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Reports from the Bridge

15 December 2004

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Charlie Billings
Vice Commodore

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It's hard to believe that 2005 is here…..where did 2004 go? The month of December was just a blur, and I thought December '03 was busy. The Special People's Cruise was again a resounding success thanks to the hard work of Capt. John Rosendale and his crew. I am continually amazed at the cooperation, coordination, and efforts of our members and sponsors to make this event happen….and everyone has a great time!

The Christmas Dinner appeared to be a resounding success. The food was great, entertainment by the "Puget Soundsters" was delightful, and I've heard that Santa had a good time too.

Since the deadline for Towline publication falls prior to the Lighted Boats Parades, I can't report on them, but I'm sure the R/C has it well in hand and it too will be well received by the Bremerton community. Thank you to all who participated.

I hope to see you at the New Year's Eve Party on the 31st. Capt. Mike Thomas and First Mate Cathy are chairing this event, and reminded me "where else can you go to celebrate New Year's Eve and get heavy hors d'oeuvres, dance to a live band (Thin Ice), and have a midnight champagne toast with good friends for 30 bucks a couple ".

Nancy & Andy
Coming up in January, we have the BYC Sunday Breakfast on the 16th, chaired by our Fleet Captain Andy Kupp and First Mate Nancy. Following that, they are chairing a Wine Tasting Party on Wednesday, the 19th. Hope to see you there.

Be sure to sign up for the Crab Feed on the 30th, chaired by Capt. Randy Trott and First Mate Marcia. This is usually a sold out event, so be sure to sign up early.

Next up is the Super Bowl Party, chaired by Capt. Mike Thomas and First Mate Cathy on February 6th. Who knows, maybe our own Seattle Seahawks might be there… you think it could happen?

Last but not least, Heavy Weather Weekend (Feb 18-20) is fast approaching. Remember, this BYC sponsored Predicted Log Race weekend is an "all hands event". Be sure to respond in the affirmative when asked to help, or better yet, step up and volunteer to be a part of this BIG weekend. The success of Heavy Weather Weekend is a reflection of the effort put forth by ALL of the members of BYC, not just a few. It's not too late to do your part by getting involved. There are many opportunities including "timber" installation and removal, fire watch, parking lot attendant, Galley help, Skit participant, just to name a few. For you newer members, talk to your sponsor, a member of the Bridge, or any club member to ask how you can get involved.

I don't yet have a firm date or time for the arrival of USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) and departure of USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), for our greeting and send off flotillas, so keep an eye on the club bulletin board for the sign up sheet with the dates and times.

Sharon and I wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
See you 'round the club,
Charles Billings
Vice Commodore

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Posted: 15 December 2004