January 1, 2018:
Welcome to 2018!
I wish to thank you for your confidence and trust in electing me as your Commodore for the next year. It is a trust that I do not take likely and will do my utmost to justify your confidence in me. Fortunately, I am surrounded by a great Board that has tremendous experience and abilities. Welcome Tristan Keen to the team! And, “Thank You” David Malkin for your service above and beyond and best wishes for a well-deserved rest as you ride off into the sunset (just don’t go too far!).
We have a busy year ahead of us. The last year saw the completion of several review studies such as the BOAT report, Capital Reserve report, and the insurance coverage review. These studies were defined to inform us of recommended changes and improvements to further improve the health and viability of our club. Many of these recommendations have already been completed or are in process, but much remains to be addressed. In addition, the membership approved an increase to the membership that is needed to ensure our financial viability. Managing this increase will need to be monitored closely to ensure we can integrate our new members successfully and maintain our “Cheers” atmosphere.
Meanwhile, our club marches on! December was very busy with all the holiday festivities; thanks to all the volunteers that stepped up to create the wonderful experiences! Although technically our New Year’s Eve party is in 2017, I have always considered the New Year’s Eve celebration to be the beginning of the New Year, and this year’s celebration promises to be very memorable. House Committee is planning some great decorations, the staff is planning some great dinner specials, and we all know about the “best view in Annapolis” for the fireworks show. As in the past, dress is what you make of it. Some of us dress up in tuxes and cocktail dresses; others sport the latest fashion in blue jeans and shorts. “Come as you are!”
Continuing our tradition, New Year’s Day will be our EYC Pot Luck Extravaganza from 11:30 to 6:00. There will be plenty of food to share and football to see. Please bring your special recipe to share and remember the kitchen is closed.
Following our New Year’s celebrations, the clubhouse is closing for our annual maintenance activities on January 2nd and January 3rd. However, don’t go far, we’ll be open for normal business on January 4th, all ready to host some exciting events during the winter doldrums.
Leading off the fun ARE the ever-popular Lobster Nights. These nights consistently sell out, so don’t delay in getting your reservations in. I know, yours truly has missed a couple of times!
January also sees the return of the Thursday Night Trivia Contests ran by Trivia Meister Monica Arnold. She baffled us last year and I expect no less from her this year! So, get your teams together get out to see who is the Trivia Champs for 2018!
House Committee is planning more fun events as well; starting with a Wine & Tapas on January 19th, Friday evening, and a returning Speakeasy event focusing on Brunch Cocktails on January 28th, Sunday day. Again, a word to the wise, these events have also sold out in the past, so get your reservations in early.
Finally, the Cruise Committee is starting their Winter Seminar series on January 20th, Saturday afternoon, with the topic “Annapolis Lighthouses: Lost Treasures Mark a Changing Region.”
Whew! And you thought you were going to chill out this month?
One final note: I am sad to inform you that Chef Henry Romanowski, our Senior Executive Chef, has announced that he is leaving us for an opportunity in Pennsylvania. Most of you know that he joined us as we were moving into the new clubhouse, and has been an integral part in shaping this chapter in our life. I have enjoyed his many creations and wish him much success in this new chapter in his life.