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Greetings to Members
I am pleased to announce that the Waukegan Yacht Club has come to a resolution with the Waukegan Port District. Jim Banovitz, Nikki Sullivan and I met with the Port District early last week and successfully negotiated the continued use of the building. Fundamentally, the Port District wants the club in the building. The next step is to formalize a business plan to increase membership. We need to show the Port District that we have a plan to be self sufficient.
Since the club was closed most of 2020 due to the pandemic, our revenues were much lower than normal, we ask that members who can pay their 2021 dues early or pay any outstanding dues to help us catch up on our utilities and other debts.
As we move into this new phase of our history, our foremost concern is increasing our membership. We have a unique opportunity in 2021 to get new people on boats and grow the club. I ask that members submit any ideas that they have to bring in more members or generate revenue. Once we review all the suggestions we will then follow up with a town hall style meeting to discuss them. Please send your suggestions to – Membership@waukeganyachtclub.com.
The WYC Sail Committee is working on a plan to get a frostbite series going as soon as February. I think racing boats in the winter is a good way to start off the season with the yacht club. However, to enable the frostbite series, we need a chase boat. If any member has any suggestions for this, we would love to hear them.
In addition to the frostbite series, we are working on the calendar for 2021 and hoping for the best in regards to the vaccine. We have worked with the people at Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club (CCYC) to formalize the running of the Chicago to Waukegan race this summer.
I am elated about the negotiations with the Port District, and their willingness to work with the club. I’m excited for what the future brings for The Waukegan Yacht Club and I hope you are too. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Thank you for your support
Waukegan Yacht Club