Candidates 2014


     Read all about the candidates and their views in the summaries
     below.

     Last updated Wednesday, July 23, 2014



Notice of Nominations
Meet the Candidates
Candidates and Their Platforms
2014 Nominating Committee
Low-Key Campaigning Reminder
Blank Candidates Information Form

 

NOTICE OF NOMINATIONS

 

Commodore Roger Anderson
Vice Commodore Don Glockner
Rear Commodore
(vote for one)
John Van Duzor
Lynn Wingard           
Secretary
(vote for one)
John Berg
Eric Greenwood
Board of Trustees
(vote for three)

Bruce Campbell
Kip Cramer
Karen Kenyon
Pam Lowry
Michele Shaw
Brian Urback

 

Meet the Candidates

Several forums are in place for members to meet with the candidates, including:

  • Men's Lunch - dates when the candidate hosts the Men's Lunch:


Date

Candidate/Host

Program
 
July 17 Brian Urback Anthony Warren, Instructor at Salmon University

July 24 Michele Shaw Professor Charles H Greene, Ocean Resources and Ecosystems Program, Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Cornell University
July 31 Pam Lowry Kimbrough Kendall, Live longer and healthier in just 30 minutes per day.
August 7 Karen Kenyon TBD
August 14 Kip Cramer John Pettas, former UW football coach

August 21 Bruce Campbell TBD
August 28 Eric Greenwood TBD
September 4 John Berg David Wertheimer, Gates Foundation, Deputy Director for the Pacific Northwest Initiative
September 11 Lynn Wingard Anchored in Evidence: The Real Story of How the Chatham Anchor Was Lost, presented by Scott Grimm.
September 25  John Van Duzor  Tom Nelson ESPN/ KIRO host for the Outdoor Line.
October 2 All Candidates "Candidates Roast Lunch", all SYC members invited. The normal Men's Lunch is open to everyone to witness the traditional roast of the candidates.

  • AI Candidates Forum, Thursday, September 11, 7:00 p.m.
  • Ropeyarn North, Monday, September 15, 5:30, Farmhouse Restaurant, La Conner
  • Meet the Candidates Ropeyarn, Thursday, September 25, 5:30 p.m., Marine Room
  • Candidates' Roast Lunch, Thursday, October 2, 12:00 p.m.
  • Annual Meeting and Election of Officers, Friday, October 3, 2014

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Candidates and Their Platforms

Candidates for Commodore and Vice Commodore

Roger Anderson

1979
Last Year's Statement
It has been a privilege to serve as SYC Rear Commodore for 2013.  Thank you for the trust and confidence bestowed in me throughout the campaign and the year.  I am often asked “are you having fun?” and the answer is definitely “Yes”.   Mary and I have very much enjoyed expanding our social involvement in SYC and the Northwest Yachting Community.  The hours are long and the pay is lousy but we are so glad to have made the commitment and are much the better for our efforts.

My responsibilities this year have created a wider and more focused vision on how a member owned and governed organization needs to operate.  It is now clear to me how important a strong communication program is, as well as a willingness to initiate necessary change slowly.  Our By-Laws are the beacons that keep us steering a straight and predictable course. It is not just about doing the right thing: it is more about doing the right thing through the right process in a clearly transparent way.  For over one hundred twenty years these guidelines have kept SYC strong and true to its governance model.  You have my commitment to lead within this frame work with enthusiasm and a smile.


I am honored to be nominated to serve as your Vice Commodore and ask for your vote on October 4.

Work Experience Retired General Contractor; Community Board Volunteer

Boating Experience Esperance (P)

SYC Offices Vice Commodore 2013, Rear Commodore 2012, Trustee 1990 - 1993, Trustee 2010 - 2013

SYC Committees Cortes Bay; Finance; Ganges; Henry Island; House; Junior Advisory; Membership; Opening Day (34 years); Outstation Council; Portage Bay Main Station; Portage Bay Marina; Powerboat; Opening Day Wilson Seamanship Competitions (3)

SYC Activities Carl F. Zecher Award Recipient (SYC’s highest award for member service) 2004; Admiral of Opening Day 1999; Vice Admiral 1998; Chair Ganges Committee 2009; Chair Cortes Bay Committee 2007-2008; Trustee Salt Spring Marina Corporation 2010-2012; Budget Objectives Committee 2012; Chair Building Committee; Chair Henry Island Committee; Chair Junior Advisory Committee; Chair Finance Committee

