Commodore’s Log Marilyn Allen
Greetings Salty Doggers –
I hope you’re all staying well during this crazy time. It’s certainly making for a different holiday season. Andrea Lewis has cooked up a fun Zoom Holiday Party for us, and it should bring some fun to our December. Be sure to attend the December meeting (via Zoom) on December 10 at 6:30pm.
I apologize for missing the November Annual Meeting and thank Bobby Olsen for stepping up as Vice Commodore. My Time Share in Cabo was calling, and I’ve got to say, it was pretty wonderful to get away from COVID and politics. Cabo felt very safe health-wise with precautions even more stringent than here.
I got the incredible gift of actually diving with 20-30 Humpback Whales. Awesome!
A big welcome to all our new board members and Thank You for stepping up. There WILL be a smooth transition of power and I’m confident some new plans and approaches will make our club even better. There were reports from all board members EXCEPT Dave Westfall as Webmaster and yours’ truly. Dave has done a tremendous amount of good for the club with his work on our website and Meet-Up. We have new crew members and boat owners because of his efforts, and, of course, the great follow up of our Membership Coordinator. Please see his report in this newsletter.
A BRIEF COMMODORE’S REPORT – This was a challenging year because of our friend COVID, but despite it we had great sailing events with good attendance and lots of fun. At our Board meeting last January, the board became very concerned about our future when we saw the state of our treasury and upcoming expenses. Additionally, our membership numbers were down, primarily because of the closing of Chatfield. We voted to raise dues a small amount and focus on increasing membership. I’m happy to announce that because of successfully doing both, the treasury is now solvent and in good shape. We reviewed our Financial and Policies documents to clear up some confusion over compensation. We more clearly defined responsibilities of both crew and captains. THAT was really complicated but will provide more concise documents for the new board.
The Salty Dogs future is bright.
Our membership is up and we have new boat owners who are injecting lots of enthusiasm into the club. The two long trips, Lake Mac and Dillon, were both successful. Thank you to all the Board members who contributed their time and talents to the club. Each and every one played a big part in our success.
Looking forward to seeing lots of you at the December Zoom meeting and party.
The business meeting will be VERY short, to allow lots of time for fun.
See you soon –
Marilyn Allen, Commodore
Membership Report Ronni Willcox
During the month of November the Salty Dog Sailing Club has welcomed three new members. We all give a hearty Salty Dog salute to Marty and Nick C from Strasburg and Tiffany J from Denver !
This brings the current club membership to 59.
If you would like to renew your membership before December 31, 2020 you can SAVE $5 per member on your single or double membership fee for year 2021. A SAVINGS of $10 per couple!
Do that soon at our On-Line Payment link: https://www.saltydog.org/membership/
You can also download the club membership application:
The club requires every member to complete both sides of an application each year. Please send your application to the incoming membership director, Cliff Randall, to his home address on my roster.
If you prefer, you can send a check along with your membership application directly to Cliff.
Have any questions about membership? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Webmaster Report Dave Westfall
SaltyDog.org has gone from the Bottom to the Top of the Google Search Engine Results Page (SERP) for “Denver Sailing Club”. We’re #1!
Our Google Analytics report shows monthly website visitors have increased from 20 to 200+ per month !
That’s 2,054 website visitors in the last year, up 47% Year Over Year, despite the Global Pandemic …
That has resulted in new Salty Dog Members (see Membership Report, above) !
Posting the SDSC Newsletter as a Blog Post on the Website for Prospects is helping our SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and New Member Recruiting !
From the Editor Ira Greenberg
It has been my pleasure to oversee this newsletter for three years now.
I’ve enjoyed getting to know our members, helping to organize events, keeping the information flowing.
I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Tiffany Jordan, our incoming editor.
Wishing Tiffany and the entire incoming Board our Best for continued success in 2021 and Beyond !
Welcome to the New Board for Calendar 2021:
Commodore Diana Bliss
Vice Commodore Mark Graas
Membership Cliff Randall
Secretary Ellie Watson
Dry Land Andrea Lewis
On The Water Shane Brouillette
Newsletter Tiffany Jordan
Treasurer Brook Moreland
Webmaster Larry Moreland
Christmas at Sea Poem Robert Louis Stevenson
This poem, by Robert Louis Stevenson, published in 1888 captures perfectly the pathos of the sailor leaving home in this poem; he can even see the house where he was born – where his aging parents are lamenting a Christmas spent without a son, a foolish son he surmises… who is away from home, at sea.
Click on this link to read the poem: https://poets.org/poem/christmas-sea
Dry Land Activities Andrea Lewis
Ideas, suggestions, please let Andrea Lewis know
Andrea – Dry Land Coordinator email@example.com
On The Water Shane Brouillette
****** Like to Propose or Coordinate a 2021 Sail ? Contact Shane Brouillette – firstname.lastname@example.org ******
December 2020 Meeting
Thursday December 10 – Meeting / Holiday ( ZOOM ) Party … 6:30 PM, via ZOOM – Link to be provided
Will start with Monthly Meeting, then on to Christmas Quiz – Have Paper / Pen handy by your screen
Please wear your best Xmas Hat, Ugly Sweater, Glittery Earrings, and your preferred Beverage.
( Due to Unpopular Demand, we will NOT be doing Secret Santa )
Charter in Belize –
Day Sails or Over Night Charters
Neftali & Tammy Lemus
Belize Sailing & Adventures