Precious little 23 month old Finley Maguire was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor called metastic medulloblastoma on 12/28/2020. Finley and her parents, Melanie and Phil Maquire, are currently at St. Jude's Hospital where Finley is being treated aggressively with numerous surgeries, testing, procedures and chemotherapy since January. The goal is to maintain Finley on these regimens until she is 3 years old and can start radiation. Finley is definitely a fighter! We ask for continued prayers for this family undergoing such tremendous stress. Grandparents are Bernadette and Phil Maguire, Sr. Both families are members of our Miamogue family.
There is a Fundraiser/Benefit/Celebration for Finley being held at Miamogue Yacht Club on Saturday, June 5th starting at 6:00 pm Tickets are $35 per person and includes a full dinner, music and perhaps a surprise or two, to show support for this family. There are numerous raffle items also. If you are able to purchase a ticket, get a table together, offer a raffle item such as a gift certificate to any service, store, restaurant, few hours of fishing on your boat, offer to cook a dinner or provide a service that we can raffle off, it would be greatly appreciated...Be Creative. Please contact Karen Kolenda (203 521 9998) or Patrick Gregory (203 521 6467) if you are able to help in any way. Tickets are available through Karen and Pat and there will be tickets available at the bar also.
Please help support this family and precious Finley in her fight! Thank you!
There are threepart combined Launch Haul forms available at the club A member needs to fill out and have signed by the appropriate Club Officer, the Yard or Dock Master, a set of the three part forms before launching their boat. At the end of the boating season before hauling your boat, no matter if you are storing it in the water, in the yard, or removing it from the property, a member needs to fill out another complete new three part copy of the launch haul form and have it signed by the appropriate Club Officer, the Yard or Dock Master.
This is necessary for slip and storage planning.
For all the obvious reasons, Clearly put your name and contact info on your boat, where it can be easily seen, for example on the shrink wrap, when it is hauled in the fall. Clearly mark your trailer with your name and contact information, at the front of the trailer by the coupling, if you are storing it on the club property for the summer.
I hope this short note finds all of the Miamogue family healthy in these troubling times. These last few months have been difficult for all of us and I hope and pray that in the near future we can have some normalcy back in our lives Spring is somewhat here and members are starting to show up to work on their boats. Once again I ask that all members follow the rules regarding your launch forms, registration, and proper insurance coverage. Your insurance bill is not the correct form of “proof of insurance”. Your declaration page is the copy we need with the Miamogue Yacht Club named as additional insured. If you have contractors working on your vessel in or out of the water it is the boat owners responsibility to ask for proof of insurance as well naming Miamogue as additional insured. This is for the protection of all members and shouldn’t be as difficult as some members make it. Please communicate with the proper committee if you have questions on procedure. We are putting a schedule of events together for this year including fishing touraments, ladies auxillary functions, and I hope opening day depending on the ongoing pandemic. I’ll keep everyone posted!
April 2nd Ladies annual fish fry starting at 5pm
Next General Body Meeting April 27th @ 7 pm
Your Commodore, Scott Gorton
We have proposed a slip fee increase of $10 per foot to help pay for upcoming dredging and future costs related to the docks. The new proposed slip fee will be $45 per foot of dock slip size. This will help the club keep up with rising costs. We will be discussing this further at the monthly membership meetings to come. This will not affect this year's slip fees but will need to be voted on by the membership at a monthly meeting this year.
We have also proposed to shift $100 from the chit card to dues payment to cover the expected tax increase this year and ongoing. This will not increase the total amount of the bill you receive in January. The place to discuss this will also be at the monthly meetings. This as well will need to be voted on by the membership this year.
The Dock Master (Bruce Kreamer) and I have been exploring ways to store more dinghies. If you have a need to store one, please contact us. Our phone numbers are posted at the club.
Good & Welfare
Welcome April!!! Spring is in the air and I heard rumblings that the boats are starting to get their summer makeovers after a long, cold winter. There is nothing better than the anticipation of the start of boating season. Please remember to review the yard and launch rules as you get started.
"Sometimes superheroes reside in the hearts of small children fighting big battles."
We are still pulling for Phil and Melanie Maguire's youngest daughter, superhero Finley Maguire (21mo), while she continues to fight a big battle with a brain tumor. She underwent surgery and is continuing with further medical treatment to beat this beast. While I do not have a recent update on her progress, we, as a club, are keeping her in our prayers for a quick recovery & total remission. If you are in a position and would like to donate, I have provided the Go Fund Me link below that has been set up to help ease the family’s financial burden.
We offer our condolences to the family of member Neil Knecht who passed away at the beginning of April. And as always, please remember to keep our friends and family that are ill or have fallen on hard times in our thoughts and prayers.
If you have any news for Good & Welfare, please contact me at 203-394-7122 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We are moving toward the end of the school year for many of our members’ children. Whether they are graduating preschool or graduating college, we want to spotlight them. So please reach out to me as the time gets closer. Until next month, be well!
Good & Welfare Chairman
The front gate system is currently being restored. Gate cards are being re-activated, but this will take time to complete. The gate will be opened daily for now by either the cleaning person or Billy the cook in the morning. When the majority of the cards are in the system we will return to normal, but there will be cards that will not work. When this happens please get the cards to me and we will get them back on line. I ask for your patience with this in the mean time.
