Commodore’s Corner – October 2017
Commodore’s Corner – October 2017
Commodore Chris Ross
Mobile: +1 913 220 6634
Another memorable year at Perry Yacht Club
The sailing season is coming to a close and it’s time again to pack up the toys, make a few repairs and batten down the hatches before old man winter shows up. This Saturday is Club Closing including a few work day activities, the Fall Annual Meeting and a great time to get out to PYC raise a glass to the season, share some BBQ and tell a few stories. That said while the weather and water are still warm get out and sail while you can…/)../)…./)
Club Closing Weekend Activities
Saturday, Oct 21;
8am - 9am; Coffee Donuts / Announcements
9am - 1pm; Work Crew Activities
1pm; Lunch followed by Fall Annual Meeting*
*Please hold off on personal boat activities until after the meeting.
Sunday, Oct 22;
All Day - Club is Open & some volunteers will be working on off season facility improvement projects.
All vehicles and trailers must be moved by Sunday evening and will not be allowed back on property until Tuesday Morning.
Monday, Oct 23;
(Road Crew Volunteers will be moving their vehicles and campers to the entrance very early on Monday.)
PYC Gate and Entry Road will be CLOSED!
Fall Annual Meeting
Thank you all for your time, ideas and patience as we’ve worked through many changes this year. The last piece will be voted on this weekend which is to revise our dues to match the new membership structure and to better balance our revenue with what we spend each year to maintain operations and maintenance of our facilities. Please refer to the handout included in the September Commodore’s Corner which is the recommendation from the Board of Governors. The BOG is also recommending removing “Sail Education Committee” from our list of Standing Committees. Sail Education is an activity to be managed by the BOG similar to other social and racing activities. This reflects more closely how these activities are handled now at the club which is working through outside organizations to operate a menu of youth and adult classes and events.
2018 Slate, PYC Board of Governors
Thank you Ed Hockenberg for chairing this year’s Nominating Committee that included Donna Massey, Stacey Walter, Tony Andreson, Ben Clayton, Rich Wells, Steve Murphy and myself. This group has spent the last 8 weeks talking to club members, holding meetings and sharing ideas about how to make the PYC governing board the best it can be and positioned to lead, respond to the challenges ahead of us and grow the club. The following is your BOG Slate for 2018 that will be voted on at the Fall Annual Meeting:
Commodore, Chris Ross
Vice Commodore, Steve Murphy
Past Commodore, Sean Kalic
Rear Commodore, Bill McNally
Treasurer, Rich Wells
Secretary, Stacey Walter
Communications Director, Stacey Walter (Combine duties with Secretary position)
Harbor Master, Bob Wilson
Assistant Treasurer, Lisa Hockenberg
Dock Master, Steve Farrell
Director of Buildings and Grounds, Richard Eberhardt
Director of Sail Education, Tim Kelley
Social Director, Judy Wilson
Yearbook Editor, Greg Hausman
Don’t forget to mark your calendar and sign up for the Year End Party, Nov 11
PC Year End Party
Who? PYC SAILORS and GUESTS!!!
What? PYC YEAR END PARTY!!!
Attire? A bit nicer than what you wear to the lake. After all, this is a classy place!
Where? Embassy Suites
10401 S. Ridgeview Road
Olathe, KS 66061
Why? To celebrate a great season and present awards to those who have
earned them – some serious, some not so serious, but all worthy of
When? November 11, 2017
5:00-6:45 Commodore’s Reception at the Commodore’s Suite with beverages and hors d’oeuvres
7:00 Buffet Dinner
Awards presentation, then dance the night away with The Recliners with PYC’s own Marty Burke!!!
All of this for only $40 per member!!! Please R.S.V.P. to PYC website by 11/6/17, or email to
Send payment to:
5330 Roundtree Street
Shawnee, KS 66226
Don’t forget the block of rooms being held for PYC until 10/12/17 $149 – includes made to order breakfast!!!
PYC Member of the Year
Nominations for Member of the Year. Voting ends the day of club closing. You are allowed two votes per membership, using the two ballots below.
BRETT BITNER - He is always willing to help others with their boats. He has time to discuss their problems and lend a helping hand. He has a can do attitude. Has the most knowledge of fixing things. A true asset to the club.
PATTY HAYDEN (ANDERSON) - She has been a valuable member of PYC for many years. As a member of the Commodore's Cup Committee she has worked tirelessly behind the scenes doing lots of planning, shopping, deep cleaning the kitchen so food can be prepared safely, and lots and lots of cooking. Did you enjoy the muffins at Commodore's Cup the past two years? She single handedly made each one from scratch, no box mix muffins for her PYC friends! She’s also responsible for the breakfast burritos we’ve enjoyed the last 2 years. Patty is always willing to jump right in and help out!
TED LISCHER - Has worked very hard to promote college, high school, and Junior Sailing to our next generation of sailors. The future of the sport of sailing lies in the hands of people of his passions and tenacity. Because of his efforts PYC has become known as the place to sail in the Midwest to a whole new generation of sailors.
BILL MENDEL - Has been instrumental in raising the level of participation and interest in sailboat racing at PYC. He was responsible for PYC hosting the 2017 U20 National Championships in September. His efforts have generated several new club memberships.
STEVE MURPHY - He has been instrumental in increasing membership at PYC. Steve has also worked tirelessly on developing the new membership structure for PYC. The monthly Sunday morning meetings he helped plan were very informative about what is happening at the club and the new ideas the Board has for the future of PYC.
CHRIS ROSS - Has worked hard this year to increase PYC membership. He was at the monthly Sunday morning meetings which were organized to introduce the new membership structure of PYC and keep the membership informed of future ideas for the club. Chris was a huge help at this year's Commodore's Cup. His presence around the club house moving tables, setting up chairs, and getting other members to help was impressive. He kept asking the Commodore's Cup Committee members of there was anything that needed to be done for this important event.
Other nominee that has been voted Member of the Year in the past, making her disqualified from the voting this year:
DONNA MASSEY - For her pictures of sunrises and sunsets at PYC that she posts on Facebook. She has been instrumental in organizing several Sailin' Sisters events this year. You never see her without a smile on her face.
2016 Commodore's Cup Photos (Click on any photo to begin)
2016 Commodore's Cup