January and the Living is Easy?
January is not for the faint of heart, unless you are one of those lucky ones headed down for Key West Racing Week. The group of sailors I know who go down there SWEAR it is a serious race. That said, I’m not sure why so many check into Betty Ford afterwards. What of the rest of us who must get through this month?
Well for the Board and Committee Chairs it is the time we get budgets together and make sure we have accounted for everything. Our Treasurer Mike Thompson will be working with Committee Chairs the business Office and the Finance Committee to chart our financial year.
Now that we have two full years of operation of the Clubhouse under our belt we are beginning to feel better and better our cost and revenue assumptions. The Board will make all of these budgetary decisions and forecasts available in early February as required by our bylaws.
Speaking of forecasting the year ahead, some members of the Board has been working with our Special Events Chair, Carol Vilardo and a couple of past Special Events Chairs to look at what to do with one of our events whose attendance has gone down in recent years. By next month I plan to have a decision as to whether we continue with “Boat Show Bash,” cancel it, or change dates and/or formats of the event. While EYC is the most fun Club on the Bay, this event may be running into stiff competition around Annapolis during Boat Show and our efforts may be better spent elsewhere and at some other time.
We have used proceeds in the past “Bashes” to donate to various charities such as EYC Foundation, Box of Rain, the Annapolis Maritime Museum and the Sailing Hall of Fame. If we do decide to cancel the Boat Show Bash it may be an opportunity to better focus our events in conjunction with our charitable efforts. While we all love a great party, it is even better if we combine it with good causes in our community.
Remember, we also help host Leukemia Cup and Hospice Cup, plus many of our members participate in “Fish for a Cure” as well as the CRAB Regatta. We have many opportunities to combine fun with helping others.
But what about having fun in January? Well, the Club is always the best bar in town with one of the best restaurants. That said, we resume our Winter “Lobster Nights” every Saturday in January. But remember, we run out of lobsters, so make reservations for this very popular culinary experience. It sells out almost every time we have it.
Also, we have the football playoffs and food specials to go with it. This combination has been especially popular with the intrepid “Frostbite” Sailors as they seek warmth after their exploits on the Bay. Regrettably they take January off, but this means there will be more room for the rest of us and we don’t have to listen to any exaggeration about their exploits on the water or real and imagined transgression by their fellow sailors. So, come on down.
Well, that is it for now. Buck up, we’ll all get through this winter together and it is helpful to have a place like EYC to help you in that regard.