Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser.


In this Issue:

  • First New Members' Night a Success
  • Plan on the CLUB SCRUB Next Week
  • Commodore Pete's Last Column
  • Fleet Captain Jody's Final Report
  • New Publication Sponsorship Arrangements
  • Want a key BYC Job?  Here's a great one!
  • Questionnaire is Coming!
  • Junior Movie Night Next Week
  • Commodore's Ball Coming...

Scroll down for the complete articles.


Our ever-innovative and creative Friday at Five coordinator Steve Moore has made our next one a "Great Dates in History" theme.  You'll have to look at the flyer here, and bring some snacky-goodies when you come down to our Club for all the fun!

The NEW MEMBERS' NIGHT was a big success!

Commodore-elect Michele Hurst Bennett writes: ”Thanks to everyone that came on Saturday!  The food was fantastic – the bar was hopping – the vibe was positive – and everyone appeared to be having fun enjoying THEIR club.  It doesn’t get any better…"

And Trustee Jonathan Knowles blogged: “For those who did not attend [Saturday’s]  New Members' night… it was really a fun evening.  There was a great mix of members and it had one of the best “Yacht Club” feelings I have experienced since joining four years ago. There were, of course, the New Members, but also a good chunk of the Board, the sailors coming off the Marmetta Cup, Scott Wilson (High School Sailing team Coach) who had been on the Bay all day running a WWU Collegiate Regatta in crazy 20-30 winds, the Fridays@5 contingent, Power Boaters, and Non-Boaters.  Even the elusive Jon Seestrom and his wife Leslie Cook were hanging around, setting up for a Sweet 16 Birthday party he was sponsoring downstairs.  I think that the inexpensive drinks played a part in the great turnout and I had the bar open [Jon was our volunteer bartender] until midnight.  At $3 a drink, the club will not be “rolling in cash”.  Based on the till amount, we must have sold 150-200 drinks which translates to a lot of members enjoying the evening.  I think Missy and Jane plan to host New Members' Night every quarter, which will be a great shot in the arm for the club for morale and to bring people together.   So everyone needs to get the word out to all their member-friends from all segments of the club.  And, as well, bring along a guest (i.e. future New Members).” 

And Co-Chair Jane Sylvester says: "Thanks to all who made it a great success and thanks to Jonathan and Michele 2 who did the bar tending. What a great night. We look forward to having many more great events for our great club ~ at least one special a month on Saturday or an off-Friday would be good. Missy Steffen [Co-Chair] and I are putting together a calendar so we can get things posted. Thanks again! --- thanks to our three unofficial “reporters”!

Reminder:  Monday Night Football EVERY WEEK!  Bring your snacks and appetizers to make it more fun...and cheer on your favorites.  Start time is the same as the game in your newspaper or TV schedule each week!

Club Scrub is Saturday, October 9, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Please plan to come...

The annual Club Scrub is scheduled for Saturday, October 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please put it on your calendars now!  This is a great opportunity to help your Club and get to know our Members one-on-one, and it’s fun, too.  There will be a lists of tasks to be done on a table when you come in.  Pick your task and go to work, simple as that.  Routine things, like cleaning chores and office filing, changing bulbs and tidying up storage areas.  Complicated tasks, including possibly electric or carpentry work (volunteers in these areas, bring your most-used tools, please.) And every-year things: Cleaning the walk-in cooler.  Painting.  And this year things, too, like organizing and inventorying the downstairs pantry…and getting rid of excess stuff there.  If you wish, you can volunteer early. Call John Van Haalen at (360) 650-9319 or email him at, he'll love you   for it!   Perks, too!  Free pizza and liquid refreshments at the end of the session, coffee and doughnuts at the start.  The Club Scrub saves the Club a maintenance bundle, thanks to all of you volunteers who come down for it!

Commodore Pete Foti's Last Column:

Well, it’s hard to believe that this is my last Commodore’s Column… it seems like just yesterday we were getting prepared for the Commodore’s Ball!  It has been a whirlwind year of changes, and one that has definitely kept me busy.  One recent change is the addition of MNF (Monday Night Football) at your club.  Last week was an exciting game, a real squeeker that went right down to the final few seconds.  It was a lot of fun for those in attendance, which was close to 50 people!  The Etchells fleet provided cheeseburgers and polish sausage with all proceeds going to the High School Sailing Team.  It was a great time had by all, and good appetizers as well.

Our first New Members Night was held last Saturday, and was a great success with close to 60 members in attendance, including several new couples.  It was a good way to meet our newest members and welcome them into our club and get to know them better.  We will be having a New Members Night once a quarter. 