Ladies Auxiliary Update
The Ladies Auxiliary is pleased to be getting back to somewhat "normal" situations which started with our very successful Good Friday Fish Fry--Thank You all! Planned SAVE THE DATE activities are: Annual Meet and Greet with the other Ladies Auxiliary groups is planned for Wednesday, October 13th. The children's Halloween party is scheduled for Saturday, October 23rd and the much anticipated children's Christmas party, complete with visit from Jolly Santa, is planned for Saturday, December 11th. Times and more details to follow as we get closer. We have some other events being talked about both for adults and children. Stay tuned for those details.
LAX will be donating flowers and plants to the beds in time for Opening Day/Memorial Day festivities. Also the pain staking task of visiting and revising the long overdue By Laws are underway. All members and our Rear Commodore, Peter Aiksnoras, have been very helpful in all our decisions.
Thank you to all for your continued support. Anyone wanting more information about LAX or if wanting to join, please contact me or one of our members.
Karen Kolenda Gregory, President
KARENK1017@aol.com // 203 521 9998
From the Rear Commodore:
Welcome to warmer weather, we hope, and bright sunshine, As you all prep your boats for the
upcoming fishing and boating season, please keep in mind a few of the yard rules.
Open sanding of the bottom is not permitted. Please collect all scrapings of bottom paint and dispose
of them properly.
Make sure to keep your area clean of debris. The dumpster is available for all shrink wrap and framing materials.
This is NOT a marina, it is a club. Pick up after yourselves.
Lastly, we will have some yard work parties scheduled for work hours. Stay tuned.
Peter Aiksnoras, Rear Commodore
From the Dockmaster
2021 Launch forms are now available. Please complete and email back all pages in Pdf format to email@example.com If you do not know how to scan and email a PDF file you can also print out the attached Launch PDF file and mail copies of the launch form to me.
Along with the launch form, I will also need your boat registration and prof of insurance 300K min with Miamogue Yacht Club 155 Seaview Ave Bridgeport as additional Insured.
Let's hope today is the last freeze of the spring.
We will be turning the water on to the docks when the temperature stays above 40 degrees sometime between now and May 1st. We cannot rush this. the metal valves are the first to freeze and are costly to repair.
I would like to have a few members install the backflow preventers on the dock this weekend or next week. Please text me at 203-209-7805 if you would like to help.
From the Dockmaster
Due to the unfortunate circumstances with the Covid 19 shutdown and the club being closed for the time being we have decided to post open slips by email and Facebook. These slips will also be posted on the board inside. However you do not have to get into club house to sign up for a slip. You can call me email me or sign up if the club house is open. These slips will be posted as per the rules for 1 week from Friday April 24 thru Thursday April 30th. Only slip holders that have not changed their slip in the past year are eligible to sigh up fro a slip change.
To put your name on a slip you can contact me instead of signing a sheet on the board.
Bruce Kraemer: 203-788-5441
The following slips are posted 4/24/2020 to 4/30/2020
AT 17 20' Boat size required – Up to 20'
A35 24' Boat size required – 20' to 24'
C72 28' Boat size required – 21' to 28'
A11 35' Boat size required – 28' to 35'
C22 35' Boat size required – 28' to 35'
AT 2 50' Boat size required – 40' to 50'
C9 50' Boat size required – 40' to 50'
Thank you and be safe
From the Yard Committee: Happy Halloween to all members, however this is not only Halloween but the official end of the boating season. Please prepare your paperwork and your boats for the end of season haul. Remember the weather will change quickly and the water in the yard will be turned off accordingly. We have many new members hauling this year and are expecting a large haul. We have limited space and this is a first come first served operation. As always last out is first in and if you are not prepared to launch in the spring you will be repositioned at your expense. Please be reminded there is no POWERWASHING allowed in the yard. Please plan accordingly. As always, thank you for your cooperation.
The Yard Committee From the yard. Please remember that this is a very busy season in the yard. We are hauling very large boats In some very tight areas using some very large equipment . Please be reminded to park your vehicles so they will not impact the haul. Please remind your guests of the situation as well and if you think there might be an issue please leave your keys on the floor of your vehicle so we may move it. The Yard Committee
IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON HAULING AND STORING YOUR BOAT IN THE YARD, PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING RULES AND GUIDELINES. We have had an unusually large number of requests about storage this year and I wanted to get this out in order to answer many of the questions that are being asked about winter storage. Storage is basically on a first come first serve basis for SLIP HOLDERS. The Yardmaster or committee member will position all boats and trailers in the yard, not the hauler or boat owner. You must fill out a HAUL FORM prior to the haul and COMMUNICATE with the yardmaster or committee member. Failure to do so will result in a fine of 250.00$,per the yard rules. Yard rule 12 states that there is one boat and or one trailer per member for those of you with more than that number. If all of the slip holders requested storage we would not be able to accommodate everyone so I suggest the owners with the larger boats begin to consider hauling NOW. We need to haul larger boats first and the fill in with the trailer boats. Also remember that the water in the yard will be left on as long as the weather permits, as we all know that can change quickly here. So in closing the advantages of an early haul are an assured location in the yard, access to water, and better weather to wrap and winterize. Please treat the yard as if it were your own because it is. All boats should be free and clear of any debris stored under the boat. Thank you, The Yard Committee
MYC General Body Meetings are the 4th Tuesday of each month, they start @ 1900 hours. MYC is fortunate to have a talented, dedicated group of elected Officers who work well together, help them make a difference. Learn what is being done to improve your club. Have input into the club process. You can make a difference. The club is run, just like anything else, by the people who show up.
MYC Gas pump has been repaired and is ready for use.
Fuel is available for Members and the boating public is welcome to purchase fuel.
Opens at 11am 7days a week.
Phone: 203-334-9882, after 7pm to confirm that pump station is open.