The end of 2019 is here and I want to take the time to remember members that our club lost this year. James (Jimmy) Schaffener, Cartherine Palsho, and Bill Frasier.
Jim was a long time member of the GPYC for over 30 years and served on the Board of Trustees. Jim was a Veteran of the United States Army, volunteer Fireman, and loved fishing and camping.
Catherine was a long time member to our club and owned Ernie’s Old Robbinsville Hotel, which she operated for 72 years until her passing.
Bill was a long term GPYC member and a past Vice-Commodore. Bill was a Marine, Secret Service agent to a President, a Philadelphia Police Officer and a certified captain who has crossed the Atlantic in a sailboat.
All of our members from every walk of life are what make our club such a great place.
Moving into January, we have live entertainment with “Billy and Mark” here on Friday January 10th and again on Friday January 31st. They of course, are back by popular demand and we hope you can make it down to your club for two great nights of entertainment and dinner from your kitchen.
If you’re a football fan and here on Sundays, you have probably noticed the new window tinting on the upper windows around the bar. It has really made a big difference during the games.
As always, you can stay connected with your club by following us on Facebook or by receiving our weekly emails.
Ron Heinzman, GPYC Commodore
First, I along with the entire GPYC Board of Trustees wish all our members and your families a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year.
The GPYC first annual Children’s Toy Drive is in full swing and member Ed Bennet who has led this project in partnership with the Toms River Police Department, has placed a beautifully decorated box he made for the toy drop off at the club. We appreciate all the toy donations we have received so far and appreciate your support. We are accepting unwrapped toy donations until Christmas Eve.
There’s a lot to talk about this month so I’m going to highlight keys events happening at the club.
December 6th - Adult Christmas Party 6pm until? The ornament exchange is at 8pm. Bring in an ornament and receive an ornament. Also, wear your ugliest sweater for the annual ugly sweater contest. The top three winners will be picked at 9 pm. We also have entertainment again with the Popular 3D Daddy Daughter Duo from 7:30 pm until 11:30 pm.
December 14th – This is the cut off date for signing children up for the annual Children’s Christmas Party with Santa. If you haven’t done so yet, please sign up as soon as possible.
December 21st - Children’s Christmas Party. This year Santa and Mrs. Claus will be upstairs in the Santa’s workshop. Your family will be called up as a group and you will be able to spend some one on one time with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. We will also have a volunteer (Carol MacDonald) on hand to take photos. So, bring your camera or phone upstairs and we will take your family photo for the holiday. Chicken nuggets and fries along with juice boxes will be given out by the kitchen crew to the little ones.
December 25th – Club Closed
December 31st – Annual New Year’s Eve Party. Tickets will be going on sale within the next week and we will send out an email blast and social media post. As always, we will have great food, live entertainment and an open bar. There’s no better place to be than close to home.
I want to take some time to again thank all of the volunteers who made our Veteran’s Day Breakfast, the best ever at your club. I wish to give a special “Thank You” to Rich Johnson for the beautiful cake he donated. Special “Thank You” again to our members Dennis Palmatier, Mary Ann Senatore, Dave Slowinski, Eric Baumann, Artie Seizer, and Fran Germain. Trustees Denise Giuffre, Vanessa Heinzman, Diane Chapman Clarici, and Linda Clarici worked very hard volunteering their time as well to make the day great.
I want to give a very special “Thank You” to Glenn Blue, our own Josh Ferris, Ronald Brooks, and of course our Veterans Committee Chair, Edwin Gillan.
As always, we will send out periodic emails through the month and you can always see what’s happening on our GPYC Facebook page to stay connected.
Again, on behalf of myself, the entire GPYC Board of Trustees, the entire Bar and Kitchen Crew, we wish all of our members and your families a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and a safe healthy New Year.
