April 1, 2018:
Well, I was a little premature announcing in last month’s VFB article that “Spring is here”! Exhibit A: a wintertime weather scenario for our signature event kicking off the season, Sock Burning, that included snow, sleet, wind, and cold temperatures. Was Mother Nature chastising me? Still, we had a great turn-out in the Aft Deck, highlighted by PC Sharon Hadsell’s traditional reading of the “Sock Burning Poem” by Jeff Holland.
Many thanks to our “firemeisters” for building and maintaining a scorching fire in the fire pit (some rumors that eyebrows were singed) and our oyster shuckers for providing a seemingly endless supply of tasty oysters!
As if to reinforce her point, Mother Nature followed up the next day with enough snow to force the decision to close the clubhouse. Six inches, really? My only defense is that I did caveat my ill-advised pronouncement with an “almost”…
If you didn’t attend the Commodore’s Ball, you missed an extraordinary party. PC Carey Kirk spearheaded the planning and organizing of this year’s event, and it was masterfully implemented by Theresa Somes, Chair of House Committee, and the dedicated committee members. This year we decided to return to our traditional EYC formal, and we had a great turn-out. There were many beautiful evening gowns and cocktail dresses, and as EYC-traditional, a wide variety of men in “EYC Formal” attire.
Our new Executive Chef, Mark Sanders, hit several home runs in the fine cuisine department; I can’t tell you how many rave reviews I received from the party goers. And, I want to thank our staff; they did an exceptional job in providing us impeccable service!
Our DJ provided an excellent mix of songs that brought out everyone to the dance floor, including yours truly, and the “dance floor” kept expanding to encompass almost the entire available bar floor.
March 1, 2018:
Spring is here! Well, almost… But I can’t help getting excited as I look at all the activities scheduled for the month of March. Of course, the signature event celebrating the arrival of Spring is the Burning of the Socks to be held on the first day of Spring. In case it’s not on your calendar, it’s March 20th (coincidently the first day of Spring!); so plenty of time to make your plans. Oh, in case you’re interested, Spring Equinox occurs at 12:15 p.m. EDT (yes, Daylight Savings Time).
Other signs of Spring: the Race Committee has posted the line-up for this season’s racing events, so drop over to their web page and signup to help make this another outstanding season. In preparation for the season, Tom Stalder will be conducting his popular GPS training seminar on March 17th. His class fills up, so don’t procrastinate. Speaking of “On the Water,” our Waterfront Manager Nan Walker has updated our website with the course descriptions and signup links for the 2018 summer sailing season. Of particular interest is the Early Bird registration discount if you sign up before March 15th.
January 1, 2018:
Welcome to 2018!
I wish to thank you for your confidence and trust in electing me as your Commodore for the next year. It is a trust that I do not take likely and will do my utmost to justify your confidence in me. Fortunately, I am surrounded by a great Board that has tremendous experience and abilities. Welcome Tristan Keen to the team! And, “Thank You” David Malkin for your service above and beyond and best wishes for a well-deserved rest as you ride off into the sunset (just don’t go too far!).
February 1, 2018:
Well, I made it through the first month as your Commodore! So, in answer to your questions; yes, it has been very busy; yes, it has been more than I anticipated, however; yes, I’m still enjoying it. Thank you for your support, it has been overwhelming!
The topic fresh on my mind is that we just conducted our All-Chairs Working Session this past Saturday to review our goals and plan our next year’s priorities. As some of you may know (and may have been involved), over the last 2-3 years we have worked to define the direction we wish to take the Club. By “we,” this work has included inputs from the membership via the Long Range Planning Committee, establishing goals and objectives at the Committee level via prior All-Chair Working Sessions, and independent studies via the BOAT Committee and Capital Reserve Study.
December 1, 2017:
Thank you to everyone that attended the Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, November 4th. We had a quorum right at 0900 and could get straight to work. Bravo!