March 1, 2018:
Spring is here! Well, almost… But I can’t help getting excited as I look at all the activities scheduled for the month of March. Of course, the signature event celebrating the arrival of Spring is the Burning of the Socks to be held on the first day of Spring. In case it’s not on your calendar, it’s March 20th (coincidently the first day of Spring!); so plenty of time to make your plans. Oh, in case you’re interested, Spring Equinox occurs at 12:15 p.m. EDT (yes, Daylight Savings Time).
Other signs of Spring: the Race Committee has posted the line-up for this season’s racing events, so drop over to their web page and signup to help make this another outstanding season. In preparation for the season, Tom Stalder will be conducting his popular GPS training seminar on March 17th. His class fills up, so don’t procrastinate. Speaking of “On the Water,” our Waterfront Manager Nan Walker has updated our website with the course descriptions and signup links for the 2018 summer sailing season. Of particular interest is the Early Bird registration discount if you sign up before March 15th.
Ok, that’s it for the Spring-related activities in March, but we have many other events for this month. Noteworthy is the Leukemia Cup’s “Cocktails for a Cure” event at St. Johns College on March 9th with special guest Matt Rutherford. This is in preparation for the Leukemia Cup Regatta fundraiser on June 2nd followed by an exciting on-land party. Those of you that are new members may not be aware, but the nationwide Leukemia Cup fundraising event was started at EYC! More to follow…
For those of you that are Irish (and aren’t we all!), March 9th is our St Patrick’s Day party. Come out, raise a Guinness, and celebrate a wonderful ethnicity and culture that has contributed so much to our country and the world. Of course, we’ll continue the celebration on March 17th!
Our Cruise Committee continues to provide us a wonderful series of Winter Seminars. Of particular interest this month is their seminar on March 17th hosted by SpinSheet editor Molly Winans discussing “The Future of Annapolis Sailing Community: Vision, Objectives, and Our Waterfront." Joining us will be our Mayor Gavin Buckley. Seating is limited, so be forewarned!
I want to commend Mark Jones, our Fleet Captain, for initiating and coordinating an Opioid Response Training Session at the Club on March 22nd. The opioid addiction crisis has become a major issue recently, and this session, coordinated with the Anne Arundel Department of Health Adult Addiction Center, will provide training and a Free Naloxone/NARCAN Kit. I plan to attend and encourage your attendance.
Switching gears, we have an exciting new addition to our club! I am pleased to welcome our new Executive Chef Mark Sanders! I’ll leave it to Bill Kocan to give you more particulars, but my initial impressions have been very positive and I’ve already received several positive comments from members. Welcome, Mark! Let me know if there is anything I can do to assist you.
On February 24th the EYC Foundation conducted its 8th Annual Marine & Maritime Career Expo at Annapolis High School. From all accounts, it was a tremendous success. Preliminary numbers indicate that 50 vendors participated, and approximately 500 students attended from all over the area; as far away as Charles County, Cambridge, and even Delaware. I was there, and it is an awesome sight to see multiple busses pull up and offload a full complement of middle school and high school students eager to learn about career opportunities in the marine trades. Thank you, Tammy Diedrich, Committee Chair, and the entire EYC Foundation team, for conducting a great event.
BTW, I had the privilege to meet Jim Toomey, the creator of the comic “Sherman’s Lagoon,” who was the keynote speaker. I’ve been reading his comic strip for several years, and didn’t realize he is a local (did you?). He actually, through his strip, was influential in an environmental change. Ask Virginia Tippie, who was with NOAA at the time, about the story…
Some administrative notes: the 2018 Club Directory is going in the mail in the next few days. As usual, it will include your parking sticker. Please do not delay in placing it on your windshield as we will start monitoring and enforcing our parking policy this month. Also, the envelope containing your parking sticker will also contain your updated membership sticker to be placed on your membership card.
Finally, to close out this month’s article, I want to invite you to the Commodore’s Ball on March 24th. Many of you have asked, “What is the theme?” Well, sorry to disappoint some of you, but there is no theme. It will be a traditional (EYC, traditional?!?) Ball to celebrate a new year, a new Board, and give me the opportunity to thank each of you for giving me this privilege. Yes, I plan to wear a tux! See you there!