October 2020 Commodore Column — Staying Connected via ZOOM

Here we are, entering our eighth month of a pandemic and social distancing.  We’ve had plenty of advice over these months about staying connected by way of calling friends and family, starting virtual book clubs or recipe clubs, even getting outdoors and walking with friends, masked, at a safe distance, or chatting over the fence with our neighbors at a safe distance.

Mental health experts agree that being socially connected is considered to be a very important fundamental human need.  Social distancing seems to be a bit of an oxymoron though, and how do we do this, as a social club, in a small clubhouse?  I believe our answer, for the time being, is via Zoom.

We have two Zoom events in October.  The first is our 2021 Cruise Planning, Saturday, October 10th, 9 to 11 am, led by Fleet Captain Elizabeth Eisenhardt.  Watch your email for your invitation link to connect.

Also, please join us Tuesday, October 13th, 6:30 pm, for the General Meeting. Your Zoom invitation will be emailed to you that Tuesday morning.

For those of you who have not yet “zoomed,” at 6:30 pm you’ll simply click on the link in that email to be magically transported to the meeting.  You will be greeted and placed in one of four “Cocktail Rooms” for socializing, hosted by our Board members.  Pour yourself a drink and enjoy visiting with your PTYC friends.   At 7 pm, I’ll return everyone to our main Zoom Room, and we’ll follow our normal agenda.  We are excited to present new members, Jeff & Celine Smith, as our speakers to talk about their sailing adventures around the world.

I was pleased with our very first General Membership Meeting via Zoom on September 8th. We had 27 connected via Zoom, mostly couples, so nearly 50 in attendance.  I’d love to see this grow so we can all stay connected during these difficult times of isolation.  Please join us on Zoom and help your fellow PTYC members stay connected!

Commodore Debbie