A Message from Rear Commodore Bloomfield

Dear EYC Member,                                                                                             April 7, 2014

Let’s Light up a Kids Life…!

It is with great pleasure that I get to inform you of the new Sailing and Swimming Camp that the EYC Sailing school committee has created for the summer of 2014. With great help and brainstorming we are attempting to create a new wonderful environment for kids and parents to spend their summer dollars with us! We have hired a great set of young energetic sailing instructors, camp counselors, swimming instructors and helpers. Listed below is a quick bio of our summer team.

Iain Kerr Head Sailing Instructor

Iain resides in Mississauga, and is currently studying at the University of Western Ontario. Iain has grown up in all his summers in Erieau and sailing at EYC. This will be Iain’s fourth year teaching sailing, and is looking forward to a great summer

Paige Gallo is very excited to return to the EYC Camp! She is just completing her teaching degree and can’t wait to use her creativity to plan a fun filled summer for our campers. She is excited for the change at the EYC and can’t wait to be back out on the water.

Valerie Kirkland is a wonderful, and extremely qualified swimming instructor. She has worked at the Erieau Yacht Club in the past, and is excited to return this summer! Val is just completing teachers college and is looking forward to sharing her love of learning with her swim classes.

Dan Allely is a Yacht Club member, and an excellent swimming instructor. He has worked for three years as a lifeguard and swim instructor in his hometown of Stratford, Ontario. Dan is a big fan of Buddy the Lifeguard Dog!

Katie Dutton is returning for another year at the Erieau Yacht Club. Katie loves the water! She is a competitive synchronized swimmer, and coach as well as a wonderful swimming instructor. Before she became an instructor she use to attend the EYC as a camper herself!

Zach Szypula this is Zach’s first year teaching at the Erieau Yacht Club, but prior to that he taught at the Rondeau Yacht Club across the bay. He is a great instructor and we are excited to have him on staff this year!

Gabrielle Gooch this will be Gabrielle’s first year teaching sailing, and before she became an instructor, she was a part of the camp, learning to sail here in the summer. We are excited for her to be with us this summer, and look forward to a great summer.

Madi Worst has been coming to Erieau every summer for the last 21 years. Madi is currently a student at the University of Montana working towards a pre-med undergraduate degree. A former sailing instructor at the club and we are glad to have her back!

Rounding out the team will be Matt Barnier who will join the team as a summer helper for both the camp and the Sailing School. Matt will be working to get his certification so that someday he can take the reins of the sailing school.

Here is a link to the marketing material that is being printed for brochures, our websites, adds for newspapers, flyers etc. Paige Gallo, Iain Kerr and our committee team has created weekly themes that will hopefully have kids engaged throughout the summer. The plan is to have loads and loads of kids enjoying weekly camps at Erieau. Iain and I are also going to work to have Thursday night races throughout the summer for kids that enjoyed a week of our sailing camp. There is also a plan to have a final Saturday fun event to invite all kids and families back to receive awards, food and recognition to close the summer.

The signup for the public begins at Victory Ford on May 10th from 10am to 3pm. Don Leonard the Dealer Principal (a long time friend) is graciously opening up his dealership (Victory Ford) to allow Chatham residents to enroll early in the summer program. Print, signage boards and spots on Black Burn radio will hopefully bring folks out. Iain, Paige and our Jr. Commodore (aka Bobster loud mouth son) will be present to answer questions and sign up families. The Barnier’s and Erieau Marina have been amazing with EYC as well this off season. From aiding in helping us with hours of employment to teach the marine business to a select few of our staff, donating time to give advice to dumb dumb here to aiding in sponsor dollars is over the top this year.

Dave Barnier and family are also going to have EYC as a part their open house to learn about boating the holiday weekend on June 28th. Radio and food will be offered I am sure.  Matt Barnier as many of us know has been in the program, our previous Jr. Commodore and this year will be starting the learning process to take over the sailing program in the years to come. So if you can send a special thanks’ to Don at Victory Ford (if you need a Ford he is amazing) and a big thanks to Dave at the Marina (enough said about what they mean to us) it would be appreciated. Without help this would not have been possible.

The reason for this email is to draw attention that we are trying to fill the weeks early and I want to make sure before we go public that all members have first dibs at getting the weeks you want for friends, family and all Rondo kids that should come to our camp…we have a ramp….lol. Iain has set it up so that you can enroll online by clicking the link on the EYC website and if you have any questions please address them to me at rob.bloomfield(at)chromedata.com.  We are real flexible and can help to get you enrolled.

So the lake and the bay is thawing…. thank god…..my Captain is coming back from the deep south…we have a trophy to defend Kenny… ….the Canadian Club is being stocked at the store at the end of the road…(told Dave Barnier we might need a bit more this summer)… .the kegs are ready to be filled…. on behalf of the Sailing committee we look forward to seeing you….and most important

Let’s light up a kid’s life!

Rob Bloomfield

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