June 2 was Family Fun Night. Parents and kids gathered around 5:00 to play the classic games of volleyball, badminton, and croquet. The adults tended toward the cornhole game with quite a few pickup teams competing for control of the boards! A Taco Bar was provided which included great tacos as well as salad bar, homemade taco chips, and cheesecake dessert.
After the meal, everyone settled in for some music and dancing on the patio, and the kids got going on an impromptu firepit with s'mores! Thanks to the parents for making that happen and in general for helping their kids have a good time. Thanks to the Entertainment committee for getting everything organized. And don't forget to thank the great CBC staff for all of their efforts to support this and other events.
Once again the annual Canyon to Curve Fun Run ran into some inclement weather on May 28. Even though the skies were gray, the temperature was at least warm enough, and the rain held off long enough for the Run to take place. Approximately 35 people participated in the event and everyone enjoyed the outside activity as well as the breakfast and drinks afterwards. Results of the Run are posted below.
Thanks to the Gruners for organizing this event, and as always, thanks to the CBC staff for their help and cooperation.
Just for fun, I thought I'd relate a somewhat surprising story (at least for me) about our webcam. I've been working to get the webcam up and running, and for now at least it appears I have succeeded👏🏼. However, as I was working on the camera setup, the image seemed a little blurry. I thought it was me at first, but after viewing it on several computers, I realized it was the camera. So I tried adjusting the focus through the camera's software and...not much help😐. I dug into the manual 🤓 and figured out how to adjust the focus directly on the camera. To do that, I had to remove the front plexiglass cover (that along with the housing enclosure protects the camera from the elements) so that I could physically adjust the camera. So while I had it apart, I thought it would be a good idea to check the picture quality using the camera directly without the protective plexiglass plate. After all, the camera is fairly old so maybe it doesn't really generate a quality photo? Imagine my surprise when I saw the image the camera produced!😮 (see below) It appears over time, the protective cover has become weathered and this causes the image to be blurry. So I immediately contacted the company to see if we could get a new plexiglass cover for the protective housing. After several phone calls including Texas and Colorado, we may be close to resolving our blurriness issue👍🏼. I've ordered a new cover and it should be here within a few days. If I can figure out how to install it🤔, our webcam pic should be much clearer than before. It may not be as sharp as if we were viewing directly from the camera (because of the thickness of the plexiglass) but it should be much better. And if it isn't? Well, at least we tried.😃 Hoping to have this all fixed by sometime next week. Keep your eyes on the camera!👀
UPDATE (5/19): They sent us the wrong part!☹️ Will re-order on Monday.😠
One could rightfully ask, what do horses, seafood, and moms have in common? When you're talking about the 2018 season at Casper Boat Club, the answer is clear. These are the first organized events held at the Boat Club this season (excluding clean up day)...and what do they have in common? Success!
The Kentucky Derby Party was a success measured by anyone who was there. Betting buckets, wild costumes, contests/raffles, and great Derby themed food and drink, provided the 40 or so members and guests, a great ride while watching the race on the overhead TV. The decorations, food, and drink created an atmosphere that definitely gave everyone a sense of really being at the 144th Kentucky Derby. Too bad the Kentucky Derby happens only once a year!
The Icebreaker was the first big food event of the season. Cooks, Josh and Mike really showed their talents as they prepared and served (10 minutes early!) a fabulous seafood buffet. The almost 100 attending members enjoyed lobster, crab legs, scallops, and shrimp of various kinds, served next to prime rib and Chicken Marsala. And don't forget the cheesecake. The included red/white wine on each table along with drink service provided the "icing on the cheesecake." The staff kept the food coming and the tables cleared. Ask anyone who attended, and you'll hear something like, "the scallops were awesome; the cheesecake was wonderful; the crab legs were unending, the lobster was amazing." You get the idea. For a cost of $60, anyone who was there will tell you it was value beyond cost, especially when you include the camaraderie of the Boat Club community. The Icebreaker/Seafood Fest is back!
Finally, Mother's Day Brunch. Nothing need be explained about this special day honoring these special women. To honor the many mothers in the Boat Club community, the Club offered a great buffet brunch which included, prime rib and ham cut the way moms like it best, served alongside green bean casserole, scalloped potatoes and more. Breakfast items included croissants, sausage, pancakes, and quiche. About 70 moms/families attended during the brunch hours. The Club staff did a great job as a follow up to the huge success of the Icebreaker the previous night. How do they do it?!
If these early season events are any indication of what the Club staff can do, it looks to be a successful season indeed. Many thanks to Club manager Tim for his organizational skills. We want to thank Josh and Mike (cooks), and all of the servers and staff who made these three events such a success: Thank you Joe, Heather, Holly, Leslie, Raeanna, and Kalle.
The CBC members are eagerly looking forward to the next event. Members are welcomed to leave a comment. If you have questions about future events, please contact the Entertainment Committee or call the Club.
Recently, the CBC Board asked me to take over the management of online services, as well as maintenance of other technology at the Club. I would like to thank the club for this opportunity, and I will do my best to fulfill the responsibilities of this task.
Before commenting on this project, I would like to join with other Club members in thanking Don Claunch for all of his work in past years in getting the technology/website at the club set up and running smoothly. As he stated in his post on Facebook, the original goal was only to provide information for club members, and a way to host a webcam. Personally, I would like to thank Don for all of his time and effort, not only in getting the tech/website to where it is today, but also for his tremendous help in transferring everything over to me. Don has been nothing but supportive, professional, and gracious in implementing that exchange.
I haven’t had time to totally crystallize what we (the club community) should do and how we should do it, in terms of technology, but here are a few first thoughts…
I think it’s obvious to most people that technology has evolved along a personal/mobile path of accessing information. This means we will need to improve wifi access at the club if providing wifi service to members is a goal we want to pursue.
In addition, I think it would be beneficial if we could figure out new and better ways to use technology/connectivity to improve the quality and efficiency of club services. Making online services the primary way the club communicates with its members seems a logical next step in our progression of technology adoption.
Having said that, it is important to build our technology services in such a way that whomever takes over the management responsibilities in the future, can do so with a minimal amount of technical expertise and training. At the same time, we want to make sure we build in redundancy and security into our tech systems.
As a starting point, we have completed a few housekeeping tasks:
I would like to thank Dave Desch (and son) for making most of the above happen. Dave has spent many hours volunteering his time to make our first improvements in tech at the club (during 2017 season).
This winter I will be working on updating the website. In the meantime, our current website, while available, will see few if any changes. I hope to have the new website up and running by March. If you have any suggestions about what should be included, or how we should use the website, please let me know.
Thanks to the board for their support with this project.