June 1, 2018:
Summer is here! Ok, not meteorologically, but many see Memorial Day as the unofficial start of summer. Hard to believe that in my last VFB article I was bemoaning the cool temperatures we were experiencing during one of the coolest Aprils on record and now we are experiencing mid-summer-like temperatures. Regardless of the temperatures, we inaugurated the 2018 summer season with enthusiasm this month!
We had a couple of noteworthy events affecting our club that occurred in May. The most significant event (in my mind) was the transition of our accounting and POS functions to a new hardware and software system. We had been keeping the membership informed of this transition, and encouraged your patience anticipating there would be some hiccups. Unfortunately, we had more problems than we anticipated. Our IT Committee and management staff has been working non-stop with our vendors to resolve the issues. I’ll let Monica Arnold, our IT Committee Chair, and Bill Kocan, our General Manager, give you more information in their articles in this VFB.
Another noteworthy event has been the completion of the waterside deck and lawn sodding. I have had many favorable comments from you about the appearance improvement and enhanced member experience this has provided. We had strived to make the lawn area available for use in mid-May, in time for the Viper 640 Atlantic Coast Championship, but because of the heavy rains we needed to keep people off the lawn longer than anticipated.
I’m told that the grass is taking root very well, and we should be enjoying it shortly. Thank you for understanding and respecting the need to allow the grass to take root.
Looking forward to this month’s busy calendar, we start off the month with a big bang! June 2nd is the Leukemia Cup Regatta benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Most of you probably know that this event was initiated at EYC and has now spread across the country.
Last year fundraising for this worthy cause through the Annapolis Leukemia Cup ranked a respectable fourth nationally, behind big-city events in New Orleans, Chicago, and San Francisco, with Team EYC coming third nationally among fundraising teams. There is still time to help; either through donations or volunteering. Go to eastportyc.org/team-eyc to see how you can help. Following the regatta, we will be hosting the “Rock the Dock” party. Live music, delicious BBQ, and cooling libations promise to make this a fun evening.
May 1, 2018:
May is here, but it’s been a little tough to tell! Yes, daffodils are out, ospreys are rebuilding their nests, water is on in the marina (yeah!), but what’s with the temperatures? Nevertheless, temperatures notwithstanding, we are ramping up the season with a full agenda for this month.
Before I get into this month’s activities, let me call your attention to an exciting event that will affect every aspect of our club’s operation: the implementation of our new IT system. On May 1st our club’s business, financial, and POS systems will be using a new software platform, ClubEssential, hosted on a new suite of hardware infrastructure consisting of a server and a complement of POS terminals. This system will consolidate our many disparate databases, improve our accounting functionality, and provide significant reporting capabilities to management and committees.
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.
April 1, 2018:
Well, I was a little premature announcing in last month’s VFB article that “Spring is here”! Exhibit A: a wintertime weather scenario for our signature event kicking off the season, Sock Burning, that included snow, sleet, wind, and cold temperatures. Was Mother Nature chastising me? Still, we had a great turn-out in the Aft Deck, highlighted by PC Sharon Hadsell’s traditional reading of the “Sock Burning Poem” by Jeff Holland.
Many thanks to our “firemeisters” for building and maintaining a scorching fire in the fire pit (some rumors that eyebrows were singed) and our oyster shuckers for providing a seemingly endless supply of tasty oysters!
February 1, 2018:
Well, I made it through the first month as your Commodore! So, in answer to your questions; yes, it has been very busy; yes, it has been more than I anticipated, however; yes, I’m still enjoying it. Thank you for your support, it has been overwhelming!
The topic fresh on my mind is that we just conducted our All-Chairs Working Session this past Saturday to review our goals and plan our next year’s priorities. As some of you may know (and may have been involved), over the last 2-3 years we have worked to define the direction we wish to take the Club. By “we,” this work has included inputs from the membership via the Long Range Planning Committee, establishing goals and objectives at the Committee level via prior All-Chair Working Sessions, and independent studies via the BOAT Committee and Capital Reserve Study.