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DECEMBER 24th through 30th, 2013
WELCOME OUR NEW BAR & LOUNGE MANAGER:  I am very excited to announce that last Thursday your board approved hiring Steve Hayward as the new BYC Bar & Lounge Manager. Steve and his wife Monica have spent most of the past several years in Arizona and Mexico. Now they are returning home, and fortunately have agreed to take on our bar management. Steve comes with many years of relevant experience, including owning and managing his own bar and restaurant. He has also spent most of his life around yacht clubs! He is an avid, long-time boater. For those who know Steve I'm sure you will agree he is an excellent choice for our BYC as we move forward.
    Join me welcoming Steve and Monica to the club! They will be introduced to the membership at our next general membership meeting on January 8th. Stay tuned for for further details - including the plans for that night's dinner. ----- Michele Bodtke, Commodore

WE WILL STILL NEED VOLUNTEER BARTENDERS to help Steve cover events, except now there'll be a pro on hand to help with your bar duties.  Thanks to all our volunteer BT's...
WONDERFUL NEWS! Last Friday, in the spirit of holiday giving, Paul Myers was on deck with a presentation for Sink the Dinghy. This year our efforts have been focused on completing the funding for the Bellingham Technical College Foundation Endowment Fund, and on Friday we reached our goal! We now have raised over $25,000 - I am so proud of the our club and the generosity of it's members. The beauty is that the endowment is permanent, and a scholarship will be given each year in the name of the BYC to a student studying a marine-related trade. We should all be very proud! Thank you for digging deep and sharing with those less fortunate. --- Commodore Michele

THE ROSTER IS COMING, HERE ARE THREE THINGS TO DO: (1) Send your best photos for inclusion in our BYC Roster. If you're not already in the Roster (which is mailed around February 1), we want a good shot of your faces and your boat! (We can crop your photo for you!)  Look at this year's Roster photo pages in the back of the "Members" section to get an idea what we want. Send photos with the names of the subjects listed to  (2) Send us the name of organizations you work for. This will give our Members a list of BYC folks with whom they can do business.  They also go there... (3) Be sure you check your address in the your 2013 Roster to be sure it's correct; if not, let us know at! (4) Remember that the Roster address listings are never to be used for any solicitation of any kind not directly related to our BYC!  Thanks! --- Joe Coons. Roster Editor
CRUISING REMINDER: Angie Santosuosso is the BYC Cruise Chair for the 2013-2014 boating season. She has planned some amazing cruises for our members, including 3 on land and more than 10 on water!  We need you to help host one or more of them, to destinations such as Deer Harbor, Rosario Resort, Sucia, Friday Harbor, Anacortes, Poet's Cove, Desolation Sound and of course our own Inati Bay! She's done a lot of the groundwork, reserving slips and supplying basics needed; your job will be to help with the planning of activities and helping at the cruise. Contact her if you can help!  It'll be fun for all, including you!  Contact Angie at 360-319-7863
NEW YEAR'S EVE: There will be no formal party at the club this year - however the club will be open. Come and spend the evening with friends, or drop in for a toast before heading out for the evening. And January 3rd will be a no-host Friday@5 - the first Friday of the year. Hope to see you there.    
SATURDAY JAN. 25 IS THE BOAT SHOW BUS DATE! Leaving at 8:30 a.m. and returning at 7:30 p.m., you’ll have fun with no parking or ticket hassle, and admission to both shows (in the water and in the exhibition hall). On the bus, great food and drink both ways; only $45.00 P/P covers it all!  Sign up at BYC.ORG on line to have all the details properly recorded! Seats are limited…
THE SUPER BOWL PARTY IS SUNDAY FEBRUARY 2: With luck the Seahawks will be battling for the title as world champs!! Get your chili recipes out and tuned-up. We had 17 soups for the Lighted Boat Parade - let's see if we can get over 30 chills for the annual cook-off. The silver ladle trophy is on the line. Stay tuned for details. Super Bowl Party - February 2nd. With luck the Seahawks will be battling for the title as world champs!! Get your chili recipes out and tuned-up. We had 17 soups for the Lighted Boat Parade - let's see if we can get over 30 chills for the annual cook-off. The silver ladle trophy is on the line. Stay tuned for details. 

