LYC Update

4 Apr

Time to provide some updates on things that are happening with regard to LYC during these trying times and some things that we all need to plan for when all this ends.

Meetings and Membership

The clubhouse of course, is closed and will not reopen until the Governor lifts her executive order shuttering all private clubs and gatherings of large groups of people.  This means no April membership meeting.  However, we still would like to process folks into membership so here are the prospective new member applicants for April.

Parker Sessa sponsored by Allen Olson and Jim Wright.  Parker summers at Crosswinds and lives in Ada.  Interested in becoming more involved in sailing and working around the club

Steve and Dawn Leedham sponsored by Gary Ferguson and Tim Tibbits.  Steve and Dawn live in Ludington. They have a powerboat and expressed interest in dockage. They indicate they plan to be very active in organizing and assisting with social events.

At the March meeting, Andy Hamilton’s application was presented.  Andy will be the new LYSS manager this summer.  I would like to assume that the majority who would have attended the April meeting would vote “yes” to accept Andy into membership and, as such, propose we move forward with accepting Andy into membership in lieu of a formal meeting vote.

Reminder:  Annual dues are payable by April 1.  At this time, we have about 40 members who have not renewed.  If you are on the fence, hopefully this update will indicate LYC is actively moving forward and you will continue your membership.

Building & Grounds

In my March 7 update, I included descriptions of the grounds work that has been underway.  Today, I include several photos that reveal what our club grounds and seawall look like now.

The Board of Directors recently met and overwhelmingly approved several interior improvements.  A complete renovation of the kitchen/bar is going to occur.  The kitchen will be enlarged by eliminating the two shower rooms (one shower will be moved into the “middle” hall bathroom so 2 showers are maintained) and small closet in the hall thereby allowing the kitchen wall to be moved to the east where a new sink, cabinetry, and countertop will be installed.  The existing island will be eliminated and replaced by a moveable SS work surface; the furnace will be relocated, and the bar will be enlarged to include sink and ice maker. A new refrigerator and dishwasher is also part of the renovation. I attach the proposed floor plan.  This work, originally slated to be complete by May 1, is now on hold until such time non-essential construction projects can resume.  In addition, budget items approved earlier include an additional TV, new sound system, and Wi Fi internet.


We are looking forward to an active social season once the Club opens. In addition to regular Friday “Cocktails at the Club” appetizer social and every other Tuesday “Fergburgs”, there is a suite of favorites planned.  Plus, as a teaser, consider the following new events:

“Taste of the Caribbean” Event- Saturday 11 July, 7PM – $20 per person

APPETIZER: Nassau Conch Fritters with Mustard Sauce

SOUP:  Walker Cay Conch Chowder with Pepper Sauce and Barbados Rum

SALAD:  Caribbean Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

MAIN COURSE:  South Florida Lobster Tail with Drawn Butter and Lemon,                            Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Cuban Fried Plantains, Puerto Rican Rice and Pigeon Peas

DESSERT:  Key Largo Key Lime Pie

Steel Drum music shall be provided.

Mark your 2020 Calendars!  Vice Commodore Jim McGee announces that a Commodore Gala (casual dress) will be held on Friday August 21 from 6-11 p.m. at the Stearns Hotel.  This will be a catered & cash bar event complete with DJ music.  Advance tickets will be sold for $35 per person and are available by contacting Scott Hultman or Jim McGee.

The tentative dinner offering schedule is attached.

There will be an interior cleaning (and outside of windows) event, if we can gather, on Thursday May 21 beginning at 9:00 a.m.  If you are inclined to help, please bring your favorite cleaning supplies to clean the following: Kitchen, Bar, Bathrooms, Windows, dining room including all tables and chairs.

We learned that LYC member Caryl Barnett Ferguson passed away recently following complications from heart surgery.

Stay safe everyone.

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