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March 5, 2020

Commodore March 2020

Well, with the weather today, it appears that we should all be at the lake sailing! In fact, I saw a post on the Eagle Creek Sailing Club this past weekend and a few hearty souls were out testing the waters! We also have several members who have been sailing in warmer climates over this past winter and posting their adventures online. If you haven’t found that page yet, it is worth venturing onto Facebook to keep up with all of the shenanigans! Our Former Commodore Geoff Endris is continuing to monitor the progress on the boat ramp replacement scheduled before the official opening of the Club. As more information and a start date is determined we will keep you informed. Thank you, Geoff, for all of your efforts on this project. I am also happy to announce that Ron Anderson, our club maintenance person has been rehired for the 2020 season. He did a great job of taking care of the club and assisting our members in a variety of projects last year and I want to welcome him back aboard. The Ladies Sailing Association will be back this year with more of the great events that we enjoyed last year. The Dock-Walks were great fun and I hope we can expand on those events this year. It’s a great opportunity to get to know your dock-mates and check out the great boats we have at the lake. Both the Tell-Tales and the Facebook page will be announcing these events, so stay tuned! I have also been informed that the Radio Controlled (RC) boats and skippers will be back again. I understand that Santa delivered a number of these boats over the winter. Rich Fox is working on putting together a racing program for the RC Sailors, so again, stay tuned! If you haven’t seen these boats in action please come out and catch some of the fun! Personally, I am waiting for the day that one of the dock fingers submerges because there are too many RC skippers standing on the end. Well, that wraps up my news for the month. Thank you for being a part of this great sailing club and be sure to read below for news from your Board Committee-Persons. See you on the water! Nan Schulze, Commodore
January 7, 2020

Commodore January 2020

Welcome to 2020 and what should be a great year for our club! First of all, let me express my gratitude to the board for allowing me to serve at the Commodore. After being invited to the club by Janet Hickok in the early 2000’s, I became enamored of sailing and crewed for a number of years with Mike Gray on Absolute. After a brief absence between 2008 and 2010, I decided to return and join the club, first sailing again on Absolute before buying Dutch Mob, and this past summer sailing on Reckoning. As you can see, I have been a J-24 sailor thus far, but there has been some discussion among some members about trying to build up a Flying Scot fleet, so who knows what this year will bring. As has been said many times, our club is the best kept secret in Indianapolis. Besides the beautiful mostly undeveloped shoreline, the lack of high-speed watercraft, and the sometimes 360° clocking winds, it is you, the members, that make it the special experience that we all enjoy. I would like to welcome the returning and new board members who have agreed serve alongside me this year as committee heads. I am especially excited to welcome two new members of the board who are alumni of our Juniors Sailing program, Cody McCoun and EJ Williams. Please check out the 2020 directory for a complete listing of the board. Officers and committee heads for 2020 are: Vice Commodore – Chuck Goff Treasurer – Tom Moore Secretary – Rich Fox Past Commodore – Geoff Endris Social – Vickie Greenough Membership – Jane Schmidt Harbor Master – Kenny Chapman Publicity – EJ Williams Racing – Marcus Rogers Education & Safety – Wayne Meyers The first board meeting of the year will be on January 11 th , where the board will approve the 2020 budget and we will discuss upcoming capital projects. In addition to completing the new boat ramp, we hope to replace the gin pole and purchase a new tractor for the grounds. I will keep you up to date on these projects as we move forward. Again, thank you for the opportunity to be of service to you. Nan Schulze, Commodore
October 21, 2019

Publicity – Grounds Committee October 2019

Well, today, Sunday, October 20th, was a yet another beautiful day at the club!  It was warm and sunny and members were out getting their boats pulled and put away for the winter.  I think it’s a sad time of year, but before we know it, spring will be here and we will get to do it all over again.   I want to thank Ron Anderson, our grounds person for all of his hard work this year to help keep our property maintained and taken care of. In the past month, the power washer was replaced and has gotten good reviews and our outbuildings got a coat of paint. The Ladies Sailing association did a great job getting our landscaping project off the ground and it was a pleasure to see the flowers blooming all summer.  I look forward to seeing this group grow in the future and expand events such as the Dock Walks.   Next year we look forward to the replacement of the boat ramp and mast hoist, which should carry this club into the next 50 years with the infrastructure needed by a sailing club.  And finally, I am looking forward to serving you next year as the Commodore of this club, the best kept secret in Indianapolis! Until then, Nan Schulze  
September 14, 2019

Publicity – Grounds Committee September 2019

NEW POWER WASHER INSTALLED!  CHECK IT OUT! Wine-Down Dock Walk sponsored by the Eagle Creek Ladies’ Sailing Association was on Friday, September 13th.  6 – 8 pm.  It was great to see so many club members come out for this event. Thanks to all who came out and were our  Host-Boats!  Great snacks and beverages were had on our marina. Thanks. — Nan Schulze    
July 5, 2019

