Happy New Year!

I hope this finds every one of our members and their families family in our happy and healthy. This year has brought a deeper meaning to the term “pencil me in.”

Beaufort Yacht & Sailing Club Members have shown great flexibility and patience. We all keep a diligent eye on our inboxes for modifications to our plans and new announcements.

We are currently looking forward to a January volunteer opportunity and an early March Oyster Roast and Auction to support Beaufort Community Sailing & Boating.

Enjoyment of the club is encouraged. We plan to keep the clubhouse open during the day and locked at night. The board asks that you not use the kitchen.

Volunteerism is an integral part of our club’s foundation. BYSC General Manager Jerry Giarla reports 2020 is no exception, with an impressive tally of recorded volunteer hours. We’ve taken advantage of the pandemic shutdown to clean up and spruce up the club.

According to the Club Policies manual, members can accumulate volunteer hours in many ways, including workdays, individual work, serving on race committees, and assisting with social functions and meetings.

The chairperson of each activity tracts the volunteer hours and entered them on forms provided in the office. The General Manager, the Commodore, or a designed person must authorize any volunteer work not conducted under a specific event chairperson.

With that in mind, mark your calendars for our next workday, which will be this Saturday, Jan. 9. We’ll be sending signup instructions soon.

We continue to search for a new club general manager. As you likely know, Jerry is leaving us soon to begin a new chapter with his wife Anne in Atlanta.

Jerry is handing over a well-run organization, where he led many improvements. He will stay around for the first part of the year to ease the transition to a new general manager.

We wish him and Anne all the best and extend our most sincere appreciation.

May we all have a safe and happy year ahead.

Brooks Thomas