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.
Many of the goals and issues raised at the All-Chairs workshop are the same as last year. Not surprising as EYC used 2016 as a year to re-kindle the romance, although quite a few items on the goals list were completed and could be crossed off. YAY!
What is good, is that issues and goals list from 2016 All-Chairs workshop was the basis of the Long Range Planning Committee’s focus groups this past year. The work from that committee has provided us with a list of goals/actions ranked in order of priority by members. This list is great because it provides us with the items we as a club should work on first. To take a look for yourself at the Long Range Planning committee’s report click here.
There is going to be a lot of work this year to get EYC prepared for the future. 2016 was the year of research and 2017 will be the year of charting our course. Throughout the year, there will be many opportunities for members to get involved in this planning. Bylaws Committee and Finance Committee will be having several Town Halls, as well as others. Please participate! The Financial Town Hall is Saturday, February 4 at 4:00 to present the 2017 EYC budget.
The Board will be taking all of the research from the past year and will be working to produce a 5-Year Strategic Plan and Business Plan. Stay tuned. This package will hopefully be delivered in time for June roses.
February’s list of events at EYC once again demonstrates the dedication we have to the water, food and fun. Wow! There is no reason to hide in your house waiting for spring with the variety of events we’ve got coming up.
On February 5 the combination of cooped-up sailors hitting the water with Frostbite Races resuming and Superbowl Sunday promises to be a hot mess with much merriment and lots of food and drink specials all day. Come on down for the fun!
Outfitters can always see a good time coming and they are getting right into the action that day with a Superbowl Super Sale at 4:00. In their words, “Not only do you have the fun of finding bargains, but you also get to take 10% or 15% or 20% off the price of a brand new item you’ve recently fallen in love with.” Check out all the details in their article.
Speaking of hot messes, our red-hot Lobster Night is EVERY Saturday in February. Don’t be heart-broken, please plan ahead for this delicacy. Make a date with your sweetheart and make a reservation for this extremely popular evening.
Love interesting cocktails? We have the event for you! The EYC Speakeasy returns President’s Day weekend. Learn about and indulge in the libations favored by our former US Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan. You must make reservations by Thursday, February 16, at 3:00 to get the secret password to attend this event.
The cold of winter provides a great time for ingesting brain food. The winter lectures continue at EYC with Cruise Committee’s life-saving presentation “Among the Freighters: Fun Tips to Staying Alive in the Chesapeake Bay” on Saturday, February 18, at 2:00. The Environmental Committee hosts a lecture about how we can all work to save the Bay on Wednesday, February 8, at 6:00. And our own dynamic duo of Past Commodores Mark Murphy and Sharon Hadsell will be instructors for a two-day Advanced Race Management Seminar Febraury 11-12.
And not to leave out our littlest loves, Family Movie Night will be Friday, February 10, at 6:00. Grab your beanbag chair and blanket and come out to the Aft Deck for dinner and a movie. Movie Night has become such a hot date, that we ask you to make reservations so all can have a marvelous time.
To finish off the month, here is the event that we can all love—the EYC Foundation’s Maritime Career Fair. Help develop our next generation of maritime wizards at this amazing event Saturday, February 25, Noon-3:00 at the Annapolis High School. Get out of the house and volunteer—volunteer shifts throughout the day.
It warms my heart when I hear stories of how this career fair and the EYC Foundation scholarships have enabled young adults to find their calling in the maritime industries. We are changing lives, including the lives of some of our own members—ask Sean Rogers and BOTH sons of two of our newest EYC members, John and Donna Ryder. Talk them about how the Maritime Career Fair and EYC scholarships inspired them—it will warm your heart too.
Lots of love to you all,