JULY 2023 NEWSLETTER – NEW COMMODORE IN TOWN

I hope everyone had a great July 1, for those who celebrated Canada Day and July 4th for our Independence Day. I can’t think of anything better than being with friends and family on a Nordic Tug on the water to celebrate both of our great Nations.

Its been just over a Month since our 2023 Rendevous in Sidney and if you ask me I would tell you it was a fantastic event, but we also asked members for your input and you most of you reported that it was a fantastic event. We appreciate the sincere feedback and we will be using the surveys as we plan Vous 2024. Congratulations to Paul Yancey for winning the Survey raffle prize. He will be receiving a gift card to West Marine.

I want to thank everyone that helped make this Rendevous so great. As I mentioned on Saturday night this last year would not have been possible without Sandra Piotrowski stepping up to the Role of Commodore. She was energetic and thorough in taking on the task and I can say she was the Anchor we all want in on our vessels in a storm and this Organization was blessed to have her in charge. I also want to remind everyone how much Jeff Brein contributed by staying in the role of Rendevous director for the last year. Jeff has coordinated several rendezvous and we are fortunate to have him planning such awesome events. Paul and Elaine Bulk as well as Gerry and Barb Guertin also contributed a great deal of time to make this event so successful. BIG THANK YOU TO ALL OF THEM.

For those of you that did not attend the Rendevous we missed you there and hope see you next year. At our general meeting we had Officer Elections. Sandra graciously nominated me for Commodore. I waited for someone else to be nominated and it didn’t happen. So I have taken on the job. I nominated Paul Bulk, our first Canadian board member, and he won without opposition. Congratulations Paul! We also discussed the financial state of the organization. The treasurers presentation was made to the membership regarding our annual dues and current reserves and an overwhelming majority voted to raise dues to $60.00 a year. This will go into effect January 2024. If your dues are renewed this year before January 2024 you will still pay the $30.00 for the upcoming year. We realize this is a large increase, but believe that the annual amount is still low when compared to other Boating organizations. I am working on contacting some marine vendors to try and secure more group discounts for members.

We heard from several members that they were not receiving our regular emails. We discovered this was due to the data link between mailchimp and member press (our website program). Our current system is only recognizing the first/main email address entered when signing up for PaNNTOA.

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I thank you for taking the time to read our Newsletter and hope that you find the information important to you as a member of PaNNTOA. I am looking forward to being your new Commodore and hope that I can fill the big shoes left for me by my predecessor. Check out the links on this email for information about a Mini Vous in Friday Harbor and don’t forget to add photos of your fellow tuggers on our Friendships Forum. I hope to see you on the water.

Jeff Redmond
God’s Grace

Volunteer Opportunity: Membership Director (Avg. less than 1 hour/month)

Our all-volunteer organization is STILL looking for a new Membership Director.

This is a role easily performed by anyone with access to the website. Our staff wizard has created several automated tools and processes to make the job straightforward.

The membership director provides information to the PaNNTOA board related to membership statistics, reaches out to potential members referred by other members, sends membership lists to sponsors that offer discounts (sponsors must pinky swear they will not send spam based on our supplied list) quarterly, and, if so inclined, thinks about ways to increase membership.

The membership director also works with the Communications director to reconcile bounced emails (did the member forget to renew? Sell their boat? Find a cooler group to hang out with? (Can’t be that!))

If interested (even vaguely), please email the Commodore. Thanks!

Oh La La … Volunteer Opportunity (averages less than 1 hour/month)

Our all-volunteer organization (except the wizard behind the website) is looking for a new Membership Director. Mark Malnes, after serving for several years, is ready to transition the role to a shiny, new director.

This is a role easily performed by anyone with access to the website. Our staff wizard has created several automated tools and processes to make the job straightforward.

The membership director provides information to the PaNNTOA board related to membership statistics, reaches out to potential members referred by other members, sends membership lists to sponsors that offer discounts (sponsors must pinky swear they will not send spam based on our supplied list) quarterly, and, if so inclined, thinks about ways to increase membership.

The membership director also works with the Communications director to reconcile bounced emails (did the member forget to renew? Sell their boat? Find a cooler group to hang out with? (Can’t be that!))

If interested (even in the mildest manner), please email the Commodore. Thanks!

There’s a New Commodore in Town…

Sandra Piotrowski and Angelo Muzzin are PaNNTOA’s new(est) Commodore and Rear Commodore, respectively, effective December 1, 2022. Sandra and Angelo will complete the terms of Stu and Sue Clark.

