A letter from the Commodore

April 4, 2018


Dear AYC Members and Friends,
Welcome to the 2018 summer season at the Androscoggin Yacht Club!  As we patiently pass from winter to spring we all can eagerly look forward to warm summer days and another fun filled season.  Over the Fall we started and completed the well project coming in “well” under budget, which should provide fresh reliable water for both members and rentals for years to come.  Thanks to all involved with this considerable project.  With fingers crossed for fair weather and favorable winds here’s what we can look forward to this season:

Dock Launch Day and Spring Clean-Up on Saturday, May 5th at 8am: All hands are needed to help launch docks, tidy the grounds and put the clubhouse in order.  (Coffee & donuts served!)


June Membership Meeting on Saturday, June 23rd: Social hour starts at 5:30 pm, followed by a potluck supper at 6:15 pm.  Please stay for the meeting at 7:00 pm to vote on new members (a quorum is needed).  Mark your calendars!


Swimming Lessons: After a record‑setting swim season as a Connecticut College freshman, and now a sophomore, Mary Erb will instruct at the Club again this summer, so please enroll your kids or grandkids and help spread the word about this opportunity.  Increasing swim enrollment is a key goal this year.  As usual, swimmers can register for any or all of the sessions. This year there will be two -three week‑long sessions, which begin on July 3, and July 24.  Please indicate your interest and you will be contacted by the instructor for specific information regarding your child’s class.


Sailing Lessons on Saturdays: Sailing is for everyone – the young and the young at heart, first‑time beginners or old hands honing their skills.  Please indicate your interest and you will be contacted by the instructor to arrange sailing lesson times.


Fundraising Supper on Saturday, July 7th at 6 pm:  Please attend for a great meal and lively company.  This is a very important event for sustaining the club, and it requires plenty of help – so to volunteer please contact AYC Secretary Shelley Reed (ayc1909@gmail.com or 685-5522).


Family Picnic Nights on Thursdays, starting at 6pm: Members are welcome to bring their own dinners and make use of the club’s outdoor grill and tables, from July 5th until August 9th.


Annual AYC Dance on Saturday, July 21nd, 8-10:30 pm: A great Wayne tradition, with appetizers, cocktails and live music, coordinated by Mary Sheridan.


Sailing Regatta on Sunday, July 29th: Captains will meet at 12.30 and the race starts at 1pm, coordinated by Hazel and David Stevenson.  Sailboats of any type may take part.


Annual Meeting on Saturday, August 25th at 7:00 pm: The Club’s annual business meeting will start with a social time at 5:30 pm, followed by a potluck supper at 6:15 pm.  This meeting requires a quorum of members – so please mark your calendars!


Membership Fees: Dues for 2018 remain unchanged at $95 for a family and $55 for an individual.  See details on the application form or call an AYC officer for further information.


Rentals: Members wishing to rent the clubhouse should consult the attached 2018 AYC Calendar and contact Edith Ellis for further information (tel: 212-9256, e‑mail: ayc1909@gmail.com).  Rental fees are as follows:

Fewer than 50 attendees: $200 (new member); $175 (established members)

More than 50 attendees: $375 (new member); $200 (established members)

Wedding events (rehearsal dinners, reception, etc.): $375

Mon-Thurs rentals are available for established members at $75 off the normal rate.


An additional $100 deposit is required; it will be refunded if the renter complies with terms and the clubhouse is left in good condition.  There is an optional clean-up fee of $60.


The AYC Capital Campaign: Please consider helping the AYC to preserve the club for another generation.  The Capital Reserve Fund, incorporated in the By-Laws, provides for future needs for capital to preserve and maintain the Club.  Along with volunteering, a Capital Reserve contribution is an important way to help secure the current and future health of the Club.  The accompanying payment form features a space to note your contribution!


Please remit dues by June 15th to be eligible for all member privileges.  Contact any officer with questions.  Please include an email address on your application.


Thank you very much for your cooperation and support!  We look forward to seeing you this summer.




Jeff DeGroot

AYC Commodore



AYC Officers and Phone Numbers for 2018

Commodore: Jeff De Groot, 577-1330; Vice Commodore Frank Barley 776-3698; Rear Commodore: Kevin O’Rourke, 320-8507 Treasurer: David Stevenson, 685-4007; Secretary: Shelley Reed, 248-7400

Email: ayc1909@gmail.com

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