At the June general membership meeting you'll be asked to vote on a measure to allow spouses to attend membership and committee meetings for the first time in our history. Read Jerry Kedziora's column.
After extensive discussion, we have approved a guest policy that preserves our standing as the "harbor of hospitality." Read the Guest Policy Update.
Support the Kaszube Cup
It's happening July 6-8. As always, we need plenty of volunteers. Read Cookie Mueller's column.
Special thanks to everyone who participated in our Grounds Cleanup Party. The grounds look great, and we've been hearing compliments. Read Dick Olson's column.
What a Great Month of May
As we all get our boats in the water, your Entertainment Committee has been hard at work planning and executing some terrific parties. In May we started off with the Kentucky Derby. Which turned out to be the best ever? After that we had another Karaoke night on May 9, hosted by the fabulous Rockin' Rick Trisco.
We ended May with a bang on May 16 with the Spring into Boating party starring the Crocs. I can't believe it’s now June and finally boating season. The year is half over and we have plenty more events planned for this year.
Saturday June 6 is our annual review of the fleet and pig roast. The theme this year is Bristol so pull out those colors and fly your flags high. We will be having a special dedication celebrating the 71st anniversary of D-day. The review starts at 3 p.m. The pig roast & herb-roasted chicken begins at 5 p.m. Jackie Brown And The Boys headline the evening.
We are always looking for more individuals who just enjoys having fun. This is a great way some of you new members can meet others while providing an important function here at South Shore Yacht Club: helping to plan and execute parties. Our next committee meeting is June 9 at 7 p.m. If anyone has any questions please feel free to email me at or call me at (414) 704-3306.
From the Helm
Let It Begin!
The time has finally arrived. We had a successful launch, the grounds are cleaned and the tent is up. We are now ready for the fun and activities scheduled for this boating season to begin. I know that all of our members will enjoy what the club has to offer this season. I hope that everyone will have a great summer season.
There is no better way to start off the season than by participating in the Review of the Fleet. Our first event will take place on Saturday, June 6 starting at 3 p.m. I predict that the weather will be warm and sunny. So come join us for great food and music. Let's make the boat review one of the biggest parades on the water. The theme for the boats this year is Bristol. Please consider participating in the Review this year.
When you walk onto the club grounds, you instantly notice all of the landscaping and flower beds around the clubhouse. The plantings always look fantastic. This year an irrigation system was installed to help water the plants so they will continue to look fantastic all summer.
This could not have taken place without the help of the South Shore Yacht Club Auxiliary. I would like to personally thank the Auxiliary for their generous donation which was used to purchase the irrigation system.
Also thanks to the members of the Grounds Committee, especially Pat Rakowski and Fran Aring for their hard work that they put into the landscaping of our club. Our club membership continues to grow with the addition of ten new members last month. Many of the new members also needed slips for the year.
Manager Pat Nora has advised me that we only have three slips remaining for lease. Having additional members and only a few slips available is very encouraging news. Hopefully we will continue this trend throughout the summer. Have a safe and happy boating season!
Volunteer for the Kaszube Cup
The South Shore Yacht Club Junior Sailing Foundation will sponsor the annual Kaszube Cup Junior Sailing Regatta at SSYC July 6-8. The event honors the original settlers of Bay View.
About 125 youth sailors from the Midwest will spend three days enjoying South Shore Yacht Club and racing on Lake Michigan, racing Optimists, 420s and Lasers. For many it will be their first time racing on Lake Michigan.
Organizing and running a successful youth regatta is a lot of work. That's why we need the help of the SSYC membership. Many members have already committed to help. However, we still need a hand in the following areas:
• Safety boats - Do you have an inflatable or a small powerboat that you would be willing to take out during the regatta as a safety boat? Or, do you have a boat that a Junior Advisory Committee member could use as a safety boat? The safety of the junior racers is a priority for this event. Pease help us out.
• Housing - Would you be willing to house some Junior racers and their chaperone on your sailboat or powerboat during the regatta? Housing would be needed on Monday, July 6 and Tuesday, July 7.
• Door prizes - Do you or your company have any items that you would like to donate as door prizes for the regatta? Our goal is to get enough door prizes so that every participant receives one. Some suggestions include hats, t-shirts, sunglasses, flashlights, bags, croakies, hat clips, mugs, cups, water bottles, etc. We'll take almost anything!
• Cash donations - Any money donated to the regatta will be used to help purchase food for the participant's meals. The Junior Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization. Any money that you donate will be tax deductible as per the law.
Can you help the juniors in any of these areas? If so, please contact me, Helen "Cookie" Mueller, (414) 744-9585; . Thanks for your support.
Waterfront Services Update
A Successful Launch
We have finished another launch season at SSYC. Thank you to the many volunteers that helped with the tender, docks, derricks, pump out station, and the other projects that turn SSYC from a boatyard to a yacht club each spring.
