June 5, 2018

Publicity – Grounds Committee June 2018

Sailing season is in full swing!  Check out all of the happenings here on our club website. We have a number of jobs posted on the jobs board.  Please sign up for a project to make sure you get your work credits for the year.  The link is here: CLICK HERE FOR PROJECT SIGN UP
May 7, 2018

Publicity – Grounds Committee May 2018

Club is open!! There has been a lot of activity at the club as members are cleaning and polishing their boats for spring launch.  We all got a late start this year due to winter refusing to let go.  But it’s finally warm, the trailer lot has been mowed and the power washer has been turned on.  It’s time to get those boats in the water! Kate McMillan and Cody McCoun have been planting flowers around the club.  Be sure to thank them for their effort when you see them. We are in the process of getting bids to replace the gravel floor of the Race shelter with a paver stone floor.  This will be much safer in rainy weather.  We are also going to add some drainage to keep the parking lot runoff from flooding the race shed area. We have a number of jobs posted on the jobs board.  Please sign up for a project to make sure you get your work credits for the year.  The link is here: CLICK HERE FOR PROJECT SIGN UP
April 6, 2018

Publicity/Grounds Committee April 2018

  Annual Property Walk The Grounds Committee did its annual “property walk” in early March to make a list of repairs.  This has become an annual tradition and it helps keep the club in good working order.  We have a number of infrastructure-type items that need to be addressed and we will be taking those to the board for funding.  These include: Filling in cracks in the main drive Upgrading the electrical system Repairing some of the older buildings Improving the drainage at the club Repairing worn dock boards Replacing broken picnic tables Spring Work Party We had our spring work party on Saturday March 31.  We had about a dozen workers show up.  Many stayed well past noon.  John George brought some Bean Soup for lunch and Geoff Endris grilled hamburgers for those who stayed into the late afternoon. We got a lot of work done: Got the upper shelter spruced up.  Replaced some broken picnic tables.  Put the RIB lift back in the water (CLICK HERE to check out the Facebook video on that).  We even did some drainage work to give drain water a better path to the lake. Colin Leatherbury continues to make great progress clearing out dead trees and cutting back the bushes and thorns around the outside of the club.  When you come out this spring, you will see a much better maintained and much more open club grounds. For those of you who missed out on the work day due to spring break or Easter holiday, fear not.  We still have plenty of work to do.  We will most likely have another work day to clear up the leaves that have accumulated in between the boats once the boats are out of the parking lots. Other Work Projects We also have a number of projects that people can perform at their leisure.  These will be posted on the club web site.  You can go to the web site and sign up for the project, report its conclusion and get your work credits.  Some projects include: Painting some of the buildings/sheds Replacing and painting the siding on the Commodore’s shed Replacing some roof decking and shingles on the Commodore’s shed Applying sealer to the new dock boards so they last longer Applying sealer to the new picnic tables And much more The new jobs have been posted to the project sign-up board.  You can get to the project board from the Harbormaster’s page or by using the THIS LINK. Landscaping Committee I am still looking for volunteers who want to work on the Landscaping Committee.  We need gardeners who would like to plant flowers and shrubs around the grounds to make the place look a little nicer.  Please contract the Grounds Committee if you want to help. Trailer Parking We will be mowing the upper trailer lot in April as soon as the swamp drains.  We have lots of standing water up there now.  The sign at the top of the hill says no trailers until May 1st.  This is to give us time to get the field ready. If we get some dry weather and can get the field mowed, we might open up the lot prior to May 1st. Please monitor the Facebook page and your email box. Note that we have a few trailers that appear to have been abandoned and do not have stickers.  If these are not claimed by the end of the month, they will be removed from the club premises.  Contact Dennis Robertson if one of the trailers belongs to you.   Geoff Endris – Grounds Committee
March 5, 2018

