Reports from the Bridge

Jun 2014

May was certainly a big month for Ruth and me. We experienced our first ever Opening Day. I now understand why it attracts annual national attention. Seattle Yacht Club has 40 committees and 200 people orchestrating the event. Our Big Brother Yacht Club, Queen City moored 13 Bremerton boats plus another 25 from other clubs and were perfect hosts.

Thursday May 15th we conducted our Installation of Officers rehearsal and dinner. After we had completed the first dry, then Commodore elect Norton said from the podium, “Ok, let’s do that one more time”. There was a long awkward pause until the participants understood that he wasn’t kidding. It is a good thing we did it twice, but I still managed to flub some of my parts the next day. I guess that is ok because if the club wanted a perfect member I would never have been granted membership. Friday May 16th was the big day. There are many persons to thank for their skills, efforts and time and the Commodore will cover this in more detail, but I single out PC Longenecker for his stint as MC, PC Billings as the OOD, and Paula Lewis as the Galley Chair.

Ex-Commodore Ryan, thank you for your support and guidance this year. Your perseverance in spite of obvious and debilitating pain motivated and inspired us all. I look forward to your continued support in the years ahead. Again, thank you. Capt. Mike Ryan I thank you also for your support and friendship. Now I guess you have to get the boat that Mona-Lisa wants.

Commodore Norton, it is a pleasure to work with you and Crystal. I appreciate greatly your assistance and friendship in bringing me along this year. You have my total support.

Rear Commodore Dan and Rose Saikkonen your enthusiasm and dedication are infectious. The “Bridge” will have a great year.

Ruth, thanks for your love and patience during our challenging “rear year”. You are a master at juggling work, family and club activities. This is probably a carry-over from your years as a Navy Wife and raising four children, all of whom at one time were in diapers and I was at sea. You are now and always have been my greatest blessing.

To my daughter, Christine, Captain, United States Army, thank you for making the trip from Fort Bragg, NC via Afghanistan and sitting through the always riveting and exciting Installation of Officers. Since we don’t know what the Army has in store for you next year, thank you for making a special appearance. Finally, thank you again for your service.

To my son Michael, thank you for bringing the grandchildren Matthew and Hannah. And since we don’t know how next year’s schedule will work for the children, I am glad they could participate this year.

To my son John, thank you also for attending even though you didn’t finish work until 1930 Friday. Perhaps our youngest, Steven can make it next, as work and school in Medford, Oregon did not permit attendance this year.

Gig Harbor Yacht Club will have spent a nice weekend at our club over Memorial Day. A special thanks again to PC Longenecker for giving a tour to the Gig Harbor reps to familiarize them with the inner workings and hidden mechanisms of the club.

For Flag Officers, E Committee Members and Chairs, don’t forget the training day, 1900 Monday June 2. Good information will be discussed.

  • June 4 Skipperettes Installation.
  • June 7 is the Commodore’s Ball. Expect good food and a good time.
  • June 9 E-Committee Meeting.
  • June 11 Picnic in the Park.

Thanks to all for making my Rear Year special and fun.

Nautical Trivia: Cup of Joe - Josephus Daniels (18 May 1862-15 January 1948) was appointed Secretary of the Navy by President Woodrow Wilson in 1913. Among his reforms of the Navy were inaugurating the practice of making 100 Sailors from the Fleet eligible for entrance into the Naval Academy, the introduction of women into the service, and the abolishment of the officer's wine mess. From that time on, the strongest drink aboard Navy ships could only be coffee and over the years, a cup of coffee became known as "a cup of Joe."

Mike Murray