Reports from the Bridge

Jan 2014


Planning is about preparing for the future, not predicting it.


While Susan Lebas has only been a member of our Club since 2012, this year she took the reins of the Special People's Cruise as the Chair of that event. Her enthusiasm and dedication to making sure everything was well planned and properly staffed brought many smiles and lots of great memories to our guests that evening and resulted in what was probably the best effort for that event in some time. On behalf of all of the BYC Members and, more importantly, the Special People, thank you Susan.


The month of December each year presents many opportunities for Members to enjoy not only our Club facilities but the friendship of fellow members as well. This year was no different with the Holiday Decorating/Un-decorating parties, Special People’s Cruise, Family Pot Luck Dinner, Lighted Boat Parades (2) and the annual Christmas Dinner. Then, to cap it all off, the New Year’s Eve Party. Thank you to all that assisted in making sure these events were successful and thank you to all that participated. A special thanks to Rear Commodore Mike and Ruth Murray for overseeing (and surviving?) most of these events. As I shared with RC Murray early in his Rear Commodore year, “if you can survive the month of December, with all that is expected of you during that month, then the rest of your time on the Bridge should comparatively be a piece of cake”. We’ll see!


Coming up in January is the annual Queen City Yacht Club Officers' Winter Cruise-In to their Eagle Harbor outstation on Bainbridge Island. This is the winter version of the Summer Cruise-In held at the BYC each year in August. The highlight of this winter event is the Jr. Officers from each Club "roasting" their Commodore with good taste and fun being the only guidelines. Mike and I sure are looking forward to that opportunity. Remember, a well done roast…is rare!

Then, it's back to work for Crystal and me as the JO Balls pick up again with the Meydenbauer Ball the weekend of the 25th of January. The theme of “Diamonds Are Forever” is perfect for this black tie event and we are looking forward to working hard, once again, "for the good of the Club"!

With warm personal regards,
Ray Norton