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Letter from the 2019 Commodore

Fellow Duckclubers, it is my pleasure to serve you as Commodore in 2019.  I have been a river rat my entire life.  My parents told me I was “conceived in Two Branch on the hook”.  I have Mississippi river water running in my veins. I grew up just a stone throw from the Clubhouse on the 26 acres next door which at the time was Anchor Marine owned and operated by my mother Marilyn and my father Tom Kirgin.  I worked the fuel dock, launched boats, sold boats, worked on boats and when I forgot to put in the drain plug, I raised sunken boats.   My first boat was a 9′ sport yak with a 3hp Evinrude when I was 8.

 
When I ran for Commodore, I said I would focus on two things this coming year, TRADITION and VALUE. 

 
Tradition because I was here when Kenny Schriver, a wealthy condominium developer from Miami bought the remnants of Centre Point an old marina and club that came before us on this very property.  It was called Center Point because we are half way between Lock 25 and Lock 26.  Heck, my Grandfather Ollie Kirgin was a member at Center Point before I was born.  
 
I was here when my parents gave Sonny and Mike Tremmel the land for the Duck Club Road and I was here throughout those early years watching a group of proud boaters that had built and started something amazing.  Something like nowhere else in this part of the country.  This club, this Yacht Club rivaled similar clubs in Fort Lauderdale and Chicago.  
 
It was that generation, some of which are still with us today who forged the way for us and created TRADITIONS and RULES for us to follow and pass down to the future generations of boaters that want something more out of their boating, that want a place where they belong and call home, at least when they are at port.
 
A Tradition can be as simple as honking your horn once as you leave your slip and twice when you come back into the mouth of the harbor to make sure the channel is safe to enter.  A tradition can be having a Formal Black Tie Commodores party annually or requiring proper attire in dining room always.  We can always create new traditions, but we should never let the old ones die.
 
The Duck Club Mission Statement written by our founding fathers says: ” The Duck Club Yacht Club is a distinctive yachting community of discriminating yacht owners who prefer high standards of quality and exceptional VALUE.”
 
That brings me to VALUE, see what I did there?  That is called an epic segway.  Value to me means two things.  
 
First, Each and every member should VALUE their time at the Duck Club.  
 
This can be achieved by having excellent restaurant management, well maintained grounds and beautiful amenities like our pool, deck, gazebo, fire pit and light house.  I am confident that the effort put in over the last several years and into the future by former Commodore Mike Janson (especially the installation of the irrigation system) and Harbor Master Michael Eberhardt have greatly increased your ability to VALUE your time when on property.  
 
I am also confident that the selection process for a new restaurant management solution for the 2019 season and beyond, embarked upon by the Vice Commodore and the Restaurant committee will be a tremendous success.  One item of TRADITION already finalized is that NO Restaurant management will ever operate the Duck Club Yacht Club Restaurant by any other name.
 
Second, our property VALUE is on the rise!  The used boating market has been going up year after year with another  3% increase expected in 2019.  Used boat sales is not only a key economic indicate, but it also means people are enjoying success and buying first time boats or bigger boats.  We as owners need to realize that we have a rare commodity.  40-75 foot metal covered slips with 5 star amenities, city water and soon thanks to Ryan Buenemann and Pappy high speed internet!  Recent dock sales have turned the corner.  a 62 footer just sold for 45K!  Someone will say to me, “well they will only bring what the market will bear” but what I am asking you is to set the market and not “list to low”.  If you are selling a dock, it is your right to accept whatever offer you want.  However as Commodore, I am asking you to adhere to minimum advertised prices.  If you do so, I am committing to build a marketing campaign to HELP YOU SELL and HELP YOU GET THE MOST MONEY FOR YOUR DOCK!  I will personally be contacting each dock owner that has a slip for sale to discuss this initiative further.
 
Please give our new Restaurant Managers your respect and patience as they transition into their new roles.  Soon the snow will melt, the engines will be dewinterized and we will be hitting the river for the 2019 boating season. I hope each and every one of you truly enjoy the Club this year.  Please remember all boats must leave the dock once per quarter.  Don’t be afraid of logs, we have Port Charles and Pole Star nearby to help you straighten things out.

 

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Letter from the 2018 Commodore

Greetings,

     I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Mike Janson and I have been a member of the Duck Club since 2014.  I have also been a board member for the past two years. When I became a social member in 2014 I was instantly hooked. My wife Maureen and I now own two slips on F dock. We are the parents of two daughters and the grandparents of 3. We have been small business Owners for the last 41 years and I am looking forward to working alongside all of you.

     I am incredibly excited to officially begin my term as Commodore of the Duck Club. I feel as though we have a great group on the board and I am excited for us to do some new things this year. Building membership is a top priority because I feel every member can make a difference. We need to recognize opportunities for growth and act on them. Retaining engaged, happy members is the key to increasing membership. People stay in a club where they feel like they belong. I will work to create an environment where you will feel free to relax and speak candidly. As a private club we are often a second home to our members. Being a first rate facility will enable us to stand out as the premier marina on the river. Let’s roll up our sleeves, motivate each other and help foster a friendly approachable environment so that every member and their families will be inspired. The Duck Club’s success and future is shaped by each of our members. I am honored to work side by side with all of you.

Sincerely,

Mike Janson

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Letter from the Commodore

commodore doug woods

Happy spring everyone,

For those of you that do not know me, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Doug Woods.  I am married to Leslie Woods and we are the proud parents of seven children, five girls and two boys. Our boat is on D dock slip 54 the North office. I’ve been a social member of the club since 2009. My family and I liked the club so much we purchase three docks in 2011. Nothing like diving right in!

We have been boating on the river for 20 years. As we bought bigger boats we moved to different marinas. We have kept our boats at Lake Center, the Yacht Club of St. Louis, and Woodland marinas lasting a few years at each. I believe we are at the nicest marina on the river and I get the pleasure of being the Commodore so thank you for that.

I’ve been on the board since 2013 so I feel like I know some of the history of the club. What I have been finding out as the Commodore this year is that the records of the club’s history are dispersed through several people. I would like to bring all those records together under one roof.  So what I ask of you is if you have any copies of anything pertaining to the club’s history, meeting minutes, duck tales, old pictures, anything along those lines please get them to me or bring them to the office. This will help maintain the club’s history.  I will copy anything you have and get it back to you for your records if you would like.

Our board meetings are the first Monday of every month at 7 PM. They are held in the main dining room. I would love to see everyone’s participation in those meetings. Again thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve as the Commodore of the Duck Club Marina.

 

Doug Woods

Letter from the Commodore

First and foremost I would just like to say how happy I am to be your Commodore for 2014.

I have been a boater on the river since 1996 and have always wanted to be a part of DCYC.

Well and here I am taking a position as Commodore that at one time had only dreamt about.  Needless to say I am honored to be your 2014 commodore and I will do my best to serve out this year with  everyone’s best interest at heart and work my hardest to uphold the integrity of this club.

Here to hoping we have a great boating season.

Tony Longo

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