Scuttlebutt ~ April 2016

Commander’s Corner
By Commander Michael Matich

OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW

This is my last Scuttlebutt as Commander for the 2015/2016 year and I would like to thank everyone for all the help during the year. It was quite the learning curve as it had been a while since I was so involved in the Bridge. Many things in our organization have changed. Please join me in welcoming our incoming Commander. He is a wonderful person but does need a lot of your help. He is working on putting together next year’s Bridge and continuing the work of outgoing Commander. Hopefully he can do a better job. Please welcome incoming Commander Michael Matich. HEY, that’s me. How did that happen!
Our AGM will be held on April 20th at the Confederation Seniors Centre located at 4585 Albert Street, Burnaby, commencing at 1900 hours. The notice of meeting will be circulated shortly.

Desolation Sound stories and videography by Bob Douglas will follow the AGM. Do you know the Desolation Sound homesteader who has very strong ties to our Squadron? If you don’t, you will have to come to the meeting to find out.

Our Change of Watch will be on May 7th at Little Billy’s Steak House located at 6785 Hastings Street, Burnaby. Happy hour will commence at 1800 hours with dinner at 1900 hours and special awards. See the calendar for further details.

We have a couple of long standing Education officers who will be retiring from the Bridge this year, Tom Scottnicki and Ray Lindroos. Please join me in thanking them for the many years of service to our organization.

The Lindroos’ presented their 2015 trip to Alaska on board Deep Pockets at our March 9th Information night. Many people came out for the most impressive presentation.

Our spring classes are well underway. The Boating Basics class has finished and Beyond the PCOC (Boating 2), with 6 students, will be writing their exam on April 6th. Introduction to Navigation (Boating 3) is scheduled to start on April 12th but registration is slow. We have three students from the Boating 2 course signed up. The decision to split the Boating course into two is currently a work in progress as far as I am con-cerned. I have talked to a few other squadrons and they are also having problems recruiting students for Boating 3. We will all be looking at packaging these two courses as one next year. The VHF course started on March 16th with 14 students and they will be writing the exam on March 30th. Many of these students have boats. A recent development in CPS-ECP is the change in requirements to become a member. As long as you have taken any CPS-ECP courses, you can join. We will be approaching all of our students to entice them to join our organization. Please get this word out to friends, family and fellow boaters. If we do not run courses, we miss the opportunity to bring in new members. If we do not have new members, it is hard to put together a Bridge. If we do not have a Bridge, we do not have a Burnaby Power and Sail Squadron.
This is your organization, please help support it and come out to events and volunteer to help. There are still a few Bridge positions not yet filled, so please call me to help out.
Port Moody, Coquitlam and Burnaby will be holding a safety day at Reed Point marina on June 4th. Recreational Vessel Courtesy Checks (RVCC) will be offered to boaters who sign up. Once the boat passes the inspection, a decal is issued to be displayed on the boat. Volunteers are needed to help during the day so don’t be shy. Give me a call to offer your help. We will be promoting boating safety, the benefits of CPS membership and boating courses. Inlet Marine will be on site with a sale on safety equipment and will also be accepting expired flares. Fire extinguisher checks and other events are also being planned for the day, so stay tuned for further announcements.
Members training to be RVCC providers for safety day.
Our last few Pub night social events have been well attended with all having a lot of fun. We were going to book another Pub night in April but the Bridge discussed another event which we decided to incorporate in-to our social schedule. Vancouver squadron is holding their annual Bilgewater Bash at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club on April 16th. If you have never been to one, it is an incredible evening. It has been a few years since Burnaby has attended but when we did, we closed the place down. Please see the calendar for further details.

The Seattle Sail and Power Squadron is holding their 75th Change of Watch on April 9th at the Queen City Yacht Club commencing at 1800. There are a number of us planning this most enjoyable trip. Please see the calendar for further details.
Vancouver Squadron and PMD have set up a new event for all members and friends. This will be a Predicted Log Race up Indian Arm culminating at one of our CPS member’s dock. The date is still being worked on but newly refurbished trophies have been made up for this event, one of them being a hollow log. The hollow contains a bottle of rum.
The cruising season is just around the corner, so please check out the Calendar for dates. Our first cruise is on the Victoria Day weekend to Gibsons. Cruise master Neal has informed me that he has not heard from many people. Remember, if we do not have participation, there may not be a Burnaby Power and Sail Squadron.
June 5th will see a cruise to Ambassador Darlene’s dock in Port Moody, aka Alderwood Landing. Come by boat, plane car, etc. Details to follow.

As always, please feel free to contact me with your thought and comments.
Commander Mike
604-324-2395 or cmdr@burnabysquadron.com

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