Other Activities Multi-year special assignment as technical lead for SYC on redevelopment of Salt Spring Marina (Ganges); Special assignment as SYC Liaison to U.S. Coast Guard Emergency Management / Foss Environmental team following 2001 Dock 3 Fire, and the environmental cleanup; SYC Member Liaison to U.S. Coast Guard during financial recovery stage of Dock 3 fire; Overlake Hospital Medical Center Foundation Director (2002-2012); Bellevue Convention Center Authority Trustee (2001-2012)

Goals for my term My priorities for SYC include continued emphasis on long range modeling and planning; membership development, and stewardship of our Club's substantial real estate asset base. I respect our unique Committee based governance system and will allow it to continue to drive SYC forward in the future.

Club Issues
For More Info roger@gly.com
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Don Glockner

1979
Last Year's Statement

I am happy and honored to be selected to stand for the position of Rear Commodore of one of the most successful and recognized yacht clubs in the world.  For the past two years, as a member of the Board of Trustees, I have gained an understanding of the issues and challenges facing the Club.  The question of membership, financial stability and the stewardship of our substantial real estate holdings will be an emphasis of continued energy with the Club.  As we are governed by our members through the committee structures, I will endeavor to get all members actively involved.  The more participation we have with our committees, the stronger we will continue to be.

Carol and I have enjoyed our years as members and have been continuously rewarded with our Club committees and social involvement.  Our daughter, Nicole, participated in the Junior Sail program, taught sailing, is an Active-Intermediate member, and participates in various committees.

Work Experience I currently am engaged in a tax and accounting practice.  Previously, I owned a publishing firm, was Chief Financial Officer for two publishing companies and worked for 9 years in the public accounting field as a CPA, primarily with Price Waterhouse Coopers LLC.

Boating Experience

Forget Me Knot (S) Beneteau 473

I have been boating since a child.  My grandparents had a runabout on Lake Arrowhead in California where I gained my basic boating skills, and while growing up in Newport Beach, CA, I began my love of sailing.

I have been boating in the Salish Sea since the mid-1970s and have sailed in most of the local sailing events, Swiftsure, as well as 4 Victoria-Maui races representing and flying the SYC burgee.          

SYC Offices Rear Commodore 2012, Trustee 1990 - 1993, Trustee 2010 - 2013.
           
SYC Committees Audit, Binnacle Editor (1987), Junior Advisory Co-Chair (2003-2004), Commercialism, Entertainment, Membership, Opening Day (Responsible for Dock Zero 2012 and 2013), Outstations- Port Madison,  Eagle Harbor, Friday Harbor, Henry Island, Sailboat, Special People’s Cruise, Amateur Radio and the Suma committee.

SYC Activities My family and I have participated in many of the Club activities over the years and enjoy the camaraderie and friendship with the members of SYC and neighboring clubs.

Other Activities  Positions I have held outside SYC:  Director on the Board of the Recreational Boating Association of Washington since 2012.  Member of the Finance Committee at Forest Ridge School, School of the Sacred Heart, since 1996.  Treasurer and Commodore of Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle.  Treasurer of Seattle Sailing Foundation.

Goals for my term If elected, I pledge to act on behalf of all members. I will listen to your comments and will try to maintain member satisfaction with all aspects and regards to the Club.  I will emphasize membership involvement in committees, membership development, financial stability, stewardship of Club assets and continued long range planning. I hope to see more integration of activities of all boaters, sail, power, rowers and the boatless, all sharing together. I will support Board decision making based upon recommendations from the underlying committees and strive to maintain the financial stability of the Club and to make the Club stronger for the benefit of current and future members.

Club Issues Help to continue member development and growth, controlling the enormous demands for capital expenditures and long range planning are issues I will be focusing on and any additional issues which come before the Board.

For More Info dhg44@live.com
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Candidates for Rear Commodore (vote for one)

John Van Duzor

1977
Statement

It is truly an honor being asked to be a candidate for Rear Commodore, a commitment to our Club that I take very seriously.  My goal is to increase member involvement and enjoyment in the Club. The more members participate, the less likely we will have to increase dues.

 

Over the years I have originated several Club events, last winter’s Pizza and Charts (with more than 100 members in attendance) is an example. Another is the annual Opening Day Kickoff Party, which I originated in 2000. Having raised my family and now grandkids within the Club, I am a firm believer that this Club offers some fantastic opportunities for raising families.

