April 1, 2016: Despite burning our socks with snowflakes flying, happily spring flowers are blossoming, the osprey are busy rebuilding their nests and folks are down to single digits in their countdowns for splashing boats. In this season of renewal and growth, EYC is bursting with new ideas and events that are going to flower in spectacular ways. So exciting!
The Cruise Committee just launched their new Flotilla Friday and the first sea trial was a great success. During Flotilla Fridays committee members will be in the EYC bar during Friday happy hour talking about our upcoming on-thewater events. This committee is actively taking the lead to organize and inform EYC members about all the water-based events happening — just as the House Committee does for the clubhouse-based events, the Cruise Committee will do for our on-the-water events.
In addition to the committee’s traditional goals of organizing winter seminars and sailing events from spring through fall, the committee has set some new goals for themselves.
Goal #1: To be more inclusive and increase participation through outreach to all EYC members, both sail and power. Goal #2: To reach out to new members. Goal #3: To provide programming that attracts families with children.
The renewed energy in this committee is infectious and we are all going to have a great time on the water together this summer! Be sure to attend the “Let’s Go Boating Open House/Pot Luck” on Sunday, April 3, at 1700 to hear about the great upcoming EYC boating events.
The next committee hatching a new event is Membership and New Member Mondays on the second Monday of the month. This is our opportunity to meet new members, for committees to recruit new members, and for us as a club to officially welcome our new members.
These are going to be great! It is a designated time each month that we will know folks are getting together for a beverage and to meet and greet. Waitlisters who become members that month will be formally introduced and presented an EYC burgee. What a fantastic way to get to know folks and a great excuse to come out on a Monday for a drink!
EYC is really working as a whole to make our club blossom and much effort is going into charting our course for the future. The All-Committee Chairs meeting in January informed us all about the goals of each committee.
The Long Range Planning Committee’s Strategy Sessions (one more April 10!) are getting member input about goals and initiatives. A Capital Reserve Assessment is planned for this year that will provide a schedule of all our equipment and building replacements and associated costs for the coming years. Finance Committee is looking at a variety of options to increase revenue that we need and will be holding Town Halls to discuss ideas with the membership. And I have appointed a special committee, called the Beneficial Operations Advisory Team, to review our operations and business practices to identify opportunities for improvement.
The Beneficial Operations Advisory Team (BOAT) is compromised ofEYC members who have extensive and impressive experience building, operating, and advising businesses. This committee will operate independently from the Board and other EYC committees. Their review of EYC as a business will be done at a fairly high level looking at our finances, facilities, governance, personnel, and workflow.
BOAT will be working with EYC management and others to identify resources, tasks, and infrastructure recommendations that could be implemented to enhance the service and financial health of the club. The intent of this committee is to look across all functions of the club. The plan for this team is to be a catalyst for further improving upon the good things that are being done at EYC and identifying new ideas that will compliment and take the club to the next step.
BOAT’s recommendations will be prepared and submitted to the Board and at that time the Board will determine the next steps of action.
BOAT is chaired by Janis Beach and the rest of the crew is: Joe Buckley, Keith Drewett, Jeff Ford, Ted Kinkel, Frank Morrow, Sanford Richardson, and Greg Shea. The email address boat@ eastportyc.org has been established for this committee so that EYC members can provide thoughts and comments for them to consider on this effort.
Please keep in mind that this committee will be analyzing EYC as a business. This email is not intended to replace our comment cards and if you have comments that belong on a comment card, please continue to use them for that purpose.
I am so excited about the energy at EYC and the concerted effort to improve upon our already wonderful club. I feel like we have a lot of really smart things happening and we as a group are planting seeds that are going to bloom with spectacular results. I can’t wait to see what they look like!