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WEEK OF FEB 7-13, 2012...

THIS WEEK'S HEADLINES:
BARTENDING CLASS TONIGHT?? (See Story Below)
WELCOME OUR TEN NEW ADVERTISERS!
SPRING DANCE SET FOR MARCH 24
SAVE MONEY FOR YOU AND THE CLUB!!
LAST CHANCE FOR ROSTER PICTURES
BOOK SEMINAR SET: SOUNDS LIKE FUN!
 
IN OTHER NEWS:  
NAMELESS PEOPLE GETTING JIB SHEETS...
THE BOAT SHOW STORY
HOW TO LOG IN AT THE WEB SITE
AND YES, OUR PHOTO CONTEST!
                  Scroll down for the complete articles.


This Week We're Open: Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Meetings This Week: Tue. Lng Bar Training Class
Other Events: Thu. WR Wheel & Keel;  Sat. Lounge Noon Private
Bartending: Thu. Jody Erickson; Fri. Langei; Sat. Knowles

OUR 2012-2013 JIB SHEET SPONSORS:
Please thank them for supporting the Club!
Automobiles: Wilson Motors  Boatyards: Seaview North BoatyardThe Landings @ Colony Wharf  Boat Sales & Charters: Bellhaven Yachts, Bellingham Yacht Sales & ChartersNW Explorations,  San Juan Sailing & Yachting  Canvas & Upholstery: Squalicum Marine  Computer Systems & Communications: CSS Communications, T.D. Curran  Casino, Restaurants & Resort: Silver Reef  Electronics: San Juan Electronics  Electrical Repairs & Supplies, Furnaces: Rasmussen Marine Electric  Engine Repairs & Repowering: Tri County Diesel Marine  Floral Designs: Jody King Designs   Hardware: Hardware Sales, Inc.  Insurance, General & Marine: The Unity Group  Lettering: Special-T Striping & Sign  Marine Cooling Systems: Orca Marine  Marine Services: Cooper Marine Service, Top to Bottom Inc. Marine Service  Marine Supplies:  LFS Inc., Redden Marine Inc.  Outboards, Stern Drives, Boats & Repairs: West Coast Marine Services  Realtors: Gary BakerDawn DurandPhil Dyer,  Chuck McCord   Security Systems & Locksmith: Security Solutions NW  Surveyors: Matthew Harris


BAR TRAINING TUESDAY 2/7( IS THAT TONIGHT?) AT 6PM.  WALK-INS WELCOME!!

SAVE THE DATE NOW FOR THE DANCE (WE GOT IT WRONG AGAIN!! LAST WEEK!)

Save the Date for the Second Annual Spring Fever Dinner Dance on March 24th, 2012.  (We will be sending all BYC Members a formal invitation around March 1st.) 

Here's what happened:  After the event was scheduled, it conflicted with the Windows on the Bay schedule...They are our terrific Dining Room Lessees!  So, we moved it to the 24th.  That was the bad news because a few folks who wanted to come, couldn't.  BUT, here's the good news:  Because we moved the date for the event, Tom at Windows on the Bay gave us special pricing, so the Club will do better.  Thanks, Tom!

Thanks, Members, for your understanding.  Here's why you should come: >> You'll enjoy entertainment, cocktails, dinner and dancing held here at our Bellingham Yacht Club lounges and in the beautiful Windows On The Bay dining room.<<  Watch for the invitation and sign up early, for last year we sold out in 10 days!  See you there.


PLEASE WELCOME OUR NEW ADVERTISER/SPONSORS:
THEY ARE IMPORTANT TO US... 


You may not realize it, but all the expenses for our roster and jib sheet are offset by the income from our advertiser/sponsors.

Now, I'm delighted to report that, so far, ten new advertisers have joined the group of folks who generously support the club while they promote their businesses.

Above, in the classified listing that appears at the top of every Jib Sheet you will see all of our advertisers that have currently ordered ads for the coming year; we expect more to join them within the next week or 10 days as our campaign for new patrons wraps up.

We would like to highlight the following new companies that are in that list: Bellhaven Yachts/Charters; Cooper Marine Services; CSS Integration & Communications; Jody King Designs; Orca Marine Cooling Systems; Redden Marine; Security Solutions NW; Silver Reef Casino, Hotel & Spa; T. D. Curran; and Unity Group Insurance.

