April 1, 2017: Spring is in full swing at EYC!
Thank you to all who came out for Spring Clean-Up day at the club. There were busy bees in all directions that morning pruning and turning the soil in the gardens, cleaning all of the regular glass and isinglass windows, and cleaning out and replenishing the sandbox, as well as many, many other tasks. It was definitely a day of many hands make for light work!
As usual, there are all kinds of wonderful and fun events to do at EYC this month and amongst the fun there is some club business that members need to pay attention to, become informed about, ask questions about, so we as a club can make the best decisions for EYC before we get to the Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, October 28 – which is early this year due to Veterans Day falling on our normal date.
I know, seems crazy, but several committees – namely FinCom and Bylaws – are already working towards decisions that need to be made at the Membership Meeting. Please get involved NOW so you can be informed, you can be part of the conversations, and we can all work together to make EYC the best it can be.
To that end, FinCom is having its next Town Hall in their series of Town Hall meetings on Sunday, April 9, at 1600 (4:00 p.m.). FinCom is working to provide a path for long-term financial stability for EYC. The slides from the last two Town Halls (February 4th and March 12th) are on the member side of the website for your information. Please take a look at them so that you can see the issues and ideas, and then join us on April 9th to hear more and participate in this important discussion about EYC’s financial future.
Also, to clarify, there was some discussion this winter from both the Financial and Bylaws Committees about a possible Special Membership Meeting to be held late spring/early summer to vote on some of the issues before the Annual Membership Meeting – this is NOT going to take place. All decisions this year that require a membership vote will take place at the Annual Membership Meeting in October. Please mark your calendars now for Saturday, October 28th, this will be an important meeting.
For information about the issues on which the Bylaws Committee is working, please check out the Bylaws article on Page 8 of this issue. That committee is also working on a variety of issues for which we need club members to weigh in about. Look out for their schedule of topical meetings and town halls.
Speaking of schedules, the Blessing of the Fleet will be earlier this year, Sunday, April 23, at 1400 (2:00 p.m.), and not on Mothers’ Day. I encourage all to participate in this very moving ceremony and receive with their vessel(s) a blessing for the season from EYC Honorary Member Reverend Jeff Paulson. Accompanied by bagpipes, Reverend Jeff individually touches every watercraft on our grounds and for those not in the marina will provide blessings over the radio as you parade by. If you can’t get your boat to EYC that day there are to-go bottles of Holy Water for your do-it-yourself blessing.
For other favorite annual events this month, including Easter Brunch and the Easter Egg Hunt, please check the calendar of events for the details and a new reservation/cancellation policy. If you are looking for a little edification about EYC’s favorite beverage, Rum and Cigar Night is Saturday, April 1 – always a fun event! Master Libationist Mike Thompson will host a Speakeasy on Saturday, April 29, highlighting the mixer ginger beer – yuuum!
Sure signs that Spring is here – Beer Can Race registration is OPEN! We will be hosting SpinSheet’s Crew Party on Sunday, April 30, and Race Committee training continues. Time to get on the water! Whooo-hoooo!!
I would like to personally thank everyone who came out for the Commodore’s Ball – what a fabulously fun party! As expected, many EYCers embraced the mermaid and pirates theme and quite a few scallywags straight from the sea were in attendance.
I would like to particularly thank Carey Kirk, Theresa Somes, John Ryder, and the House Committee for running with the theme and masterminding a fantastic time. Chef Henry and the Kitchen Crew provided amazing delicacies – no walking the plank for them! And Mistress Bartender Extraordinaire Juanita and her posse behind the bar kept everyone well hydrated with many rounds of rum.
I’d like to share the toast from that night with all EYC members as we head into a new boating season:
See you on the water!