Ron Heinzman, GPYC Commodore
November 2019 Commodore’s Message
November 10th is our annual Veteran’s Day breakfast at the GPYC. This year promises to be one of the biggest events yet. We will be serving our breakfast from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. with a ceremony on the first floor commencing at approximately 10:45 a.m. If you haven’t had a chance to attend any of our club events yet this year, this is beyond a doubt one of the best events our club hosts. We will have numerous Vets and Service Men and Women at your club and there is no better way to show our respect and gratitude for those that protect our freedoms and liberties.
Again, I wish to thank the Entertainment Committee for doing an outstanding job with the Children’s Halloween Party. Denise and her crew are working hard now on the Children’s Christmas Party and New Years Eve.
I wish to give a special shout out and “Thank you” to member Fran Germaine. Fran is a member that always goes above and beyond, donates her time and does countless things for the GPYC and the Board of Trustees. Thank you again Fran for donating all the pumpkins for the children’s party. All you do for us is very much appreciated.
Finally, you can always stay connected by receiving our E-mails and checking us out on our Facebook page for the latest kitchen and bars news, as well as activities and events at the club.
Ron Heinzman, GPYC Commodore
It’s October and there’s a lot going on at your club. First, most of you that know me well, know it was my intention to bring the long-standing contentious issue with the groin wall on Dillon’s Creek to a close by the end of the year. Well, it’s October and I can say that the matter is completely closed. I attended Court on August 26th after meetings and conversations with the club’s attorney and left Court that day with a handwritten signed order by the Judge. Trustee Diane Chapman Clarici spent the day with me in Court and I thank her again for her time and devotion to the club.
Since that time, a Corporate Resolution was drafted for me by the attorney and voted on unanimously by the Board of Trustees authorizing the signing of the deeds. I attended a meeting with the title company and attorney in Freehold on September 18th and the deeds were signed and later recorded in Ocean County. I also obtained a fully executed Court order typed and signed by the Judge, again bringing this matter to a close. Additionally, the summons issued to the Gilford Park Yacht Club in 2016 concerning the groin wall was dismissed in Municipal Court on September 30th.
Under the terms of the Court order, we now own the entire beach East of the club, all the property under the club, twenty-five feet West of the club, the docks, and twenty-five feet into the river on all sides. This is property that we did not previously own. We originally owned only a fifty (50) foot wide piece of land under the original deed of 1936 from the Barnegat Woodlands Corp. I will be turning over all of the original documents to Recording Secretary Raymond Pyne at our next meeting so the materials can be safely stored. We are looking into an off-site location such as a safe deposit box for these important documents.
So there are three important things to take away from this. First, we own property that we never owned before. Second, we are exempt from property taxes as we were before and will not be taxed by the town on this land. Third, a mortgage cannot be taken on the building. I have an enlarged map that I wish to share at the next Board of Trustees meeting outlining the original grant to Thomas B. Gilford of 1888, the recorded deed of 1936, and today’s new property boundaries. I have reached out to former Commodores Tom Noonan and Ed Horton to let them know the matter was closed and I would like to thank both Commodores for their time, dedication, and their devotion to this matter.
I would also like to wish Trustee/Chef Lenny and his wife Joan all the best from the entire GPYC family as Lenny is on medical leave. The kitchen continues to move forward and I am proud of the entire kitchen crew pulling together during a difficult time. I am also proud of our membership. All of you that have stopped by the kitchen to wish Lenny well, check on his status, and lend a hand to the kitchen crew was much noticed and appreciated. I let Lenny know that you all were asking about him and he was very appreciative.
As I have previously mentioned, please check out our GPYC Facebook page for updates and upcoming events at the club. If your not connected to Facebook, keep an eye out for emails and if you need help setting up your email or member porthole on the webpage at www.gpycnj.com, please reach out to Trustee Vanessa Heinzman so we can keep you informed and connected.
