Back at BYC, on top of all the turmoil associated with changing-the-clocks (don’t forget to change those smoke alarm batteries), we suddenly have to deal with Annual Budgets, Club Cruises, J.O. Balls, Nominations, Elections, Daffodil Parades, Opening Day Events, Spousal Membership, Picnic Shelters, Railway Covers, and Lord knows what else. Looking on the Bright Side, maybe a little bit of warm weather, pleasant evenings, and a lot less rain, will turn these yearly Spring activities into A GREAT BOATING SEASON.
While many of you are headed north to Poulsbo for one of PC Leo’s fun filled Cruises this weekend, Abbie and I are headed south to the Olympia Yacht Club’s J. O. Ball. Getting out and meeting the other Yacht Club folks in the Grand Fourteen is truly one of the real pleasures of serving on the Bridge. This will be our 7th J.O. Ball, and we can honestly say, after ten months, that anyone willing to take that daunting step onto the Bridge will find, on balance, that it really is an enjoyable experience.
Business before pleasure is the Golden Rule, so bear with me for a moment. The Budget numbers have been diced, sliced, and massaged to the point where they add up to exactly what we need to keep our Club “one of the best”. Look it over, ask questions, and cast your vote in April. March 14th sure was a busy day, as the Club simultaneously hosted committee meetings for Daffodil, Opening Day, Spousal membership, Friday Socials, and the Coast Guard Auxiliary’s monthly meeting. Hard to find a seat, but lots of things are getting done. We now have a Design Committee, with PC Bob Bachman as Chairman, to come up with a top notch Picnic Shelter for our Park Area. Anyone with any thoughts and ideas for that Shelter, please pass your ideas to the committee for consideration. Also, anyone with some artistic or construction experience is invited to join in constructing the Club’s entries for both the Daffodil and Opening Day floats. Some good points are available in exchange for your “labor of love”, so Chairman Don Park is anxious to hear from you, and you will really love the fun and the experience of building a “Masterpiece on the Water”. And, lest we forget, the Club’s Fiscal Year is rapidly drawing to a close, so mark your calendars for the next Work Party on April 28th and 29th. You don’t want to have to write out a check, at $40 for each missing Work Party hour, so get those hours completed.
We should be having a packed house for the March 19th General Meeting (with dinner included) so I look forward to seeing many of you there and hearing all the details of the Poulsbo Cruise. Meanwhile, let’s all hope the second half of March finally provides us some warm and dry evenings to enjoy.
As always, I remain your Humble Servant.