2017 BYC Board of Trustees Candidates
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Cathy Franklin has been a member of the Bellingham Yacht Club for five years and has been involved with club operations as keeper of the facilities calendar, fill-in JibSheet editor, four years as a volunteer bartender, and this past year has acted as Secretary to the Board.
Cathy charters and teaches sailing aboard her Annapolis 44 Chariot in the summer months. If elected Trustee, Cathy plans to develop and expand upon the BYC Continuing Education program for this coming Winter and welcomes ideas and assistance from other members who also see the potential in this valuable member benefit.
Respectively submitted, Cathy Franklin
Greg moved to Bellingham in October 2016. . He wanted to meet like minded people so he joined three Bellingham boating clubs, finding BYC by far the best and making it his boating home. He recently switched from sailing to power boating.
Greg has volunteered his time & energy for clean up and various projects on Inati, has participated in the Club Scrub, done minor projects in the club building, has supported Wednesday night racing on both the mark and committee boats, and has served as the “runner” during steak nights.
He has the time, experience, energy and creativity to contribute ideas to increase participation in club events, ensure financial responsibility, and make the club a fun and comfortable place for all member & guests. These goals will be accomplished by supporting the Bridge Officers and within the bounds of the club’s policies, procedures and by laws.
Respectively submitted, Greg Rogers
When Kaela and I joined the club four years ago, I became a bartender, thinking that would be a great way to meet the membership. I still tend bar about once a month and I always enjoy it. Last year at this time Commodore Neil asked if I would fill a vacant trustee position. I accepted and I have learned a lot about club operations since coming onto the board. I have chaired the Bar and Lounge advisory committee and been a member of the Policy and Planning committee. As a board member my priorities will continue to be to ensure the club continues to emphasize volunteerism and programs that interest all of our members.
I have been a sailboat owner in Bellingham for over 30 years. Kaela and I currently enjoy cruising and gunkholing in our Cal 2-29, Revelation.
- Why do you want to be on the Board of the Bellingham Yacht Club? I was appointed to fill an open trustee position in October, 2016. In the year that I have been on the board I have been an active participant and I have learned a great deal about club operations and of the behind the scenes work that takes place to make the club a vibrant and viable organization. I am asking the membership for two more years on the board so I can put this knowledge to good use.
- What will you bring to the Bellingham Yacht Club if you are elected to the Board for 2017-2018? I have been a sailor and boat owner in Bellingham for virtually my entire adult life. I bring that perspective to the board. Since joining the board I have worked on two committees, Policy and Planning, and the Bar and Lounge Advisory Committee. I have a strong interest in continuing as the chair of the Bar and Lounge Advisory committee. I want to see the lounge continue to improve facilities, amenities, and programming for all facets of our membership. I strongly support our on the water activities.
- What is your vision for the Bellingham Yacht Club for the future?. I want to work towards a club that is welcoming and attractive to boaters of all ages and abilities. I value the traditions that guide the club and I also am excited to see new activities that reflect our members’ interests. I also want to keep the club fiscally solvent through careful stewardship of the club’s resources. I wish to see the club continue to value the good work of volunteers as our most important resource.
Respectively submitted, Kevin Schwitter
Dr. Karyn (Karen) Tapley (Tap-Lee) is a Florida native who moved to the PNW with her husband, Joe (a Maine native), in 2010. They fell in love with the area after a visit in 2008 and worked very hard to get transferred to the West Coast, as Joe was still active-duty Navy. He retired from Everett Naval Station in 2014. Dr. Tapley is an Ob/Gyn by training and worked for 3 years at Skagit Valley Hospital, delivering babies and caring for the women in our area. In 2014 she began traveling for work, performing her duties in small, rural hospitals, desperately in need of obstetrical services. After lots of hard but rewarding work, she returned to the area to open her “dream clinic” at the Bellwether Center in November. They sold their house in Everett and are now “living the dream”, living aboard here in Bellingham on their Bayliner 4588 “StarChanger II” with their Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Ghira (Gear-ah) and their French Mastiff, Lelu (Lee-loo). She is a “car chic” and a “gaming nerd”, loves to be outdoors, read books made from paper, and take long baths….(har har from the boating crowd! LoL!)
I would be honored to join the board to help further the aims of the club, entice a new generation of members to become more involved, including attracting people new to the area who may not have deep ties to Bellingham yet, but would like to grow them. In addition, I think younger generations have different visions of the boating lifestyle, and I believe it would be interesting to cultivate that vision to develop and promote the sailing and motor-yachting lifestyle in a way that appeals to them.
- Why do you want to be on the Board of the Bellingham Yacht Club? I would be honored to join the board to help further the aims of the club, entice a new generation of members to become more involved, including attracting people new to the area who may not have deep ties to Bellingham yet, but would like to grow them. In addition, I think younger generations have different visions of the boating lifestyle, and I believe it would be interesting to cultivate that vision to develop and promote the sailing and motor-yachting lifestyle in a way that appeals to them.
- What will you bring to the Bellingham Yacht Club if you are elected to the Board for 2017-2018? A new perspective as a new Bellingham resident and boat owner.
- What is your vision for the Bellingham Yacht Club for the future?I’d like to see a growing social club with new members mixing freely with established.
Respectively submitted, Karyn Tapley
After working for 30 years as an actuary, we sold most everything and hit the road, ending up in Bellingham 10 years ago. I took sailing lessons, decided to buy a boat, and then joined the Yacht Club in 2008. I crewed for 5 years on Jamoca and for Team Bellingham at the 2012 Australia and 2016 Russia PacRim Regattas. We enjoy the BYC weekend cruises.
For five years I have served as the Club’s Assistant Treasurer which has required my involvement with almost every club event and endeavor. During my tenure we also moved to a cashless bar and introduced the very popular Direct Debit Program, both of which streamline processes and save a lot of time for club volunteers. I have served on the Policy and Planning and Finance Committees and have also worked on Race Committee for PITCH and PacRim Regattas and most club scrubs.
- Why do you want to be on the Board of the Bellingham Yacht Club? I want to leverage my knowledge of club functions and operations as an active board member in setting direction and managing the club.
- What will you bring to the Bellingham Yacht Club if you are elected to the Board for 2017-2018? Through my club volunteer activities, I have gained a solid knowledge and understanding of club history and operations. My 5-year tenure as Assistant Treasurer provided me a deep understanding of the financial aspects of the club while exposing me to all aspects of club operations. I firmly believe that solid financial management is key to successful evolution of the club. Through my working life, I have extensive experience in finance, strategic planning, customer service, and managing business operations.
- What is your vision for the Bellingham Yacht Club for the future?
The following are the things I would like to see accomplished over the next few years:
- Grow membership between 30-50 members which will stabilize dues and strengthen club financials.
- Evolve both social and boating programs to meet changing member needs.
- Revitalize the club’s “volunteer ethic”.
Respectively submitted, Mike Welsh