“Thirty-four in six.” More about this later.
Earlier in the year one of our members asked, “Is our club’s main objective to grow our membership?” My answer may surprise you, so don’t bail on me until you hear me out. My answer was “no”.
In fact, I would put “growing our membership” pretty far down on the priority list. Don’t blow a gasket, because, I can equally say I am very proud of the new and returning folks that have joined our ranks. They have been an infusion of enthusiasm that is good for our club. Now, I can hear some of you saying, “this guy has lost his rudder”. So, before you swap my PFD for a straitjacket, let me give you what the PPYC Constitution gives as our purpose:
“The purpose of the Club is to benefit its members in the following ways:
- To promote the sport of sailing in all forms and the preservation of Percy Priest Lake;
- To develop relationships with other organizations interested in the sport of sailing or the preservation of Percy Priest Lake;
- To promote fellowship and association with other members;
- To organize, promote and provide organized sailboat races, regattas, cruises and other events of any kind and nature involving the participation of sailboats;
- To organize, promote and provide recreational, social and other events of any kind and nature involving the participation of the members;
- To organize and provide instruction in sailing including: basic skills, seamanship, safety afloat and sailboat racing.”
If we prioritize things like this, we will have the right kind of growth because we will attract people who are attracted to the things we value.
Now, back to my cryptic intro…
Our membership has grown by 34 in the first six months of 2019. Double that if you include family members. This doesn’t happen if we aren’t doing something right in the list above. I have met and gotten to know many of them. Some are seasoned sailors; others are new to the sport. Some own sailboats; some don’t. They are getting their feet wet in LATH, trying their hand at racing, attending PPYC U, chowing down with us in our social events and volunteering to help. New member or old salt, I think you would join me in the sentiment that we want each one to be successful sailors and PPYC members.
Here is the best advice I got as a new member: I was sitting on the deck the first Wednesday night of the racing season. My plan was to just watch that first night to see how it was done. There was another person on the deck looking to crew. Here comes the advice, a third person on the deck interrupted our chit chat and said, “You have a boat, he wants to crew, just get out there and do it.” It was hardly profound but we took his advice, ended up sailing together the entire season and I have rarely missed a Wednesday night since. My takeaway from this is simple: “Get connected” and “get out there”.
What is the best advice you ever got as a sailor, racer, cruiser, and/or volunteer? Shoot it to me in an email and I will try to fit it into an upcoming newsletter. I am serious about this, and I know you have something way better than mine. So, don’t leave me hanging…
Then come join us on the water. Check out the event calendar for upcoming events: https://ppyc.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=4001&club_id=189648
Let’s go sailing,