I am very honored and proud to serve as the Commodore of South Shore Yacht Club. I have had the pleasure to work with many past and present Directors, Flag officers, members and employees of our club. With our membership growing with over 80 new members this year, I am very excited to see what we can accomplish in the upcoming year. I know that we can continue to make our club fun and enjoyable for everyone and we can continue to move our club forward.
What will be our challenges for the upcoming year? We will always be at the mercy of water levels. We can only hope that the levels continue to rise. But if they don't, we must be proactive and continue to plan ahead for possible dredging and having a plan on lowering finger piers.
We have had a great year adding new members. We must continue to be creative in our membership drive. Hopefully, we can reach our maximum membership allowed by the by-laws.
Now that winter has arrived and most of the boats have been covered and winterized, please take time to check the SSYC website calendar for our upcoming events. I know that the Entertainment Director has scheduled many events during the winter season.
I had the pleasure of attending the Power Boaters Ball and the Winners Dinner. I was overjoyed to see everyone having such a good time at these events. I am also impressed with all of the club members who volunteer their time to make all of these events successful during the year. I would like to personally thank everyone who has volunteered their time. If it wasn't for all the dedicated volunteers, we would not be as successful as we are today.
The South Shore Yacht Club has been a good steward for environmental issues which surround the operations of our club. We must continue to move forward and commit ourselves to make our club a clean marina. A few months ago we had a meeting with Kae Donlevy who represents the Wisconsin Clean Marina Program. She walked us through the requirements needed to become a certified clean marina. After going through the list of requirements we found that we are very close to becoming certified.
Becoming a certified clean marina would protect the resources that sustain our livelihood in the boating industry. We all want clean water and clean air. With this certification, we can show our Bay View Community and Milwaukee County that we are serious about being environmentally responsible.
At the November Board of Directors meeting, a sub-committee was formed to evaluate what is needed to reach the requirements for becoming a certified clean marina.
Over the last month each director was responsible for submitting a budget proposal for 2014. Our new Financial Secretary, Rick Schoos and his committee reviewed each budget proposal submitted. After working on the budget with the committee members, the budget committee submitted a “No Dues” increase budget to the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors reviewed the final budget at their November 19th meeting. I am very pleased to report that the budget was approved by the Board of Directors.
Rick Schoos will be presenting the budget to the membership at the General Membership meeting which is scheduled on December 19, 2013 at 7 p.m. A notice of the meeting and a copy of the 2014 budget will be sent to all members. If anyone has any questions about the budget, I would recommend attending the meeting.
Enjoy the winter months and remember to check out all the upcoming events offered by our club.