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Dear Members,

Your Club is getting ready for you to come and walk the grounds on the weekend of April 25th.  We’ve noted some important dates below, but be sure to check the calendar for additional events.  We will have a few picnic tables set up for that warm sunny day that beckons a picnic by the water.

Work Party Schedule

Saturday, April 25th:
Letters A-B:  9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Letter C:  1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 26th:
Letters D-F:  1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 2nd:
Letters G-I:  9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Letters J-K:  1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m

Sunday, May 3rd:
Letters L-M:  1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 9th (Last Work Party):
Letters N-R:  9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Letters S-Z:  1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.*

*  Grill opening party at 3:00 p.m.  Open to all members that want to come open the grill and talk about the Club and upcoming summer events.

Youth Program Sign-Ups

Online Sign-Ups (New This Year!):  Available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week on the program sign-up page.  All you need is your member account number.
April 26th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.:  Walk-in Sign-Ups
June 6th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.:  Walk-in Sign-Ups
June 21st from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.:  Walk-in Sign-Ups

WBYC & NYS Parks Boat Safety Course

Sunday, May 17th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.:  This class is for adults and children.  There is no cost for this course; however, if you are 18 or older, you will be required to pay NYS Parks a $10.00 fee for your boating safety certificate.  Please contact John Froio at (315) 692-4868.

Weekday Sailing Leagues

Wednesday, May 27th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.:  Introduction to Women of Willow Bank (WOW) Kick-off
Thursday, May 28th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.:  Meet and Greet the People of Water (POW)

Doug Shepard, Commodore

Imagine fifty-two colorful Sunfish sails on the lake at the same time!  That is our goal, and we want YOU to be a part of it!

To demonstrate the Sunfish strength in numbers, we are planning to launch and sail our colors just off the Club.

This sure-to-be memorable event will take place on Friday, July 10th from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, celebrating the occasion afterwards with the Club Fish Fry and music.

This is to be a fun and all inclusive gathering.  It is open to all WOWs, non-WOWs, and Sunfish owning recreational sailors – yes, even men!

On the water, we would like to see the boats concentrated and visible from the Club.  To that end, we may set up a simple course between two marks.  There could be a starting line and a finish line, but not necessarily a race start.  Those not interested in moving around two points may just congregate near the Club.  We are open to suggestions regarding how we organize on the water.

Beecher Graham and Jeannie Doering and the rest of the WOWs will be organizing this event to make a grand show of the Sunfish Fleet, as we number the most boats of any fleet at Willow Bank Yacht Club – fifty-two!!

We will be contacting each Sunfish owner individually sometime in the spring to see who is on board for this spectacular event.  We will be on hand to encourage all Sunfish owners to spiff up their boats and participate.  We will even hold an advance “help” session a week or so before, to check out rigging and boat parts and generally welcome all participants.

For those members too unsure of sailing their boats, we will suggest you allow your grandchildren or other Club members to sail them.  We emphasize this will be a FUN inclusive event.  Our aim is to have all Sunfish out on the water for this event!!

We look forward to your participation,

Beecher Graham & Jeannie Doering

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Happy Holidays, Members!

I am pleased to announce that Willow Bank Yacht Club has successfully recruited and hired our next Club Manager!  This process started at the end of the 2014 season and has been led by your Flag Officers in conjunction with a special committee.  Former Commodore Tucker Lounsbury chaired the committee that included former Commodores Alix Shaw and Hugh Roszel.  The goal of the committee was to first attempt to actively recruit a qualified candidate through various Club contacts and centers of influence.  If not successful in direct recruiting of known or referred candidates, the committee was charged with expanding the search to a standard public advertising campaign.  It was also decided that any candidate must be a non-member.

At this time, I am very pleased to announce that your Board of Directors has hired K. Patrick (Pat) Kelleher as our next manager.  Pat is retiring at the end of the school year after over thirty years as a public educator.  He and his wife Lisa, also a retiring educator, will be moving from the Plattsburgh area to Cazenovia to be closer to their daughter’s family (Kaleen and Jack Sessler) and two young grandchildren.  We are thrilled to have Pat coming aboard.  He brings tremendous energy, experience, and credentials to this position, and we are confident that he will excel as our next Manager.  Pat’s credentials include the following highlights:

  • 30 years as a high school educator and English/Language Arts Department Head
  • 30 years as School District Audio Visual Director
  • High School Musical Theater (Director, Choreographer, Lighting, Sound, Set Design and Construction)
  • Varsity High School and SUNY Plattsburgh Soccer Coach (has CPR, First Aid and AED Certifications)
  • Owner/Operator of Adirondack Indoor Soccer Center:
    • Hired, trained and scheduled 20+ young adult staff members for leagues and tournaments
    • Responsible for all financial and regulatory matters
    • Operated full service food concessions permitted by NY Department of Health
  • Grew up spending summers on Long Lake and Lake George and worked at Snug Harbor Marina

Please welcome Pat and his wife Lisa to Willow Bank.  He will begin working for the Club in March as we begin the hiring process for our seasonal staff and will be onsite for spring weekend work parties.  I personally look forward to introducing Pat to our membership, and I am confident that you will all enjoy getting to know Pat, just as we have this fall!  May your families all have a safe and joyous holiday season and a happy new year!

Warmest Regards,

Doug Shepard, Commodore



(Pat Kelleher – 2009 SUNY Plattsburgh Soccer Media Guide)