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Reports from the Bridge

15 Dec 2010

Rob Bruins
Rear Commodore

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To say we had a busy December would be somewhat of an understatement. Bev was instrumental in orchestrating the clubhouse decorating and Family Christmas Party but it took many members to make it all come together. I’d appreciate it if when you bump into the following folks around the Club you thank them for their contribution to making the “Christmas Spirit” come alive at BYC. John and Marilyn Adair, Deana Brett, Warren and Carroll Lee DeCamp, P/C Don and Flo Floyd, P/C Darin and Nancy Haustveit, Gene and Martha Paxton, P/C Bill and Lynne Rumbold, Georgia Schorr, Chuck Silvernail and Greg and Marilyn Venable all were involved with the initial decorating. P/C Don and Donna Park, Mike and Mona-Lisa Ryan, Greg and Marilyn Venable and Jackie Phillips pitched to get ready for the Family Christmas Party and Steve Brett and Eric Phillips lent a hand cleaning up the dishes after the party. Roger and Jackie Phillips provided the floating “Christmas Tree Island” that lit up our view. I know there were others that helped out here and there and we truly appreciated it. It was fun to have so many kids involved with the Friday night party and they were really confused when I showed up as Santa to give out gifts when they had been watching the real Santa, P/C Charlie Billings, sitting at a table all evening.

The “Lighted Boat Parade” events take on a life of their own. While Friday evening was as pleasant as you could ever ask for in December, Mother Nature got her revenge on Saturday night with record rain fall and a little wind thrown in to close out the evening. We had ten boats participate on Friday and twelve on Saturday with Steve and Deana Brett’s “Princess Mokihana” guiding our way both nights. Thanks go out to P/C Don Floyd for being the voice of Santa and Dylan Knapp for being our waving Santa aboard our “Ocean Pearl” that served as the Christmas Ship. The Past Commodore’s Club did the set-up and take down of the sleigh and reindeer that were re-constructed by P/C Mark Miller after his initial efforts mysteriously disappeared, thank you. Each evening was capped off with hot buttered rum and hot chocolate served up by Silva Wilson and Marva McWaid, thank you ladies. There was no shortage of public interest in the parade as we had 56 requests to read off 335 names on Friday night and 126 requests to read 817 names on Saturday night. I’d also like to thank the Commodore and Vice Commodore for their guidance, encouragement and help in organizing the parade.

The Christmas Dinner is the Commodore’s function but the R/C, that is, Bev and I, were responsible for the table set-up and decorations. We’d like to thank Doug and Pam Smith for providing the evergreen sprays that were used to decorate the assorted tables and P/C Mike and Billie Henry, Flo Floyd, V/C Leo and Stacy Longenecker for making the plan come together.

On the horizon we have a January 23 breakfast scheduled but as of now have no chairperson. Start getting geared up for Heavy Weather as there will be plenty to do. I want to thank our stewards, Babs Miller and Marilyn Venable, for the variety of delectable treats after the meetings and the set-up crew headed by P/C Park for all their efforts.

We are looking forward to what 2011 has to bring. See you around the Club.

Rob Bruins

Rear Commodore

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