Reports from the Bridge

Aug 2014


Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is needed. You can't cross a chasm in two small steps.

As many of you know, Crystal and I have been gone for three out of the four weeks since I submitted my last Towline contribution. Not to worry, though, as I have a few interesting tidbits for you to consider.

First, several people asked me about the possibility of making our Installation of Officers' Ceremony shorter. This past May, our Installation Ceremony took 1 hour and 10 minutes. Crystal and I then had the privilege of attending the Installation Ceremonies for several of the other Grand 14 Clubs and I can tell you that we attended one that lasted 3 hours and 45 minutes and then, the next night, attended another that lasted 3 hours and 5 minutes. Compared to those, ours seemed to have gone by in the blink of an eye!

Next, I want to encourage all members to attend at least one Executive Committee meeting this year. As most of you know, the Executive Committee is the place where all of the real decision making work in our Club gets done. Under the direction of the E-Committee Chairman, Chuck Silvernail, the work of the Committee is organized and conducted in such a way as to allow for thoughtful consideration of topics presented (or to be presented) to the Committee for action. Your attendance at the E-Committee meetings on the 2nd Monday of each month is both welcome and encouraged.

Before each Regular Business Meeting this year, we will be having a "social hour" starting at 6:00 with the store being open to provide no host beverages and snacks. While this is, of course, conditioned upon the store and café remodel being complete, it will present another opportunity to interact with and get to know your fellow members. We hope you will make a point of joining us before each meeting!

In closing, during Crystal's and my 3 weeks away we were in Kinsale Ireland (a strategic port city on the southern coast of Ireland) for two days and while there I met with the Commodore of the Kinsale Yacht Club. During the course of our conversation I asked him if they provided reciprocal moorage for boats from visiting yacht clubs. He did not seem to understand "reciprocal" so I shared with him the concept of Yacht Clubs located in cities in our area such as Seattle, Tacoma, Port Orchard, Gig Harbor and Poulsbo coming to our Club and enjoying no cost, visiting boat moorage privileges in return for the same consideration for us at their Clubs. He instantly recognized the concept but explained that they have space set aside for their visitors from Clubs in France, Great Britain, Wales and Scotland! It's an even smaller world over there!

With warm personal regards,
Ray Norton