Renewing their contracts for the year are:  Gary Baker, Realtor; Bellingham Yacht Sales & Charters; Hardware Sales; Dawn Durand, Realtor; Matthew Harris, Marine Surveyor; The Landings at Colony Wharf; NW Explorations; Rasmussen's Marine Elecric Inc.; San Juan Electronics; San Juan Sailing/Yachting Sales & Charters; Seaview North Boatyard; Special-T Striping & Sign Inc.; Squalicum Marine Interiors-Canvas-Upholstery; Sterling Real Estate/Phil Dyer; Top to Bottom Marine Service; Tri County Diesel Marine; and West Coast Marine Services Inc.  

These advertisers make a big difference here in our club. Because we try to run each part of the Club without any net cost to members --- except for our projects that serve youth and the community --- it is advertising that has allowed us to add photos to the roster and to improve our communications in so many ways over the recent years.

Next time you see any of these folks, or do business with them, please make it a point to show your appreciation. Each and every one is a first-class operation and a stalwart member of our local communities!  Thanks. --- Joe Coons, Jib Sheet/Roster Senior Editor


LETTER GOES OUT TO "NAMELESS" JIB SHEET RECIPIENTS...

Over the weekend, we sent a letter to all the jib sheet subscribers for whom we only had an e-mail address. Our e-mail was headed "Important Message re Your Bellingham Yacht Club E-mails". If you got one of these e-mails, please respond to it promptly; it asks for your name, address, and if you are not a member, why you are getting the Jib Sheet.  Your response will help us keep our mailing lists in order and up-to-date, and it will also keep the Jib Sheet coming to you, since if we haven't heard from you by month-end we will take any unidentified e-mail address off the list. Thank you!


SPEND $100, GET $105 WORTH!

Here's a BYC Board-approved offer from your Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, and Finance Committee for Members who use their Credit Cards to pay Club bills: 

Background:  Every time a member uses a credit card it costs the Club money, money that we never see again. We would like to encourage those credit-card-using Members to pay their dues and bar tabs using cash or checks. Because typical transactions are small, the cost to your Club is fairly high (the Club is charged both a per-transaction fee plus a percentage).

The question:  Did you know you can prepay your Club expenses and get a discount??

As an incentive to leave the credit cards behind, we will give you $5 for each $100 dollars-or-greater payment towards a credit balance at the club (that is over and above any existing balance for purchases already made in your account). It's easy to take advantage of this offer; simply send a check for $100 or more to the Assistant Treasurer at the BYC and your account will be credited that amount plus $5.

Think of it:  The next time you visit the bar there will be no need to pay when you leave, your account will be charged with the purchase amount. When your credit balance approaches zero, a reminder will be sent to you via email that you need to reload your account!  What could be simpler?

Help your Club keep its money working for us rather than lining the pockets of credit card processors:  
  • Giving you the $5 keeps the money in our club, rather than giving it to the credit card companies.
  • Keeping a credit balance on your account helps the accounting staff and the volunteer bartenders too.
 This offer is good until July 1, 2012. At which point, we will reassess how effective the program is working.   --- Michele Bodtke, Rear Commodore & Treasurer

[Editor's note:  This was a great reminder to me to pay cash or pay in advance, but I don't need the $5!  I spend anywhere from $10 to $150/month at the Club depending upon Club functions, and in the past I've used a credit card.  I'm going to send it $100 or more today, and I'm going to note on my check "skip the $5 bonus". --- Joe Coons]
 

FROSTBITE CRUISE TO BE FIRST OF SEASON

The First Cruise of the season we envision leaving BYC sometime on Saturday 2/18 (unless its really nice on Friday) and returning on Sunday 2/19 (unless its really nice and we stay until Monday 2/20 if we have the day off work).  Any way, pencil it in on your calendar and shoot me an email or tell me at the club if you can confirm, or have ideas for the event. 

Of course, we can work out some sort of ‘ride share’ for those without boats who want to enjoy Inati Bay in the winter!  --- Neil Bennett neilrbennett@live.com


SEMINAR ON THE 29TH: "MORE FASTER BACKWARDS"...

