Greetings to all!
I continue to be amazed as I age at how quickly time flies by with each passing year. Seems like just a couple weeks ago I was on the verge of becoming Commodore, and, now, I am writing my last Telltale message as your "fearless leader."
2016 was certainly a transitional year for our club, and I am grateful to have had a Board of Directors who worked together to keep our club viable. I also appreciated having a Rental Manager who was available to ensure contractual obligations to our renters were met and who kept the calendar full to keep income flowing. Yes there were growing pains, and in many ways we are still "figuring things out;" but through it all we made great strides and are poised for 2017 to be a great year!
As I think back over the past three years as a member of the leadership team, I am grateful for the opportunity to have served and for the friends I have made a result of being actively involved with the club. Had I not accepted the opportunity to be involved, I would be short a number of friendships that developed as a result of working with other club members to reach common goals on behalf of our club.
While I am happy to report that we now have four candidates who have stepped up to replace the four board members whose terms are now complete, the fact remains that help will be needed to "staff" the committees they will ultimately lead. Hence, now is the time for everyone to be thinking about where they would like to be involved to help serve the needs of YOUR club!
Because we no longer have an overall club manager to take care of all of our loose ends, the entire membership is needed to keep things moving along smoothly. The House and Social Committees need members to assist with all the involved tasks relating to planning and staffing events specifically for our membership. The Building and Grounds Committee needs members to assist with issues relating to the repair and maintenance of the facilities, and the Fleet Committee needs members to help with maintaining club vessels. And, of course, the Governor's Cup Committee will be calling upon many to assist with our club's signature event. The Committee Chairpersons cannot do these jobs alone!
In closing, I would like to thank all those who helped out this year, especially a key behind-the-scenes member for her contributions over the past year in keeping the membership informed each month. For those of you who do not know, the Telltale is put together each month by member Lauren White who resides on the west coast in Oregon! So Lauren, THANK YOU for all that you have done this year to keep everyone informed and for a job well done! If Lauren can make an important contribution to our club from nearly 3,000 miles away, certainly everyone who lives within driving distance can find some way to be more involved over the next 12 months! I'll see you at the Annual Meeting next Saturday, January 14th, 2017!
P.S. In the new year, dues notices will be sent to all members. If your mailing address has changed, please let us know so your notice does not go astray. If you are a snowbird and are heading south for a large portion of the winter, please pay your dues before you leave so they are in by the March 1 deadline. Thank you!