May 1, 2018:
May is here, but it’s been a little tough to tell! Yes, daffodils are out, ospreys are rebuilding their nests, water is on in the marina (yeah!), but what’s with the temperatures? Nevertheless, temperatures notwithstanding, we are ramping up the season with a full agenda for this month.
Before I get into this month’s activities, let me call your attention to an exciting event that will affect every aspect of our club’s operation: the implementation of our new IT system. On May 1st our club’s business, financial, and POS systems will be using a new software platform, ClubEssential, hosted on a new suite of hardware infrastructure consisting of a server and a complement of POS terminals. This system will consolidate our many disparate databases, improve our accounting functionality, and provide significant reporting capabilities to management and committees.
The hardware infrastructure is nearly complete, management and staff training have commenced, and we expect that everything will be in place to ensure a smooth transition on May 1st. One point; the first priority is the business functionality, so the website transition will occur later this summer. Monica Arnold, IT Committee Chair, has a more informative article in this VFB; please read.
Not to steal her thunder, but I want to reinforce one of her points: please be patient during the transition. I have been very impressed with the IT Committee’s management of this very extensive and complicated project; they have been consistently meeting the milestones in their project plan. This gives me high confidence that the transition will go smoothly.
Still, as with any project of this scope, there is the potential for hiccups to occur. The committee and vendors are making every effort to enable a smooth transition, including on-site/on-call support. Your patience and assistance will be invaluable in assisting them to quickly resolve any issue as soon as possible. This especially pertains to our “front line”: our wait staff, bartenders, and managers.
On a sad note; our Finance Manager Donna Glessing has resigned to pursue a new opportunity. I say “sad” because Donna has been invaluable to the club, including the Board, and has been at the forefront of improving our financial accounting and reporting abilities during the last few years. However, we’re all excited for Donna and hope the best for her. Thank you, Donna, and Best Wishes in your next chapter! I look forward to continue seeing you and Dave around the club.
Ok, I have to tell you that I’m very excited and enthusiastic about our New Member Reception last month hosted by the Membership Committee. The entire first floor was packed with new members, committee representatives, and Board members. The Membership Committee, spearheaded by Joan Flynn, did an amazing job at organizing the event and I was pleased with the support and participation from the committees. There was an exciting “vibe” during the entire evening, and every new member I talked to was very happy to be a member and enthusiastic about participating in the club’s activities and committees.
April 1, 2018:
Well, I was a little premature announcing in last month’s VFB article that “Spring is here”! Exhibit A: a wintertime weather scenario for our signature event kicking off the season, Sock Burning, that included snow, sleet, wind, and cold temperatures. Was Mother Nature chastising me? Still, we had a great turn-out in the Aft Deck, highlighted by PC Sharon Hadsell’s traditional reading of the “Sock Burning Poem” by Jeff Holland.
Many thanks to our “firemeisters” for building and maintaining a scorching fire in the fire pit (some rumors that eyebrows were singed) and our oyster shuckers for providing a seemingly endless supply of tasty oysters!
February 1, 2018:
Well, I made it through the first month as your Commodore! So, in answer to your questions; yes, it has been very busy; yes, it has been more than I anticipated, however; yes, I’m still enjoying it. Thank you for your support, it has been overwhelming!
The topic fresh on my mind is that we just conducted our All-Chairs Working Session this past Saturday to review our goals and plan our next year’s priorities. As some of you may know (and may have been involved), over the last 2-3 years we have worked to define the direction we wish to take the Club. By “we,” this work has included inputs from the membership via the Long Range Planning Committee, establishing goals and objectives at the Committee level via prior All-Chair Working Sessions, and independent studies via the BOAT Committee and Capital Reserve Study.
March 1, 2018:
Spring is here! Well, almost… But I can’t help getting excited as I look at all the activities scheduled for the month of March. Of course, the signature event celebrating the arrival of Spring is the Burning of the Socks to be held on the first day of Spring. In case it’s not on your calendar, it’s March 20th (coincidently the first day of Spring!); so plenty of time to make your plans. Oh, in case you’re interested, Spring Equinox occurs at 12:15 p.m. EDT (yes, Daylight Savings Time).
Other signs of Spring: the Race Committee has posted the line-up for this season’s racing events, so drop over to their web page and signup to help make this another outstanding season. In preparation for the season, Tom Stalder will be conducting his popular GPS training seminar on March 17th. His class fills up, so don’t procrastinate. Speaking of “On the Water,” our Waterfront Manager Nan Walker has updated our website with the course descriptions and signup links for the 2018 summer sailing season. Of particular interest is the Early Bird registration discount if you sign up before March 15th.
January 1, 2018:
Welcome to 2018!
I wish to thank you for your confidence and trust in electing me as your Commodore for the next year. It is a trust that I do not take likely and will do my utmost to justify your confidence in me. Fortunately, I am surrounded by a great Board that has tremendous experience and abilities. Welcome Tristan Keen to the team! And, “Thank You” David Malkin for your service above and beyond and best wishes for a well-deserved rest as you ride off into the sunset (just don’t go too far!).