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As we continue planning the 2014 boating season, your Cruise Committee has been busy coming up with lots of new ideas. The Cruise Committee members are Rob and Carroll Greve, Bill and Anne Sieling, Cynthia Palmer, Jim Brooks, Bob Clopp, Prue Clendening, Dennis Jay, Julia Newhouse, Bob and Jan Miller, Terry and Linda Otis, Beth Wingerd and Bob and Kathy Arias. Feel free to address your ideas and suggestions to any of us. The committee meets on the 4th Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m., downstairs in the meeting room. Open to all!
Mark your calendar now for the Season Opening Pot Luck dinner, Sunday, March 30 at 5 p.m. downstairs at the club. This is an annual event in which participants bring a pot luck dish to share and we discuss and plan the coming season. All are invited to bring your pot luck specialty and come to learn about cruising in 2014. See the very colorful flyer on Page 7 of the March VFB.
The last of the EYC Winter Seminar Series will be Saturday, March 15, 1:30 p.m. in the EYC Conference Room. Topic: “Around the World in 7 Years” with Greg and Vicki Shea. ALL EYC members and their guests are invited!
(organized by the EYC Cruise Committee)
Submitted by Cruise Committee Chair Bob Arias, 16 October 2013
In addition to an active cruising schedule, the Cruise Committee worked on several outreach activities this year. Our goal was to raise awareness of, and participation in, cruising events among the entire EYC membership, especially among new members, young members, and people new to cruising.
Outreach activities included the following:
In 2013 the Cruise Committee coordinated close to 20 on-water cruise events plus a number of club-based social events. Some events were “come by land or sea,” enabling members to come by either boat or land yacht.
We hosted several pot luck dinners and seminars on boating topics during the winter, which were well attended. The annual April Icebreaker Cruise/Dinner was held at Deep Creek Restaurant. This year's rendezvous locations included the Magothy, the Rhode, the Severn, the Wye, the Rappahannock, and the Chester Rivers and Baltimore, St Michaels, Rock Hall, Chestertown, Cambridge, and Plum and Whitehall Creeks. We’re happy report that quite a few new and younger EYC members (or at least new to cruising) have joined the cruisers ranks.
The Thursday evening cruising ‘rendezvous’ at the club for dinner has grown in popularity with 20-30 cruisers participating each week. At least 3 impromptu weekend cruises started at these dinners.
Cruise Committee members include Bob Arias (Chair), Kathy Arias, Roger and Cyndy Feldman, Rob and Carroll Greve, Bill and Anne Sieling, Bob and Jan Miller, and Wally and Jean Gribbin. Commodore Malkin and Vice Commodore Miller often attended and were very supportive. The Cruise Committee meets on the third Thursday of most months and meetings are open to all. We have received excellent input from some non-committee EYC members who have participated in our meetings.
We've moved the 150-name cruisers' mailing list from the chairman's computer to a central server. This will enable designated Cruise Committee members to communicate with cruisers anytime from anywhere. After finding "My EYC" to be inadequate for our communication needs, we are using "simplelists.com" effectively. Many thanks to Nancy Noyes and Ed Wells for helping us to accomplish this task. Next, we will work on automating cruise signups.
As cruising activity expands within EYC, the Cruise Committee has discussed the need to form subcommittees/work groups (e.g., communication, publicity and event planning) to conduct the committee's work efficiently and effectively, as well as accommodating different cruising styles such as day trippers and power cruisers.
"Thank you" to all the volunteers who acted as cruise coordinators and anchor boats this year. These include Wally and Jean Gribbin, Roger and Cyndy Feldman, Paul and Judy Chatterton, Cynthia Palmer and Jim Brooks, Cindy Hooper and Colin Watmough, Bob Clopp and Prue Clendening, Dennis Jay and Julia Newhouse, Rob and Carroll Greve, Pete and Jane Chambliss, and Bill and Anne Sieling. Note many are "new" on this list. And a special thanks to Kathy Arias for helpful advice and putting up with my crazy ideas.
A note regarding the chairmanship: I have served in this position for many years and believe it's time for a new chairman. We need new blood and new ideas. I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to serve as the Cruise Committee Chair and to work (and play) with so many dedicated EYC member volunteers and staff. Kathy and I will gladly remain on the committee to assist with the transition.
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