Dear Fellow Members,
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, we all kept up our dues while eagerly awaiting the rebuilding of our beautiful new building. We stuck together as a GPYC family and made it through a really tough time in the history of the club and emerged stronger. Now we are faced with the Coronavirus. We have never had a more challenging time in the history of our club because of the safety and health of each and every member and your families along with the loss of members jobs and the uncertainty of your future.
I have placed a phone call to each GPYC Board Member and effective immediately with the full support of the Board, I am suspending the April 1st dues deadline until June 1st. There are no penalties or loss of any club privileges should the club re-open. There is nothing more important right now than your families and loved ones, which come first. We understand that some members are self-employed, small business owners, or work in the service industry. I don’t want to lose any one of you on our membership roster and we will work with you through these unforeseen circumstances.
To those that have paid your dues, “Thank you.” With the club shut down for the unforeseen future, we will continue to keep up to date with our mortgage obligations. I want to explain how the dues are broken down. Out of each check, $177.00 is placed aside for the SBA mortgage and $273.00 is for utilities, insurances, and upkeep of the building.
As far as the boat slips, if you are paid up, your vessels may go in April 1st, law permitting and if you are not, simply send us your money all together for easy record keeping. Former Commodore Tom Noonan will be heading the boat slip committee with Former Commodore Tom McGovern, Vice-Commodore Tom Herr, and Treasurer Andy Chencharik when the time comes to do it safely. An internet version of the meeting is also another option the committee is looking into. They will get the information out to you in a timely manner.
The club is currently being cleaned top to bottom and sanitized thoroughly. All perishables have been discarded or given to those in need during these tough times. We are all in this together and we will as a club emerge even stronger than before.
I wish you and your families all my best and please stay safe. On behalf of myself and the entire GPYC Board of Trustees, we hope to see each and every one of you real soon at your club.
Ron Heinzman, GPYC Commodore
Ron Heinzman is the current Commodore of the Gilford Park Yacht Club.