February, 2018

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of the Birch Lake Yacht Club
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It's still winter here ... again!

Yes, the weather has been weird here to say the least! After weeks of near- and sub-zero temps, a January thaw melted everything and the snow was completely gone for a while. But not to worry, thanks to that groundhog in Pennsylvania, temps are back to seasonal and the snow has returned. Watch the March Barker to see if we make it through the winter ...

Commodore's Comments
We’ve made it to February, with lots of chattering teeth, chapped lips and frozen toes. I’m hoping the frigid days are in the past. I guess there is a saving grace in that February is the shortest month ... I hope it flies by!

On the plus side, February is the month for cupid – which in my book translates to chocolate, and chocolate is always a good thing to look forward to!

February is also the month for mardi gras parties and celebrations. And speaking of parties, the Sheffiecks (West Shore) are hosting WinterFest 2018 on Saturday, February 10 at 6 pm. Please bring a dish to share. This is the perfect time to come out of hibernation, do a little catching up and laissez le bon temps rouler!

The installation of Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) will begin this month. I wanted to make sure you were aware in case you were curious about any installation activity you may observe. We will share in-depth communications soon.

Don’t forget we’d love to hear from all of our Birch Lakers as to what’s going on in their lives, news they’d like to share, etc. You simply have to get your write-up to Phil before the first of the month and he’ll include it in the monthly on-line Barker. We lose touch with so many over the winter months, it’s nice to hear what’s going on.

The next time I write, Eric and I will be in Pensacola, Florida with fellow Birch Laker, Tim Burchell. We’ll raise a glass and say a toast to everyone as we continue our Mimosa Tribe ritual.

Cheers! ~ Commodore Karen

Winterfest is Feb. 10, starting at 6 pm
The Sheffiecks on the West Side invite all Lakers to their house for Winterfest on Saturday, February 10 starting at 6 pm. Come enjoy your neighbors as we celebrate this weird winter weather. No RSVP needed, but bring a dish to share and BYOB. Parking available to the north, south and in front of the house. Hope to see you!

High-speed Internet project planned
If you haven't already received one, watch for an email from Midwest Energy over the next week or so to confirm your order for the high-speed Internet service they've been installing around the county. Work should begin in July and they expect home installations to start sometime during the fourth quarter. Future updates will include more detail on the newest member of the 2018 project. For more info visit https://www.teammidwest.com/
Barker Kids of the Month

Past Commodore Ryan Gableman and family were recently spotted at the Cass County conservation club sporting their New Birch Lake T-shirts. Photo submitted by grandparents, Claudia and Dennis Phipps (north side).

BLYC Vice Commodore Angela Bergan and her husband Nick (son of Jim and Linda Bergan, Cove), posed for a photo at South Beach ... and yes Jim, I cropped out some of the photo ... photo submitted by Jim Limes (Cove).

At left, Daughter Erica took grandchildren Aley and Dominic to see the Harlem Globetrotters ... not to be outdone, daughter Sanya got adopted by a fur ball who told her his name is Mr. Miogi ...

Sailing stuff from Mr. Bob
Mr. Bob King (north shore) sent in these two photos; at left, your Grandfather's ice boat (a classic stern-steerer), and at right, Not your Grandfather's ice boat.

2018 BLYC Dues, Contributions & Donations
$____ - BLYC Member Dues ($30 / year)
$____ - BLYC Associate Member Dues ($10 / year)
$____ - Homeowners’ Assoc. ($10 / year)
$____ - Sailing Fees ($15 / year)
$____ - Building Improvement Fund
$____ - Fireworks Fund
$____ - Water Quality Program
$____ - Milfoil/Loosestrife Eradication
$____ - Safety Committee
$____ - Other non-party related expenses
$____ - BLYC Roof Fund
$____ - Misc.
Total contribution:
Include your name and address and checks payable to:
BLYC, c/o Deb Spratt at 18100 Farmington Hills Drive, South Bend, IN 46637

Tentative 2018
Birch Lake Calendar

Feb 10 - Winterfest, Sheffeick's (west side) bring a dish to share
May 19 - Spring Dinner
June 2 - Commodore/Vice Commodore Party @ BLYC
June 16 - Spaghetti dinner
June 30 - House Walk
July 7 - Fireworks
July 20 - Ladies Golf
July 27 - Men’s Golf

Dates and times subject to change.
More info as available.
Watch for updates!

BLYC Classified Ads
For Sale: 2001 Hurricane Fundeck GS188, 5L Mercruiser, 187 hours, mint condition $10,500.00 Bob Waddle 269-365-7696

I do sewing at reasonable prices; Zippers, hems, repairs on various
Items. Let me know what you need and I’ll let you know if I can do it
Katie Niezgodski 476-9317

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BLYC Contacts

2016-17 BLYC Officers

Karen Curtis Miller, Commodore (E)
Angela Bergan, Vice Commodore (E)
Deb Spratt, Treasurer (N)

Mike Sheffieck, Secretary (W)
Pat McGann, Fleet Captain (N)

16-17 BLYC Directors
Greg Bolin (W)
Ed Chester (E)
Harold Cranmer (W)
Terry Dugan (S)
Celia Fallon (E)
Chas Grundy (E)
Patty Luecht (E)
Sarah Petty (N)
Claudia Phipps (N)
Vickie Rogers (C)
Rick Russwurm (N)
Scott Troeger (E)
PJ Vandewalle (E)
Phil Vitale (E)
Sandy Vitale (E)
Bob Waddle (E)
Sue Williams (S)

non-director attendees
Jim Bolinger BLYC Homeowners’ Association Chairman (E) 476-9737(E)

Paul Fallon, BLYC Water Quality Committee
Chairman (E) 476-1467


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Barker Funnies

You might have to look at this one for a while to see the image ...

Jan 23 was National Pie day ...

The Cynical Philosopher.
submitted by Bob Waddle (east side)

♦ I read that 4,153,237 people got married last year. Not to cause any trouble, but shouldn't that be an even number?

♦ I find it ironic that the colors red, white, and blue stand for freedom until they are flashing behind you.

♦ I think my neighbor is stalking me as she's been Googling my name on her computer. I saw it through my telescope last night.

♦ You're not fat, you're just easier to see.

♦The location of your mailbox shows you how far away from your house you can go in a robe before you start looking like a mental patient.

♦ I think it's pretty cool how Chinese people made a language entirely out of tattoos.

♦ Money can't buy happiness, but it keeps the kids in touch!