North Coast Sailing Singles
NCSS - Cleveland, Ohio
At a Glance
Message from the President - Marianne E
Two years ago, I entered into a new venture as this club’s president. It was an honor then and now I still say, with more emphasis, it’s an incredible honor now. You all entrusted me to lead this club, to somewhere! I smile as I look back on where we were and where we are now.
Our 2016-2017 Boards eliminated a very old (extremely old) website and created one that has made the difference in how we sign up for boating and social activities. We now see who’s on which boat at what place and time. We pay for our social events with a click using our phones - click, accept, done!
Our club has grown to 170 members!!! New members are staying for the next year at an unprecedented 48% retention. And for us gals, there is more men now! That’s something to cheer about when we sing “It’s Raining Men” at the Holiday party!
And more boats! We just need to get all the boats fixed for next season so we can have the 20 sail and power boats enjoying the summer fun!
Our skills transfer sails fill fast. The team of Dave W. and Chris W. have been so generous of their time to teach so many members the art of sailing.
Our civic activities have been beach clean ups. Since our love of the lake includes our beaches, this seems like a great place to spend our civic time.
Our Social activities continue to pull our members together throughout the year. Our main events, the Pig Roast, Regatta, Skippers Party and Holiday Party, are the times to share smiles, fun and dancing. And our Happy Hours - a grand success – bring the mix of our new and “established” members together.
I look back on these two years and what the 2016 and 2017 Boards have accomplished and I’m amazed at them and their tremendous hard work! To you all, you are all incredible people, devoted and passionate about what you do and how you do it. Thank you, so very much!
For me, this is my last letter – the last time you will read my thoughts and hear from my heart. I learned so much these past two years. I learned how we are not just a group of people interested in boating on Lake Erie. We are dear friends. We are our family of choice who support each other when things are tough, when we lose a dear friend, when our health gives us havoc. I heard from so many that say, “this just isn’t a club, this is my life.” I realize just how this club enriches our lives.
I learned about me too. I learned too many times my short-comings! (no one really wants to see that in their face but thank you!) And I learned about how passionate I am about this club – how protective I am of it – and how I will fight for it to thrive well past me.
So, it’s time to say farewell. It’s been a fun ride… a crazy ride… a wild ride at times.
I am so happy to pass the baton to Dick S. – a very honorable man – who will take over. He has an incredible Board – Terri, Andy, and Roz. I know he will have an excellent slate of Chairs for Social, Membership, Communication and Boating. I wish him well. I wish him wisdom. I wish him fun!
See you all at the Holiday Party!
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