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2022 PaNNTOA Photo Contest Update

The deadline for the 2022 Photo Contest has been extended to December 31.  Don’t delay, pick from your best tugging adventures showcasing the Pacific Northwest and your time on the water.

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The rules are simple:

  • You may submit up to two photos per boat.
  • You must be a current member of PaNNTOA.
  • Photos must be taken in this calendar year.
  • Title your photo and include a brief story to share.
  • Must be a Nordic Tug, at least a partial view, somewhere in the picture.
  • Photos should not exceed 1 mg in size.
  • Photos must be submitted by December 31, 2022.

Post your entry in the Trip Reports forum under topic “2022 PaNNTOA Photography Contest”. https://panntoa.com/forums/topic/2022-panntoa-photography-contest/
Instructions for how to post a picture into a post are at the top of the PaNNTOA Member Forum page.  If you have any issues or questions related to posting, contact webmaster@panntoa.com.

Winners will be announced on the PaNNTOA website in mid-January.  Good luck and don’t delay.

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Now Hear This!

October 2022

We have announcements in all sizes this month, ranging from “that was nice” to “ouch.” We’ll make them in chronological order so please read through to the end.

Kingston September Mini Rendezvous

A stellar success captained by Gerry Guertin and Barb Harley from the good ship, Spree. A generous baker’s dozen (13—can bakers not count?) boats participated. A lot of good food, engaging conversations, and boat tours capped off with great weather made for a lovely fall gathering. The folks at the Kingston marina were welcoming and helpful. A big shout out and thank you to Gerry and Barb for the goodie bags, blueberry pancake breakfast, Saturday’s dinner, fun and games, and general wrangling. You made it look easy but the attendees know the effort you put in and really appreciated it. https://panntoa.com/forums/topic/kingston-mini-vous-sept-2022/

2022 Photography Contest

Limber up those fingers and scroll back through all the great boating photos you took this year. In addition to nice prizes for our second and third place winners, this year’s grand prize is two tickets to the 2023 Rendezvous in Sidney, BC.

Pick from your best tugging adventures showcasing the Pacific Northwest and your time spent on the water. As you click through your photos, consider beauty, wildlife, hangouts, family fun, humor, Nordic Tugs or things nautical that show off the joy of tugging!

The rules are simple:

  • You may submit up to two photos per boat.
  • You must be a current member of PaNNTOA.
  • There must be a Nordic tug, at least a partial view, somewhere in the picture.
  • Photos must be taken in this calendar year.
  • Title your photo and, if so inclined, include a brief story to share.
  • Photos should not exceed 1 mg in size.
  • Photos must be submitted by November 30, 2022.

Post your entry in the Trip Reports forum under topic “2022 PaNNTOA Photography Contest.” https://panntoa.com/forums/topic/2022-panntoa-photography-contest/ Instructions for how to post a picture into a post are at the top of the PaNNTOA Member Forum page. If you have any issues or questions related to posting, contact webmaster@panntoa.com.

Winners will be announced on the PaNNTOA website in mid-December. Good luck and don’t delay. If you have questions, please contact commodore@panntoa.com, communications@panntoa.com or webmaster@panntoa.com.

The “Ouch” Announcement

Commodore Stu Clark and Rear Commodore (Treasurer) Sue Clark were involved in a serious vehicle accident in late September outside Bloomington, Illinois. Though they and their four dogs escaped catastrophic injury, their shiny new F-350 and Airstream collided with a car that pulled out in front of them at an intersection on a country road while moving at 35 mph. Their truck is now totaled and the Airstream sustained considerable damage. As a result of those injuries, they have decided to quit boating and their Nordic 39 is now for sale.*

Despite their immediate challenges, Stu will see the photography contest through and Sue will take care of end-of-the-year accounting items. They will step out of their current management roles as of December 31, 2022.

PaNNTOA needs a couple of volunteers to step into the Commodore and Treasurer roles from January 1, 2023, though the June rendezvous in Sidney. At the rendezvous we will vote in new Board members. Position descriptions are posted on the PaNNTOA website. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Stu at commodore@panntoa.com.

*Emmy Lou III is a 2013 flybridge with 656 hours on the Cummins QSB 5.9.  The Onan generator has 116 hours. She has been fully serviced and there is nothing needing to be done.  Her hull has been ceramic coated and the inside is immaculate. Stu and Sue are leaving quite a few items on the vessel (new inflatable dinghy w/cover, Torqeedo electric outboard, BBQ, fluids & spares, etc.).

