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SLYC Commodore's Letter, December 2017
Season’s Greetings Stony Lakers!
With Christmas coming quickly Juniper Island and SLYC are probably a long way from many of your minds, however I’d like to bring you up to speed with what your SLYC Board has been up to this fall.
As Summer 2017 wrapped up we conducted an “Online Survey Monkey”, canvassing feedback from the membership on the tennis and sailing programs, governance issues, communications, social functions , membership and anything else of concern to members. We’ve received 77 responses as of the end of November. The survey will remain open for the month of December, so if you haven’t yet completed the survey please do so or you will miss your chance to help us serve you better. In an effort to properly analyze the results and come up with actionable recommendations, 2 subcommittees were formed with representation from Board and Non-Board members. They are currently analyzing results and beginning to help strategize to take full advantage of the member feedback.
In October the Board met via teleconference with Glenn Lethbridge, Executive Director of Ontario Sailing to conduct a “Health Check Up” of SLYC. It was an informative look into our Club, facilitated by the 25 year veteran, touching on topics of programming, culture, safety, financial stability, insurance, and the 'Elephant in the room' - “on lake” versus “off lake” instructors. Cottage Clubs, like ours work on a balance between giving our communities’ teenagers the opportunity to learn leadership and teaching skills and have a place of summer employment that allows them a few developmental and fun years on Stony. At the same time the SLYC membership places a lot of expectation and responsibility on these “on Lake” instructors to deliver high caliber programs. The Board is committed to ensuring SLYC is able to provide both instructional job opportunities to its youth while still delivering high level programming in sailing and tennis programs to its membership. The Board and its subcommittees continue to investigate the best balance forward of “off lake” and “on lake” blend to best serve the membership.
Another major piece of business this Fall has been analyzing the financial results of last summer, auditing our sailing fleet, our tennis courts, other capital assets, the new minimum wage employment laws, etc. and we have started developing the 2018 budget to support it. Your Survey feedback will help guide The Board in ensuring we are considering the expectations of the membership.
In closing, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all those who make our SLYC programming happen, our sailing and tennis instructors, and the volunteer Board of Directors that manage the place. I’d like to extend a special thank you to 3 retiring Board members, including Past Commodore Jeff Somerville, Secretary Ashley Sloane, and Junior Sailing Director Tom Wells, all of whom have dedicated many years of service to the SLYC as Board members. Your service is appreciated more than you know!
I’d like to wish everyone a happy, healthy and safe holiday season .
P.S. Please note: If anyone is out near Juniper over the winter please be extremely careful; the club house and docks are now bubbled to protect our dock assets so the ice there is not safe and the area in front of the Clubhouse is open water .