A letter from the Commodore

Dear AYC Members and Friends,

Welcome to the 2019 summer season at the Androscoggin Yacht Club! With birds returning and daylight increasing we hopefully await winter releasing its grip as we anticipate the return of summer. Winterization of our new well went smoothly and we look forward to an equally effortless opening bringing reliable potable water for all our activities and rentals. As we finalize our calendar, here’s what we can look forward to for this season:

Dock Launch Day and Spring Clean-Up on Saturday, May 4th 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 15rd: 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: 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 the sessions. This year there will be two three‑week‑long sessions, which begin on July 8 and July 29th, respectively.  Please indicate your interest and you will be contacted by the instructor for specific information regarding your child’s class.

Sailing: At the helm of the AYC sailing lessons this season will be Will Boyce, one of the club’s youthful experts.  Please indicate your interest in lessons with the club or a board member.  A lesson schedule will heave into view later in the Spring, we’ll be in touch in due course.

Fundraising Supper on Saturday, July 13th 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 4th until August 8th.

Annual AYC Dance on Saturday, July 20th, 8-10:30 pm: A great Wayne tradition, with appetizers, cocktails and live music, coordinated by Mary Sheridan.

Sailing Regatta on Sunday, July 28thth: 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 24th 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 2019 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 2019 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 2019

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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