The Manager's Desk
April 1, 2015: Thanks for coming out, sock burners. I hope your efforts forced Mother Nature to bring us some warm weather. All those in attendance deserve a pat on the back for pressing on through the snow, rain and mud to keep our ever-popular annual event alive and kicking even though the weather wasn’t very “Spring like.” And I thought last year’s wind was bad!
It does feel like we have turned a corner, however, and the warmer weather seems to be upon us. The clubhouse will be very active as usual in the upcoming weeks so we look forward to seeing all of those hibernating members more frequently.
Open Marina Slips
Our marina is filling fast for our 2015 season and there are only a few slips still available for boats 30 feet to 32 feet in length. Unfortunately all of our landside slips are currently committed. If you are interested in one of the remaining slips, act fast as they will surely fill up as soon as the warm weather takes over.
I wanted to offer a quick apology for the water being turned on later than normal in the marina this year. There was a bit of plumbing work that needed to be performed after the weather broke and scheduling plumbers at this time of year is a bit challenging. We anticipate a mid-March opening next year unless the weather dictates otherwise.
Families, food and fun!
April is another great month for family fun at EYC! Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the annual kids’ Easter Egg Hunt. This is one of my favorite EYC events when all of the Lil’ Skippers of EYC don their fancy Easter duds and converge on the club for a terrific morning of fun. Negotiations are still underway with the Easter Bunny himself, so hopefully he will be able to carve out some time from his busy day to say “hi” to all of the kids. We ask that you please make reservations to assure your space for this always popular event. Note that there will also be an early seating prior to the hunt for those members who may want eat and run before the chaos ensues!
March 1, 2015: The weather in Annapolis has certainly been challenging late in the season this year. As I write this article I am looking at large snowflakes falling on what was already a very white canvas. The cold temperatures of February will hopefully give way to a warm and inviting March for all of our members to come down and begin to enjoy their boats, the wonderful EYC waterfront deck and of course the beginning of an active race season. Come on warm weather!
2015 Commodore’s Ball
John Travolta has nothing on our EYC members! The first ever ‘70s themed EYC Commodore’s Ball was terrific fun for all those that attended. I want to thank Carol Vilardo and her hard working Special Events Committee for putting together a fabulous event. The decorations were only outdone by some of the great polyester outfits that walked through the front door. Another special thanks goes out to the YWCA who provided all of the decorations for the event.
All new contracts for the marina should be in at this point and I would like to remind you that we still have both wet and dry slips available. If you need to store a boat up to 40ft in length EYC has a home for you! The current open slips are as follows:
- A-Dock (closest to the academy) slips: A1 (31ft), A6 (30ft), A11 (32ft), A16 (30ft), A19( 40ft)
- B-Dock: slips: B1 (30ft), B6 (31ft available 2nd quarter)
- C-Dock slips: No slips currently available
- Dry Sail slips: One open slip for a trailered boat.
Please contact Bill Kocan or the marina chairperson for further information and annual rates.
Please help me welcome our new part time accountant Ruthann Mitzel. Ruthann joined us at the beginning of the year and has done a terrific job acclimating to out hectic office environment. I hope you all will take a moment to stop in the office and introduce yourselves and make her feel a part of our EYC family. I also want to thank those EYC members who introduced Ruthann to the club and served as great references. Lastly, I would like to thank George Miller, Amy Wales and Donna Glessing for helping in what turned out to be a long search process. I think the long hours and exhaustive searching has produced a great new employee of the club that will help take us into the future. Welcome aboard Ruthann!
January 1, 2015
Welcome to 2015! It’s hard to believe we are in the New Year already. I remember as clear as day the millennium and all of the “end of the world” theorists waiting for all of the lights to go off and their computers to shut down at the stroke of midnight. Well, we didn’t have anything nearly as dramatic this year but I hope everyone had a warm and wonderful holiday with their family and friends.
I look forward to an exciting new year at the club with some fine tuning of the clubhouse, some exciting changes within our committees and of course the usual comradery which is a mainstay of our “little club that could.”
I encourage all of our members to maintain their volunteerism at the club this year. It is this connectivity that breeds community and the EYC culture that most clearly defines who we are as a membership.
February 1, 2015
PCI DSS Compliance
If you are like me you have had at least one of your credit cards changed out in the last year or two because of breaches in security from Home Depot, Target or some other institution. I have had three cards changed out and one of them twice in the last eight months! Therefore, I thought I would take the opportunity to inform members of the steps EYC takes to protect your credit card information since more and more this is becoming a part of how we live in a world where technology seems to always be at least a few steps ahead.
First, you may be unaware that the Board approved an investment in new point of sale hardware and software just a few months ago to better protect your data. This software supports proper PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) compliance and was the primary impetus for the change in point of sale systems.
To better understand how we process your data understanding the process is critical. In a typical transaction, you hand over your credit card to a server or bartender when you pay your tab. They swipe your card in our system and return with the receipt and your card. The data from the swipe is immediately encrypted and, with the exception of the last four digits, cannot be viewed by anyone, not even a manager with proper access credentials.
December 1, 2014
2015 Annual Meeting
Thanks to all of our members who attended the 2015 Annual Meeting at Loews Hotel. The turnout was terrific and we unanimously welcomed back the entire Board of Governors for the New Year. In my world that is a great vote of confidence toward their efforts in 2014. As many of our members are aware the challenges they faced in 2014 were sometimes great. So congratulations, and sometimes condolences J, to the entire Board for their re-election.
I would also like to take a moment to congratulate Holly O’Hare for being the recipient of the A2B Volunteer of the Year Award. Holly’s contributions to the club have been great and she has worked tirelessly toward making EYC’s junior sailing program one of the best around.
Lastly, I would like to say thank you to Pam Ray for her terrific presentation on behalf of the EYC Foundation. The Foundation is doing a great job and looks to have a fabulous energy and plan of action for 2015 so please take a moment to read about their efforts. Keep up the good work!