It is with a sad heart that I report on the passing of our long-time bookkeeper Jo Walder last week. Jo had been our bookkeeper forever. Her dad, Vic Walder, was EYC's first Club Manager (though he was called the "Executive Secretary"). Vic was a CPA with an office out off West 11th. He would send one of the employees to pick up Jo at high school and bring her to the office where she was taught bookkeeping by doing the EYC books. This was a job she never stopped doing until last week, well over 45 years of service. Her sunny disposition will be missed by the many members who knew her. A memorial service will take place at a later date.
Needless to say, Jo's passing is causing an interruption in our bookkeeping. We are supposed to be billing for work party hours right now, so that will have to wait. We have bills to pay, too, and are working to get that taken care of. The good news is that we have a plan going forward and hope to be on our feet by the time you read this.
I should perhaps also note the death of Ed Bennett. Ed and his family were members back in the early days. His dad was Commodore in 1950. Ed moved away after he grew up but continued to sail and continued to get better. He eventually sailed in the Olympics in the Finn Class in 1972. He was a long-time member of St Francis Yacht Club and an excellent sailboard sailor well into retirement.
The Lane County Sheriff Marine Patrol has become very interested in boats without current tags with their OR numbers. Please make sure you are in compliance. And both the Port Captain and I will remind you all of On the Water Rule 6. "All boats shall comply with State law. This includes Oregon Boater's Education card, Marine Board Registration, Invasive Species Permits and life jackets." The point about life jackets was really brought home last weekend with the drowning death of a power boater on the other side of the lake. Please, be careful out there.
The club's Hunter 23 is being used by members, as are the club DaySailers. Thanks to all who are making this possible. There is another orientation for the Hunter 23 this Saturday, so if you want to be able to take it out for a cruise, please RSVP to Murray McLeod who is running the orientation.
The EYC kids program on Sunday afternoons and Wednesday evenings is seeing a lot of participation. A good day has 20 kids! This is so encouraging that we are thinking we need to invest in infrastructure. More on that elsewhere. But please bring out all our kids to the Jim Skeen Unregatta on Saturday, August 18, as well as to the Sunday and Wednesday periods. There is not as much summer left as we want.
And I want to plug one other thing: the Family Sail Day to Benefit the Eugene Relief Nursery on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend from 2 until 6pm. Last year we struggled because it was the smokiest day of that fire season. We couldn't even see the dam from the club! So let's make up for it this year and come out to support this effort.