January 1, 2014
As I look back over our first year in our new clubhouse I am amazed at the ground that has been covered. I am proud of the accomplishments of our volunteers and hardworking staff toward making a new clubhouse that will take us into the future. Certainly this past year as well as the one before has come with their share of obstacles to be overcome.
The realities of constructing the building and then operating in a new clubhouse have in some ways redefined who we are as a club. Maintaining our identity and rich history as we determine the direction we will move in the future has been one of the greatest challenges. Blending the desires of our long term members with those who have just recently joined the club is a goal that we share with most established clubs.
There have been many emotional discussions that have taken place over the course of this past year regarding these topics by those that are committed to the Eastport Yacht Club. It is that dialogue and the openness to listen to one another's viewpoints that will ultimately shape the club going forward.
I want to take a moment to thank the outgoing Board, committee chairpersons, their committees and all the rest of the membership who have contributed to this rich and lively discussion. These thankless individuals give their time freely to make the Eastport Yacht Club a better place.
I also want to thank our staff who work long hours into the night and on holidays away from their families for their ongoing efforts and commitment to making the club a better place for the members. They are often the face of the club to our guests, our family as well as the members themselves. They embrace this part of their jobs and present a warm and friendly attitude even when times are not at their best and the obstacles seem insurmountable.
So the most obvious question in my mind is where do you go from here? As I was reminded by a teacher many years ago, you need to understand your past to understand where you might be headed in the future. I believe there is some truth in that statement and I believe others also believe in this simple philosophy.
Toward that end some of the club's historians have been working diligently for a number of months on telling the story of the Eastport Yacht Club. The group has collected, sorted and read boxes upon boxes of EYC material including newspaper and VFB articles, official papers, event documents and some terrific photos of times past. They are also interviewing and videotaping those members who know the history first hand so that we have a clear and accurate portrayal of who we are as a club. In the spirit of most EYC events this begins with a bottle full of rum and some good laughs.
I am excited to see the outcome of this exercise for the fun it will surely be to read and watch but also for helping educate everyone on our colorful history of boating, fun and camaraderie. My hope is that we can take this part of the club and use it to shape our future. I have told many of our members that the best thing about my job has been the clear understanding of who we are and what we want to be. It is the map that provides me the direction forward.
I am proud of my participation in the club’s history during my tenure as GM and hope in some small way I will leave a memory of hard work and appreciation for helping mold the identity of the club in the future. Happy New Year and best wishes to all our members and their families in 2014.