What a great month it has been at SSYC! The Queen’s Cup Race, the LMYA/SSYC Open House and the Kaszube Cup Regatta were all well attended, well run and a whole lot of fun.
Ken Dziubek and his committee spent most of a year organizing the Queen’s Cup Race. It went to a new destination, Ludington, where the boats and sailors were welcomed by the community. The wind held through the entire night and the fleet finished by 3 PM on Saturday. The pre-race festivities at SSYC included good food and a great band. The weather was simply perfect. Our club’s staff rose to the occasion and did a very fine job. About forty volunteers worked hard on all aspects of the race and party to ensure its success.
The Open House was held one week later. Russ Berg, George Graubner, Dave Tucholka and a large group of volunteers (about thirty) organized this event. Activities included karaoke, a flea market, a steak dinner under the tent and well as raffles, etc. There was always something to do.
As the powerboats left, young sailors started to arrive. The Kaszube Cup Regatta was held the following Monday – Wednesday. About 100 junior sailors participated. Racing was interrupted by a line of storms. But we made the most of what Mother Nature had to offer and six races were completed. Congratulations to the winners, and to all of the participants. Once again, the regatta would not have been a success without the help of many, many volunteers.
Let’s continue to enjoy this 100th year of South Shore Yacht Club: Pirate Palooza, the Corn Roast (have some fun with a photo booth!), and a bit of racing…
Shifting focus to the business side of the club, about 60 members decided to pay their dues for the 2nd half of the year through monthly automated transactions. We are still learning how to make this all work correctly in the accounting system, so please be a bit patient. As time goes on, I think more and more members will choose this option.
As you probably know, SSYC contracted with an outside CPA firm to perform the annual audit/review. It is well underway. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time we have had this done by a professional firm. The club has grown and I think this is more appropriate than asking members to perform the review. If we are able to keep to our plan, the results will be presented at the September general membership meeting.
I’ve heard rumors of some concerns about the club’s payroll processing. Let me assure you that everything is in order. We had an outside accountant perform a review of our payroll processes in January. She made a few suggestions, which have all been implemented. Our payroll processing has always been done by an outside firm. We recently switched to a new firm (Paychex), and everything was found to be in order during the conversion.
The annual election of officers and directors will take place at the September general membership meeting. This is your opportunity to decide how you would like to see the club move forward. If you are interested in a position, time is of the essence. Contact Bruce Nason, as he is the chairman of the nominating committee. The nominating committee will prepare a slate of candidates. Additional candidates can be nominated from the floor at the meeting, and this is always welcome. You must attend the meeting to be able to vote. Our bylaws specifically prohibit voting by proxy.
My second term as Commodore is drawing to a close. It has been an honor to serve the club in this capacity for the past two years.