Youbou Regatta Fun
Sunny spirits prevailed at our Youbou regatta on Saturday, August 13, despite a few clouds. The Youbou fire department kick-started the day by piling platefuls of pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, and sausage and pouring liters of eye-opening coffee. It was soon time for the firefighters to don their gear and fire up the engines to lead another year of what may be the world’s shortest parade. They were joined by a crew of bikers, kids (and pets) in costumes, Lady of the Lake royalty, and YCA parade marshals. Arbutus Park was activity central for the rest of the day. Karley Blair won the Clarence Whittington ¼-mile swim. The watermelon eating contest was a free-for-all. The chalk art contest showed off the talents of Youbou’s up-and-coming impressarios. And the conservationists were on hand to talk about bear safety and keeping our environment clean and natural for all of us to enjoy in the years to come. Check out some of the photos on the following page.
Area I Director Election
It is time to elect our CVRD Director for Area I, which includes Youbou. Interested candidates should pick up nomination documents at any CVRD office during business hours. The finished documents should be submitted to any CVRD office or online at www.cvrd.bc.ca by Friday, September 9 at 4 pm. Candidates must be Canadian citizens, 18 years or older on voting day, be a BC resident, and meet the qualifying standards of the Local Government Act.
Also on the ballot on October 15 will be a referendum concerning how CVRD funds recreation facilities. In the past, recreation centres, such as the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena, have been funded from property taxes based on assessment values. This has meant that Areas with high property taxes, such as Area I, have paid proportionately more for recreation facilities, while perhaps not using the facilities as much as other areas do. The referendum proposes to change that funding model. The new system will be based on usage, rather than assessment values. According to Area I Director Klaus Kuhn, who initiated the proposal, voting yes for this referendum will mean less of Area I property taxes will be subsidizing facilities such as the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena in the future. If the referendum passes, the savings will be phased in over a period of several years.
Youbou Church Society
The next meeting for the Youbou Community Church Society (YCCS) is September 10th at 10 am at the Youbou Community Church in the lower hall. The meetings last about an hour, with coffee and sweets are provided. Membership to the YCCS is $2.00 annually. A great group of people is working together to maintain and make the Church accessible to the residents of Youbou.
Ongoing YCCS fundraisers help pay for utilities (oil, hydro, insurance etc) and any donations are greatly appreciated. You can help support Youbou’s historic church building by:
• Dropping off return-for-deposit bottles and cans (no jars please) in the garage at 10335 Youbou Road (well marked).
• Leaving us your County Grocer till tapes at a well-marked place in the same garage.
• Purchasing a copy of the Youbou Community Church Society cookbook, available at Cassys Coffeehouse.
Fall Bowling Resumes
Dust off your bowling balls and slip on your no-slip shoes because the bowling alley is gearing up for fall bowling. Thursday night women’s league goes from September 15 to December 1 at 7 pm. Tuesday night men’s league goes from November 1 through December 13 at 7 pm. Sunday night mixed league goes from September 11 to December 4 at 7 pm. And if league bowling is not your thing, gather some friends for family bowling on Friday nights or adult bowling on Saturday nights. The best way to appreciate our historic Youbou Lanes bowling alley is to come out and knock down a few pins, as well as a drink or two.
Welcome New YCA Board Members
We’re happy to announce that two volunteers have stepped forward to join our active Youbou Community Association. At our August board meeting, we welcomed Joe Tatham and Sandra McAfee to the board. At our September meeting, we plan to add two more, so we have more resources to manage the work we do in the community.
Are You a YCA Member?
The Youbou Community Association is involved in helping community activities happen, such as the monthly newsletter, crab fest, holiday decorating, and other events throughout the year. While we love our facebook friends, an official family lifetime membership in the organization is just $10 and involves filling out a form. It is a key to knowing what’s going on around Youbou as well as giving you a vote at our annual meetings. We’ll email you our colourful community newsletter every month. To join, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’d like to contribute news for the newsletter about a public event happening (or not happening) in or around Youbou and Area I, please send particulars about date, time and place to email@example.com, by the 20th of the month, please. You can also check our web site at youbouyca.com and our Youbou Community Association facebook page for the latest information.
Friday, September 9: deadline for Area I Director nominations
Saturday, September 10: Church Society meeting at 10 am
Sunday, September 11: Mixed bowling league starts
Thursday, September 15: Women’s bowling league starts
Thursday, Saturday, October 15: Voting day
Your YCA Board
Chair: Julia Martinusen
Secretary: Randall Wilson
Treasurer: Steve Watt
Social: Eva Fearon
Membership: Cheryl Morgan