2016 BYC Board of Trustees Candidates



Mike Allsop

Mike Allsop

Question Responses
  1. Why do you want to be on the Board of the Bellingham Yacht Club? I like working on capital projects that make the club more appealing. If the club works and looks first class it becomes used by more members for more events. This leads to more membership and more participation.
  2. What will you bring to the Bellingham Yacht Club if you are elected to the Board for 2016-2017? Capital projects take time, planning and approval by the membership. I have a plan that will be disclosed later.
  3. What is your vision for the Bellingham Yacht Club for the future? A vision for the club’s future is to have a sailing program that is the best in the U.S. and a club house that is the envy of the yachting community.

As many of you know, I led the effort to remodel our club…upstairs and down…with the help of many member volunteers. It was a fun, rewarding and successful effort.

Mike


Jay Bornstein

Jay Bornstein

Born and raised in Bellingham I’ve been a BYC member since 1968. Retired after 43 years at Bornstein Seafoods, Inc. Participated in many associations, government liaison committees, service clubs and several boards of companies and NGO’s. See the Spring issue of Business Pulse Magazine for greater detail.

Question Responses
  1. Why do you want to be on the Board of the Bellingham Yacht Club? Participate in developing the club further.
  2. What will you bring to the Bellingham Yacht Club if you are elected to the Board for 2016-2017? Experience. Enthusiasm. Albacore Poke.
  3. What is your vision for the Bellingham Yacht Club for the future? A community based club with many faucets of boating interface. Getting the younger folks to experience and enjoy Bellingham’s by the bay heritage. Keeping the club fiscally sound.

Jay


Thomas Childs

Thomas Childs

So a little about me. I grew up in Anacortes and around the AYC I started racing sailboats at age 8 back then they didn’t have a youth program so I bounced around all the race boats in Anacortes then onto boats all over. I remember back in the late 80’s when I would come up to Bellingham to race at PITCH. It was one of the highlights of the summer for me. I can remember thinking wow BYC, now that is a Yacht club.

I grew up in the restaurant industry when I was a kid my parents owned a restaurant in Anacortes and I want onto culinary school. Some of you might have meet me at the club when I volunteered to cook a few times. I am hoping I can bring some of my experience from the restaurant and catering industry to good use at our club. I would like to see the offing of food increase at the club as it brings more people out. I look forward to serving you on the board and look forward to meeting more of you in the club.

Question Responses
  1. Why do you want to be on the Board of the Bellingham Yacht Club? I am looking to be more involved in the club. I feel I could help the club grow I have helped out with many events over the past two years. We have a good momentum going and I think we could step it up. I am also hoping I can encourage more people to volunteer and be involved in the club activities.
  2. What will you bring to the Bellingham Yacht Club if you are elected to the Board for 2016-2017? I have the gift of bringing people together and getting them to work together well. We have a good mix of members in our club and I would like to see more people step up and help out and feel I might be the one to make that happen. By reaching out to the right people in the right way.
  3. What is your vision for the Bellingham Yacht Club for the future? My Vision for the club is growth in membership, growth in our sailing program and regattas (PITCH/DJOD) and growth in our volunteer pool. We have many volunteers but we don’t want to burn out the ones that do all the work.

Thomas


Roger Schjelderup

Roger Schjelderup

My name is Roger Schjelderup. I own and operate Top to Bottom Inc. a local marine service in Squalicum Harbor. I have been a member to the BYC for 20 years. I am married to Lisa Schjelderup and have 2 children Patrick and Elizabeth. I love the outdoors and boating. I am a past commodore of the Wheel and Keel – 2002.

Question Responses
  1. Why do you want to be on the Board of the Bellingham Yacht Club? I want to be on the board of the BYC because I have something to offer our community and yacht club.
  2. What will you bring to the Bellingham Yacht Club if you are elected to the Board for 2016-2017? I will bring to the club the ability to make recommendations and decisions that relate to the business of the club.
  3. What is your vision for the Bellingham Yacht Club for the future? My vision for the club is to continue supporting BYC as a boating club…Sail and Power. Keep bringing the experience to as many young people as we can.

