from Red Warren, Workshop Chair Members of NYC have a variety of reasons why they enjoy belonging to NYC. Some will assure you that it is the pleasant people that they meet. Others will be far more impressed with the view from the dinning room. But, of course there are those who will assure you that it is the club's atomsphere of self-help. Few, if any, will tell you that the reason why they continue to belong to the club is that the club has a good work-shop. Even so, few of our members may be aware that we have a workshop on-site. This may be due to the fact that the shop is located on the extreme north-east corner of the property. Another reason may be that access to this facility is only available if one can remember the code that opens the door. But, in spite of these impediments, the shop is well-used by many and is available to any member of the club who cares to contribute a miniscule sum for the privilege to use it. Recently, a half-dozen members got together to see how they can further improve the equipment and also attract more members. Many a good idea was kicked around during their meeting. One of the conclusions was that it would take just five or six hundred dollars to upgrade some aspects of the shop. Such as: insulating the ceiling, obtaining both heat for the winter and cooling for the summer, dispose of some redundant items etc. etc. But before I go any further, let me remind one and all, that any work done to improve the shop does count as 'club hours'. Everybody is obviously not available to put in 'club hours' but almost all, without too many exceptions, may contribute a few dollars to enable others to proceed with the outstanding work. Consider the thought that a small contribution by a number of members would result in a great improvement to an already useful asset of the National Yacht Club. May I be so bold as to say "thank you in anticipation."