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 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…
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.
July 1, 2014: The summer has just officially started but I have to say, I always have mixed feelings about June passing into July. The weather has been great and hopefully that will continue but these are among the best boating days. Still, July has a great many things on the calendar.
The Fourth of July is always great at the Club as we have the best place to see the fireworks that doesn’t involve a boat. This year, however, we have a special treat the day before. In case you had not heard, this is the bicentennial of the writing of the “Star Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key while those nasty British were bombarding Ft. McHenry in Baltimore.
|Tue Nov 04 @ 1:30PM - 04:30PM|
EYC Bridge Club (Dining Room)
|Wed Nov 05 @ 4:30PM - 06:00PM|
Windy Wednesday Happy Hour
|Wed Nov 05 @ 7:00PM - 09:30PM|
|Thu Nov 06|
|Fri Nov 07 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM|
Kids' First Friday
|Sat Nov 08 @ 7:00AM - 05:00PM|
Fish for a Cure Rockfish Tournament (offsite)
|Sat Nov 08 @10:00AM - 12:00PM|
Annual Membership Meeting (Offsite)
|Sat Nov 08 @12:00PM - 03:00PM|
Founders Day Party
|Wed Nov 12 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM|
Lights Parade Artist Reception
|Sat Nov 15 @ 7:00AM - 05:00PM|
'Rocksgiving' Rockfish Tournament (offsite)
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