2018-19 BYC Board of Trustees Candidates
- Click here to learn more about the candidates for the Flag Officers.
- Click here to download and print an Official Election Ballot (Available September 12, 2018).
- Return to Election Notice.
Candidates for Trustee were asked to respond to the following items to provide voting members pertinent information about the candidates.
- Provide a brief background about yourself.
- Why do you wish to run for the position of Trustee of the Bellingham Yacht Club?
- What are your goals that you would like to accomplish during your tenure as trustee?.
- A brief background about Donna: I grew up on the East Coast primarily in South Carolina. My sailing experience began in 2000 when some friends invited me to join them in learning how to race their new 26’ sailboat. We sailed in a few regattas during that time on Lake Murray in my home town of Columbia, South Carolina, and at one point rented some sail boats in the Florida Keys for a week.
Since then I always wanted to live aboard a sailboat. In 2012 I went to live aboard the tallship Schooner Bill of Rights in Oxnard, CA while I ran the non-profit, The American Tallship Institute for a year. Now I live aboard my WD Schock Santana 30 here in Squalicum Harbor.
Occupation: I’m the Director of Training and Success at Ben Kinney Companies Tech Division for 7 technology products we sell to real estate agents across North America.
- Why do I wish to run as a Trustee?
Non-profit experience: I have experience in helping the tallship non-profit develop fundraisers. For example, I created and produced a Pirate Gala which raised $26k in one night. I’d love to help as I can to develop fundraisers and programs for the club.
Tech experience and tools: I have great experience and tools to work in collaboration with the current technology team members.
- What are my Goals and things I would like to accomplish as a Trustee?
I’d like to see a Tech Committee that can work on supporting all other committee goals with greater community recognition, public outreach, new member drives, as well as just raising more money for the club overall.
I’d like to help create an annual Pirate Gala fundraiser to raise funds for the Youth Sailing Club, increase new member interest, and increase awareness of the club in the community.
As a thirty-seven year plus sailor with my Skipper Paul, we have enjoyed the waters of Pacific Northwest as cruisers. My claim to fame is my ability to jump off boats and make that landing happen.
After graduation from WWU (when it was still a College) we left this beautiful part of the country to pursue careers and life. My path led me into the telecommunications industry with roles in Executive sales, business development and finally creating a successful consulting firm in the industry.
In the early 90’s our dream to return to Bellingham and the salt water happened. That led me to my second passion, developing non-profits. I built and managed funding for multiple organizations. My ability to create organizations that understood how to develop funding by using the volunteers that were passionate about them has been a key to my success. After I retired I continued to work with a small number of non-profits to help them grow as organizations.
When I joined the Yacht club I wanted the opportunity to volunteer in roles that have given me exposure to a greater appreciation of what is involved in making this club a warm and welcoming place. I have cooked many potatoes for the stalwart committee that runs the Steak night. I am also a part of the Social Committee, getting my feet wet with the events this group creates. And not to ignore the sailing part of the organization I have work with the Pitch event on the shore side. What all this has taught me is that the Club has a truly dedicated volunteer force, the backbone of those great times we all enjoy.
What I bring to the role of trustee is my lengthy experience strengthening volunteer organizations that have the ability to meet current and future needs of the member organization.
- Brief Biography: Ann and I are originally from Mississippi and moved to Washington in 2001 for me to train at UW. We fell in love with the beauty of the Pacific Northwest and especially the water. I’ve been working as a physician in Bellingham for six years. We joined the BYC last year when we were finally able to get Ann moved to Bellingham full time. We love living here, especially our time in an around the water. Our time on the water and at BYC has definitely been a big factor in our enjoying living here in Bellingham.
- I’d like to be considered as a Trustee so that I can help keep BYC the special place we have found it to be. Ann and I have been members of 2 yacht clubs previously and neither were nearly as fun or friendly as we have found the BYC. We have thoroughly enjoyed getting involved in volunteering behind the bar as well as with various activities and parties. Everyone has been so friendly and fun, we keep coming back for more. We have a very special thing here at BYC.
