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Reports from the Bridge

17 April 2007

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Don Hardgrove
Vice Commodore

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Greetings Ladies and Gentlemen,

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Today, April 16, 2007 we will make Bremerton Yacht Club History with the first obligation ceremony for spouses and partners of Bremerton Yacht Club members. From this day forward Family membership will be a part of BYC and spouses and partners who have been working alongside members will now be full members and earn full points and have the opportunity to vote. Thank you to P/C Billings for all of your work and to everyone who made this progress possible.

This year, Jenny, Mike and Abbie Dunn and I have had the opportunity to attend JO Balls at seven clubs of the Grand 14. We were dressed up for Mardi Gras at Rainier, Egyptian Archeological Diggers in Tacoma, Aliens in Everett, USO performers in Bremerton, Red in Poulsbo, Black and White in Seattle, and Erin-Go-Braugh in Olympia, finally. The way I see it, we are set for Halloween Costumes for quite a while.

Daffodil is right up upon us and soon after Opening Day arrives. P.C. Bob Wheeler and Captain Mike Ryan are entering their boats in the Daffodil Parade. Iím sure that Captain Ryan has second thoughts about volunteering his boat now after seeing what has become of it. Also thanks go out to Leo and Stacy for donating their Boat House. Iím not sure what the future holds for our entry but I do know BYC will once again live up to our reputation.

Right around the corner is change of watch in May 2007. If you are considering serving as a chairperson, please contact myself or any bridge office to learn more and explore the possibility. If you are interested in any aspects of managing the club or social activities, please contact us. We welcome your ideas and your input.

I want to take a minute to talk to the Invisible 300 plus members out there in the hopes that you would lend your time and talent to the betterment of the Club. It may or not come as a surprise to you but there are only around fifty or sixty members that keep this Club functioning. The Club has gotten a lot more complex. Our volunteers have been spread thin. We now have to draw on our precious corp of volunteers in order to man the Wastewater and Environmental Committees so that we can keep our Railway and Marina facilities functioning and in compliance with Federal and State Guidelines. Please make an effort to give something back and become an active member and lend a hand.

And while on the subject of Volunteering and Giving Something Back, the Viet Nam Memorial Wall will be visiting Bremerton during the week of July 13-15 and Miller-Woodlawn Funeral Home is hosting it. The Coordinator is Susan Teale her # is (360) 377-7648. They will need a good many volunteers for all sorts of jobs including Name Readers, Security and construction people when the wall arrives.

Thank you all for making the last two years really rewarding and for all of your support, encouragement and hard work. I am looking forward to seeing you at Daffodil, Opening Day and Change of Watch.

With Sincere Appreciation,
Don Hardgrove

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