December 2, 2016

From our Publicity Chair –

Hello ECSC members, followers and wanna-be’s, Somehow I managed to convince Geoff Endris to switch roles with me at the club for the upcoming season.  I thought I pulled one over on him…..until I started learning about Mailchimp, and wordpress, and FTP,  and …well, you get the idea.   So, as I prepare the November newsletter, I realize two very important things: 1) I have a lot to learn, and 2) ECSC owes Geoff Endris  a BIG THANK YOU for the work he has done over the previous couple of years to enhance our club’s profile and run the publicity department. As for my plans for publicity, I would like to generate more media content on both our Facebook Page and our website. Our newsletter articles will also contain more media. So please forward any “appropriate” media to me at publicity@ecsail.org .  Also remember that our website should be your one stop shop for any and all information about our club. As Publicity chair, I am responsible for sending out club email blasts and generally communicating with our membership. If you are not getting emails from the club, let me know at the above email, and I will try to rectify the situation.  
October 4, 2016

Final Bash is coming up!

The ECSC Final Bash will be held on Saturday November 5, 2016 at Rick’s Café Boatyard Restaurant. Cocktails start at 6:30 – each ticket comes with two free drink coupons. Buffet dinner starts at 7:30 Racing Awards at 7:45 Dancing starts at 8:30 Door prizes awarded at 9:00 and at 10:00 At 10:00 we will hold a drawing for a free 2017 ECSC Membership. The dinner is $35 for Members and $40 for Guests.  There is a $10 discount for reservations and money received by October 31st. Watch for more to come via email next week.
September 1, 2016

ECSC Ladies’ Day Sail 2016 – by Kelli Morehead

The ECSC Ladies’ Day Sail was held Saturday, August 13, 2016 at the club’s upper pavilion shelter. The event was hosted by Kelli Morehead, along with co-hosts Denise Fox, Sheela Krout, and Nancy Goff. Three “Fantastic First Mate” helpers included Mark Walker, Terry Holland, and Chuck Goff. There were 17 ladies in attendance for the event, including Lesley Baker, Judie Breitzke, Marilyn Cloutier, Jackie Deppe, Jenipher Gee, Nancy Goff, Vickie Greenough, Sheela Krout, Sarah McQueen, Christy Merriman, Kelli Morehead, Kathy Newgent, Jane Schmidt, Nan Schulze, Edna Sprowl, Sherry Weir, and Burnie Wilkins. Ladies were treated to a “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”-themed event featuring décor done up in the classic Tiffany blue and white, along with black and silver accents. Silver beads and crystal and aqua gems scattered on the tables completed an elegant look. Tiffany-blue boxes filled with Lindt truffles doubled as place cards. Black velvet holders adorned with pearl strands graced the buffet tables. A brunch-style meal featured a tasty breakfast casserole, fruit compote, a build-your-own yogurt parfait station, and pastries including mini muffins, scones, and fruit danishes. The beverage station featured coffee/decaf, orange juice, and bottled water featuring a fun bottle wrap with the iconic Audrey Hepburn image and a “Drink Up Darling!” message. Brunch was enjoyed by everyone! As the weather was not cooperative for the ladies to enjoy a nice sail, all attendees were treated to three “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”-themed games. Marilyn Cloutier won the movie trivia game, Lesley Baker aced the movie word search, and Edna Sprowl came in first in the “What’s in Your Little Black Purse?” game with 19 items! Way to go, ladies! Everyone had fun seeing old friends, welcoming new friends, and enjoying a lovely time of fellowship, food, and festivity. All attendees and “First Mate” helpers received nautical swag bags filled with surprises to enjoy upon departure. All in all, it was a delightful event and very well attended! In case you had to miss the event, check out the pictures below!
August 1, 2016