I am now bowing out gracefully to our new incoming Commodore, Michele Hurst-Bennett, who will be taking over the helm on October 6th when your new bridge and trustees are installed.  I would like to thank EVERYBODY for all their hard work and support over the last year.  It has made my job much easier, and I know that you will continue to support your new officers in their endeavors during the upcoming year as well.   Here’s to a great new year ahead!          --- Pete Foti, Commodore

[And, on behalf of all our Members, thanks to you, too, Pete!  Well Done.]

With the "Guard" Changing, Fleet Captain Jody Gives Her Final Report:

Fall is here and many of us simply do not want to give in to the rain and gloom.  I am optimistic that we will have a few more sunny days to enjoy! So get out there and enjoy our fall weather as winter will be here all too soon.  This will be my last Jib Sheet article as Fleet Captain.  I look forward to serving you as your Rear Commodore 2010-2011, if you should have any questions please contact me.  I will do my best to address your concerns with integrity and professionalism! 
I personally want to welcome all of our new board members and our new Fleet Captain Michele Bodtke…..Welcome aboard everyone! Also,  I want to thank all of the volunteers that I worked with in the past year.  You are what make our club and I so enjoyed working with all of you.   Finally, welcome to all of our new members!  I look forward to meeting all of you and having a grand year.

Please be safe out there on the water this fall and enjoy our beautiful fall weather!   Fair Winds ~ Calm Seas.   --- Jody King Erickson, Fleet Captain

WHO PAYS FOR ALL PRINTED STUFF?  Our Sponsors, that's who!

It costs a chunk for all of our publications!  Web sites, printing, entry forms, all the paper that goes into running our Club.  Even though our workers are all volunteers, we still have expenses.  Over the years, we have developed some wonderfully supportive groups of sponsors for our activities and events.  Because they support us, we hope you will support them!

To recognize our sponsors, but also to help newcomers to our are know who great vendors are, we're going to be implementing a new link to their names on our BYC website.  There are two lists, alphabetical and by industry.  You can check the list here right away...

HERE'S A KEY BYC JOB that We need To Fill...

With Michele Bodtke's election as Fleet Captain, the Club needs to find a new Membership Secretary, and it's a pst that will quickly acquaint you with a lot of BYC Members!  This appointed secretary compiles new member applications and provides them to the Rear Commodore for presentation to the Board. Once approved, the Secretary adds member information to the database, prints the membership cards and compiles and mails new member packets. New member information is provided to the Jib Sheet editors, email communication secretary and name badge secretary. The Membership secretary helps with club mailings and member renewals, which occurs once a year. Training will be provided. Please contact Michele Bodtke if you are interested (360.720.4155) for more details and time requirements.  Thank You!

Look for the BYC Questionnaire.  We want to hear from You!

The marketing steering committee says that a BYC Questionnaire will soon come to every member of our Club.  Look for your copy and be sure to submit a response for yourself (and every member of your family, if possible) by October 12 so they can be tabulated and included in a report to the Board of Trustees on October 14th.  A report will be in a Jib Sheet, too, summarizing your responses!

The Youth Sailing Program is hosting a FREE MOVIE NIGHT!

Sunday, October 10th at 5:00 p.m., upstairs at the BYC, all Members are invited to the club for a free viewing of the adventure documentary180 Degrees South.  This documentary includes sailing, surfing, climbing and more!  The movie trailer can be viewed at the following link:

Please RSVP or call Amy @ (360) 734-5085 if you plan to attend so we know how much pizza to order.  Donations will be accepted for the cost of food.  Please bring your favorite movie snack!!    --- Amy Kashiwa

Don't FORGET TO CALENDARIZE THE COMMODORE'S BALL DATE!  It's Saturday, November 13.  Black tie Party-party-party...Good food, too & dancing.

Editors: September has been Joe CoonsKathy Brown takes over for October, then Jim Langei in November.  Reach us all at  (If you like the Jib Sheet, let us know.  If you don't, tell us nicely.  If you're really grumpy, or if you really want a few good stories every week and a lot of spam email, new editors to replace us are always welcomed.  It takes two hours minimum a week between Monday noon and Tuesday morning.) Deadline is Monday noon!
You are receiving this mail because you are a Bellingham Yacht Club member.

Unsubscribe <<Email Address>> from this list | Forward to a friend | Update your profile
Our mailing address is:
Bellingham Yacht Club
2625 S. Harbor Loop Dr
Bellingham, WA 98225

Add us to your address book

Copyright (C) 2010 Bellingham Yacht Club All rights reserved.
Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp