...The Tee-Shirt Contest opens, and so does race registration.
From the Helm
Members? Are you there?
South Shore Yacht Club Juniors
The South Shore Yacht Club Juniors had a Spaghetti Dinner on January 25. It was a fund raiser for the Juniors Program.
The Juniors need money to buy sail boats, dinghies, motors, trailers and equipment. The menu consisted of pasta, sauce, meatballs, salad, garlic bread and cake.
A typical American/Italian Dinner, the food was prepared by members. Most of the food was donated by members. The cleanup was done by members. The Juniors served the meal.
The only problem, “Where were the members??” The weather was a little inclement but not that bad. The cost of the meal was $7.00, but you could donate more and some did.
The atmosphere was typical SSYC but without the members. A fund raiser is exactly what the name says- FUND RAISER. It is hard to buy $8,000 boats, $2,200 dinghies, $1,200 motors, etc., with $7.00 meals. It is even harder to do so without member participation.
Well, the moral of this story is “Please donate to our Junior Fund.” It is a 501(c)(3) corporation and all donations are deductable.
If you couldn’t enjoy the food for whatever reason, you can still enjoy a donation to wonderful program. Send your checks to the Juniors Foundation addressed to SSYC. You may be given a hand written Thank You Note from one of our Juniors.
Security – Security – Security
There will be a motion at the March General Membership Meeting to ask for a special assessment of $75 to provide parking lot security. Active Members who have donated $75 will be exempt from the assessment.
Our Bylaws allow only Active Members to be assessed; however other members wishing to become Active Members may have to pay the assessments eventually.
Life, Non-Resident, Associate, Life Surviving Spouse, Surviving Spouse, Auxiliary and racing/powerboat crews are asked to also donate $75, as we all use the provided security service.
There have been no incidents since the employment of our security company around the start of the year.
Bell Buoy Memorial
The “Bell Buoy Memorial” is now on our website. Paul Bargren, our Publication Director has posted it at the Members Section http://www.ssyc.org/green-buoy-memorial It will be updated monthly. Please send the Names, DOB and DOD of the people that are interned and you want listed to me at
Open House and New Member Levels on Agenda
By Patty Thompson Membership Director
The Membership Committee and other volunteers acted as fantastic Club ambassadors at the Milwaukee Boat Show during the last two weekends of January. This is our biggest single member recruiting event of the year, and we were very successful in spreading the good word about South Shore!
We had more than 150 people sign up to attend an Open House, and they were given a small token of thanks, courtesy of the Power Boaters group. It was fun to see so many South Shore Yacht Club can cozies at the show! Thank you to the 50 volunteers who covered the 80 shifts at the booth. Your time and talents are very much appreciated.
The first Open House will be on Saturday, February 25, from 2 to 5 p.m. Our goal is to have at least 40 attendees, with most of the invitations going to our Boat Show sign ups and local neighbors.
If there’s someone you’d like to invite, please feel free. A formal invite can also be sent via email by providing me with the contact information. An online invitation will also be available soon.
If you’d like to volunteer at the Open House, please contact me directly.
New Membership levels considered
The next meeting of the Membership Committee will be this Tuesday, February 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Club.
The big item on the agenda is a Blue Sky Discussion on Membership levels. Anyone can put up his or her ideas on the topic and expand upon it. Feel free to think big! There is no wrong answer at this meeting. Bring your ideas for potential membership levels, but leave your “no” at home.
This is a chance for us to have open dialogue about what the future of our levels might look like in this positive brainstorming session.
Above, volunteering at the Boat Show booth, Membership Chair Patty Thompson signs up some potential new members to attend the February 25 Open House, while George Artka, PC, looks on. More than 150 folks said they'd like an invitation to an Open House. Below, more action at the booth.
Photos by Bruce Nason
Mixology on Tap Tuesday for Auxiliary
By Helen "Cookie" Mueller SSYC Auxiliary President
Thank you to all of the Auxiliary Board members, directors and committee chairpersons who attended the January 19 Auxiliary Board meeting. We accomplished a lot at the meeting and are well on our way to planning a successful 2017 for the SSYC Auxiliary.
The next Auxiliary meeting is this Tuesday, February 7 at 7 p.m. South Shore Yacht Club bartender Jordan Gale will present a program about classic cocktails. Please join us for an evening of friends and libations. Congratulations to the three new Auxiliary Life Members: Sandy Dziubek, Gloria Sprotte and Helen “Cookie” Mueller. All achieved Life Member status on January 1, 2017. To qualify for Auxiliary Life Membership, you need to be a member of the Auxiliary for 30 years.
Jan Marie Weiler, chairperson of the Ways and Means Committee, announced that the annual Queen’s Cup Tee-shirt Contest is underway. All SSYC members and their families are eligible to submit designs for the contest, as well as Auxiliary members and Juniors. The winning entry will receive $150. Everyone who submits an entry will receive a $10 coupon good toward Queen’s Cup merchandise. Entry deadline is March 16. You can get more information about the contest on the SSYC website home page and in the article elsewhere in this Compass.
Underwater archaeologist Tamara Thorsen will be the guest speaker at the Tuesday, March 7, Auxiliary meeting. She will do a presentation about shipwrecks in Lake Michigan. A special focus will be on the car ferry Milwaukee. This is sure to be an interesting presentation.
In 2016 the Auxiliary welcomed nine new members into our organization. If you are a new SSYC member or spouse of a member please consider joining the Auxiliary. It’s a great organization that does a lot for SSYC and our Milwaukee community. Applications are available in the club office. Please contact Cookie Mueller at if you have any questions regarding the South Shore Yacht Club Auxiliary.
Jim Gribble's Efforts Reflected in SSYC.org
By Paul Bargren Publications Director
First impressions are important, they say, and for many newcomers to South Shore Yacht Club, their first impression is one created by longtime member Jim Gribble.
That’s because Jim created the “look and feel” of the current Club website, which serves as the portal to SSYC for so many visitors and would-be members.
Jim’s efforts on the website went far beyond appearances, of course. Jim retooled many of the behind-the-screen workings in order to allow visitors – and members – access to more information, more features and more robust tools to help staff and the Club’s many volunteers carry on the work of the Club.
Jim at the 2016 Louie's Last Regatta
Marketing was part of Jim’s effort, too. He worked closely with the Membership Committee, especially then-chair Dick Olson, to develop successful programs aimed at reaching new members. Most well-known is the popular TRY SSYC promotion.
Jim also spiffed up the Compass, improving both its design and content in ways that continue today.
The web and marketing work took thousands of hours of Jim’s time and was part of his service on the Board of Directors as head of the Publications Committee. Jim joined the Board in 2015 and just completed his term in October 2016.
As is true of many of the Club’s hardworking volunteers, Jim’s contributions were a natural extension of his professional work. His “day job” since 2011 has been Javelin Communications, a one-man web-design and communications shop just up the street at his home in Bay View. That enterprise built on Jim’s successful career in journalism, marketing, communications and public relations in the Milwaukee area for more than 30 years.
Jim joined SSYC in 1979. He and his wife Barb Kueny are well-known PHRF (and, in Barb’s case, MBWOS) sailors, having campaigned their Pearson Flyer Dragonfly for many years and a Santana 26 before that. Jim has been on the beach for the last few years working on a complete overhaul of an Evelyn 32, but he plans to launch and be back out on the course this summer.
The website is due for some changes in coming months as online billing, online bill-pay and other updates are added. But the friendly and welcoming appearance that Jim added to the website of the Harbor of Hospitality will remain.
“To think that I did all of this on my own without any help is nuts,” Jim said. “I worked closely with the Board and with a terrific team of bright, creative, progressive-minded fellow members. George Artka got behind us in his final year as commodore. His successor Ken Dziubek followed suit.
“The support of Vice Commodore Jerry Kedziora was critical. Rear Commodore George Graubner likewise became a key player. I really like the Publications Committee that came together during my year on the board. We reached out to marketing professionals within the club who hadn't been asked to contribute before. They made my good ideas better and helped me run away fast from the ones that that sucked.
“Saying thank you to the core team, I'm afraid I'm going to overlook somebody, but here goes anyway. Thank you, Kathy Reading and Patty Thompson. Thank you, Luke Radomski, for having the guts to roll this ball forward at enormous personal cost. Above all, thank you, Dick Olson, for keeping such an open mind and putting your heart and soul into your year-long stint as Membership chair. All of you, be proud of what we accomplished together. Feel confident that we’ve repositioned SSYC to meet a future full of new challenges.”
