It seems that the last month and the first month of every year December and January seems to be the two months that almost everyone takes a moment and thinks as individuals where they have been, where they are at the moment they are in and where they are going from there. Some add to their bucket list and some start checking things off. Others make New Year’s resolutions, some are kept, some are not.
If I may as your commodore speak for the club, you all know where we have been, we have come from the depths of hell not knowing if the Club was ever going to come back, not knowing how many members we were going to lose as a result of not being there or losing our connection to the past, present and future. Although it seemed like all was lost, the optimism of the board of trustees at the time and the optimism of the of the membership help us survive that ordeal.
The moment we are in is now like in the Phoenix Rising although we did not come from ashes as I said we did come from the depths of hell. We got up, dusted ourselves off and we moved forward. We now stand on 81 pilings sitting well above where we came from and a shining example of what can be done when everyone comes together in a joint effort. As I said in the past, we should only look to the future and never look back only with fond memories. We have been open for 2 1/2 years.
We have had some growing pains since we opened the club and all has settled down and now, we look to the future. The future looks very bright the people that are on the waiting list want to be part of this club because they see what we did in the past years as a club and they want to be part of it. The kitchen and bar are running well and all of the club’s events are filled to capacity. We are keeping up with the traditions of the club and we are adding new ones.
In the near future and much further into the future the club needs to become independent we need to be ready for anything nature throws at us or whatever comes our way.
There will be changes in the upcoming year these changes are a must and need to be implemented for our future success of the club. It is very important that everyone have the same optimism, the same optimism that got us here today.
Have a Merry Christmas and a healthy, happy and a prosperous New Year
Ed Horton is the current Commodore of the Gilford Park Yacht Club.