What a fantastic summer this has been!
After a few excellent months of sailing and club cruises, it is time to look forward to our monthly dinner meetings again. I cannot wait to share a drink with you and hear about your adventures this year.
As much as I would like to see your faces in person, the board has decided to resume dinner meetings virtually once again. There was a fair bit of feedback from members of the club about hesitancy over meeting in person while there is a surge in COVID. Look for more details to come and a zoom link to the meeting in your email.
You probably all have noticed that prices for everything have gone up. Restaurants were not immune to this. When we are able to meet in person, the cost of our dinner meetings will be going up. There is no way around it. The board is working hard to minimize the impact. We will be able to provide more details as we learn more. If you have a suggestion on how we can make dinners better moving forward, please get hold of any member of the board and pass it along.
And finally, it is that time of year when we nominate a new board. This club is run on a 100% volunteer basis. It would not be possible to exist or put on events without the guidance of the board. The nominating committee will be reaching out to find new board members. Please consider serving this upcoming year.
Ok…still with me? We made it through the update of club business. Now I will leave you with an adorable boat dance from Clara.
The 2021 cruise calendar has, unfortunately, come to a premature end. The board met in late August and we all agreed to cancel the September Salmon Dance that had been scheduled on September 25. The board felt that the recent rise in COVID-19 cases and positivity rates in Washington (with the new indoor mask mandates) was an unnecessary risk to take at this time for a big indoor event. I was so excited for this big event, too. I had the Kingston Cove Yacht Club reserved, the slips set aside, the band ready to play, and the food to be catered. Watching the COVID-19 trends got me thinking we probably should not host this final cruise event of the year, and the board unanimously agreed. The good news is that I can reuse this planning and the contacts for next year’s June Dinner Dance (strongly assuming we are looking better in this pandemic by then).
We just had the Labor Day cruise to Port Orchard. It was a small event as it was planned late and there were not many slips available for all who wanted to go. I was happy that the Tallmans stepped up to host this outdoor event. Next year I will work to get this planned and organized earlier, assuming we get club members to sponsor it again.
The cruise events to Liberty Bay and Blakely Harbor over the Independence Day holiday weekend were a great success, all things considered. We were very happy to have the club invited to the private Blakely harbor fireworks show on the 4th! The June Dock Soiree, our first official “in-person” event of the year had a great turnout and it was great to see everyone again. OK, yes, the Burger Burn was the first event, but we did not raft up “officially” for that cruise.
Over the next couple of months the board will be planning out the 2022 cruise calendar. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you will volunteer to sponsor and help coordinate an event like the Labor Day cruise, Yellow Fest, or the Burger Burn. Also send me any ideas you may have for an event, or if you can volunteer to help with any cruises.
I am looking forward to being your cruise chair in 2022 and hoping we can get back to a more traditional cruise schedule.
I hope you’ve had a great summer and have been able to get out on the water. Jason and I
have gotten out a bit, and are heading to the San Juans Sept. 11 – 25. If anyone else will
be up there, give us a shout. It’d be fun to meet up.
We, the board, are interested in some feedback regarding reciprocal moorage. I’ve created a
short survey to gather some of that information. It should only take you a minute to answer the
questions. If you have anything you’d like to add that isn’t on the survey, you can email me at
email@example.com. We appreciate your time and feedback.
Thank you so much. I hope to be able to see the club before the end of the year. Stay healthy!