Queen's Cup Registration Opens
By Jerry Kedziora Special Events Director
Planning to make the 2017 Queen’s Cup Race a success is well under way. With the help of Dave Wehnes, PC, the 2017 Notice of Race (NoR), entry form and other documents are now available on our Club’s website under the Queen’s Cup page: race documents.
With the help of Pete Engel, on-line registration is now open. We are hoping to see a lot of SSYC sailors as well as sailors from other Milwaukee Bay locations participate in this year’s race. This year’s race will begin on Friday, June 23, and the finish is being hosted by South Haven Yacht Club in South Haven, MI. As we did last year, we are planning early to midafternoon starts.
The team at the South Haven Yacht Club has been working hard to arrange events on their end. They are planning great events after the finish at their Club and in South Haven.
The success of the Queen’s Cup Race is very dependent on a great team. If you would like to be part of our team please contact me. We are looking for help on marketing and selling the race to sponsors, for race committee personnel and for the registration team.
Hunter Fleet to Rally at SSYC in July
The Lake Michigan Hunter Sailing Association (LMHSA) will be holding its 2017 Summer Rendezvous at South Shore Yacht Club on July 14, 15 and 16.
Some 20 boats and over 50 members are expected to attend. Activities will include informal gatherings and meals, seminars, a dinner and dance upstairs on Saturday night, and planning for a cruise that will follow the Rendezvous. You can plan on lots of cruising stories to share, too.
Group members can also partake of activities like Brewfest, the Air & Water Show or Germanfest that weekend, as well. Boats will start gathering Friday afternoon and evening, and will head off to some cruising destination starting Sunday.
Any Hunter sailboat owners or fans or anyone who has even heard of Hunter sailboats and likes to party are invited to join the Association.
SSYC Member Rip Edmundson is involved in organizing and hosting the Rendezvous. You can also look for details at the LMHSA website, http://www.lmhsa.org/
Juniors Lock In a Success
The 2017 overnight Lock In at the Club was a success for the 29 Juniors who attended. There are some future rock stars coming out of that group, as they sang tunes with music off the Wii. A good time was had by all, and special thank yous to Jeremy and Christine Burns and Patty and Brian Thompson, the chaperones for the evening.
The Annual Spaghetti Dinner was a success on January 25, too, with 69 of our Members enjoying the best of Italian cuisine. As customary, dinner was served by Juniors Commodore Dominika Lulewicz and her Board of Directors.
We’re busy getting ready for the upcoming Juniors sailing season. Membership renewals have been mailed and Sailing Lessons applications should be out in the next 2 weeks.
El Toro Frostbite Fleet Could Make a Comeback
By Jim Casper Waterfront Services Director
Fall and spring El Toro frostbite sailing was a tradition at SSYC that fostered better racing tactics, improved boat handling skills and of course a good Bloody Mary bar.
El Toros are 8-foot, single-sail, one person dinghies. Fully rigged, they weigh in at 80 pounds or a bit more. While some are made of fiberglass, most commonly they’re made of marine plywood and epoxy. Building one is within reach for any reasonably handy home carpenter. Plans would be available through the Club or the El Toro national association as needed.
We are hoping to revive the fleet and host races during the fall and spring seasons for the foreseeable future.
Please attend our casual information meeting at the Club on Wednesday, March 8 at 7 p.m. to help gauge interest and set a course for the fleet’s future.
Parties Abound, Thanks to Power Boaters
The Power Boaters are sponsoring a lot of fun events in the next few weeks, and, as usual, they’re open to any Club members. First off is the Super Bowl Party this Sunday, February 5.
The following weekend is the Valentine’s Day Brunch on Sunday, February 12. Again there will be a great selection of food. For the great price of just $20, you’ll have a choice of ham, sausages, bacon, omelets, eggs, hash browns, shrimp, muffins, desserts, oatmeal, coffee, and juice. Did I leave anything out? Yes: children under 12 eat for $6. We will serving from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Coming up in March will be the famous Gambling Getaway on March 18 and 19 at the casino near Green Bay. Enjoy time with your friends for a cost of $105 per person. This includes transportation up and back, hotel room, hospitality party and a few other favors. Get your application in as soon as possible. First come, first served.