The new spreader for the large derrick will be delivered mid June. We will be test-lifting a couple of boats this summer and will be ready to store more sailboats spar up this fall. The rewiring of the large derrick and some repainting will be completed in June. The next project is to replace some of the decking on the floating dock.
The accordion door for the conference room has been installed and a voice mail system is going to be installed. We were still having trouble with water in the basement. Ken Dziubek and I have been trying to track down the source of the water, and Ken came up with the idea of cleaning out the sump drain pipes. We ran a pipe cleaner through, and water came out like from a fire hose. The cleaning cleared out a clog of real fine sand.
When eating or enjoying drinks in the lounge downstairs it would be nice if you would clear the table you’re using. It has been custom for the members in the past. We don’t actually have wait staff for the tables and this would enable another member to use the table right away. The bartenders cannot always get around to clear tables.
When using the hose bibs on the outside of the clubhouse please make sure that the connection is not leaking as the water winds up in the basement.
Bikes on the grounds must be parked in the bike racks or on a boat not locked to the clubhouse or other club items. I hope our members have an enjoyable summer at the club.
Thank you to all the volunteers on the Grounds Cleanup Party. Every item was accomplished. Without your help, it would be “project impossible.”
• I’ve received several compliments on the appearance of the lot and also the landscaping this year. A special thank you to the Auxiliary for funding the installation of the irrigation system.
• The drysail area has been striped and numbered. Check the list on the bulletin board for the correct space assignment. At this writing, the drysail area is full, but there may be some cancellations.
• Keys for the new derrick locks are in the office and available for a $25 deposit. All fees, contracts and liability release forms must be signed prior to storing your boat. Your current sticker goes on the boat and trailer.
• Dinghy storage - Same goes as for contracts. Note that your dinghy can only occupy one slot on the rack. There are some “mystery” boats without stickers. Adhere your sticker to the boat and other one on the space where you’ll store on the rack.
• Carts - We purchased 10 new carts this year. Return carts to the front gate area and Do Not leave in the slip area. With strong winds, carts go in the water and they don’t float. Should this happen, contact a dockmaster immediately.
From The GM
It's Queen's Cup Time
Well it is nearly time for the Queen's Cup and all the festivities that go with it. This year the party will feature the band Our House but we have added the North Coast Horn Band to the evening so it should be a great show. Before that we have the Review of the Fleet and the annual Pig Roast on Saturday, June 6th.
We ask that you make your reservations in advance so we can get a good idea on how many people will be attending and we won't have to disappoint anyone because we ran out of food. This year Jackie Brown and the Boys will be entertaining, so don't miss it.
Our first breakfast buffet of the season will be Sunday, June 7. Other seasonal dates are July 5 and August 2.
Shall We Allow Spouses To Attend?
The Bylaws Committee had a meeting April 28 to take up the matter of who is allowed to attend general membership and committee meetings at our Club. The committee discussed changes to Article VI, Meetings, Section 1 and Article VII Committees, Section 4: Who May Serve on Committees, specifically to allow spouses of members in good standing to attend general membership meetings and to allow spouses to attend operating committee meetings for which includes House, Grounds, Slip and Waterfront Services meetings.
We also discussed adding our club’s corporate counsel to the commodore’s staff, Article IX, Section 1 Officers and defining the role of our club’s corporate Counsel under Article IX Commodore’s Staff, Section 8.
After an affirmative vote by the Bylaws Committee these changes were brought to your board at the April meeting. There were further discussions, and after an affirmative vote by the board these changes to the bylaws will be presented to the membership for consideration at the June General Membership meeting.
The reason we are asking the membership to consider and vote yes to these by-laws changes is that it is important for our club to continually address the changing trends in the demographics and expectations of our members, their spouses and families. These changes will be included at the call to the meeting for the June general membership, and I hope to see you at that meeting.
Guest Policy Update
Guest Policy Finalized
In a past issue of the Compass I shared with you a draft of a guest policy. The original draft was developed from research done by me on the various guest policies of other yacht clubs around the country which I wanted to share with members and engage in public comment.
After the article was published I received both verbal and written feedback from about fifty members who shared their concerns and also many members that shared their approval of having a guest policy for our club. I also considered feedback from our club’s management as well.
Using the feedback from members and your board of directors and club management I presented a revised policy at the March board meeting. This revised policy was discussed at length and was revised again and presented to the Board at the April meeting. After discussions, this policy was voted on by your board and was approved for adoption and implementation starting June 15.
The final version of our guest policy as approved by your Board of Directors is:
SSYC Rules and Regulations.
The member who is the primary card holder and or his/her spouse or domestic partner may invite guests to SSYC provided that the member is in ‘good standing’. A guest is anyone not described in one of the membership categories of the Club, as stated in Article III, Section 1.
