| Newsletter for September 2006
From The Bridge……
Over the next two months, our club will be nominating as well as electing a new Board of Directors for 2007. So, my report for October will outline the club procedures for this important club process.
At the September BOD meeting, the Board established a nominating committee of three members: Kay Rademaker, Phil Vallejo, and Jim Halsne. Additionally, at the September General Membership Meeting a call for nominations was given for all elective positions in the club. It also should be noted that all eligible members may nominate one person for each elective position at the October General Membership Meeting. Further, once this process is complete, the tendered slate of officers will be mailed out 2-3 weeks prior to the November General Membership Meeting. At this meeting the tabulation of all the members’ votes will take place and the results will be announced
In January of 2007, the Change of Watch (installation of new officers) will take place.
John Gutenberger, Commodore
Rear Commodore Report
From the Galley:
What can I say that even comes close to saying thanks to our club members for your help in the galley and decorations in and out of the club throughout the year ... " Western Days " showed me a lot of efforts from a lot of people including "Non members" i.e.( Eva) The decorations were wonderful and thanks for your support ..Many thanks to you all…
I was informed today, 9-19-06, that the dishwasher will be delivered at the club 9-20-06 and we will set it where it goes, then install it after we see what things look like (counter space ). There will be some changes on the back counter top soon. I expect to have it up and running by next week...
9-26-06 will be our last Taco Tuesday. (Sad for me), but, there is talk of Monday Night Football and I'm listening to our club members. This could be something interesting, and I'll take all the members input on this subject anytime, so please contact me....
Just a reminder, This is your club, name tags are required on everyone and their guest that enters the building ASAP. You have done a great job helping out with this, and it shows ...Thank you
With kind regards…Be Safe… and see you soon Jerry Stiles
GENERAL BOARD MEETING: Thursday September 14, 2006.
Meeting called to order at 6:00PM.
PRESENT: John Gutenberger, Jerry Stiles, Herman Meyer, Steve Rabbon, Debbie Hill, Margaret Artmstrong, Michelle McGuire, Blair Hake and Jeff Sargent.
COMMODORE’S REPORT: John Gutenberger called the meeting to order at 6:00. The Board reviewed the minutes from August 10, 2006. There was a motion to accept the August minutes as written. It was second and approved to accept the August minutes as written with no corrections or further discussion.
BAR TABS: John reported to the Board that there are too many un-paid bar tabs. John requested that the bar manager send a letter to all members with an overdue bar tab to clear any un-paid balance. The Board discussed making a policy regarding the un-paid bar tabs. This issue was tabled for further review.
NOMINATING COMMITTEE: John presented to the Board the Nominating Committee for 2007. The following club members will preside on the committee and report the nominations to the Board for the newly elected officers: Kay Radimaker, Phil Vallejo and Jim Halsne have agreed to serve on the committee
FOOTPRINTS: John and Herman reported to the Board that the club footprint has been moved with ABC approval. Herman reported that he went to ABC and changed the footprint and also acquired a caterer’s license for the club. The caterer’s license will be a great benefit to the club for all upcoming events. John requested that the Bar Manager get enough signs around the club to remind everyone of the boundaries for alcohol outside of the club. Herman also reported that all club members remember to wear their badges and when bringing a guest you are responsible for that guest and to make sure they have a badge and inform them of the footprint.
WESTERN DAYS: The Board went over the recent Western Days event on Labor Day weekend. Margaret reported that the balance sheet did not reflect the proceeds from that event.
VICE COMMODORE: Gregg and Carol presented to the Board 2 new applications for approval. Discussion followed regarding the 2 applications with the Board. It was voted and approved by the Board to accept both applications. Carol also reported to the Board that there is an application that is pending an interview. Carol will continue to set up an interview, however, if the applicants do not contact Carol in a timely manner the application will not be processed.
REAR COMMODORE: Jerry reported to the Board that the dishwasher has been purchased and will be installed soon. Jerry also reported that he has received two bids so far for a new air-conditioner. Once he has received three bids, he will present them to the Board for discussion and approval.
TREASURER: Margaret passed out the balance sheet for the Board to review. After discussion it was approved. Margaret had no further items to present to the Board at this time.
PORT CAPTAIN: Steve reported to the Board that all materials needed to fix the dock are in, and hopefully a work party can be started to get the dock in order. It was also reported to the Board that the lawn mower has crashed, but not burned. Steve will look at it to see if it can be fixed and report back to the Board.
FLEET CAPTAIN: Herman had no other items report.
