Happy Canada Day to all NYC Members!
I hope many of you had a chance to see the fireworks display on Tuesday night and a great time at NYC’s Canada Day Event.
June was a very busy month beginning with that age-old NYC tradition, Sips on Slips. Mary Lou and I shared Dark and Stormy with many members, new and old, on Solstice. It was a cool evening (as usual) but the special liquid concoctions offered by participating boats took the chill off. I’m told that I really missed something by not visiting Alibi during the evening. The costumes were (allegedly) outstanding. Next year I’ll be sure to pay a visit. It was a great evening made even better with a fantastic band featuring an outstanding singer who channeled Amy Winehouse all night long. Thanks to Chrissy Hsu and her team for organizing a great event.
Another NYC tradition took place the following weekend. The Toronto Area Hospice Regatta (TAHR) has been a successful fund raiser for The Dorothy Ley Hospice (www.dlhospice.org). Many thanks to Trudy Murphy whose organizational skills and calm demeanor made things go smoothly. Thanks as well to all of the many volunteers who contributed to the success of this event. These things can’t be done without members who are willing to step up and take responsibility for some part of the event.
Due to publication deadlines, what I write about next has not yet happened. However, we are pleased to have again hosted the Toronto Sail for Hope for Burn Survivors. As the host club, NYC skippers (about 30 boats) welcomed aboard burn survivors as well as primary care givers and staff from the Burn Units from Sunnybrook and Sick Kids Hospitals. All involved are truly inspiring people who know about adversity and the strength of the human spirit in overcoming serious injury. It was a pleasure to spend the day with them.
Lots going on with our various racing fleets, many of whom are deeply involved in the Spring Racing Series. And late June saw our first club cruise of the season, taking an NYC flotilla to Cathedral Bluffs Yacht Club for an enjoyable weekend.
Over the past six months, several members have asked me, “So, how’s it going being Commodore?” At first, I really didn’t know how to answer this question, but it started me thinking about being the Commodore of NYC. What does it mean? From a governance standpoint, the Commodore is the Chair of the Club’s Board of Directors – we call our Directors Vice Commodores. I am fortunate to have some very experienced NYC members on my Board. Each of these people take control of certain parts of the Club’s operation. The Board meets monthly to share information on what is going on in each portfolio and make decisions required to assure the effective operation of the Club.
As Commodore, my role is to facilitate Board meetings and to bring to the Board topics and issues requiring action. Our Club has many moving parts, and each of the various Club components require close attention. The NYC Board includes Club members from all member categories. Our Club by-laws provide guidance as to the composition of the Board. Prior to joining the Board, it’s typical for members to serve as Chair of one of the many Committees that focus on various Club operations. So the role of Commodore is to facilitate effective Club management in concert with Tal Wolf, our General Manager, and his dedicated staff. But in addition to this, another important role is for me to encourage a conversation amongst our members about the ongoing vitality of NYC.
You’ll hear more from me on this topic – the future of NYC – in the months to come. Our property lease with the City of Toronto extends through to the year 2037 which sounds like the distant future but, in fact, isn’t that far off… 22 years.
Finally, I met last month with those involved with the Officer of the Day (OOD) program. NYC Members Chris Murray and Greg Tokarz coordinate the OOD roster and provide opportunities for members to gain volunteer hours through providing a vital service for visitors coming into our Club. We talked about how the OOD program could be enhanced to assure visibility of the role (special hats or shirts or badges) and timely, helpful service and information to our many reciprocal visitors throughout the summer. Volunteering to be the OOD is a great way to meet people around the Club and to provide an important service. It’s really easy to get involved. There’s a sign-up list at the OOD station. Simply choose a date, select a four-hour shift period, enter your member number and show up. It’s that easy. If you want more information on what the OOD does, contact Chris or Greg.
That’s all for now. Please feel free to contact me any time with your questions, concerns and suggestions about how to make our Club the best on the lake.
Neill MacMillan, Commodore