Now Hear This!

I hope everyone has had a great summer cruising season. Long term forecasts, worth every penny we pay for them, are promising a beautiful fall cruising season. And what better way to kick off fall, than to attend a Nordic Tug mini-Rendezvous. Gerry G. reports a dozen boats have already signed up for the fall mini-vous in Kingston and there’s still room for more. Be sure to check out the PaNNTOA website for the plans for this event being held September 23rd to 25th. Kindly RSVP Gerry by September 10th if you plan to attend.
 
Keep snapping away your amazing cruising pictures as the PaNNTOA photo contest is just around the corner with the submission period being November 1 through 30th. As long as there’s a Nordic Tug, or at least a piece of one, somewhere in the photo, you’re good to go. More details for the contest will be posted in the next month or so.
 
The newly elected PaNNTOA Board conducted its first meeting in August. The Board is firmly in cahoots, or rather deeply in agreement, about plans, priorities, and events. Jeff Redmond, our Vice-Commodore, has picked up the Web Director baton from Sandra Piotrowski. Jeff and I are working with the Board on significant updates to the PaNNTOA website.

A suggestion that came from my membership survey letter dealt with having “coffee klatches” at various marinas. These informal get-togethers could happen as often as those participating would like. The concept would be for a PaNNTOA member, at a particular marina, announce to the membership that a “coffee klatch” would be happening on, say, a Saturday at 10 a.m. on dock such-and-such on the host’s boat and all PaNNTOA members at that marina would be welcome to stop by and visit. It would be a “bring-your-own-cup” and whomever was hosting the klatch that time would provide the coffee and PaNNTOA would reimburse the host for the coffee and sundries.

Sue (your Rear Commodore/Treasurer) and I are in Buffalo, Wyoming tonight on an RV roadtrip to Madison, Wisconsin otherwise we would volunteer Emmy Lou III to be the host boat to get things started. Are any of you reading this interested and willing to be a host boat in the upcoming months? If you are, please let me know.
 
Stay safe and remember to take pictures!
 
Stu Clark
Commodore
Pacific Northwest Nordic Tug Owners Association

Now Hear This…

First, I want to thank those members of the Pacific Northwest Nordic Tug Owners Association who took the time to respond to my survey. As your new Commodore, I am interested in knowing what the membership wants and needs from PaNNTOA. The email went out to the “big list” of about 200 email addresses on July 14th. So far, I have received only seven responses to that survey. Interestingly, those responding had very similar comments to my questions.

All seven said that a forum that dealt with cruising with pets would be very helpful. Another survey question that garnered 100% support was having a place where members could post questions regarding their tugs in order to solicit helpful tips and help. I would encourage you to do that when there are times you would like input. A third response that drew 100% support was the desire to know where others are going on the water at particular times. We probably will call that listing “Flash Rallies.” Those get togethers would be impromptu, unsponsored, and simply a way of encouraging some socializing on a small scale.

Right now, we are working on ways to “refresh” the PaNNTOA website and, again, thank you to the seven members who replied. It’s not too late to send me your comments, or just to say hello. I’m always ready to consider member input.

Functioning between the “Flash Rallies” and the annual “Rendezvous” is the “Mini-Rendezvous.” This event was first mentioned at the June Rendezvous and then again last month in my Commodore’s Letter. Time is running out and I would encourage you to come to Kingston in September and have some fun. Gerry Guertin and Barb Hartley are hosting this event and the flyer is below.

Stay Safe!

Stu Clark
Commodore
Pacific Northwest Nordic Tug Owners Association

 

 

 

Mini ‘Voux Reminder – September 2022

Your very amiable “cruise” captain, Gerry Guertin, reminds us the fall mini rendezvous will be held in Kingston on September 23rd and 24th. This is a purely social gathering with PaNNTOA springing for BBQ fixings and attendees potlucking (we don’t care that grammar checking objects, potlucking should be a word) salads and whatnot.

Gerry says there’s room for 10 to 15 boats, or so, and we currently have six boats and a couple of innocent bystanders signed up. Please make your reservations directly with the Kingston Marina and be sure to mention you’re there with the Nordic Tug group.

Please RSVP Gerry at gk.guertin@comcast.net or call him at 360-908-5656 by September 10th.