Semiahmoo Marina
Commodore Lynette at 2016 AGM

SYC Commodore Lynette Morris-Reade convened the club's Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday March 19 at the Blaine Marina Meeting Room. This is the one true business meeting of the year and a wide range of topics were discussed.

Treasurer Alan Owen reported on the current financial standing of the club and details of the 2016 operating budget. The club is in good financial standing, with savings being accumulated for the purpose of acquiring or leasing a clubhouse.

Officer Brand
CBP Officer Eric Brand

In a joint SYC / BBVYC educational event held this month at the Birch Bay Village Clubhouse, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer Eric Brand presented the new Small Boat Reporting procedures that went into effect this year, applicable to all foreign flagged vessels.

Information was also provided on a new 'Cruising License', as well the reporting process (with and without Nexus) and the Cruising License renewal process.

Following the presentation, an opportunity was provided for the audience to ask questions on the specific aspects of the program, and other relevant areas of interest or concern.

Race Night at Fraser Downs
Racing at Fraser Downs

For our March 'Nauti-Friday' event, the club ventured north for a night of food, fun and spirited wagering at the Elements Casino / Fraser Downs Race Track in Cloverdale, BC. Members enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner in the Homestretch trackside dining area, while watching the racing action from our terraced seating area through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

SYC is a proud supporter of the Drayton Harbor Maritime Museum and their dedicated efforts toward restoring marine vessels of historical significance to our local area. DHM Director and SYC member Richard Sturgill recently sent the following update on the progress of their current project, the cannery sailboat NN 59:

Happy New Year! For us actively involved working on the NN 59 Sailboat Project at Walsh Marine at the Blaine Harbor Washington, we are encouraged by several new developments we have under taken recently and new tools we have purchased that have either been repaired or in the process of getting repaired. These new tools are necessary to do the shipwright work we are planning on doing with the goal of doing our best to have the NN59 sailboat back in the water possibly this year and hopefully maybe by summer. What a concept!

Toys for Tots Gifts
SYC Contribution for 'Toys for Tots'

Semiahmoo Yacht Club members displayed the spirit of the holiday season and a dedication to helping our community this month with generous contributions to both the local food bank and the U.S. Marine Corps 'Toys for Tots' campaign.

At our recent Christmas Party & Lighted Boat Parade event, members where asked to bring food donations to support the Blaine Food Bank. A total of over 260 pounds of food was contributed.

At a traditional turnover of the SYC Board event later in the month, attendees where asked to bring unwrapped toys (or cash) donations for the 'Toys for Tots' campaign. Once again, members stepped up and donated dozens of toys and a fair amount of cash to support less fortunate children within our local community.