2014 November Commodore’s Column “Meeting the Challenges”

Macyy2First of all, hats off to Muriel Powers and her team for a great garage sale! We netted over $1,700 which is a record. Yes, I asked for more items last Thursday – the club looked pretty bare compared with past years, but the additional items brought in on Friday plus more higher priced items made the difference. Thanks to the workers, donors and buyers! We will all feel so proud next spring when we present our scholarships. Muriel has already indicated her interest in serving on the scholarship selection committee. Who else would like to help?? It is a spring job.

Our club’s greatest asset is its diverse membership – people with wide ranging interests, skills, backgrounds and living locations all over Jefferson County and elsewhere. It also sometimes is a stumbling block for people outside of Port Townsend to feel like they can accept a board position, as it was this year when looking for rear commodore. Rear commodore is in charge of clubhouse rentals and maintenance which brings him/her often to the club. Fortunately, we have had some great people step up for 2015 and only two of them actually live in town!! (This year only one does.) What we need to recognize is that the Board member positions are managerial – not hands-on. We have committees and eager volunteers who are willing to support board members. That way one person is not doing everything. This is particularly true with regard to maintenance and rental of the building. Also, a board position requires only the additional Board meeting each month September through June. Election of the slate, published here in the Baggy on page 7, will be at the November meeting – be sure to let the new Board know of your interest and support and consider getting more involved during the upcoming year. Being a member of the Board is fun and so important to the life of our club. Thanks especially to all those who will comprise the 2015 Board.

Increasingly, our Board positions involve more computer use and skills related to them. Members should not eliminate themselves from taking on a Board position, just because they do not know a certain computer program or are not comfortable with the computer. Instead we should encourage them to take a job knowing that they can delegate to someone with those skills or get the help they need to learn a new program. I am putting together a “committee” or really a list of people with the skills and computer program knowledge that we need who are willing to help out in the background. Our needs are, in addition to Microsoft WORD, EXCEL for our database, PUBLISHER for the Baggywrinkle and the Roster, QUICKBOOKS for our finances and WordPress and Picassa for our website. I hope you will let me know if you can join me on this committee.

Finally, you will be getting your renewal notice during November. Dues have not changed – $200 a year to belong to a fun, vibrant, active club. It is a great value for the friendship, socials, seminars, programs, parties, cruises and reciprocals. Yes, we are already looking forward to 2015!                     Tug on,           Macy Galbreath, Commodore