Dear Fellow Corinthians!
First of all, if I haven't had a chance to wish you a happy New Year personally, I would like to do so now. I hope the year 2018 has started well for you and yours! Our club will be back in business at the end of this week, and we look forward to another enjoyable, exciting and fun year at ECYC!
This is the beginning of my second month and my first "View from the Bridge" as the Commodore of ECYC, and I am still getting used to the thought. I love our great little club, and hope to be able to follow in the footsteps of the many great Commodores who came before me. My gratitude to the members of the past and present Board of Governors who have helped shape the club, and whose volunteer spirit has been and remains a great motivation for me.
If you attended the Annual Meeting last December you know that we have a lot on our plate this year, whether it is implementing parts of our strategic plan or planning fun on- and off-shore events for everyone. Our club depends on our committees and volunteers to reach our goals.
The House Committee has been instrumental in getting the club ready for the new season, and I would like to thank everyone who attended the work sessions or helped otherwise. Work continues throughout the season, and volunteers are always welcome!
Like most clubs, our membership numbers fluctuate with the seasons. We are starting our 2018 Membership Drive this month. Please help our new Membership Chair and her team identify potential new members. Members are the lifeblood of our club and we function best when we have a large pool of active members. By active I mean people who are at the club frequently and interested in helping with our committees. Please let your friends and acquaintances know that while owning a boat is certainly a plus, we also welcome those who do not own a boat, but love the beautiful environment of the Connecticut River and Long Island Sound. The social aspect of our club is a very large part of what makes ECYC so unique.
We are also hoping to further promote the usage of our Ideal 18 Fleet as part of our member benefits. To date, these wonderful boats spend too much time in their slips. Why not try them out? We also offer sailing instruction for beginners and racing clinics for more advanced sailors. You may enjoy learning to race these agile boats on the river, while squaring off with our neighboring clubs. Talk to our Fleet Captain or our Rear Commodore! Watch for more information in the months to come.
Our event calendar is already heating up, by the way. We have a great special Valentine's Day Dinner coming up on February 14th with the Coastal Cooking Company pulling out all the stops to help you plan a romantic evening. A Chili Cook-Off is planned for early March. This year's spring party will differ a little from past years, instead of a tropical theme we will take advantage of St. Patrick's Day falling on a Saturday. We will combine the Corinthian Spirit with the Irish Spirit - and there is the recipe for a great party! Our club's official Spring Commissioning is on Saturday, April 7th. Our Entertainment Committee is hard at work, and could always use your help!
Our galley team is prepping for this week's opening, and we can look forward to another year of culinary enjoyment at the Corinthian Cafe. If you have suggestions, please share them; we have a Galley Liaison who will be happy to chat with you.
Please remember: The best way to make friends at ECYC and get to know all the club's facets is to volunteer for a committee. There are many ways to become involved, some more, some less intense. Our Committee Chairs will be happy to point you in the right direction!
Please feel free to contact me or any member of Bridge and Board if you have any comments, questions or concerns. I plan to be available for a quick chat at the club on most Friday nights!