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.
I was very encouraged with the Working Session. Nearly every Committee Chair was present, as well as the full participation of the Executive Board. During the three hours of sometimes mind-numbing discussion, we reviewed the work products of these efforts and identified items that have been completed, items that have been incorporated into the fabric of the committees, and items that still need to be addressed.
It was impressive the number of items that have been completed and incorporated into the committees. I was particularly impressed and grateful with the positive participation of the group and willingness of the individual Chairs to take on the challenges before us. While I’m on the subject, I firmly believe that our committees are the lifeblood of our Club and encourage every member to get involved with a committee (or two!).
If any of you have inputs on issues, improvements, new amenities, please bring them to me, any Executive Board member, or committee Chair. We want to hear you. I would be glad to talk to you, but please follow it up with an email because I don’t always remember what was discussed in the bar.
Ok, switching gears, the Executive Board approved the purchase and installation of a new Club Management system. We have been struggling for many years with an antiquated, limited, and disjointed set of systems for our POS, accounting, membership management, Website, and supporting functions. The IT Committee has spent considerable time working with the Office Management and Committee Chairs to identify requirements and find candidate vendors to meet those requirements.
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!).
November 1, 2017:
We need you!
It is time for the Annual Membership Meeting and WE NEED YOU TO ATTEND!
This year’s meeting will be on Saturday, November 4, at the Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second Street. We need the meeting to begin promptly at 0900; registration will open at 0800.
December 1, 2017:
Thank you to everyone that attended the Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, November 4th. We had a quorum right at 0900 and could get straight to work. Bravo!
October 1, 2017:
Communication is always hard.
How many times have each of us heard or said “we need to talk more” or “I can’t read your mind; you need to tell me what’s going on” or some other version of these?
Lately the Board has heard from members that we aren’t communicating enough and/or communicating well about what we are working on or what’s going on. We heard you and here is our communication plan.