A new slate of officers for South Shore Yacht Club was sworn-in at the Change of Watch party this past weekend. They will take office November 1st. George Artka will be the new Commodore. Ken Dziubek will be the Vice Commodore and Jerry Kedziora will be the Rear Commodore. Rick Shoos will be the Financial Secretary and Jeremy Burns will be our Treasurer. (I will become the Corresponding Secretary.) Three others will begin three-year terms as Directors. They are: Cookie Mueller, George Graubner and Rick Trisco. Congratulations to all and thank you for your willingness to serve the club.
Three individuals will be leaving the Board at the end of the month. They are: Bob Aring, Bruce Nason and Russ Berg. Both Bob and Bruce have served on the Board for more than a decade, including a stint as Commodore. Bruce received the Al & Erv Nickel award for outstanding service to the club in 2012 and Bob received the award for 2013. Russ Berg has been on the Board for six years and has chaired the Powerboat committee. We will miss their dedication, hard work and advice.
As I pass the baton to George, the Club is in good shape. Membership, thanks to the ideas of Tom Gale and others, as well as Bruce Nason’s hard work, has improved greatly and we are nearing capacity. Financially, the club has weathered the “great recession” and is on much firmer ground than it was in 2008.
We have some challenges ahead, and we will continue to look at how to address several issues associated with low water levels, namely the docks and the channel along the breakwall. I invited John Dargle, Director of Milwaukee County Parks, to lunch at SSYC with George, Pat Nora and me. We talked about the club, about the beach (and the parking lot’s contribution to the beach’s issues), about our lease, about “big ticket” issues we’re facing (pavement, docks and finger piers) and about the breakwall. We all took a short ride in the tender along the breakwall to the rubble gap. John was able to see first-hand how low the wall has gotten in a few places.
Speaking of low water issues, we’ve received a bid for the work necessary for obtaining a dredging permit. We plan to include it in the 2014 budget.
I want to thank all of you for your support over these past two years while I’ve been at the helm. We’ve made it through some stormy weather, and I hope that George will experience calm winds and favorable seas.
Thank you again for allowing me to serve as your Commodore.