Following is a transcript of the video recorded message from Commodore Scott Miller circulated as a link in the EYC Newsblast for February 4 - 15, 2015.
I am using this method of communication because what I have to say concerns every member of Eastport Yacht Club and I have found that traditional methods of communication are often overlooked.
As most of you know, a few Senior Members are threatening legal action against the Club. They claim that the Club, by the vote of the Membership taken on September 7, 2014, committed a "breach of contract" in its changing of the discount they receive from 25% of voting member dues to 60% of voting member dues. These Senior Members are acting on advice from a local law firm: Krause and Ferris. As I mentioned in my previous communication on this matter, we have communicated back to them that we do not agree with their view of the Membership action. We believe we have acted properly and in accordance with our by-laws in making changes to the Senior Membership Category (formerly known as "Emeritus").
A few members have approached me to suggest that if the Senior Members who were in place prior to the vote were "grandfathered" – effectively allowing them to retain their previous dues discount level – the threatened lawsuit would not be filed in Anne Arundel Circuit Court. This would mean that the 55 Senior Members in place as of last year would pay 25% of voting member dues while any new Senior Members would pay the member approved 60% of voting member dues.
February 1, 2015:
Turn, turn, turn…
Okay, you have to be of a certain age to remember this song by the Byrds which was a musical rendition of a quote from the Bible (Ecclesiastes 3:1, “For everything there is a season”). But it is appropriate for this discussion.
Chesapeake Holiday Season
December 1, 2014: I cannot fight it anymore. My daughter is humming Christmas tunes. My son is telling me what he would like to do with the GoPro video camera he thinks he will find under the tree.
January and the Living is Easy?
January is not for the faint of heart, unless you are one of those lucky ones headed down for Key West Racing Week. The group of sailors I know who go down there SWEAR it is a serious race. That said, I’m not sure why so many check into Betty Ford afterwards. What of the rest of us who must get through this month?
November? Still, a lot of stuff…
One would think that the coming of November, with its colder days, the onset of STANDARD TIME (yuk), the beginning of Christmas music in the stores (can you stand “Jingle Bells” for two months?) would mean that things are slowing down at “the best damn Yacht Club on the Chesapeake”. But nooooo…