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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.

Building and Grounds Update

9 Mar

I spoke with Gary Ferguson today and he provided some updates on the building and grounds.

House:  The under floor new plumbing is installed and complete. Floors are very nicely repaired with like ceramic tiles to closely match the existing floor. New plumbing pipes under the kitchen sink also. New sewage drainage pipes are into the outside pumping station pit and are working well. The plumbers checked to see if they could detect any mold below the clubhouse floor and report no evidence of any.  There is about 18″ of space below joist to water surface at this time.

Grounds:  Double 6x6x16’ posts are all installed on top of the existing steel wall around the clubhouse. That raises the wall an additional 11”. Some of the 35 cleats have been removed from the steel shelf and re-installed on the 6×6’s. The remaining cleats are underwater and we will wait a few weeks for the lake to warm up a bit before removing them. The additional 11” height means we have to revamp both the east and west ramps leading to the floating docks.

As soon as the frost is gone from the ground we will bring 6aa rock gravel in to cover the entire lawn area around the clubhouse. This is less expensive than the trap rock and will prove to be much cleaner in not tracking it onto boats. This fill will place the entire ground level above the current lake level.

I’m happy to say we are ahead of schedule on these projects. These improvements should ensure access and use of the club during 2020.   Call Gary (231 690-3710 if you have any questions.

CLUB DUES AND FEES:  At this point in time with less than 30 days before the April 1 due date I wish to remind the 107 members that have not yet renewed to do so asap in order to continue support to your club. Should anyone need information regarding what is owed, please respond to his email and I will let you know.

I also wish to thank the 80 members who have renewed to date.  I am sending out cards as I am notified of the receipt of dues so please watch for them.

Secretary Denny

First Membership Meeting of 2020

27 Feb
The first membership meeting of 2020 will be held on Tuesday March 3 at the Ludington Boat Club beginning at 6:30 p.m.
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 beginning soon.
The Board of Directors met recently to review and approve the 2020 operating budget for LYC.  Projected expenditures total $116,735 and include continued investment to improve/repair/maintain infrastructure to ensure continued access and use of the clubhouse, docks, and grounds.
By now, everyone should have received notice of 2020 fees due the Club.  Thanks to all who have sent in payment already.  I send along membership cards shortly after receiving notice that payment has been made.  Please watch for them.

Ice Preventing Ice Eaters Installed on LYC Docks

5 Nov

Thanks goes out to: Alex Zaydel, Dave Golder, Gary Ferguson, Scott Holtman, Connelly Bowling, and Pete Christensen for installing the ice preventing ice eaters on the LYC docks on a cold November day today. Now we can hope that there will be no ice damage to the dock system.

It’s Official LYC is Closed Until Spring

25 Oct
Thanks to the winterization crew of Gary Ferguson, Scott Hultman, Dave Golder, Les Kaines, Pete Christensen, Connelly Bowling, Mark Otto, Alex Zaydel, and Dale Fitch the club is properly prepared for the winter months.
See everyone in the spring!

Ludington Yacht Club Closed

18 Oct

There will be no Friday Cocktails at the club tonight.

  • Preparations are underway to get the clubhouse winterized for the off season. It is a fairly significant undertaking and I ask that when the schedule is firmed up and the request for volunteers is circulated please be generous with your time if you can.

October at LYC

9 Oct
We had a very successful “Christmas in October” potluck and fundraiser for the Ludington High School Student Resource Center last Saturday.  Over $3,100 in cash was donated in addition to the multitude of clothing, personal care, and food items that were also donated.  Thanks to Luci Lavis & Kaye Holman for organizing what has become an annual event to aid the homeless and in need students of our community.  And thanks to everyone in attendance who brought food to share!
Friday October 11 is Cocktails at the Club as usual beginning about 5:00 p.m.  Bring an appetizer to share if you wish and see who shows up.
As we are winding down the 2019 season, we need to reduce our beer & wine inventory.  All $2 beers will be $1 and the $3 beers will go for $2.  All wine will be $2.  Selection is limited so hurry down.
The annual membership meeting with election of flag officers for 2020 is Tuesday October 15 at 7:30 p.m.  A potluck dinner precedes the meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Besides this Friday, there will be 2 more Cocktails at the Club left in October, Friday October 18 and Friday October 25.
Notice has been sent to dock holders that dock reservation deposits for 2020 are due October 31.
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