Commodore’s Report

From the Commodore

8-30-2017

With everybody so busy with school kids and the other, we did not have sufficient content for a Hailer, so in lieu of, you get just me.

First, my heart and prayers go out to all those affected by Hurricane Harvey. From the pictures I’ve seen, it’s devastating and I can’t imagine being there. I have a sister and two nieces living there and some personal pictures they shared with me were frightening. They did not experience much more than wet carpet and confinement to their homes, however I can’t say that for several members of the club with second homes in Rockport and Port Aransas. I’ve seen some pictures and homes are beyond repairs and it just leaves you heartbroken for them and I wish them the best. I’m so grateful Texans have come together to lend a helping hand  and for all the 1st responders, including my son from Salt Lake City  and support from all the states.

Here at DCYC, we have we been blessed with a great August. While it has been hot, I don’t recall an August with so many days under 100, plus the rain has been well received and keeping the lake at good levels and the club looking green. Let’s just hope September doesn’t bring any surprises.

Did you attend the great Steak Dinner on the 5th? If not, you missed a great meal plus a great time to meet and greet other members. We had over 70 members show up and from what I could tell, all had a great time. A great big thank you to Suzanne Glorioso who hosted the dinner and those that helped her.

These member dinners are a great way to get involved in the club and any member can make it happen. If you have a special meal you would like to share with the club, come forward and host a dinner. You determine the date , the menu, what it’s going to cost (pad it a little so you don’t come up short), and then set the price to charge members. The club will collect and reimburse you for your actual expenses. Coordinate it with our entertainment Chair, Pam Hancock, and she will help you get it on the DCYC calendar and start the reservations. Too much for one person? Then get with another member couple and make it a tag team. And if your still not comfortable, just organize a pot luck, arrange for food trucks, do a cocktail hour, wine tasting or game night or anything that just brings us together. This is your club, so step forward and make it happen. You will get all the support you need.

On a recent Friday, what started out with a text to few turned out to be about 20 plus members at the club enjoying steak, chicken, crab, corn on the cob all cooked in front of us by new member Dave Lorenat and ended up with a few going out on an evening boat ride. I’ve said it before, the more you hang at the club the more enjoyable it becomes.

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Chris Dickey, our Rear Commodore/Membership guy, and his wife Kim put on a great new member orientation and welcome party. Not only did Chris and Kim spent many hours in the kitchen before the party, Chris had a great bar set up serving blue agave Margaritas. I believe we had 90% participation from new members and the follow-up and meet and greet with existing members was great. Welcome all new members!

How often do you talk about DCYC with your friends, neighbors, work partners, restaurants or other public opportunities??  The person in the next office or standing next to you at the checkout line might not even know we exist or just may be a sailor that moved here recently. I was in Elliott’s hardware the other day inquiring about the stack of pallets they had stored in the back (thinking black floats) and a lady overheard the conversation with the manager. She came up to me and asked a thousand questions as her family moved here from San Diego 6 months ago and did quite a bit of sailing with friends. I was at LSA in Denton (a great place with live music) and the couple next to me over heard me and Phyllis talking about DCYC (about all we talk about this year) and they too seemed very interested. The point is talk about DCYC any chance you get and spread the word. We need to build up our membership.   You ask why?

  • Increase funds to expedite DCYC improvements
  • Improve Volunteerism for events
  • Improve participation in Sailing events
  • More options for crew
  • Introduce new families to the joy of sailing or boating
  • Expand the Youth Sailing program
  • More people, more fun

So put your marketing hat on and bring in some new members.

Share your talent with DCYC. There are far too few members doing the majority of the tasks at DCYC. With over 180 members, I’m disappointed that so few step up and help the club. I’m sure all of you have a specialty or talent that could benefit the club in some way. Are you an electrician, plumber, craftsman, designer, artist, business owner, bookkeeper, CPA, sales person, marketing specialist, Facebook/ tweeter/ Instagram/social media geek or have connections with someone? If so step forward and let me know. We can always use extra helping hands. Currently we are exploring doing a major social media marketing campaign to get new members. Can you help? We are also exploring getting year round sponsors for the club. Can you help?  If so, contact me or any BOG member or flag officer.

What else has been going on?

Your dock committee headed up by John Lusk continues to meet monthly, brain storming ways to improve the break water, dock ramp approaches, courtesy dock improvements and other. Thanks to work parties coordinated by Tim Johnson, we are making progress removing some of the old metal docks in the bone yard and stacking floats for relocation to clear that eyesore from the entrance. Thank you to the volunteers that have been helping out. For those of you who haven’t helped you’re in luck. More work parties are on the calendar so it’s your turn to step up.

The long range planning committee headed by Dave Meek continues to meet monthly. Some topics have been rearranging dry storage parking, outdoor amenity improvements, replacement reserves, membership and much more.

What’s about to happen?            

