October 1, 2016: As I was settling in to write my October VFB article, I first caught up on my EYC emails and snail mail – both of which contained several wonderful thank you notes about EYC, our members, and our staff. These letters, in addition to a conversation I had last night at the club about all the great work going on in all of our committees (all 20!), served as a reminder what an incredibly hard-working and welcoming club we have.
My favorite section of one of the letters is in the note from Paul “Bo” Bollinger, the Executive Director of Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating, who wrote, “A regatta (CRAB Regatta) that attracts and successfully entertains 85 boats, 221 crew, and 411 party guests for nearly seven hours is truly an accomplishment for any yacht club. However, the EYC Race Committee and Staff made it all look easy while providing everyone with a true sense of being an ‘EYC member for the day.’” LOVE that!
Thank each and every one of you for all the hard work and wonderful vibe we have at Eastport Yacht Club.
Also, please take a moment to thank our hard-working staff who we have kept hopping this summer. Food sales for August were $7,500 better than budgeted and several times we have had full service upstairs and an event downstairs and/or outside.
However, there is an alarming number in August – beverage sales were down from budget $10,000! Tell me it isn’t true – EYCers are not drinking the expected quantities?
Luckily, to harken back to a favorite phrase of our founding members, “there isn’t a problem that we can’t drink our way out of.” I know I can count on everyone to do their part to correct this issue.
Fall is officially here and the end of the boating season looms. However, before we start packing boats up for the season, there are some great on-the-water events this month. The Race Committee’s marathon schedule continues with the first-ever J/70 Corinthian National Championship October 20-23. The Cruise Committee is headed to Baltimore for the Maryland Fleet Week and Baltimore Air Show October 10-17 (www.mdfleetweek.com) and will wrap up the season with a Frostbite Cruise to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Oyster Festival October 29.
The Annapolis Sailboat and Power Boat Shows in the middle of the month will usher in the usual silliness in town, including a shortage of parking. Please be careful not to park in the Yacht Haven lot across the street from EYC during the week. EYC only has use of that parking lot after 5 p.m. weekdays and on weekends. Columbus Day does not count as a weekend! However, EYC is a great place to start and end your Boat Show day and the Water Taxi is happy to pick-up and drop-off from the end of A dock.
For our sports fans, or those who like to pretend to be, football is in full swing this month with Sunday NFL Game Day specials – wings, chili dogs, and nachos, plus $2 Natty Boh – in addition to the usual Sunday specials of $2 Bloodies, Mimosas, and Screwdivers until 2 p.m. and $2 tacos. So come on down and catch your favorite team’s game in the bar. However, I need to remind everyone to please be careful of your voices and language.
If you are not a football fan, don’t be dissuaded from coming to the club; the dining room, deck, and covered decks are football-free.
Please mark your calendars: EYC Annual Meeting will be Saturday, November 12, at the Annapolis Waterfront Hotel (Annapolis Marriott, for those of us who still call Whole Foods Fresh Fields!). The meeting is followed by the Founders’ Day Party back at the clubhouse – one of my favorite parties of the year!
Proxy forms for the Annual Meeting are available on the member side of the EYC website. If you are unable to attend the meeting in person, please ask a friend to represent you. Be sure they have a proxy form with your signature authorizing them to vote on your behalf.
The end of the calendar year means it is time to think about your membership status for 2017. If you plan to, and can, remain in the membership category of Junior, Associate, Voting, and Senior that you are currently in, no need to do anything.
If you are a Non-Resident member, please be sure to complete a Non-Resident Membership Annual Confirmation Form by November 15, 2016, which can be found on the EYC website. If you are contemplating becoming a Non-Resident member for 2017, your deadline for submitting your intention is November 15, 2016. Be sure to read the EYC Policy “Voting Member to Non-Resident Member” to be sure you qualify. Please remember your membership status is for the entire calendar year.
If you are planning to apply for Senior Member status, you have a little more time. Deadlines for Senior Membership requests are due by December 31, 2016. Please see the EYC Policy “Voting Member to Senior Member” for the full list of requirements and procedures. The Senior Membership Request Form can be found on the member side of the EYC website in Club Documents.
See you around the club! And when there, have one more drink … for the financial health of the club, of course …