Greetings to all members.
Summer is upon us with new Covid protocols, new events, and new opportunities. So, this is a call to action to revitalize our club before it’s too late. I hope ALL members are ready to participate in upcoming club events, and to contribute in some way to building our club up again after its Covid stagnation.
While we felt it was still a little early to hold a full-blown Blessing of the Fleet with dignitaries and Coast Guard boats involved, we will do it again June 6th as a hybrid Zoom/in-person event. We do have room for members to spread out and enjoy the ceremony and all boats are encouraged to be on the dock all decked out. The boats, the Vets’ colors and 21-gun salute, the taps, and the Kenosha light house lighting will give notice to all that the KYC is still going strong. We have put out some well-deserved publicity for this historical event. Please join us.
The normal member events at the KYC Bar and Grille (new name with olde time spelling!) are as usual – the Wednesday Mixed Nuts, The Friday Happy hour, specials and socializing after the B.O.F. and Thursday and Sunday racing. We do count on the restaurant succeeding to keep your dues reasonable, so try it out – full summer menu and extended hours starting in June. We have invested a lot in attractiveness of the club with the new patio, furniture, and fire pits and heaters and will also have new umbrellas as well as possible canopies and entertainment. Let’s make it pay off! Your patronage can be the start to the club, the restaurant, and the KCSC making our part of Simmons Island the hub of an exciting, active, and vibrant boating season.
Our social events have been restricted, going back to the Installation Dinner for the current board, Halloween, Christmas, etc. Cinco de Derby was a good start as will be the B.O.F, and we will hold a special reintroduction, board meet and greet, new members welcome tent event Friday June 18 followed by the KCSC’s family dancing and games and pedicab and watercraft rental kickoff on the 19th and 20th.
You should all recognize by now, our club’s success can only be measured by what members put into and get out of the club, Hence the revitalization necessary to counteract the expected attrition as our members age. Again – the call to support our events, support the KCSC, and do what you can to improve the club. As a reminder, 12 hours of service is required by our constitution – but that can include 1 hour for each meeting attended and 2 hours for bringing in a new member!
An important service event that requires a lot of help is the annual dock, yard, and building clean-up day Saturday June 5th. Winter and summer storage members (per by-laws!) are expected to attend or send a proxy or pay $120. We have let this payment be voluntary recently as well as the $24/ hour for missed member service hours. Some members have complied but it’s not fair to let a few bear the burden. To this end, we will make it easier to sign up with a detailed list of needed projects and verify your hours on the KYC web site. Again, standing committees need to be filled – membership, galley, grounds (yes there is a grounds committee separate from the house committee). Membership is critical as we cannot continue to rely on just racing, the restaurant, and the KCSC to revitalize our membership. We need an active campaign!
I hope you are ready to get out, get active, and get things done. Your club needs YOU!
Ron Otto, Commodore