Dear Fellow Members,

And just like that, the unofficial end of Summer has come and gone! What a way for Labor Day Weekend to wind up. After two great days, we woke up Monday morning to thunder, lightning and a lingering downpour. But, we did have a very nice weekend at the Club in spite of the Air Show having been canceled, including a Kentucky Derby party in September! Yes, it´s been a very different year.

With the coming of Fall, we sadly begin to talk about Haul-Out and elections. If you haven’t already, please schedule your haul out time slot. With the terrific increase in membership that we have experienced this year, I expect a corresponding increase in demand for Winter storage and as we all know, space is limited.

Elections for the Board will be held during our General Membership meeting on Tuesday, October 13th. This year’s Nominating Committee consists of Dominic Mihalik, Toni Cavasini and Bryan McPhail. There are four Trustee positions that will be elected as well as the Bridge. If you are interested in running, please let a member of the Nominating Committee or Larry Orlowski know before the September 15th deadline. As for the meeting itself, at this time I am anticipating a hybrid meeting of in-person attendance as well as virtual attendance for those who would prefer. We are going to try this approach with next week’s Board Meeting. Details regarding absentee ballots for the election will be forthcoming.

As most of you are aware, we have welcomed a new chef, Ron Jackson. Ron comes to us from Shoreby where he was the Sous Chef for four years. The Food Committee will be meeting with Larry and Ron this coming Friday to discuss a new menu for the Fall and Winter. If you have any thoughts or suggestions please let either me or Larry know.

While Labor Day marks the “unofficial” end of Summer, there is still plenty of beautiful weather ahead of us according to the long-range forecast. With attendance being limited at the Browns game and tailgating in the Muni lots prohibited, we are looking at ways to enjoy the kickoff to Browns season at the Club.

As of today (recognizing that COVID rules and restrictions are very fluid) we are planning on the Great Chili Championship on Saturday, October 3rd. Of course, all applicable COVID protocols will be followed, which today means, among the usual social distancing rules, competing Chili’s will be served by our staff as opposed to the usual Chili buffet. Further details will follow.

Also, we are still planning on our annual Clambake on Saturday, October 10th. Naturally, given the reduced number of tables available, reservations will be limited. Again, more complete details will be forthcoming as we get closer to the date.

Once again, I want to thank you all for your understanding and support of the Club during the strangest season ever. Thanks to you, the Club and our great staff continue to weather the storm quite well. Remember, this will eventually be a memory and so, with each passing day, we get one day closer to having this COVID craziness behind us and returning to normal!

Looking forward to a great rest of the year.

All the best,

Rob