Dear Fellow Corinthians!
Time just doesn't want to hold still, I cannot believe we are already in September! While everyone keeps saying "summer is over", because we have already celebrated Labor Day, I refuse to think that way. Some of the nicest days of the season here in the Northeast are yet to come!
Speaking of Labor Day, my heartfelt thanks go out to Nancy Simms, Pat Atkinson and the extended Entertainment Committee for putting on a greatLabor Day/Club Anniversary event last Monday! I was very happy to see that our last appeal enticed some of you to help out setting up and running the event. The camaraderie was more evident than ever, and the food was delicious! Thanks to the "Rib Crew" assisting Nancy Simms, and the fabulous Eggplant Parm created by Pat Atkinson and her helpers we all enjoyed a delicious meal. Members' appetizers and fabulous sheet cakes by Val Votto rounded out the culinary side of the afternoon. Thank you to all who helped! Please continue to lend a hand - this spirit is what differentiates our club from other organizations and makes it so special!
Thank you to everyone who supported the 2018 Connecticut River Leukemia Cup, held on August 11th. While it initially looked like a wash-out, we ended up with a great day consisting of two races on the river, and an excellent post-race party at the club. More than 130 people participated in our re-imagined charity event. Fundraising culminated at close to $32k, which, while a little below our initial goal, was a very respectable result for an inaugural event of this kind on our river. Team Dragonfly (formerly Team Tartuca) won the Connecticut River Leukemia Cup Fundraising Trophy, which now resides next to the the ECSA Leukemia Cup Trophy in our trophy cabinet.
My gratitude to both the Race and Entertainment Committees, as well as the volunteers from PYC, EYC and other organizations who helped us realize our plan for a new One-Design Regatta on the Connecticut River. We could not have asked for more dedicated volunteers as well as sponsors and auction item donors! The Coastal Cooking Company served up a tasty buffet while also acting as a sponsor, and party goers were treated to music provided free of charge by Laura and Chris Funk (whom we would like to invite back for one of our future musical evenings). All in all, we are very pleased with how the event turned out! THANK YOU ALL - you made a difference in someone's life by supporting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!
As we plan for 2019, we are already looking for volunteers for the Leukemia Cup Committee. While I will certainly continue to support this worthy cause, after 9 years of involvement with the Leukemia Cup in its various incarnations I would prefer to hand over the reins to someone else with fresh ideas. We are looking for dedicated individuals to make the 2019 event even bigger and more successful. Please contact me for details if you are interested!
Our next big event is our signature regatta and post-race party, theCross Sound Challenge on September 22nd.
This regatta is in its 6th year now and promises to be another great off- and on-shore event. Races will be held on Long Island Sound, with a start and finish in the vicinity of the Outer Saybrook Light. As the regatta's name indicates, the course will lead across the Sound, if wind and tides permit.
The post-race party is always the highlight of our regatta season, and will be held in the party tent at Safe Harbor Essex Island Marina. Please consider helping out with the organization!
The party is open to all - you do not need to race to purchase a party ticket! For a small amount of money you can enjoy food and drinks and the typical camaraderie that we are known for!
Click on: www.essexcorinthian.org/ecyc-cross-sound-challenge.html
Lastly, I don't want to miss thanking our Vice Commodore Chris Morano, who has been instrumental in taking a lot of pressure off me in the last few months. His assistance with various bureaucratic matters, such as the temporary liquor permits we are required to apply for every time we hold an event where alcohol is served, is only a small part of what he has done for the club. Chris' advice has been invaluable, and if you see him around the club, please thank him for his dedication to our organization!
In fact, it would be great if you sought out one or the other of our dedicated volunteers every once in a while and thanked them for their involvement! And, even better, become part of the group that is keeping the club going by helping out once in a while!
You can always refer to our website at www.essexcorinthian.org for details on dining, social, educational and on-water events, and any other information on the club and its programs. 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!