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BELL SIGNALS Bellingham Sail and Power Squadron OCTOBER 2009 Volume 29-09 Odlin Park Cruise Photo by Abigail Senuty BELLINGHAM SQUADRON OFFICERS THE BRIDGE KEY POSITIONS Commander Public Boating Chair Cdr Jim Crane, JN 1st Lt Matt Dennis, P 360-671-1517 360-739-7704 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Membership Co-Chairs Executive Officer Lt Rick Baer, S, Lt Kathy Baer, S Lt/C Tony Haubrich, AP 360-371-3861 360-366-2288 firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Member Involvement Chair Vacant Educational Officer Bell Signals Editor Lt/C Andy Backus, JN Lt Sandi Horne, JN 360-715-1984 360-383-2218 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Assistant: 1st Lt Graham Hunter, AP Web Master Administrative Officer Lt Randy Olson, JN Lt/C Jeff Vaughan, P 360-733-0547 email@example.com 360-671-6661 Safety Officer firstname.lastname@example.org Lt Merle Herrett, AP Secretary 360-815-7039 email@example.com Lt/C Donna Hunter, AP Acting Public Relations Officer 360-332-5526 P/C Chris Lilly Backus, JN firstname.lastname@example.org 360-715-1984 email@example.com Treasurer Chaplain Lt/C Peter Rowe, AP Lt Dick Cathell, S 360-354-0890 360-738-8820 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Past Commander Rules Committee Chair P/C Bob Jacobson, AP P/C Fred Goodman, SN 360-527-1442 firstname.lastname@example.org Law Officer Lt Jeanne Kingsley EXCOM MEMBERS AT LARGE Port Captains Lt Jill Hummel Semiahmoo/Blaine 360-756-8052 1st Lt Graham Hunter, S email@example.com Bellingham Cdr Jim Crane, JN Lt Deborah O’Connor, JN Auditor 206-708-4911 Lt Marcia Gaven, S firstname.lastname@example.org Cooperative Charting Co-Chairs Lt Erik Senuty, AP Lt Eric Wiley, AP, Lt Carrie Wiley, AP 360-676-5738 360-734-5952 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Lt Jim West, AP Supply and Property Officer 360-656-5954 Lt Matt Brown, P email@example.com 360-671-7553 firstname.lastname@example.org OCTOBER 2009 BELL SIGNALS PAGE 3 Bell Signals is published monthly (except July or August) by the Bellingham Sail and Power Squadron, a unit of the United States Power Squadrons®. Opinions and advertisements do not necessarily reflect USPS® policy or endorsement unless so designated. Published at: 6776 Olson RD, Ferndale, WA 98248 © Copyright 2009, Bellingham Sail & Power Squadron A NEW PIECE OF MIND Knowledge of all aspects of boating leads to greater peace of mind on the water! Marine Electrical Systems is a brand new course – I will teach it on Monday evenings beginning 12 October and continuing for eight weeks to 30 November. Already seven people are signed up, so email me or call soon to get in on it. It covers the practice of wiring your boat, including boat electrical practices and diagrams, direct and alternating current power, galvanic and stray current corrosion, and lightning protection. Troubleshooting is emphasized throughout, so you will feel comfortable performing even tricky wiring tasks after taking this course. In the winter months we will offer the Engine Maintenance course. We will also offer Seamanship, for those who have completed the Basic Boating course (or equivalent). All our elective courses are open to the public, so if you have a friend who might beneﬁt from our offerings, bring them on in. And contact me with any questions. Andy Backus, Educational Ofﬁcer email@example.com 360-715-1984 360-920-8569 Dedicated to Safe Boating through Education OCTOBER 2009 BELL SIGNALS PAGE 4 From the COMMANDER Cdr Jim Crane, JN Another Autumnal Equinox has come and gone and so has another fabulous summer sailing season for BSPS and it members. There still is one Squadron event on the calendar, however, one more opportunity to meet on the water with your fellow members. Soak those beans! Season that meat! Fire up those cook pots and get that chili a simmerin’ for the Chuckanut Bay Chili Chowdown 10-11 October. Should be a lip smackin’ great raft up. On a more serious note October is also the time of year BSPS members honor their own. The Herb Hearsey Award recognizes outstanding contributions by BSPS members in the areas of Education, Fellowship, Safety, and Outstanding new member. Please join us in honoring fellow members at the 6th Annual Herb Hersey Awards Dinner on 8 October. The District 16 Commander, Barbara Erickson, will attend to further honor the recipients of the awards. There is still time to register for the join USPS District 16 and Canadian WCID Fall Conference in Penticton, B.C., 23-25 October. Please join those of us who have already registered for what promises to be a most enjoyable conference. Hope to see you there. USPS Adopts New Communication Means R/C John R. Bradley, SN, Chair USPS Information Technology Committee All USPS mailing lists have been replicated on SailAngle, as have groups representing each squadron, district, national committee, and national department. The early adopters have been shaking down the facility and our interface to it. It is now extremely important that all members