Publicity/Grounds Committee – March 2018

  Improving Club Appearance Things are coming together to get the club ready for the 2018 sailing season.  We’ve done a lot of work to clean up the club and make it more appealing and enjoyable to members and guests. We have two new gas grills at the club.  One at the Race Shed and one at the lower shelter.  Feel free to make use of them as you enjoy a cookout with your family and guests.  We also have a charcoal grill at each location for you “traditionalists.”  Be sure to bring your own grilling utensils and as a courtesy to the next user, please clean the grill when you are done.  If you use the gas grill, please turn off the gas when you are done. Last year, we replaced the picnic tables in the lower shelter.  We will continue to replace a few picnic tables each year, so we have good, sturdy tables at each location. We removed all of the dead Ash trees from the property, trimmed back the brush along the outside edge of the property, and attacked the Poison Ivy / Poison Oak on the property.  We also removed the scrap metal and wood behind the Harbormaster’s Shed and lower Shelter. Thanks to Colin Leatherbury and his crew. As you can see, we are making a concerted effort to “beautify” the club by throwing away old and broken equipment (i.e., chairs, tables, grills, etc.) and replacing them with new items.  Many of the replaced items were dropped off at the club by members who “donated” them in the hopes that someone at the club would find them useful.  That is a great sentiment, but we ask that you check with the Grounds Committee first to see if we need it and where to put it. Upper Trailer Lot The upper trailer lot has been cleared of brush and expanded a little to add a few more spaces for trailers.  We will mow the entire field the first week of April before we let people start storing their trailers.  If you have a trailer in the lot (and you should not!), please move it by March 31st so we can mow the field. Spring Work Party Our spring work party is coming up on Saturday March 31st.  We will meet at the Lower shelter at 8:30, where I’ll have coffee and donuts for workers.  We’ll also be serving lunch for the volunteers.  Rain date is April 7th.  I have several projects lined up, so keep the first couple of weekends open.  Projects on the list include: ·       Unstack the picnic tables in the upper shelter ·       Build 5 new picnic tables to replace the 5 worst ones on the property ·       Rake leaves ·       Paint the Kayak shed ·       Install new LED rope lighting on the upper shelter stairs ·       Re-install two posts in the parking lot near the Race Shed ·       Replacing worn dock boards ·       Install decorative rope between parking lot ropes ·       Replace worn steps on upper shelter stairs     You can see from the list that these projects will help make our club safer and more enjoyable.  You can see the list of jobs at this link: CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR ECSC GROUNDS WORK.  Please sign up for a job so I know how many are coming.  We need people to bring leaf blowers, tarps, rakes, portable saws, portable drills, ladders, shovels and other hand tools. Don’t forget, you get valuable work credits for your efforts.  And if it is warm, you can get a start on preparing your boat for spring launch. Anyone have a power post hole digger? We have a special project to re-install two parking lot posts near the race shed.  If anyone has a power post hole auger that we can use, please let me know ASAP.   Once we get the posts re-installed, we will re-install the decorative rope around the corral. Landscape Committee needs Volunteers   We are still in need of volunteers to help plant and maintain the flower beds and planters.  So far, I have one volunteer.  I am looking for 5-6 more to spread the workload out.  If you have a green thumb and want to help with the landscaping, please send me an email.  Note, you will get work credits for your work.   Grounds Committee Annual Property Walk The grounds committee will be making its “property walk” on March 10th to make a list of all repair, maintenance and capital projects for the year.  This will undoubtedly increase the number of projects to be done, but it will make our club safer and more enjoyable for everyone.  Stay tuned. Geoff Endris Grounds Committee Chair    
February 3, 2018

