December 21, 2018

Commodore Holiday 2018

  It is my pleasure to serve as your Commodore for 2019. This is our 50th anniversary and we are making plans for a great 50th anniversary celebration.  More on that to come in later months. Final 2018 Activities It is now December and the ECSC sailing season officially ended with the “Black Friday Sail” on November 23rd.  There are still a couple of boats in the water.  Hopefully everyone can get their boats out before they get iced in for the winter. With the closing of Sailboats Inc, we have more boats wanting to winter at the club.  Please be patient and work with Harbormaster (Dennis Robertson) to find a place to store your boat.  If you are taking your boat off site for the winter and haven’t done so yet, please let Dennis know so he knows how many other boats he can dry dock. The Final Bash was held on November 3rd at Rick’s Boatyard Café and was a great success.  We gave out lots of awards and danced through the night.  Thanks to Larry Conrad for fulfilling his final duty as Past Commodore.  Larry now gets a much deserved 3-year break from club management. Board/Officer Changes I want to thank Mark Walker for his service as Vice Commodore and Commodore.  Mark is looking forward to taking it easy as the Past Commodore.  We owe Larry and Mark a huge thanks for their work over the past 2 years to improve the club’s facilities.  They paved the way for our “grand projects” this year by taking care of a lot of basic repairs and maintenance.  Please thank them for their service when you see them at the club. As is customary, we elected a new group of Board Members at the Final Bash.  We had 15 nominations for 8 board seats.  I am thrilled that we had so many members wanting to take an active role in the club’s management.  I am especially pleased that we have several new members who have shown an interest in serving on the board.  We need new faces and new ideas. Our 2019 Club Officers are: Commodore Geoff Endris Vice Commodore Nan Schulze Treasurer Tom Moore Secretary Rich Fox Past Commodore Mark Walker   Our 2019 Board Members are: Term Expires 11/2019 Term Expires 11/2020 Term Expires 11/2021 Rich Fox Rick Graef Kenny Chapman Chuck Goff Bill Harrington Jen Curtis Bill Grant Ki Hickok Geoff Endris Vickie Greenough Bob Hickok Nancy Goff Les Miller Sheela Krout Bob McCoun Chauncey Olin Dennis Robertson Tom Moore Nan Schulze Jane Schmidt Dan Nicholas Mark Walker Wayne Myers Marcus Rogers   The Committee Chair appointments for 2019 are: Committee Head Assistant Grounds Nan Schulze Tom Moore, Dennis Robertson Harbormaster Dennis Robertson Ki Hickok Social Vickie Greenough TBD Membership Jane Schmidt Christy Merriman Safety & Education / Juniors Wayne Myers Dan Nicholas Publicity Rick Graef   Racing Bob Hickok John George   Keep in mind that the officers and committee chairs all have full time jobs and they volunteer their time to run the club for the benefit of the members.  If you notice something that needs to be addressed, by all means, bring it to someone’s attention.  If you have the time and skills, please also volunteer to address the issue.  If not, don’t be surprised if the request languishes while we try to get a volunteer or contractor to address it.  Our club was built by volunteers and I’d like to rekindle that volunteer spirit.  If we all pitch in, we can keep the club looking great without overtaxing our officers and committee chairs. Next Board Meeting Our last board meeting of the year was on December 11th.  The main topic for the meeting was the 2019 budget.  Not only do we need to fund our ongoing operations, but we also need to continue updating the club’s facilities.  While we have made a lot of basic repairs over the last 2 years and we have a lot more to do.  With this being our 50th anniversary, I’d like to get the club really spruced up for the “big event.”  There will be lots of work parties and lots of ways for people to get involved in the celebration. Looking for a Club Handyman/Maintenance Person In the October board meeting, the board authorized the Grounds Committee to hire an outside contractor (non-member) to work as the club’s handyman/maintenance person.  This will be a part-time position working approximately 20 hours per week on daily maintenance tasks to keep the club in good working order.  This is an ideal part-time job for a retired construction or building maintenance person.  If you know of someone who is interested, have him/her contact us at: Grounds@ecsail.org. Winter Storage Advice Those of you who are storing your boat at the club over the winter, be sure to stop by every 2-3 weeks to check on your boat – especially after a heavy snowfall.  Tarps need adjusting over the winter as wind and snow cause things to shift.  If you are out at the club and notice a boat that needs attention, please take note of the member number on the hull or trailer and contact that member. Keep warm.  If you are heading south for the winter, be sure to post pictures on our Facebook page to make the rest of us jealous!   Geoff Endris Commodore
December 21, 2018

