All Meeting Minutes

Nov 14, 2019 - General Membership Meeting Minutes

Meeting Date: November 14, 2019

Start Time: 8:09 pm

End Time: 9:10 pm

Location: BYC clubhouse

 

ATTENDANCE

Title

Name

Code

Present

Commodore

Joel Gussman

JG

Y

Commodore

Mary Lucus-Flannery

MLF

Y

Vice Commodore (co)

Lonnie D.

LD

N

Vice Commodore (co)

Christina Polito-Halter

CPH

Y

First Vice Commodore (co)

James Clarkson

JC

Y

First Vice Commodore (co)

Dan Zaslavsky

DZ

Y

Second Vice Commodore (co)

Will Yu

WY

Y

Third Vice Commodore

Ryan Alder

RA

Y

Rear Commodore (co)

John Bongiovanni

JB

Y

Rear Commodore (co)

Matt Hess

MH

N

Port Captain (co)

Lydia Lopez

LL

N

Port Captain (co)

Brenden Kallaby

BK

Y

Treasurer

Peter Kuhn

PK

N

Secretary

Carolyn Brown

CB

Y

Thanks to BYC and thanks to the kitchen staff

 

Commodores introduction 

Joel - I’ve had 3+ years of Excomm fun. It’s been great being on Excomm, the people are delightful and fun to hang out with. It’s an honor to work wit lots of people who do so much. I want to recognize a few others who are stepping down First Vice Dan Z, Rear Commodore Matt Hess, Port Captain Lydia Lopez, and Banquet Chair Stephen Dower. 

Mary - we will be giving honorary membership to all those stepping down. I also want to acknowledge all of the Chairs who do so much for the club: Banquet chair Stephen Dower, Cruising chair Allen Champion, Sailing Maintenance chairs, Sheldon & Greg, sailing rating chair, Mark, Saturday morning chair, Birk Huber, Sunday racing chair David F and Sergio R. Thursday racing Nick, windsurfing board repair Sofien, windsurfing locker Cindol, windsurf sail repair chair Mitsu, windsurf rating chair Mike McKinley, Women sailing Caryl, youth ride chair Deepti, membership chair Stefano, safety gear chair Annalise, technology chair Ryan Lucus, conduct chair Ray Dalstrom.

 

OFFICER REPORTS

 

Rear commodore(Sailing) Report

I'm a numbers guy, and my report is usually a lot of statistics on number of students, lessons, ratings, etc. comparing this year to last year. I track this stuff because I think it is a good indicator of how our programs are working, and it has highlighted problem areas for us to address. We have a lot to do this evening, so I'll be brief. I won't repeat what I discussed in the August GMM.

  1. Compared to last year, we are teaching slightly fewer students per day during the week, but significantly more on Saturdays. We had a very large increase in students this Fall, especially on Saturdays.
  2. Our keelboat program is running smoothly, thanks to having a good Wednesday lessons coordinator.
  3. We had a lot of good workshops this season, many of which we had done in previous years. We had some very good new ones, and I want to highlight Memo's "You're a Junior, now what?", James' "High Performance Dinghies", and Saul's spinnaker and J80 dock talks. We can always use more, so think about what would be really useful, even if you can't teach it yourself.
  4. We will have workshops over the winter, including an instructor workshop. If you're a new Junior or even a new Novice, these workshops will help you as an instructor. And you should teach, as you'll learn quite a lot in the process, along with helping other Club members.
  5. Ratings earned are the best indicator of how well our instruction program is working, and members earned significantly more Novice and Junior ratings this year compared to last year. 8 members earned the Senior rating, and 2 the Cruise rating. This is slightly higher than historical averages per year.

I'll end by thanking all of you who have given your time as instructors. We live or die as a Club based on our sailing instruction, and we own our success to you.

 

3rd vice

Not a lot to report. Business as usual, thanks to Greg and Sheldon, Uncle Donald has a broken strand on its forestay. J80 is going well, we are working on getting more people signed off. If you are interested in sailing the boat, ask those who are signed off, and we have a J80 Google group to facilitate getting skippers and crew together to go sailing. 

 

2nd vice

Windsurfing membership has reached an all-time high. thanks to everyone who has done outreach and attracted more people to the club. I want to acknowledge the people who taught novice lessons every weekend and all the members who have quietly repaired all of the gear. The foiling program I established with Michael McKinley has been a great addition to the club. and we want to grow that program next year and upgrade the equipment. 

 

1st vice

We purchased an UFO this year it is a foiling boat and a bit challenging to sail and tack. If you want to sail the UFO, it will help to be competent on the lasers first. Contact Dan Z if you want an UFO rigging lesson. In addition we have the Quests, JYs, and Ventures in our teaching fleet and if you want to learn more find someone to take you one the RS500s or the RS800. Ryan and Memo have been doing dinghy repair clinics on Fridays. We just got another JY so we now have 10 and will purchase a new on this year. We plan to decommission and scrap the older damaged boats as they wear out. One of the motivating reasons that Ryan is doing the repair clinics is he plans to lead an all-boat dinghy cruise. Come down and help Ryan on Fridays so he can make it happen. We are working on designing and building new Quest mainsails with better reefing as well as more powerful sails with full battens. If you have any suggestions for boats in the future talk to James or Memo.

