September 15, 2014: Some immediate housekeeping issues:
Now, as Monty Python would say, “for something completely different.” Nominating Committee. Our NomCom is in full swing and working very hard. They are on a tight schedule but they want your views. You can sign up to see them at (provide on-line link) or you can email Past Commodore David Malkin or Past Commodore Sharon Hadsell with your views if you can’t schedule a meeting.
I have been asked if I will stand for nomination for another year. I must admit, the answer to that question was not automatic. But I did tell them I would willing to be nominated as there are things I would like to tackle relating to getting more young families into the Club. We have made a start with some improvements to the facility and activities for young families but more needs to be done. I also felt it was necessary for there to be some continuity to the Board after a great deal of shuffling of Board members over the last two years.
That having been said, no one person is essential to the Club. We have been through a very tumultuous debate over the last few months having to do with changes to the Emeritus membership category (now to be called “Senior members”). A number of members are upset with me either for the manner in which the issue was handled or with the outcome. I understand that. If there are a significant amount of members who think my stepping down will lessen any lingering bad feelings in the Club, I am perfectly willing to do that.
It is an honor to be your Commodore but I do not want personalities to be in the way of the Club resuming its collegial and welcoming atmosphere. If you have views one way or the other, please make them known to the Nominating Committee.
The Eastport Yacht Club is a wonderful place with wonderful people. We put on World-class regattas and teach sailing. EYC promotes a love of the water and the pleasures of boating and it offers a wonderful social atmosphere. We are striving to live up to our Club objectives:
Perhaps I am the Commodore to continue the pursuit of these objectives but perhaps you feel differently and someone else is needed. Either way, I will be here to be part of the Club.
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.
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…
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.
|Sat Sep 20 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM|
St. John's College Day Cruise
|Sat Sep 20 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM|
Hospice Cup XXXIII Regatta
|Mon Sep 22 @ 4:00PM - 06:00PM|
After School Sailing
|Mon Sep 22 @ 5:00PM - 08:00PM|
Kids Eat Free
|Tue Sep 23 @ 1:30PM - 04:30PM|
EYC Bridge Club (Dining Room)
|Tue Sep 23 @ 4:00PM - 06:30PM|
|Tue Sep 23 @ 6:30PM - 09:30PM|
J80 All Hands Meeting
|Wed Sep 24 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM|
J/80 World Championship
|Wed Sep 24 @ 4:30PM - 06:00PM|
Windy Wednesday Happy Hour
|Thu Sep 25 @ 8:00AM - 02:00PM|
Parking Lot Closed for J/80 Registration/Measurement
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