Commodore Jeff Sprung
July 25, 2021
What is Community?
Over many years the club grounds accumulated a lot of stuff left by present and former members that needed to be sorted out or removed. The Saturday work group rose to the challenge.
MYC is much more than a sailing club. It’s a vibrant hardworking community. We asked and you delivered! In a liitle over 2 ½ hours you filled a 15 yard dumpster!
In times of struggle opportunities often emerge to fix what long was broken.. We see that need in so many aspects of life as well. The only choice is to confront these challenges, hopefully fortified in the knowledge that the act of doing is it’s own source of strength. Saturday was one of those times.
Yesterday had it’s share of drama too. An angry nest of disturbed yellow jackets stung several members. This was on top of the ongoing persistent pandemic reemerging, toxic algae closing several area lakes (including our own) and record summer rainfall.
Special thanks to Rear Commodore Don Williams for planning and organizing the efforts. Also, special thanks to Diane Kampf for motivating us to get rid of things that needed to go and keeping things moving.
There are a few other members I watched who deserve recognition for their efforts:
Harvey Davidson who showed up a minute after I arrived at 8:15 asking what he could do, and did a lot! Dave Rouseau for replacing the beat up water meter cover. Gary Werden who brought our small recue boat out of the water to repair a leak, Bruce Fitzpatrick who mowed the beach grasses and Ed Underwood and his son Thomas for making multiple trips to the recycle center with old wood and brush. Janet Forrester was busily cleaning out all the containers in the cabinets to make sure they are clean for our future events. Oh, and the beach cleanup team, thank you as well!
Lastly, to all of you who shared in the clean up efforts. I thank each one of you!
We truly have the best community of people and we know it!
MAY 3, 2021
As the sailing season begins, COVID 19 is unfortynately still part of our reality. Thankfully, restrictions are beginning to ease up. And we know the club will be busy, as it was already filled on Sunday 5/2 with racing, recreational sailing, kayaking and families enjoying the beach. On Sunday night, the board had a special meeting to discuss next steps.
As we have done all along, it is our opinion to follow the Governor’s and the CDC guidelines and protocols. This means that masks are not required outdoors using social distancing measures of 6 feet. You should have a mask at the ready whether it’s lowered around your neck or, in a pocket that can be quickly used to cover your mouth and nose when needed, especially on the docks and inside the buildings. Many of our members and guests have been fully vaccinated, providing another measure of safety for everyone!
In addition, there are dinners and other events planned throughout the summer as well. Again guidelines will be followed. Picnic tables have been spaced out and dinners will be modified to provide extra safety. This is all good news! We sure hope to see you enjoying the club this season!
It’s 6:30 am, calm and quiet. Snow is falling softly this morning. The skies are beginning to brighten on this new day. Here I am thinking about spring and the upcoming sailing season at MYC.
Thankfully, last year the board figured out how to open the club and install docks allowing members to enjoy many summer activities. Racing, although limited, kayaking, canoeing, recreational sailing and playing in the water were all available to members.
Due to your adherence to safety guidelines, such as mask wearing and social distancing there were no reported cases of Covid 19 at the club. Thank you all for respecting each other and helping to keep everyone safe. The upcoming season will begin much the same as last year. At this writing, the bulk of our members have not taken the vaccine; therefore it is essential to maintain past practices.
Our goal is to have a safe clean up and opening. To that end, we have focused on three key tasks. First, we are working on developing procedures to safely install the docks and clean the leaves from the club, while maintaining social distancing protocols. Second, we have been discussing ways to rearrange the picnic tables in order to allow safe social functions. Third, the board is also thinking about providing contactless box lunches and dinners at events, per CDC guidelines. Please reach out with any ideas you might have about how to make these procedures happen.
Although things are a little different again this season, we can have another enjoyable and fun summer at the MYC.