April 3, 2020 - 9:30 AM
ANNUAL ELECTION MEETING: In accordance with the recent "Stay at Home" guidance from Governor Northam, last night's annual Election Meeting was conducted virtually, via teleconference. The confirmed the election of the following candidates:
For the office of President: Bill Johnston.
For the position of Director: Ruth D'Alessandro, Mary Kaye Hrivnak, Rene' Thierry, and Rita Togni. Congratulations to all of the newly elected candidates!
SKI TRIPS: Our 2020 ski season is now completed. Our Sun Peaks ski trip was cut short, and our Snowbird trip was canceled. For Sun Peaks, we can expect a partial refund of lift ticket costs. For Snowbird, we can expect a full refund of our lodging and ski lift package costs, but our group airfare is non-refundable. Delta Airlines will allow passengers to re-book their flights at a future date.
TRAVEL EVENTS: Our April 21 BVI Sailing trip has been postponed indefinitely. In response to applicable State Dept. travel restrictions, entry into the BVI's from the U.S. by land or sea is now prohibited. We have received notice from our charter company Sunsail that we may re-schedule our charter to a later date without penalty. Other travel events in the next few months may also be impacted. Our July Viking river cruise to Russia will probably be canceled. However, it is advantageous to our participants to wait to see whether Viking chooses to cancel the cruise on their own, which would increase the value of the Future Travel Credit that Viking would issue to participants. We have notified participants to delay applying for travel visas until the situation is clarified.
SOCIAL & SPORTING EVENTS: In last Friday's SkiGram we announced that the remaining March and April tennis parties were canceled, as well as the remaining Sunday Tennis events in March. Our weekly volleyball events have been canceled, as well as our upcoming Happy Hour event.
Our Ski Flight Trips Committee has already released a tentative schedule for 2021 ski trips, and has contacted our favorite tour operators for bids. Over the next few months they will be busy evaluating proposals, awarding contracts, and getting ready to start signing up registrants in early July.
Club membership has stayed fairly steady this year but has dropped just below 1200 members. We are still adding about 25 new members each month, but we also lose about the same number of members each month from non-renewals. We have added over 290 new members this calendar year.. Those are good numbers, but not enough to grow the Club.
Stay safe, keep healthy!