Roger Beebe: Roger presented the Board with a power point presentation on the Village West Yacht Club By-Laws. The Board reviewed the By-Laws for corrections and additions. All items where not reviewed so this will be tabled for a special committee to finish. This committee will consist of Board members, which will meet on October 10, 2006 at 6:00PM to go over all other areas for additions and corrections to the club By-Laws.
Joann Trump: Joann had no report at this time.
Blair Hake: Blair had no items to report at this time.
Michelle McGuire: Michelle had no items to report.
PICYA: Carol reported to the Board that there is a Management Conference coming on Saturday, October 28, 2006 at the Golden Gate Yacht Club. Carol will post a sign up sheet for any Board member interested in going.
With no further business to discuss the meeting was adjourned at: 8:10pm.
How to Put Out an Onboard Fire
Fire aboard a boat can by a terrifying experience. But most boat fires can be put out rapidly – if you act immediately.
Knowing what to do in an emergency can make all the difference. Many boats have burned to the waterline because the people aboard panicked and jumped overboard without assessing the situation. They probably could have put out the fire, had they used a marine fire extinguisher.
All power boats 26 feet to less than 40 feet must carry two B-I or one B-II U.S. Coast Guard approved fire extinguishers.
40 feet or less than 65 feet must carry three B-I or one B-II and one B-I U.S. Coast Guard approved fire extinguishers.
Always have fully charged fire extinguishers ready to use, where they can be grabbed quickly. And don’t wait to until a fire starts to read the directions on your extinguisher.
If a fire starts, activate your fire extinguisher immediately and direct it to the base of the flames. Use short bursts, and sweep from side to side.
Remember that fuel, heat and oxygen are necessary for a fire to exist. Eliminate any one of them and the fire will go out.
Cooling, smothering or both usually extinguish fires. Most U.S. Coast Guard approved fire extinguishers are designed to smother fires.
Never use water on gasoline, oil, grease, or electrical fire. Splashing water can spread a gasoline fire; and because water is a conductor, you could receive a shock if you throw it on an electrical fire. Water can be used to extinguish burning wood, mattress, rags, rubbish and alcohol.
Even if a fire appears to be out, it may smolder for a long while and start up again. If possible soak any burned material over the downward side of the boat. When the emergency is over, retrieve the debris to avoid littering the waterway.
Follow these steps if a fire breaks out while underway, to prevent the fire from spreading to other parts of the boat:
Wind from the boats motion feeds the flames, so slow or stop the boat.
Keep the fire downwind. If the fire is aft, head the now into the wind. If forward, put the stern into the wind.
If the engine catches fire, shut off the fuel supply immediately.
If nothing else works and you find that the onboard fire is indeed more than you can handle, have everyone aboard don life jackets (they should already be wearing them at this point) and quickly jump overboard, upwind of the burning craft.
To have your fire extinguishers checked, may I suggest you contact our members, Denise or Dennis Sexton, Armor Fire Extinguishers, 209-547-1937.
WHATEVER YOU DO IT SAFE!
The month of September found us welcoming Don Olson as our new member. We are always happy to see new members. Please take the time to introduce yourself to our new members and let's get to know them. This year, we have had a number of new members and they seem to jump right in and help whenever help is needed. We are all working together like a finely oiled machine!! Keep up the good work!!
During the September meeting, the Board of Directors discussed various changes to the existing by-laws to reflect current practices. Members who wish to participate in additional discussions with the Board of Directors are invited to a meeting at VWYC on Tuesday, October 10, 2006 at 6:00 p.m.
The most recent Delegates meeting was on September 11th at San Joaquin Yacht Club, attended by VWYC Delegates Carol Schueler and Dedrick Denison. Jay Brown of Encinal YC announced the 10th annual Wheelchair Regatta will take place on September 30th. Sausalito yacht Club announced they have a new chef and they welcome all PICYA yacht club members to visit for fine dining.
The Fall Managment Conference is scheduled for October 28th at Golden Gate YC. This is an important educational meeting for any club members who are on the Board, or may want to serve on the Board at some time in the future. Any Club member can sign up to attend via the registration form on the bulletin board. So, if you want to learn more about the business of operating a yacht club, please sign up and attend this meeting.
RBOC Representative Lenora Clark announced the recent Call-To-Arms resulted in a defeat of SB 1127, which attempted to raid boater funds to rescue salmon fisheries. There are other funds available to address the fisheries needs. Lenora thanked all the yacht clubs that participated in this letter campaign to the State Legislature, (and I personally thank all our VWYC members who so graciously participated by signing letters). Lenora also spoke about the current stakeholder meetings that have taken place regarding proposed legislation for boater education and licensing. RBOC will conduct discussions on this subject at the Fall Management Conference.
