As you are aware, 2013 marks the 100th anniversary for South Shore Yacht Club. I spent some time this week going through microfilm records of the club’s meeting minutes dating back to 1914. Here are a few interesting tidbits…
Did you know that dues in 1914 were $1.50 per year and the initiation fee was $2.00? Life membership was an opportunity to invest in the club and essentially pre-pay dues for 25 years. The fee to become a life member was $250 when dues were just $10. In the 60’s and 70’s, dues were kept low through the use of annual assessments. In 1980, the assessments and fees were rolled into the dues and the dues were set at $225, a reduction of $6 from what members had paid the year before. Interestingly enough, a CPI calculator shows that $225 in 1980 dollars is equivalent to $630 in 2013. In other words, our dues increases have matched inflation for the past 30 years.
James Drake submitted Barbara Drake’s name for membership in 1977. The by-laws stated that membership in the club was restricted to “males 21 and older”, and his request was denied. Milwaukee County got involved and threatened to terminate the club’s lease because SSYC was discriminating against women. The by-laws were changed in 1978 to change all references to “persons”. Barbara’s name was added to the waiting list a short time later and she joined the club in 1981.
Demographically, the club currently has:
12 members in their 20’s
40 members in their 30’s
104 members in their 40’s
172 members in their 50’s
212 members in their 60’s
168 members in their 70’s
68 members in their 80’s
13 members in their 90’s
Overall, the median age is 63.
We can learn two things from this: The most obvious one is that we need to recruit more young members into the club. To do that, we need to think of ways to make the club more family friendly. The second is that we need to revisit our current definition of life membership.
Thinking about 2013 once again, please look at the website calendar to see a list of the events planned for this year. The Powerboat, Sail Race and Entertainment committees have been working hard to develop a fun filled spring, summer and fall.
Vice Commodore George Artka and I met with Milwaukee County parks Director James Keegan and his staff concerning dredging between the breakwall and “C” and “D” docks. The Parks Department and SSYC are beginning to work to obtain the necessary permits, and hope to be in a position to dredge (if necessary) in the spring of 2014. If any current slip holders are concerned about the water depth in their slip, please contact Pat Nora. While most people with concerns were accommodated at the annual slip change meeting, there are still a few adjustments that will need to be made.
As always, I am honored to serve as your Commodore.