More Faster Backwards: The Rebuilding of the David B. is the title for the seminar on Wednesday, February 29th, 6-8pm, here at our Club.  Writer Christine Smith will be at our club with an informal presentation and slideshow based on her memoir of the rebuild of the 1929 motor vessel David B

In 1998, Christine and Jeffrey Smith dreamed of owning a small tour-boat company. After trying to raise money to build a tall ship failed, they decided the only way to get into the business was to purchase an older boat to restore. In More Faster Backwards: Rebuilding David B, Christine takes her readers through the wilds of the Inside Passage on the David B’s maiden voyage to Alaska, while she weaves in tales of restoring the sixty-nine year old boat.

Christine thinks that sharing her story will help others believe in themselves. Her motivation to write the book was, as she says, “to show people how Jeffrey and I worked together to clear obstacles and meet our goals. There were so many times we could have just walked away, but the reward of keeping our focus really paid off.”

More Faster Backwards: Rebuilding David B was published December, 2011. Christine will have copies of her book for the presentation at Bellingham Yacht Club on February 29th. For more information visit, MoreFasterBackwards.com

[Ed. Note:  Since the book directly relates to boat operation/ownership, the bar can be open during this event, as it is a purpose-related event.   I've met Christine and Jeffrey, and been on the boat.  Neat people, neat boat, I hope to attend.--- JC]


YOUR PICTURES ARE NEEDED

[Because of an unavoidable, technical publishing delay, the Roster/Yearbook will not be in the mail until later in February than planned, so you have longer to take advantage of this opportunity!]

We need pictures of our BYC Members (with their partners) and their boats for the 2012 edition of the Club's Roster and Yearbook.
 To see what they should look like, look in your present Roster at the end of the "BYC Members" section. We will run one photo per membership and one boat if we can…

Of course, if you were in last year's Roster/Yearbook, we already have your photo(s) on file and will reuse it.

Only digital images will be accepted, and they will be cropped as necessary to eliminate extraneous background by the editor; you need not worry about this! Color images are preferred, and Members' pictures should have heads close together! All submissions are subject to editing and/or inclusion at the full discretion of the editors.

Send your photos to Joe Coons at Joe Judy@Comcast.net. Photos must be received before February 10 for inclusion.  We hope to have the book in Members' hands before month-end.


HAVING TROUBLE LOGGING IN TO THE BYC.ORG WEBSITE?

Some of you are having difficulty setting up your account in the "Mmbers Only" section of our web site.

The difficulty is caused by the security measures we have put into effect to keep the site from being damaged, as well as a little confusion "at the keyboard". Here is the process for you to follow from Sally Poorman, our intrepid webmaster:

1. Go to http://members.byc.org.
2. Click on the sentence "click here to register for a new account". This is in the welcome paragraph, highlighted in red.
3. Fill out form. Important! Use only lowercase for your username. Then enter your name as it appears in our roster, and a phone and email in case of questions.
4. Usually within 24 hours you will get a confirmation email from site admin, which includes a password generated by the system. You can reset this later if you like.
                                 
Since we will check your info against the roster, it is done by a live person, hence the possible 24 hour wait. We usually get to them within minutes, but it depends on whether one of us is right there at a computer.
 

COOKBOOK PROJECT COMMITTEE SPONSORS RECIPE EVENT!

The Cookbook project committee plans to sponsor a series of catering events this year beginning with the F@F on March 2 featuring Soups and Salads.

All BYC members are invited to bring a favorite soup or salad with its written recipe, which will be included in the Cookbook. We want your recipes! For convenience, click either of the attached recipe templates (Word or Acrobat) to use and forward to anyone on the project committee. Hand-filled-out recipes can be left at the Recipe Collection Box at the bar or mailed.

Currently the project committee members are Bob Kehoe (676-0898 bobkehoe@Comcast.net), Gail Haines (676-1344 mghaines@Comcast.net), Jody Erickson (223-2119 jody.erickson77@yahoo.com), Mary Baker (734-9471 Garygbaker385@cs.com), John & Teresa Van Haalen (650-9319 vhaalen@Comcast.net), and Alex Marr (778-2484 marra@asme.org).


