By David Tucholka, PC
The Commodore of the Lake Michigan Yachting Association presented an award to the Commodore of South Shore Yacht Club honoring our 100th anniversary and our dedication to the LMYA. SSYC has been an important source of assistance and member support over the many years of our association. The award was informally presented to PC Dave Tucholka at the Association annual meeting held on November 9th at the Hammond Yacht Club in Hammond Indiana. PC Tucholka accepted the award on behalf of SSYC.
LMYA was founded in 1894 in Racine, Wisconsin. Its primary functions are to support boating safety and working for the good of the recreational yachting community. SSYC has, over the last 24 years, hosted an annual LMYA Open House. Our club sponsored over ten members each year for the LMYA. As a result, our Club dues were waived for those years. Our membership in LMYA has been in effect for almost as many years as we have been in existence.
Over the past, South Shore Yacht Club members were , and still are, very active in the LMYA. Our members have held the position of Commodore, Vice Commodore and Rear Commodore of the Wisconsin Region. SSYC member Todd Weiler was the founder of the “Cruising Card” which benefits the cruising boater to many dollars of benefits when visiting a participating LMYA Yacht Club. Past Rear Commodore Wayne Happel was instrumental in securing the “Slow – No – Wake ordinance in the Milwaukee harbor and securing 30 and 60 foot slips in the Lakeshore State Park, The state had proposed five 20 foot slips originally. Unfortunately, the State took away the funds needed to build a facility building for overnight yachtsmen. Our state association also supports the “Friends of the Fox” (river) in reopening the waterway between Green Bay and Lake Winnebago. We also helped defeat the State A,B,C,D stickers as well as the State horsepower tax. The LMYA also supports the National Boating Federation which fights for boaters rights, especially now with the E15 proposal.
The annual LMYA Open House has been a valuable source of funds so we can host the Big Brothers/Big Sisters benefit boat ride every August. Thanks to the 80-some members who work to put this event on every year.
If any SSYC member wishes to hear more about LMYA or to join, please contact either PC Dave Tucholka, LMYA Commodore Jim Mergener or Todd Weiler. Cost of membership has been held to $55.00 for the first year and $45.00 renewal annually. SSYC has the most members in the Association and we are proud of the support we give and get by being members of LMYA.
In the photo is; Jim Mergener, Commodore of LMYA and SSYC member, Commodore of SSYC George Artka, PC Bruce Nason, and 100th Anniversary Chair and PC Dave Tucholka, LMYA Delegate.