Please review the DCYC calendar and get involved in an upcoming event.  Some highlights I see include:

9-3-17. Sunday Labor Day Pot Luck and Raft Up. The fun starts at 4:30 PM Bring a dish, bring your beverage of choice and relax pool side. Join the raft up at 6 till sunset. See the web site for details and sign up now.

9-9-17. Saturday Night (Disco) Fever Night hosted by Michelle Ditmer & Teresa Connell Meek. You know this will be a great time for all. Sign up now.

9-16-17 A Picnic on The Lake will be a great opportunity for motor boat members and sailors to social and mingle at John Horwdel’s back yard at Lakewood Village.  Sign up now.

9-9-17 Fall Series Race # 1. And several weeks after.  Get out and sail, who cares if you win or lose, just get on the water. Interested in crewing?  Every boat needs 3-8 crew members; you need to start sometime. If interested in crewing contact the fleet captain Heather Fahle.

9-30-17 Pirates of the Corinthian. I look forward to this event every year. The club grounds will be full of youth and Jr sailors from several other clubs. This is a great opportunity to volunteer and help out. I always help with race committee as I love to be on the water watching the young sailors

10-14 17 Terlingua In Exile. Our second regatta of the year and again the club will be full of synergy. Another chance for you to get involve and lend a helping hand. In the evening the kids make boats out of sticks and cans and race in the pool. It’s a event you don’t want to miss.

10-28-17 Halloween Party!  A great time for everyone to get dressed up for the best Halloween costume party ever, so call the sitter, put the kids to bed. It’s time for the Grown-Ups to raise the Dead!   Witches Brew will be flowing or bring your own Poison.

What needs to happen!

Have you signed up on Bill.com yet?  If not, I’m going to keep preaching this sermon until everyone is on. The majority, about 75% of the members are now using the system and it has cut down a great deal of time processing checks. If you buy anything on line, its really no different except you can’t pay by credit card.  The system is FDIC insured, so it’s as safe as it can be. You can select to manually pay each month or auto pay. I personally selected auto pay. It sends me a notice before they debit my account. Remember that Steak Dinner we had at the club that was $10.00 each. Because I’m on auto pay, it paid the charge for me BUT PRIOR TO THE PAYMENT, A NOTICE WAS SENT TO ME, per the notice below. If I had a problem with it, say it should have been for only one person, I could have stopped it.

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Dear James,

Thank you for using Auto Pay!

This payment to Dallas Corinthian Yacht Club will be made from your Bank Account James E. Hankins ******3960 on 08/21/17.

Pay To Invoice # Invoice Amount Amount Paid Pay On
Dallas Corinthian Yacht Club Inv4914 $20.00 $20.00 08/21/17
Total: $20.00

Since Bill.com processes payments on behalf of Dallas Corinthian Yacht Club, this payment will show up on your bank statement as “Dallas Corinthian Bill.com”.
If you don’t want to pay Dallas Corinthian Yacht Club automatically anymore:
1. Log in to https://app.bill.com/p/dcycbilling
2. Mouse over the gear icon at the top right corner and click “Auto Pay is On”
3. Click “Edit” icon, then deselect “Automatically Pay Bills”

Thank you,
Dallas Corinthian Yacht Club

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It’s so simple and no more late charges because I forgot or paid the same old amount. Most Apartment Communities and management companies now require their residents to pay using Bill.com or similar systems to reduce cost and handling. If you are still paying by ACH, you might be saving yourself time since your bank is sending the check for you but we are still receiving your paper check.  We don’t have staff to do admin work, because to do so would mean increasing membership dues. We have our volunteer TREASURER Jeff Ellefson handling this who also has a full time job. He spends hours to go to POB, or track down your check, open envelopes, fill out deposits slips and then must drive that check to the bank for deposit, when it could and should be done electronically. Please help me help your club . Sign up for bill.com today go to: https://app.bill.com/p/dcycbilling

If you have any issues and or questions,  please call or email the DCYC Treasurer Jeff Ellefson, CPA at 972-447-9912 or jeffery.l.ellefson.gmail.com

Don’t forget!

“The overall enjoyment and fun that happens at DCYC occurs when you become involved, meeting new people and contributing to the ownership and camaraderie of our club.  DCYC is a MEMBER OWNED ALL VOLUNTEER OPERATED club.  It takes each and every one of us contributing in some way to keep the yacht club fun, inviting, and fully operational.”

I want DCYC to be the best place it can be and hope each of you want the same.

Please know my door is always open. If you have any comments, suggestions, or complaints concerning your club, please get in touch with me.

If you want to get more involved with special projects, or have a company or the resources to help DCYC in any way, please get in touch with me.

I’ll be waiting to hear from you!

We can’t adjust the wind, but we can adjust the sails.

James Hankins

Commodore

214-549-1122

jhankins@alshallgroup.com

 

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