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  1. Mid-August so it seems, as long as the Canadian rate continues to go down. Proof of double vaccination required. Good loony filter.
  2. I absolutely hate it when they backwind the jib like that as the person "sails" along.
  3. My original question was to ask if any one else was seeing a change in governance of their yacht club. Are you seeing a centralization of power?
  4. Paul Henderson is an ex-president of world sailing, he that brought skiffs to the Olympics. The members cannot be changed from members to shareholders. This would require a reconstitution of the club, taxes would be due, yada,yada,yada. No, this is an operational change, a change in how power is distributed in the way the club is operated.
  5. embezzeled...damn spell check
  6. There is an issue with using the corporate model with a yacht club in that as stated before, a shareholder only has liability for the amount of their investment while a member is fully liable. The membership model has an issue with dependence on external expertise, especially with accounting that is less prevalent with the corporate model. I have had experience now in three organizations that have been imbesled over a long time for a large amount of money by their bookkeepers.
  7. No, not at all. This is a purely operational process. In many large yacht clubs, the day to day operations are being turned over to a CEO who makes executive decisions that the club is burdened to support. This is different from the usual governance where a general manager has to get things like purchases OKed and cannot sign things like leases in the club's name. The membership model (commodore actively involved in things like signing checks) is being changed to a corporate model of governance.
  8. Last year. I think he is back there once everyone woke up. Good story though and an interesting lesson best told by others right there.
  9. Remember that this is the same set of attitudes that kicked Paul Henderson out of Royal Canadian.
  10. I have no problem here. I do have an observation that the governance of large clubs seem to be changing.
  11. "on paper" not in reality. A member I believe retains negative responsibility, a shareholder does not. The only liability for a shareholder is for the amount he/she has invested.
  12. Why would you think that they were changing ownership? Is your culture under the British based legal system? I realize there are differences under the Napoleonic code for instance.
  13. Attached to least since the mid-eighties St. Francis Yacht Club has been governed by an executive committee where the commodore is a member, but not the chair. We are not talking ownership. We are talking governing structure. Is your yacht club governed in the same way it has always been? Small yacht clubs are easy to run one-on-one with employees such as bartender, cook and janitor. The issue is different with 3000 plus members.
  14. We are not really talking legalities, more culture. And yes, the changes are voted on by the membership. I am not a member, more of an observer.
  15. A major yacht club in my area is changing its governance. On paper it looks like a member changes from a member to a shareholder and stakeholder in a corporation that runs a restaurant. The powers and responsibilities as well as the size of the "executive committee" is diminished. It looks as though their main role is now to hire or fire the "CEO". Used to be "General Manager". The executive committee members now take the standardized training on the roles and responsibilities of a member of a board of directors. I asked a management consultant whom I respect about this and she said t
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