June 1, 2014: The busy 2014 boating season in in full swing and as is always the case May is a very active month around the clubhouse and on the water. Many members made it to the club to enjoy the Blue Angels after their brief hiatus and although threatening the weather held out long enough to provide a perfect backdrop to a magnificent show. It never gets old for me! Of course the Commodore’s Reception received rave reviews and we can’t forget that our Thursday and Friday night races have had a great turnout. The after race parties have been just the kind of casual fun that defines EYC. We look forward to another active month in June when we will host the Spring Cotillion, another Cooking with Chef Henry event as well as the always popular Music on the Deck series. So keep a close eye on the EYC calendar and make sure you don’t miss these amazing events!
Please take a moment to say hi to some of our new summer staff. We will have some familiar faces returning from school as well as some fresh new servers for our busy season. We will do our best to get the new folks up to speed as quickly as possible and have every confidence we will build on the terrific team that has been in place for the last few years. In an industry where turnover and employee loyalty is not the norm I am proud and thankful that we have established a solid base of staff that understands what it is to work in a club environment and enjoys servicing our terrific membership.
Town Hall Meeting
Please don’t forget to mark your calendars for the June 1st, 4pm Town Hall meeting. At this time the agenda is still being formulated but certain to be a broad topic of the discussion will be the E3 committee’s suggestions for the Emeritus membership category. Time will be taken to discuss the process used to come to their conclusions and ultimately their recommendations as well as plenty of time for Q&A from those in attendance. I look forward to seeing a full house and I know the goal is to determine the best way forward for the club as a whole while addressing the concerns of those who have been so passionate about this broadly debated topic. In addition to this topic there may be a brief financial update regarding the “state of the ship” but since there are no significant issues financially it will likely be a short presentation.
I hate to tow cars! Unfortunately this is a necessity if we are to operate properly and not diminish the value of membership. That being said, we have had to tow more vehicles in the past month than at any other time in the club’s history. We recognize that there are limited parking spaces both in our lot and in the Yacht Haven lot across the street but it is a reality we must face. We ask that all members respect the rights of one another and utilize only the designated parking spots and to also make sure your vehicle has a valid EYC parking permit affixed to the driver’s side lower front window.
I wanted to say quick thank you to our terrific Cruising Committee who sponsored a day of sailing for some of our service staff. Many of us who work so closely to the water and the sailing community never have the opportunity to enjoy the rewards that the Bay has to offer. Katlyn, Jessica and Samantha were treated to just those pleasures this past week as Jim Brooks and Cynthia Palmer were gracious enough to take them out for a day on the water. Some may have seen the photos in the Blast as a clear indication that it was huge success! Again, I appreciate the thought to consider our hardworking staff and it is this type of thinking that pays dividends to our members and our staff alike. Cheers to you all!