Dear Fellow NYC members:
We have enjoyed a wonderful start to the year 2013; our New Year’s Levee was an outstanding success with over 160 guests visiting during the afternoon. It was an absolute pleasure to see so many old friends in one location. Thanks so much for attending. During this event I had the privilege of presenting the Marita award to Ann Mitchell. Ann is a fine example of volunteerism: her enthusiasm and positive energy has been a great asset to the National Yacht Club. It is interesting to observe that once again one of our NYC crew members is the recipient of this prestigious award. You will recall at the AGM there was some resistance to having our crew members more involved in our club governance. In my experience I have found some of the greatest volunteer participation at the crew membership level. I sincerely believe we should re-visit the issue of crew member participation on the NYC Board. This group represents a very valuable resource. Let’s embrace it!
Just a few days ago, I sent out a newsflash announcing the hiring of our new general manager. We are delighted to welcome Tal Wolf to the NYC team. Tal has written an article introducing himself to our membership. The rest of the board and myself truly believe that his consultative approach to management will bode well for the future growth of our yacht club.
A few days ago, we had some changes in the kitchen staff. Francis who had served as our chef for the past few years has moved on and we thank him for his contribution. You may recall Tyson’s assistant chef Eric. We are delighted to inform you that Eric has qualified as an executive chef and he is now returning to NYC as our chef. Welcome Eric!
During the winter months as you know, we install the water bubbling system. We are able to keep the ice under control even in these recent frigid temperatures, I am quite sure that this method of circulating the water results in huge savings on our dock repairs. Looking at past history, we have frequently spent as much as $ 5000.00 a year to repair ice damage. Our new GM and staff will keep an eye on this system to ensure the job is done. I should also at this time like to thank the volunteers of the docks committee for installing the system once again.
I would personally like to thank Past Commodore Keith Morley for his volunteer work stepping in as secretary for the Board meetings. This work is normally done by our General manager. Keith stepped in without hesitation to assist us. Thank you Keith!
Ladies and Gentleman, wishing you good health and warm firesides during these cold winter months. It will not be long before we get our boats ready.
Denys Jones, Commodore