October 30, 2021
Dear Fay Club Members,
Since the Club opened as The Park Club in 1881, it has weathered many challenges. I’m pleased to report it looks like we have weathered yet another! That is not to say we don’t continue to have challenges running a profitable Club, but it looks like the function and event business is starting to return. Our Members have generally felt comfortable dining at the Club and we hope the trend continues with increased usage on the path to pre-pandemic levels. We want the Club to feel like your private retreat.
As the new Club year began this month, the Board voted to increase the dues to $575 while maintaining the minimum usage requirement of $175 per quarter. This is an $80 increase after 2 years without increases. We had unexpected repairs to kitchen equipment and the dumbwaiter for nearly $6000 and we are anticipating a significant increase in utilities and heating oil this winter. We will begin charging the dues this week.
We recently hired a new Executive Chef. Chef Jean-Louis Marty starts this week and comes to the Club with a long career in restaurants, hotels and a private club. After spending 2 years training in France, he spent many years in his family’s French restaurant. We look forward to his experience in the kitchen.
The Membership Committee will be challenging all of us with a goal of 50 new Members this year. We will have the details of this out shortly, but if you sponsor a new Member, you will receive a credit of $80 toward next quarter’s minimums. In essence, there is no increase in dues if you bring in a new Member!
The Holiday season will be upon us shortly. We have several parties already booked in December. Please call or email the club if you are considering an event or party so we can book a date. There is no better place to celebrate than the Club decorated for the holidays.
Every Member is an important part in the overall success of the Club. I look forward to seeing everyone back to celebrate 140 years as we continue to do our best to preserve this historic Club. I hope we are able to do this in good health with the camaraderie and sense of community we were accustomed to.
On behalf of your Board of Directors,
Steven H. Duvarney