Publicity July 2019

Eagle Creek Sailing Club Ladies’ Sailing Association   Thursday, July 18th – Ladies Sailing Event – as part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration we are working on something exciting for the ladies. Stay tuned for more details… Saturday, August 24th – Ladies Day Sail 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 7th – ECSC Wine-Down Dock Walk 3:00 p.m.   Please join us for these great events! And have fun meeting your fellow lady sailors. The next meetings for the Ladies’ Sailing Association are July 8th, August 5th and August 26th (all Mondays).  We will be keeping touch via the club Facebook page and via email.  To get on the list, please contact me!  I am in the directory! Nan Schulze, Vice-Commodore  
June 5, 2019

Publicity June 2019

Grounds Committee Report A big thank you and shout out to Ron Anderson, our grounds/maintenance person for his hard work getting our club ship-shape. He showed his willingness to jump in the deep end of the pool when, for his first time on a sailboat, joined Bob Hickock on Spontaneous Combustion for a very windy Sunday during the Mayor’s Cup Regatta. He got to see firsthand what flying the laundry means!  And he came back! In addition to keeping up the grounds and shelters, mowing the grass and working with the plumbers to get the septic pump and system repaired and in good order he has also finished the following projects this past month: Replaced the garbage disposal in the upper shelter sink Power-washed the concrete outside of the restrooms Mulched and replaced borders for the flower beds Replaced the exhaust fan in the men’s bathroom Placed non-skid on the steps leading up to the upper shelter Graded the gravel road up the hill Projects that are upcoming are as follows: Assisting the Harbormaster in getting trailers up to the top of the hill Replacing the counter-top, sinks and faucets in the men’s bathrooms Working with the Harbormaster to replace the roping in the parking lot Removing the log pile along the shore below the upper shelter (this will be relocated to the camping area for use at the firepit) Helping to build flower beds at the lower (camping) shelter Power-washing and painting our sheds and outbuildings Weeding the boat parking areas Assisting the 50th Committee in getting ready for our celebration Continuing to work on dock maintenance If you see any items related to the grounds that need attention, please contact me.   Eagle Creek Sailing Club       Ladies’ Sailing Association   Hello Ladies! For those of you who don’t know me yet, my name is Nan Schulze and I am currently serving as your Vice-Commodore. I sail Dutch Mob, a J-24, and have been very excited to organize this group to provide the ladies of our club some fun of our own!  We have had a small group of women who have helped to get this up and running and I want to invite the rest of you to join us. You may have seen the fruits of our first order of business this season -our Adopt-a-Flowerbed project.  For their work credits, a number of ladies have been weeding, planting and will be maintaining different areas of the club to bring some beauty to our grounds.  Kate McMillan has been overseeing this project and had done a great job working with these volunteers. We are working on getting some signage out so we can recognize all of the great work these ladies are doing. We have some fun events planned for the club this summer.  We hope you will join in – they’re not all for ladies only! Saturday, June 8th – Dock-Walk Beginning at 4:00 p.m. we invite you to host an open house at your boat.  We will provide balloons for your boat to identify you as a host.  All club members are invited to come walk the docks and enjoy the hospitality we know these ladies will provide.  This event is in conjunction with the Flying Scot Midwest District Regatta.  (RSVP for your ballons at nan.schulze@gmail.com) Saturday, June 29th – Ladies’ Raft-Up 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 18th – Ladies Sailing Event – as part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration we are working on something exciting for the ladies. Stay tuned for more details… Saturday, August 24th – Ladies Day Sail 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 7th – ECSC Wine-Down 5:00 p.m.   If you would like to join us in planning these great events or just want to come have fun meeting your fellow lady sailors, the next meetings for the Ladies’ Sailing Association are June 17th, July 8th, August 5th and August 26th (all Mondays).  We will be keeping touch via the club Facebook page and via email.  To get on the list, please contact me !     Regards, Nan Schulze
April 2, 2019

Publicity – Ground Committee – April 2019

Cheers fellow ECSC Sailors, The Spring Work Party to Open the Club – Water or Not! April 13th  Major projects which are in the works and moving forward – replacing the boat ramp and the mast hoist.  Commodore Geoff has put out a call for any club members with Civil Engineering experience to lend a hand.  More information will be provided as we move through these two projects.We have signed a contract for the year with Ron Anderson, who will be our onsite maintenance person.  I will be scheduling a spring walk-through to assess our grounds and facilities, so you will have a chance to meet him then.  Thank you to those who have been involved in the process of accomplishing this task.  I believe we will all benefit from the return of a regular presence on the grounds to keep them well maintained throughout the season!Lastly, and not really grounds related, we had our first planning meeting of the newly formed Eagle Creek Sailing Club Ladies Sailing Association.  We had about 12 women come out to talk about some great events that we will put together not only for the lady sailors, but for the club as a whole.  As these events get firmed up, we will keep you informed.  Thank you to those who were able to attend and are going to make this a great added benefit to our club. Nan Schulze – Grounds Committee
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