Commodore’s report January 2022

Commodores Report January 2022 Happy New Year to you and your family. With the new year here, we have a new start and the potential for wonderful opportunities and good fortune. With this year I’m looking forward to my retirement on April 15th. I have made the decision to step aside as commodore for the club as well and will let another take the lead. It has been an honor to have been the commodore for the past 3 years and I want to thank all of you for your support. I have been fortunate to have the help and guidance of the fellow women and men on the board. I thank them for their many hours of service and dedication to the members of the club. I must thank our staff for their continued willingness to stay with our club through this pandemic, and their consistent dedication to the members. They have truly made my position easy. Last but far from least to Marylou my wife who has been tolerant of my diversions that being commodore requires, it could not have been possible with her support and encouragement. Again, thank you all for allowing me to serve and I will continue to support the club as best I can. On January 15 we will be holding the club annual meeting with elections. This is held the first Saturday after the January board meeting where we approve the slate of nominees. Each year we elect the following positions: Commodore, Vice Commodore, Secretary, and Treasure, plus 2 Directors. The directors serve for 3 years, all other positions are annual. In addition, the new commodore appoints several key positions over the next few weeks. These appointments are approved at the February board meeting. Key positions include head of house, First Mates chair, Fleet chair, Lessor of docks, Head of slips and docks. Measurer and safety chair and Historian. There are several committees that also function within the club. There are many ways to get involved to help the club so please don’t be shy and speak up and help make this the best Yacht Club there is. We have a bylaw change that needs to be voted on at the annual meeting that increases the number of social members from 325 to 350. The board of directors and house committee recommend this increase as we have filled membership quotas in February the past few years. Harbor news: All but one boat has been put up for the winter and we wish Eric the best of luck navigating another winter. Maybe there is a good side to this global warming in a small way. We have earmarked funds for improving the depth in the harbor this coming year. We are hopeful that this cost-effective project does the trick. We are planning other improvements where most needed for the slips and docks. For the house; we approved funds for the replacement of the carpeting that has endured the traffic and use since the remodel of the club. We will be replacing it with the same style carpet tiles that allow for replacement of badly damaged areas. Other items that will be attended to or updated in the coming year include painting the lighthouse and updating the POS system. I would like to offer a special thanks to Patty Kline for her service to the club as our Fleet Chair. At the December board meeting Patty resigned her position due to personal reasons. I know the members have been very appreciative of all her and her sidekick (Charlie Tune-ah) efforts to make the club hop and rock with all the parties and events. The Packers are in the playoffs, and we are hoping for home field advantage and another Super Bowl. Come down and cheer on the Pack. I would like to say thank you to every member who gave to the Harbor House and to the 1600 club this year. It is the kind and heartfelt generosity of our members that can make Christmas better and special for those less fortunate. Your generosity is truly appreciated throughout the year. Last month I mentioned that there was a new strain of Covid-19. The Omicron variant is now dominating the infections of even people who are vaccinated. Good news is that it isn’t a more severe form. Bad news is it is more prevalent in the upper respiratory track which makes it easier to spread. So please keep practicing ways to prevent exposure and spreading this new variant. If you don’t feel well, please stay home and wait for the illness to pass. Getting vaccinated or boosted should keep you out of the hospital. I wish you all healthy and prosperous New Year. Gratefully, Bill Frawley

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