Dear Fellow Corinthians!
Please stop the time from flying by! Summer is just going too fast! Seems like we just recently splashed our boats and here we are in the middle of August already! Though, don't worry, there is still a lot going on at the club in the next few months. The committees are in full planning mode, they really never stop. Please do me a favor, thank our committee chairs, board members and committee volunteers every once in a while when you see them. They are donating their free time (and often a few dollars as well) to make sure that all ECYC members have a great time, on and off the water.
You may have noticed that we did start Sunday dining again. This was a result of member feedback after we decided not to have them (member feedback is always encouraged!). Sunday dinners will run for the month of August only, and are sort of an experiment to gauge how it will affect our dining dynamics overall. Gourmet Galley is working with us to determine the best schedule for both sides. Wednesday Night Music Dinners have been quite popular, and I encourage you to check out the musical performances (and dinner) that are the perfect ending to a mid-week evening. It is said that listening to music is good for you, and will help you endure the rest of the week!
I would like to make a special mention of our "House Elves" who have been busy with deck maintenance, an ongoing project. Myron Stacks, Peter Decker and Rich Gilliland have been busily scraping and painting away. Even though we still do not have a House Chair we are lucky to have dedicated volunteers like them who really care about our club and its clubhouse. I would also like to thank Earl and Liz Fowler, Andy and Bill Foster, Glenn and Melissa Jacobsen and Laurel Stewart for watering the plants while our club manager was on vacation. The flowers look great!
To keep all our equipment functional for more than one season, please make sure to close the umbrellas on the deck each evening when you are ready to leave. More often than not, umbrellas get damaged by sudden wind gusts during the night or in the morning before the club opens. While we have talented people in our club who can usually fix them, this is not always the case, and we'd rather not repeatedly spend money that could be used elsewhere for broken umbrellas.
Finally, a word about our club's finances. I would like to thank those members who respect the club and its hardworking board, club manager and galley operator by paying their bills on time. Overall, costs are on the rise, whether we like it or not. As you know, we keep a close eye on our income and expenses, and our goal is to work as closely to our budget as possible. However, we cannot do this without our members' support. A recent review of our receivables has shown a number of overdue member accounts, some of them quite severe. This is a friendly reminder that if your account has an overdue balance, please pay it as soon as possible. Don't forget, in addition to all the socializing that is going on, we are, after all a business, and have bills just like you do. Our galley operator, for example, needs to be paid within a short time after you consume your lunch or dinner, and our monthly operating expenses are nothing to sneeze at even though we try to be as frugal as possible. Of course, if you have a question about your account balance, please contact our Club Manager, Jean Little, she will be happy to discuss it with you!
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!