Social – Holiday 2018

The holidays are quickly approaching and the ECSC elves are working diligently on building a fun filled 2019 social/sailing season.  As some of you may know, 2019 is the 50th anniversary of ECSC.  You can anticipate a grand Golden Celebration!  Date and times are still in the planning stage, but rest assured, it will be a fantastic time with fun filled activities for ALL!   In efforts to increase volunteerism and attendance, there have been a couple changes from the normal schedule.  A decision has been made to host the Memorial Day and Labor Day events on Saturday as opposed to Monday.  These two events will begin at 5:30 pm and will include a DJ.  What better way to kick off these two special weekends!  Dates for the Chili Cookoff, Lobster Fest and the Beach Party/50th Celebration are still being determined.  Rest assure you will have a full calendar available to you after the first of the year……our elves are very busy planning!!   Below is a list of our planned events along with volunteer opportunities to be a host/hostess!  Hosting an event can provide you with 15 hours of work credits.  This equates to $150 off your following year’s membership dues!  What a great way to be rewarded for your volunteerism!   May 12th – Mother’s Day Brunch – Hosted by Mike and Katie Smith May 25th – Memorial Weekend Kickoff – Please note this will be a Saturday evening with a DJ – Host/Hostess needed June 16th – Father’s Day Brunch – Host/Hostess needed July 4th – Pig Roast – Hosted by Steve and Sarah McQueen Aug 31st – Labor Day Weekend Kickoff – Please note this will be a Saturday evening with a DJ – Host/Hostess needed November 2nd – Final Bash – Hosted by Mark Walker and Kelli Moorhead TBD – Lobster Fest – Host/Hostess needed TBD – Chili Cookoff – Hosted by Jennifer and Ryan Curtis TBD – Beach Party and 50th Celebration Week – Hosted by Nick Mates and his team of pirates   If you would like to volunteer as a host/hostess OR with to help with any of our events, then indicate so on the membership paperwork or reach out to me directly.   I look forward to seeing you all again in the spring.   Vickie Greenough Social Chair  
December 21, 2018

Harbormaster – Holiday 2018

HELLO ALL! Im very excited for this coming sailing season and can’t wait to get started. I just wanted to say hello and give you some idea of what the Harbormaster Committee plans on doing this year. First, I want to thank Dennis for giving me this opportunity to serve our club as Assistant Harbormaster. I can’t wait!  We plan on doing big things this year for our 50th club anniversary. We plan on replacing a lot of the dock boards as well as any broken cleats. Plans also include cleaning the beach and laying new sand. We will also add emergency ladders to the docks. There will be many more improvements which are still pending future board meetings. I look forward to many beautiful sailing days to come and can’t wait to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our club. Assistant Harbormaster. ki Hickok
December 21, 2018

Racing Holiday 2018

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December 21, 2018

Membership – December 2018

We welcome two additional members:  Rauf Khalid of Indianapolis sailing a Catalina 22 and Waldemar and Stephanie Barske of Indianapolis also sailing a Catalina 22.  This brings our total of new members in 2018 to 17.  This is down from the 28 new members we had in 2017 and this is greatly due to the fact that we have been in ‘waiting list’ status for wet slips. Annual dues statements will be mailed the end of January.  Please let me know of any change of address so you will be sure to receive your statement.  Once again, the deadline for returning your 2019 dues will be FEBRUARY 28, 2019. With our current slip waiting list, insuring that your dues are on time is critical. Christy and I will continue to handle membership responsibilities during 2019 and we are looking forward to another great year at ECSC. Jane Schmidt      Christy Merriman
December 21, 2018

Safety and Education Holiday 2018

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December 21, 2018

Ship’s Store – Holiday 2018

    Ship’s Store   With the holidays coming up, reward your favorite sailor, first mate or ??? with authentic ECSC logo items from Coral Reef Sailing Apparel.  Any clothing item they sell can have the logo put on.  Allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.   Ship’s Store Click here to access the Ship’s Store Please check out this link monthly for specials.  
December 21, 2018

Publicity – Grounds Committee Holiday 2018

  Hello sailors! This is the first Tell Tales article from Nan Schulze, your grounds committee chair for 2019. In 2018 the grounds committee accomplished a lot of great projects that made a significant impact on our club. Improvements were made to all the shelters including new fans, new lighting, and a new floor in the lower shelter. New security lighting was installed in the parking lots, so you can now see our club from Dandy Trail. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of our club, we are also looking toward the next 50 years and have some exciting infrastructure improvements in the works, hopefully to be finished in 2019. We’re in the process of working with the parks department and getting quotes for making major repairs to the seawall and boat ramp. In addition we’re getting quotes for replacing the mast hoist. Our final big endeavor is to hire a maintenance and grounds person to be on site at the club during our sailing season.  We will be working with the Harbormaster on making improvements to boat parking and the parking lots. We will also be creating an” adopt a flower bed “program that will allow work credits for members who would like to help keep the club beautiful. These are very ambitious goals, but I’m confident that accomplishing them  will  benefit  all of our members  and keep the Eagle Creek Sailing Club the very best that it can be! Happy holidays to everyone and I’m looking forward to a great 2019.   Nan Queen of the Dutch Mob