April 1, 2017: Spring is in full swing at EYC!
Thank you to all who came out for Spring Clean-Up day at the club. There were busy bees in all directions that morning pruning and turning the soil in the gardens, cleaning all of the regular glass and isinglass windows, and cleaning out and replenishing the sandbox, as well as many, many other tasks. It was definitely a day of many hands make for light work!
As usual, there are all kinds of wonderful and fun events to do at EYC this month and amongst the fun there is some club business that members need to pay attention to, become informed about, ask questions about, so we as a club can make the best decisions for EYC before we get to the Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, October 28 – which is early this year due to Veterans Day falling on our normal date.
I know, seems crazy, but several committees – namely FinCom and Bylaws – are already working towards decisions that need to be made at the Membership Meeting. Please get involved NOW so you can be informed, you can be part of the conversations, and we can all work together to make EYC the best it can be.
To that end, FinCom is having its next Town Hall in their series of Town Hall meetings on Sunday, April 9, at 1600 (4:00 p.m.). FinCom is working to provide a path for long-term financial stability for EYC. The slides from the last two Town Halls (February 4th and March 12th) are on the member side of the website for your information. Please take a look at them so that you can see the issues and ideas, and then join us on April 9th to hear more and participate in this important discussion about EYC’s financial future.
Also, to clarify, there was some discussion this winter from both the Financial and Bylaws Committees about a possible Special Membership Meeting to be held late spring/early summer to vote on some of the issues before the Annual Membership Meeting – this is NOT going to take place. All decisions this year that require a membership vote will take place at the Annual Membership Meeting in October. Please mark your calendars now for Saturday, October 28th, this will be an important meeting.
For information about the issues on which the Bylaws Committee is working, please check out the Bylaws article on Page 8 of this issue. That committee is also working on a variety of issues for which we need club members to weigh in about. Look out for their schedule of topical meetings and town halls.
March 1, 2017: It’s SPRING!
Another winter done! Time to ready boats for the season, spy the first osprey, burn socks, celebrate more daylight! And celebrate we will. Whooo-hooo!
Daylight Saving Time begins on March 12 as we spring the clock ahead. However, the true heralding of spring arrives the following Monday, March 20, at 4 p.m. as we burn our socks on the eve of the Spring Equinox. I am sure none of our EYCers REALLY wants to be burning their socks, drinking beer, and eating oysters at 0630 on Monday morning ... so come on out Monday afternoon and celebrate another successful escape from winter’s cold clutches at the Official Sock Burning (Bob Turner years ago anointed EYC with this very high honor and responsibility).
January 1, 2017:
Happy New Year!
Come celebrate the last hours of the 2016 with your fellow EYCers. In true EYC style, New Year’s Eve is a dress-as-you-want event and there is something for everyone, starting with family and early bird options and running on through the evening with great food, music, dancing, and, of course, the fireworks. We will ring in the New Year with the best view in town of the fireworks and a champagne toast...although a Mount Gay toast may be more appropriate....
Last year's NYE party was perfect with this new format and a great time was had by all. Dinner was there for those who wanted a formal dinner, and there was bar food for those who wanted to hang out in the bar. Those who wanted to dress up, dressed up (if you want to break out that formal dress or tuxedo, go for it!) and others were happy in their jeans and fleeces. It's EYC, come as you want!
As has been the tradition, on New Year’s Day the kitchen is closed, and instead we have our EYC Pot Luck Extravaganza from 11:30 am to 6:00 pm. Featured will be tables crammed with delectables from members’ kitchens, last night’s leftovers, or takeout supplied by the less culinarily talented. Plan to catch a Bowl game or watch the sailboat racers in AYC’s Hangover Bowl. We'll also have a competition for ugly holiday sweaters and ugly ties, so deck yourselves out ... FAR out! Bring something tasty to share (the kitchen is ABSOLUTELY OFF LIMITS) and serving utensils (plates/eating utensils are provided). Be sure to bring along a $20 for the Fabulous 50/50 Raffle, to benefit the Junior program (don't forget cash for tips for the bartenders, too.)
We are going to continue the celebrations with the Skippers’ Appreciation Party on Sunday, January 8. We have lots to celebrate—a FABULOUS parade this year AND, if you have not heard, the Eastport Yacht Club Light Parade WON the USA Today’s Top Holiday Parade contest! WHOOO-HOOOO! Congratulations to all the Lights Parade Elves and Skippers and their crews for a wonderful, and with out incident, parade this year!
After all of the celebrating if you are looking for a little peace and quiet and brain food, we’ve got that. The schedule at EYC this winter is chockfull of a variety of opportunities to improve a skill/knowledge you already have or to learn something new.
New this year and perfect for a January night, the Environmental Committee is taking us to warm waters and coral reefs on January 11, the first in a series of water-related lectures—different from on-the-water related lectures. Those start with the Cruise Committee’s winter seminars, Race Committee training, Team Racing Summit, and an Advanced Race Management Seminar. Lots of good brain food and something for everyone!
The quiet and cold of winter is always a good time to do some planning. We will do some of that with an All-Chairs Workshop on Saturday, January 21. Information from this workshop, in conjunction with reports from 2016—Capital Reserve Study, Long Range Planning Report, Nominating Committee Report, 2016 Committee Chairs workshop, and the BOAT (Better Operations Advisory Team) report—will be used by the Executive Board this year to create an EYC Strategic Plan for the next five years.
The New Year often heralds change. Family Movie Night returns in 2017, but with a new format. Our youngest members are invited to come down for dinner and a show on January 13 at 6 p.m. Dinner will be on the Lido Deck (conference room) and “Finding Nemo” will play in the Aft Deck—all are encouraged to bring a bean bag chair and a blanket for the utmost comfort.
