The news letter is published by:
Rod and Joanne Loudin

E-mail address YENDOR@GTE.NET

March, April, May 2003

NEXT MEETING June 14th ------ Dockton County Marine Park on Vashon

Pot luck on the dock at 5:00PM. Arrive early and grab some space. Dockton is on a first come basis. Anchoring is good if you arrive and space is limited. In the past this hasn't been a problem.


After two years of coordinating club events Joanne and I are stepping down to let someone else try their hand. The Monk club was my very first social club and since it included our favorite pastime it's been a good experience. We have got to meet many of the members, enjoy some fantastic pot lucks and resturaunts and the company of so many nice people.

Special thanks to Mike and Bettie Butler for their guidance. They are the backbone of the club. Mike is the club treasurer and helped set up our club website. Also a big thanks goes to Don Shirwood for gettings the Bremerton Yacht Club for last years steak dinner event. But most of all I'd like to thank my wife Joanne for letting me pretend to be president. She did most of the work while listened to me complain and bark orders, the way it should be on a boat right?

Mary Bryce of the Lee Ann agreed to give the helm a try for a while. Mary and her husband Wolf are experienced cruisers with Alaska Inside Passage and West Coast to California on their log books. They have been in the club a few years. Mary can be reached at and is trying to reach all the members to encourage more participation at outings.

The club presidency is strickly a volunteer position and our club has grown to 90+ boats in the past few years so be patient and please offer Mary any help you can.


Brownsville Marina extended a warm greeting to our club.

As the members gathered aboard Paramour the weather turned to partly cloudy with warm sunshine and gentle zephyrs making it a perfect afternoon. Princess Melissa, with Joanne & Rod Loudin, completed the vessel group while Mary & Wolfe Bryce arrived in their RV.

Welcomed by Betty and Mike Butler an afternoon of fellowship including tales and adventures shared caused laughter to ring across the sparkling sunlit water. Mess was scheduled for 1600 with fellowship starting at 1530. Just as everyone was gathering Don and Sharon Shirwood, arrived by car, following a birthday party. The assortment of Hor D'oeuvre's along with visiting, catching up on activities and food and boat topics led to dinner and dessert.

Upcoming Club activities were discussed along with possible options for the 2004 - 2005 Club schedule of events. We adjourned the Pot Luck as the sun went down and the chill of early summer evening fell. Planning on meeting for Breakfast at 0800 so boats could move out early to participate in family and church functions.

Over breakfast, the previous evenings ideas, which Rod laid out as a course of action, thereby strengthening our group by having a larger group of members participate in the club activities. Hoping to see all at the June Cruise/Rendezvous at Dockton Park.

by Mary Bryce


At the member meeting held at the Brownsville gathering several items were discussed to make the club work more efficiently. Club officers and their roles will be:

President - (Mary Bryce), club event coordinator, main club contact, write and publish newsletters
Treasurer - (Mike Butler), keep master roster, receive applications, collect dues and mail burgees
Historian - (Don Shirwood), keeper of the club application notebooks and pictures as well as teller of tall tales of past meetings, gatherings and everything nautical.
Club Web Dude - (Rod Loudin), Like post news letters, calendar of events and other web related items ya know?

Check out the Calendar and make some plans to join us.

Last modified: 5/27/2003