- I would like to help keep BYC fun and enjoyable for the existing members.
- Maximize sources of revenue to the club (outside of member’s dues) via Marina room and merchandising.
- Continue to improve and expand the youth sailing program-these are our future members and racers.
- Continue our excellent boating education programs.
- Aggressively attract new membership.
Carlton K. McQueen
- Jim Haines was born and raised in Edmonds, Washington, and attended W.S.U. and Willamette College of Law. He retired in 2014 after 23 years on the federal bankruptcy bench in Maine. He and his wife, Regan, moved to Bellingham in 2016 and joined the BYC immediately upon arrival. They own the “TimberMaiden” a 28′ Boston Whaler.
Before taking the bench, Jim practiced law in Portland, Maine; taught at the West Virginia University College of Law; was an associate at the Davis, Wright firm in Seattle; and clerked for Judge Eugene A. Wright of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He is a member of the American College of Bankruptcy. After retiring from the court, Jim served two years as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Maine School of Law and been a rule-of-law consultant in Russia, Kosovo, and, currently, Afghanistan.
Jim has had leadership roles in several nonprofit organizations, including the Winterport (Maine) Historical Association and Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation. He served on the Federal Judicial Center’s Board of Directors, chaired the FJC’s Bankruptcy Education Committee, and was a member of the U.S. Judicial Conference’s Committee on Court Administration and Case Management.
- Jim states, “When we came to Bellingham, we wanted to associate with a fun and worthwhile organization that does positive things for the community and that would enable us to develop meaningful relationships in the community. The BYC has done that (and more). I hope to give something back to the club by accepting and fulfilling leadership responsibilities supporting the organization’s mission.
- “As a board member, I would support healthy continuation and growth in the club’s educational and recreational pursuits. In addition, I would urge the group actively to cultivate and participate in relationships with the City of Bellingham and others with decision making roles in development of the waterfront and preservation of the marine environment.”
- I am 67 year old, retired, after 25 years providing employment services to businesses and out of work job searchers. Prior to that I have experience in construction, building maintenance and commercial fishing. Whatcom County has been my home since 1973. I crewed on an S2 9.1 “Porky’s Diner”in the 80s and 90s. My wife and I own a 25 ft Ranger Tug “Tutta Bella”. I learned about tides and currents reef netting in the 70s and 80s. I have 10 years experience commercial fishing, 10 years experience crewing and racing in Bellingham and Seattle and 10 years owning recreational boats. In the off boating season we are avid skiers. With 2 recently replaced knees I am anxious for the snow to fly in the mountains.
- Becoming a trustee will give me the opportunity to assist in growing the club. From repairs and cleaning, to membership expansion I will enjoy working with other members to keep and grow the club as a vibrant and exciting place to access our water environment, growing membership and community involvement.
- As a trustee I will support the board in its work, applying my skills wherever they can be of assistance.
- Hello! I am excited to begin my contribution to BYC. I am a new member since 2016, own a small cruiser with my husband and plan to retire on the water when the time comes. I have been a nurse for 12 years, and currently am in Care Management at St Joseph’s Peacehealth.
- RN Care Management involves managing multiple contributors to the well being of the patients I care for (i.e. Doctors, families, insurance companies and most importantly the patient). This experience is essentially complex project management in a very sensitive environment. This is what, in addition to my commitment to serve, I feel I can bring to BYC and our members: The ability to take on initiatives that will continue the mission of the Club, and deliver successful results.
- I look forward to contributing anyway I can in addition to the honor of representing BYC to our current and future members.
Sorry I cannot attend meet and greet, I am currently on a 42 foot Nordic Tug, have just left Ketchikan for a 2 week cruise back to Bellingham.
Thanks for considering me for a Trustee Position
Fair winds and sunny skies