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Reports from the Bridge

Mid-January 2004

Charlie Billings
Rear Commodore

I'm sure the subject will be covered by both the Commodore and the Vice Commodore, but in case you skip over their columns and jump right to mine, I'd like to remind everyone that it won't be long before BYC's Heavy Weather Weekend (February 13-15) will be upon us. In preparation for that, there will be a Work Party on the preceding weekend, February 7-8. Capt. Sherwood, our Work Party Chair, has a sign-up sheet posted on the bulletin board in the lounge, so please sign up for one or both days, if you can make it. As I write this column, the length of the list of members who have signed up is not too impressive. As you know, we're a volunteer oriented club, so even if you have your required 16 hours of work party time in, it won't hurt to do some more, and the club will benefit greatly by your generosity. If you happen to have a pressure washer and are willing to let it be used and/or are willing to operate it yourself, please let Capt. Sherwood know. There is much to be accomplished so we present our club in the best possible condition for our visitors and guests.

With regard to the actual weekend of Heavy Weather, there are many opportunities to help out during the event. For starters, please limit vehicles to only ONE per family, as parking is at a premium for the entire weekend. For those new members who haven't been involved in this weekend, it's a great way to increase your service point totals, as well as meet fellow members whom you might not yet know. There are many committees (fire watch, setting up and removing timbers, skit, to name a few) for which you might want to volunteer. Don't hesitate to contact a member of the Bridge, your sponsor, a Committee Chair, or just about anyone around the club for more information. Get involved! You'll have a lot of fun.

While "floats" actually falls under the V/C's purvey, I'd like to remind everyone that if you see a faucet running and the temperature forecast is freezing or even "near freezing", please don't shut off the faucet. During the cold snap in early January, some well meaning member closed the faucets on B-string, resulting in a frozen pipe. When the pipe thawed, we lost all water pressure to the floats due to the leak. Thanks to the efforts of P/C Longenecker, the damage was repaired and water to B-string was restored very quickly. Thank you, Leo.

Remember, as one of our illustrious Past Commodores likes to point out, "Log Racing is a Social Event"……and Heavy Weather is the pinnacle of Log Racing, so you know it will be a humdinger of a Social Event.

See you 'round the club.
Charlie Billings
Rear Commodore

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Posted: 15 January 2004