As I write this, it is 23 degrees, the snow is falling and my thoughts are on sailing in the near future. I am jealous of those who have retreated to warmer climates or have indoor shops to do boat projects. In the meantime we like to stop at the club to look things over and listen to the halyards slapping masts, for some reason that just warms my heart. Nancy and I are running out of sailing YouTube videos that we regularly watch and look forward to reconnecting with our dear friends at the club. It is hard to believe that Spring is just around the corner, the ice will melt, the trees and flowers will bloom and the sun will feel warm.
I would like to compliment your ECSC board who has been very busy in the off-season planning an exciting year filled with events and infrastructure improvements. Please thank them for all their efforts when you see them. If you have not done so don’t forget to turn in your dues and paperwork for this year, and check that your boat is still tucked in and not damaged by the winter weather. Stay warm and safe as we close out the winter.
Commodore Chuck Goff…
To say the least 2020 has been a challenging year. I would like to thank Nan Wishart and the entire board for their hard work in unparalleled times. It is my pleasure to serve as your Commodore for 2021. Your board will be working hard to use unused funds from 2020 to improve infrastructure next year.
You may not know it but we still gave a few awards this year, congratulations to Sportsman of the Year Tom Ortman and Sailor of the Year Rich Fox. It is now late November and the ECSC sailing season has officially ended. I know many of you will be happy for 2020 to end and hopefully have better 2021 at least by mid year. And the long anticipated new ramp will not be happening until at least spring so you can still use the existing one to take full advantage of the good winds this time of year. I am also pleased to announce that we will have a new gin pole this spring courtesy of Tom Newgent, and I want to extend a thank you to Tom. If you need assistance finding a place to store your boat for the winter please contact Harbormaster Kenny Chapman.
Our 2021 Club Officers are:
Commodore Chuck Goff
Vice Commodore Ki Hickok
Treasurer Tom Moore
Secretary Rich Fox
Past Commodore Nan Wishart
The Committee Chair appointments for 2021 are as follows
Grounds Ki Hickok
Harbormaster Kenny Chapman assisted by Dennis Robertson
Racing – John Kohne assisted by Nancy Goff
Social Vickie Greenough assisted by Amy Miller
Membership Perry Cameron
Junior Program Wayne Myers assisted by Katie DeGrella
Safety & Education John George
Publicity EJ Williams
I would like to give a very special thanks to Jane Schmidt who has served many years as our Membership Chair. 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.
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. Have an enjoyable winter season and be sure to post pictures on our Facebook page of your adventures.
Chuck Goff, Commodore