October 2017 From the Helm

Thank you fellow Members for the opportunity to serve as the 58th Commodore of the Norwalk Yacht Club.

I’ve gotten a lot of congratulatory messages as the annual meeting approached and I’m grateful for those. At the same time I view the next two years simply as the last two of a six-year opportunity to serve the Club.

Fellow Members,

Thank for the opportunity to serve as the 58th Commodore of the Norwalk Yacht Club.

I’ve gotten a lot of congratulatory messages as the annual meeting approached and I’m grateful for those. At the same time I view the next two years simply as the last two of a six-year opportunity to serve the Club.

During my first four years on the Flag it has been an honor and pleasure to serve with my fellow Flag Officers, Governors and Committee Chairs. I want to particularly thank Commodores Stirland and Post for creating the atmosphere of inclusive and thoughtful governance that has allowed the Club to move so significantly forward in these four years.

In particular and on this day, I’d like to thank Bill Post for his service and his guidance to me. In the 35 years that Bill has been a Member he has served the Club not only as a Flag Officer but as Treasurer and Chair of any number of Committees. Bill – Congratulations on attaining the highest and best rank in yachting – “Past Commodore”. Three cheers for Commodore Post!

Our Club has leveraged its renovated Club House (thank you Past Commodore Simmons) into a much richer Club and Community. A truly year-round Entertainment Program, a growing Mooring Field, a growing Frostbite fleet, a vibrant Junior Program, the rebirth of a Cruising Program, full and active Stand Up & Kayak racks, the addition of a full-time Professional Sailing Director and this year’s balanced budget are just a few indicators of the health of Club life here at Norwalk.

In order to consolidate this growth and keep it going the challenge remains for us to become not only a richer Community of Members but a LARGER one. The hard work of our Membership and Communications Committees is beginning to pay dividends but this remains the number one challenge for the next two years.

We hear all the time from other yachtsmen and women about what a special spot we have here. John Fallon and I were both competing at the Glencairn Team Racing Trophy this past Saturday and heard it again from many many fellow competitors.

As we approach the Club’s quasquicentennial year) – our 125th anniversary in FY 2019 lets all do our part to fly the Burgee proudly around the Sound and beyond, and to promote the Club’s Mission (from its Constitution) as an, “ Organization of persons who are interested in boating for the purpose of mutual acquaintance, amusement and enjoyment”; what a delightfully simple endeavor in such complicated times.

Thanks again for the opportunity to serve and see you on the deck and most importantly – on the water.

Ed
Edward R. Cesare
Commodore