Commodore’s Message January 2020

Happy New Year to all of you!  I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday Season.  Those of us who attended the Yacht Club’s Christmas party were treated to ham, turkey, and sides prepared by the Board members and appetizers and desserts brought by the other members.  Thanks so much to Kathy Rodgers and Debra Richardson for spearheading the event.  Not only was the food delicious, but we also learned that some of our members have hidden dance talents with Team Funky Chicken and the Locomotion teams taking top honors in the dance contest.  Thanks also to Michael Scott for providing the music.

Thanks to the generosity of our club members, we collected $1,000 at the Christmas party for the Island Senior Resources Meals on Wheels program.  When I presented this to Debbie Metz at ISR, I learned that a generous anonymous donor was quadrupling all donations made by the end of the year, turning our SWYC donation into $4,000!  What a wonderful Christmas gift for a great program.

I am also happy to announce that Katy Shaner is our new Rear Commodore, and she plans to continue her work with the Windward Women and the kayaking group.  Pete Grimlund has volunteered to come on the Board as a Member at Large to fill the position that Katy vacated.  Thanks to both of them for accepting these positions.
As we enter the new year, it’s time for membership renewals.  Early in January, our membership tool, MembershipWorks, will automatically send a renewal reminder to the primary account holder of all current members, and only primary account holders can renew.  All members will receive a separate email explaining the online renewal process which can be completed with a credit card transaction.  You will all still have the option of paying by check. If the Primary member isn’t the person that normally makes payments in your household, you can make that change online.  Instruction are on the website.
I am looking forward to a great year for the South Whidbey Yacht Club, and we are in the process of finalizing our 2020 calendar.  Don’t forget to go to our new website often for updates on all of our activities.
Looking forward to seeing you at our various events throughout the year.
Jim Rogers, Commodore SWYC

JANUARY GENERAL MEETING

January 15, 2020
Deer Lagoon Grange 
6:30 Sips & Chips
7:00 Business Meeting
7:15 Program

Stacy Wallace is a Naturopathic Physician and herbalist, practicing on Whidbey Island. She served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 10 years in both the rugged Northwest and the Northeast. She has a decade of sea stories and experiences on the water to share with us.  Her talk will include some of those stories and a slideshow of photos.


IT’S RENEWAL TIME!!
January is the time to renew your SWYC membership.   Dues remain the same again for yet another year.   The only thing that is changing is that renews will be done online.   You will be receiving an email in the beginning of January with instructions on how to renew your membership online.
We understand that this is new to everyone but have all the faith that we will figure things out together. We’ll be at the January General Meeting to help anyone who is having issues with getting logged in.
Thanks for helping us move to the digital age in 2020 and don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions or need assistance in any way.
Look for email notices in your email the week of January 6th.   Feel free to contact Debra Richardson; dannrich@whidbey.com or Kathy Rodgers; maemae121@hotmail.com with any questions or concerns.
WINDWARD WOMEN
Windward Women, come one, come all and let’s celebrate the beginning of the new year with a social on Monday, January 13 to Port Townsend. We can wander through Port Townsend at leisure and meet for a 11:30 lunch at the Thai restaurant called Khu Larb Thai – 225 Adams Street. Khu Larb Thai is a charming restaurant serving delicious Thai food. Their recipes “reflect the Chinese, Malaysian and Indian influences on this distinctive cuisine.”
The restaurant is a short walk from the ferry landing and a block from the Rose Theatre. Interested in finding out more about the restaurant? Check out the menu.
Morning ferries from Coupeville are at 8:45 and 10:15. The earlier ferry would be good for wandering Port Townsend and a leisurely walk to the restaurant. The choice is yours. If you are driving instead of walking on ferry reservations are recommended on this route.
Reservations will be made so please contact Katy Shaner ktshaner@whidbey.com by Friday,  January 10.
YOUTH & ADULT LEARN TO SAIL CAMPS
It’s not too soon to think about summer sailing lessons for the kids in your family (and maybe yourself as well). Our Youth Learn to Sail day camp teaches kids ages 10-16 the basics of sailing. The courses combine shore-side instruction with lots of on-the-water, hand on tiller experience. The focus is on being safe and having fun.
South Whidbey Parks and Rec will open registration in April – watch for a notice in the Newsletter. and the SWYC website.YOUTH SAILING CAMPS
Beginning Students
Ages 10 to 15
Camp 1 – July 6-10
Camp 2 – July 13-17
Camp 3 – July 20-24
Intermediate Students
Ages 12- 16
Open to students who have achieved Level 2 in the Beginning Camp
July 6-10
July 13-17
July 20-24
$175 per week
All camps run from 9 AM to 2:30 PM. Students will sail on Deer Lake.ADULT SAILING CAMPS
Session 1
June 20 & 21
10 AM to 2:30 PM*
Session 2
June 22 to June 25
2 PM to 4:30 PM*
Session 3
June 27 & 28
10 AM to 2:30 pm*
June 26
Regatta and Makeup Day for all sessions
$200 per session

**Intermediate Lesson Plan will be available for returning or experienced adult students
For more information about classes

BobRodgers100@hotmail.com
Register with SW Parks & Recreation
www.parks.org

KAYAKING

Join other SWYC kayakers to learn about and share plans for kayaking in 2020. Our first meeting will be Monday, February 3. Please put this date on your calendars with details to follow. Questions? Contact Katy Shaner at ktshaner@whidbey.com