Unfortunately, for the second month in a row, I start this update with the announcement of the passing of another long-term Club member, Bill Carlton. I regret I did not know Bill personally, but he was born next door in Little Plymouth, King and Queen County. He was an accomplished athlete during his years at Pleasant Hill High School and was active in the 4-H Club. His professional career included construction, farming, and forestry in both Maryland and Virginia. And, fortunately for us, he loved the outdoors and water. Please join me in offering condolences to his wife Pat and the rest of his family.
Just as a gentle reminder, please take a few minutes this month to pay your annual dues. As I have mentioned the last couple of months, there are many benefits to WRYC membership (socials, boat storage, use of the dock, a nice place to spend time, discounts on facility rental, and hopefully more to come). Rentals of our facility throughout the year only cover half of our costs. Your dues ensure we can keep our events going, our facilities in top-notch condition, and the lights on. Please talk to Layne or Shannon if you have questions.
This month you might notice construction on our dock. Last year, the Board approved installation of a US Geological Survey tide station at our club. Soon, anyone who checks tides for this area will get an update live from our dock! With that we will get online publicity for our club and facility. We will also be fixing a broken piling so the dock remains secure and level.
Layne and our internet team are doing a great job of keeping our Club Facebook page up-to-date with current Club information. Please visit the Club's Facebook page (just type "Ware River Yacht Club Facebook" into your browser); while you are there, click the "like" button. This improves online visibility for the club and hopefully helps attract new members. See you at the Spring Work Day!