Ron Heinzman, GPYC Commodore
Fall is right around the corner and I hope we can move into it slowly and hold on to the warmer weather. The annual beach party was a success again and I want to thank everybody for spending the day at the club. I also wish to say “Thank you” to all the volunteers we had, both club members and family members alike, which make these events possible. I would call everybody out by name, but it’s not just a group of individuals, but a small “Village” to pull these events off.
They start with the planning, ordering of food and non-consumable products, setting up, cleaning the beach, food preparation, ticket sales for food and beverages, and finally the clean-up. Also, we can’t forget the appearance of our own famous “DJ Jammin Jersey Josh.”
As we ease into fall, you will see changes in the air, so please check your Emails, the GPYC website through your member porthole, and follow us on Facebook. If you’re a Facebook follower of the GPYC, you will notice that Trustees Vanessa Heinzman and Linda Clarici are doing an outstanding job keeping the page up to date and posting fantastic photos of club events. Again, if you haven’t seen the page, please follow us on Facebook. You won’t be disappointed. If you are not a computer user, please feel free to contact me at the club or give me a phone call.
Finally, winter hours are going into effect at the club this week with the beginning of school. The club will be opening at 11:00 a.m. Monday through Friday and 7:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. In the short term, the club will open early on Friday’s at 7:00 a.m. to accommodate the boat ramp. Bar Manager Bob Cavalier will keep you posted.
Ron Heinzman, Commodore
First I want to say, “Thank You” for electing me as your Commodore. I want to congratulate all of our newly elected Board members, and give a special thank you to our Former Commodore Ed Horton, Recording Secretary Dave Felton, Trustee John Hogan, Trustee Manny Muina, and Trustee Rainer Moellering for your service to our club.
I am looking forward to working with our new Board of Trustees, Flag Officers, and all of our current members moving forward. We as a Board, look forward to listening to your ideas and hearing your input. I also want to thank our members that were able to make it on election night. Regardless of who your candidate was for office, you voted and supported your club. Again, thank you.
I have said and will continue to say that holding office isn’t an easy one. Regardless of who holds the office, he or she runs with your club’s best interest at heart. When your watch is over, I believe your service continues, as we have seen with our former Commodores. Commodores Noonan and McGovern have spent countless hours after their terms ended supporting this club serving on committees, election boards, and being mentors to newly elected Board members. Commodore Horton will also be serving actively as well moving forward.
On Friday, August 23rd we will be serving our popular Commodores Platter in dedication to Commodore Horton, Commodore Noonan, and Commodore McGovern. All of your Commodores will be at the club. So, I hope you can stop down, say hello, and spend some time with us at your club. Each of you former Commodores left the club better than they found it, which came from hard work and dedication. Your newly elected Board of Trustees and I will work tirelessly to leave the club better than we found it moving forward. Vanessa Heinzman will be posting the new committee chairs shortly and I hope to see everyone at the club.
Lastly, I wish to have an open door to the full membership. If you wish to talk, have an idea, or suggestion, please feel free to email me.
Ron Heinzman, Commodore
As I stated in the last general membership meeting that the nominating committee chair person is Glen Blue. Please seek him out if you would like to step up to the plate and take on any of the positions that are up for reelection or replacement. For any of the trustee’s positions except for one, four positions will be for two years and the replacement position will be for one year. For all of the officer’s positions they will be for one year.
Being proud of this club is the theme of this commodore’s message. I AM PROUD of all the accomplishments that the present Board of Trustees has accomplished and how the membership has come together in helping to move this club forward as a whole. All the leagues the club has; the pool league and to the ladies that have shared in feeding the members that participate in that league it was complete success. Think about joining, win and get to see your name on the website as a winner.
The Dart league on Wednesday, to the members that run it and the members that participate. You will see them at times wearing their monogram dart league shirts, it is fun for all and gives the membership something to do during the winter months when cabin fever starts to set in. Think about joining you don’t have to be good we are a handicap league.
We can all be proud of our annual Memorial Day picnic and our inhouse veterans’ breakfast that we have every Veterans Day and the connections that we have made with outside veterans’ groups, looking forward to seeing them at the club this is something worth being proud of, by all.
