I’m very pleased to announce the completion of the new roof over our covered slips between the work slip and the bridge to the club. This is a great improvement to the look of the harbor and a safer structure for our boaters to under. The old roof was in much worse shape then what we had imagined. Thanks to the efforts of several of our members, our contractor and some well thought out negotiating we came in on time and under budget. We are exploring rebuilding the bridge to the main dock to make it more stable and ADA compliant. We are looking at new security lighting, cameras, low-level walkway lighting and signage that will complement this area. Next year we are hoping to cover the classic covered slips shingled roof with the white steel roofing to harmonize the look from one end of the slips to the other.
We again are seeing extremely high spring water levels, so getting the boats into the harbor has been delayed. The current is running at high levels and operating the boat on the river is very dangerous. Please be sure that your vessel is in perfect working order before attempting a launch at Lutz park. 9th street in Menasha is an option that would let you test your boat for operation before attempting the current in the club area. Watch for debris in the water as well; branches, trees and other items that have been swept off the shore might be present.
With spring here, we are going to be have a few work parties. Some of the things that we need to do are paint several of the outside tables and chairs. Wash off the decks and spruce the place up. The house committee has bought 30 new chairs for the tables so we will be retiring the worse of the ones that are out there. Please watch for the signs and the emails announcing the work parties and join us in helping keep the club looking great. We normally reward our volunteers with a little free pizza and beer or soda for their time and effort. Remember that many hands make for light work.
We are working with FRNSA to get the Appleton lock just beyond the Memorial Drive bridge open on more days and hours. Our request is to have this lock (Appleton #1) open Monday-Thursday 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM and Friday & Saturday 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM and Sunday 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM. This would give us access to the dockage below the locks. From there you can walk easily to Pullmans, Between the Locks, (Stone Arch Brewery & Skyline Comedy club), Houdini’s, Far East, and Riverside tavern, there is a trolley stop right there for access to downtown as well. We are asking for extended lock hours on July 3rds boaters and their guests can view the fireworks from the water at Sunset Park in Kimberley like we used to do in Neenah and Menasha. We are very excited with their plans to install the electronic barrier at the Menasha Lock and are praying that it opens in 2021 at the latest. The locks and bridges are working between the Little lake and Downtown Kaukauna. I know that I’m looking forward to making several trips through these historic locks this summer and hope that all our members use this resource. Our thought is if we can start using the Appleton #1 lock frequently enough that we should be able to get FRSNA to start staffing the locks with more convenient times for boaters using this system.
The House, Fleet and 1st Mates committees, has been working hard on new menu & drink items and events to make you time at the club more enjoyable so please come down and check these out. We are doing many of the past things as well like corn-hole on Thursday’s at 6:00. Sundays have always been a day for rafting boats together on the Little Lake. For those of you that have never joined us for this they are a lot of fun. For any social members that would like to check this out please come down to the club on a Sunday a between 11-1 and let the boaters and bartenders know that you would like to see what this all about. Please bring a swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, and an appetizer plus your libation of choice.
In closing, I would like to remember Renee Furman who was a bartender at the club for many years. On May 23rd the club hosted and remembrance celebration. There were 2 50/50 raffles and our members that won donated their winnings back; so, the entire amount went to the Juvenile diabetes research foundation. The club donated 50% of our sales in addition. In total we donated $4,224 to the foundation. Thank you to all that donated in any way as Rene would have been touched; and she will truly be missed.
FIRST MATES REPORTS
Below is a note from the Garrow's thanking us for the money we raised-
Our entire family would like to say Thank you to everyone that supported the “Soups for Hoops” and donating the money to the “Chipstrong Foundation”. The money will be used for scholarships in Chip’s name and to help other cancer patients that are struggling to get by. This is exactly what he would have wanted, helping out others.
Also, a BIG THANK YOU to Marti and all who helped to make this event happen.
Chip is looking down from Heaven with a big smile on his face and saying thanks to everyone!
Woody & Cindy Garrow
SAFTY AND MEASURE REPORT
Final VSC date is June 8th. Please reach out if you are not able to have your boat inspected and we will work with you to have it done. Also, please use caution as the buoy lights haven’t been installed at this time, due to recent weather and water conditions. With that, some of the buoys may have moved off of their marked spots and will be checked ASAP.
Safety & Measures
FROM THE HOUSE
I am hopeful you are all enjoying the new heaters we have added to the deck.
Thank you all for your contributions to make this happen, and thanks to Kevin Lillge for putting them together. They are a nice addition to the atmosphere! We did also purchase two more additional heaters, and 8 new umbrellas to keep you cool on the sunny days!
The summer menu is now rocking and rolling, and I am sure you are going to love it! Also, the chef coats arrived and they are sporting their new digs.
The committee has accomplished many goals in the last five months and I am very proud of everyone. We are not done! We have many more on our agenda to accomplish to make your club profitable and efficient.
Come and promote your/friend’s business!!! We have approved advertising on our messaging board. If you are interested, or know anyone who would benefit from using this board, we will have forms behind the bar at no cost. Andy and Ashleigh will be in charge of this.
We have encountered a leak going to the finger pier. This happened quite quickly, and unfortunately, it isn’t an easy fix. There wasn’t ample time to notify people individually, we were working diligently to stop and take care of the leak so we didn’t incur costs due to high water usage. Please be patient as Kevin and I are working with plumbers to resolve this problem as quickly as possible. The water line is old and located under the original building. This is where the leak is happening. We chose the option to run a line overhead to tie into the existing line. If water is needed, to wash your boat for example, please use one of the open covered slips.
VOLUNTEERS needed for the summer party! It will be held on Saturday, July 27. Please contact Patti Klein @email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember this is your club and volunteering is a great way to give back.
Big thanks goes out to the following for donating to this wonderful fun event. Cinders Charcoal Grill for donating the burgers, Haen's Meats for donating the brats, and Flagstone Bar and Grill for donating $5 gift cards to everyone attends to the party. Remember this party is public so invite friends and family.
Thanks everyone for your support!
Scott Rudebeck, House chair
It’s Your Club, Make it Great!