 

The Rear Commodore is the chair of the Outstation Council which is comprised of all the Outstation Chairs. It is my intention to attend many of the Outstation Committee meetings, working with the Chairs to maintain costs and future capital expenses. Also, I intend work with the Real Estate and Asset Management Committee (REAM) to reduce the Tax and Foreshore Lease costs associated with the Outstations.

 

I truly believe that if it was not for my involvement in SYC and the lifelong friendships that I have made, I would have dropped out of boating long ago. If I am successful with getting others to agree with this statement then my term on the Bridge will be a success. I love just messing around my boat.

 

Work Experience Manufactures Representative

Boating Experience Viking's Thunder (P)

SYC Offices Trustee 2013-Present

SYC Committees Entertainment 1987-2012 (Chair 1989-90, 2001-2); House 1989-90, 2001-02, 2011-13; Cortes Bay 1992-93; Henry Island 2004-05; Chair SYC Centennial Celebration 1992; Opening Day Junior Liaison 1992-96 and Parade Boat 1994; Port Madison 1994-95; Portage Bay Marina 2008-13; Ovens Island 2010-13, Chair 2011-13 (lead the conversion to pilings); Potlatch Chair 1989 and 1990
Awarded Perpetual Potlatch Trophy 2013.

SYC Activities Potlatch Volunteer (27 years), Originated Pizza and Charts Night 2014

Other Activities
Goals for my term

Additional goals I have for my term are to encourage family involvement and retain the current member dues structure.

Club Issues
For More Info Cell (206) 409-3099, duzor@msn.com
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Lynn Wingard

 1979
Statement

Born and raised in Seattle, I joined the Club as a junior. While boating is my passion, I understand the need to support the organizations that provide boating opportunities. That is why I have been actively involved in our Club in one form or another for the past 39 years.

It has been a privilege to serve on the Board this year and an honor to have been asked to run for Rear Commodore. The trust the members place in the Club’s leadership is not to be taken lightly, and if elected I will continue to work to earn that trust. We have to be forward thinking and financially strong to be able to choose a course of action that is in the best interest of the Club while staying focused on our mission. The Club today is a testimony to all those that have contributed their time, talent and resources. As the Club’s current leadership looks forward we need to make the most of these contributions. Our priority must be providing value to our membership in order to enhance their enjoyment of boating and the fellowship which comes from our common interest.

I also believe we need to focus our efforts on mentoring boaters (young and old) and provide them with boating opportunities. These are the fundamentals that distinguish a premier yacht club.

SYC is an awesome Club. Tom, my daughters Courtney and Dalynn and I are all proud to be members. What the Club has done for me is to provide the opportunity to express my passion for enjoying life on the water; whether it is racing or cruising, sail or power. With your help I hope to return the favor by making a meaningful contribution to our Club serving as the next Rear Commodore.


Work Experience Certified Public Accountant; Business owner 26 years

Boating Experience  WinWard (P)

My boating adventures are some of my most memorable. I started seriously racing on the UW sailing team, but liked sailing big boats better. I sailed from Hawaii to San Francisco and was on the first sailing team SYC sent to race against the Suma Yacht Club in Japan. The first time I was the Opening Day Parade Director was at the tender age of 24; the last time was last year. My husband Tom and I met racing at Whidbey Island Race week. We even tried predicted log racing after we acquired the MV WinWard. Tom and I raised our girls, Courtney and Dalynn, on the water and have cruised our powerboat WinWard for over 23 years.

SYC Offices

Treasurer 1996-97; Women’s Group Treasurer 2003-04; Trustee 2013-14.

SYC Committees

Committee Chairs:

Port Madison 2010-12; Ganges 2008-10; Co-Chair Governance 2009-10; Co-Chair Sub Committee on Joint Membership 2010; Junior Advisory 1998-99; Admiralette Opening Day 1999; Election 1995; Potlatch Queen 1991.

Committees:
Budget Objectives 2013-14; Audit 2013-14; Opening Day Parade Director 1982-83, 2013-14, Merchandise, Parade Marshal; Finance 1992-93, 1996-97, 2012-2013; Portage Bay Mainstation 2011-13; Port Madison 2008-10; House 2001-04, 2008-09; Records Management 2006-08; Ganges 2006-07; Portage Bay Marina 2005-06; Long Range Planning 1999-2000, 2002-04; Eagle Harbor 2001-03; Junior Advisory 1979-85, 1998-2002; Active Intermediate 1996-98; Membership 1983-89, 1991-92; Binnacle Sailboat Editor 1990-91; Suma 1984-88; Budget Objectives; Club Boats; Election; Entertainment; Gig Harbor; Governance; Grants in Aid; Investment; Marine Environmental Concerns; New Members Activities; Nominating; Outstation Council; Powerboat; Real Estate and Asset Management; Sailboat Grand Prix Chair, Great Equalizer Chair; Trophy; Women’s Group Ladies Night Out Chair.

