January 1, 2016: Wow! What a month it has been.
To begin, I want to say how proud I am of Eastport Yacht Club and the overwhelming call to immediately throw open our doors to our neighbors at Annapolis Yacht Club after fire destroyed their clubhouse. We did just that and hosted the Frostbite race the next day. Getting on the water and gathering together afterwards—events that are the crux of a yacht club—was what many people needed to begin the healing process.
And while Annapolis Yacht Club rebuilds its clubhouse, AYC members will be welcome at EYC as our guests. I hope everyone will welcome them with open arms and hugs. However, please be assured that EYC members are the #1 priority of the Board.
December 1, 2015: Happy Holidays! They are upon us, whether we are ready or not. However, fear not!—many elves have already been working away to ensure we have a wonderful holiday season at Eastport Yacht Club.
Speaking of elves, the first thing you have to do this holiday season is to find out your elf name. This important—and will get you drinks from the bar! The chart to assist you to discover you elf name is around in a variety of places at EYC and on our website.
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.
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.
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!