Thursday, February 2, 2017

A big WELCOME BACK to our renewing members!!!!

The Social Committee has already been hard at work planning great entertainment and activities for our 2017 year!!!

We kick off our Club opening on Feb. 2, with a Super Bowl Teaser Party on Sat., Feb. 4 from 4-6.  Come enjoy complimentary appetizers,  .50 cent wings and your favorite beverage.

Then celebrate Mardi Gras 2017 on Sat., Feb 25 with the Ed Bagatini Jazz Trio performing from 7-10 p.m., and a Louisiana-Style Dinner, Appetizer & Drink Specials.

Next comes the traditional St. Patrick's Day Party on Friday, March 17.  We will have the popular group Mockingbird to entertain us from 7-10 pm, along with an awesome Irish dinner starting at 6 p.m.

The committee has gone to great lengths to bring in 3 new performers,  coming to the SJRYC for the first time,  which I am very excited to tell you about. Friday, March 31, from 7-10 p.m.,  we have The Lana Hoffman Jazz Trio playing jazz with some pop and country thrown in.  Lana has a great reputation playing in Clubs and Cabarets throughout the Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids area. Friday, April 14 , 7-10 p.m., will feature the Boulevard Billies, an acoustic trio that incorporates elements of various American roots music styles including country, roots-rock, folk and bluegrass, resulting in a distinctive sound. Lastly, Friday, April 28, 7-10 p.m., brings the Tomas Esparza Blues Band from Grand Rapids, replicating Chicago Blues.   Their harmonica player will knock your socks off.

Of course,  don't forget Euchre,  beginning Wed. April 5 , and our annual Easter Brunch on April 15 with a visit from the Easter Bunny!!!!!!

Don't miss these events and great, upcoming musical evenings.  More information will be found on all of this in our weekly E-blast as the dates near.

Hope to see everyone soon!!

Kathy Grootendorst

Rear Commodore

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Happy Holiday!

The SJRYC Board of Directors sends warm holiday wishes to you, our members, as well as our General Manager, Joann Kavanaugh, our staff and to all of their families and friends! May you have a wonderful holiday week, enjoy your favorite yearly traditions, sumptuous meals, time with family/friends, and heartily root for your favorite football or sports team!

We hope to see you at the Club for New Year's Eve!!

Happiness and good wishes to everyone!

Susan Greco

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Social Report
Cathy Cawley

This year is almost at an end and there is still plenty of activity at the SJRYC. Pat Breitkreuz and her decorating committee have made the Club inviting with their holiday decorations on all floors. They even left a tree on the 2nd floor for the general membership to adorn with their own ornament! You are invited to help dress the Club Community Tree. We have several opportunities for you to find a spot on the tree before Christmas. The Club is open Wednesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner and we have several holiday events to mark the season.

Kid's Club on Saturdays from 1-3pm highlighted with movies and treats. At the same time, the Keepers Bar is the spot to watch football games on 3 screens with staff prepared tailgate treats. Also The Euchre Challenge is every Wednesday on the second floor of the Club from 7-9. The game starts on the dot at 7pm and the weekly highest score player is presented with the weekly trophy! The Club Euchre Champion will be announced the 28th of December.

Santa will make a stopover around 1pm on Saturday December 10th. He's really busy this time of year so if you can't be there before 3pm you will miss him. Bring your Christmas list and a camera. Good time to hang an ornament on the Community Tree on the 2nd floor.

On Friday the 16th of December the last buffet of 2016 will be served on the 2nd floor starting at 6:00pm. Came have dinner and hang your ornament on the tree, then join the music of the Mockingbirds in the Keeper's Bar. This is our Christmas Carol Sing Along, as well as an opportunity to dance to and listen to music from the 50's, 60's and 70's.

We celebrate the end of a very successful 2016 and the anticipation of another great year for the St. Joe River Yacht Club at The New Years Eve Party on the 3rd floor of the Club on the 31st of December. The band "Top Secret" will entertain from 8:30 pm until 2017. Dinner reservations are required for the "over the top" meal with appetizers and cocktails served from 6 to 7. Dinner at 7pm to those who have reserved their spot at a table. Those who choose the no food option are invited to join the fun after 8pm and dance the night away.

Please check the posters attached for future details about each event.

It has been a pleasure to help with the Social Committee this year and meet so many great people who make the St. Joe River Yacht Club the Best Yacht Club on the Great Lakes!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our members and their families and friends! May your day be filled with the love and warmth of family and friends, laughter, a sumptuous banquet and peace!

Susan Greco

Monday, November 21, 2016

2017 Officers and Directors

SJRYC 2017 Board of Directors and Term Expiration Dates

Article VII Duties of Officers, Section 5 (2) of the Saint Joseph River Yacht Club By-Laws requires that the Club Secretary, “Following the the Annual Meeting elections, type and distribute a list of all Officers and Board Members and term expirations and post same on Club Bulletin Board.” Accordingly, this document complies with that requirement.  Term expiration date is in parenthesis after each board member's name.


Commodore:  Susan Greco   (12-31-17)
Vice Commodore:  Dave Hertog  (12-31-2017)
Fleet Vice Commodore:  Louie Tremblay  (12-31-2018)
Rear Commodore:  Kathy Grootendorst  (12-31-2018)
Treasurer:  Gale Cawley:  (12-31-2017)
Secretary:  Julie Migala  (12-31-2019)
Director:  Laurie Canfield  (12-31-2017)
Director:  Eric Hanson  (12-31-2019)
Director:  Bruce Larson:  (12-31-2019)
Director:  Demrhy Lundquist:  (12-31-2019)
Director:  Gene Weil:  (12-31-2018)
Director:  Bill Womer:  (12-31-2018)

Respectfully submitted,

Julie Migala
2016 SJRYC Secretary
Dated: November 18, 2016

Saturday, November 19, 2016

NEW for 2017, the clubhouse will be
RE-OPENING in February!!

Hours Of Operation
Beginning February 2, 2017

Thursday 4-10:00 pm
Friday 12-11:00 pm

Saturday 12-10:00pm

Friday, November 18, 2016

Manager’s Report
Joann L. Kavanaugh

My favorite part about living in the Midwest is seeing the seasons change. Summer’s green gives way to a striking display of yellow, orange and red and the autumn skies grow deeper blue. We have been lucky to enjoy a mild and colorful season here in Southwest Michigan, I hope you all took some time to delight in our beautiful surroundings.

We have been pleased by busier than average days and nights here at SJRYC this season. With a social calendar full of activities this past few months, it is no wonder why we have seen so many of you making the most of what your club has to offer. Thank you for your continued membership and support.

Next week, many of us will be hosting out of town friends and family for Thanksgiving, please note that the clubhouse will be closed on Thanksgiving Day but will re-open at 4pm on Friday, November 25th. We will be featuring a Crab Leg Dinner Special for those of you who need a break from turkey! There will be no TGIF Buffet offered on the 25th.

If you missed the opportunity to join us at the annual meeting this past Thursday please take a look at the agenda from the evening by clicking here. Help us welcome our new board members Eric Hansen, Bruce Larson and Demrhy Youngquist and join me in thanking our outgoing board members Mary Coon, Byron Higgins and Leif Norland, their years of service to our club is greatly appreciated.

On Thanksgiving, while I enjoy time with my family, I will also take a moment to be thankful, there is much to be thankful for….I hope you feel the same way.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! See you at the Club!