Happy New Year, everyone. I hope that thoughts of how nice it is going to be on the water this coming season has been able to sustain all of you through the Ice-Pocolypse and the ensuing snowstorms. This was finally going to be the year my wife got jewelry for Christmas, but instead she got a chainsaw to help clean up the yard. Maybe next year.
The good news is that the ice storm did not damage the club very much. We lost a few branches, but they did not fall on anything but grass. We had our arborists out last fall and they cleaned up a few weak spots, so we were about as prepared as we could be.
Membership Cards have been mailed to the members who have paid their 2017 dues. If you have not received your card, that is why. And there are a few of you.
The first event of the season is the Annual Chili Feed on the last Saturday of January. This is a great event. The Board members cook up their best chili and the club provides plates and so on. All you have to do is show up with your appetite (and bring something to drink if water and coffee aren’t your cup of tea). There will be a prize awarded to the best chili and I can’t wait to see which Board member wins. You can also get a look at the new concrete repairs on the sidewalk where the tree fell on it a year ago.
The 2017 Member Handbook is at the printer right now. We will be handing them out at the Chili Feed. Leftover handbooks will be mailed soon after.
Sail School has a slightly different date this year: June 25-30. This is a week after Fathers Day and the week right after Emerald Regatta. Don’t ya just love snow days!
I would like to note the passing of Keith Leavitt, a longtime member of EYC. Most of you didn’t know Keith but he joined EYC in the early 70’s and raced a Thistle for some twenty years before going inactive. I sailed with him at a Thistle clinic in Seattle when I first started and found him to be the nicest gentleman. Our thoughts go out to his family.
One Membership Committee item of note is that we have been given a little money to encourage young families to join. We would like to increase this amount. So if you have a little extra after having paid your dues and would like to invest in the future of your club, please let me know.
We definitely would like to grow our membership. I would love to see EYC add about 30 memberships this year. New members help us build our sailing community, and they bring new ideas and energy. A strong and growing club ensures the future of EYC which benefits each one of us. So bring out your co-workers, friends, and relatives. Being on the water is good for everyone’s soul.
We have scheduled Work Parties on the same day as the monthly potlucks this Spring. There will be additional dates added as projects demand. If you have questions, please call or email Marji Clune or John Mahoney.
And finally, have you made your New Year’s resolutions? My suggestions are to sail more, sail more with friends who have never been out, and to travel to a regatta. If you can keep these, I guarantee you will have a fun year!