SAILING SEASON'S COMING:

Greetings!  Planning for the 2012 Racing season is underway.  We are looking forward to maintaining the level of racing while encouraging participation.  Anyone who is interested in racing their own boat or crewing on another boat is encouraged to attend.  We are considering a cruising class this year to help get new boats involved, as well as coordinating schedules with other yacht clubs to welcome visiting boats and encourage BYC boats to attend other races.

We will be finalizing the Sailing Instructions and schedule soon, with Wednesday racing beginning April 4th.  --- Bart Maupin


BOAT SHOW BUS REPORT AND A NEW IDEA...

The Boat Show Bus was a big success this year, with a fun time had by all, from delicious beverages both ways, to the sandwiches and potato salad on the way home, to all the different boats and booths to visit.  Many of us met at McRory’s for lunch, too. We had an almost full bus with many boating friends, new members and a few guests.
 
Thanks to San Juan Sailing for providing all of the tickets for the trip, and to Americas Cup, Nautigirl and Jody King Designs for their gifts.  I would also like to thank Lisa McCardle, Jim Langei, Alex Marr, Marsha and Bob Riek, and Terry Tavelli, (the latter for his years of bartending).  Without the help from all of them, our trip would never have been a success.
 
A follow-up:  We are going to try an plan a Bus to Emerald Downs in April, where our members and boating friends will be able to try their luck betting on the Ponies!  Watch for the announcement.  This would be great new event; I’ll be forming a committee to help get this project through its starting gate.
 
Next year I hope to see all of you on the Bus!  Vice Commodore Jody King Erickson


WANT TO DEVELOP YOUR WEB SITE DESIGN SKILLS?

The BYC has a web site maintenance "Help Wanted" sign on its door!
 
After 7 years, our webmonkey Sally Poorman will be stepping down at the end of this Club "year" in October. Our web team of Sally, Michele Bodtke and Terry Tavelli are looking for someone to take over.

You should have growing proficiency in HTML, be knowledgeable about security issues, and, hopefully, have some experience with Wordpress.

Another project: We are hoping to develop a privacy and usage policy to present to the Board in the next few months.

Contact Sally Poorman at mermaid@byc.org if interested in either helping to develop our web policy, or taking over the reins of the website in the future. THANKS!


HOW TO SEE YOUR EVENT HAPPEN AT THE BYC...

Do you have a great idea for an event at the club, but you're not sure how to "make it happen?" It could be anything: educational, social, a wine tasting, a music night, a family event.

You might think this means signing up for "Programs Committee" and going to endless meetings, but it doesn't! Here's what to do to make your event happen: Bring us your event idea, and date. Our BYC Programs Committee exists to help our members have the events they want. We'll help get it budgeted, help get it on the calendar, and help pull it all together. What you need is the idea and the willingness to host the event.

The BYC Programs Committee exists to serve the membership with what THEY want, and without your input we don't know. Email Sally Poorman at Mermaid@zeninternet.com, and with the rest of our programs committee, we'll "make it happen."


COOKBOOK PROJECT WORK CONTINUES...

We have begun the process of recipe collection from BYC members and we'd love to have your participation! A recipe contribution form will be available at the lounge for all you chefs of the club to submit recipes. Anyone wishing to fill out the recipe form electronically can do so by downloading or clicking on the fillable form here.  (See "Cookbook Project Committee" story above.)
 
It is our fervent hope that there will be at least one recipe from every member. Questions about the cookbook can be directed to any of the project group members who are Angie Santosuoso, Bob Kehoe, Mary Baker, John & Teresa Van Haalen, Cheryl Myers and me.  --- Alex Marr


THIS WEEK’S PHOTO QUIZ

No one (other than the photographer -- Meredith Ross) correctly identified last week's picture. Hamarikyu Gardens is an oasis on the edge of Tokyo Bay. You can see more pictures here: http://shibuya246.com/2010/04/11/hamarikyu-gardens/.

This week's picture should be easier to guess. As usual, send your answer to steve.ross@wwu.edu.
 

Remember to submit your articles to  Jibsheet@byc.org  Deadline is each Monday noon.

Fair Winds and Following Seas from your JibSheet editors: Joe Coons & Jim Langei. 

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