February is the month of LOVE.
In reality, I think the love theme has been put forward in the coldest, grayest month of the year as a reminder to love our brethren, so as to not strangle them because we are all stuck inside together too much. Can you tell I am not a fan of winter?
However, the love theme is a good one to embrace and we at EYC have lots to love.
First, I have to say how much I appreciate the Board and all the EYC Committee Chairs. We have used the quiet of winter to meet and discuss issues and goals for the coming year at an All-Chairs half-day workshop and Board Orientation. The amount of time, energy, thought, and desire to improve EYC from all is something to behold.
Many of the goals and issues raised at the All-Chairs workshop are the same as last year. Not surprising as EYC used 2016 as a year to re-kindle the romance, although quite a few items on the goals list were completed and could be crossed off. YAY!
What is good, is that issues and goals list from 2016 All-Chairs workshop was the basis of the Long Range Planning Committee’s focus groups this past year. The work from that committee has provided us with a list of goals/actions ranked in order of priority by members. This list is great because it provides us with the items we as a club should work on first. To take a look for yourself at the Long Range Planning committee’s report click here.
There is going to be a lot of work this year to get EYC prepared for the future. 2016 was the year of research and 2017 will be the year of charting our course. Throughout the year, there will be many opportunities for members to get involved in this planning. Bylaws Committee and Finance Committee will be having several Town Halls, as well as others. Please participate! The Financial Town Hall is Saturday, February 4 at 4:00 to present the 2017 EYC budget.
The Board will be taking all of the research from the past year and will be working to produce a 5-Year Strategic Plan and Business Plan. Stay tuned. This package will hopefully be delivered in time for June roses.
February’s list of events at EYC once again demonstrates the dedication we have to the water, food and fun. Wow! There is no reason to hide in your house waiting for spring with the variety of events we’ve got coming up.
On February 5 the combination of cooped-up sailors hitting the water with Frostbite Races resuming and Superbowl Sunday promises to be a hot mess with much merriment and lots of food and drink specials all day. Come on down for the fun!
January 1, 2017:
Happy New Year!
Come celebrate the last hours of the 2016 with your fellow EYCers. In true EYC style, New Year’s Eve is a dress-as-you-want event and there is something for everyone, starting with family and early bird options and running on through the evening with great food, music, dancing, and, of course, the fireworks. We will ring in the New Year with the best view in town of the fireworks and a champagne toast...although a Mount Gay toast may be more appropriate....
Last year's NYE party was perfect with this new format and a great time was had by all. Dinner was there for those who wanted a formal dinner, and there was bar food for those who wanted to hang out in the bar. Those who wanted to dress up, dressed up (if you want to break out that formal dress or tuxedo, go for it!) and others were happy in their jeans and fleeces. It's EYC, come as you want!
As has been the tradition, on New Year’s Day the kitchen is closed, and instead we have our EYC Pot Luck Extravaganza from 11:30 am to 6:00 pm. Featured will be tables crammed with delectables from members’ kitchens, last night’s leftovers, or takeout supplied by the less culinarily talented. Plan to catch a Bowl game or watch the sailboat racers in AYC’s Hangover Bowl. We'll also have a competition for ugly holiday sweaters and ugly ties, so deck yourselves out ... FAR out! Bring something tasty to share (the kitchen is ABSOLUTELY OFF LIMITS) and serving utensils (plates/eating utensils are provided). Be sure to bring along a $20 for the Fabulous 50/50 Raffle, to benefit the Junior program (don't forget cash for tips for the bartenders, too.)
We are going to continue the celebrations with the Skippers’ Appreciation Party on Sunday, January 8. We have lots to celebrate—a FABULOUS parade this year AND, if you have not heard, the Eastport Yacht Club Light Parade WON the USA Today’s Top Holiday Parade contest! WHOOO-HOOOO! Congratulations to all the Lights Parade Elves and Skippers and their crews for a wonderful, and with out incident, parade this year!
After all of the celebrating if you are looking for a little peace and quiet and brain food, we’ve got that. The schedule at EYC this winter is chockfull of a variety of opportunities to improve a skill/knowledge you already have or to learn something new.
New this year and perfect for a January night, the Environmental Committee is taking us to warm waters and coral reefs on January 11, the first in a series of water-related lectures—different from on-the-water related lectures. Those start with the Cruise Committee’s winter seminars, Race Committee training, Team Racing Summit, and an Advanced Race Management Seminar. Lots of good brain food and something for everyone!
The quiet and cold of winter is always a good time to do some planning. We will do some of that with an All-Chairs Workshop on Saturday, January 21. Information from this workshop, in conjunction with reports from 2016—Capital Reserve Study, Long Range Planning Report, Nominating Committee Report, 2016 Committee Chairs workshop, and the BOAT (Better Operations Advisory Team) report—will be used by the Executive Board this year to create an EYC Strategic Plan for the next five years.
