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October Mainsheet 2021

Lee Rosenbaum  | Published on 10/31/2021

October 2021

All Fellow KYC Members,

As one of my last official acts as your commodore I am doing my final Commodore’s comments. I guess you can call it a labor of love these past 2 years. I want to say sorry to Lee and now Mike for being the last to get my stuff in. As any good procrastinator knows, from desperation comes inspiration!

I’ll be around the next few years in the past commodore’s position on the board and will continue to be involved behind the scenes, with the sailing center, with racing, and of course with the current transition. With our officers and new treasurer Ralph Ruffalo, we will be finishing the final report on 2021. While on the face of things not a great year – we would be in the red without Covid relief money - we have survived, kept paying employees, and have invested and positioned ourselves well for the future. The planning and budget for next year will be critical to building on that and making sure we publicize our viability and attractiveness to the returning market and to put us in good standing to negotiate a renewal on our lease with the city. Again, we need to be proactive not reactive.

I have had concerns over the past 2 years about what I called a critical mass of active members. We have had too few of the members doing too much of the work. While I hate to see what seems like a penalty, we need to look at charging for participation hours as has been done in the past and is in our constitution. It certainly is not hard – show up for meetings, show up for house and dock cleanup days and you’re done!

Many potential members, particularly those that don’t race or store with us, use the argument – Why should I become a member, when I can come here for free? With too much of that attitude, we won’t survive!! Think of what it would be like without the Kenosha Yacht Club!! Do we want to become a yacht club on paper only?! It means a lot to me to have an organization of like-minded people providing resources for recreation, education, and socialization. Even as we deal with an aging building and an aging membership, lets revitalize the club for the future and a great next year.

Ron Otto, Commodore

Ron Otto

Upcoming Events

  • Next KYC Membership Meeting is Wednesday November 3rd @ 7:00pm. This will be both in person and a video meeting.

  • "Mixed Nuts" meets every Wednesday 3:00pm at the KYC Bar. Come share a story, a drink and some comradery.

  • Installation Dinner Nov 6th. Reservations Required

News From the Galley!


The KYC Bar & Grille has launched it's brand new websitewith Online Ordering!




You can order all your KYC Bar & Grille favorites and have them delivered or pick them up!

We are offering to go cocktails for pick up and curbside!

(Delivery is provided by DoorDash Drive)


Check out our new site and be sure to sign-up for our email mailing list to be the first to hear about our specials and events!


New Fall Hours:

Mon - Closed

Tues - Closed

Weds - 11am - 9pm

Thurs - 11am - 9pm

Fri - 11am - 11pm

Sat - 11am - 11pm

Sun - 11am - 9pm


New: Join Us EveryWednesday Bar Bingo

- Every Weds@ 6pm

- Free to Play

- Food & Drink Specials

- Progressive Jackpot | at least $1,000 | Goes up to $10,000

- Fun Prizes awarded Every Game

Board Members

Commodore Deb Strouf
Vice Commodore Joyce Rinehart
Rear Commodore Amy Adams
Secretary Mike Ludtke
Treasurer Ralf Ruffalo
Trustee Rich Popovich
Trustee Matt Gallion
Trustee Dan Newman
House Director Jim Pappas
Past Commodore Ron Otto

New Members:
We welcome the following new members:
- None

Uploading Your Photo to KYC Website
Mike Ludtke

Did you know you can upload your photo to our website? That way, when people view the online roster, they can see your contact info and your picture. As the new Membership Chair, it would be great to see everyone's photo on the site, that way I can put a name with a face. See instructions below for how to upload your photo.

Instructions for uploading

  • To upload your photo, go, click on the "Member Logon" in the upper right corner of the screen.
  • Login using your user name and password. If you don't know your user or password, then you can select the "Forgot My Username/Password" button and you'll get an email to help you recover the information.
  • Once logged in, move your cursor to the upper right corner near your name and scroll over the down arrow.
  • That will bring up a menu, click on the "Profile" option.
  • On the profile page, you'll see either your current picture or a silhouette of a person. The silhouette indicates you have not uploaded a photo. Click on that image to bring up the Member Bio Setting.
  • Click on the "Select New Photo" button. This will bring up a box showing the files on your computer.
  • From there, just find the photo you wish to use and select it, then click "Open" and you'll be asked to save the changes.
  • Scroll to the bottom and click on "Save" to save the changes.

If you'd like, you can also add a short bio in the bio box or links to your social media accounts if you want to share them with other members.

Or, if you are not handy with the computer, email me atSecretary@KenoshaYachtClub.comwith a photo of yourself and I can upload it for you.


Dock & Derrick
Doug Vacarello

Reminder to everyone on the dock, recycle empty antifreeze containers at home and not in the garbage cans on the dock. The same for engine oil. Kenosha has a recycling place for oil and it isn’t on the KYC dock.
Try to cover your halyards on the horses on the lawn to protect them from being cut. There is some extra plastic in the derrick house. Talk to me.
Thanks for everyone's help on the dock. What more fun can anyone ask for!

Sailboat Racing
John Weiss

We will do a “Post Race Season” debrief on Saturday, November 13. Stay tuned to Groups IO emails and expect it hybrid, both in-person at KYC and via Zoom.

We have a Mail Group for KYC sailboat racing. To register, go to 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 Cards
For those that have renewed their memberships, your new membership cards are waiting for you at the KYC Bar.
Just ask the bartender for the box to retrieve yours.

If there are any questions please

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Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are always needed for various chores around the club. A list is on the web page atVolunteering, so you can pick and choose those projects that make best use of your specific expertise and skills.

Good Winds

Joyce Rinehart

  • We send out warm wishes for Ron and Kathy Otto and a big “thank you” for Ron’s leadership as Commodore and for Kathy’s leadership as our Activities Chairperson.We appreciate ALL you have done and wish you a renewing fall as you transition out of these positions of leadership in the Kenosha Yacht Club.
  • Congratulations and warm wishes also go out to Deb Strouf as she becomes our new Commodore next week and to our new board members: Joyce Rinehart, Amy Adams, Mike Ludtke, Ralph Ruffolo, Jim Pappas, Dan Newman, Rich Popovich and Matt Gillion.We wish you all the best as your go forth on this new venture.
  • We send our wishes for safe journeys for all our members traveling this fall
  • Gratitude is expressed for a safe boat pulling season and for all who have been down on the docks helping out and especially for Doug and his crew. Thank you for your hard work.
  • We send our thoughts to Deb and Jim Strouf as they care for Deb’s father who is living with them right now. We wish you all well!
  • A reminder to all members that our Kenosha Yacht Club Bar and Grille continues to be open this fall. Come on down and stay warm on our heated Island Deck, enjoy a good meal and a drink or call ahead or order on line for a carry out. Your support is much appreciated and essential right now.
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