enroll in SailAngle. The process has been made extremely easy. Just go to www.usps.org and on the left of the page near the top you will see a button labeled “Access Sail Angle continued on page 10 Dedicated to Safe Boating through Education OCTOBER 2009 BELL SIGNALS PAGE 5 ADMINistrative Officer Lt Jeff Vaughn, P As our beautiful summer winds down, we’ve all found the fall season to be a bit fickle. The joint rendezvous with the Squalicum Yacht Club to Garrison Bay on Labor Day weekend turned out to be an exciting excursion for the hardy few that braved the elements. While the weather didn’t cooperate, reports are that the BSPS education classes served our storm worthy captains well. The joint rendezvous with the Bellingham Yacht Club to Poet’s Cove on the other hand was blessed with gorgeous weather. BSPS was well represented with 8 members/guests and 6 joint BYC/BSPS members. Highlights of the weekend included a predicted log race, Saturna Island Wine Festival and a Murder Mystery Dinner. BYC has challenged BSPS to next year’s predicted log race, so mark your calendars now for 17-19 September 2010. We’ll close out the 2009 cruise season with a raft-up in Chuckanut Bay. We selected a location close to Bellingham so members have the option of making this a day trip or staying the evening. If you’ve already put your boat in storage for the winter or want to just drive down, please contact me so I can help you make arrangements to attend. 10-11 October: Chuckanut Bay Chili Chowdown End of Season Raft up w/ Chili Cook Off The main event will occur at 1400 on Saturday. Prepare your favorite chili recipe, bring enough to share as we all sample and select our favorites for recognition in various categories. BSPS Cruise Captain – Jeff Vaughan – firstname.lastname@example.org – 360.671.6071 Be sure to join us for this year’s Herb Hearsey awards at the AO column continued on page 11 Dedicated to Safe Boating through Education OCTOBER 2009 BELL SIGNALS PAGE 6 educational officer Lt/C Andy Backus, JN The Road Is Paved with Icons In Navigation class we have avoided a calamity (it’s bad been learning how to use two enough that the #2 buoy has pieces of software, one for been vandalized and has no light navigation and the other for on it). ocean voyage planning. Finally, Actually it has been quite USPS courses are catching up an adjustment learning how to with the times. That’s good. integrate this new tool into my But then, there was the other piloting routine. The distraction day as I was making my way back of looking at the screen is not to the Squalicum West harbor the only problem. There was entrance. We were about a half the matter of sunlight obscuring mile off when there came over the display. I built a black hood the radio news that someone over the computer. That helps a was aground near the “Hole lot, though it does not entirely in the Wall at the south end of fix the problem (though buying Swinomish Channel.” Where a “marinized” laptop for $5K is that? I thought. So, since I would). And there was the matter now have a computer assisted of trying to use a regular mouse navigation system on board, I in choppy seas. I went out and was able to swing quickly over got the ball-type mouse that to that region on the charts and stays in one place on the desktop. see what was going on. “Quickly” That helps a great deal, though it compared to fishing through takes some practice to learn how paper charts, but not instantly. to use it well. The next thing I knew we So, once again real life were a hundred feet from the #1 intrudes upon the best of new entrance buoy and heading right developments. But isn’t that what for it. Perhaps I should have been living is: moving forward always, paying more attention. Quickly SEO column continued on page 11 I turned down the channel and Dedicated to Safe Boating through Education OCTOBER 2009 BELL SIGNALS PAGE 7 Welcome Aboard Membership Co-Chairs Lt Rick Baer, S and Lt Kathy Baer, S Some of our members are already acquainted, through the Bellingham Yacht Club (BYC), with our newest members Patricia and John Gargett. While I was speaking with John, I found out a few things that even the ones that know them might not be familiar with. When I asked John about how he became interested in boating, he said that maybe it’s always been in his blood as his great-great- great uncle was the famous Joshua Slocum who happened to be the first man to circumnavigate the world alone. At John’s suggestion, I Googled Joshua Slocum and came up with some fascinating information on the “Joshua Slocum Society International,” web site. John said that he and his father were members of the United States Power Squadron in Seattle in the 1960s. He took several USPS courses at that time. But then college, career, and family matters took over and he didn’t develop an interest in belonging again until his wife Patricia purchased a small boat a year or so ago to go crabbing in Birch Bay and, in preparation, took the USPS Basic Boating class at Bellingham Technical College. John went along to