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Commodore Paul Cairoli

January 18 - On behalf of the Youth Sailing Committee, I am very pleased to announce that Ontario Sailing and their Boom program have awarded the Cedar Island Yacht Club two one-week Youth Sailing Schools to be held 23 July and 30 July 2018.

The Committee and you the members have worked hard over the last two years to bring this goal from a dream to a reality. Our next step is to ensure that this is the finest sailing school in the region. A task that, for our great club, will be easily handled.

We have revamped the responsibilities of our committee to best ensure that the many tasks that lay ahead get done in time.

The responsibility for the building of school docks and property preparation will fall under Mike Lippmann.

Liaison with Boom and all its complexities will be handled by Wally Hogan.

Jyll Mackie will handle registration, promotion and be the Boom Representative of the CIYC during the program.

Warren Ritchie and I will handle funding and budgeting.

All four of these areas will require help from you so please, if you are inclined, pick an area that suits your skills, call the Committee member in charge and offer your assistance. It will be a blast.

Sailing has been a great hobby, sport and social pastime for all of us so now is a wonderful time for all of us to get involved and help develop future sailors and future club members.

From today on the Youth Sailing Program at CIYC is real, is viable, and will be fun for all of us.

With Warmest Regards
Your Happy Commodore

2018 January

Happy New Year to you all and best wishes for the upcoming sailing season.

No matter what interests you on the water this year, we hope to have it.

It is hard to believe how fast 2017 went by. There was so much to do, so much that did get done and now so much to get ready for. Lets do a look at what happened and to where we are headed.

2017 saw a lot of background work being done, reviewing the Bylaws, setting Strategic Goals for the year and future years and organizing a lot of activities that I believe went off with a great deal of professionalism, passion, and fun.

At this year’s Commodores Ball and again at the AGM, I promised we would do much of the same as last year but this year with a view to providing even greater return for your membership dollar. After all, keeping you happy makes the club work and work well. This year’s Executive is dedicated to improving every detail of all of our events at this great yacht club. Not an easy task given how well they performed last year.

To make this club even greater, I am asking that all of you get even more involved. This is a club built by its members for its members and, with so much going on, we need your help. This help will start in February when we will hold an open evening to discuss and review our recently introduced Strategic Plan. A couple of years ago, many of us met at a series of winter meetings during which we talked about our vision for the future. It went very well but to keep working a strategic plan, from time to time, it needs to be reviewed to see if the current needs and situation are still valid or if some influence within or outside our control dictates a change. Changing a Strategic Plan is a good thing if (and only if) it is done after careful consideration.

Our current plan is good but it was developed from a concept when we were not even sure how it would work. So now it is time for you to review it. What better way to ensure the future of the CIYC and what a great way to get involved. Watch CIYC News for details. I cannot think of a better way to spend a cold winter night.

For me as Commodore there are three major new projects that must get done.

Firstly, our Youth Sailing Program. We set up a Committee of hard-working visionaries: Jyll Mackie, Wally Hogan , Mike Lippmann, Warren Ritchie and me who put in a ton of work researching, planning and executing a program that, if approved by Ontario Sailing, will provide the basis for future members of the club and ensure the continuation of our wonderful sport. At the time of this writing all plans are in place; we are just waiting for a go-ahead that our application is approved.

Youth Sailing was a concept that hatched from our Strategic Planning sessions. How great is that?!

Once approved, we are going to need volunteers to sit on sub-committees at which time we will change our focus from planning to building docks, raising funds, promotion, grounds preparation and a host of other projects. Let me know if any of this interests you. We need your help and it will be fun.

Secondly. I want to set up a Forward Planning Committee that must look at our future property and member needs and propose solutions as to how we do business in the future. They will look at how we handle opportunities should properties near the CIYC come up for sale. They will explore better ways we can manage our current docks and how we can expand our facilities in non-traditional ways, all of which we will need to accommodate existing and new membership.

Thirdly, last year we started to review the ambiguities in our Bylaws. This year, a Committee will be set up and be overseen by our Vice-Commodore, Warren Ritchie. This Committee will look at rewriting current Bylaws so they are simpler and easier to understand and, very importantly, look at what policies and procedures are necessary to keep us abreast of our times. They will look at and recommend health and safety programs, harassment policies , membership categories etc. that will work for all. Warren has a huge task ahead of him.

I know some of you worry about change and may long for the simpler days when the club had few rules and the emphasis was on simpler things. The world has changed and we must too. The club runs on money, your money, and the Executive and you (through your participation) must ensure that it is spent wisely and in a manner that ensures the safe and healthy future of the club.

As to the other one thousand and one other things we are doing I ask you to look at the other Execs’ pages. They will explain all the programs in detail.

One last thing as I finish. Our Race Officer, Greg Switzer, has had to resign for family reasons. I want to thank him for the great job he did last year. I will truly miss him as a competitor, as a Club Officer but mostly as a good friend. Good luck to you and your wonderful family, Greg. Mike Lippmann is taking over the Race Officer position on an acting basis. He already has a lot on his plate so if any of you have an interest in learning the race position Mike said he would be happy to train you. This is a great opportunity.

Again I think we can all look forward to a fantastic 2018.

With warm regards,