Tower Harbour Yacht Club
                                      Board of Directors Meeting

               Minutes  January 28, 2012, 4:00 p.m.,  Best Western Hotel / Saugatuck

  I. Call to order:
The meeting was called to order at 4:11 p.m.

Directors present: Mike Wisniewski, Nancy Littlefair, Ted Corlett, Jim Tavarozzi, Bob    Johnson, Al Littlefair, Lynn Weston, Paul Wrbanich, Julie Yoder

 II. Review of 2012 Roster of THYC Officers and Directors:
The THYC Board is constituted of 14 members for the 2012 season.  The complete 2012 roster can be seen at

III. Approval of minutes from last meeting:
The minutes of the last meeting (June 4, 2011) were approved unanimously.

IV. Treasurer's Report:
The Treasurer's report shows an end-of-year balance of $8,551.00.  This number reflects a small year-over-year increase from last year's balance of $8,340.27.

 V. Membership Status:  2011 vs. 2010:
Ted Corlett reported that the club had 119 active members in 2011.  Our comparable membership in 2010 was 125 members.  The membership count has been essentially stable in the last several years.

VI. Old Business:
    Clubhouse Improvement Projects (c/o from 2011)
Jim Tavarozzi reported that RJ has agreed to take responsibility for the following significant upgrades to the clubhouse.  Ideally, all of this work will be accomplished in the upcoming season:
                  --Outside storage shed for the sailing marks
                  --Outside sink (already purchased)
                  --Painting or replacement of the closet doors
                  --Clubhouse electrical circuitry improvements (including a new water heater, which has already been purchased)
                  --Inside sink water drainage upgrade
At this meeting, it was agreed the club should also pursue improved outdoor lighting for the deck area.  Commodore Wisniewski reported he would also talk to RJ about the addition of an easily-maintained outdoor toilet construction near the clubhouse.
    Continue with the Dock Box Sale Website?
 It was decided to terminate the Dock Box Sale on the website because of lack of  interest.

VII. New Business:
    THYC Special Events
After considerable discussion, it was agreed to table completion of the event schedule  pending further review.  Commodore Wisniewski will work with the board members outside of this meeting to finalize events, schedules, budgets, and chairmanships, with buy-in accomplished by email.   It was agreed the first event of the year will be held in early June, to include the Blessing of the Fleet/Pancake Breakfast and the THYC Annual Membership Meeting.  
    Clubhouse Security
It was agreed we should pursue an upgrade to the front door lock to include a key pad system for easier member access.  Vice Commodore Littlefair will look into this.
    Proposal for a Sailor's Forum for increased racing involvement
A number of suggestions on how to increase participation in sailboat races were discussed.  A review of these proposals will be presented at the next Skipper's meeting.
    THYC Membership Drive
Tower Marina will be asked to provide the Yacht Club with contact information for all new slipholders.  THYC will in turn contact each of these slipholders and invite them to consider membership in the Yacht Club. 

VIII. Passing of the Gavel / Adjournment:
The meeting was adjourned at 6:10 p.m., with special recognition of the new 2012-2013 Commodore Mike Wisniewski and Vice Commodore Nancy Littlefair.