April 1, 2014: Ladies and Gentlemen: Get your boats ready!
To paraphrase the late Gerald Ford: “My fellow Americans, our long winter is nearly over”… OK, we still have rain and some colder temperatures to endure but we can all start getting the boats ready for the core boating season. Racing, cruising, gunk-holing, fishing, whatever. This is when you know it’s great to live on the Chesapeake Bay. Start wearing your flip-flops and get out in the boat yard.
The Club is also getting ready for the Spring and Summer. The annual “clean up” day had to be postponed to April 19 so if you have some time to spare, look for the announcements and sign-up link to volunteer. We need help on the grounds, the building and the marina. Even I – not the handiest of guys – will be there to help get things in shape.
Given the fairly harsh winter we had, it is probably appropriate that Easter is late this year. Want to have a good Easter brunch? The Club is your best bet. The kids will also have an Easter Egg hunt and there will be a moon bounce (bouncy house) for them to burn off some of the inevitable sugar from chocolate bunnies and jelly beans.
I hate to bore folks with money issues but let me just say that while we had a challenging quarter from an operational standpoint, it appears that we are on track for meeting our revenue and budget goals. The weather affected business somewhat – as it did many businesses – but things are pretty much where we wanted them.
Our esteemed Treasurer, Mike Thompson will be going over quarterly results with each of the Committee chairs and we should have something up on the webpage for members to see in a week or two. Once we are convinced that the results are what we hoped, we can begin to spend on some of the capital projects we identified to the members (e.g., dividers for the conference room, marina upgrades, irrigation of the lawn, etc.).
March 23, 2014: When I was a kid, growing up at the Louisville Boat Club (LBC), there were two spots where the kids could hang out while their parents were lingering over dinner or hanging out at the bar. Somebody came up with the name “Crow’s Nest” for the TV room with its big boxy TV (wood paneled) and the couple of seedy couches that adorned the cubbyhole. Downstairs, off the pool and near the tunnel to the docks, was a room with a ping-pong table and a TV, something called “The Bilge.” It was great. We had space from our elders that we wanted as much as they wanted it from us at times.
When we opened the new Clubhouse, we found we had many wonderful things we didn’t have in the old Clubhouse. But we still had not fitted out a spot for the kids. Part of that was budgetary – we were really counting our pennies – and part of it was the rush to get everything done. Now we have the opportunity to rectify the status quo and tailor some other programs for our young members. It is the Family Committee. We had our first meeting last month but, probably due to my poor planning, it was sparsely attended and I am now appealing for a good showing by planning it further out and making it coincide with the Family Movie Night. If you have any interest in serving, please plan to meet with me at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 27.
February 15, 2014: Annual budget discussion: How would Austin Powers approach it? When asked about it he might respond with “nerd alert”! I prefer to take the positive approach – “Budgets are my bag, baby!"
Seriously, having been Treasurer for two budget cycles, I know they can be as much fun as doing your taxes or going to the dentist. But we all know it is important. That is why I am grateful that new Treasurer Mike Thompson has worked so hard on this year’s edition, with the help of new Finance Chair Jack Morkan, past Chair George Miller, office accountant Donna Glessing, and General Manager Bill Kocan, as well as assistance from past Treasurer Ramzi Bannura.
The bottom line? Well, with the help of the dues increase approved by the members plus a full year of understanding our new clubhouse cost structure, we are in pretty good shape. But there were a few unforeseen challenges in getting to this point.
Had enough of this winter? Yeah, me too. Spring will be coming but we all know that we have some days of cold with blustery precipitation to get through. Bear up and we’ll all get through this together. This is the month of many hopeful activities. My favorite, “burning of the socks,” should be a great celebration this year. I know it is circled on my calendar.
But there are a few other events this month that will help us get through the remaining part of the nasty weather. Let me highlight a few as part of the emphasis I want to place on our EYC Community:
February 1, 2014
Native Annapolitans – by the way, that term sounds so fancy. Or is it meant to be the opposite of “cosmopolitan?” No, I guess it is just Greek for “people from the City of Anne.” Anyway, I digress. Native Annapolitans of a certain age talk with reverence of the time the Bay froze over. You can see pictures of it in various establishments around town like Pussers. Well, the way it feels outside now, we may get to see the Bay freeze over again. If it does, please restrain any Club members who try to drive their cars across the Severn!
The good news is that February provides many opportunities to get together at the Club and stay warm. Start with the J/80 Worlds Kick Off party. Our committee for J/80s has been hard at work preparing for the Regatta this September but has also cooked up a great “hand off” party from the last hosts of the Worlds (Marseille, France) to EYC via the web and a party to follow on February 1. This sounds like a great French-themed party – did someone mention that some members would be wearing “French maid” outfits? Personally, I hope it’s just the women who do this but you never know!
|Sat Apr 19 @ 9:00AM - 03:00PM|
SPRING CLEAN UP DAY
|Sun Apr 20|
|Sun Apr 20 @10:00AM - 02:00PM|
|Sun Apr 20 @ 1:00PM - 03:00PM|
Kids' Easter Egg Hunt
|Tue Apr 22 @ 3:30PM - 06:30PM|
High School Sailing
|Wed Apr 23 @ 4:30PM - 06:00PM|
Windy Wednesday Happy Hour
|Wed Apr 23 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM|
AYC Wednesday Night Racing Series begins
|Thu Apr 24 @ 5:30PM - 07:30PM|
Family Movie Night
|Fri Apr 25 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM|
Annapolis Spring Boat Show
|Sat Apr 26 @12:00PM - 03:00PM|
A2B Skippers' Reception (Conference Room)
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