SYC Activities

Carl F. Zecher Memorial Award (SYC’s highest award for member service) 2011; Seattle Yacht Club Foundation (assisted in formation, Board member); SYC Dinner Theater Drama Group (producer and director); Junior Sailing Team Coach; Stimson Trophy observer.

Other Activities
Goals for my term

To provide governance with transparency and wisdom such that it will make the membership proud.

Club Issues Overall operational and capital spending. Sticking to our budget and business plan. Providing value to members.
For More Info Lynn@WardCoCPA.com
Date Updated July 16, 2014


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Candidates for Secretary (vote for one)

John Berg

1995
Statement

I have been a member of Seattle Yacht Club since 1995 and immediately became involved in committee work by joining the Reciprocity Committee, which I later chaired.  Since then I have served on the Pt. Madison committee, most of that time as secretary, the House Committee, the Membership Committee, and chaired the Membership Development and the New Member Activities committees.  Currently I’m a member of the Gig Harbor Committee and the Powerboat Committee and the secretary of the Powerboat Business Committee.  I have co-chaired two South Sound Cruises and volunteered as an observer for numerous predicted log events.  On the Opening Day Committee I chaired the Husky Band and the Trophies committees, and have participated in three SYC Wilson Seamanship competitions.  I have been a long time participant in Tacoma Yacht Club’s Daffodil Parade and have hosted the Special People’s Cruise for many years.  I am also on the board of the SYC Foundation.  My involvement in club activities is a reflection of a long-standing interest in boating.  I own a classic wooden powerboat, the EMILY K, the 6th boat I’ve owned since moving to Seattle in 1975. 

 

Retiring from the corporate world in 2004, I then took a position with a major nonprofit organization as the Director of Quality Assurance, working for six years before retiring again.  Over the years of my employment and as a volunteer with a number of civic organizations, I have developed many management and administrative skills I would bring to the position of Secretary.  In addition to these skills I would also bring my enthusiasm and commitment to continue moving our great Club forward as we face the challenges and opportunities that come with changing times and expectations.

Work Experience Retired
Boating Experience EMILY K (P)
SYC Offices
SYC Committees

Chairmanships: Membership Development Chair 2010-12; New Members Activity Chair 2008-10; Reciprocity Chair 1999-2001; Trophy Chair 2002-03

 

Committees: Gig Harbor 2011-14; House 2011-13; Opening Day 1998, 2002, 2004, 2011-14; Port Madison 1997-98, 2002; Powerboat 2002-03, 2011-14; Reciprocity 1999-2002; Membership Development 2010-12; Membership 2003; New Members Activity 2008-14; Trophy 2002-03, 2013.


SYC Activities 2013 Powerboat Family of the Year
Other Activities 
Goals for my term
Club Issues
For More Info bergjohna@yahoo.com
Date Updated July 10, 2014


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Eric Greenwood

2001
Statement

I believe one of the first considerations of any candidate for our Board of Trustees should be his/her involvement in boating, which is why we're members. In that regard, I have been boating in the Pacific NW since the age of ten when my family's 25’ wood built powerboat headed to the San Juan Islands without radar, GPS, VHF, depth sounder; or at times, without a working engine. Dottie and I purchased our first sailboat in 1976 and have made boating an integral part of raising our family. We even have a 3rd Place SYC trophy for racing in the 1996 NORPAC, with our daughter grinding the winches. We joined SYC in 2001 and learned quickly about what a great place, with special people, the Seattle Yacht Club is for NW boating enthusiasts.

 

We became members of the Club as a family and have actively participated. Since joining, I have served on committees for Henry Island, Membership, Finance, Special People Cruise (Chair 2008-2010) and Reciprocity (Chair 2011-2013); and Dottie has served as Women's Group Treasurer, SYC's  representative to WIC and centerpiece designer for the Women's Group's luncheons. When you include our cruises to the Outstations, SYC membership continues to be a terrific experience for us.

