Q: I might be interested in joining the Krewe. Who can I contact for additional information?
A: Contact Don Coffman the membership chairman at 727.776.9075 or email Coffman@tampabay.rr.com
Q: How do I update my contact information? (phone, mailing and email addresses)
A: Contact Don Coffman at Coffman@tampabay.rr.com
Q: I hit reply to the iContact message from the Krewe, but I did not get a reply. Why not?
A: The email goes to a default setup account called YMKNeptune@gmail.com that is NOT monitored. If the sender's email address is not listed in the body of the email, use your krewe membership book to find the sender's email address and send directly to that person.
Q: I am not getting the newsletter yet. Who do I contact?
A: You can obtain the current and past Neptune's Notes newsletters by going to the Neptune's Notes web page http://www.ymkn.org/page/page/4879606.htm
Q: Who would be the person to contact to find out if The Cove is available for a meeting on a particular day?
A: Contact Tom Callahan at 727.480.7825 or by email at email@example.com
Q: When is the YMKN board meetings held?
A: Board meetings at held the first Thursday of every month at The Cove at 7:00 PM. All members are welcome to the meeting.
Q: I am upset with an action or something that was said by another Krewe member or guest. How do I get the situation resolved?
A: Start by calling Captain Mike Schmidt at 813.787.4737 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Master of Arms Al DeLisle at 727.480.0400 or email email@example.com
Your issue is kept in strict confidence, and depending on the severity, resolution of the issue will range from a personal call to formal disciplinary action.
Q: Where do I get beads for the parades?
A: The Krewe will announce by email bead sales before each parade at The Cove. The beads are charged to your account and can be picked up on the date of the bead sale. Bead lockers are available on a first come, first serve basis on the float. Cost is $25.00 per year.
Q: During Krewe parades, I understand the Krewe beads are traded. How does this work?
A: Every year, YMKN has a special metal medallion custom made for our Krewe for the year. Cost of these are approximately $5.00 each. Typically, if you trade these metal medallions for other Krewe medallions at events, the best trade is trading a metal medallion for a metal medallion. Some Krewe do not have metal medallions, but of course, you make the final decision. If something interests you, by all means trade.
Q: How do we get to the parades?
A: Typically the event chairman arranges for bus transportation to the parade from The Cove and back at the end. There is typically a minimal charge for each person on the bus. Some parades it may be more convenient for to drive if the parade is closer to you home than The Cove.
Q: During the parade, who is in charge of the event if I have a question or problem?
A: The committee chairman for the event is the one who is in charge of the event. If the chairman is not available, find the Captain Mike Schmidt, Executive Officer Frank Joseph or Master of Arms Al DeLisle.
Q: During the parade, can I walk around with a beer bottle of beer can?
A: No. All drinks including beer must be in cups. No exceptions.
Q: The sun is hot and intense. Can I wear a baseball hat or visor during the parade so I do not get sunburned?
A: No. The only head gear allowed as part of the seaman's uniform is the YMKN skull cap or the YMKN blue baseball hat. These are optional and can be purchased separately.
Q: These shirts are light weight. What do I do if it is cold or raining?
A: There are two options during parades with inclement weather: 1) You may wear a long sleeve solid white or navy color collarless shirt underneath your uniform. 2) The only type of jacket that may be worn over a seaman's uniform is a Navy "Pea Coat" type jacket. Nothing other than a Navy "Pea Coat" may be worn over a seaman's shirt during a parade (this includes any other type of jacket, windbreaker or sweatshirts).
Q: I have off-white pants, can I wear those? White pants are not easy to find, where do I buy them?
A: No, pants must be navy bright white. One of the best places to purchase white pants is at an Army/Navy supply store. In Tampa: 1312 North Tampa St. in Downtown Tampa. Phone 813.229.2172 In St. Petersburg: 6000 66th St. North, Suite A. Phone 727.545.8942 Another source in the bay area are Uniform Supply stores and at J.C. Penny. You can also purchase online from Sullivan Uniforms at http://www.sullivanuniforms.com/workclothing/Mens_Work_Pant.html
Styles PT10, PT20 and PT60 all have options for the color bright white. Sullivan's has very good prices.
Q: It is hot out. Can I wear white shorts?
A: It is up to the parade chairman to determine if shorts can be worn. Traditionally, shorts are allowed only in the St. Patrick's, Bradenton, and Chasco parades.
Q: I am a reinstated member. Can I wear my old seaman's uniform?
A: No. Seaman's uniforms were changed prior to the 2006 parade season. Both the shirt and neck ties were changed significantly. No shirts or neck ties used during parades prior to the 2006 parade season may be worn.
Q: How much do uniforms cost?
A: As a new member, your uniform shirt and red neck tie are included as part of your initiation fee. If you are a reinstated member, your must purchase a new uniform (like all members did in 2006). Cost of the shirts are $30, red neck ties are $10, so your account will be billed $40 in total. Optional skull caps are $15 each.
Q: Where can I get more information on uniforms?
A: If you have any further questions, please refer to the YMKN web site at www.ymkn.org and click on "YMKN Uniform Guidelines" on the left hand side of the page. You may also contact Tom Hicks at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 727.455.0803
Q: How are payments applied to my account?
A: Any payment you make, regardless of what you think it’s for, is automatically applied to your oldest outstanding invoices first. Example: you have an outstanding $20 invoice for St Pat’s beads and another for a $30 shirt. You send a $447.50 check in mid June for what you think is half the dues. The computer applies $20 of your payment to the St Pat’s bead bill, then $30 to the shirt bill and the balance of $397.50 to your dues. The result is your dues are not current and after July 1st, the Bylaws assess you a $25 late fee.
Q: What does “member in good standing mean?”
A: From a financial point of view, it means to be able to attend Krewe events, all bills must be paid within 60 days of invoice date per the Bylaws.
Q: If you receive an invoice and don’t think a charge is correct, what do you do?
A: If you dispute a charge, don’t call the Purser. Call the event chairman. The Purser charges you for whatever the event chairman reports. If you think there’s an error, check with the event chairman and have him tell the Purser to make an adjustment. The Purser has no authority to issue a credit without chairman approval. Further, you have 30 days from the invoice date to dispute a charge – it’s written on the bottom of every invoice – if you have a problem, get with the event chairman as soon as you get an invoice.
Q: What are the late fees?
A: Effective February 1, 2007, late fees are charged on any balance in your krewe account that is more than 30 days old. Late fees will amount to 1.5% per month.
Late fees will be assessed after an invoice is generated if it remains unpaid 30 days later. This means that payments must be received within that 30 day period to avoid late fees.
In addition, the krewe assesses a $25 per month fee for unpaid dues which is in addition to the 1.5% per month.
Q: Who decides on how much money is allocated to each of the events?
A: The finance committee chaired by the Krewe’s Purser, creates an annual budget based on dues revenue, bead and shirt sales and fixed expenses like the Cove, float maintenance, insurance, etc. Staying within budget for each event is the responsibility of each event chairman.
Q: I’m a YMKN court girl. If I have a question about which events I need to go to, or questions about a particular event, who do I ask?
A: On the website each event is listed in the YMKN Calendar of Events in the page menu. Find the event in the calendar, click on it, and the event chairman is listed with his contact email information. The event chairman would be the best place to start for event particulars, or contact Gary Gray the current King for general court questions at email@example.com
Q: Where do I get a copy of the Court Handbook?
A: At the bottom of the menu page on the web site www.ymkn.org is a menu called, "Forms/Address". There is a link to access the court handbook. The Court Handbook also can be found on the "Our Royalty" page at the page bottom.