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The Marco Bay Yacht Club Welcomed members back to the island on November 6, 2022, with a gathering at DaVinci’s Italian Restaurant on Marco Island. The club was pleased to celebrate the season with many new members and long-time friends. Everyone shared stories of their summer escapades and Ian’s impact on their homes, cars, and boats. VC Linda Gagnon introduced new members including David and Jeanette (Nettie) Petty, Steve and Kathy Stark, Brad and Mary Shaw and Dayna McKendrick (Dean was traveling).

For the business portion of the meeting Linda and Deb Lowell (Secretary) announced that Paul Shneeberger would join the bridge as Rear Commodore next year. Anna Hutchings and Steve Stark join as Directors for the class of 2025 and Bonnie Pilat joins as a Director for the Class of 2023 filling Paul’s vacant spot.

We are also excited to announce that we have expanded the berthing requirements for new members to include Port of the Isles. We have also removed residential requirement as well in the hopes that more people with boats nearby can join the fun.

The club is looking forward to a full roster of activities this season with both large vessel cruises and local day fleet events. The social activities will include our regular Monday Madness gathering at CJs, a Holiday Party on the Marco Princess and our Commodore’s Ball. Social events are being planned to include a weekly breakfast and poker for men. Ladies can enjoy games (Canasta, Maj Jongg, Mexican Train) and special First Mates events.

To keep activities rolling into 2023, we are asking people to please participate as sponsors, coordinators and assistants. If you have not done this in the past, please contact the bridge at to volunteer. It’s the easiest way to meet your fellow club members and get the most of your membership.

We are look forward to a spectacular year with our MBYC friends.