November? Still, a lot of stuff…
One would think that the coming of November, with its colder days, the onset of STANDARD TIME (yuk), the beginning of Christmas music in the stores (can you stand “Jingle Bells” for two months?) would mean that things are slowing down at “the best damn Yacht Club on the Chesapeake”. But nooooo…
October ended on a high note with Race Committee putting on a fabulous J/70 Fall Brawl. Many boats, good wind and well-run courses – happy sailors abounded. The beginning of October saw us close the books on our hosting the J/80 Worlds and while the weather did not always cooperate I heard nothing but praise for how well our J/80 Committee and RC ran things. Many thanks go for what turned out to be over a year of planning – especially to Sharon and Jeff Borland – but the list is long and I would not want to forget someone. If you were involved in the J/80 Worlds, the Club owes you a great “thank you.”
Many, many thanks to Carol Vilardo and her crew on the Special Events Committee for putting on a very good “Boat Show Bash”. The Special Events Committee was understaffed all year but Carol and helpers really pulled through. While our numbers were still not what we had hoped, it had nothing to do with the effort and planning on Special Events part. The Board will be working with the Special Events Committee to see if we need to change dates or some other action item to help our numbers going forward. Regardless, if you were there you know it was a good time.
Moving into this month we have our Annual Meeting on November 8, starting at 10 a.m. at Loews Hotel. The uncivilized hour for the start is on account of the annual Annapolis-Eastport Tug. Look for details regarding parking at Loews and shuttle service from the Club. I encourage all members who can make the Annual Meeting to attend. It is the most important meeting of the year, where we give out our reports on how the Club is doing, elect the Board, and discuss important matters. I have written in last month’s VFB about the need for a discussion on the future of the Club and included a letter about it in the material for the Annual Meeting. Please come so we can begin the discussion about the future of our Club.
After the Annual Meeting, we will be hosting a reception in honor of the EYC Founders as this is our designated “Founders Day.” Those folks who took the audacious step back in 1980 to start the Club are recognized each year for their efforts, vision and the ability to ignore the pleadings of their spouses to see reason (that last item was a joke…). The reception is geared toward a “return to our roots” in that the bill of fare will be hamburgers, hot dogs, beer and wine that will be gratis. Come on down and thank a Founder.
October 1, 2014: For some time in my communications with the members, I have been alluding to a need to discuss “the future” of EYC. A couple of times, some thoughtful members have taken me up on the challenge and say, “what do you mean by the future of EYC?” Specifically, what do you have in mind?
To be perfectly honest, I don’t have a specific vision in my mind yet. Rather, I know what we were, what we are, and that we have still yet to develop and evolve more as a club. We cannot go back to that cute little club of 250 or 350 members. Those days are long gone and one cannot stay locked into the past. The Founders were as aware of this as anyone when they took the audacious step and started a yacht club in 1980. Yet, we know that we don’t want to lose the basic essence of Eastport Yacht Club – the relative informality, the involvement of the members, the “can do” spirit, the camaraderie.
Yet we are somewhere between the old ways of the Club and a fully functioning Yacht Club that serves all ages and categories of members. We have a wonderful facility, a nice Yacht Yard and a good marina. We are working toward the point where we may be using all available assets. That is great, but … well, we are not in a position to grow our youth sailing program if we wished to do so. We have limited space for parking and for hosting regattas. We have limited transient dockage space and limited facilities for families.
In the old days, this might not have posed that much of a challenge. We were able to attract enough families with children and we offered an alternative that was more relaxed as well as a sailing program that was geared toward more fun than racing. Now, we find that new members are normally age 55 or older and are often “empty nesters.” These are fine members but it has added to the perception of a “greying” club. Prospective members with children look at the limits of our facilities and look at alternatives. They could go pure single design racing and go to SSA or they could go to AYC where they have a dedicated Junior Facility with the promise of a pool for members.
So what do we do? That is where you come into the picture. I would like to have a discussion about that very subject with members offering their perspectives at our Annual Meeting. We aren’t voting on anything or committing ourselves to anything. This is a discussion of folks who care about the future of EYC and wish to offer their thoughts. I hope to make this the main focus of the meeting, along with the business of electing the new Board and a couple of bylaw cleanup items.
September 1, 2014: At a recent Town Hall Meeting on proposed modifications to the Emeritus Membership Category, some members have asked why the Board is involved in trying to make changes to Emeritus. I have been on the EYC Executive Board for four years. Three of those years we have been dealing with efforts to modify the Emeritus Membership Category. In every case, the Board has NOT initiated this effort. It has been an issue of debate and dispute between the members themselves.
September 15, 2014: Some immediate housekeeping issues:
August 1, 2014: Even if you have been coming to the Club as regularly as I have, you could be excused for not noticing there have been several incremental changes at the Club with more to come. Part of this is due to the fact that, in a necessary fit of economy, we had to delay several things as we counted our pennies while getting the Clubhouse open. Now, we are slowly putting things where they should be.
What are these things? Well…
|Tue Nov 25 @ 1:30PM - 04:30PM|
EYC Bridge Club (Dining Room)
|Wed Nov 26 @ 4:30PM - 06:00PM|
Windy Wednesday Happy Hour
|Wed Nov 26 @ 7:00PM - 09:30PM|
|Thu Nov 27|
Happy Thanksgiving! Club Closed Today
|Sat Nov 29 @ 1:00PM - 05:00PM|
Leftover Bowl Regatta
|Fri Dec 05 @ 5:30PM - 07:30PM|
Champagne & Oysters
|Fri Dec 05 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM|
Kids' First Friday
|Sat Dec 06|
|Sat Dec 06 @ 7:00AM - 05:00PM|
Norm Baldwin Memorial Rockfish Tournament
|Sat Dec 06 @ 9:00AM - 01:00PM|
Decorate the Clubhouse
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