Be there or be square!
First and foremost on everyone's calendar for November should be the EYC Annual Meeting on Saturday, November 14th at 1100 at the Annapolis Waterfront (formerly Marriott) Hotel. It is imperative that Voting Members attend this meeting so that we can have a quorum and conduct the business of Eastport Yacht Club.
The Annual Meeting Packet with the meeting agenda, minutes from last year's meeting, committee reports, and proposed bylaws amendments will be mailed to the address the office has on file for you in the next week. (We’ll also post them on the Members’ side of the website.) Please read the materials before the meeting.
Groovin’, on a Sunny Afternoon ...
October 1, 2015: As I said in last month’s “State of the Ship,” I begin to miss the Summer as it slips away and the sun goes down a bit earlier each day. That said, these autumn days on the Chesapeake can truly be wonderful. So let’s enjoy the glorious weather, the great cruising time and all the great things the Club has to offer.
Before getting to that, however, I want to put in a plug for something that won’t happen until November but is tremendously important in the life of the Club: The Annual Meeting. This year it will be held at the Waterfront Marriott on Saturday, November 14.
At this meeting we vote on the new Board for the coming year, we hear about how the Club is doing financially and otherwise and we vote on any Bylaw proposals before us – important stuff of which all members should take an interest. Please plan on being there for this meeting and attend the Founders Day party that follows at the Clubhouse.
October is full of lots of stuff, some of which happens at the Club and some just associated with our maritime life. Beginning the month is a “yard sale” that involves not only the normal stuff of such an event but also maritime stuff. Check it out at the Club on Saturday, October 3, and then come around again that evening for the EYC Pig Roast... No, they aren’t roasting the Commodore. But if you like good barbeque, this is your event. Look in the Newsblast or call the Club to make reservations before it sells out.
Update on Member Relations
August 18, 2015: As I have communicated with you last week, we have offered the former members who were litigating against the Club an opportunity to return to the membership for purposes of pushing a By-Laws amendment to meet their needs. This effort is intended to try and keep member issues out of court and deliberated within our Club framework: The By-Laws. Regardless of the outcome of a By-Laws vote at the Annual Meeting in November, we are hopeful this will allow the lawsuit to be dropped permanently and no members will need to be dismissed as a consequence.
The Board is allowing the plaintiffs some extra time to consider the matter between themselves. The By-Laws Committee has been working with a group of members who sponsored a By-Laws amendment to “grandfather” Senior Members to their status before the September 7, 2014, Special Meeting.
September – The Bittersweet Month
September 1, 2015: As I write this, my kids are getting ready for their first day of the new school year. While summer still has almost another month to go from a calendar perspective, the sight of school buses, the increased traffic on the road that comes with it, the slightly longer commute into work (I work in DC) means the practical end of summer. This time of year has always had a touch of melancholy for me.
The sweet part? September is often the beginning of the best boating weather of the year. It is also a time when a lot of fun and interesting things are happening around the club. Opening the calendar on the EYC webpage, we see… Wow!
What to Say?
August 1, 2015: I thought about writing some of the things that are planned at the Club this coming month so as to not burden our members with more words on the very unpleasant events that are occurring among some members. But the title of this column is “State of the Ship” and it would be disingenuous to pretend that all is well. We are in the midst of a very unfortunate situation.
I won’t belabor you with an exact chronology. Much of it is available on the Bulletin Board on the Member Side of the webpage. But I must try and capture where we are and why. Those who have opposed the Board’s actions will inevitably disagree with some of this.
After the vote last year to adopt changes to the former “Emeritus” category (now “Senior”), a group of Senior Members indicated an intent to sue unless the Board “grandfathered” the members in place before the vote to their old dues level.