Season’s greetings to all members.
We are definitely changing seasons in spite of a coming fall warm spell (is Indian Summer politically correct?) It entails much change at the club as it is in all organizations and families due to the Covid surge. The boating season and fall haul-out are officially over with many boats already covered and winterized. Thanks to Doug V. Pete T. and all who spent 5 weekends making it happen. Unfortunately, we have decided to postpone the Commodore’s dinner and will do our induction of new House Chair Jim Pappas at the members’ meeting. We hope to do something live in the spring, if possible, to honor past commodores, welcome new members and enjoy some greatly missed social interaction. As of now, the same holds true of the Holiday Season party in December, although we hope the spirit will be kept alive by continuing our support of needy children thru the Urban Outreach program. We hope you can find some time to contribute, help decorate and spend a little quality time at our beautiful club – remember we do have some nice heaters for the deck.
Again unfortunately, the colder weather along with the Covid restrictions have hurt business at the restaurant, and we need to take a hard look at our finances. The board feels committed to keeping our restaurant workers employed with the SBA recovery funds we have received. While with a few good summer months, we have made good progress on reducing our debt, the challenge will be to come up with a budget that continues to account for the remaining debt and make sure we make it thru to when things somewhat return to normal and we can make more definitive long term plans. As I’m sure you all individually feel, there are so many unknowns we face a difficult job. My thanks to our great board and active volunteers who have put in the extra time and effort to keep us going. At least, we may have some type of resolution on the political front - won’t we? Please!
I hope you all consider our club something to be especially thankful for and will do what you feel safe doing to keep our common bonds going thru these tough times. Hopefully, we can continue active participation, communication, and comradery even if on-line or in small groups thru the coming months.
Season Blessings to all.
Ron Otto, Commodore