January and the Living is Easy?
January is not for the faint of heart, unless you are one of those lucky ones headed down for Key West Racing Week. The group of sailors I know who go down there SWEAR it is a serious race. That said, I’m not sure why so many check into Betty Ford afterwards. What of the rest of us who must get through this month?
Well for the Board and Committee Chairs it is the time we get budgets together and make sure we have accounted for everything. Our Treasurer Mike Thompson will be working with Committee Chairs the business Office and the Finance Committee to chart our financial year.
Now that we have two full years of operation of the Clubhouse under our belt we are beginning to feel better and better our cost and revenue assumptions. The Board will make all of these budgetary decisions and forecasts available in early February as required by our bylaws.
Speaking of forecasting the year ahead, some members of the Board has been working with our Special Events Chair, Carol Vilardo and a couple of past Special Events Chairs to look at what to do with one of our events whose attendance has gone down in recent years. By next month I plan to have a decision as to whether we continue with “Boat Show Bash,” cancel it, or change dates and/or formats of the event. While EYC is the most fun Club on the Bay, this event may be running into stiff competition around Annapolis during Boat Show and our efforts may be better spent elsewhere and at some other time.
Chesapeake Holiday Season
December 1, 2014: I cannot fight it anymore. My daughter is humming Christmas tunes. My son is telling me what he would like to do with the GoPro video camera he thinks he will find under the tree.
OK. I get it. The Holiday Season is here. I vow to only shop on line, maintain my sense of humor and go down to the Club to relieve whatever Holiday stress I may be experiencing. “What is happening at the Club” you ask? Silly person… As Bill Shakespeare once quoth, “let me count the ways”.
What Does the Future of EYC Hold?
A Request for Member Thought…
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?
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.”
To Be or Not To Be…. And other Odds and Ends
September 15, 2014: Some immediate housekeeping issues:
- First, we have the honor to host the J/80 World Championships beginning the weekend after next (Thursday, September 25, through the following weekend, wrapping up October 5). Many Marina tenants have moved their boats to make room for our competitors and the parking lot will be closed both of those weekends. Please look for precise times of the closure in next week’s Newsblast. The Clubhouse WILL BE OPEN… we’re just going to have some inconvenience on the parking end. There will be two handicapped parking spaces available even during weekend hours. Again, please look for next week’s Newsblast for precise information.