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June 15, 2020

Commodore June 2020

Dear ECSC Members: What an odd year to be the Commodore! Global pandemic and social unrest  were not  listed in the job description that I received.  I’d like to extend my thanks  to former Commodore Geoff Endris, our secretary Rich Fox,  Grounds committee chairman Chuck Goff, and Harbor Master Kenny Chapman for all of their extraordinary efforts this year. I would also like to thank the members who have been out to the club and have been observing our stated guidelines. Our board will be meeting in the coming week to make some decisions about the continuing opening of our club. Hopefully we will begin to see the official start of racing; a few of the diehards have gotten a head start with honors racing on Wednesdays and Sundays. We also hope to start planning social activities now that the social distancing restrictions are being eased. Please stay tuned to our Facebook and email apply for continuing updates. See you on the water! Nan Wishart Commodore
May 11, 2020
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Commodore May 2020

Hello fellow sailors! It finally looks like we will be getting the club open later this month. Decisions are being made about how and what that will look like – and as we move in this direction, please know that our number one priority is the safety and welfare of our members. We will continue to follow the directives of our state and local officials in how we ease back into our social club setting, and we appreciate your patience and cooperation as we move forward. We will continue to communicate to the membership through our website, Facebook page and email, so stay tuned! THANK YOU TO OUR HEALTH CARE WORKERS! The leadership of the club would like to thank our ECSC members who are in the trenches working in the healthcare field during these unprecedented times. We are fortunate to have many nurses, doctors, and other medical professionals among our membership. We thank you for your hard work over the last several months. A special shout-out goes to Scott Douglas, John Koehne and Vicki Greenough for sharing their knowledge with the ECSC board and providing guidance to keep the club safe. Stay safe! Nan (Schulze) Wishart, Commodore
April 12, 2020

Commodore April 2020

Well, this is the month that we would normally be getting the club open, the marks set on the lake, and launching boats in the water for the beginning of another wonderful sailing season. Instead, we are in the midst of an unprecedented time of uncertainty due to Covid-19 and the club is still not officially open. Boats are slowly getting into the water, but instead of the normal camaraderie and gathering at the race shed to shake off the winter blues, we are asking members to restrict their interactions. Sailing can be a socially distant activity, but it is advised that you only sail with those people who are sharing your quarantine space. The board is continuing to monitor the advisories and at this time have postponed our normal spring social and racing events. We are communicating through this newsletter, email and our Facebook page. If you know someone who does not have access to these electronic communication efforts, please reach out to them and share what we are doing. In the meanwhile, please take care of yourselves and each other. This too shall pass, and as the resilient sailors that I know we are, we will make up for it in no time. Be well and see you on the water – sometime soon! Nan (Schulze) Wishart Commodore
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