 

Secretary 

I represented CSC at the annual Aquatic Directors meeting at the Department of Boating and Waterways in Sacramento. And wrote our grant application for DBW funding for 2020. 

 

Port captain

Not much to report, everything is going great with the amazing Day Leader team. One thing we need to be aware of is in the off-season we don’t have DLs scheduled for Tue and Wed and we are short-handed during Christmas break. Tue/Wed are covered by VDLs and it’s community effort. I need to give a big thank you to all the people who help me out especially Tony S. and Tone T. for all their VDL work. However, we always need more VDL and I will be happy to train you.

 

Vice commodore

One of the many things Vice Commodores do is coordinate Open Houses. So far this year we have had 8 OH with 1,573 guests. 1182 of them were adults and 391 kids. Open House helps us bring the community to the water and gets us our grants. We have one more OH so come and help out. I want to thank Mary and Ryan A for coordinating Open Houses when I was unavailable. I also want to thank the kitchen staff for tonight and thank Stephen for doing food for our OHs. We are looking for a new banquet chair for next year. A new thing we did this year was several new member parties. These have been a great way to welcome new and potential members to the club, thanks to all the members, musicians, and Mary for the success of these events. We are hoping to keep this as a tradition at the club. Winter on Waterfront is coming up. The Berkeley marina is expanding the festivities to have a festival followed by a boat parade. We are going to have a keelboat at the dock and a dinghy on a trailer and a booth to promoteCSC. If you want to help out, let me know. Joel is generously donated all the Hanukkah boat lights and decorations which won second place last year to anyone who wants to use them for this year’s boat parade. An email will be coming with more info. 

 

Commodore

Joel - I always want to remind everyone, if there is any sort of crime call 911, and report it to the marina. Watch your stuff in the parking lots, don’t leave anything visible in your car. The 50th anniversary of the club is on Sunday May 21st, 50 years from when the club filed its articles of non-profit with the State of CA. 50 years is an amazing number. We can fundraise and have a big celebration, we can do a weekend or a one day celebration. we need someone who can take it on and chair this, we need help. I want to thank Robert O for coastal clean-up and everyone who helped out and also thank Deepti for coordinating all of the wonderful youth ride events. 

Mary - we’ve been discussing the Bay Trail Extension. It is a multi-municipality coordinated project that circumnavigates the Bay. It currently stops at the edge of the parking lot and starts again by Adventure playground. We have recently been given info about what they plan to do for the portion of the trail that passes in front of the club, and this plan is disconcerting to us, because it doesn’t look safe or useful. Robert O is collaborating with CSC members and the Marina and City leadership so we can make this a better plan. (It’s below the Treasurer’s report)

 

Treasurer

 

Bay Trail Extension committee

Robert Ofsevit - you can see the existing Bay Trail segment to the east and west of our site. The plan is to continue with the same format and size as it passes through the area in front of the club. Imagine this wide path that goes by the fence, right alongside the deck of the club. I have spoken to many of you and there are two major issues: 1) removing the 10 parking spaces in front of CSC and Cal Adventures (these spaces are important for public kayakers, persons with mobility issues, and anyone carrying gear to and from the water or the club) 2) the common sense safety of designing the trail as if we are not there. Obviously there is substantial cross traffic of the boats and windsurfers. Consider someone signing out a boat and walking head-on into traffic while coming and going from the water. On Saturday mornings, there are a lot of people preparing boats for lessons in the area where the trail is going. On busy open house days there are over 200 club members and guests waiting and working in this operational zone. All of these situations have the potential for accidents, especially if more people are encouraged to use this trail. At this point in the development, The Bay Trail planning group is no longer involved and the City has already signed a contract for work to start in December. We are still going to try to change their plans. We are meeting tomorrow with the Marina manager and the city engineer, and will do a walk through with them demonstrating how many people use this space and how they are moving equipment. We are making an effort to amend the plans as best as possible. We will be starting another online discussion group for anyone interested in following, and encourage you to participate by writing letters and being involved. We are going to do what we can to push back. 

Voting

There was a quorum of 74 members. 

 

Motions

Move

2nd

Unanimous Approval

Commodore - Mary Lucus-Flannery

JG

JB

Yes 

Vice Commodore - Christina Polito-Halter

JG

MLF

Yes

1st Vice - James Clarkson & Memo Gunay

JG

David Elias

Yes

2nd Vice - Will Yu

JG

CPH

28 votes*

2nd Vice - Sofien Sahiri

Robert Miller

Roberto

41 votes*

3rd Vice - Ryan Alder

JG

MLF

Yes

Rear Commodore - John Bonjiovanni

JG

Saul

Yes

Port Captain - Brendan Kallaby & Kevin Corcoran

JG

CPH

Yes

Treasurer - Stella

JG

MLF

Yes

Secretary - Carolyn Brown

JG

MLF

Yes

*2nd Vice voting includes 5 abstentions 

 

Meeting adjourned at 9:10 pm