The Manager's Desk
If you didn’t get the opportunity to join in January for our ever popular Lobster night don’t worry because we will have two more installments of the EYC favorite this month on the 6th and the 13th of February. You must call in advance to reserve your lobster and don’t forget to make a reservation to reserve your table as well. All dates still have availability but very frequently sell out so act quickly!
Hold the date for the 2016 Commodore’s Ball on February 20, 2016. This year’s event will feature amazing cuisine from Bermuda, Cuba and Maryland. What do these places have in common, you ask? They are destinations for our sailors in 2016 and the theme of our event, celebrating the waters of these beautiful locations.
In addition to the fabulous regional cuisine we will also feature an open bar and some terrific music from our own EYC DJ Peter Kassel.
Tickets for the event are $85 per person and require advanced reservations today for what will be a party not to be missed! Call the office for additional information and to reserve your tickets.
As the ins and outs that happen at the beginning of the year start to settle into place I would like to remind you that we still have wet slips available to accommodate boats of 31 feet and under. Please contact me or the Marina Chairperson for further information and annual rates. Enjoy the convenience of having your boat docked next to the most unique club in Annapolis!
Parking stickers and directory
All EYC members should have received their 2016 directory, parking sticker and member card sticker in the mail by now. Please don’t forget to affix your sticker to the front driver’s side lower left window. Removal of unauthorized vehicles occurs frequently and we don’t want to inadvertently tow a member who has a sticker sitting on the kitchen table.
Extra member parking stickers can also be purchased at the EYC bar or through the EYC business offices.
January 1, 2016:
Happy 2016! The New Year is upon us and I hope all of our members had a joyful and safe holiday with their family and friends.
By now, everyone is surely well versed on the horrible fire that occurred at the Annapolis Yacht Club. As you may also be aware in the spirit of the season we have extended temporary reciprocal privileges to our neighbors across the water. At the time of writing this article we are told that the planning is well underway for a temporary clubhouse for their membership and that they have their planning well in hand.
Of course we are approaching this reciprocity with the EYC membership in mind and should adjustments be necessary to ensure the comfort of EYC members we will certainly not hesitate to act. Until then I hope we all will welcome the AYC members as our guests and show them why our club and membership is unparalleled in its sense of community and comradery!
It might be a little early to start thinking about February parties but mark your calendars for the February 20th Commodore’s Ball. Our host, Commodore Heather Ersts, has great plans for a memorable event that you do not want to miss. Check the website for details as they become available and feel free to call the office with any specific questions.
Open Marina Slips
It’s that time of year again. Want to join the EYC marina? Well, the time to act is now. Demand for slips is great so please call soon if you wish to join us for 2016.
Also please remember that those who wish to be added to our wait list will be asked to submit a $500 refundable deposit. This deposit will be applied to the slip lease fees when a slip becomes available. Should you change your mind and not desire to remain on the waiting list the deposit will be returned to you in full immediately.
The Staff Thanks You
On behalf of EYC’s hard working staff I would like to take a moment to thank all of those members who contributed to the annual employee holiday fund. Your generous contributions were greatly appreciated and went a long way toward a very merry holiday. If you did not get the giving letter in advance of the holiday, please don’t hesitate to contribute well into January and even into February. We distribute these funds in advance so your contribution will still be forwarded to the staff. The acknowledgement of our staff goes a long way with loyalty and tenure which also helps make my job a lot easier so I thank you all as well! Have a terrific 2016 and all the best wishes in the New Year.
2015 Annual Meeting
Please clear your calendar s to attend the EYC Annual Meeting when vote in the incoming Board as well as hear updates from all of the club’s committees. Of course the club will also vote on a Bylaws amendment addressing changes to the Senior membership category that has caused so much discussion during the year. We hope that all members come to listen to the proposed changes and cast their vote to help determine the way forward for EYC.
I also want to take a moment to remind our members of the strong comradery our history expresses and the spirit of community that our club boasts as we discuss the proposed changes. I suggest that we don’t give way to vitriol but rather a healthy discussion emphasizing respect for those with opposing views. It is this healthy discussion that has defined us over the years. Additionally, the mutual respect that our members have for one another can help remind us all of the foundational elements that define the “little club that could” and “can!
