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Reports from the Bridge

January 2013


Anyone worth talking to is also worth listening to.
Jack Welch


Earlier this year, the State of Washington came calling with an audit crew looking for some additional revenue from the BYC. Non-profit organizations such as ours are often targeted by the auditors due to the number of non-profits that have “volunteer” (and therefore less experienced) bookkeepers whose work, if audited, can result in significant additional revenue to the State. Fortunately for us, our Treasurer/bookkeeper is Anita Albright and the audit resulted in the Club owing a whopping $4.66. Not only did we, in essence, not owe any additional taxes, Anita got great reviews from the auditors for her record keeping! Nicely done, Anita, and thank you!!

Those Members that were able to visit the Club during the month of December saw the Club in all its festive Holiday glory due, in large part, to the creative talent, time and effort of Nancy Haustveidt and Stacey Longenecker. While the decorating activity itself was a group effort, it was primarily Nancy and Stacey’s vision that turned our Clubhouse into the beautiful Holiday venue it was. Thank you, Nancy and Stacey, from all of us!


The Kid’s Christmas party on the 7th of December was a huge hit not only for the kids but for the adults as well. This has traditionally been a very relaxed event where the kids are the focus and this year’s party was no different with the kids decorating their own Christmas cookies, playing games and then joining in for a great pot luck dinner. Our very own Charlie Billings played the role of Santa and, once again, the kids (and adults) absolutely loved him! Thank you Trina Carlson for so expertly putting it all together!

The Lighted Boat Parades on the 14th and 15th were on par with some of the best we’ve had according to some parade watchers. The boats that participated were beautiful and Santa called out to more than 300 different locations/families and approximately 2,000 names during the parades. The well-wishers and spectators along the parade routes were quite enthusiastic and many returned our wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. While a BIG “thank you” is in order to all those that participated, a special thank you is in order for Steve Brett who was once again the “lead boat”, Dick Nelson for offering Folly as the Santa boat, Kevin Pisani for being the cold, lonely Santa both Friday and Saturday night and Rick Randall for providing the after parade “refreshments” on Friday night. Thank you all for helping to make the Holiday Season that much more enjoyable for the rest of us!


The month of January will give Crystal and me a chance to catch our breath after such a whirlwind of activity during the month of December. We will have the Grand 14 Officers’ Cruise-In to the Queen City Yacht Club’s outstation at Eagle Harbor the weekend of the 11th of January with the rest of the month left available to get ready for the month of February. With two J.O. Balls (Poulsbo and Seattle) and Heavy Weather sandwiched in between, preceded by our work party weekend, February appears to be set to make the past month of December look almost tame. We’re looking forward to all of it!

With best personal regards,
Ray Norton