Publicity – Grounds Committee – February 2018

The Following is a report from our Grounds Committee Chair Geoff Endris:   We are off to a great start for 2018.  We have two of our most important jobs filled.  Roger Knapp has volunteered to perform water testing on our well water again this year.  This is a very important task as it allows us to open up our restrooms for the year.  Jim & Sherry Weir have volunteered to take over bathroom cleaning duties – again a very important task. I sent out an email asking whether anyone wanted to join a volunteer committee to help plant and maintain the grounds flowers and other landscaping.  So far, I have one volunteer.  I am looking for 5-6 more to spread the workload out.  If you have a green thumb and want to help with the landscaping, please send me a note. The focus for January and February is getting our volunteers lined up and getting bids for the grounds landscape contractor.  The landscape contractor is responsible for the following items: Apply weed killer to keep weeds under control Mow lawn areas (upper shelter, hillside, shoreline, camp area, juniors area) Mow trailer field, partial weed trimming each month Trim bushes at main shelter and trailer lot Empty trash cans twice weekly Apply mulch to flower beds Water flower beds/pots Last year we used an outside contractor.  Prior to that, we used a landscape company owned by a club member.  If there are any club members who want to bid on the work, send me a note (grounds@ecsaill.org) and I will send you an official bid request for your bid response.  Bids will be due mid-February and the vendor will be approved at the March board meeting. We are getting ready for the Spring work party to be held on March 31st from 8:30 to noon.  Rain date is April 7th.  I have a number of projects lined up, so keep the first couple of weekends open.  Projects on the list include: ·       Install new LED security lights (5) ·       Install light switches & timers on security lights ·       Install a better rock barricade for septic macerator at main shelter ·       Build new firepit in campground are near the lower shelter ·       Install a concrete race shed floor ·       Repair the pump house electrical box ·       Install ropes on parking lot posts ·       Repair wiring under the Main shelter ·       Add flooring to race shed attic ·       Re-stain the Kayak deck ·       Install new rope lights for upper shelter stairs ·       Repair picnic tables ·       Paint PSC shed – Purdue students ·       Install a flagpole at the Purdue Race Shed These are all in addition to the normal Spring work party tasks of unstacking picnic tables, repairing picnic tables, raking leaves, painting sheds, and sprucing up the grounds.  You can see from the list that all of these projects will help make our club safer and more enjoyable.  If one of those projects sounds interesting to you and have the requisite skills and/or tools, please consider volunteering.  You will earn valuable work credits and the club will look much nicer for your efforts. The grounds committee will be making its “property walk” on March 10th to make a list of all repair, maintenance and capital projects for the year.  This may add to the projects list above and will help further define the work to be done on the Spring Work Party day. Geoff Endris Grounds Committee Chair  
January 1, 2018

Publicity January 2018

BBBBBrrrrrrrrrrrr,   Most Holiday seasons I manage to make my way down to Miami for the Orange Bowl regatta.  Well,  this season we decided to not make the trip and have had to live vicariously through Chuck Lessick’s daily updates of Reagan in the annual Orange Bowl regatta.  79 degrees, salt spray, and lots of sailors.  Both of my (now sort-of grown up) boys along with several other previous ECSC Junior Sailors have competed in several south Florida winter events and it is great to see Reagan continuing the ECSC tradition.  I am sure she will bring back the skills she has learned and compete at at even higher level.   Check out the Orange Bowl ECSC Pictures on the ECSC Junior Sailing Facebook page. Also don’t forget to check out (and post to) our ECSC facebook page As for ECSC’s bustling Publicity office,  we have updated our website to include next year’s calendar, our new board members and many other useful items.  Please notify me if any items on the calendar are incorrect and I will have our calendar intern fix them as soon as possible.   Rick Graef Publicity Chair (and Calendar intern)
October 6, 2017

Publicity – October 2017

Hello ECSC Sailors!   Our sailing season may be coming to an end, but the fall is definitely one of my favorite times to sail.  Make sure you keep an eye on the water levels at ECSC.  You can follow this link to see up to date info Eagle Creek Water Level. It has dropped 6 to 9 inches between Sunday and Wednesday. Hopefully the drop has leveled out. Also remember that NO TRAILERS are allowed in our Car corral area until after the Hornback Regatta AND Chili Cook-off. I would love to have some articles from any of you wanna-be writers out there!  Taking a sailing trip somewhere? Have a cool ECSC memory you want to share? Tell us about your favorite race? or cruise? or oops-moment?   Submit them to me at publicity@ecsail.org and I will include them in a future Telltails.   Rick Graef
September 6, 2017

Publicity – September 2017

Hello ECSC Sailors,   While the kids may be back to school, the leaves are beginning to change and the sunsets are coming earlier there are still many great sailing days in 2017. Eagle Creek reservoir is a great place to hang out during these shorter days. The winds are generally better and most days the lake is nearly empty.  Get out and enjoy your boat. Governors Cup, Indy 200, the ECSC Championship regatta and the Hornback and Chili Cook off are yet to come. Don’t miss out, come out and meet some new members-friends.   Rick Graef