As we move into this very busy summer for the Kenosha Yacht Club, the weather is breaking and we have had a few hopeful days of sun and warmth. Boats are slowly but surely moving off the dock and making their way to their summer homes thanks to Doug and all who show up for the Saturday work.
In May we had our annual Cinco De Derby Party complete with betting and best dressed prizes. This year’s event was in memory of Dana Fox who in the past has made this event extra fun. Out of the proceeds from the day, we were able to make a donation to NAMI in Dana’s memory. Thank you to Kathy Otto and her entire committee who worked to make this event very special.
Our next event will the be 61st Annual Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday, June 2nd, at 10:30am. Come on down for the ceremony, help us remember members and past members who have passed this year, bring your boat and have her blessed on the dock. Local dignitaries will share their perspective on the opening of boating season and we will welcome them all to this day. The Coast Guard, Vietnam Veterans and Rita will all be present to share this day with us. Following the Ceremony, we will be offering a buffet for everyone to enjoy. Plan to stay and eat together.
The Blessing of the Fleet will be Roger Owens first big event as our new KYC Bar and Restaurant manager. We give Roger a big welcome and I hope you will all greet and support him when you see him. The Restaurant will begin summer hours and menu on Sunday, May 26th. Check out the newsletter, website, Google and Facebook for current hours of operation. It is our restaurant! Let’s make it happen by coming by and bringing our family and friends!
If you haven’t signed up for our annual cleanup day, you can do that on our Members Only website. We will be doing the major part of the work on Saturday, June 1st from 9am – 4pm and all are welcome to do their share. If you can’t be there on the 1st, sign up for a specific job and do it anytime before June 2nd. Thanks to ALL who have made donations to our flower fund to help beautify the club for the Blessing and the rest of the summer. Your generosity is truly appreciated and your donation will be put to good use.
A note about June 1st. The History Center will be holding a car show that day and the Island will be closed to through traffic. We have made arrangements with Chris at the History Center to be allowed access to the Club. Just tell the person staffing the gate that you are going to the Kenosha Yacht Club and they will let you through.
We have heard great things from the Kenosha Community Sailing Center and they have a great summer planned! Check out their website, sign up your children and grandchildren and tell your neighbors and friend to sign up for lessons and events. If you or someone you know have been putting off learning to sail, now is the time for you to sign up for their adult classes too. Don’t miss these great community opportunities! It could be a life-changing experience!
And last but certainly not least, as we move into summer we are all looking forward to the Tall Ships Event August 1-4, 2019. We have a great team putting together our part in this event. Thanks to Sue Hill, Doug Vacarello, Virginia Hartley and Deb Strouf and the Galley Committee for providing leadership for this event. Our hope is that every member of the Club participate in some way whether it is giving an hour or being available for the whole event your time will be much appreciated and your experience will be truly awesome! So, if you have not signed up as a volunteer, please go to our volunteer section of our Members Only website and sign up now or contact Sue Hill to let her know of your interests.
As we track everyone’s volunteer hours, helping put boats in on Saturdays, volunteering to set up for the Blessing of the Fleet, helping with Club Cleanup and gardening, Helping the KCSC in many ways, working at Tall Ships or many other activities are all hours that count toward your required 12 hours. There are always new opportunities showing up on the website too so don’t forget to check it out.
Here’s wishing you a fun and safe boating season!