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.
Ok, that’s it for the Spring-related activities in March, but we have many other events for this month. Noteworthy is the Leukemia Cup’s “Cocktails for a Cure” event at St. Johns College on March 9th with special guest Matt Rutherford. This is in preparation for the Leukemia Cup Regatta fundraiser on June 2nd followed by an exciting on-land party. Those of you that are new members may not be aware, but the nationwide Leukemia Cup fundraising event was started at EYC! More to follow…
For those of you that are Irish (and aren’t we all!), March 9th is our St Patrick’s Day party. Come out, raise a Guinness, and celebrate a wonderful ethnicity and culture that has contributed so much to our country and the world. Of course, we’ll continue the celebration on March 17th!
Our Cruise Committee continues to provide us a wonderful series of Winter Seminars. Of particular interest this month is their seminar on March 17th hosted by SpinSheet editor Molly Winans discussing “The Future of Annapolis Sailing Community: Vision, Objectives, and Our Waterfront." Joining us will be our Mayor Gavin Buckley. Seating is limited, so be forewarned!
I want to commend Mark Jones, our Fleet Captain, for initiating and coordinating an Opioid Response Training Session at the Club on March 22nd. The opioid addiction crisis has become a major issue recently, and this session, coordinated with the Anne Arundel Department of Health Adult Addiction Center, will provide training and a Free Naloxone/NARCAN Kit. I plan to attend and encourage your attendance.
Switching gears, we have an exciting new addition to our club! I am pleased to welcome our new Executive Chef Mark Sanders! I’ll leave it to Bill Kocan to give you more particulars, but my initial impressions have been very positive and I’ve already received several positive comments from members. Welcome, Mark! Let me know if there is anything I can do to assist you.
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.
December 1, 2017:
Thank you to everyone that attended the Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, November 4th. We had a quorum right at 0900 and could get straight to work. Bravo!
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!).
November 1, 2017:
We need you!
It is time for the Annual Membership Meeting and WE NEED YOU TO ATTEND!
This year’s meeting will be on Saturday, November 4, at the Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second Street. We need the meeting to begin promptly at 0900; registration will open at 0800.