Trees are changing colors as we drift into autumn, but the pace of the Club's social calendar is not changing! The Labor Day Social was extremely well attended, and Octoberfest will be a lot of fun. There will be a Fall Sailing Race Series; we will continue to offer Saturday sailing lessons while the weather holds up. My favorite annual event, the Oyster Roast, is approaching, and we will send 2018 out with a bang with a New Year's extravaganza. In short, there is still plenty of time in 2018 to enjoy the water, our facilities, and time with other club members!
Thank you, members, for helping prepare the Club for Hurricane Florence, and Cordon Davis for your timely reminder that we have an official plan for severe weather. Many hands made light work as we moved dinghies away from the waterfront, pulled in Wags at Severn Marina, moved Snags to a sheltered cove, carried picnic tables to higher ground, dragged grills and propane tanks onto the patio, and much more. We were fortunate, but please keep those who suffered from wind and catastrophic flooding to our south in your prayers.
With year-end approaching, please be thinking about how you will participate in WRYC in 2019. As mentioned in previous Telltale articles, the Club runs on volunteers. Consider if your role as a volunteer this year may be as one of the twelve committee heads who collectively are the WRYC Board. As part of this year's transition, and unless anyone objects, I have offered to stay on another year as Commodore and one year past my normal Board rotation. The Club is also discussing Shannon French's offer to act as a permanent "Book Keeper" to ensure continuity in managing Club finances and bank accounts. If you are interested in joining the Board, please let me know. All members will have a chance to discuss and vote on new ideas in our January 2019 Annual Meeting.
We have had a good year of membership growth and need to work together to ensure this continues. Many hands make for lighter work in running the Club and events; more importantly, many hands make social and boating programs more fun. If you know someone new to the area, or have neighbors, friends, or relatives who like the water, please invite them to check out WRYC. With access to social activities, the dock, swim platform, keelboats and dinghies, sailing lessons for adults and kids, launch ramp, discounts for use of the Club House, and boat storage, our dues are much lower than similar clubs in the area. There is still no initiation fee, and dues are discounted if you join after June 30. Let's see if we can add a few more to our ranks by year's end!