The following rules and or policy apply to all members, including Junior and Associate members as outlined below:
1) A guest(s) must be accompanied by their host member. Guests should be met at the front gate or entrance of the Clubhouse by the host member. A guest is anyone at the club at the invitation of a current member in good standing. Spouses of members are allowed guests even if the primary card holder is not at the club.
2) Guests are not allowed to use a member’s membership number to house charge for any transactions to purchase any goods or services at any time. Guests may not be served any goods or services without the host member present at the club.
3) Guests are required to sign the guest registration book which is located in the upper foyer at the entrance to the club.
4) Members are responsible for their guest’s behavior and actions. Any mis-conduct may subject the host member to disciplinary action by the Board of Directors including suspension of membership privileges up to and including termination of membership as proscribed in the club’s bylaws.
5) Guests are not allowed to "house charge" but are allowed to use cash or a credit card.
6) Junior members may not have adult guests. Adult guests are 18 years or older. Juniors must abide by the Junior Foundation Guidelines regarding behavior and access to the club.
7) Members' children may not have guests unless the member parent(s) is at the club.
8) Any former member whose membership was terminated for cause is not allowed at the Club at any time either as a guest, contractor, subcontractor or crew person for the purpose of sail race, sail cruising, power boating, fishing or assisting with launch and haulout of a member’s boat.
The club will enforce its bylaws, rules and regulations and operating procedures. As a private club, SSYC reserves the right to bar any individual from entry or to have any individual leave the club premises at the request and discretion of the club general manager, staff person so delegated or a flag officer of the club in accordance with these rules and policy, including, but not limited to: capacity of the clubhouse, inebriation, inappropriate or harassing conduct to other members and staff and lack of proper identification as a member of a reciprocal club.
The adoption and implementation of this guest policy is important and gives our club’s management a tool to help manage our guests and visitors and to cover the proper use of our Club’s facilities. It also helps us to maintain our status as a 501(c) (7) not for profit organization. The difference between bylaws and rules is that bylaws set up a corporate entity while rules govern the day-to-day workings of the Club.
Our club’s rules and regulations can be found on our club’s website under the members' sections. Please take a few minutes to acquaint yourself with these if you have not already done so.
If you have any questions regarding any rules and regulations of our club, please feel free to ask any of our flag officers, directors or club management.
Support the LMYA Open House
This year’s Power Boaters' Wine Tasting on April 11 was hosted by Corvina Wine Company. Owners Frank and Joe LaSusa delivered a great selection, including some terrific Italian vintages. Wines were paired with fantastic hors d’oeuvres by Chef Sam. We had a big attendance of 82. Some folks ordered cases. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive. I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention the delicious deserts.
Special thanks to Erv & Carol Schloemer, Karen Stevens, and Scott & Barb Burke for their help. Scott and Barb came up with a great wine pull, which we will have again, maybe at the SSYC/LMYA open house.
That event takes place July 3-5. A picnic will be held July 3 for boaters going out for the fireworks. And as usual we will have the flea market auction. On July 4 there's have the famous steak dinner and a band under the tent.
We certainly could use help obtaining auction items. If you know of a company that might be willing to donate to our cause with proceeds helping our Big Brothers Big Sisters event, please contact me. Help us make the kids' day memorable.
The sponsor letters have gone out, and I have already received responses back from the Milwaukee Admirals, The Milwaukee Rep, and the Milwaukee Zoo. They have sent in vouchers for some of their events. So we’re off to a good start.
In other news, plan now to attend our next event on June 11, Hawaiian Night. It's going to be another fun-filled evening. Hula skirts optional.
Under-the-Tent Open House Planned
At our neighborhood open house May 16, about 25 guests attended and two applied for membership. A third person walked in and joined. He bought a green house up on the hill and was amazed how reasonable the dues and slips are here in at SSYC. He is from Chicago, and when he was informed that a 40’ slip costs $1,302.00 for the season, he said that’s what they charge per month in Chicago.
The next Membership Committee meeting is Thursday, July 9 at 7 p.m. On July 19 we plan an under-the-tent open house. Members are allowed to attend only if they bring a guest or pay a fee; details to follow.
We are still beating the drum asking you to get your membership card. Half our members still don't have one. If you haven’t already, please make your photo appointment today.
Did you drop out of the club for one reason or another? You can rejoin by paying half the initiation fee or $425.00 and the monthly dues. If you join on July 1 it would cost you $425+$320 or $745.00. Call Karen Orlovitz at (414 481-2331 to start the process.
Below, please welcome new active members : Jujhar Bains. Margaret Cary, Michael Galesky, Leonard Golyzniak, Paul Pejsa, Mark Polzin, David Reinelt, Adam Stolhler, Mark Shallow and Nick Weber.
The Compass is distributed by the SSYC Publications Committee, Luke Radomski chair. Contact Luke