Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Commodore's Chat - March 2018

Ahoy Caliente Cruisers-- 

I am kicking off Caliente Isle Yacht Club’s new monthly e-Newsletter, the “Commodore’s Chat”, which will be emailed to you the first week of each month after this inaugural issue. The purpose of the Commodore’s Chat is to provide our membership with a summary of pertinent club information -- concise and to the point. The Commodore’s Chat will also be posted on the CIYC website at www.ciyc.org under the “Blog" tab.

Please let me know what you think of this step to improve club communications.

What’s Old? 

The annual Commodore’s Ball was held on January 20th at Buon Appitito in Oakley. We had 49 club members and guests in attendance. I believe that all enjoyed the food and drink, the awards program and the dancing that followed.

What’s New? 

The Board of Directors held its first meeting of the year at the Rusty Porthole on March 10th . The meeting’s highlights include:

Treasurer’s Report—Our Treasurer sees a sound picture for the year. Many details were in his written report, passed out at the meeting.

Fleet Captain’s Report—We have added a cruise out on April 13-15 to Windmill Cove, details to follow. In addition to those shown on the calendar, a couple more cruise outs are shaping up including to the Discovery Bay cruising areas for June and October. And, jumping way ahead, details on the 34th Annual Down Bay Cruise Out are coming into focus starting on September 21st at Rusty Porthole on Bethel Island. We will be departing from there the following day to Benicia YC (1 night), San Rafael YC (2 nights), Alameda’s Ballena Bay (1 night), and wrapping up with 4 nights at SF’s South Beach Harbor where a few planned activities will mix with general relaxation and the excitement of everybody’s favorite City. We will head back to home ports on September 30th. Expect to see many more details on all cruise outs this year (follow the club calendar at www.ciyc.org).

Membership Report—Understandably, we lost 3 members for 2018 due to moves, sold boats, etc. But we’ve already added one new membership (former members, Bob and Charlene Pearce, both Past Commodores). Regrettably, we have 2 two memberships that are still being bugged to pay up!! Overall, we have 47 members as we start 2018, 6 of which are Lifetime Members.

New Business:

➢ On a unanimous vote, Gary Page will immediately step into the open Vice Commodore position from his Rear Commodore position. Diane Shoff will serve as interim Rear Commodore for 2018, pending our filling that position. Note: Gary is full of ideas. Hang on!

➢ We will be testing two new payment systems over the next several months, Square Cash for new member applications and PayPal for other payments. Details to follow. Hoping to have PayPal up and running for our cruise out to Windmill Cove!

➢ Steps have already been taken to get our Facebook page more fully developed. If you aren’t following our FB page, I urge you to go to the Caliente Isle Yacht Club page and follow us. We will be posting updates, photos, cruise out invites and even the Commodores Chat on there!

➢ Kim Sechler has asked to step out of the Entertainment Director position, in favor of staying active in the Ship’s ‘s Store position with husband Mark. Look for news on a new Entertainment Director.

➢ Final Note: We need you! Please step up to serve as a Cruise Director. The job is easy, a little communication, some coordination and that’s about it.

Upcoming Events? Mark your calendar

➢ March 23-25 – Cruise-out to Grindstone Joes This place offers a unique, very pretty setting off of Little Potato Slough with lots of decks for lounging on and grass for playing on and good docks with power. Contact me soon if you want to cruise out with us.

➢ April 13-15 – Cruise-out to Windmill Cove. The Save the date just went out, but look for more details in my next "Chat"

➢ April 27-29 – Cruise-out to Delta Yacht Club, many more details in my next "Chat"

➢ May 25-28 – Cruise-out to Stockton Yacht Club … Memorial Day Weekend

Signing off for this month,

CIYC 2018 Commodore
Christine Christopher
(925) 922-1106

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