[First in an ongoing series where I invite our Vice-Commodores to comment on their position and responsibilities. – Ed.]
Hello, I am Denys Jones. I have been a member of NYC for the past 32 years, which seems like a very long time. During those years I have witnessed many changes at NYC. including the move from the old club house to our new facility in 1986.
I have served on the NYC board of directors before as director of marketing. This was before the Board structure was changed so that now all board members are Vice Commodores. Over the past two years I have served as VC Marine Operations and my major focus has been to review the condition of our infrastructure.
In a vibrant yacht club, it is critical that we continue to focus on our ability to serve our members and a very important part of my portfolio is moorings and dock facilities. This year we budgeted improvements to the “D” dock ramp area as well as a resurfacing of a considerable section of “A” dock. These are our oldest docks and we are pleased to have received many positive comments regarding this work.
Next season, the plan is to continue to work on docks and review the status of our fixed cranes.
Our Launch and Haul-out committee, also part of this portfolio, have done a stellar job. We have been able to stay within budget for the past two years, and it is my sincere hope that this pattern will continue. Much of this success is due to a tremendous volunteer effort from our membership under very capable co-chairs Karen and Trevor.
VC Marine Operations covers a range of responsibilities. The committee chairs I am accountable for are listed below. Thanks to all these very capable people for making me look good. I firmly believe “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”, and in my view these volunteers are doing an excellent job. Next time you see them, thank them, and ask them how you can help.
- Launch/Haul-out – Karen Beaton and Trevor Marks
- Docks – Don Williams
- Swing Moorings – Don Weston
- Shop – Red Warren and George Warren
- Club Records Technical – Henry Piersig
- Safety – Paul Bond
- Environment – Geoff Hadrill
- Officer of the Day – Bill Cook and Jeff Schwartz
- Cranes – Kevin Brown and Brian McKay
- Marine Equipment – Oliver Berton
Vice Commodore Marine Operations.