The New Year often heralds change. Family Movie Night returns in 2017, but with a new format. Our youngest members are invited to come down for dinner and a show on January 13 at 6 p.m. Dinner will be on the Lido Deck (conference room) and “Finding Nemo” will play in the Aft Deck—all are encouraged to bring a bean bag chair and a blanket for the utmost comfort.
Trivia Night has a new premier! Trivia Meister, or Trivia Madame, Monica Arnold takes the helm for this winter’s trivia season starting Thursday, January 12. Competition is fierce and dining room tables are in high demand, so gather your team and make a reservation so you are not left out in the cold. A very special thank you to First Past Trivia Meister Tobias Sullivan for establishing this wonderful winter distraction at EYC and leading it the past several years.
As the first firework goes off to mark the New Year on January 1, it rings in another important change at EYC. Midnight officially marks the change of the EYC Executive Board. I am pleased to welcome Chris Chadwick as Fleet Captain and Mark Jones as Keeper of the Log for 2017. I would like to personally thank and recognize Kirk Gunn and Kathy Downs for all of their hard work, dedication, and thoughtfulness as Board members on behalf of the membership of EYC.
Finally, New Years is a time for resolutions. Unfortunately, resolutions are often associated with deprivation. In the spirit of EYC, I propose that instead of promising to remove something from our lives in the name of the New Year, we instead promise to add something.
I think that EYC’s resolutions for 2017 should be to have even more fun and silliness as a Club and to get out on the water more. I believe these are resolutions we can keep!
Best wishes to you all for a wonderful, healthy, happy, and boat-filled 2017!
November. How did we get to November already?
I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful fall weather and getting out on the water to take in the clear, cool days that are always spectacular in the Chesapeake.
November means it is time for the Eastport Yacht Club Annual Meeting. This year’s meeting will be held on Saturday, November 12, at the Annapolis Waterfront Hotel at 1100, with registration beginning at 1000. Full Annual Meeting announcement is further in this issue. Meeting packets with 2015 Annual Meeting Minutes, Officer and Committee Reports, and other meeting materials are online and/or are being snail mailed to the people that did not opt for the online version.
Thank you to the over 240 members who did opt-in for the electronic version — saving EYC several hundreds of dollars in printing and postage, as well as a few trees!
Please plan on attending the Annual Membership Meeting. Members in all membership categories are invited. However, it is imperative that Voting Members attend so that we have a quorum and can conduct the official business of EYC. We must have at least 20% of the Voting Members, 120 people, to have a quorum.
At the Annual Membership Meeting we will have a State of the Ship report from me and Treasurer Clayton Miller. We will vote on the Executive Board for 2017 and announce the 2016 Volunteer of the Year, in addition to other EYC traditions, business and updates.
If you are unable to attend the meeting in person, please ask a friend to represent you. Be sure they have a proxy form with your signature authorizing them to vote on your behalf. Proxy forms for the Annual Meeting are available on the member side of the EYC website and are in the Annual Meeting packet.
After the Annual Membership Meeting, roll back to EYC for the Founders Day Party. All members who attended the Annual Meeting will get a coupon for a free drink at the Founders Day Party. In addition, Chef Henry will be providing amazing goodies to nosh and there will be drink specials including $3 Mt. Gay drinks and $4 EYC Rum Punch.
The Founders Day Party is EYC's Homecoming and is a time to tell stories, share a drink (or two, or three) with each other, and celebrate all that we love about Eastport Yacht Club. What is YOUR favorite EYC story or memory? Be ready to share it! Have a GREAT picture of an EYC event or EYC members? Bring along a copy to post.
Other events that are happening this month include, Saturday, November 5, the Tug-O-War and the Fish 4 A Cure Fishing Tournament — please see details for both of these important events and join the efforts! Be advised that Saturday night, November 5, we will have limited seating and menu due to the Fish 4 A Cure event, so please volunteer to help that night instead of planning to eat in the dining room.
Sunday, November 13, is the Lights Parade Artists’ Reception when this year’s poster will be unveiled. BTW, Lights Parade registration OPEN. This year’s Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade will be Saturday, December 10, 2016.
Registration is also open on the EYC website for the Norm Baldwin Fishing Memorial Rockfish Tournament, December 3.
December 1, 2016: Tis the season to make merry and celebrate. EYC certainly knows how to celebrate and this holiday season promises to be one fantastic celebration after another around the club.
To get the season off to an appropriate start – and in such EYC fashion! – the Get Your Elf On Holiday Party will be Saturday, December 3, 6:00-until the last elf drops. This not-to-be-missed party will without doubt bring frivolity to your life! Don your elf attire and come check out the new holiday decorations. Wear your elf hat and get a drink ticket; wear a name tag with your elf name and get a drink ticket. I promise merriment will abound!
Also on Saturday, December 3, in celebration of the life of one of our members, the Norm Baldwin Memorial Rockfish Tournament will hit the water and will wind up at the Club in the evening. There is still time to register.
