Commodores Report October 2020
In the past the boating season was marked by two events. On the second Saturday in May we started the season off with the opening of navigation party. The season ended with the end of navigation party on the second Saturday of October. These used to mark the beginning and ending dates for manning of the locks and bridges. Fall boating can be spectacular when the colors are at their peak. FRNSA has arranged two days for free lockage on October 10th & 11th. Please let any of our boating members know if you would like to make the trip through the open locks for a trip to Kaukauna leaf peeping. Boaters please let the bartenders know if you are willing to make the trip and if you can accommodate members that would like to see the locks and the river to the north.
We open October with the club closed due to Covid-19. Unfortunately, one of our staff had tested positive who in turn had worked a Friday with most of the rest of our staff. This prompted the board and the club steward to make the decision to close per the health departments recommendation. This was to allow the other staff to wait the 14 days for any symptoms to develop. We ask that our members do the same and please let us know if you are ill. As of me writing this no other staff have shown symptoms. I would like to thank Andy for his quick action contacting the health dept., me, and the staff. We had an emergency board meeting and Andy was able to provide us with the key information needed to make our decisions. Great job Andy! We also hired a cleaning contractor to come in and do an extra deep cleaning and fogging of the club to ensure that any virus would be neutralized. We are reopening at noon on Saturday October 3rd as that will have been the full 14 days.
In harbor news, we are working with a new marine contractor on the harbor dredging project. This group has been responsive and will be proposing a bid soon. Their method would be similar to the way the Little Lake was dredged. Timing will most likely be next spring before boats arrive for the season. Sooner if their schedule allows. We are also looking at where the material really came from. I was informed by a member of the Army Core of Engineers that during the construction of the second span of the Kampo bridge that the cofferdams that Lunda construction had built to pour the bridge piers were inundated. We are hoping to find documentation of that event and see if there is any recourse with their insurance carrier. With October we also see the boats being lifted or pulled from the harbor for the winter. Saturdays and Sundays, we are always looking for a few extra hands to help. Please bring a pair of work gloves and dress for getting a little wet and dirty. We will be pulling the lights off the buoys on one of the weekends later in the month for safe winter storage.
Football is back and the club is a great place to watch the Packer and Badger games. We won’t have the tailgate table out on game days due to Covid-19 but the kitchen will be open. Watch for food and drink specials during the games. We are going to be upgrading the TV in the dinning room to help with social distancing while watching the games. Please respect that we will never have the dining room TV on during dinner on any Friday.
As the weather is getting cooler, we will be seeing more members inside. Please enjoy the club while respecting others space during your visits and the games so we all can stay healthy. Mask are required when you’re not eating or drinking to help reduce the possibility of more infections. Please don’t move bar stools or tables together unless you are family. If you are with more than one other couple, please use the tables for 6 in the dining room. It is troubling that we are still seeing the number of infections in the Fox Valley increase at nation leading rates. Please be careful when going about the required tasks in the community. Remember to follow the guidelines for handwashing and use sanitizer if soap and water isn’t available. Avoid touching your face and keep the 6 feet of space or mask if that isn’t practical. Together we will get through this.
Many thanks to those that have made donations to Feed America, Harbor House, or and Pillars.org. Your gifts and monetary donations have been a blessing. For anyone that hasn’t given, please help those most in need during this pandemic. Walmart gift cards, staple food items, personal and household cleaning products and monetary donations are most needed. Thank you.