 

If elected, I will do my best to support effective governance in the role of Secretary. I retired from a Fortune 100 company as an Executive Vice President, have served as an officer and Board member on both corporate and non-profit boards and had the early career experience as Corporate Secretary of Seafirst Bank during the final period of its history. As a voting member, I will be advocate for financial discipline, and will attempt to be an informed supporter of the interests of the entire membership.

Work Experience Retired
Boating Experience Encore (S)
SYC Offices
SYC Committees

Chairmanships: Reciprocity Chair 2012-13; Special People’s Cruise Chair 2009-10.

 

Committees: Finance 2008-2009; Henry Island 2004-11; Membership 2006-2007; Reciprocity 2009-present; Sailboat 2002-2004; Special People’s Cruise 2004-present.


SYC Activities
Other Activities   
Goals for my term To support effective governance, be advocate for financial discipline, and will attempt to be an informed supporter of the interests of the entire membership.

Club Issues
For More Info ejgreenwood@comcast.net
Date Updated July 10, 2014


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Candidates for Trustee (vote for three)

Bruce Campbell

1984/1999
Statement
I believe that Trustees should bring a point of view but not an agenda when they are elected to the position. I believe that the Club belongs to the members and, ultimately, their wishes should be followed. That means that the BoT must be very clear about their intentions and share the information that drives the BoT’s decisions.
Work Experience Semi-retired Truck Driver, earlier job experience included 8 years as a cook and then purchasing agent at a large hotel.

Boating Experience Evergreen Dreams, Catalina 36. Started sailing in the 60s and should be considered a sailor first. Vic-Maui 1994, 20+ Swiftsures, cruising from Nanaimo to Olympia. However, in the last five years I find myself hanging around log racing, which seems to be a powerboat thing. Helm/throttle on winning boat at Barusch/Castagna log championship in Los Angeles 2013. Mostly I just like being on the water, the mode is not that important. Remember that it’s about Boating!

SYC Offices Fleet Captain Sail 2006-07.

SYC Committees Sailboat Committee 1999-2008; Club Boats 2004-05, Chair 2005; Opening Day 2003-11.

SYC Activities Assistant Parade Director 2006, 2014; Dock Zero Chair 2005-09. Grand Prix Co-Chair 2001; Sailfest Co-Chair 2002; Represented SYC at US Sailing BoD 2000-01; Commodore of Pacific International Yachting Association 1997-99; current Commodore of Pacific Coast Yachting Association; Barusch/Castagna committee 2014. And many breakfasts served at Port Madison for power and sail events!

Goals for my term I would be happy to look back at a term that made members feel better about the time and money they commit to the Club. I would feel really successful if members thought of their Club as the first choice in dining and recreation.

Club Issues Food service that reflects the fact that Seattle Yacht Club is first and foremost a Club. Member experience should reflect the fact that they are customers that support the Club with their dues. Staff should be able to provide service in a manner that is professional and personal. Training is key and management needs to be empowered to provide that training.

For More Info Direct questions are welcome at brucecampbell@clearwire.net.
Date Updated July 7, 2014


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Kip Cramer

1975
Statement
Thank you for the opportunity to run for the Board of Trustees of the Seattle Yacht Club. As part of a family with three generations of members, I am honored to be considered for membership to the Board of Trustees.  As a Trustee I will focus on furthering the Clubs goals of financial responsibility by living within our means, honoring our traditions and planning for the future security and continuity of the Seattle Yacht Club for future generations.

Work Experience President/Owner of a Specialty Contracting Firm with 40 years’ experience.
Boating Experience My love affair with boats started with canoes in the mid-1960s, graduated to larger power boats in 1969 on our family’s 31’ Chris Craft; for the last 30 years we have enjoyed our family’s 38’ Bayliner. My wife, Sally, and I have spent many summers in Desolation Sound with our children, Will, Pete and Kate, and have traveled as far north as Sullivan Bay. Opening Day is on the log boom and Roche Harbor is our home away from home with our extended family. We plan on continuing to enjoy our local waters and boating for many more years with our family.
SYC Offices Quartermaster 1998-99
SYC Committees

Powerboat Committee: 1982-83, 1993
Membership Committee: 1986
Active Intermediate Committee: Co-Chair 1987-8, member 1989
Entertainment Committee: 1988-89
Long Range Planning: 1989-1991, 2000, 2004-2005, 2013 to present
Finance Committee: 1993
Portage Bay Marina Committee: 1995 to present, Chair 2001-02
Portage Bay Mainstation Committee: 2004 to present, Chair 2008-09, 2010-11, 2014 to present

SYC Activities

Portage Bay Mainstation Committee:
Since 2004 I have represented the Seattle Yacht Club to Washington State Department of Transportation for the State Route 520 floating bridge replacement project. Specifically attending the Section 106 (historic designated facility) meetings with the goals of preserving access/egress to and from the Mainstation Facility during and after construction, and working with the State’s Design Team to maintain the visual, environmental and unique atmosphere of the Portage Bay Mainstation.

