarship Fund (see page ??).  Finally, we will be asking all of you to provide the Board with your opinions and other feedback on what you would like to see the club engage in over the coming years.  Are you happy with the way things have basically functioned? What do you like or dislike about club activities such as parties, cruises, boater education and other endeavors in which we engage.

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