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Well, 2022 certainly went out with a bang and a big ole’ Gully Washer. I hope everyone survived without major issues. We survived but did have a bit of a scramble when our creek flooded and washed out the front of our property and created havoc with the street – stalled cars and 6 inches of rushing water down the street and pumps running on our back patio to keep the water at bay. What fun.
On a more positive note, 2022 ended with our fabulous Christmas bash at the Benicia Yacht club and I take this opportunity to thank Janet Booth, James, and Sam for making it a great success. I also want to thank Jenny Larson who set the mood with beautiful piano music throughout the evening. It added a classy touch to the evening. It was pretty much a sell-out crowd, and we welcomed new members Alan and Paulette Everson to the fold.
2022 also went out with a bang with our calendar sales. I think we only have about 15 left, so if you haven’t purchased yours yet, do so right away. It is our best yet. A big round of applause and a huge thank you to Guy Cummins and Don Perry for making it happen.
We start 2023 with a few fun items worthy of note including this years’ President’s Mystery Tour on January 21st. It is no longer a mystery to me, of course, but it is still a mystery for you…and that is half the fun…not knowing where you’re going and what fun lies just around the corner. I can tell you that it will be a very nice “Day Trip” to somewhere in Marin County and will include some discovery and some great food…and weather permitting, a nice day to get the cars out. The event flyer is inside and please RSVP to me right away. We are not really limited in our numbers, but I do need a head count as soon as possible.
Our second “New Item” is welcoming Nick Verhoek as our new Activities Director. I know Nick will bring lots of new ideas and will be very pro-active in motivating our members to introduce new outing ideas and exciting new trips. Feel free to call Nick anytime of the day or night with your ideas and take this opportunity to introduce the rest of the club to all your favorite spots.
Of course, don’t forget to join us for our regular meeting on Saturday the 14th. Buttercup Grill, Walnut Creek, 10:00 AM. If you can’t make it in person, you can always join via zoom right from the BATOC home page.
I look forward to seeing everyone somewhere this month. As always, feel free to reach out anytime with your thoughts, ideas or complaints.
Happy New Year!


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