The PICYA Publication Committee is moving forward to publish the 2007 Yachting Yearbook. Club information is due to Johnnie Owen in Word or Excel by 12/1/06 to get a 10% discount.
Johnnie Owen mentioned that club members can still book a cabin for the June Alaska Cruise with only $100 deposit if you call prior to 9/26. Twenty-three cabins have been booked, so the group will be entitled to a free cocktail party.
The Scholarship Committee announced they are still accepting applications until 9/30/06. They have several college scholarships of various amounts to be awarded to any persons affiliated with any PICYA yacht club. So, if you know anyone who is attending college, please refer them to these scholarships. Applications and qualification information can be found posted on the VWYC bulletin board or online at picya.org. Scholarships will be awarded at the November PICYA Delegates Meeting.
Club Of The Year- As of this date (9/20/06), VWYC is not near the top of the point list, but we have earned points that are not yet posted. Those points will be posted soon.
September started off with our big three day event…Western Days! We had such fun and if you missed it this year, hopefully, you won’t next year! !!!
Herman headed up the event with his faithful partner Sue, Diane Sullivan, Bill Zehender, Jerry Stiles and me. We had a couple of jam sessions, threw out some great ideas, put together a schedule of events, invited Sacramento Yacht Club, and basically ran by the seat of our pants! It was miraculous the way everything turned out. We had a successful event and made a few dollars to boot! Even had the "Duke" as a guest
We had quite a crowd all weekend and Sacramento came to help us determine just which club could “out-drink” the other. .!!
I tell you, there were a few late nights…and I know Burt Riisager spent a couple of them, holding our honor. Yeah Burt!!! I really think we need to have a trophy to take back and forth!!! So, our Saloon was very busy! Thanks to Jenni and Gregg that kept the liquid cold and flowing
Also, busy, was the galley. Jerry was working all weekend, with a galley full of help! Sue Meyer, Diane Sullivan, Carol Del Prete, Suzanne Bentley and Eva Pollard, from Clovis, a good friend of Diane, were all there helping him prepare and serve all those meals. They were a great team! Thanks to all of you! We also want to thank Eva for sending most of the decorations from Clovis. They really made the event! !!
I spent most of my weekend running around pulling loose ends together! If anyone needed something, I got it. If the schedule wasn’t quite working out, I tried to figure out why…and how to fix it! I was also in charge of Matilda! She was a Rhode Island Red chicken that we decided to invite to the event in order to raise a few dollars to invest in new tablecloths for the club. Now, this was NOT an easy task. I thought we were bonding as I brought her in from Modesto on Friday. I even held her Friday night as Jerry hosed out her “kennel” she was rooming in and I gave her fresh straw to bed down. But, NO, was I surprised Saturday morning when she decided to fly out over my head as I opened the cage! Ok, so we really hadn’t PLANNED entertainment for early Saturday morning…I was ruing the day we put in those new windows! And, as I was chasing her up and down by the horseshoe pits, I got a glimpse of several early risers sitting, watching from their boats…Sacramento got a great laugh, also. I finally decided I had better get some help. Knowing I was not getting any support from the “peanut gallery”, I marched down to Jobsite and found Jerry’s HUGE shark net! Matilda and I suddenly were back on the same page…what a start!
Had I known…had I only known…I would surely have been feeding her fresh fruit and veggies all day? You think? Well, by the time I got her on the board for “Chicken Chit Keno” she was not about to “Chit”. What with EVERYONE looking and all…we monitored her for an hour, before she decided it was time for her to roost! She was ready for bed and would NOT “chit”! So, we had to postpone her Saturday “chit” until early Sunday. I was up at the crack of dawn feeding her fresh tomatoes, watermelon, grapes, and her regular seed food. She was such a good girl! Did her thing within about 15 minutes! We had four winners! A gentleman from Sacramento, Bob, won the $100 first prize. Second was split between Jean Northington and Russ Kaiser, a Sacramento gentleman. Third prize, $50, went to Diane Sullivan. The Sunday afternoon board was barely filled, so when she finally got around to going…we only had one winner. It happened to be Bob, again, from Sacramento!!! He won $50, and we called it a day! Matilda went home with Jenni, our bartender, and is living on the farm with her! I hear she even has a “Little Buddy” she has taken up with! We will have to keep up with her!!! Jenni, take good care of her! We may need her again next year! And don't let any of the guys talk about chicken soup!!! I had to watch her close!!! Not Chicken Soup!!!
I cannot tell those of you that didn’t make it, just how wonderful the food was over those three days! And the steak for a “buck an ounce”, that you cooked yourself…what a wonderful idea! And, also, what a great idea to do it out under the big shade tree!!! Sacrament sort of adopted the area under that tree and rarely left it. The weather was a little warm and the shade was very pleasant.