THE CHRISTMAS PARTY REPORT: A huge thank you to Jim & Angie Santosuosso for preparing all the pasta for the Holiday Party last Friday. The food was amazing!! Kudos also to everyone for bringing the extras and the great was a wonderful evening! After dinner we had the ugly sweater contest. There may have been more male contestants than females: it was a hoot. Thanks everyone for sharing the holiday spirit with your friends at the club!
ABOUT FRIDAYS AT FIVE: We are returning to the original plan for Friday@5: Camaraderie at the end of the week, supplemented with appetizers and finger food provided by all those that attend! Of course, this does not preclude a group from sponsoring a Friday event, and providing more than finger food! If you or your group would like to do that, sponsor a Friday@5 you will be reimbursed up to $150 towards the cost of food. Please contact me if you would like to reserve a date.  Commodore Michele or 360-720-4155
JOE COONS SAYS, "I'M GETTING OLD!"  That's why he's looking for some folks to help with writing and editing of the Jib Sheet and the Roster.  He has pledged to teach you all about the tasks, too, making you more computer-proficient.  He will train you and work with, at least for 2014, you'll do, at most, half of the job,  Call him at 739-1528 for details or email 

FOOTBALL AT YOUR CLUB: Our BYC bar and lounge opens at 5pm and closes at the end of the game for Monday Night Games and whenever the Seahawks Play! Drink specials and bar snacks will be available; come down and enjoy it with friends; $1 tacos served at the games;
FROM THE COMMODORE... Thanks to all of you who made the Christmas Party such a success, and to everyone who works so hard to make our BYC what it is: Fun for all. I'm excited about our new Bar & Clubhouse Manager (story above) and about the upcoming events on New Year's Eve, at the Boat Show, and on the Superbowl's date; it will all be fun.  But especially for our BYC Members, best wishes for a joyous Holiday Season and a Happy New Year: I am honored to serve you!  I look forward to sharing a full report about our activities with you when we Introduce Steve Hayward at our January 8 Membership Meeting.  --- Respectfully, Michele Bodtke, Commodore
2ND NOTICE: BY-LAW CHANGE TO BE PROPOSED: Pursuant to the By-Laws, the board is proposing to make minor changes to the Junior Membership class definition, replacing the old one in your 2013 Roster. This change is to Art. III, Section 3(F) is being made per By-Law Art. XVII, Section 3; with new text to read "(F) Junior: A junior member shall be any person under the age of twenty-one (21) years, or a full-time college student under the age of twenty-three (23) years, who has met the requirements of Section (2) above. A junior member may not vote and may not hold office. The BYC Board of Trustees will determine and publish in the BYC Policies the rights and privileges of junior membership, which may vary by age. Upon attaining the age of twenty-one (21 or 23) years, a junior member shall be required to apply for active or intermediate membership, paying such fees and meeting such requirements as the Board of Trustees may require."
    Approval of this Change by our Membership will be requested at a future, regular Membership Meeting, the purpose of which will be announced.

STEVE ROSS'S PHOTO CONTEST... Last week's picture was taken at the Ταβερνα Ακροπολη (Taberna Akropole in the Roman Alphabet), in Athens, Greece. Mark Schmerler, Lisa Megard, Mark Harding, Meredith Ross, Dean Altschuler, & Marty Haines all identified the country (apparently, many BYC members know what a ΤΑΒΕΡΝΑ is!). Mark and Meredith correctly named Athens as the city. The fat cat in the picture is one of many that ensure no food scraps go to waste here, and throughout the country.
    No fat cats visible in this week's picture. If you know the location, send your answer to And, whether you know the answer or not – have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

   Jib Sheet Editor this week is Joe Coons
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