Nearly four years ago we joined the Bremerton Yacht Club and Today I am sitting down to reflect on my journey through the chairs and writing my last monthly bridge report.
As you read this column online, we are already upon Daffodil Weekend in Tacoma and right around the corner is Opening Day in Seattle. I hope many of you can visit our neighboring cities and support our fellow boaters by attending these annual events.
Having the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people and getting to know the men and women serving on the bridge of the Grand Fourteen Clubs was very inspirational and we had so many great times exchanging ideas and camaraderie that I will always treasure.
As I bid you all farewell, I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has offered sincere friendship to my family and me. Words cannot express how much I appreciate everyone who pitched in and came through to volunteer over the last three years for so many events and tasks, so many times. There were new members, veteran members, seasoned members and second-generation members who gave so much free time even when they had other priorities and did so cheerfully and willingly. For all of your generosity, I would like to express deep gratitude to you.
As we travel north this year in the boat for our vacation, I hope to enjoy some family time combing the beaches, enjoying the Northwest sunshine and I anticipate spotting some BYC burgees too. I tip my hat to all of you and wish you smooth sailing, peaceful days and calm waters.
Commodore Don Hardgrove