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December Mainsheet 2020

Lee Rosenbaum  | Published on 12/21/2020


Season’s Greetings to All!

I hope everyone is keeping the spirit of this wonderful time of year alive in spite of dealing with the increasing complications of the expanding pandemic. I am praying you and your families all remain healthy and can share good times if only remotely thru these strange mods to our lives and we can all look forward to better times in the spring. Those involved certainly did their part to keep the true meaning alive with their heartfelt support of our Christmas Charity. Very meaningful as we support those most affected by these trying times. Also, some are stepping up to support our restaurant by buying Holiday gifts and indulgences thru the bar.

Understandably, restaurant/bar business has fallen off drastically as people restrict their interactions and concentrate on doing their best to balance the season with safety. We have put forth a budget that would get us thru at least March with the help of our SBA EIDL loan. As usual, we are then cash strapped and hope the dues and a rebound based on vaccines puts us back on track. This is definitely a gamble.

For the past several years, our board has emphasized a plan to be independent of the restaurant – then more able to be creative in our business plan – and out of debt. We got about half way there with a decent summer while still restricted. Our hats should be off to our manager, Jen Miller, and Deb Strouf and the Galley Committee. For years, we have fallen behind in building any equity as we kept our dues unrealistically low. I and the board have committed to keeping up with the increasing costs of doing business while keeping our club still a bargain across the Great Lakes. Our proposed $30 increase in dues for full and retired members should not cause too much sticker shock and we are always committed to working with anyone who has financial problems.

That said, we have very little cushion and need to be extra diligent in building our finances back up again. While our loan is long term like a mortgage with small payments, we have to be ready for that in our budget before next winters lull. While I hate to again ask for extra donations as it is the same stalwart members who always step up, it would help if we all could pay early if we renew in March and a little extra. I, for one, will pay what I think is still reasonable for the things I value in our club, $500 to start.

I am thankful for the support I have received trying to run a business with volunteers who have gone above and beyond. I am thankful for the fellowship and collegiality we all have in sharing our passions for our lake and sport and lifestyle. I hope we can all soon have a drink together to a great 2021.

Ron Otto, Commodore

Ron Otto

Upcoming Events

  • Next KYC Membership Meeting is Wednesday January 6th @ 7:00pm
    • This will be a video meeting.

Board Members

Commodore Ron Otto
Vice Commodore Deb Strouf
Rear Commodore Joyce Rinehart
Secretary Lee Rosenbaum
Treasurer Eric Routman
Trustee Jim Strouf
Trustee Flori Ventura
Trustee Dan Newman
House Director Jim Pappas
Past Commodore Robert Rinehart


  • Dock & Derrick(Doug Vacarello)
    • Launching boats in 41/2 months. Get them ready early. It's going to be a great sailing season! Oh, I am talking about ice boating?

      thanks, Doug

  • Sailboat Racing(John Weiss)
    • We held our end of season dBrief a few weeks ago and we will be looking toward spring and the new year so we can be socially connected again. Best wishes to everyone for a safe and enjoyable holiday season!

    • We have aMail Group for KYC sailboat racing
    • To register, go to
      You have to opt-in to this list if you’d like to receive email updates specific to KYC sailboat racing. You can choose to receive individual posts or daily digests, etc. You can also unsubscribe.This Group will provide information on KYC racing topics.


Membership Dues:
We are approaching membership renewal season and you will be receiving reminders in your email as the date gets closer.
The board has made some small adjustments to the dues for this year. Thebolditems below are updated:
  • Full Membership: $390.35 ($370+ Tax)
  • Social Membership: $211 ($200+ Tax)
  • Retired Membership: $292.76 ($277.50+ Tax)
  • Corporate Membership: $717.40 ($680+ Tax)
As always your prompt or early renewal would be most appreciated.

KYC ChristmasPast:
Meryl Strichartz has collected some old photos from around KYC and created a holiday view of the past.
Check it out on the KYC website under Photo Album or just click here:
Thanks Meryl for bringing some cheer to the end of 2020

Where in the world are the Stouf's?
Jim & Deb Strouf are sailing from Rodriguez Key to Marahon Key. The trip is 46 miles. So far so good, they haven't hit anything and the dog is adjusting well.
If you look closely at the iPAD you can see their track.

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Good Winds: (by: Joyce Rinehart)


  • We send out warm wishes for healing and hope to all who have family and friends who have been touched by the Covid virus. Stay strong and stay safe.
  • We sent our wishes for continued healing to our Trustee, Flori Ventura. We are thinking of you in these days.
  • Our thoughts and condolences go out to our Commodore, Ron, and to Kathy over the passing of Ron’s mother.
  • We are saddened by the passing of past member, Jim Kremers, who died on November 27, 2020. We celebrate the good memories we have of Jim and Sunny!
  • We send good winds to Rita LaPoint in these days of quarantine. We think of you often, Rita!
  • A reminder to all members that our Bar and Restaurant continue to be open this winter. Check out the new menu, come down and stay warm with our new deck heaters as you enjoy a good meal and a drink or call ahead for a carry out. Your support is much appreciated and essential right now.
  • Happy Holidays to all who celebrate in any way at this time of year. I hope you find some goodmoments in these challenging days!!

If you or someone you know of is in need of some Good Winds, please let me know. We do acknowledge celebrations as well as difficult times in our member's lives.Joyce can be reached atgoodwinds@kenoshayachtclub.comor 262-945-9183


Joyce Rinehart

Letter From The Editor


Wishing everyone a Healthy, Happy and Safe holiday season and New Year.

Holiday Boat Lights
Smooth Sailing -
Lee Rosenbaum