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Reports from the Bridge

16 November 2005

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Charles Billings

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As you may remember, Mike Wikstrom, the Supervisor of the Commercial and Special Use Section at the Kitsap County Assessor’s office, visited BYC back in August while evaluating boathouses at all of the marinas throughout Kitsap County. BYC members who own private boathouses at BYC most likely received notice in the mail of the valuations. However, if you didn’t, you can find the 2006 assessed valuation of your boathouse by visiting the following link. Scroll down the listing to line 168 (code 1370 - BYC) where you will find BYC boathouses listed numerically by slip number.

To see the model for evaluation and the appraiser’s comments as to how the valuation was determined, see the following link.

The tax bill will be out on February 14th (a nice Valentine’s Day present L) and are due prior to the end of April. For those who may have questions or disagree with the value, contact the Kitsap County Assessor’s Office at 360-337-7163.

The 2005-2006 Bremerton Yacht Club Annual is out. You may pick up one free copy at the club store at any time during normal club store hours. Additional copies are available at a cost of $15.00 each. While some of our members could stand to update their photos, both personal and vessel, I think you’ll like the end product. If you’d like to update your photo or the photo of your boat, it’s not too early to start working on getting it done and submitting it for next year. The BYC Members directory is only as accurate as each member makes it. You may update your membership information by placing the information and photos of you and/or your boats in the Annual Chairman’s mailbox at the club. If you want the photos returned, leave a self-addressed, stamped envelope in which the photos can be returned to you.

As we’re all well aware, the Holiday Season is upon us. There are many events planned at the club this month, not the least of which is the Christmas Dinner on December 11th. Put on by your Bridge, Flag Officers, and Executive Committee, it is a chance to get together with your BYC family to celebrate the Christmas Season. I have it on first hand knowledge that Santa plans to be there after dinner, so I know you won’t want to miss seeing him. Who knows, he may have a present for some of us. Check the flyer in this issue, and sign up in person at the club, sign up on line at the BYC web site, or call the Facility Manager to request that he place your name on the sign-up sheet. I hope to see you there.

Our Outstation Chairman, Capt. Brian Golden, informed me that we now have ten evergreens and four rhododendrons to be added to the landscaping at the outstation. They are all in five gallon buckets, but unfortunately did not come with pre-dug holes. If you’re so inclined, and would like to get some work party time in, check with Brian and he’ll show you where the holes need to be dug. There is also a whole lot of mulch to be spread, so here’s a real chance to get in some exercise and help beautify the outstation.

Once again, the Kitsap Audubon Society will hold its annual bird count at BYC on Saturday, 17 December, starting around noon. So if you see folks wandering around the club scoping things out with binoculars in hand, it is birds they’re looking for, not terrorists.

Sharon and I wish all of our BYC family a very Merry Christmas and a healthy, prosperous, and happy New Year. Remember those less fortunate than we this holiday season - donate some food or cash to the Food Bank, drop some coins (or bills) in the bell ringer’s pot, and keep the members of our Armed Forces, particularly those in harm’s way, in your prayers.

See you ‘round the club,
Charles Billings

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Posted: 16 November 2005 (gk)