We as a group, have solved some in house problems that nature has thrown at us, that pesky sun that shines through the west windows and distributes the dinner time crowds has been solved with blinds you can leave your shades at home.
The ice that creates havoc with our outer poles and causes us to spend money every year was solved with the investment of a new bubblier system. It was not just the purchase of it but the team work it took to put it together and install it for the first time.
With a lot of good input, we are finally getting a light over the pool table it has taken some time but you will be seeing it over the pool table soon.
We have a new boarder and new landscaping in the front of the building the club looks good.
An event that everyone looks forward to this August 4st is our annual crab contest, free to everyone it becomes a feast of all feasts.
All the annual events children’s Halloween and Christmas party, the New Year’s Eve party all have come and gone with total success thanks to the members that participate and those that ran these affairs. Because these are annual events look forward to participating in them, check the web page for their posting.
We have members that volunteer their time and show off their talent and occasionally play music during meeting nights.
Like I have said in the past; Like in a choir it is not just the conductor, but when everyone participates and sings their part of a song, their harmony together goes to a successful and a rewarding performance. Our club is no different, when everyone plays a part in its operation, the commodore, the Board of Trustees and the membership all chip-in and help out when and where they can, the end result is a club in harmony and rewarding for all. I know and can attest to this in my own pride and in the pride I see around the club.
We are at / in the time of the year where our family members of GPYC and the Gilford Park Yacht Club try to cram all of the following activities in 5 months It is a crazy time. Summer is upon us, members getting their boats ready for the season, there are graduations; Kindergarten, Middle School, High School and College. Families are still working 5 days a week so all that’s left is approximately 14 weekends which equals approximately 28 days. There are several major holidays during this time; Memorial Day which kicks of the season Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, 4th of July, Family Holidays (vacations) and Labor Day that ends it all. As I said it is a crazy time, and if I may add it can be a stressful time.
As I have always said your family comes first nothing else matters, I should practice what I preach. I have always said that I am never in the moment I am in, my mind is always somewhere where else, my wife days after a family event would reminisce about that day and I would not have a clue what she was talking about because I was not in the moment, I am in.
My recommendation to myself and to the families of GPYC and to the Gilford Park Yacht Club itself is to take your time, slow down and enjoy that moment you are in.
With all of what was said above, the club also goes through its time of change. July and August are our election process months starting with the nominations in July and ends in August with elections.
Glen Blue again has graciously accepted to head up the nominations committee for July and the election committee process in August. Any member in good standing who would like experience running the club or being part of the decision-making process please seek out Glue Blue, let him know your intensions. Any one running for office or trustee will have to be present at the July’s meeting and if they can’t be there, they will have to have a letter stating the office position or for a trustee position they plan to run for dated and signed. This also goes for incumbent trustees and officers whose terms are up.
I say, that without our members stepping up to the plate and taking on these rolls you will NOT have a club. Please do not run for the glory of the title but run to keep your club moving forward. Run only if you can commit to the position and the job you will get because if you can’t you will be doing a disservice to your fellow members and the club as a whole. By them electing you, they are depending on you to move the club forward. Just remember your immediate family indirectly gets elected to the position make sure they are on board with your decision.
Just because you as a member elected a candidate or don’t like the candidate that won or you say you do your part by paying your dues, none of that matters it does not relinquish your responsibility as a member to help out at all the different activities that the club sponsors and support the elected members of the Board of Trustees. Remember, you took an oath to support the club when you were sworn in.
With all the activities that will be crammed in this summer please do it safely, keep your eyes on the road, be considerate of others both on/or off the road, on the water and at the club, Drink sensibly and click it.
Most of all, be in the moment you are in, because time only moves forward, you can’t get it back, it then becomes an empty moment in the history of your life.