In April, the Power Boaters will be sponsoring the wine tasting event on April 8, featuring wines from Corvina and heavy hors d’oeuvres from our Chef Sam.
From the GM
February a Super Month
Super Bowl Sunday is near. Don't miss this great party even if our Packers are not participating. We had a great season and a big thanks to all who helped make it fun. Great food and the camaraderie SSYC is all about.
The next big event is the Annual Mardi Gras Party scheduled for February 25. There will be drink specials, Chef Sam's Jambalaya, beads and masks, and entertainment by "Shut the Front Door." Watch for details coming soon.
It won't be long before the Club is full of active boaters getting ready for spring launch. In the meantime remember Tacos, Wings & Pizza nights along with Saturday entertainment and specials. Pat
Are You Receiving Our Transmission? Over.
Members, if you are not receiving emails from your Club, you’re missing out. Emails range from weekly activity updates, to menu selections, to meeting and special topic notices.
Some members have complained recently that not all messages are getting through. We have recently updated our Club email lists and will continue to work to keep them current.
But, we need your help to identify and fix any miscommunications.
Please email the Office ator call the Office at 414-481-2331 if you have any suspicions that you're not getting our emails. If you have a friend at the Club who says they’re missing info, be sure to relay this info and ask them to check in with the Office, too.
We can investigate and confirm items such as which email lists you're subscribed to, whether we have a good email address on record for you, or whether we're getting bounce backs when we try to send. We can work with you to check your spam settings, too, just in case the Club emails are going into your system where you can’t see them.
In general, we can work together to solve any communication issues that are brought to light. We want to make sure communications are coming through to all members loud and clear.
Another Cup of Coffee??
The House Committee held a coffee tasting at its January 11 meeting. Stone Creek Cream City was the roast most liked of the three sampled, followed by Stone Creek Milwaukee and, in last place, the current Club coffee. Another one or two options will be tested, and a new coffee may be chosen for the Club as a result of the tasting.
The Committee also agreed to relocate the suggestion box where it can be alongside the repair clipboard.
The new practice of bartenders asking for club IDs before providing service seems to be working well and is being received well by members. Reminders are in place to insure that this becomes S.O.P.
The house party cleanup was a success, with 28 people showing up. Most were first time volunteers for the house cleaning. The Commodore checked and cleaned the sump pump and a backup pump is being purchased to be ready if a failure occurs.
Questions? Comments? Want to volunteer? Contact me at 262-395-6127 or at
It's Time for QC Tee-Shirt Art
The 2017 edition of the Queen’s Cup Tee-Shirt Design Contest is underway, sponsored by the South Shore Yacht Club Auxiliary. Prize for the winning design is $150. The entry deadline is March 16.
Every year, the Auxiliary seeks out the best design our local talent has to offer, and every year, hundreds of sailors carry that design across the Lake and back to their home ports and wear their shirts proudly for years.
This year’s overnight competition across Lake Michigan is the 79th sailing of one of the most storied yacht races on the Great Lakes. It departs from Milwaukee for South Haven on the afternoon of June 23.
Here are specifics for the Tee-Shirt Design Contest:
Eligibility: All SSYC members and their immediate family members, Auxiliary members, and Junior club members.
Each contributing artist will receive a $10 coupon toward Queen’s Cup merchandise.
Enter as many designs as you like; one coupon per artist.
Size and Design Considerations/Requirements: • Design is for the BACK of a man’s or a woman’s red tee shirt; • Designs must be in three colors; Note: The Auxiliary reserves the right to change the colors of the winning design for greater marketability.
Copy must include: • 79th QUEEN’S CUP • South Shore Yacht Club • Milwaukee, WI to South Haven, MI • Friday, June 23, 2017 Note: the smallest line of copy may not be smaller than ¼ inch high. • Designs specific to a boat name, sail number or which mention a name or recognizable face will be disqualified.
Submission of entries: • Hand Drawn: Use fine, medium or thick black magic marker on an 8.5 x 11 white paper or board. Do not color. Indicate three chosen colors on a separate, duplicate copy of the design, or • Electronic: Supply a PDF file in the selected colors, no larger than 8.5 by 11 inches. • Be sure to include your name, address and telephone number. • Drop off at SSYC office (Attn: Jan Weiler) or email to
Questions: Call Jan Weiler at 414-828-9650.
