Next General Body meeting will be held November 28th at 19:00hrs
From the Commodore
Happy Thanksgiving! The 2023 Boating season has drawn to a close. Hopefully, all the boats have been given the tender loving care they need to survive the winter season and anticipate the 2024 boating season.
As most of you are aware, the Board of Governors presented a motion at the October General Body meeting to
increase the summer slip fee by $5/ft. to $45/ft.
increase dues by $25 to $375/yr
set a rate for slip maintenance for new members to $750 (an increase of $150)
The motion was seconded and opened for discussion and will be voted upon by the membership at the November General Body meeting.
This motion was the culmination of the past three months of discussion regarding the Capital Needs of the club as well as the impact inflation has had on our net profit each year.
In regards to the latter: inflation in
2021 was 7%;
2022 was 6.5%
2023 (to date) has been 3.7%.
The compounding effect has resulted in the cost of goods rising 18.2% over the past 3 years.
Let’s look at two scenarios:
The owner of a 20’ boat
$ 350 (dues) $ 375 (dues)
800 (slip fee) 900 (slip fee)
$1150 (total) $1275 (total)
The proposed increase of $125 will result in 10.9% increase.
The owner of a 50’ boat
$ 350 (dues) $ 375 (dues)
2000 (slip fee) 2250 (slip fee)
$2350 (total) $2625 (total)
The proposed increase of $275 will result in a 11.7% increase.
In reality, the proposed increases still do not keep pace with inflation.
We have done extraordinarily well as a club, financially.
Up to now.
It is time we plan for our future.
The plan submitted by the BoG will begin to address not only the current capital needs of the Club but also the impact of inflation over the next several years.
Please support OUR club. Vote in favor of the motion at the November meeting.
A reminder: The Galley is now open on Saturdays and Sundays! Please stop in, meet Chef Chris and enjoy some good food.
The next General Body Meeting is Tuesday, 11/28/2023, at 1900hrs.
The bar will close at 1850hrs. to ensure a prompt start.
I encourage all members to attend!
The November 28, 2023 General Body meeting will include two important votes for the membership to consider.
The first will be to vote on the motion that the MYC accept the recommendation of the Board to increase the following three club fees effective Jan.1, 2024.
1)Increase slip fees by $5/ft. ($40 to $45/ft.)
2)Increase the annual member dues by $25 ($350 to $375 /yr.
3)Increase the one time slip maintenance fee for new members by $150 ($600 to $750).
Elections will be held. The slate will be for Commodore- Peter Aiksnoras, Vice Commodore- Pete Cila, Rear Commodore- Kevin Shevlin or John Gaglione Jr., Secretary- Tom Begg, Treasurer- Phil Maguire, Financial Mgr.-Chris Tearne and for Board of Governors (two (2) open positions only) Joe Vitale, Julio Cesar Rojas, Bruce Kraemer or Ken Hyatt.
Good & Welfare
We are officially in the last couple of months of the year. We’ve had some fairly warm weather through most of October with a stunning last weekend with temps well into the 80s in some area. Yes, please, I’d love some more. Unfortunately, it was time for Mother Nature to turn off the heat and send us into the freeze. We’re now in the remainder of the ‘ber months – as in BRRRRRRR!!! This leaves many of us dreaming of warmer weather days and the next boating season to come.
Congratulations to Brian and Mariya Lambert on their marriage this past October. Brian is LAX member Beth Lambert’s son. Help me in wishing them a lifetime of love and happiness together!
We are entering the holiday season. I wish you all the best during this time. Please keep our friends that are ill or fallen on tough times in our thoughts and prayers. The holidays can be a little tougher for them.
If you have any news for Good & Welfare, please contact me at 203-394-7122 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Here’s to the tall ships, the small ships, but most importantly, the friendships!
Wishing you all a very happy & healthy Thanksgiving!
Good & Welfare Chairman
November Ladies Auxiliary
October LAX Insert
October was a busy month for the LAX. We held our Annual Meet and Greet with six other LAX Clubs ranging from Pequonneck to South Norwalk Boat Club. It was well attended by over 110 ladies. Pete Aiksnoras welcomed the ladies, the LAX Men helpers came through with their help, as always...Sean Walsh with his special Chili, Freddy Giordano with his famous Pasta Fagioli and the various Men helpers who always come through to help with the set up, kitchen help, cooking, serving and clean up. Thank you ALL!!! MYC LAX gets many compliments of such a great effort done by just a few ladies. Many bags, boxes were filled with toiletry donations and brought to the Center for Family Justice to be put to good use by those in need. Well done! Lisa Shomsky and Terry Budlowski were Co-Chairs. A special Thank You to Jean Walsh for hand painting 15 pumpkins which were used as centerpieces and give-aways. The 15 pumpkins, a Coach purse as the Door Prize and over 30 raffle items made for many happy attendees.
SAVE THE DATE Kid's Christmas Party, December 9th, Saturday, from 12 - 3. Sign up and gift choices NEED to be given BY Nov. 17th!!!
Please sign your child up BEFORE Nov 17th so we can purchase gifts, get delivered and wrapped. A registration form can be emailed to you or picked up at the bar but needs to be submitted by Nov 17th. If not submitted by Nov 17th, the parent will still need to register child(ren) but will be responsible for purchasing the child's gift, not to exceed $40.00, wrapped, labelled and brought to MYC before December 7th. The cost per child is $20.00 for members and $30.00 for non-members. This includes lunch, arts and crafts, visit from the Grinch, visit from Santa and a special personalized gift valued at $40.00. Free professional photos are also included taken by our own John Hinckley. Please either pick up registration form at the Club or contact me to email to you. KARENK1017@aol.com or text 203 521 9998. Parents will need to make three choices from Amazon and email the links to Lisa Grauer at email@example.com by Nov 17th. Thank you for your help and support in timely registration so all can run smoothly. There is a Donation board in the bar bulletin board also to help offset costs.
More activities are in the works and planning stages for 2024. More information will be forwarded as soon as they are finalized. LAX is in the process of purchasing new tablecloths for the bar tables. Happy Holidays to all and, again, thank you to all who help the LAX; we totally appreciate your support.
Karen Kolenda Gregory, President
To ensure constant and efficient communication for Club events and updates, please forward your text phone contact to Stephanie Polke who handles the "Miamogue Text Blast Communications" to keep all Members up to date and in the know. Stephanie will add your cell phone number to the private list and when an event or news happens, she sends out the Text Blast. Please DO NOT RESPOND to the text blast as it will go to everyone listed. It is just for informational purposes only. Send your name and cell phone number to Steph at 203 220-1157 or there is a Text Blast paper on the bulletin board in the bar for your addition. This is a very efficient way to keep all Members informed of events/news in a very timely manner. Thank you. Any questions, contact Stephanie at the cell phone number listed.
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.
2023 YEAR LONG FISHING CONTEST
Sign-up at the Bar! These are the categories
Annual Fishing Contest
as of 1-10-2023
Black Sea Bass
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.