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Jerry Kedziora, Commodore

Jerry joined SSYC in June of 1976. In the mid '80s he was elected to the Board of Directors and chaired the Grounds and Sail Race Committees. In addition, Jerry was involved in the purchase of the Lily E race committee boat. An active sail racer, “back in the day“ Jerry also participated in power boat predicted log competitions. He has been active on the Grounds, House, Waterfront Services, slip, Race/Protest, Special Events, Budget and Public Relations/Publications Committees. He is a certified US Sailing Race Officer and Judge. Jerry also is a past winner of the Al and Erv Nickel Award for volunteer service to the club

Jerry can be reached at 

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George Graubner, Vice Commodore and Powerboaters Committee chair

George has been a member of SSYC since 2003 and got into boating in the 1980s, initially on inland lakes and the Mississippi River. When the boat size increased to a 32’ Wellcraft, George’s Doghouse was docked at McKinley Marina for 12 years. While at McKinley, George became very involved with McKinley Boat Owners Association of which he was vice president and president. Additionally, George has been a member of LMYA and  a member of the Milwaukee Boat Club. Since docking at SSYC George has become increasingly active with the Power Boaters Committee and Entertainment cCommittee and is a member of SSYC's "grill team." George is married to Sam with one daughter, Nicole, and has two granddaughters, Paiton & Madison. He's a sales rep for Hi-Line of Wisconsin, specializing in flooring solutions.

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Gary Johnson, Rear Commodore and House Committee chair

Gary and his wife Kathryn moved to Bay View in 2006 and immediately joined SSYC.  Having been inland boaters since 1977, they decided to take on the challenge of Lake Michigan.  A Cruisers Cantius 410 is their latest boat.  This year Gary started crewing on the Wednesday evening sailboat races.

Gary can be reached at 

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Paul Bargren, Corresponding Secretary and Publications Committee chair

Paul Bargren has been a member of SSYC since 1980.  He served long ago as publisher of the Compass and more recently as a legal advisor to the Board.  He has been active as a sailor at the club, primarily as a cruiser but sometimes as a racer too.  His professional career includes 19 years as a journalist and 21 years as a lawyer.  

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Mark Humphrey, Treasurer and Insurance Committee chair

Mark was elected Treasurer in 2017.  He has been a member of South Shore Yacht Club since 1983. While Mark’s first sail was at age 3½, his active sailing began at age 18 when his dad, Kurt, purchased a small day sailor.  He has been active in sail racing for 30 years.  Mark has served on the SSYC By-Laws Committee for many years.  Mark is an architect working in the Real Estate Investment Department at Northwestern Mutual, and is the Bell Choir Director at Bay View United Methodist Church.  He and his wife Peg live in South Milwaukee and sail aboard Rhapsody.


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Steven Williams, Financial Secretary and Finance Committee chair


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Scott Burke, Special Events Committee chair

Scott was elected a Director in 2017 and heads the Special Events (Queen’s Cup® Race) Committee. Since joining SSYC in late 2009, he has enjoyed the hospitality of the members and entertaining family and friends at the Club. With his retirement in June 2017, time became available to give back to SSYC.  Scott’s professional background includes a career in pharmaceutical sales and medical device product management. He holds a degree in Biology, Electrical and Biomedical Engineering. Scott along with his wife Barbara are members of the Power Boat Committee and have headed the annual Wine Tasting event. ln addition to SSYC, he is a member of the Milwaukee Boat Club and is currently serving as its Commodore.  Scott also sails a Hunter 33, often singlehanding.

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Bob Karnauskas, Waterfront Services Committee chair

Bob has been a SSYC member since 2013. His sailing passion began in the 1970s with the Hoofers Sailing Club at UW-Madison and currently sails aboard “Manhattan”. Bob has been active on the slip committee and his wife, Marnee, enjoys being part of the Grill Team. He also serves as a board member for the River Revitalization Foundation and recently retired from an environmental consulting firm he founded in 1993.

Bob can be reached at 

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Seth Goettelman, Bylaws Committee chair

Seth joined SSYC in 2013 and has served in the unofficial capacity of club counsel for the last several years. He also chairs the Strategic Planning Committee, heading up our lease renewal negotiations with Milwaukee County. Seth sails aboard “Rogue." A member of Quarles & Brady’s business law practice group, he and Alyssa own a home in Bay View.

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Glenn Ponting, Slip Committee chair

Glenn bought a used Hobie Cat 35 years ago after seeing Hobies featured in a beer commercial on TV. He was hooked and bought a brand new one a year later. Much to wife Wendy’s annoyance they still have that boat in the back yard. About 10 years ago, Wendy wondered what it might be like to live on a boat. That lead them to their first keel boat, Caribbean Soul, a Catalina 36, and that in turn led them to join SSYC in Winter 2009. After nine years sailing and cruising Lake Michigan, including two trips to the North Channel, they’ve now moved up and are the proud owners of Goin’ Coastal, a Catalina/Morgan 45 center cockpit cruiser. Glenn says they plan to sail the Great Lakes until retirement and then head for the Caribbean. Meanwhile Glenn is the Slip Committee Director, Wendy has joined the Entertainment Committee and they both enjoy Club events and new friendships at SSYC.

Genn can be reached at 

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Dick Olson, Grounds Committee chair

Dick is a longtime member and veteran sailor, elected to the board in October 2014. He's a partner in the Tandem Group, a manufacturers' representatives agency specializing in plastics and elastomer products, working with OEMs to replace metal parts with performance plastics.

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Robert Sabinash, Junior Advisory Committee chair 

Bob was elected a Director in 2017 and currently heads the Juniors committee.  He has been a member of SSYC since 1974 when he joined the SSYC Juniors and the Junior sailing program. Upon eligibility, he joined the regular membership in 1979 as an associate member and has been a member ever since. He has served in various positions at SSYC including Tender Operator, Head Sailing Instructor, and Launch and Haul-Out Assistant. He has been on committees including Junior Advisory, PR and Publications, race committees, race protest committees and race scoring committees. He also served at times in and related to the SSYC PHRF fleet and as a fleet captain for the Lake Michigan J 35 division.  Like many members, Bob has also volunteered for many tasks, including grounds cleanup, installing sailing docks, and setting race marks to name a few.

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Patty Thompson, Membership Committee chair

Patty has been involved at SSYC for the past three years.  The majority of her Board experience included the Bay View Neighborhood Association as a district representative for two terms.  in her second term, she held the office of president for two years.  She is also serving as a parks commissioner for Milwaukee County.  

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Rick Trisco, IT Committee chair

Rick has been an active member of South Shore Yacht Club since 1989, but was actually introduced to boating at the age of 1 by his parents, who eventually became life members at SSYC. Rick was a junior member and has been active in sailboat racing here since his teenage years. Serving on the board for his third term as the Sail-Race Director, he previously has chaired the membership committee and has been active on several other. Rick is also the IT Director of Governance and Strategy for Milwaukee County.

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Vincent Verhasselt, Entertainment Committee chair

A member since 1989 and a sailor since his youth, Vince Verhasselt chairs our Entertainment Committee Chair. He has 30 years' experience in the sound industry, is a graduate of ITT Technical Institute and currently works as a field engineer for a server hardware company. He got involved in event planning by bringing karaoke to the club; and from then on helped organize many events including the Disco Party, the Retro Party, the Jack Frost party and Pirate Palooza. He has also helped plan parties for the Powerboat Committee. Vince and his wife Lynn live in Franklin and sail aboard For My lady.

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