I hope there is a plethora of members that will stand up at the plate and take their turn as a trustee or an officer this election season. There will be 5 trustees and 5 officers position up for reelection or replacement. Commodore, Vice Commodore. Recording Secretary, Treasure, and Financial Secretary.
I wrote this commodores message while watching the D-Day ceremony commemorating that day June 6th 1944. I became overwhelmed when I realized that how much it hurts when we lose an immediate family member and for that day all the families back home that lost their love ones and how a nation won but lost a generation of people. This was for the war to end all wars. There must be something about this United States of America that we are willing to die for others. I believe it is FREEDOM. So on Memorial Day, Flag Day, Veterans Day, D-Day and every day in between, give thanks to those that gave the ultimate sacrifice.
So, to all that have read my commodores messages every month including this one I THANK YOU. I meant every word I said and stand behind those words.
See you at the club.
This Mays commodore message will be my 19th, all the messages each month are packed with my personal thoughts, current events, the club’s accomplishments, the club’s pride and my conviction that I have for this great organization we call the Gilford Park Yacht Club. They are all on the website for your reading or binge reading, if this is the first time you are visiting the website there is a lot of information, take time to know your club by visiting the web site often.
May Day the first of May is an important day for many people around the world celebrating spring time and honoring workers around the world. In the USA we celebrate Labor Day on Monday, September 2, 2019.
The destress call - Mayday, Mayday, Mayday as we are all familiar with has nothing to do with May or any day in May. It comes from the anglicization of the French word m’aider meaning “help me”.
For the Gilford Park Yacht Club, we celebrate Memorial Day on May 25th with our annual beach party.
Don’t forget the May 11th Mother’s Day breakfast at the club
May is the start of our summer season the river is alive with activity.
I Don’t have a large immediate family base but since my bike was stolen and my unfortunate accident with a table saw I have discovered that I have an extend family base called the Gilford Park Yacht Club. I would like to thank all for their outrage over the theft of my iconic bike and the concerns they had for me over my table saw injury. Thank you
Have a great month and hope to see you at the club and at our Memorial Day Beach Party.
As I have stated in a past commodore’s message; the Gilford Park Yacht Club is not a short-term investment but a long-term investment into an organization that share in common likes, boating, fishing, hobbies, and a place where we help each other and support each other through a friendship bond.
We support our Community, both fire and police departments and our veterans and as members we all get to share in all the pride that comes with being a Gilford Park Yacht Club member in what we have achieved since we opened and reopened. We’ve come a long way since the club started back in 1936 and since we re-opened after Sandy our members have stayed with us through the good times, the hard times and the difficult times. The club has become a way of life and our membership has grown.
I am proud to say we have members that have 50 years of continuous membership, we are putting together a list of members with 25 years or more of continuous membership to which they will receive a 25-year pin and a certificate for their years of service at a one of our general meeting.
We have existing members approaching 25 years and now new members working towards their 25 years of service as they reach this Plateau we will dedicate a meeting once a year to them so they can receive their pin and a certificate.
I am very pleased to find out from our financial secretary that our membership knows the true value of what the club has to offer and again has supported the club by paying their dues. We are at 90% paid dues for this new physical year starting April 1 and these members added one more year of service towards their 25-year pin. In that 10%, we have lost people due to illness, moving away and the worst through death. The rest I am hoping is that It just slipped their mind and will pay.
Unfortunately, by paying late they have already lost their position on the boat slip seniority list and have lost their privileges to the club and have accrued additional late fee charges.
There are bylaws that exist that prohibit ex-members coming back into the club through any means such as coming in as a guest through another member or by any reciprocity agreement we have with any other organization and this will be enforced. I am asking our members to help to police in this matter.
Fortunately, we have a waiting list of 40 plus people that are waiting eagerly to join and start experiencing all the club has to offer and still that view is spectacular.
The Board of Trustees thanks all members for their support.
Ron Heinzman is the current Commodore of the Gilford Park Yacht Club.