May 1, 2014:
Back to Normal
In the period immediately after World War I, a time of incredible events and changes, the new President promised a return of “normalcy.” The natural urge of people after great changes is often to enjoy forms of familiarity. Well, my fellow EYCers, this Spring is shaping up nicely for some traditional fun.
The Commodore’s Reception returns after a year’s hiatus and since it coincides with the Preakness Race, I’ve asked our staff to make it have a “day at the races” theme. For a small charge we will have some regional fare, fancy dress and open bar for a couple of hours. Come on down and watch the Maryland part of the Triple Crown and enjoy the festivities.
The last time we watched the Blue Angels perform during Commissioning Week we were doing it from the trailers of “Juanitaville.” This year they return to soar over the Severn and the Bay on May 20th and 21st. The Club is the best place to watch the spectacle that, for most Annapolitans, constitutes a local holiday.
At the end of the month is the EYC tradition of our sponsorship of the Leukemia Cup. This is one of those great events where we combine our love of the water, sailing and supporting a good cause. If you have the opportunity to donate in any way, please do so. This is an event for which EYC has brought many in our community together to benefit a fight against a disease that has affected many of our families.
Also, next month we will be having our traditional Spring Cotillion that is associated with the bi-annual Annapolis to Bermuda Race (A2B – formerly the BOR). Look for notices about time and ticket sales but the event will be on June 5. Put it on your calendar.
Let me interrupt this recitation of revelry to comment on a more serious issue. If you have ever received a note from the Club notifying you that you were late on your dues don’t feel alone. I have had it sent to me before I was on the Board as I have overlooked my dues just like many people have. On page 4 of this issue of the May View from the Bridge, our Treasurer Mike Thompson has a column explaining our process. I ask that you all read it.
The letters are not intended to injure feelings or to drive members away. We will look into re-wording the letter to make the tone better but remember we want to keep members, not lose them. Nevertheless, we have to do whatever we can to get the dues in as we have to manage the Club’s finances.
If possible, the Board may be able to brief members on the work of the EYC Emeritus Evolution committee (E3). Mike Krissoff and his fellow Past Commodores have been meeting with members and each other to work on making adjustments to the Emeritus membership group. I am looking forward to hearing their report to the Board and, if acceptable to the Board, we will plan on informing members of the recommendations.
This issue, which has been the topic of spirited discussion for a couple of years now, is ripe for resolution in my mind. I am hopeful for an outcome that will be equitable to all sides of the debate.
Alright, enough talk. Time for me to put this column to bed so I can enjoy a cocktail in this great Spring weather. See you at the Club.