Oyster Roast!

Saturday, November 12
Social at 5:00 and Dinner at 6:00

Roasted Oysters
Homemade Clam Chowder
Grilled Hotdogs w/all the fixings
Cole Slaw
Chocolate Brownies / Lemon Bars

Wine, GERMAN BEER & other beer available
for purchase or BYOB
Complimentary soft drinks, mixers, and water

Adults: $19 / Children age 5-10: $5 / Children under 5: Free

Reservations
Deadline: Tuesday, November 8

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or call 804 694-4653

Hosts: Will & Tish Grant, Tom & Bonnie Bernard, Jeff & Nina Watkins

Commodore's Comments

commodore flagGreetings to all! October proved to be both interesting and yet another "growing experience" for the club as we have both good news and bad news to report to the membership this month. First the bad news: we are once again without a Club Manager. Bonnie Hamilton was offered and accepted a position in banking that she had applied for prior to accepting the manager's job with our club. Her new position with the financial institution pays well over what our club is currently able to pay anyone needing a full time income. The good news is that Bonnie offered to stay on as the club's "Rental Agent" responsible for showing our facilities to prospective renters, promoting our facilities as a rental venue, setting contracts, and keeping the master club calendar. The Board readily recognized her talents at keeping the club rented, and the value of having someone available to handle this vital role as our rental income is basically the cash flow that keeps our club financially viable. As such, she will be staying on in that capacity and compensated for those duties as a club employee. We wish her all the best as she begins her new employment and sincerely appreciate her efforts on behalf of our club as she transitions into this next phase of work with us!

Duties previously handled by the club manager have been divided up among Board Members and Committee Chairs to handle as best we can. If something needs to be attended to, club members need to contact the appropriate Committee Chair, be it questions regarding the Buildings and Grounds (Gilbert Birdsall), Fleet (Joe Morgan), House (Layne Brown), Membership (Nancy Goodall), Socials (Brownie and Ted Bartley), or you can contact Vice Commodore Keith Barrack or me. Questions concerning finances or reimbursements should be directed to our Treasurer (Shannon French). House Committee Chairperson Layne Brown is doing a superior job filling the void, but please try to direct your questions to the appropriate chairperson and please refrain from directing questions to the former club manager unless it involves a rental of our club facilities!

As you may know, my daughter Virginia attends the Virginia Military Institute, and Suzanne and I made a commitment to her that we would host a tailgate for her and her friends and be at VMI on the weekend as long as she is there. That said, we missed the Octoberfest last month, and will unfortunately miss the Oyster Roast this month for the same reason. We will miss being in attendance and appreciate your understanding of our commitment to family. Accordingly, I will leave it to the Social Chairs to report on those two events.

Unfortunately, Mother Nature decided to literally "blow a gale," forcing the cancellation of "Take a Vet Fishing" on Saturday October 22nd. I understand that the event will be rescheduled for some time next spring.

In closing, I'd like to once again remind everyone that 2016 is rapidly coming to a close and with it the terms of four members of the Board of Directors. We are a member-driven club where the participation of every member is vital to our continued success. Thus, with the exception of the four members who are required to rotate off the board, everyone else needs to look in the mirror and ask themselves whether or not they should step forward and volunteer their talents as a board member in 2017 for a 3 year term. Please let Vice Commodore Barrack or me know if you would like to have your name placed on the ballot for nomination to serve your club in a leadership position.

Tony Villani
Commodore

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