Dear members of the Huntington Harbour Yacht Club,
On Sunday, November 5th, we had our change of watch ceremony. For those of you who were unable to attend, the ceremony introduced the new 2024 flag, appointed officers and board members and thanked the outgoing slate of officers. Attached is a list of the incoming 2024 slate of officers who will serve this coming year. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing board members and officers for their hard work this past year and to welcome the new ones to a 2024 full of camaraderie and fun times.
This year, among other events, we held a great Halloween, a tremendous comedy and magic show, and we have great things planned for 2024. Fleet Captain Dawn Lentz is already working on the boat design for the Christmas parade as well as cruises to Avon, Isthmus, Newport Beach, Long Beach.
Emerald Bay, and a few surprise events. Rear Commodore Steve Parsons is working on several event ideas, including a toga party, a Texas Hold’em event, and many more. Vice Commodore Barry Menzel is working on events specifically for new members to introduce them to and get them involved in the club.
Planning for our yearly events is well underway. The Commodore Ball is on November 18th and is sold out. New Year’s Eve Vegas Casino Night event is in the works. And, the always popular Super Bowl Party is on the calendar. Be on the watch for the HHYC blasts publicizing these events and sign up early. Also, stay tuned for other events as planning for 2024 continues.
Our financial position is improving as noted in our letter to membership earlier this year. I anticipate an even better financial position in the year ahead which will allow us to make needed improvements to our building and our kitchen. The Capital Committee is already working to address deficiencies in the kitchen and with our sound system. Anticipate tweaks to our menu with a focus on food quality and delivery.
The 2024 dues notice will be mailed out soon. We are increasing dues by 6% in order to keep pace with inflation. Our strong financial showing in the second half of 2023 has enabled us to limit any additional increase above that. We hope our membership will understand this modest increase and look forward to you all maintaining your membership in the coming year.
As your Commodore I will do my very best to stay tuned to members concerns and address them. Make sure to visit this page often for periodic updates on club activities. Feel free to reach out to me directly, or to any member of the flag with questions, concerns, or suggestions. We all appreciate you, our members, and welcome your participation in 2024. Follow our blasts to see where your help/participation is needed. The best way to meet other members and get involved in the club is to volunteer.
In summary, I thank you all for supporting our club in 2023 and look forward to a great 2024.