Closing Work Party a Success
Many thanks to members who came out on a cool and wet Saturday 5th October to help close the club and pull out the docks and swim platforms. The full shutdown of the club which includes shutting off the water will happen this month. Here are some photos taken by Margaret.
Wider Gangway for Black Dock and New Door for Clubhouse
The gangway and handrail for the black dock have arrived. This purchase means the gangway to the black dock will double in width and will have a handrail along one side. Bruce and his team will be busy working on having it all ready for Spring 2020.
Club members will also see a new steel door on the clubhouse. This to to replace the wooden door that is being held together with wood glue and screws and was warping. The door has a lock, just like the locker room and boat garage, which is setup to match members' keys so the familiar hanging padlock on the club door has been retired. Members are reminded to ensure that all buildings and the gate are locked when they leave.
No Club Access in Off Season
As per the just renewed 5 year license with the GRCA, the club only has access to the road, club and lake from May 1 to Oct 31. Members are asked to come and winterize or remove their boats and equipment no later than Oct 31, 2019.
2019 Club Photo
It's been a great year of celebrating the club's Sapphire or 45th anniversary. The Commodore's Cup event saw a large turnout for the races and dinner. A commemorative photo, professionally printed on glossy paper, 18 by 12 in, will be available at the Fall AGM for $5. The photos must be pre-ordered so if you want one, send an email no later than Tues, Oct 15 to the Publicity Captain.
Mark your calendar for Sunday, October 20 - 2 to 4 pm. The AGM at the West End Community Centre, 21 Imperial Road, Guelph will feature a Life Member presentation (see below), the Wednesday and Sunday race series awards, proposed by-law updates to reflect the club's current practices (see below), highlights of the year and a look at the 2020 season. The club has a strong membership base of approximately 150 member families and no fee increase is proposed for the 2020 season. Coffee and treats will be available.
Life Member George Loney
It is with great pleasure and thankfulness that the executive of the Belwood Lake Sailing Club announce that George Loney has been awarded a Life Membership for his years of extraordinary service to the club. George will be presented with his Life Membership at the beginning of the Fall AGM on October 20.
This year BLSC celebrated its 45th anniversary. We are lucky to have such a great club in the Grand River community. To continue the strong leadership of this not-for-profit organization, the club requires good governance and the creation of strong collaborative teams with clear goals and responsibilities. The executive is responsible for governance of the club, which includes setting the vision in consultation with members, and financial and risk oversight. We must also ensure that BLSC operates within the laws of Canada, the province of Ontario and the GRCA. An organization’s bylaws, in combination with its policies, play an important role in upholding strong governance, in tandem with an organization’s vision for the future. A goal of executive this year has been to update the club by-laws to bring them into the 21st century.
The proposed by-laws have been posted to the club's website, along with the existing by-laws, for members to review prior to the AGM. (Look on the Membership drop down list.) The two major changes proposed to the by-laws are a) one member, one vote at meetings and b) adjustment of the structure of the executive to create a Cruising Captain to ensure that all members' interests have a voice at the executive level.