|WELCOME, NEW MEMBERS!
I see from my files that I last edited this missive in October. Iıd much rather say hello than goodbye, and luckily, at this time of year, we welcome our new members to the club. This yearıs new member potluck had a great turnout of around 70 members, with all kinds of delicious food and friendly faces. Take a moment at the ropewalk to check the snapshots of the newest members, whom youıre certain to see around the club this summer. They are: Scott and Karen Dombrowski, Stephen and Alicia Spenlinhauer, Richard and Elaine Perry, Mark and Dawn Werner, John and Lori Solari, Robert and Mary Lou Smith, David and Kathy Bois and David and Lisa Harrison.
The Ropewalk is open and in great shape; new members have been welcomed; the Up Anchor event was a great success; and we are ready to go boating! I hope you are making plans to enjoy the Club in all its many facets - attending our social functions, volunteering at an event, crewing on a Boon Island Race boat, watching the kids take off in the Opti's and 420's, doing some adult Thursday night sailing, cooking out on a weeknight with friends, or just hanging out at the Club and enjoying the waterfront - these are all parts of our Club, and I am looking forward to participating in just about every one of these. Hope to see you around the waterfront!
Our deepest sympathies go out to the family of Homer Waterhouse, who passed away on May 29.
Chair Anne Raynor has once again spent the late winter and early spring making sure our kids get out on the water under sail power! The programs, as always, are filling up fast and are now open to non-members, so if you have junior sailors who arenıt signed up, call Anne today!
The first race of the season is coming up on June 21, with a skipperıs meeting at 8:30 and a start time of 1o:30 a.m. For information on registering, contact Jack Jensen at 967-2888 or email@example.com.
As we all know, the ropewalk doesnıt maintain itself! Our dedicated membership volunteers time to ensure that the building and grounds stay seaworthy, so to speak. And as many hands make light work, weıd like to recognize, in no particular order, those who pitched in: Carl & Leslie Lindgren, Gail Preble, Dick Badger, Jack Somers, Dave Hall, Bob Badger, Bob Burns, John Burns, Ben Strickland, Tom Kling, Chris & Roz Magnuson, Ralph & Cindy Clement, Ric & Cheryl Walters, Judy & Dave Emery, Walker Donovan, Schuyler Donovan, Samuel Scribner, Anthony & Tracy Hall, Tim Bath, Nick Bath, Dan & Sarah Beard, Jack Jensen, Dave James, John Dickinson, Anne Raynor, Dave & Alice Conway and Joseph Maynard.
We would like to encourage everyone to visit the newly redesigned AYC website. Members can now check the Social Calendar, access information about the Jr. Sailing program, Docks and House rules and read the current Lubber's Log online. If you have questions to direct to BOG or Committee Chairpersons there is a Contact page. In addition there is a Links page listing other Maine yacht clubs online, sailing and racing organizations and tide and weather sites.
The yearbook is now available for the 2003 season, listing all planned social events, member contact information, fleet information and our bylaws, including membership rules. Photos of last yearıs social and boating events make this a keepsake as well as a resource. If you havenıt received your copy, by all means pick one up at the ropewalk. David James was our editor this year and he has done a great job.
Several times a year, it is necessary for our various volunteer board members and social chairpersons to contact our membership. We all have a role to play in making sure contact information stays up-to-date. Secretary Doug Leonard already manages several lists of winter addresses, summer addresses and e-mails; please lighten his load by getting change of address information to him in a timely manner so that he does not have to re-send information. His address is: PO Box 1345, Kennebunkport, 04046. E-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks!
Unfortunately, security at the Ropewalk has become an issue. Liquor has been stolen out of the Ways and Means locker, and there have been signs of late-night drinking, smoking, and abuse of the facility, perhaps by non-members. The Board of Governors has asked the Kennebunkport Police to check the Ropewalk on a regular basis, and we are re-considering our locks and security approach to the building.
Rain or shine, the social events for the 2004 season have begun. New Members Pot Luck Dinner was well attended and coincided with a warm sunny day. New Member introductions took place outside overlooking the Waterfront for the first time in my memory. On the other hand, the annual Up Anchor celebration took place on a cold, rainy evening which kept us all shoulder to shoulder inside the Ropewalk although it was apparent that everyone was happy to have a chance to help commission the new season in fine fashion. I would like to thank Lori Parkinson for her significant efforts in organizing and hosting this event as well as Paula & Tom Kling and the many others who helped make it a fun occasion for all of us to enjoy.
The club leadership is very interested in making the clubıs communication electronic. It is very time-consuming and expensive to prepare mailings; the Lubberıs Log alone takes your volunteer editors the better part of two days to get copy to the printer and get the envelopes sorted for the bulk mailing. We realize not everyone is on-line, and still more are on-line but do not check their mailboxes regularly. Still, it is hard to ignore the savings in both time and money that an electronic transmittal represents.
Ocean Avenue - PO Box 328
Kennebunkport, Maine 04046
Club Phone: (207) 967-3060