February Meeting Highlights

Most of the discussion at this meeting centered around the calendar.  We have all of our old events and a few new ones this year. The Infinity Regatta (around the islands in a figure of eight) and the Glow Night Regatta are two of our new Regatta’s planned for this year. We are also bringing back the popular Jolly Roger Long distance race. Doug Roberts is doing a super job as Race Chairperson again this year.
The board also discussed capital improvements with the first thing on everyone’s agenda, the pavilion replacement and improvement. The capital improvement committee (Gary Reimer and Bill Miller) will try to make renderings of the completed project, and then break it down into manageable stages. The first stage will be the rebuild of the pavilion roof and supports and will cost approximately $4000. Later stages would include adding an outdoor cooking area and having provision for removable sidewalls etc.
Purser Sanders gave his financial report and we are in a sound place financially. In March or April we will have to pay our annual fee to the  Corps of Engineers. Gary Reimer will speak with them to see if we can get a lower rate, if possible. We have a good rapport with the present folks over there and it is a good time to at least try to get a rebate.
We also discussed the upcoming Sailing school, which will be held at the Lake this year. The fee will be $45 each person and $75 for two people. The classes are planned for April 30th, May 7, May 14, and May 21st. The class portion will be from 9:30-11:30 am with the sailing portion at 12 noon. ( We need boats and skippers ) Classes will be held rain or shine.
We also discussed the need to “buddy up” with new members, so they have a chance to get to know others and feel more welcome. Please take a minute to introduce yourself if you are at the club and see someone new. New members are the lifeblood of a club like ours  and are needed to keep us viable, if you know of anyone who has an interest please invite them to come down and see what we have to offer.
Finally, we discussed updating the USSailing web site. (www.ussailing.net/poyc) I have started doing this and it should be completed this month. Please also be aware of our Facebook presence at Port Oliver Yacht club, as well as the Telltale online at https://portoliveryachtclub.wordpress.com where we have a lot of posts, articles of interest, a swap and for sale board and a number of local and not so local links for your entertainment.
Gary Guss – Scribe

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