support her with her class work. Another interesting bit of information is that Patricia owns the “Tide Catcher” Resort Cottages in Birch Bay; hence, her interest in Birch Bay crabbing. John tells me the resort has been in her family since her grandfather purchased it in 1929. He and Patricia have since sold the crabbing boat and purchased their current 26’ power boat which is appropriately named the “Tide Catcher.” John and Patricia have been active in boating for a long time and John is a past commodore of the BYC. He says that they are looking forward to having another connection with the Bellingham boating community by belonging to the BSPS. Welcome aboard Patricia and John! Dedicated to Safe Boating through Education OCTOBER 2009 BELL SIGNALS PAGE 8 Win Valuable Prizes! Take and complete a USPS Course between 1 July 2009 and 30 June 2010! United States Power Squadron members can take any one or more of the following courses between 1 July 2009 and 30 June 2010 to be eligible for the following prizes: 1. For Seamanship (3) Handheld VHF Radios 2. For Piloting (3) Handheld GPS 3. For Advanced Piloting (3) Sets of Navigational Software 4. For JN (1) Chart Plotter 5. For Weather (3) Barometers 6. For Marine Electrical Systems (3) Multimeters 7. For Engine Maintenance (3) Multimeters To enter the drawing, all you need to do is the following: 1. Take and complete the qualifying course or courses be- tween 1 July 2009 and 30 June 2010 2. Successfully pass the examination before 30 June 2010 3. You will be automatically entered in the drawing The winners’ names will be drawn at the 2010 Governing Board held in Seattle from 30 August through 4 September 2010. Dedicated to Safe Boating through Education OCTOBER 2009 BELL SIGNALS PAGE 9 public relations officer P/C Chris Lilly Backus, JN Form a Committee? Who, me? I have never heard of anyone who joined a group in order to serve on a committee. Yet, when I think back to how I met some of the people I enjoy the most it was – gasp! – serving on a committee. More than five years ago Andy and I joined BSPS as transfer members from the San Diego Sail & Power Squadron. Jim Splaine, commander then, put a call for someone to do public relations (PR). I accepted the call and I am glad I did. I have always touted the value of committees (rather than one person trying to cover all the bases). But did I heed my own advice? No, I didn’t. I’m not sure why. After all, we who serve on committees are showing our commitment to BSPS. But often we just think, “Oh well, I can just do it faster and with less trouble…” Since having served as commander and past commander in recent years, I gained a broader perspective. I am delighted to say I no longer work alone in PR. New members Margaret Hellyer and Jody Holm have stepped up to serve on our PR committee and have already contributed a great deal. For example, they have added our 50th anniversary gold stripe to the BSPS burgee on our banner. Margaret has skillfully brought to life our rather staid brochure, which is now professionally printed in full color. Recently Jody and I blanketed the Bellingham Harbor area with posters for basic boating. And she put our fall class on Craig’s List (a great idea from Tom Evans). What a joy to have Jody and Margaret’s advice, input and good ideas! Matt Dennis, Basic Boating chair, also has helped with PR effort. And, as always, we appreciate our long-time workers who have put up posters in our communities. Thanks to Rick & Kathy Baer, Denny Holmstrom, Tony Haubrich and Tom Evans for helping us to promote the class. PRO column continued on page 10 Dedicated to Safe Boating through Education OCTOBER 2009 BELL SIGNALS PAGE 10 PRO column continued from page 9 What aspects of BSPS interest you? Could you help with the Hearsey Awards on 8 October? If so, let David Sitzenstock know. Would you like to teach or be a teaching assistant? Let Andy Backus know. Could you help us get back into cooperative charting? Let Jim Crane or Matt Brown know. Would you be willing to help set up or clean up at a membership meeting? Let Jeff Vaughan know. Would you like to help us put together a promotional PowerPoint for our Squadron? Let me know. We’ll be glad you did. Sail Angle continued from page 4 SailAngle.com”. Just click on it, and follow the instructions below: 1. If you are already signed on to USPS you will be automatically transferred to SailAngle.com. If not: 2. Enter your USPS Certificate number and password or preferably PIN when requested 3. You will be automatically transferred to SailAngle.com 4. Follow the steps to complete your profile (you can skip these steps up to three times) 5. Click on “Go to my group home page” 6. View the SailAngle.com Instructional Slide Show contained in the Group Forum 7. Note: the most recent members to sign-up are listed on the left-hand side of the Group Home Page. You may want to add one or more as a friend. To add a friend, simply click on “+ add as a friend” and a request will be sent to their private message inbox. When they accept, you are linked as friends. 