It’s cold enough that I’m calling it WINTER! After subfreezing temps I’m glad to see the 40’s! Back to reality: it means it’s time for the Christmas dinner party for SBYC. It’s a busy time of year for most of us and I’m sure you have lots to do for Christmas and New Year. I do hope you have set aside time to come to the Christmas dinner party at Ivar’s on December 18, 2018. We will have both rooms at Ivar’s for the gathering. Roger will have his electric piano to play, while those of us who wish can sing Christmas carols with him.
We will also be installing our new officers for 2019. It has been my pleasure to serve the club as the Commodore this past year. I am disappointed that I couldn’t make the events; as all of you know, my boat has been totally out of commission for the past year. I hope to get that resolved this coming year. Both the boat, and event attendance.
Jesse has again offered to host the gift exchange, so all of you who wish to do so please bring a wrapped gift to be bartered about. I look forward to seeing everyone there! Don’t miss it if at all possible.
Please remember that your yearly club membership is due now. Normally there is a late fee after December 15, but the board voted to extend it to the 18th. So, if you forget to send in your dues by the 15th you may pay them at the meeting with no penalty. Now there’s some Christmas spirit!
Looking forward to the 18th and seeing everyone’s smiling faces!
Christmas Dinner Meeting.
Next Dinner Meeting: Tuesday, December 18, 2018
IVAR’S Salmon House, 401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle
5:30pm – Meet and Greet
6:45pm – Dinner in the Banquet Room
Topic: “Christmas Party”
We’ll be doing lots of things to celebrate this year past and a New Year soon upon us, including:– Singing Christmas Carols (Roger will be playing the piano, with lots of Christmas music and singing). Julie Newby will be soliciting new members for the SBYC All-Women’s Choir, with a rehearsal/performance all happening at once during the evening.
– Recognizing the excellent work of the 2018 Board Members and installing the incoming 2019 Board Members
– SBYC Gift Exchange, directed by Santa’s top elf, Jessie Lundin. Participation is totally optional, but if you’d like to participate please bring a gift in the $15 to $20 range, nicely wrapped. Please no “White Elephant” gifts or re-gifting of items that you’re trying to rid yourself of, but gifts with a humorous twist are certainly welcome. Jessie will remind us all of the rules of the exchange, and do her usual terrific job of directing the exchange (and urging everyone to keep things moving along.)
We have both banquet rooms reserved as this meeting is usually our biggest attendance of the year. Wear some bright and colorful Holiday gear to get us all in the mood. Wild Christmas ties! Outlandish Christmas Sweaters! Blinking lights!?!?!?
REMEMBER: Please use the Comments box in your RSVP on Evite to advise how many of which dinner menu choice you would like. The Evite will go to your email Inbox Monday or Tuesday, with responses due no later than Saturday morning, December 15. AND, for anyone who still has not paid their 2019 club dues, paying them at the Dinner Meeting is your last chance to do so without the late fee.
~Tonight’s Featured Menu~
Mixed Greens Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
Cedar Plank Roasted Sockeye Salmon
Local berry salsa, cornbread pudding, seasonal vegetables
Blackened Salmon Caesar Salad
Spicy rubbed Coho Salmon served our traditional Caesar Salad
Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables
Ivar’s World Famous Fish ‘n Chips
Original recipe since 1938!
Alaska True Cod, coleslaw
Potato gnocchi, sweet green peas, mirepoix vegetables, mushrooms, shallots, white wine, lemon cream sauce
Coffee, Decaf, Hot Tea
Special dietary needs can be accommodated; please let me know.
Main course selections are due by 9:00pm on Friday, December 14. Look for your Evite invitation in your email, then hit Reply and use the Comments field to tell me how many in your party and their dinner selections. Cancellations must also be made by 9:00pm December 14.
Note that the deadline for reservations is also the deadline for cancelling a previous reservation; otherwise you will be charged for the meal. Guests are certainly very welcome, but a no-show will require payment of the meal(s) by the club member who invited the guest(s).
Dinner is $35 per person. If you charge your meal (credit card), we will add $1 per meal. Please purchase your drinks from the staff in the banquet room. The receipts count towards our room rental minimums.
