Even though it's still the middle of winter, many members have already been investing time and energy to help prepare the club for a successful new sailing season.
Our new Port Captains, Frank Isham and Dean Boudouris, are working on strategic goals and plans for 2019, which will include an intensive effort this year to repair our docks, as well as build several new dock sections. I encourage everyone to make a commitment this year to attend at least one or more of our scheduled work parties, as we always accomplish more when we work together as a group. There will be plenty of opportunities, and we'll have a schedule of work parties on the club calendar soon.
Kayla DAmbrosi has stepped up to lead our sailing education programs this year. She has significant experience and expertise in creating and running junior sailing programs, and I'm excited to see her plans for the year taking shape.
Last Fall a group comprised of VLSC members, VLC rowing club members, and a handful of stand-out individuals from our community coalesced to take on the Eurasian Milfoil infestation in the lake. After dedicating hundreds of hours over the last few months, we are well on the way towards actually deploying a Milfoil treatment in the lake this year.
The group has recently formed a new non-profit entity "Friends of Vancouver Lake", which will be taking on the task of arranging the treatment. Ideally this would be undertaken by public agencies, after a couple years of working through the bureaucratic process. But the exponential spread of Milfoil waits for no one, and the only realistic option for a treatment in 2019 is through efforts by a private entity. We have been in discussions for many weeks with County, City, Port, and State representatives, as well as experts and professional applicators, all of whom are supporting our efforts to move forward on a 2019 treatment. We still have several steps left in the process, but right now I'm cautiously optimistic that we will be treating the Milfoil this year.
Members Harvey Claussen, Eric Hale, Jim David, and Duane Ehleringer have joined me as part of this group effort, collectively investing a jaw-dropping amount of time doing research, placing calls, and attending public and private meetings, all focused on turning back an existential threat to all forms of boating on the lake. I cannot thank these members enough for their dedication to this effort. If and when you have an opportunity, please thank them for their efforts on behalf of the club as well as the wider community.
In closing, I have the distinct pleasure of welcoming our new Caretaker, Anthony Rigdon, to the club. Anthony has recently moved into the caretaker's place, and he's excited to be with us. He will be a welcome addition to our community and brings a fresh sense of energy to the job. I encourage everyone to introduce yourselves to Anthony next time you're at the club.
See you on the water soon!