8. When finished, click on “My Home” on the silver navigation bar. Once you are there, and have filled out your profile, you will notice that you will have been automatically enrolled in all of the groups to which you belong. You may also want to change your email notification preference from the default to limit the number and types of notifications you want to receive. This is found under a link on the Edit Profile page. The reason it is important for you to enroll, is because shortly after the Kansas City Governing Board meeting, we will be terminating support for USPS mailing lists. We believe that the group and forum facilities found on SailAngle are far superior to the mailing lists we have been providing. Dedicated to Safe Boating through Education OCTOBER 2009 BELL SIGNALS PAGE 11 AO column continued from page 5 Squalicum Yacht Club on 8 October. For those not familiar with the event, the BSPS honors selected members for their service to the squadron during the previous year. The awards are named after BSPS founding father, Herb Hearsey. Last year’s award winners have planned this year’s event, which promises to be a night to enjoy. Please RSVP Paulette Sitzenstock, 360-384-3140 or email@example.com soon with your reservations. SEO column continued from page 6 adapting, letting go of the old, making the best of the new, and hoping for what’s in the fog ahead? I kind of like it. Most of the time, anyway. BAYPORT Visit our Website www.boatingisfun.org FINANCIAL ADVISORS LLC FREDERICK J. 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DANGELMAIER, Ph.D. Experience, Integrity and Innovation 1414 Broadway Bellingham WA 98225 Work (360) 734-2750 Fax (360) 734-6912 Cell (360) 303-7580 Dedicated to Safe Boating through Education EVENT CALENDAR 2009 OCTOBER 2009 1800 Squalicum Yacht Club 1 Executive Committee Meeting 1900 Louisa House 2240 Main DECEMBER 2009 Street, Ferndale. Contact Jim Crane, 3 Executive Committee Meeting firstname.lastname@example.org or TBD Annual Christmas Party 360-671-1517. 6 America’s Boating Course 1900-2100 Bellingham Technical Vessel Safety Check College, Tuesdays through 24 November. Register with BTC 360- 66 VSCs completed 752-8350 and ask for Item #4560-1. this season - great work More information on the BSPS website, www.boatingisfun.org. inspectors! 8 Herb Hearsey Awards Dinner 1800 Squalicum Yacht Club Catered dinner, $22 per person. Coffee and tea provided, BYOB for other beverages. RSVP to Paulette Sitzenstock, 360-384-3140 or email@example.com. 10-11 Chuckanut Bay Rendezvous Chuckanut Chili Chowdown End of season raft up with chili cook off. Cruise captain, Jeff Vaughan, firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-671-6071. Contact one of our Vessel 12 Marine Electrical Systems Examiners for your inspection Monday evenings to 30 and proudly display your sticker: November. Contact instructor Gary Cordrey (360) 366-0362, Andy Backus, 360-715-1984 or email@example.com. Matt Dennis (360) 739-7704, 23-25 D/16 Fall Conference Sandy Friedman (360) 734- Penticton, BC, Canada.. More info 5051, David Sitzenstock (360) on D/16 website www.usps.org/ 384-3140, Tom Dalgliesh (360) localusps/d16/ 366-3348, Merle Herrett (360) NOVEMBER 2009 815-7039. You can help us by 5 Executive Committee Meeting talking to people on your own 1900 Louisa House 2240 Main docks and letting them know Street, Ferndale. Contact Jim Crane, that the VSCs are free of charge, firstname.lastname@example.org or have no obligation and only take 360-671-1517. 12 Member Meeting and Potluck about 30 minutes. Dedicated to Safe Boating through Education OCTOBER 2009 BELL SIGNALS PAGE 14 MICHAEL K. McGLENN Certified Marine Surveyor & Consultant Michael K. McGlenn, Inc. 1992 Harmony Road Bellingham, WA 98226 360-966-4900 Fax 360-966-2263 888-966-4900 To Bottom Top . 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Reﬁt & Restoration Shipwright Services Yacht Commissioning Fiberglass Repair Mechanical & Electrical Systems General Maintenance & Detailing Topside Reﬁnishing Free Shuttle Service Custom Metal Fabrication Navigation, Entertainment & Communication Systems FULL SERVICE AND DO-IT-YOURSELF FACILITIES SEAVIEW NORTH SEAVIEW EAST At Squalicum Harbor Marina On the Ship Canal in Ballard 2652 Harbor Loop Drive, Bellingham 98225 4701 Shilshole Ave. NW, Seattle 98107 360-676-8282 206-789-3030 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com SEAVIEW YACHT SERVICE FAIRHAVEN SEAVIEW WEST In the Historic Fairhaven District At Shilshole Bay Marina 805 Harris, Bellingham 98225 6701 Seaview Ave. NW, Seattle 98117 360-594-4314 206-783-6550 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com www.seaviewboatyard.com Dedicated to Safe Boating through Education Bellingham Sail & Power Squadron POB 2625, Bellingham, WA 98227-2625 Herb Hearsey Awards Dinner 8 October 2009 1800 Squalicum Yacht Club Catered dinner, BYOB Please RSVP to Paulette Sitzenstock Join us in honoring members who have made special contributions this year.
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