August Miscellaneous

A few reminders… Raceway road is temporarily closed. Note that Raceway Road south 46th street is closed for repairs.  Please keep the docks looking neat. Please remember to clean up your dock lines around your boat.  We don’t want members and/or guests tripping over docklines.  It also presents a nice environment to future members. Those of you who bring dogs to the club Please remember that according to club guidelines, all dogs must be on a leash and under the control of their owner while on club grounds.  The ECSC Board of Directors made this rule for several reasons. Your dog may be very friendly, but there are club members who don’t like dogs or are afraid of dogs. We have several members who are allergic to dog hair.  Letting your dog run free could subject them to an allergy attack.  Members can’t avoid dogs that are running free around the club. We have a number of small children at the club who may not know how to react around dogs. Sometimes free-running dogs get territorial and will act aggressively towards other dogs comming into their territory.  We don’t want to have any “dog fights.” It is very unsanitary to have dogs around open food. We have received complaints from a number of club members on this.  Please keep your dog away from any food serving areas during club social functions.  That means your dog should not be in the upper shelter while food is being served during social events. The decision to allow dogs at the club was made to allow club members to bring their dogs out for a sail.  It was not inteded to turn the club into a dog park.  Let’s respect those who do not share your enthusiasm for dogs.  If you bring your dog out to the club, please keep it on a leash that is securely fastened to you.
July 1, 2016

July Miscellaneous Items

The club is in full swing.  Lots of activity around the club.  Lots of people staying late to enjoy the extended summer daylight.  It is normal to assume that if there are cars in the parking lot, someone else will lock the gate when they leave.  This could be a bad assumption for a number of reasons.  Make it a practice to lock the gate behind you when you leave after dusk.  The best way to remember this is that if you would have to turn your boat’s navigation lights on, then the gate should be locked when you leave. Have you checked out our new web site? Hopefully, you have had the opportunity to check out the new web site.  And hopefully, you have logged in and updated your member profile.  If you are having problems, please send me an email. Speaking of emails, you can reach any of the club officers or committee heads by using the “Contacts” link on the left side menu.  Just select the person you want to contact and an email will automatically be sent to that person. Wanted: Publicity Volunteers With the new web site, we have a lot more content to post and maintain.  If you would like to help generate content or curate the web site, please send a note to Publicity on our Contacts page. Geoff Endris
June 1, 2016

Web site unleashed on unsuspecting ECSC members

Finally, after a lot of work and re-work, the new ECSC web site is live.  You should have received an email with your login id and a separate one with your password.  Please log in as a member and take a look at the members-only content.  There is a video on the members-only page that shows how to use the member-only content. The new site has something for everyone and lots of places to put new content.  Last count, we had over 100 pages of content! We even have places for pictures.  Each Committee Head has a media gallery on the Committee’s main page.  The main media gallery has links to all Committee galleries.  Currently, only committee heads can post pictures.  So, get with your Committee Head and get some pictures posted.  Later on, we’ll work on letting everyone post pictures.  One step at a time…
May 1, 2016

Web Site Changes!!!!

Our new web site is ready to be unleashed on the world!!!  Very shortly, you will get an email with your new user ID and password.  Please log into the site and take a look around.  Major features of the site are: The site has both public content and members-only content.  You have to log in with your user id and password to see the members-only content. Each club committee head (racing, safety, social, etc) will have his/her own web page and blog for posting news and articles.   All club events will be visible on the main calendar, AND on the activity-specific page.  For example, club social events will be shown on the main club calendar and on the social page. We have a direct link to our Facebook page from our web site. The ice chest code is listed on the members-only section for easy reference.  So, don’t feel guilty about locking the chest after you get your ice. Club members can post their own classified ads for buy/sell notices. Club members can post comments to our general forum. Racing members can post open crew positions. A photo gallery page for adding photo albums for club events. Ships Store catalog online. A contacts page to send emails to various committee heads. Past Telltales and past racing results. A separate page for each fleet. A new Cruising section for you cruisers to organize events. We have moved most of the content from the current site and will be rolling out additional content as the year goes by. Any suggestions for content can be sent to publicity (use the contacts page on the new site).  Any disparaging remarks should only be made by those who wish to be Publicity Chair next year!!! Geoff Other Miscellaneous Now that you have your boat in the water, please remember to coil your dock lines.  We don’t want anyone to trip and have a serious accident. Also, as always – please be sure to lock the gate at dusk whether you are the last one out or not.  This means that you should always have your gate key with you when you are at the club.
April 1, 2016

Miscellaneous

Now that it is warmer, we are seeing a lot of activity at the club. Please remember to bring your new gate key. Also, be sure to lock the gate after you leave.