Trivia Night has a new premier! Trivia Meister, or Trivia Madame, Monica Arnold takes the helm for this winter’s trivia season starting Thursday, January 12. Competition is fierce and dining room tables are in high demand, so gather your team and make a reservation so you are not left out in the cold. A very special thank you to First Past Trivia Meister Tobias Sullivan for establishing this wonderful winter distraction at EYC and leading it the past several years.
As the first firework goes off to mark the New Year on January 1, it rings in another important change at EYC. Midnight officially marks the change of the EYC Executive Board. I am pleased to welcome Chris Chadwick as Fleet Captain and Mark Jones as Keeper of the Log for 2017. I would like to personally thank and recognize Kirk Gunn and Kathy Downs for all of their hard work, dedication, and thoughtfulness as Board members on behalf of the membership of EYC.
Finally, New Years is a time for resolutions. Unfortunately, resolutions are often associated with deprivation. In the spirit of EYC, I propose that instead of promising to remove something from our lives in the name of the New Year, we instead promise to add something.
I think that EYC’s resolutions for 2017 should be to have even more fun and silliness as a Club and to get out on the water more. I believe these are resolutions we can keep!
Best wishes to you all for a wonderful, healthy, happy, and boat-filled 2017!
February is the month of LOVE.
In reality, I think the love theme has been put forward in the coldest, grayest month of the year as a reminder to love our brethren, so as to not strangle them because we are all stuck inside together too much. Can you tell I am not a fan of winter?
However, the love theme is a good one to embrace and we at EYC have lots to love.
First, I have to say how much I appreciate the Board and all the EYC Committee Chairs. We have used the quiet of winter to meet and discuss issues and goals for the coming year at an All-Chairs half-day workshop and Board Orientation. The amount of time, energy, thought, and desire to improve EYC from all is something to behold.
December 1, 2016: Tis the season to make merry and celebrate. EYC certainly knows how to celebrate and this holiday season promises to be one fantastic celebration after another around the club.
To get the season off to an appropriate start – and in such EYC fashion! – the Get Your Elf On Holiday Party will be Saturday, December 3, 6:00-until the last elf drops. This not-to-be-missed party will without doubt bring frivolity to your life! Don your elf attire and come check out the new holiday decorations. Wear your elf hat and get a drink ticket; wear a name tag with your elf name and get a drink ticket. I promise merriment will abound!
Also on Saturday, December 3, in celebration of the life of one of our members, the Norm Baldwin Memorial Rockfish Tournament will hit the water and will wind up at the Club in the evening. There is still time to register.
Celebrate & Donate! The EYC Foundation is celebrating their incredibly successful year of serving over 800 local students through their programs and scholarships. Join the celebration and participate in the fundraising auction on Wednesday, December 7, from 5:00-8:00 pm. The auction has some great items that can make fantastic holiday gifts!
EYC's holiday gift to Annapolis hits the water on Saturday, December 10. The Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade will be even more special this year after being cancelled last year due to the fire at AYC. Please be sure to check out the evening's details and be sure to adhere to the guest limits so that all of our members can enjoy the parade from the clubhouse.
If you are willing to bundle up, the EYC docks are a great place to watch the parade. It is actually my favorite spot, because the boats come right up to the end of the docks and do their best performances, since that is where the judges' boats are located!
Another thing to celebrate is that the Lights Parade was nominated as one of the 10 Best Holiday Parades by USA Today! We are hoping to have an even bigger celebration when we WIN the title of Best Holiday Parade! Be sure to vote every day through Monday, December 5.
One of the sweetest celebrations we have at EYC will be on Saturday, December 17, 11:00 am. The annual Children's Gingerbread House Party is always a spectacular event and the gingerbread masterpieces created are amazing. Santa knows this is a not-to-be-missed event, and makes his appearance in true EYC style via boat. This is a sell-out event, so please make your reservations and if you can not make it, please be sure to let the office know, as there is always a waiting list.
For those of us without children, this event is worth witnessing and is sure to put you in the holiday spirit. Plan on having lunch at the club that day, get a drink, sit back, and enjoy the spectacle.
The EYC staff is definitely something to celebrate. We have an amazing group who works very hard to make sure we all have a good time. Please join me in celebrating our staff with a cash gift to the Staff Holiday Fund. Gifts can be called or mailed into the office.
In order for our staff to have time to celebrate the holidays with their families and friends, EYC will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Come celebrate the last hours of the 2016 with your fellow EYCers. In true EYC style, New Year's Eve is a dress-as-you-want event and there is something for everyone. In the dining room there will be a Family New Year's Eve dinner from 5:30-7:30 for our youngest members and their families and for those who like to be in bed early. The finale of the early bird New Year's Eve will be the 7:30 fireworks display.
Special dinner options will continue until 10:30, reservations are a must for the dining room. After 10:30, savory and sweet small plates will be available throughout the clubhouse and the party will kick up with music and dancing.
Personally, I am not a huge fan of New Year's Eve, but last year's party at EYC was perfect with this format and a great time was had by all. Dinner was there for those who wanted a formal dinner, and there was bar food for those who wanted bar food. Those who wanted to dress up, dressed up (if you want to break out that formal dress or tuxedo, go for it!) and others were happy in their jeans. It's EYC, come as you want!
The most joyous of celebrations of this month comes on December 21st at 5:44 am – the Winter Solstice! YAY! Welcome back SUN!
Happy Winter Solstice and Happy Holidays to you and yours!
I am looking forward to celebrating this year and the coming year with all of you,
– Commodore Teeny Tiny Festive Pants