July 1, 2017
Boy it is great to be around a yacht club at this time of the year! I hope all of our members are enjoying the summer and the wealth of activities that the Eastport Yacht Club offers. Of course, July is full of great events and activities such as the July 4th Celebration cookout and fireworks display, the July 4th Cruise hosted by the always active Cruise Committee, the Boomerang Regatta, Stand Up Paddleboard Challenge, Beer Can Races, Green Fleet Fridays and the House Committee’s Bastille Day Celebration to name just a few of the events in the first TWO WEEKS of the month! AMAZING! Check your calendar and weekly Blast for dates and times and as always feel free to contact the office for any questions that you might have.
Fourth of July
Come down to Annapolis’ best club and see the fireworks in all their glory from the Eastport Yacht Club! This year we will repeat our successful food and beverage format from last year. We will be serving a July 4th picnic style casual buffet in the dining room in addition to an ala cart grill service on the lawn. Members are restricted to two guests for this event and we welcome you and your family to join us for the fun. Tickets may be purchased at the door for both guest entrance fees ($10) and for the food buffet. The band Major Company will be setting the stage for the fireworks so come down and enjoy the show.
The safety of our smallest members is paramount during this time of the year when playing on the EYC lawn and clubhouse grounds is at its peak. We ask that all members who have young children please monitor their actions when playing in close proximity to the water or in the sailing yard. It only takes a moment for a child to chase a ball or trip while playing tag and tumble into the water. This type of tragedy is unrecoverable and I hope it is not one that I ever have to address as a parent or as someone responsible for the safety of our club members. Also, note that all children on the docks are required to have life vests and supervision at all times. I appreciate the assistance in helping keep our club safe for everyone and if there is ever any question or concern about safety of our members please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.
The club business is a people business. We rely on relationships and feedback from our members to continually improve our offerings and encourage club use. Sure, we love to hear what a great experience you might have at the club and we encourage all of our members to let us know when that happens but we are not above failure. I understand no one wants to “complain” or be complained about but the negative end of the feedback spectrum is as useful as the positive. We encourage our members to use the comment cards as well as forthcoming vehicles the house committee is currently developing for easier feedback.
Additionally, I encourage you to alert a manager when something may have failed to exceed your expectations. Learning of failures in the moment allows us to correct them in a way that days later often does not. Some items become undiscoverable over time and therefore the specifics that can become very useful when teaching teens and young adults turn to broader concepts which do not often have the same impact. I teach our staff that it is the response to failure that determines our success not the initial shortcoming. Our team strives for perfection but we need your input to continually improve.
The challenges of a somewhat transient service staff present ongoing challenges that will likely be with us for some time so the ongoing training and feedback is valuable to their development in a timely fashion. We thank you in advance for your positive and negative feedback and hope to create an environment that makes our members want to come back over and over again.
Private Event Discount coming this September