As we finish up a rewarding 2015, I believe SCYC has a lot to be grateful for. Our club has exhibited strength in our commitment to camaraderie. Members gave back by sharing their talents and extensive knowledge. Working side by side, we created a new gathering area, a place to relax and exchange stories about our journeys. We shared our love of boating, rafted up together, cooked for our friends, and always were entertained.
At November’s Fall Business Meeting, we gathered at the Glass House, Henderson Point for a delicious lunch, compliments to Don and Dana Courtney, Rich Kamens, John Kagan and Kim Thompson. Our officers: Diane Walters, Laura Maroglou and Doug Miller gave us update reports. Meeting minutes can be found on our website: www.SteeleCreekYachtClub.org
By-Law changes, previously proposed at the Spring Business Meeting were approved by unanimous vote. In summary, the changes moved the timeline for official installation of officers to take place Jan 1 and run until Dec 31 of the same year. Nomination & election of new officers are to be completed at the Fall Business Meeting, only if uncontested and with majority vote. Ceremonial installation will still take place at the Spring Business Meeting, same as before.
Congratulations to the 2016 officers, who were nominated and elected: Nathan Maune as Commodore, Rich Kamens as Vice Commodore, Dan Godwin as Secretary and Doug Miller as Treasurer. We thanked them for agreeing to serve SCYC.
The Shipmate Award was presented to Nathan Maune for his significant contributions of time and talents in design, problem resolution, construction and leadership of SCYC volunteers for the new patio, fire pit and modified gazebo.
We thanked our creative and talented 2015 Event hosts who kept us active on the water and land, fed and entertained: Dave and Helen Rock, Doug and Brenda Miller, Eddie and Diane Walters, David & Barb Willcox, Mark & Meryl Alexander, Nathan Maune, Don Courtney, Rhonda Ivey, Keir Penny, Ann Hamner, Steve and Laura Twyman, Shannon Doane, Ron Honeycutt, Dan Godwin, Patricia Dionne, Dave and Jan Bachnovic, Craig and Denise Allen.
A special thank you was given to our first Share Series Discussion hosts, whose years of practice gave us new ideas on how to keep our crews healthy and safe along with our boats running well: Darren Wohl, Mark Alexander, Glenn Withrow, Rhonda Ivey, Pat Terry and Doug Miller.
Recognition Certificates were awarded to:
Steve Sherwood, for his contributions of time and talents to the new patio and especially the generous gazebo modifications, plus new modular furniture and folding serving bar.
Doug Miller, for his 5 years of service as our SCYC Treasurer
Eddie Walters and David Willcox, for their many years of service as Race Chairmen.
Our 2015 Culinary Team was thanked for spoiling us and keeping us always well fed: Don and Dana Courtney, Karl and Joan Staley, Rich Kamens, Ted Tisty, Kim Thompson, Dave Rock and Paul Sullivan.
Patricia Dionne spoke to the club about SCYC branded clothing and accessory purchases to be standardized to one order per year. Members would place orders in February and then purchased items could be picked up at the Spring Business Meeting in March.
Gifts for Don Courtney were presented by Dan Godwin, from individual contributors, as appreciation for his generosity of years of service to SCYC. In addition, a life-time award, from SCYC was presented by Diane Walters.
New members present, were welcomed and introduced: Michelle Nicely and Ernie Winings plus Greg and Margaret Miller.
Charles Robinson was acknowledged and thanked for Steele Creek Marina’s many resources; materials and talents contributed in the construction of the new patio, fire pit and gazebo modifications.
Charles Robinson provided SCYC with an update on the Steele Creek Marina upgrades and improvements, currently in progress:
A dock - decking & electrical updated
C dock - all wood is being replaced; electrical will be updated by Jan. 2016
B dock - next to be updated
Patio and gazebo project - thank you to Nathan, Barbara & all SCYC members.
Wash pad - Close to being approved by Corps of Engineers; will take approx. 2 months after approval to be up and running.
20 amp slips - Unless you’re on the boat, power cords must be unplugged.
Amp usage - Marina will be monitoring amp usage with amp meters to make sure space heaters aren’t being used since they pose a fire hazard.
Member Appreciation Event - will occur again Memorial Day weekend, 2016.
Billing or slip questions – All inquiries should be directed only to Jill Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org, and not the marina store employees.
WiFi - DSL is being used. TWC is not cost-effective.
Water - Will be turned off after 3 consecutive days of below freezing.
Recycle bins - Removed since locals collecting cans are leaving a mess at the marina.
Earlier in November, we enjoyed our 1st Annual Dock Crawl. Threatening storms didn’t hinder our spirits, as we moved from host boat to host boat, eating their great food, delicious cocktails, wine and special hot chocolate. Poker cards were accumulated with each visit. I refuse to acknowledge that there was any “competitive sharing” taking place amongst many individuals (including myself) but the best “competitive sharing” poker hand prize was awarded to Eddie Walters as we continued the fun with yummy deserts at the gazebo. A great time was had by all and we thank Dan Godwin & Patricia Dionne, Dave & Jan Bachnovic, and Craig & Denise Allen for hosting a great event.
As colder temperatures settle in, please don’t forget to winterize your boats. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season. Meryl Masters-Alexander is coordinating another New Years event so look for her communications for details. I can vouch for it as a really fun way to spend your New Year’s celebration.
It has been an honor to serve as your Commodore for 2015. I couldn’t have done it, however without the contributing efforts of my fellow officers: Diane Walters, Laura Maroglou and Doug Miller and thank them for their support! A really rewarding and fun ride, I recommend any of our SCYC officer positions to our members that might be considering it in future years. Up next is Nathan, Rich, Dan and Doug. I am excited about these guys. Their many talents that they bring, will make for a great group of officers! I hope many of our members (new and old) will consider also contributing to our 2016 events because when that happens, SCYC is at its best.
Wishing you health and happiness in 2016,
Thank you, as always for your contributions, energy and support to SCYC,
2015 SCYC Commodore