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The regular bi-monthly General Membership meeting was hosted
by at Tarrytown Boat & Yacht Club (TYBC) at Hudson Harbor.

Commodore Bob Gardiner of TBYC discussed that the club was established in 1906 and completely destroyed by fire in the early 1900s.  Rebuilding included handling the fact that the building formerly known as The Shotwell Private Boat House was completely surrounded by water and only accessible by a raised walkway from the railroad tracks.  

During the 2012 Hurricane Sandy, the clubhouse had 58 inches of water inside the
building. The club had just reopened in April 2012 after completing major repairs from the prior year’s Hurricane Irene, just 7 months earlier, which caused flooding of 33 inches of water in the building; plans are in the works for a new clubhouse pending all final departmental approvals with their municipality. Another example of how
boaters are a dedicated and resourceful group of people.

Our featured speaker was Steve Graves, of Creative Golf Marketing.  A key issue is that the private club industry cannot get enough young people to join, possibly because they are unaware of the many benefits that club membership can offer or are not clear on the actual costs; several methods of incentives and publicity strategies were discussed including trial or discounted memberships. Some clubs, looking to grow, should look to embrace change and be able to attract men, women and children.  

A review your club’s payment options such as credit cards, monthly instead of annual fees or a direct payment, which also covers annual renewal fees may become an incentive.  The best method continues to be current membership referrals, which should be encouraged; perhaps incentives offered to the current and prospective member to encourage this resource of bringing people who you know will fit the club and its culture.

The annual election of officers was held: joining the Board are Bob Gardiner as a Director, Jay Melnick as Recording Secretary and Greg Bouchard as Corresponding Secretary. Continuing on the Board are Scott Croft-President, Mary Pat Driscoll-Vice President, Jerry Silverman-Treasurer, Danny D’Elia-Director, Pat Unger Scarduzio-Director and Amy Beth Krisanda-Director (formerly Recording Secretary).

New Business:
The idea of the clubs having an open house to show off their clubs on National Marina Day was agreed.  It may help attract new members, try to have something interesting for everyone in the family, possibly serve hot dogs, etc. 

Frank Bergman spoke of the DEC-Stop Invasive Species ... it will help to wash boats when they are taken in and out of the water, having an area to collect material from the boats.
Nyack Boat Club … NYS requested, by subpoena, the "not for profit" club to furnish information on boats, owners and registrations on the boats in their marina.  The club sought advice from their attorney who stated they should furnish the requested information. 

 It was reported that the state was interested in "out of state" boaters who do not pay their taxes on their vessels. They requested information from three years prior.  It was also noted that clubs should put a disclaimer in their paperwork to members, that the state has the right to collect the information. A last question on the floor was if clubs received money from FEMA for Hurricane Sandy, and what transpired.

Commodore Bill Goldsmith of Shattemuc briefly discussed their infrastructure grant, a year later, and how the recently revised Not-For-Profit Laws require their club to submit a great deal of additional materials about their club to qualify as a NYS vendor. He told us how being awarded a grant is only the beginning for actually receiving the grant. In addition, he updated the group on their Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts, which are almost complete. Also, mention was made of SYC hosting a Sea Scouts ship and Ferry Sloops. A representative from Ferry Sloops also spoke about the various activities of their organization and how in the past year they have hosted about 600 people on short day sailing trips, many experiencing it as their first time on the River.

Lieutenant Jim Montague and his team from the Ossining Police boat talked about their mission as a working platform for response, rescue and education. Five years ago, the police boat evolved from the old fire department boat, originally purchased for the community by Sing-Sing Prison to have an emergency response boat nearby. Lt. Montague shared local experiences and took questions from the group.

Our featured speaker was Kevin Silver of Minisceongo Yacht Club, discussing their recent dredging project. A key point made was that there was no cost for all the various permits they needed, what it took was time, not money, for this lengthy part of the process. Many details of their project, dredging and removal costs were shared. Also contributing to the discussion were representatives from Cornwall Yacht Club and Newburgh Yacht Club, whose clubs had each accomplished extensive dredging projects.

The regular business session included the Nominations for the 2015 Officers and Directors, an overview of what we can expect from Steve Graves (outside membership consultant) as our keynote speaker for our November 25th meeting being hosted by Tarrytown Boat & Yacht Club at The Hudson Harbor and our January 27th follow-up panel discussion on the membership topic. HRBYCA fund raising needs and Newburgh Yacht Club’s reciprocity issue were also briefly discussed.

Club announcements were made about Seaweed Yacht Club’s planned River Day with representatives from the DEC and many family-friendly activities and Nyack Boat Club reported on their adult How to Sail Program and their Guinness book of records “Andrew Bart Simpson” global sailing event, with 303 participants from Nyack Boat Club.


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