Roger


Dave Steffen

Dave Steffen

My wife Missy, my son Brock and I have enjoyed our yacht club family for many years. We are all boaters, power and sail. We race our sailboat Vitesse throughout Puget Sound. We have been active members since 1994. Our son Brock sailed and assisted instruction in BYC Junior Sailing program. My wife Missy has been on the board of trustees twice since 2008. Missy and I volunteer bartended for several years. I am a member of the Dead Pirates Society. (I think I’m alive) I have served with my brother pirates for several years with club functions and Inati Bay maintenance. I am honored to be nominated as a trustee and would enjoy serving you on the board.

Question Responses
  1. Why do you want to be on the Board of the Bellingham Yacht Club? I would like to give back to the yacht club that I have enjoyed for many years.
  2. What will you bring to the Bellingham Yacht Club if you are elected to the Board for 2016-2017? I have been a member since 1994, I value the traditions that we have held close to our hearts over the years. I bring common sense and fiscal responsibility.
  3. What is your vision for the Bellingham Yacht Club for the future? I would like to see BYC expand our membership with quality members of the community, while nurturing our existing members.

Thank you,

Dave Steffen


John Stocklass

John Stocklass

My boating experience began with my parents on board a 52’ F/V off the coast of S.E. Alaska from eighteen days old till my fifteenth birthday. On my sixteenth birthday I began crewing as a paid deckhand in Bristol Bay for the next five seasons, and then as a shipwright for Wards Cove Cannery another four seasons. Finally I worked for Wegley Boats for 8 years placing some eighty boats into the fishing industry . Throughout my life I have been able to be earn my living or enjoy the beauty of the sea by either working, crewing or helming my own boat. I joined the Bellingham Yacht Club in 2010 so that I could further my interest in boating with the Sailing program and since joining I have volunteered whenever and wherever I can within the youth sailing program or keelboat sailing program. I am now interested in running for the office of Board of Trustee position for the Bellingham Yacht Club so that I can contribute to the youth and keelboat sailing program, by maintaining and expanding on the active memberships and expanding on the quality of the various sailing fleet racing program.

Over the past six years of being with the BYC I have:

  • Raced my Etchells USA-190 “Beauzeaux” actively on Wednesday nights for three years 2010-2013
  • Served as PRO for the 2015 season and have helped with providing my sailing vessel as a signal boat when needed for the 2016 season as well.
  • I now own a C&C 38’ Sailing Vessel that I will compete in most weekend races.
  • I have served for 2012 as the Etchells Regatta Chairman and as captain for the Etchells Fleet#16 2013 race season.
Question Responses
  1. Why do you want to be on the Board of the Bellingham Yacht Club?To give back a quality sailing program and venue in the Bellingham Yacht Club.
  2. What will you bring to the Bellingham Yacht Club if you are elected to the Board for 2016-2017? I will bring my enthusiasm into the club and help with the many factors that run’s a successful club.
  3. What is your vision for the Bellingham Yacht Club for the future? My vision for the Bellingham Yacht Club is a place that provides a quality boating experience and provides opportunities in expanding on knowledge that makes you a better sailor or power boater.

John


Eric Yaremko

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Dear Fellow Club Members,

Thank you for the nomination for a position to the board. I have been a member of the BYC since the early 1990s when I moved to town. I have been quite active in the racing fleet, racing my boat Flying Circus and later an Etchells, in regattas and on Wednesday nights. I have helped out a number of times with race administration and have been the Protest Committee Chairman for a number of years now. I have served in committees in our local Dental Society and have served in our executive committee and been President of the society so am used to and experienced with committee work. Also I am familiar with running a small business and needing to make business decisions as part of a group. If I can be of help to the board, and an organization of friends, to help and support the Bellingham boating community I’d be honored to serve.

Question Responses
  1. Why do you want to be on the Board of the Bellingham Yacht Club? To support the friends and organization that I have been a part of for a long time.
  2. What will you bring to the Bellingham Yacht Club if you are elected to the Board for 2016-2017? A knowledge of the sailing and racing fleet and some business skills from running a small business, as well as some committee knowledge from being Dental Society President and on the executive committee of the same for 3 years.
  3. What is your vision for the Bellingham Yacht Club for the future? To see the club become an organization that can help support the boating community into the future.

Thank you,

Eric Yaremko