Dear Fellow Members,
On your mark, get set, let’s go into the New Year with all the positivity that all of our members can generate. The worth of the entire club is the sum of all its members.
April is national volunteer month, let’s not wait, Volunteer when you can. Make it your mission statement; This is my club, I promise to give some of my time or my experience when needed.
Think of volunteering, not as a full-time job, not as a part time job, but as a job that has a start and an end in a very short time span.
Thru volunteering, it’s not how much you can do, it’s not what you do, or how much time you put into it, it is the fact that you do something rather than nothing. After the job is complete it’s how you feel about your contribution to your club. In most instances you get more out of it then the people or the organization you help. To do the above you do have to volunteer.
Upcoming events we need help in; Saint Patty’s Day, Memorial and Labor Day picnics, various clean up days and projects not yet defined.
Attending all the different events the club holds during the year is another way to support your club.
We started the Holiday season off with our first Secret Santa and ugly sweater contest. Thank you, MaryAnn Senatore and her band of merry elves, it was a huge success we had a full house.
Our children’s Christmas Party, deep in tradition, was also a huge success approximately 65 kids came to see Mr. and Mrs. Santa. Santa brought 12 extra gifts just in case additional children showed up but all children were accounted for so he just left them behind.
The board of trustees decided to donate these gifts to the Ocean County Sheriff Departments toy drive. They gather gifts and distribute them where most needed throughout Ocean County.
Thank you, Linda Wilbert and her Merry Elves who went above and beyond, buying, wrapping the gifts and going to Mc Donald’s for the Happy Meals.
Thank you, Melody, for taking the kids pictures with Santa.
Thanks to all the club members who contribute to the children’s sunshine club through the purchase of the seasonal hang-ups, all purchases go to support all children’s activities throughout the year.
Thank you, Carol McDonald and your support team for making the hang-ups.
I have started a finance committee. This committee will look into all our finances, to see where we can save money. I said this before, sometimes it’s not how much you make is how much you get to keep.
At a starting point they will come up with a past expenditures budget. We have a year plus that encompasses all the different seasons. This budget will be a good starting point. By knowing where we have been, will help us in our allocation of money moving forward.
Along with your dues, you can contribute additional money that is earmarked for boosters and scholarships. Every year we give scholarship money to our local schools. This year and until we get enough money your booster money is earmarked to the kitchen. We need a dish washer and cabinetry.
In our past membership meeting I said we have a court date on 1/8/18. This was wrong we do not have a court date yet. I will let you know when we do.
To all Happy New Year! See you at our club.
Ed Horton is the current Commodore of the Gilford Park Yacht Club.