Reports from the Bridge

April 2016


Spring has sprung and hopefully the wettest winter on record will give way to a wonderful boating summer. Thanks again to our Fleet Captain Stacy Longenecker for conducting such a successful club cruise to Brownsville. Due to our commitment to attend the Edmonds Commodore Ball that Saturday evening all we were able to attend was the Friday night dinner but that alone would have made the weekend worthwhile. I am also glad that our shipmates made it back to the club prior to the heavy, heavy winds that Sunday afternoon. I checked the lines on our boat that day and noted one gust at 48 kts. Yikes.

The next two months will be really busy and external events include

April 9 Day Island Commodore Ball

April 15-17 Daffodil Festival hosted by Tacoma Yacht Club

April 23 Poulsbo Commodore Ball

May 6-8 Seattle Opening Day

May 21 Gig Harbor Commodore Ball

The next few General Business Meetings are very important and I will list them and describe their composition. I figure the better informed our members are the happier they are.

April 4 Business Meeting. Nomination of officers shall take precedence over everything but the Pledge of Allegiance, introduction of visitors and the acceptance of the minutes of the previous meeting.

April 13 WIC luncheon

April 18 Business Meeting. Nomination of officers shall take precedence over everything but the Pledge of Allegiance, introduction of visitors and the acceptance of the minutes of the previous meeting. Written draft of the recommended Annual Operating Budget, Maintenance Reserve Annual Budget, and Maintenance Reserve Fund Projects presented to the membership for review and discussion.

May 1 Mother's Day Luncheon. Scheduled this day as the next weekend Mother's Day conflicts with Opening day.

May 2 General Business Meeting. Also called the Annual Meeting. Nomination and election of officers shall take precedence over everything but the Pledge of Allegiance, introduction of visitors and the acceptance of the minutes of the previous meeting. The annual meeting shall also include the election of three (3) members of the Executive committee who will serve a term of three years. Final Budget Recommendation and Vote. Approval vote by membership at the first general meeting in May or prior to suspension of general meetings for the summer.

May 13 Awards night

May 16 General Business Meeting

May 19 Change of Watch Rehearsal

May 20 Change of Watch

It is exciting to see so many new members at the club and how they have jumped in to help with all our events and work parties. As I have said before even though I have been a member for 18 years not a day goes by that I learn something new about the club. I find that interesting and exciting. So, the message to new members is to ask questions and to not so new members to help the new members with answers. The more our new members learn about  the club the happier they will be. The ultimate authority is our annual which contains our by laws and regulations.

Nautical Trivia: Bitter End:
The last part of a rope or final link of chain. The end attached to the vessel, as opposed to the "working end" which may be attached to an anchor, cleat, other vessel, etc. Today the term is used to describe a final, painful, or disastrous conclusion (however unpleasant it may be).

Mike Murray
Commodore