Summer is here, let’s enjoy the club!
There has been event at the club on almost every weekday and weekend for the past few weeks, and the pace is quickening.
Boats are starting to arrive for the Queen’s Cup. The party is on Thursday (6/27) and the race will begin Friday evening. This is South Shore’s “signature event” and I hope you have time to enjoy the party and maybe even participate in the race. I plan to do both.
As the SSYC boats return from the Queen’s Cup, the next major event will be getting started. The SSYC/LMYA Open House will be held the weekend of July 5-7, and is preceded by a Powerboater Thursday “grill your own”. SSYC will be welcoming cruisers from around the lake at this event. Come join in the fun.
The Kaszube Cup regatta, the 30th, will kick-off just as soon as the boats participating in the Open House head for home. We’ll be welcoming over 100 young sailors to our club. There’s always a need for volunteers as well as a need for boats that can be used as sleeping quarters for the visiting sailors. The opportunity to “camp out” on our members’ boats is one of the reasons this event is so successful. So if you’re in town but won’t be using your boat for a few days, consider volunteering your yacht.
If you were unable to attend the general membership meeting last week you probably don’t know that Jane Durment has agreed to chair the audit committee for 2013. She has recruited Dick Hobbs and Art Mitchel, who will join existing committee members Barbara Drake, Muriel Blackwood and Rick Shoos. The committee (and the Board) have decided to contract with an outside firm to perform the review this year. We’ve signed a contract with the CPA firm of Ritz-Holman. Assuming all goes according to plan, the effort will be completed in August and the results will be presented to the Board and the general membership at the September meetings.
About 60% of you now have your new non-expiring electronic membership cards with your photo included. If you haven’t obtained a card yet, please do so. If you are not able to stop at the club when the office is normally staffed, please talk to Pat Nora and he can make arrangements for you. These cards will operate the gates at the main entrance to the club as well as unlock the outside doors to the restrooms. (We’ve decided to have those restroom doors lock automatically at 8 PM to enhance your personal security. Without a card, after 8 PM you’ll need to pass through the lower lounge to get to the restrooms.)
For many, many years the club has rented a storage unit to keep some of our “stuff”. We’ve determined that we can purchase a new shipping container for the cost of about 18 months of renting the storage unit. It will be cost-effective and far more convenient. It is painted gray so as not to be too obtrusive. In fact, maybe some of our skilled members would be interested in designing and painting a mural on one side of the container, similar to the whale mural on the old courthouse annex.
It seems that everything that happens at South Shore Yacht Club is successful because of the efforts of our dedicated volunteers. Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you to all of you who help water the flowers, serve on the race committee, man the outdoor grills and host the many events. And another thank-you to the folks who help in the general maintenance of the facilities. The effort to keep the place functioning and to make the events come off as well as they do is substantial. We couldn’t do it without the spirit of volunteerism that exists at SSYC.
As always, I am honored to serve as your Commodore.