Slip Roster Full After Change Day
By Greg Gaitens Slips Director
I would like to thank all the volunteers who helped with the Annual Slip Change/Slip Assignment meeting held Saturday morning, January 21. There was a measure of confusion at this year’s meeting due to some errors in the change and assignment lists. I appreciate the cooperation, support and patience of the Members and volunteers, which allowed the staff time to make corrections. In the end we had a successful meeting that honored the seniority of all participating Members. As the photos below show, there was a good turnout of Members and volunteers to help them.
The Slip Committee met later and came up with several ways to improve the Slip Change/Assignment process that will adopted and announced before next year's meeting.
We had 40 Members on the waiting list at this year’s slip assignment meeting. All but two were able to lease a slip. Waterfront Services Committee will do its best to accommodate Members who could not get a slip by offering slips on a transient basis when possible.
I would like to remind all current and new slip holders that full payment for slips is due February 15. Any new or renewing slip holders who have not paid in full by the February 15 deadline run the risk that the Club will terminate their slip renewals or slip assignments.
The Slip Committee welcomes volunteers for work parties. This spring, the Committee will continue replacing decking on the finger piers. If you would like to support your club through the Slip Committee work parties and are not already on the email distribution list, please let me know. I can be reached via email at or on my cell phone 414-232-5758.
Photos by Bruce Nason, PC
Parking Lot Work Begins This Month
By Greg Gaitens Director
As part of the Milwaukee County parking lot reconstruction project, the cottonwood tree located just outside South Shore Yacht Club’s south fence will be removed. The tree is scheduled to come down the week of February 13. The update came when Vice Commodore Jerry Kedziora and I attended a meeting with Milwaukee County and its contractors February 1. The tree has been a nuisance to boats stored near it, dropping sappy pods in the spring, just about the time covers come off. And in the summer, its cotton fluff spreads throughout the slips and neighborhood. The County, not the Club, owns the land and at last has decided to take it down.
Based on planning and scheduling information shared by Milwaukee County, we can expect to see the first signs of activity surrounding the parking lot reconstruction project taking place the week of February 6, when a construction barrier fence will start going up. The diagram shows the fenced area as well as other construction plans.
It is anticipated the Club will not be affected until after the end of March. The County and its contractors understand the need to maintain the existing parking lot lighting until the new lighting is in place. The work taking place through the end of March will be restricted to the area south of the club.
But we can expect April to be a different story, when contractors will start tearing off the parking lot surface in front of the Club. Work is expected to continue through about the end of June.
This is the cottonwood tree just outside the Club fence that will be coming down later in February. The schematic below gives an idea of some of the many elements that will go into the parking lot reconstruction and the shoreline work that will go along with it. Work is supposed to be done by July 1.
Editor's Note: Members, have something to sell? Here's your chance to run a free ad. It's very simple. Go to the SSYC website, to the For Members tab, to Compass Submissions, to Submit an Article. Give your article a title (like "Classified") then type in your short classified in the big text box and hit Submit. Upload a picture if you have one. Do that before the first of the month in order to appear in the next Compass. One-time ads for personal items only; no commercial ads, no standing ads. All submissions subject to editing or deletion for good taste, propriety and brevity.
FOR SALE: Starwind 22, Herreshoff design. 9 hp long shaft Evinrude outboard wIth electric start. Trailer with tongue extension. $3,000 Email or call Wayne - 262-894-5113.
* Mooring available at South Shore, North Side
FOR SALE: Achilles Rigid Hull (RIB) Inflatable, 2008 HB280DX. 9' 2" long, rated up to 4 persons and a 10 hp engine. Decent shape, no patches or damage (bow area that looks like a patch is actually former registration numbers). Asking $800, will consider reasonable offers. Also on Craig's List with more photos. Reason for selling: bought a new one. Bruce Nason, PC.
Final Packers Sunday Not so Super
At right, one picture says it all. But there was at least one happy fan, below. Ah, innocence.
Seven tv sets, a great buffet, family and friends, drink specials, door prizes and famous SSYC hospitality: none of it was enough to help the Packers triumph over the Falcons and win their way into Super Bowl LI. Both floors of the Club were crowded January 22, but it turned out to be the last Packer Sunday of the season.
Photos by Bruce Nason
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