July 1, 2013:
As it begins to feel more and more like summer it is obvious that members are enjoying the new amenities of the EYC clubhouse. As expected the deck has been packed and our food & beverage sales are higher than they have ever been. EYC regattas, cruises and in-house events have kept the place bustling with activity. We undoubtedly are on a record pace for sales for our 2013 Season and we thank you all for your continued support. The word must be spreading because we also have a waiting list of over 50 prospective members at this point! The highest it has been in my near eight-year tenure.
We remind you to please share your great ideas for a new event or simply something that you feel would benefit the clubhouse. I welcome the creativity and hope that all members will feel free to contact me personally with your ideas.
Recently one of our members was bitten by another member’s dog. Ironically our good Samaritan member who was bitten was trying to assist the dog who was in distress. We would like to remind all members that although we value our pets and the relationships their owners have with them, there is specific club policy about how they must be maintained on club property. Please refer to the club policy in your directory for specific details, but be reminded that all pets must be on a short leash and monitored by the owner at all times. Striking the balance between being pet-friendly while simultaneously being sensitive to other members who may not enjoy pets is our goal and we need your assistance to accomplish this task.
Food and Beverage Service
As I mentioned earlier in my column food & beverage sales are at an all-time high and we are setting sales records weekly. We hope this is an indicator that our membership is enjoying their new clubhouse and the food & beverage offerings within. Although the responses to our food & beverage have been incredibly positive, internally we have been dissatisfied with the speed of service and are working very hard to improve timeliness. We have made a number of adjustments that appear to be paying off and we will continue to monitor the situation closely. We appreciate your patience as we grow into our new clubhouse and we welcome your feedback as always. Don't forget that both positive and negative critiques may be placed on a comment card and put in the comment card box next to the front door on the Outfitters counter.
Fourth of July at the Eastport Yacht Club
It seems like a no-brainer! Why wouldn't you come down and see the fireworks in all their glory from the Eastport Yacht Club? We will be serving a picnic-style buffet both on the upper and lower levels, and we’ll have additional seating on the lawn to enjoy the festivities. There is no restriction on the number of 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 food buffets for adults ($16.95) and children ($8.95) alike. The hard-working House Committee is also looking for a few volunteers to help sell tickets and entrance fees at the gate for short shifts so you can still enjoy the fireworks and the fun.
Sadly EYC recently experienced a theft from the grounds. A bicycle was stolen from one of our members while he was on property during a busy Wednesday night race set-up. Fortunately our security cameras were able to record the individual coming onto our property as well as exiting with the bicycle. These videos aided in the apprehension of the suspect within an hour of the theft. The individual is currently in jail on a $10,000 bond.
We remind everyone to be vigilant about locking your property in your cars and boats as well as aiding one another by identifying and reporting suspicious activity. Fortunately thefts have been an anomaly at EYC but we are obviously not immune to such activity. We also ask that you please report even the smallest potential theft to the general manager so that we can stay on top of potential problems.