Upcoming Events

Cdr. Mike’s Memo to all Members and Friends 

Spring is in the Air, albeit really late. What a winter. I was born and raised in Vancouver and my webbed feet have never been this wet or cold. With winter now behind us the cherry blossoms are popping out all over and the tarps are finally coming off the boats. There is a hustle and bustle everywhere around the marinas, which means boaters are itching to get their boats ship shape for what will hopefully be a sunny and dry summer. 

Our fall boating courses have been a success and our Tri-Squadron effort with Coquitlam and Royal City has been absolutely wonderful. It is so rewarding to see our plans coming to fruition. The Tri-Squadron committee has met a number of times and the decision has been made to hold all of our 2017/2018 Bridge meetings and other activities together. As I have reported previously, many Squadrons across Canada are struggling and there is a great effort to determine a new course for our organization. National has heard the call and PMD is also looking at ways for us to consolidate our efforts as one group, rather than each of us reinventing the wheel. Past D/C Dave Peebles has a mandate to see how Squadrons are looking at ways of operating which are not technically within the CPS rules and regulations. As Dave said, ‘nothing is off the table’. With that in mind, our Tri-Squadron group is steering a new course and we are being watched as an alternative to a merger or amalgamation. It is a way to consolidate but keep our own identities. 

You may have also seen in our Notice of AGM the names of 3 Co-Commanders. That was not a typo, Bill Grout, Jennifer April Matich and I talked with the Nominating committee extensively about how to lead our own Squadron. We are looking at a team effort to lighten the duties. I have found over the last two years, that there was just too much to do for one person and to be honest, I was burning myself out. 

The call out for Bridge Members has resulted in being able to put together an outstanding group of members for our Bridge. Our Tri-Squadron Super Bridge will be meeting in May and at that time we will be planning our 2017/2018 activities. Each of the Bridge positions will gather their respective officers to form a committee to further lighten the duties within that job description. The only officers that we cannot technically combine will be the role of Membership and Treasurer. Our plan 

also includes having more fun activities. Our last PMD meeting discussed this. In order to entice new members, this is a must to me. Do you remember how you got involved with CPS, was it to do a bunch of unpaid work teaching classes and doing a whole lot of administrative work. I think not. You came out for the fun and then became aware of our mandate to make our waterways and people safer under our education mandate, so you decided to give something back while still having fun. 

This has definitely been a challenging two years for me, trying to navigate what feels like transiting Dodds Narrows at a full flood current. What a ride. Whoa Hoo. Thanks for all the support I have had from so many, especially my wife Jenn, who performed many man over board rescues of me. 

The time has come for me to step down as your Commander. I hope I have made a difference and have helped set up a new path for all of us to follow. I’m not totally retired yet but it is definitely time to let others rise to the occasion. In the words of a fellow Past Commander of our sister Seattle Squadron, and good friend, “Live Long and Prosper” 

Upcoming events, 

April 18

Tri Squadron Social

Me ‘N Ed’s

7110 Hall Street, Burnaby

Happy Hour 1800, Dinner 1900

Adults $16, Kids $13

All you can eat pizza, bottomless pop, etc.

Call Jenn at 604 324 2395

April 22

Tri Squadron Student cruise

In celebration of our students, we will once again hold our predicted log race up Indian Arm and

Rendezvous at the Vancouver water ski club in Bedwell Bay, where chef extraordinaire Martin Vine

will barbeque up a feast

April 26

Burnaby Power and Sail Squadron AGM

Confederation Community Centre

4585 Alberta Street, Burnaby

1900 Hours

April 29

Seattle Sail and Power Squadron COW

Meydenbauer Bay Yacht club,

9927 Meydenbauer Bay Way, SE, Bellevue, WA

This is a Uniform A or Hawaiian attire COW and party.

There will be lots of grass skirts and leis. Rumour has it the Village People might make an appearance.

We already have a contingent of Burnaby and Tri-Squadron members. Join us for a great night.

http://www.seattlesailpowsersquadron.org – $25pp

May 1

Royal City Power and Sail Squadron turns 60 years old

May 12

Tri-Squadron COW

Scandinavian Centre, 6540 Thomas Street, Burnaby

Cocktail hour 1800

Buffet Dinner 1845

Featuring Herb & mustard pork tenderloin, Maple glazed salmon & Vegetarian pasta, etc. $45pp

Change of Watch 2000

Dancing with Allegro Duo

Jenn 604 324 2395 or mmatich@shaw.ca

Please send any Squadron pictures to Lynda at lbennett4277@gmail.com for a video montage.

May 13

SeaSkills Marine Expo

The United States Power Squadrons and Canadian Power & Sail Squadrons

are presenting a day of fun & learning at the Blaine Marina. 1000 to 1700.

Boating skills classes, marine/vendor/arts & craft booths. Kid’s activities and Food trucks

Free vessel safety checks

1000 Marine distress flare & fire extinguisher training.

YES, you get to actually fire of flares.

For more information go to http://www.boatingisfun.org or call 360 332 6484

May 17

First Tri Squadron Super Bridge meeting

May 20

Cruise to Snug Cove

Contact cruise master Neal Tyldsley for details and to sign up

Book now. You can always cancel late. Our dock space is rapidly filling up.

http://www.cruisemaster@burnabysquadron.com

May 26 & 27

PMD COW

Watch for details in the next issue of Canadian Yachting

June 3

Recreational Vessel Courtesy Check

Reed Point Marina

Come out and have your boat checked to ensure you are in compliance with regulations.

Once certified, you will receive a decal. There are also a number of other RVCC days throughout

the lower mainland. Give me a call if you are interested.

Further details on these and other events to follow.

As always, my door is open. Please contact me with any questions. Cmdr@burnabysquadron.com

or 604 762-2827.

Cmdr. Mike

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