Thursday, February 24, 2011
Hello CIYC friends,
I trust everyone who attended our Commodores Ball enjoyed themselves. I know Mark and I did. The event went off without a hitch. We were able to keep it a surprise from Phil right up until the last minute. Thank you to everyone who helped put this event on. Without friends and helpers like you it wouldn’t have been the fabulous event that it was. XXOO to all of you.
Thanks to everyone who contributed at the crab feed. We served well over 100 friends, family and guests. The food…. WOW STEP BACK…. IT WAS AWESOME! Our new slogan this year was “DOUG KNOWS CRAB TOO” I’m sure he would have made Joe Miller proud. Doug was an outstanding crew leader even while under the strain of having only a skeleton crew to help out. The dinner was cracked, cooked and served right on time. Dave Peck and crew, thank you too. All of you worked as if you’ve done this before (Ha Ha) Thanks to everyone!!
If we had been giving out prizes for the most guest in attendance with a member it would have gone to Roger and Sally Studebaker. 34 guests! Wow that’s a lot of visitors. Nice going Roger and Sally. Mr. and Mrs. Wells join us again this year. It’s always a pleasure to host these wonderful folks. I observed Mr. Wells snapping away and speaking with some of our members. Watch for us in an upcoming edition.
A couple of bonus items happened at the feed. Phil Calderoni was able to deliver Glen and Marsha Peck/Fine their well deserved award. We also enjoyed a heart felt thank you from Dan and Len Marsh for the Club’s contribution to the local Children Christmas Party.
Speaking of the local Children’s Christmas Party, our silent auction is planned again this year for the November event. We need those donations. Last year we raise over $1500.00. How about we challenge ourselves this year, let’s shoot for $2000.00. We have a cruise in club joining us for this special event, so we need lots of good stuff to auction off.
Sally Sue Christopher....if you are reading this WE NEED YOU & CHRISTINE! I’ll be calling on you both for your special auction touch!
Since the February General Meeting was postponed and rescheduled for the March 19th event at 1:30 PM I 'm sure we will have a full house at our next event. Don’t forget to wear Irish green and/or Mardi Gras purple, green and gold.
Yeppers its time for our annual St. Patrick’s Day party and this year we are adding a Mardi Gras twist. Prizes for the best Male and Female Mardi Gras Mask! We’re hosting our good friends from Pittsburg. This group sure does make this party fun! Don’t miss out. Live entertainment depends on turn out. So get your RSVP’s in ASAP.
Oh a reminder about our upcoming cruise out. We are going to beautiful Oxbow and they too are doing a Mardi Gras theme. Don’t forget your party spirit. Put those mask and party things on board. I’ll expect everyone to bring or have something Mardi Gras accompany them to this party. You can bet I will. Can you keep a secret? SHHHHH don’t tell Mark but he will too!
Before closing I just gotta say…..Volunteer, Volunteer, and Volunteer! It takes a lotta help on event weekends and we really need a lotta help this year!
See you @ the club
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Vice Commodore Blog
February 16, 2011
The Crab Feed is just around the corner!! We are looking forward to another great weekend at the club! I’m working on a “Crabby” drink special.
I’ve received a ton of behind-the-scenes help this month. I want to give a special thanks to:
- Dave Peck who got the bar fridge up and running again, and
- Glenn Peck and the Vice’s Vice, Joel who worked to finish the end of the bar where the refrigerator had previously stuck out under the bar counter.
Also, Joel thought to raise the refrigerator to help our aging backs. You will see a big improvement when you come to the club!
Being a board member can be challenging at times as so many of you already know. The Board faces the tough business decisions needed to keep our club afloat. Keeping in mind the poor economy and the impact on our members, annual 2011 dues were not increased, and in fact, the up-front dues amount was lowered by $100 with the removal of script.
But we still need your help throughout the year!
We have a new phrase this year: “Just one more . . .” – Bring in just one more member, just one more guest, just one more cruise in . . .
I’d like to add to this by asking that we all support our club just one weekend per month. We can socialize on the docks and on our boats the rest of the month, but I’d love to see most of us in the clubhouse at 4 p.m. each Saturday of an event weekend. I’d like to return to the days of pot luck appetizers in the afternoons in the club or out on our patio where we have a great view of the delta and Mount Diablo.
Back to the tough part of being on the Board . . . I was tasked this year to raise our drink prices. My understanding is that there have been no increases in prices for at least 5+ years. I started with the lowest profit margins – the back bar and the Wente wine using a detailed cost analysis to make the mark-up more uniform (yeah – I’m an Accountant in my other life). I can’t tell you how many items changed in price because I didn’t know the original prices – I just priced everything according to the results my cost analysis. I feel this is the fairest method.
So, in some cases in the bar, it will be just one more dollar
And of course if you can afford it then please by all means - tip, tip, tip.
I know that I can count on your support of our club.
Some members did not realize that we have a corkage fee if you choose to bring your own wine into the club. The corkage fee will remain at $5/bottle ($10-$20 in restaurants), so this gives you the option to support the club and still bring in your favorite wines. We are also looking at other wine options – somewhere in-between the Clos du bois and the Wente higher priced wines.
The back-bar bottles are now color-coded. Pink is $3, Green is $4 and Orange is $5. There will be a full price list at the bar for our volunteer bartenders.
Thank you for your help and support. I can always use volunteer bartenders for 1 to 2 hour shifts. Let me know what works best for you if you are interested in helping in the bar.