Join us immediately after the Annual Meeting to celebrate our roots for Founder’s Day. The annual celebration is the perfect opportunity to reminisce about the “early days” of EYC and share those experiences with our newer members. And if that were not enough the food and beverage selections for this yearly favorite can’t be beat! We hope to see you there!
December 1, 2015:
2015 Annual Meeting
Thanks to all of our members who attended the 2015 Annual Meeting at Marriott Waterfront Hotel. The turnout was unprecedented, and we welcomed in three new Board members: Liz Filter, Rear Commodore; Clayton Miller, Treasurer; and Kirk Gunn, Fleet Captain for the New Year.
I would also like to thank our outgoing Board members Scott Miller, Tom Spiegel and Mike Thompson for all of the hard work they put in for what amounted to a very challenging year. So congratulations (and sometimes condolences) to the entire Board for their election and let’s hope for a great 2016!
I would also like to take a moment to congratulate Keith Jacobs for being the recipient of the A2B Volunteer of the Year Award. Keith’s contributions to the club are extraordinary. As General Manager I have the pleasure of working with Keith frequently and the award could not have gone to a more organized, reasonable, intelligent and DESERVING individual! Thanks, Keith, for making my job easier and for running a world class racing program for our members and our community!
Lastly, I would like to thank the EYC Foundation for their terrific presentation. The Foundation is doing a terrific job and has a fabulous energy and plan of action for 2016. So, please take a moment to read about their efforts and contribute to their great programs.
The holiday season is upon us and the cheer and good spirit can already be felt here at EYC. Keep a close eye on the schedule for special events at the club such as the Annual Holiday Decorating Party, the EYC Parade of Lights, Gingerbread House Building for kids, Kids First Friday, the EYC New Year’s Eve Festivities and lots more.
Lastly, note that the dining room will be closed on Monday, December 14, and Saturday, December 19, for private events but the bar will be open as usual and serving both dining room and galley menus for your pleasure. We look forward to seeing you at your club soon!
Please mark your calendars that the club will be closing to perform maintenance to the clubhouse on Monday, January 4, and Tuesday, January 5. We will reopen for regular business on Wednesday the 6th but the kitchen will not open until 6 p.m. and the business offices will be closed until approximately 3 p.m. The bar will open at its normal time. Tasks such as painting, floor refinishing and general maintenance will be on the agenda for the week. If you are interested in contributing to the process please contact the Buildings and Grounds chair, Tom Mullan.
New Assistant General Manager
I hope you will join me in welcoming our new Assistant General Manager, Ryan Sokolowski, to our family. Ryan formerly resided in Pennsylvania and is now a proud resident of Annapolis. It was a very hectic move for Ryan and his fiancé Victoria having locked up his new job, finding a new place to live, closing out his old living accommodations and beginning with us, all in a two-week period.
It was a yeoman’s effort and I appreciate his accommodations on behalf of EYC. I am sure his presence will reflect very positively on the service to our membership and our already great staff. Take a moment to say “hi” and welcome him to our amazing little club!
From the Manager's Desk
Restricted Boat Show Parking
Just a reminder to all of our members that the Yacht Haven parking lot is NOT available to EYC members on Saturday and Sunday of both the power and sailboat shows. Evening parking after 5 p.m. Monday through Friday is unchanged. Please respect our neighbors and don’t infringe upon their spaces on those weekends. The relationship with Yacht Haven is important to the club and we don’t want to inconvenience our great neighbor.
Of course, the main EYC lot will be available as usual but be reminded to have your 2015 parking sticker affixed to the front driver’s side windshield. The club will be vigilant in enforcement of the parking policies and we don’t want to see any member’s vehicle towed. Stickers are available at the bar and from the EYC office. Enjoy the show!
Please be advised that the marina will undergo its annual winterization during the first week of November. Please plan appropriately and feel free to contact me with any concerns.
OK, I agree it is a little early to be thinking about Frostbiting but it’s never too early to reserve a slip for the season. EYC has short term leases available in our slips for those individuals who may wish to take advantage of racing out of EYC. Contact me for rates and availability and reserve your slip now.