WHEN YOU RECEIVE THE EVITE INVITATION TO THE DINNER, PLEASE REPLY AND USE THE “COMMENTS” FIELD TO TELL US HOW MANY IN YOUR PARTY AND WHAT MEALS EACH OF YOU WOULD LIKE!
Last Saturday, December 8, some of the Land Cruisers from the club partook in the Seattle’s Pathway of Light Luminary Walk, which takes place every year around Green Lake in Seattle. This year SBYC had 13 members walk around the lake and take in the Christmas music provided by local schools and groups at intervals around the lake. The display of lanterns all around the perimeter of the lake lit the way and many people adorned themselves with lights of all colors and descriptions. There were hot air balloons, which were lit up, but securely anchored to the ground, and made a pretty backdrop to the walk. Small boats adorned with holiday lights quietly motored around the edge of the lake. All the festive lights and lanterns added to the magic which is the Luminary walk every year. Come join us next year!
[Picture of balloons courtesy of Seattle Green Lake Pathway of Lights Facebook page.]
NOTICE of By Law housekeeping addition, and one change.
The Board of Directors has approved the following changes. Summary of By-Law changes are shown below IN CAPS in ARTICLE IV and ARTICLE X.
- Housekeeping change: formalize reading of the nominations for officers at both the October and November Dinner Meetings, rather than just the November Election meeting. This has been the practice for two years, and gives more notice to the membership of the proposed slate of officers and elections.
- An addition of one year’s membership to the requirements for being nominated for an elected office.
- Housekeeping addition: an addition clarifies in ARTICLE X which officers are elected. This does not change the By-Laws.
Changes and additions are shown below in CAPS:
ARTICLE IV: Nominations and Elections
Section 1: The Nominating Committee shall publish nominees in the Rudderpost prior to the election meeting, which shall be the November dinner meeting. The Nominating Committee shall read its selections to the Club at the OCTOBER DINNER MEETING, AND THE NOVEMBER election meeting. Additional nominations OF CONSENTING MEMBERS IN GOOD STANDING FOR A MINIMUM OF ONE YEAR FROM THE ELECTION MEETING may be made from the floor by any voting member. No members shall be nominated without their consent.
ARTICLE X: Officers & Duties
Section 1: The Commodore, Rear Commodore, Secretary, Treasurer, RACE CHAIR, AND CRUISE CHAIR shall be elected at the annual election meeting for the following Club year.
DISCUSSION: Adding one year’s membership tenure to the requirements for an elected office does NOT affect participation on any committee or task. It does not change eligibility for appointment by the Board to an elected office, should there be a vacancy. Being a member of SBYC for a year prior to serving at the level of responsibility of an elected officer allows a candidate to participate in club activities while the club gets to know how the candidate might best serve the club.
Also, now that the Nominating Committee forms in May, rather than in the fall, there is ample time to recruit interested tenured members who may not volunteer, but might be interested and available.
Hi to all SBYC Members!
December 8 was the day of the second in the Snowbird Series races for 2018-2019. The day fell between frontal systems, and although it was brisk outside, in the lower 40s, the wind was on the light side, and the rain stayed away. Thirty seven boats are registered for the race, and all but six showed up on the starting line.
Shilshole Bay Yacht Club boats include Corvo105, skippered by Tom Kerr, and Billabong, skippered by Ben Lobaugh. As many of you know, Last Tango is for sale, as our own Jim Geros says he plans to do a little more land cruising.
We have the boats broken into five classes, including a “one design” class for the eight J-105s. This time I divided the bulk of the boats into classes based more on their sail area to displacement ratio, rather than just their PHRF rating. Although this makes for a bigger spread in ratings, the “sport boats” tend to race against similar boats, and the heavier boats race against similar designs. So far I believe this is working out well.
Lots of boats heading for the Meadow Point Buoy after rounding the first mark at West Point.
Everyone had finished by mid-afternoon, and many of the skippers and crew attended the after race party at Ray’s Boat House.
Next Race will be held on January 12, followed by the last two races in the series on February 9 and March 16.
Hope to see more of our SBYC boats out there in the next few races.
Tom Madden, Race Cair.