August 2017 Commodore's Corner

If you missed the last General membership meeting, Second Trustee Bob Pritchard invited members to come out to the club for the first ever “Potluck Breakfast & Solar Eclipse Viewing Raft-up” on August 21st. If you don’t already have plans for viewing the Eclipse please join us at 8:00 am and bring your solar glasses and a breakfast dish to share. We will plan to leave the dock a little before 9:00 am for a raft-up off shore.

The 2017 Concert by the Lake was a success. Great weather, good music, and about 125 members enjoyed the music and the incredible sunset.

By now you should be aware of the special membership meeting this Saturday, August 19at 9:00 am. The Wave Mitigation Committee and Board of Trustees will do a short presentation and be available for Q&A and comments. We will cover the need for wave protection of the docks, the proposed solution, and the costs. I expect the meeting to run about two hours. The annual Jim Skeen Youth UnRegatta will be happening later that day also, so now you have two good reasons to come out to the club this Saturday.

In addition to the Solar Eclipse and the UnRegatta, there are quite a few events coming up.

We don’t have a date set yet but hopefully sometime before the Commodore’s Trophy race we will have the Women’s Cup. I didn’t attend it last year but my understanding is that it was well-attended with both new and not-so-new-to-sailing skippers. I hope there will be an even better turnout this year.

For the second year in a row, Marty Parisien will be coordinating a fundraiser for a charity. This year EYC will be hosting a public fundraiser for the Relief Nursery on Sunday, September 3. This Family Sail Day is the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. Marty has put a lot of time and energy into this event but may still some more help. This is a great opportunity to help our community while also showcasing the club to the general public. We will have somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 guests for this event (any one of them is a potential member), so please take a little extra time to clean, mow and pickup your area on the grounds. More information about volunteer opportunities can be found later in this newsletter.

The Harvest Regatta is about a month away, on September 16 and 17. This year’s chair (again) is Regatta Chair extraordinaire Dean Mitchell.  Register soon so he knows how many dinners and t-shirts to order up.  You can register here.

It looks like this year’s Commodore’s Trophy race will be held Saturday September 23. This is when the best of the best skippers of each fleet will contest for trophies and bragging rights. There may even be a few side bets amongst the fleets...

Also in the works is the nominating committee tasked with the job of finding the next Second Trustee to join the Board of Directors. Rich Johnson is serving as the chair for this year’s committee. This means that Rear Commodore Leta Sellers will be leaving the board in November. We will greatly miss the wisdom and enthusiasm she has brought to the board for the last seven years. By my estimate, that amounts to 70 potlucks and General meetings and about 80 board meetings she has attended. If you see her on the grounds, please be sure to show your appreciation for her years of hard work on behalf of EYC.

Finally, the next Potluck and General Meeting is Saturday, August 26th at 6:30 pm. An hour before that, though, we will have a training class on the proper use of the fire hoses by our very own EYC member and firefighter, Jason Vasquez. I encourage you to make time for this important safety training.

Best to you all,
Ted Walkup, Commodore