Celebrate & Donate! The EYC Foundation is celebrating their incredibly successful year of serving over 800 local students through their programs and scholarships. Join the celebration and participate in the fundraising auction on Wednesday, December 7, from 5:00-8:00 pm. The auction has some great items that can make fantastic holiday gifts!
EYC's holiday gift to Annapolis hits the water on Saturday, December 10. The Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade will be even more special this year after being cancelled last year due to the fire at AYC. Please be sure to check out the evening's details and be sure to adhere to the guest limits so that all of our members can enjoy the parade from the clubhouse.
If you are willing to bundle up, the EYC docks are a great place to watch the parade. It is actually my favorite spot, because the boats come right up to the end of the docks and do their best performances, since that is where the judges' boats are located!
Another thing to celebrate is that the Lights Parade was nominated as one of the 10 Best Holiday Parades by USA Today! We are hoping to have an even bigger celebration when we WIN the title of Best Holiday Parade! Be sure to vote every day through Monday, December 5.
One of the sweetest celebrations we have at EYC will be on Saturday, December 17, 11:00 am. The annual Children's Gingerbread House Party is always a spectacular event and the gingerbread masterpieces created are amazing. Santa knows this is a not-to-be-missed event, and makes his appearance in true EYC style via boat. This is a sell-out event, so please make your reservations and if you can not make it, please be sure to let the office know, as there is always a waiting list.
For those of us without children, this event is worth witnessing and is sure to put you in the holiday spirit. Plan on having lunch at the club that day, get a drink, sit back, and enjoy the spectacle.
The EYC staff is definitely something to celebrate. We have an amazing group who works very hard to make sure we all have a good time. Please join me in celebrating our staff with a cash gift to the Staff Holiday Fund. Gifts can be called or mailed into the office.
In order for our staff to have time to celebrate the holidays with their families and friends, EYC will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Come celebrate the last hours of the 2016 with your fellow EYCers. In true EYC style, New Year's Eve is a dress-as-you-want event and there is something for everyone. In the dining room there will be a Family New Year's Eve dinner from 5:30-7:30 for our youngest members and their families and for those who like to be in bed early. The finale of the early bird New Year's Eve will be the 7:30 fireworks display.
Special dinner options will continue until 10:30, reservations are a must for the dining room. After 10:30, savory and sweet small plates will be available throughout the clubhouse and the party will kick up with music and dancing.
Personally, I am not a huge fan of New Year's Eve, but last year's party at EYC was perfect with this format and a great time was had by all. Dinner was there for those who wanted a formal dinner, and there was bar food for those who wanted bar food. Those who wanted to dress up, dressed up (if you want to break out that formal dress or tuxedo, go for it!) and others were happy in their jeans. It's EYC, come as you want!
The most joyous of celebrations of this month comes on December 21st at 5:44 am – the Winter Solstice! YAY! Welcome back SUN!
Happy Winter Solstice and Happy Holidays to you and yours!
I am looking forward to celebrating this year and the coming year with all of you,
– Commodore Teeny Tiny Festive Pants
October 1, 2016: As I was settling in to write my October VFB article, I first caught up on my EYC emails and snail mail – both of which contained several wonderful thank you notes about EYC, our members, and our staff. These letters, in addition to a conversation I had last night at the club about all the great work going on in all of our committees (all 20!), served as a reminder what an incredibly hard-working and welcoming club we have.
My favorite section of one of the letters is in the note from Paul “Bo” Bollinger, the Executive Director of Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating, who wrote, “A regatta (CRAB Regatta) that attracts and successfully entertains 85 boats, 221 crew, and 411 party guests for nearly seven hours is truly an accomplishment for any yacht club. However, the EYC Race Committee and Staff made it all look easy while providing everyone with a true sense of being an ‘EYC member for the day.’” LOVE that!
Thank each and every one of you for all the hard work and wonderful vibe we have at Eastport Yacht Club.
Also, please take a moment to thank our hard-working staff who we have kept hopping this summer. Food sales for August were $7,500 better than budgeted and several times we have had full service upstairs and an event downstairs and/or outside.
However, there is an alarming number in August – beverage sales were down from budget $10,000! Tell me it isn’t true – EYCers are not drinking the expected quantities?
Luckily, to harken back to a favorite phrase of our founding members, “there isn’t a problem that we can’t drink our way out of.” I know I can count on everyone to do their part to correct this issue.
Fall is officially here and the end of the boating season looms. However, before we start packing boats up for the season, there are some great on-the-water events this month. The Race Committee’s marathon schedule continues with the first-ever J/70 Corinthian National Championship October 20-23. The Cruise Committee is headed to Baltimore for the Maryland Fleet Week and Baltimore Air Show October 10-17 (www.mdfleetweek.com) and will wrap up the season with a Frostbite Cruise to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Oyster Festival October 29.