While on the Portage Bay Mainstation Committee we have reached out to our neighbors and government agencies to continue our good working relationships and management of our facility and those facilities that we share.  

Portage Bay Marina Committee:
During my time on the Portage Bay Marina Committee I worked on a major revision of the Moorage and Dock Rules and Regulations, worked on a study to determine the condition of the marina and assess if the current marina configuration meet the needs of our members, and worked on the post fire planning/modifications guidelines to meet the new fire codes. The marina reconfiguration project resulted in a plan to reconfigure the marina, now in the regulatory process.

Long Range Planning:
Worked with multiple committee members to look to the future and determine how to continue the successful path that the Seattle Yacht Club is on during these turbulent economic times and changing demographics.

Ad Hoc Committees:
Minimum Liquidity Committee: Worked with the committee to assess and make recommendation to the Board of Trustees regarding the appropriate level of minimum liquidly.

Life Membership Committee: Working with the committee to review the importance of Life Members to the Seattle Yacht Club.

Goals for my term

My goals for my potential time on the Board of Trustees are:

  1. Support our Clubs efforts to be fiscally responsible
  2. Maintain and continue our traditions and values
  3. Support and encourage the continued growth and vitality of our committee system of governance of the Seattle Yacht Club
  4. Continue to support the growth of boating in the Seattle Yacht Club and the Northwest
  5. Encourage use of and support of our Outstations
Club Issues

See Above

For More Info Should you have any questions, comments or suggestions please contact me at riders4573@hotmail.com or (206) 795-7783.
Date Updated July 18, 2014


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Karen Kenyon

2000
Statement

I would like to be elected to the SYC Board of Trustees to represent the active boating, (fairly) new member, and younger constituency of the Club.

Work Experience Sr. Project Manager in IT Consulting
Boating Experience

Makala (P) 

SYC Offices SYC Secretary 2008-2010

SYC Committees Membership, Data Trends Analysis Ad Hoc, Powerboat (Betty Meacham Award; Chair: Garlic Festival, New Member Reception; Member: Gourmet Cruise, Annual Rendezvous); Opening Day (Chair: Press, Working Boats; Member: Judges), Active-Intermediates (Chair: Annual Rendezvous, Comedy Night; Member: Curragh); Internet; Entertainment; Suma Exchange; Predicted Log Racing Team.

SYC Activities This year I led a Membership Committee Sub-Committee to: 1) Implement form and process changes to support the recently passed by Joint Membership By-Law; and 2) Change the number of references required to apply for membership.
Other Activities 
Goals for my term Fully support changes that will sustain our Club and make it relevant to our changing membership.

Club Issues Loss of “tribal knowledge” makes decision making difficult.

For More Info

http://www.linkedin.com/in/karenkenyon/

Date Updated July 10, 2014


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Pam Lowry

1977
Statement

When my husband, Chuck, and I joined SYC 37 years ago, we were sailors, participating in sailboat racing for many years. During the years that we were raising our children, we participated in all of the children’s events – chairing most of them. We are pleased that both of our children are Active Intermediate members of SYC. Our family life has been greatly enriched by the many friendships we have developed through the Club. Therefore, I am immensely honored to be a candidate for Board of Trustees.

 

I have always been very involved with Seattle Yacht Club in many different capacities. Recently, I have been fortunate to foster relationships with other clubs both in the Pacific Northwest and Internationally due to my time as Admiralette, Chuck’s years of going through the Commodore chairs, and being a member of the International Council of Yacht Clubs. I have always been extremely interested in how other clubs are operating, hoping to glean information helpful to SYC. From my observations of numerous other yacht clubs, I believe that the committee system at SYC is extremely strong and is a great governance system. As Co-Chair of the House Committee this past year, I have learned an immense amount about how SYC operates. I will use these experiences to help make Seattle Yacht Club an even better yacht club. If elected, I pledge to listen to the ideas and concerns of all members of the Club in order to make decisions that will strengthen the Club for the years to come.


