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January 2020 - Newsletter
Happy New Year - 2020 Club Update
Best wishes for a Happy New Year and welcome to 2020!
We are looking forward to another great year of
sailing and activities both on and off the water this year (please no
smoke). For those of you who made it to our holiday party it
was great to see you and great to catch up on the off-season
activities. Attached is a summary of the meeting, courtesy of
Marty Lemon. Thank you to Curtis for securing Bay Shore
clubhouse for the evening, and to Marty and Debra for setting up the
catering for the party. For those who could not make it, we
held our annual elections and I am pleased to announce our 2020 board
Commodore: William Goodell; Vice-Commodore: Curtis
Markley; Trustees: Sam Steel and Rick Liotta, Gary Fung and Marty
Lemon serve out the 2nd year of their terms. Last years Secretary
Deborah Altermatt and Treasurer Debra Perala agreed to serve another
term. Past Commodore Bill Goodell/Nathan Zeigler, Sam Steel
heading Membership, and Marty Lemon, assisted by Bill Goodell for grounds
completes the board.
Welcome to the new board members and thank you all for
the generous donation of your time and energy.
If you haven't sent in your Yacht Club Membership for 2020 please
visit the membership section of the WHSYC website and fill out your
membership before May 1st.
Membership categories are the same as last year. A
Family Membership is $225, and an Individual Membership $140.
WHSYC is once again offering Cruiser or Alumnus Memberships (2
people) for $150, and Junior or Race Crew memberships for $50.
WHSYC has use of the club house for the 2020 Season,
and it's amenities will be available to club members for the duration
of the 2020 sailing season (May - September). Negotiations continue
for a number of parking spaces at $50 each. Be aware that the limited
number of parking slots will be allocated on a first come, first
served basis. Your place in line for the limited number of parking
passes will be determined by the date you renew your membership. Also
note that on busy weekends there may not be any parking spots open.
While discussions continue, winter use of the facility has
been cost prohibitive to this point in time.
We are currently putting the schedule together for the 2020 season,
but we do have the following dates to add to your calendars:
WHSYC monthly board meetings will be held the 1st
Wednesday of each month, 5:30 to 7:00 PM, except 1/1/20 will move to
1/8/20, upstairs at Turnagain Brewing Company, 7920 King St,
Anchorage, AK 99518
WHSYC monthly membership meetings will be held the 2nd
Thursday of every month, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at 49th State
Brewery, 717 W 3rd Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501.
- January 16th: Topic TBD
- February 21st: Topic TBD
Summer Activities Schedule:
- May 1st - 3rd: Fri. thru Sun. Club House Opening
- May 15th - 17th: Fri. thru Sun. Seward Harbor
Opening - Friday Progressive boat party, Saturday open house &
barbecue, Sunday breakfast
- June 6th: Saturday White Sails Race #1, Destination
Race - needed race chair - jackrabbit start?
- July 4th - 5th: Sat afternoon thru Sunday
- July 18th: Sat. White Sales Race #2, Destination
Race - needed race chair -
- Aug 8th - 16th Seward Silver Salmon Derby
- Aug 8th: Sat. Rum Doodle - Ladies Rule!
- Aug 9th: Sun. Short track race, or race back from
Rum Doodle - needed race chair -
- Aug 28th - 31st & Sept. 1st: Race #3 - Alaska
Cup - combined with Sailing Inc. Day Harbor Cruise
- Sept. 26th - 28th: Fri. thru Sun. Club House Closing
is to a great 2020
Thank you all for your time and efforts. It's our
positive energy, support and contributions that have made, and
continue to make WHSYC a great club to be a part of. If there is a
topic of interest that you would like to learn more about or if you
have a topic that you would be willing to present/discuss please let
me know. Also, if you have any comments, suggestions or feedback
please don't hesitate to share them.
I'm looking forward to seeing those that can make it
to 49th State Brewery Thursday evening, the 16th at 6:00 PM.
Looking forward to great sailing in 2020! Here is to
more days on the water in the coming decade.
Best wishes, no worries, so happy...
WHSYC Annual Meeting Summary
12-12-19 Marty Lemon
In attendance: Bill &
Kate Goodell, Curtis Markely, Marty Lemon & Debra Perala. Sam
and Beth Steel and their daughter, Rick and Patty Liotta, Craig
and Kelly Driver, John Baker
Location: Bayshore club in South Anchorage. Had ~14 members in
attendance. Event started ~18:00, adjourned ~21:30
1. Holiday social, dinner followed by annual members meeting and
election of 2020 officers 2. General meeting started at ~ 20:30
3. Debra presented the Profit & Loss statement. Missing is
the charges for constant contact ~$200$250. We subsidized
expenses ~$11,000 in 2019. Cash on hand ~$79,000. See attached
for details. 4. Had discussion on club facility in Seward. Marty
reviewed the historical costs of owning and operating a facility.
All agreed the ability of owning and operating our own facility
was unrealistic. 5. Passed along the comments that the general
feeling from Marty, Deborah and Sam was that we likely could
continue leasing the current facility from Tom Togas for several
more years. Marty will continue to have discussion with Tom Togas
regarding extending the lease. 6. Informed membership that
Sailing Inc is considering modifying its facility and that a
portion of the modified facility could be leased by the WHSYC.
Membership was supportive of discussing that possibility with
Sailing Inc. All agreed that we could not be an owner in the
facility. 7. Had discussion about what to do with our reserve
funds. John and Debra commented that we had to spend the funds
supporting the club or give the funds away to another nonprofit
organization with similar objectives. Given the fact we not going
to own a future facility there was agreement to spend the fund
reserve at a more aggressive pace in 2020 and reevaluate next
year. 8. Members and Board all agree reducing the dues 50% for
individual and family members for 2020. Eliminated the 50%
reduction for new members. Any visiting yacht wishing to use the
facility would pay the full membership rather than a prorated
membership for 2020. Cruising and racing membership remain the
same. 9. All agreed we needed to proactively solicit new members since
we reduced the membership fees. 10. Discussed initiative to
explore joining the two Yacht clubs (WHSYC & KFYC). Agreed to
have discussions with KFYC. All agreed that a tiered membership
structure was problematic and is not supported. Sam Steel, John Baker
and Rick Liotta agreed to be the 3 members that would meet with
the KFYC and report back to the WHSYC Board. 11. 2020 election of
officers. We had one nomination per position. The nominees were
unanimously agreed. Commodore Bill Goodell, Vice Commodore Curtis
Markley, Trustees Sam Steel and Rick Liotta, Treasure Debra
Perala and Secretary Deborah Altermatt. Trustees Marty Lemon and
Gary Fung serve out the second year of their terms https://www.whsyc.org/Officers.html
12. Agreed that the Commodore position carriers biggest work load
being the cheer leader and organizer for the club. The other
board members agreed to help. Rick Liotta agreed to maintain the
website calendar, Marty agreed to run the Board meetings as
needed. Other to support as needed. 13. Will continue with the
destination racing concept. Issue last year was the lack of
commitment prior to the event. Agreed to not have one person
responsible for all the racing events, but have different
individual organize each race. Curtis commented the importance to
try and facilitate the opportunity to get non boat owning members
out on boats for events.