We also had Jerry’s “Jailhouse” under the tree. Saturday found me swearing in Chester Webb as Sheriff and his faithful, Guinness, as “Deputy Dawg”. He got busy right away by arresting Dan Schueler, who had a wanted poster, for “wake busting”, as he came into the marina earlier that day. He also was found arresting Herman Meyer on eleven counts of “mouse murder”…needless to say; we had to remove “mouse races” from the agenda!!
Even our Commodore, couldn't escape arrest!!
He was busy all day arresting all kinds of people for all kinds of things. He also needs a thank you for taking all these good people to Kay Rademaker, for collecting fines in the form of raffle tickets for the “club boat”. She had a very fruitful weekend.
All in all, we had a marvelous weekend, and from all I heard, Sacramento was of the same opinion. They have already said they want to come back! And, they loved the band on Saturday night, Group Therapy, as well as the little couple that played on Sunday. Mark your calendars for next year! We still have some good ideas we didn’t get to do!!! YeeeHaw!!!!
Actually, after the weekend, I was so tired; it took me a week to realize it was over!!! We rolled right into Taco Tuesday, took a couple days off, LOL, and rested!!!
We had our monthly General Meeting on the 15th and were fed wonderfully, again, and did a repeat on Saturday night for the Joker’s Wild Poker Run recipients. Jerry and Little Buddy just never seem to tire of the galley!! Thanks, Guys!!
As I was winding up the month and trying to wind down…it seems I am in a dilemma, of sorts. I went to my mailbox this morning, and found a strange ransom note. As those of you who went to the Reggae festival with us last month, know, I had my new “Jessie” collectible doll that Danno gave me for me birthday. She is a 12 inch doll from the movie, Toy Story. I was searching for someone with a 12 inch “Woodie” (from the same movie, of course). Anyway, after the weekend was over, we came to Village West and immediately got started on Western Days. I noted she had disappeared, but thought she may have slipped down behind the sofa. Well, how was I to know, she had been Doll-Napped!!! Well, I got a note and she is being held in lieu of a $500 ransom!! I have it covered, though; Woody and Buzz Lightyear immediately jumped on Pokey (waiting for Gumby)…with $500 and are on their way to rescue her!!! There were some “questionable” characters docked on either side of us…da da da dummmm…We have an AMBER ALERT out for her. Any sightings would be helpful…
Article Love is in the Air…once again. It seems like we have completed a circle. My first Village Voice was in February and I announced the engagement of Chet Webb and Mary McCurley. Now, they are married. Many club members gathered with them and their families, as they exchanged their vows and rings to become a family instead of “just a couple”. What a special event on such a beautiful day!! The weather could not have been any more perfect! There was lots of special singing and dancing. We got to see Mary’s dad, Buck, and his lovely wife, line dance for her, which was very sweet. He is 86 years old and traveled here from Arizona. They had a few family members singing special songs as well as, Sue Hernandez, Chet’s sister, performing the ceremony. It was a very special event. Good luck, you two!!!
This past month or so has also found a few of our members having minor surgery. Rick Scott, as many may know, had surgery on his arm after a recent Jet Ski accident. Steve Cole had surgery, also, on his shoulder. Hey, guys, hope all is healing well.
If anyone has been ill or had surgery, please let me know. We do send cards and want to keep up with how you are feeling and if we can do anything to help.
Speaking of Love, Jenni has reported on Matilda. Seems she has taken up with a little Banty rooster and they are always seen together! Well, hope that works out!
We want to say Happy Birthday to those October recipients!!!
Diane Kinsinger Oct 2
Larry Keethe Oct 2
Donnalee Simmons Oct 3
Ken Norvell Oct 3
Dennis Hurst Oct 3
Linda Hanson Oct 6
Julie Hurst Oct 9
Bill Kinsinger Oct 10
Marla Loveday Oct 13
Christopher Grandov Oct 14
Nancy Matuska Oct 16
Paul DeLloyd Oct 17
Warren E Wegge Oct 18
Mary Lou Rogers Oct 19
Jerry Stiles Oct 22
Charley Cypert Oct 23
Web Bentley Oct 26
Kay Rademaker Oct 28
Ken Keith Oct 30
Dianna Vanoni Oct 30
Terri Passadore Oct 30
We also want to remember those with October Anniversaries!!
Michelle & Joe McGuire Oct 2
Catherine & Bill Beatty Oct 6
Karen & Steve Werbowski Oct 19
Janet & Frank Guilelmino Oct 25
Nancy & Jim Halsne Oct 27