Work Experience

College Math Instructor


Boating Experience Summation (P)

SYC Offices Admiralette 2009 (Wild Wild West); Women’s Group Treasurer 2013-14; Betty Meacham Powerboat Award 2007; Commodore’s wife 2012; Swiftsure-Inshore Class 2nd place winner with RVan and RVic Commodores’ wives 2012; Potlatch Queen 1985

SYC Committees

Chairmanships: House Co-chair 2013-14; International Council of Yacht Clubs (ICOYC) Cruise 2011; Binnacle 2007-09; CompassNEWS 2008-09; Powerboat Rendezvous 2004, 2009; Children’s Christmas Party; Children’s Easter Party; Sailboat Rendezvous; Potlatch

 

Committees: House 2012-13; Opening Day Treasurer 2013-14; New Members Activities; Entertainment; Data Trends; Gig Harbor; Amateur Radio; Potlatch; ICOYC; Daffodil; Christmas Decorations; JO Ball; Cruise ‘N Snooze; NOOD; Drama; Golf

SYC Activities  
Other Activities 
Goals for my term To listen to the ideas and concerns of all members of the Club in order to make decisions that will strengthen the Club for the years to come.
For More Info pamela.r.lowry@comcast.net
Date Updated July 10, 2014


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Michele Shaw

1961
  Statement
I am extremely honored to be considered for the SYC Board of Trustees.  If I am elected, I will continue to support SYC’s well-defined By-Laws, its well-rounded committee system, and maintain the SYC boating traditions, which we all hold close to our hearts.
 
I have been a very active boater and enjoyed serving on many Club committees through the years.  In that regard, I will endeavor to ply my skills, knowledge and experience to meet member expectations.  We must continue to provide membership affordability in concert with the changing needs of our membership, while maintaining a healthy financial position.  I am devoted to keeping Seattle Yacht Club the BGDYCITWWW and I appreciate your vote.

Work Experience Retired: Marketing & Sales, Public Relations

Boating Experience Being on the water is an integral part of our life experience. My husband and I have owned sailboats for 53 years.  We raced International 110’s (1959-73) in Seattle area, plus competitions on the West Coast and Kaneohe Bay, HI.  Over the next 39 years cruising comfort and racing followed with our next series of sailboats: 35’ Impossible (1972-78), 30’ Half Ton Kahuna (1979-98), and 40’ Cassis (1999-2012). In 2003, we circumnavigated Vancouver Island.  As participants in the SYC- Nantes Exchange, we’ve raced on the west coast of France and we traveled to Kobe, Japan, as part of the SYC-Suma Exchange.  It was a particular highlight and joy to attend America’s Cup races in Auckland, New Zealand, with the SYC “One World Challenge” entry.

SYC Offices Elaine Kidd Award 2006, Women’s Group President 1987-88, SYC Outstanding Service Award 1980, Admiralette 1977, Women’s Group Vice President 1975-76.

SYC Committees House 2007-09, 2011-14; Membership 2014; Membership Development 2010-14; New Members Activities 2012-14; Yearbook 2012-14; Historical 2013; Chair Public Affairs 1980, 1985-86, 2008-09, 2012-13; Internet 2005-07; Marine Environmental Concerns Chair 1995-96; Commercial 1995-96; Daffodil Chair 1995; Binnacle Editor 1990-91; Suma Cup; Entertainment 1977-79; Binnacle 1975-76; Sailboat; Opening Day Subcommittee Chair: Operations 1, Friday Lunch, Opening Day Press, Opening Day Committee; Potlatch Queen 1974.

SYC Activities SYC Foundation 2006-12, SYC Foundation Secretary 2007-11; SYC Membership Development Brochure design team 2010-11.  November 1989, transitioned the Binnacle to a computer-designed publication.  In 1982, KOMO TV 4 aired full coverage of the Opening Day Parade, where I co-anchored with Connie Thompson, providing color commentary.  For the next two years, I covered the event with UW Crew Coach Dick Erickson.  In 1981, our boat was part of the winning “Red Boat Fleet” team in Wilson Seamanship Award competition.

Other Activities

SYC Foundation 2006-12, Secretary 2007-11, Seattle Art Museum Volunteer 1992-2014, Circumnavigated Vancouver Island 2003, Alpental Ski Instructor 1983-87, Wilson Seamanship Red Boat Fleet 1981.


