122º 30' 06" W 48º44' 55"N
Volume 35 Number 1
January 2019 issue:
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The Next Potluck Meeting is January 8 at 6:00 PM
Speaker: A fun activity instead
Greetings from the poop deck!
It’s a brand-new year and let’s try not to F@*+ it up.
You will have already received your CYC renewal (if not, contact me or Ken) and for the very first time in recorded history, you may renew membership AND sign up for racing (at least the four-race series planned for 2019) all at the same time! All with one check! What a novel concept! It was a light-bulb moment. “Duh, why haven’t we thought of this before?”
So, don’t procrastinate, fill out the form (don’t forget to check all the boxes) and write the check. We’re good to go for another year of cruising, racing and a whole lot of fun and conviviality.
Please, do fill out the checklist on the renewal form. We ask this for several reasons:
- It won’t happen without you.
- It helps the board design more activities to better serve our membership.
- It will give you a voice in the direction our club takes.
- And, it won’t happen without you!
So, think about your goals and interests (any resolutions out there?) for the coming year. Is there a program you would like to see? A class or presentation you would like to attend? Just check the “other” box and let us know.
To digress just a bit (I know you have never heard this before), the CYC is an all-volunteer organization (loosely speaking), and it won’t happen without you! (Am I being redundant?) Sure, we could charge $300 or $500 annually and hire someone to do everything for us, but where is the fun in that? I would hazard a guess that our club membership rates are the most reasonable in the entire Salish sea! We can only do it with your participation.
So, what role do you see for yourself? Where can you make a contribution to the greater good? I was a working stiff, too. I know the difficulties of balancing job and family.
As James Joyce might have said: “Work is the bane of the drinking classes” …. or is that my dyslexia speaking? Anyway, I would put it to you that we can all donate an afternoon here or there. Help set up the winter/spring dance, volunteer for a Community Boating Center work party. Do you have a favorite island? Host a cruise.
Contact your nearest CYC board member in your area of interest: “I have an idea.” Then do it! It’s what gives this club personality.
January 30 deadline for 2019 club dues!
Ahoy Members! This is your new Membership Chair reminding you that we need to have your 2019 membership dues by the end of January--that's when the boat sails away! Along with your check you MUST also include the information slip that was mailed to you along with a stamped return envelope (how convenient!). Be sure to complete all of the questions including any changes to your contact information, boat location, etc.--VERY IMPORTANT! It is a good idea to check your listing in the 2018 Roster to see if the information there is still accurate.
Education Committee Report: Please take our CYC Education Survey
CYC members' most requested club activity is for more boating education. Mike Reed and I are hoping to develop a more robust education program for the club. We need club members' input on the kind of education activities that YOU would like to participate in.
PLEASE TAKE THE CYC BOATER EDUCATION SURVEY
Member responses will be compiled and reported to the membership. In the coming year we hope to provide activities for the most requested areas. We are looking for other club members to help us plan for boating education activities, please contact us if you would like to help with this effort.
Bellingham Sail and Power Squadron class:
America's Boating Course
Fulfills the requirements for Washington State Boater Education Card.
Recognized by most insurance companies for lowering rates.
Winter 2019: Tuesday evenings, January 8th - February 26th
Spring 2019: Tuesday evenings, April 2nd - May 21st
Cost $110 - To Register: Bellingham Technical College (BTC)
Select "Take A Class" and look for our classes in the Marine department or call 360-752-8350 and ask for BTC Item #4560
Presented by experienced sailors and boaters of the Bellingham Sail and Power Squadron for all types of watercraft including Kayaks, PWC's, Power and Sail Vessels.
Includes optional 4-hour boat excursion reinforcing classroom lessons.