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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…

  • Long ago we recognized the Club was in need of more meeting space, which we partially accomplished with the larger conference room, the race committee room and the “garage” space off the lawn. However, we did not buy the dividers for the big conference room that would allow for hosting two meetings in the space. I am happy to say that dividers were delivered last week and will be installed by the time you read this, which should relieve most scheduling conflicts for meetings. Thanks to PC Carey Kirk for finding a flexible and affordable solution to that need.
  • We have long tried to improve the functionality of our yacht yard for our dry storage marina tenants. One thing that was very much needed was the installation of electric outlets and lighting in those areas. Just this past month, those facilities were installed and available for our dry boat owners. We will be making structural and electric improvements to the main marina later. 
  • Our General Manager Bill Kocan has been looking at fixed heater options for the portions of the deck that we will enclose in the Fall. The bottom line is that we should be in a position to have those areas completely available to us throughout the year which will improve everyone’s dining and bar experience (particularly during football season when some of our members get a little loud).
  • As I have mentioned to a number of you, we are considering the installation of solar panels on the Clubhouse to lessen our electric bills and to lower our overall carbon “footprint.” While this may seem like a luxury item, the building plan always envisioned the installation of solar and the building was wired to accommodate it. The only reason we don’t have it now was our previous economization. Indeed, this was a particular focus of PC Rick Jackson. I have asked Rear Commodore Ed Wells to review solar opportunities to see there is one that suit EYC. The predominant business model for solar companies would mean no money up front by us  - which is the only reason to consider it now. We will only move forward on this if it makes economic sense for the Club.

There will be other changes over the next year as we seek to catch up to our original conception of the Club facilities. We will be putting in irrigation to keep our lawn and plantings alive.  Currently Angela Eggleston has been a one-woman watering machine as she takes care of our green friends every morning. We will make other improvements as money allows.

Which brings me to my final “change” to discuss:

The Club was approached by a member who would like to have a wedding at the Club. What was a bit different was that the couple wanted the whole Club for one day. “Hmmm,” the Board thought. “Don’t think we’ve ever done that.” Then we considered the date they wanted – Saturday before Thanksgiving… normally a very slow day. Then we considered what we could reasonably charge. We thought about it and decided that we could allow something of this nature as it would allow us to fund several projects that would have to wait

What projects? First of all, we have been wanting to make the garage area a place where kids could hang out, watch TV, play video games and other stuff when that facility was not being otherwise used (about 95% of the time). The space needed something to make it warm enough (radiant floors that could be still used for parties), some game consoles, some beanbags, etc. We already have the TV down there. That bill would be around $4,000 all in. It would help solve a problem that has long existed for members with kids once the weather gets cold.

We would also like to speed up the time when we could have the parking lot lit appropriately for the members’ safety. Finally, we are in desperate need to switch out many of our electric lifts before they begin to fail.

So, with that said, the Board decided to let this event go forward. Our view is that we would entertain having an event like this no more than once a year. Nevertheless, we recognize that this is “our” Club and not a banquet facility. In recognition of this fact we will be using some of the money to have a member night on the date the Club will be closed. The venue and details will be worked out as we get closer to that date. In this way, the Board is attempting to take care of our members both in the short and long term.

Well, that’s it. Get out there on the water and enjoy the summer and then come back to the Club for drinks and dinner. See you on the deck.

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

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

Emeritus Issue: Coming to a Resolution

May 20, 2014:  For nearly two years, the leadership and members of EYC have been struggling to make changes to the Emeritus status to meet various concerns about that membership. What were the concerns? Well, it depended who you asked.  Some felt it was just fine the way it was. Some felt that the numbers were about to be overwhelming in the very near future years. Some felt the discount allowed for Emeritus status over a Voting Member was way too generous. Some objected to the fact that if you merely met the demographic test (20 years in and 65 or over) then you automatically got approved – in effect, an entitlement.

Late last year, there was a proposal to eliminate the category for all future candidates. That provoked a very heated debate inside the club that spilled into people’s email boxes and an on-line discussion on the Club’s web page. Accusations flew, rumors were everywhere and motives were questioned.  It was truly ugly. 

Read more: Commodore's Corner 05-20-2014

Calendar Highlights

Fri Aug 01 @ 5:30PM - 08:00PM
Green Fleet Racing - Juniors
Fri Aug 01 @ 8:00PM - 11:00PM
Craft Beer Night
Sun Aug 03 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Opti Tots
Sun Aug 03 @ 1:00PM - 04:00PM
Adult Sailing - Intermediate
Mon Aug 04 @ 9:00AM - 04:00PM
Junior Sailing Classes
Mon Aug 04 @ 5:00PM - 07:00PM
Martini Monday
Mon Aug 04 @ 5:00PM - 08:00PM
Kids Eat Free
Tue Aug 05 @ 5:30PM - 07:30PM
Paddleboard Fitness
Wed Aug 06 @ 4:30PM - 06:00PM
Windy Wednesday Happy Hour
Thu Aug 07 @ 6:30PM - 09:00PM
Thursday Night J/Boat Racing

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