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!
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.
[Commodore Scott Miller was out of the country on a family vacation at the end of June; Vice Commodore Heather Ersts stepped up to write his column for him this month.]
July 1, 2015: Bonjour!
While the Commodore is away, the members will play! And play we did! What an awesome party we had with the French crew of L’Hermione while Commodore Miller was in, of all places, France on a family vacation. Oh la la! Thank you to everyone that jumped in to help plan and execute an evening that was quintessential EYC.
There are few activities that are more Annapolis-in-the-summer than Wednesday Night Races. EYC was able to get 30 L’Hermione crew members on boats in the thick of it--the great majority on race boats--including the Captain of L’Hermione. Language barriers made for interesting communications, but from all reports everyone had a great time.
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.