February 1, 2017
This edition wirtten by Ross Cameron, Commodore
This is the first edition of this Newsletter. Its role is to provide members with more detail about a topic or topics – detail that cannot be provided in the weekly Knotmeter. It will be published from time to time, when there’s an issue or story that needs to be shared. Your comments are welcome. Address them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ll start by apologizing for the length of this. There’s so much happening at our Club that I have had to discipline myself to keep this document to this length.
One of the things long-time members will remember is the KYC LOG, a Newsletter that, before the advent of e-mail and photocopying (volunteers actually printed it using a Gestetner machine – remember those?), arrived by mail monthly, or bi-monthly, or quarterly, depending on the keenness of the Board or the Editor of the time. Over time it’s been replaced, well, not exactly replaced, by our wonderful Knotmeter (KM), a document that keeps you abreast of current Member activities and upcoming events. The KM is a very important weekly publication and we could not operate without it.
That said, one of the things the KM doesn’t provide for, partly because of its format but also because of its frequency, is for broader coverage of issues your Board and our Club is dealing with.
That reality has convinced me that our Club needs to have a periodical newsletter, one that will allow for longer, better explanations of issues. Hence, this, the first edition of “Currents”. Though, as Commodore, I’ll write this one, expect that future issues will include input from others.
One of the things you’ll see the KM is requests for help. The more of us involved in our operation the better we understand how complex it is and, perhaps more importantly, how well we’re doing.
So, what’s been happening since the 2016-17 Board was elected on November 24? A whole bunch of meetings, some great parties, a planned club closure that allowed our hard-working staff to have a real break, progress on projects and completion of others. It’s been a very busy nine (9) weeks.
First, your new Board:
The Executive Committee of the Board
Commodore - Ross Cameron
Vice Commodore - Rob Crothers
Rear Commodore - Peter Cohrs
Finance Director - Ron Hodges
General Manager - Greg McNab
The Directors at Large are:
Jr. Past Commodore - Rosemary Wilson
Every Director is committed to the Club and its issues. We meet monthly and at each meeting we take time to discuss the large things that touch our Club - mooring expansion, membership structure, long-term club development, etc.
As important is the day-to-day operation, because we have professional management and staff, much of the operation will be addressed by them. To give them input and to provide for other areas, we have established a broad based committee system, one that seeks to be able to consider every aspect of our complex, living organization. Each member of the Board has undertaken to be the Board contact for as many as four committees – there are 16 committees and four major projects. In the time since the AGM, over 30 meetings have happened, that’s one every second day!
The Committee Structure will be shared with everyone on our website and is soon to be posted in the Clubhouse for all to see.
WE NEED MEMBERS TO BE INVOLVED IN THE COMMITTEES, MEMBERS OF ALL CATEGORIES. WATCH THE Knotmeter AND YOUR MAIL FOR COMMITTEE MEMBER REQUESTS. THERE’S LOTS TO DO AND FUN TO BE HAD! WATCH THE Knotmeter… BY INVESTING A FEW HOURS A YEAR, YOU’LL BE BETTER ATTUNED TO OUR CLUB. IN ADDITION, OUR CLUB WILL BE IMPROVED SIMPLY BECAUSE MORE MEMBERS ARE INVOLVED!
At the AGM I spoke about the amount we’ve done to improve our club properties in the past few years. It’s an impressive list. I also referred to a list of projects that we’ve let slip, ones that will make our place better. Lastly, I referred to four initiatives that were important for us to work on in the coming year. These are:
a) To address as many of the short term maintenance projects as we can (Saint’s Rest washrooms used by Junior Sailors, replacement of the ‘panic bars’ on the south side doors, renovation of the men’s washroom in the Clubhouse, etc.);
b) To develop of a Facilities Masterplan – for all our facilities;
c) To build a working committee structure that allows as many members as want to, to be involved in improving our Club;
d)To look closely at our membership structure to see if there are ways that our Associate members can participate more fully in our Club.
There are challenges in this list and they’re challenges that we, as a Club, are up to addressing.
Your Board is also dealing with the Annual Budget, the Harbour Expansion (a drawing has been on display in the main bar) and a dozen other items.
Earlier, I mentioned projects being completed. Until a month or so ago the inner side and outer end of our breakwater were slowly disappearing. The gabions (those are the wire baskets that hold the rock that supports the breakwater) had been disintegrating (it happens over time). Led by Peter Cohrs, Rob Crothers and Brad Strawbridge a concrete wall has been placed between the gabions and the lake (the outer basin). In addition, the southeast corner of our breakwater was strengthened with ‘armour rock’ to defend it against the onslaught of the harbour’s waves. Special thanks to Gord Crothers who stood by in the cold December weather to oversee the contractors while they worked. This is a major improvement, one that secures our breakwater at the same time as it provides the base for another set of docks, due to be installed next spring.
We’ll be back to you soon, with another edition of “Currents”
In the meantime, come to the Club for the atmosphere, the fine food and the friendship. It’s a great place to be.
Ross Cameron, Commodore