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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.

Some want it eliminated because they feel the discount (25% of Voting Members’ dues) is too steep and feel the Club cannot afford it based on possible demographic trends.

Those defending Emeritus as it currently is composed believe it provides revenue to the Club while relieving Voting Member slots for new members.

Both are right and both are wrong – depending on what future you see for the Club.

The Board initially endorsed a proposal by a special committee of Past Commodores (called the EYC Emeritus Evolution – E3) that would, among other things, cap Emeritus at 10% of Voting Members , raise the eligibility requirement from 20 to 25 as a voting member and raise the dues from 25% of Voting Member dues to 60% of same.

By the time you read this, you will know what the Board finally decides to recommend, when we vote on it and why. That is not why I write at the moment. I write about something more important.

The discussion between members – despite pleadings from the Board – has been horrible. It is not the disagreement that is bad. No, that is perfectly acceptable as EYC members and it is a form of freedom of speech to which Americans are accustomed. The problem is the characterization of motive of your fellow members. 

  • Those who want to eliminate the Emeritus category have accused their fellow members of being only “motivated by money” or engaging in “Yacht Club welfare” without regard to the interests of the Club long term.
  • Those defending Emeritus have accused the Board of having a “secret agenda” and those wanting changes willing to “throw out old people”. Some Emeritus members have called for a new Board, insinuating that the current Board “does not listen or does not hear”.

All these characterizations do a disservice to your fellow members. It seems easier to malign the intent of those with whom one disagrees than to debate the merits of their arguments. One must understand that a debate can happen between people of good will. The debate we have had seems to suggest that everyone is acting in a selfish, duplicitous manner.

Perhaps such a state of affairs is reflective of our current political environment. We live in a time when nothing gets done, parties take radically divergent points of view and blame the stalemate on “the other guy”. Think of it as the result of cable news networks. Whether you watch Fox News or MSNBC, isn’t it better ratings to have people disagree and yell at each other? The problem is that it has given us a disproportionate sense of OUTRAGE. I come from an experience in politics when people of opposite sides of an argument would recognize that they can’t get every thing they want and come to some form of agreement with which they can live… Wow, isn’t that radical?

We will come to some resolution on the Emeritus Membership Category. The Board’s goal is to not eliminate it as some want. But the Board prefers to not have it look the same as it is now. We will move on from that disagreement which has done much to fuel distasteful characterizations of our fellow members. Why? Because we have much that needs to be done for the FUTURE of the Club and this argument must end.

There may be bad feelings at the end of the vote. But to quote my favorite President, let us appeal to “the better Angels of our Nature” and move on.

As David Bowie would say: “Ch, ch, ch, Changes”

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…

Read more: Commodore's Corner 08-01-2014

Volunteers! To Arms!

June 17, 2014: If there is one thing that has defined Eastport Yacht Club over the years it would be... what?

A good party?

Well sure, but think again.

A love of the water and all things boating?

Certainly, yes but I was thinking of something else. I was thinking of volunteerism – not to be confused with malady of being from Tennessee (the “Volunteer State”, get it?).

As a relatively “new” club (we’re only 35 years old), we had to do many things by ourselves, as we could not afford staff to do all the stuff we wanted. We were started by folks in the marine industry so the “do it yourself” attitude was in our early DNA. We have kept that up over the years but I am afraid we are beginning to lose this positive element of our club.

Read more: Commodore's Corner 06-17-2014

July Already?

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.

Read more: Commodore's Corner 07-01-2014

Summertime and the livin’ is easy…

June 1, 2014:  I think EYC has got its groove back. After a fantastic brunch for Mother’s Day and Blessing of the Fleet, we followed it up with an equally impressive party for the Commodore’s Reception! I think we can all agree that Bill and his staff have done a great job with the events that made for a great time for everyone.

Then, with only a few days to prepare, we had a great turn out for the return of the Blue Angels for Commissioning Week. Good times.

Speaking of parties, we have Spring Cotillion coming up June 5. This is an Annapolis tradition that marks the start of the Annapolis to Bermuda race. The tradition – one that had a different name in the old days – meant that all the work in the yacht yards to get the boats ready for the race was over and a party broke out.

EYC, as the host of the start, carries on this proud tradition that occurs once every two years. It is a great party but Special Events Chair Carol Vilardo is still in need of some volunteers. If you can, please go to the Club website and look for the link to sign up. I guarantee, you’ll have fun.

Those of us who are fathers know that “Father’s Day” is not quite as important as “Mother’s Day.” Nevertheless, we do recognize it at the Club but we won’t have a brunch but rather music on the deck. You Dads should consider ending your day of recognition by cooling out on the deck with a nice cocktail and some music.

But life at a yacht club is not all about parties, is it? No, it is about enjoying the water. To that end, let me give a special shout out to the Marina Committee for the work they have done to improve the transient situation for Club members with boats. We have limited space for transient docking but our crew is working to maximize it.

Read more: Commodore's Corner 06-01-2014

Calendar Highlights

Wed Sep 03 @ 4:30PM - 06:00PM
Windy Wednesday Happy Hour
Fri Sep 05 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM
Kids' First Friday
Fri Sep 05 @ 6:30PM - 08:30PM
Beer Can Series Awards Party
Sun Sep 07 @ 4:00PM - 05:00PM
Special Membership Meeting
Tue Sep 09
Full Moon
Fri Sep 12 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Star-Spangled Spectacular 2014
Fri Sep 12 @ 8:00PM - 11:00PM
Screen on the Green Outdoor Movie Night
Sat Sep 13 @ 4:00PM - 07:00PM
EYC Crab Feast
Sun Sep 14 @ 4:00PM - 07:00PM
Music on the Deck with the Dan Haas Trio
Thu Sep 18 @ 5:00PM - 08:00PM
EYC Foundation Night

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