Goals for my term It is key to maintain SYC’s strong Membership Development program to achieve continued growth of the organization. Whether at Portage Bay, or the Outstations, we must preserve a fun, family boating environment for everyone, and continue to retain and enjoy our rich legacy of Seattle Yacht Club traditions and history.

Club Issues Membership satisfaction and affordability is important to the Club’s viability and this must be balanced with fiscal responsibility. It is imperative for Committees to set reasonable budgets to work within.

For More Info sailshawmj@gmail.com
Date Updated July 9, 2014


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Brian Urback

1987/2000
Statement
My wife Alison and I love everything about boats and being on the water, and we dedicate the financial resources necessary to make boating enjoyable and safe as possible.  Fiscal responsibility is necessary for our Club as well.  The Seattle Yacht Club has an amazing Clubhouse and Outstations, great staff and a wonderful history of boating in the northwest.  We must make good financial decisions now to ensure that these facilities and traditions are available for future generations to enjoy.
 
It is an honor to be nominated as a candidate for the Board of Trustees.  If elected, I will devote the time and energy required to effectively represent this position.  I will be prepared for Board meetings and actively engage in discussions when considering matters brought before the Board.  I will apply my belief that Club programs should be revenue neutral, which may require increasing revenue and/or decreasing expenses.  It may also mean making the hard decision to say no to some projects or initiatives.
 
My wife is a third generation member and it is important to us that the great traditions and amazing facilities of SYC are available to future generations.  If elected, I will do my best to ensure the long term viability of the Club.
Work Experience Thirty years of work experience with past twenty-two years in commercial real estate.  Currently, Vice President in Asset Management at Bentall Kennedy; an institutional real estate advisor.
Boating Experience

Own Shanghai, 1987 Ocean Alexander 42’ since 2006.  Prior to Shanghai operated borrowed boats including No Point, owned by my father-in-law, the late Jack Allen.

Grew up salmon fishing in south Puget Sound with my father on our 16’ boat which we also used for water skiing on Lake Tapps.

Scheduled to take a U.S. Coast Guard Master’s License course in fall of 2014.

Alison and I enjoy boating, often with our many friends from SYC, on Lake Washington, Puget Sound, and an annual trip to Desolation Sound.

SYC Offices
SYC Committees SYC Foundation 2008-12, President 2011-12, Vice President 2009-10; Investment Committee 2004-08; Opening Day Log Boom 2001-14, Dock Zero 2001-04, Marshall Boats 2000-03.
SYC Activities

SYC Foundation Board member for five years, serving two years as President and two years as Vice President.   I learned a lot about SYC, most importantly, I learned that to have an effective board you need the commitment and participation of qualified and dedicated board members. 

Alison and I enjoy visiting and spending time at all of the SYC Outstations.  We moor Shanghai at the Mainstation and enjoy dining at the Club; especially summer evening dinners on the deck with friends.

Other Activities 
Goals for my term Continue the great traditions of the Seattle Yacht Club with a fiscally responsible approach.  Ensure Club programs are representative of the Club membership.
Club Issues In listening to members since being nominated for the Board of Trustees, I’ve heard concerns that the Club has been too focused on raising revenue, and more attention on reducing expenses is needed.  If elected I will continue to listen to members’ concerns and address them via my participation on the Board of Trustees.
For More Info burback@bentallkennedy.com or (206) 849-9900
Date Updated July 15, 2014


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2014 Nominating Committee

Chairman Rob Rothe, Chuck Lowry, Kim Lorenz, Tom Foti, Dave Rice, Pam Sanford, Ted Burns, Bobbi Campbell, Nicole Glockner, Bill Grady, Dick Haelsig, Daylon Rothe, Erik Sabiers

Low-Key Campaigning Reminder

To encourage low-key, genteel election campaigns, our Club adopted new guidelines for Flag Officer and Trustee candidates last year. All members are asked to help make this a more relaxed, fun and positive experience for our member-nominees who are volunteering for these important leadership positions.
The new guidelines require that no campaign committees be organized to bolster a campaign effort; that no telephone calling list assignments, "blind" or non-personal email, fax or postal messages be employed; that no absentee ballot solicitations be encouraged or supported; and that a spirit of low-level campaigning be observed.

While each of us can and should support favorite candidates in discussions and personal communications, please be aware of these guidelines. This relaxed "Spirit" of campaigning will be positive for everyone involved.

Candidates Information Form

The form for supplying the candidate's information can be downloaded from HERE as a MS Word document.