May 1, 2014:
Back to Normal
In the period immediately after World War I, a time of incredible events and changes, the new President promised a return of “normalcy.” The natural urge of people after great changes is often to enjoy forms of familiarity. Well, my fellow EYCers, this Spring is shaping up nicely for some traditional fun.
The Commodore’s Reception returns after a year’s hiatus and since it coincides with the Preakness Race, I’ve asked our staff to make it have a “day at the races” theme. For a small charge we will have some regional fare, fancy dress and open bar for a couple of hours. Come on down and watch the Maryland part of the Triple Crown and enjoy the festivities.
April 1, 2014: Ladies and Gentlemen: Get your boats ready!
To paraphrase the late Gerald Ford: “My fellow Americans, our long winter is nearly over”… OK, we still have rain and some colder temperatures to endure but we can all start getting the boats ready for the core boating season. Racing, cruising, gunk-holing, fishing, whatever. This is when you know it’s great to live on the Chesapeake Bay. Start wearing your flip-flops and get out in the boat yard.
The Club is also getting ready for the Spring and Summer. The annual “clean up” day had to be postponed to April 19 so if you have some time to spare, look for the announcements and sign-up link to volunteer. We need help on the grounds, the building and the marina. Even I – not the handiest of guys – will be there to help get things in shape.
Feel Spring Rising in Your Soul
Had enough of this winter? Yeah, me too. Spring will be coming but we all know that we have some days of cold with blustery precipitation to get through. Bear up and we’ll all get through this together. This is the month of many hopeful activities. My favorite, “burning of the socks,” should be a great celebration this year. I know it is circled on my calendar.
But there are a few other events this month that will help us get through the remaining part of the nasty weather. Let me highlight a few as part of the emphasis I want to place on our EYC Community:
- “Stone Soup” event on March 8. This is a new one which, if you are of a certain age, you may recall a kids’ book of the same name. The deal is we provide a large pot for cooking and you bring whatever ingredient you want to contribute. The outcome is always a surprise but normally a good one.
- March 15 is a “double header” where the Cruisers offer their Winter Seminar on long-distance sailing and then we have a good ‘ol fashioned St. Patrick’s event.
March 23, 2014: When I was a kid, growing up at the Louisville Boat Club (LBC), there were two spots where the kids could hang out while their parents were lingering over dinner or hanging out at the bar. Somebody came up with the name “Crow’s Nest” for the TV room with its big boxy TV (wood paneled) and the couple of seedy couches that adorned the cubbyhole. Downstairs, off the pool and near the tunnel to the docks, was a room with a ping-pong table and a TV, something called “The Bilge.” It was great. We had space from our elders that we wanted as much as they wanted it from us at times.
When we opened the new Clubhouse, we found we had many wonderful things we didn’t have in the old Clubhouse. But we still had not fitted out a spot for the kids. Part of that was budgetary – we were really counting our pennies – and part of it was the rush to get everything done. Now we have the opportunity to rectify the status quo and tailor some other programs for our young members. It is the Family Committee. We had our first meeting last month but, probably due to my poor planning, it was sparsely attended and I am now appealing for a good showing by planning it further out and making it coincide with the Family Movie Night. If you have any interest in serving, please plan to meet with me at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 27.
Budget Stuff – Yeah Baby!
February 15, 2014: Annual budget discussion: How would Austin Powers approach it? When asked about it he might respond with “nerd alert”! I prefer to take the positive approach – “Budgets are my bag, baby!"
Seriously, having been Treasurer for two budget cycles, I know they can be as much fun as doing your taxes or going to the dentist. But we all know it is important. That is why I am grateful that new Treasurer Mike Thompson has worked so hard on this year’s edition, with the help of new Finance Chair Jack Morkan, past Chair George Miller, office accountant Donna Glessing, and General Manager Bill Kocan, as well as assistance from past Treasurer Ramzi Bannura.
The bottom line? Well, with the help of the dues increase approved by the members plus a full year of understanding our new clubhouse cost structure, we are in pretty good shape. But there were a few unforeseen challenges in getting to this point.