Spring is upon us, but you might not have believed it at our annual Work Day Saturday, April 9th. The wind blew hard with white caps on the Ware, and it actually snowed several times. Despite a blustery and chilly day, I'm happy to report we had a wonderful turnout of members who tackled getting the buildings and grounds in shape. Under the able leadership of Building & Grounds Committee Chairman Gilbert Birdsall, the "grounds crew" was finished just before lunch, and the "building crew" finished shortly thereafter. Debris was removed from the clubhouse roof, leaves raked, bushes trimmed around the buildings and tennis court, and the court itself cleaned up by the "grounds crew". The "building crew" tackled cleaning the windows inside and out, cleaned the outdoor furniture and grills, and polished the silver. A very special THANK YOU to BRUCE SOLES who procured large stones/rock to back fill large holes caused by winter storm damage adjacent to the seawall. The stones/rocks were installed by hand by our members at Work Day.
In a change from years past, and with the "blessing" of Buildings and Grounds Chair Birdsall, Fleet Captain Joe Morgan and his committee were not "on site" at this year's annual Work Day. Instead, they have been spending most of their Saturday mornings working on the fleet, and I'm sure they would welcome help from anyone interested as they continue to do so. Additionally, this committee will be having an "official" Boat Work Day on May 21st.
I'm pleased to report that Manager Bonnie Hamilton has rented the apartment, and a very special THANK YOU goes out to BROWNIE AND TED BARTLEY for referring our new tenant to Bonnie! Bonnie also reports that rental inquiries are "up" this month.
This year's Board has decided to continue the membership drive started under the previous Board. As such, the initiation fee continues to be "waived" for new members. And, although I have said it before, I cannot over emphasize the fact that we are a member-driven club. If we are to thrive, volunteer help is still needed for boat workdays, socials, the Governor's Cup, promoting our Summer Jr. Sailing program, and recruitment of new members. Please ask yourself where YOU can help and contribute and then give a Committee Chair or Board Member a call to volunteer your time and talents.
I'm sure everyone is looking forward to Flag Raising and the Kentucky Derby Social on Saturday May 7th - I know I am! As I'm writing this, it is a warm, beautiful spring afternoon and I'm hoping we'll have even prettier weather for this fun event. This particular club function presents the perfect opportunity for you to invite prospective members to see our club at its best. Several years ago, Bill and Sue Perrin invited my family to Flag Raising, and we joined the club shortly thereafter. Having joined and then becoming actively involved, we have made many friends we might not otherwise have even met. Won't you consider doing the same by inviting and encouraging your friends to join?