Hello to all members, and a warm welcome to new members – Mike and Gale Ashley. It is great to see people still planning for a great spring and summer reopening of our boating season and our related activities at the Club. While the virus is still very rampant, the restaurant is holding its own even with limited seating and corresponding patronage. With our older members (most of us!) looking forward to vaccinations, we hope things pick up in a month or two.
In the meantime, we hope people support the club in whatever ways they feel comfortable.The bar continues to offer wholesale takeout to members and I’m sure will do something special for the Super Bowl even though the Pack’s luck ran out. You still have to appreciate the old (?!) guys doing well. There will be future notice of a dessert and champagne special for Valentine’s and special pre-ordered takeout meals are being looked at, maybe weekly, to get those of you hunkered down thru till spring.
It is imperative that we find ways to put ourselves back on stable financial footing so we can plan proactively for future sustainability. While the Covid relief money and modest dues increase helps, we still need a good year to move forward. With the restaurant facing much uncertainty as to good weather and a return to normalcy, members need to recognize value and support it. I hope that those who were not hurt financially or have benefitted from relief checks would put something extra towards the Club’s future. I know at the Otto’s we have put extra towards charities and will also send a couple of hundred extra over our dues to the club. To reward those who do donate, the club will give a $15 dollar gift certificate for the restaurant for every $100 donated.
While we do have Covid relief dollars on hand this spring, we know we always have cash flow problems during the slow winter months. New members now renew annually from their enrollment date but it would help if we could spread out some of the existing memberships now due in March. If you are willing to pay early, please let Lee Rosenbaum (firstname.lastname@example.org) or myself know if you’re ok with keeping that date in the future.
Look for notice of a coming attraction to Kenosha that could benefit the club and the sailing center – Pedicab rolling bars that have been successful in other cities – being organized by Meryl Strichartz.Meryl also wants to get started with brainstorming sessions as to how the club can do more fun, exciting things to raise money, get more members, and get more members active. Sign up thru me (email@example.com) with your contact information. We are looking at starting shortly after another announcement at next member meeting.
Hope to see and hear from more of you. Here’s to a return to (somewhat) more normal times.
Ron Otto, Commodore