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39°F in Central Illinois today, but it's a balmy 77°F in Tortola, British Virgin Islands! And the Mid-Illini Sail and Power Squadron 2017 BVI Flotilla Caribbean Charter Cruise is just one short week away! CLSA and Mid-Illini have coordinated teaching events in the classroom, as well as on the water training at the lake in preparation for the 35 person, 8 boat flotilla; from the Provisioning and What to Pack Seminars, electronic navigation equipment tutorial, to practice anchoring and catching mooring balls, and learning how to operate an inflatable dinghy, (not to mention practice drinking Pain Killers at several Attitude Adjustments…) the flotilla is ready to set sail! Fair winds to the BVI sailors!
2017 CLSA Commodore
Farmer City Christmas Parade RSVP
Christmas parade! The fun starts November 20 at 2 p.m.Let us know you plan to attend by filling out this form!
I believe this issue speaks for itself!
But even so, the executive summary is: we’re having great time as the season begins to wind down, and don’t miss the banquet!
The Board of Directors has determined that we qualify as a 501(c)3 non-profit and that we can fill out the EZ form (1023EZ). The advantages of becoming a 501(c)3 is that we can accept donations and those donating can claim that as a tax deduction, which might increase their interest in doing so. Particularly in light of our efforts to improve the club’s facilities, there does not appear to be a downside.
The next step — before we can file the paperwork — is to include in our by-laws a statement that, if we ever dissolve as a club, our assets will go to another 501(c)3. That statement is not currently in the by-laws, and the only way we can make that change is to have the membership vote on it. We will have that vote at the Nov. 12 banquet/annual meeting at the LeRoy Country Club
Amendment Eight shall provide that, in the event that the club dissolves, its assets shall be given to another 501(c)3.
The official wording will read:
Upon the dissolution of the corporation, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose. Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by a Court of Competent Jurisdiction of the county in which the principal office of the corporation is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to post on the google forum, so everyone can know of the questions and answers. Alternatively, you can contact me, Angie Hunt, vice commodore, or any of the other board members listed on our website.
Rick Langlois #37
Please join us for our CLSA Fall Banquet!
Happy Hour begins at 5 pm. There will be a raffle and door prizes!
Dinner is $25/person. Includes tossed salad, baked potato, and
cheesecake bites for dessert and drink choice of soda, tea, or water.
Cash bar available. Entree choices are:
The LeRoy Country Club is located on Route 150 just East of LeRoy and North of I-74 at 27307 US-150, Le Roy, IL 61752.
Please RSVP at: http://www.clsasailing.org/social/fall-banquet
For questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing you there!
CLSA Fall Workday — Saturday, October 29
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Please plan to come help get CLSA ready for winter!
Workdays are fun:
We work together to accomplish lots of tasks, socialize, and eat together!
Come join us.
Here are tasks for this fall:
The Scots were really bringing it on Sunday afternoon in the final triangle race of the season.
The previous night at the Commodore's feast (a tremendous success saluting Rick Langlois’s ending reign as commodore), everyone was lamenting about the next day’s wind forecast of 2 to 3 mph.
Lo and behold when we arrived at the lake, there was a solid breeze filling the whole lake and building! Turned out to be a 10 to 15 perfect westerly all day.
The Scots were there with Thistles and cabin boats, including the return of Larry and Barb Bethard on their Capri 22.
There were three races completed on the day: W4 (windward/leeward twice around) for the dinghies and W2 (once around) for the cabin boats.
We all started together at the same time — which lent excitement to the starts! In the Scots Rick Wojnar and Eric Bussell battled all day and ended in a tie for first place with Ben and Debbie Williams a close third. The first race favored the left side of the course, but as the day wore on, sailors like Joe and Linda Budden in "Blue Eyes" took advantage and went to the right side and nearly beat the whole fleet in the third and last race.
Next Saturday will be the last distance race this year. Clinton Lake is beautiful right now -- take advantage of it!
More Pictures taken by Heather Johnson
Some CLSA sailors will be on the water Sunday, October 16 to enjoy a casual sail by the Full Hunter's Moon.
The moon will rise at 6:52 p.m.
Come out on the water, find all the boats sailing through the moonbeams, and sail by to say "Ahoy"!
Take some pretty pictures, email them to me, Ruth Ann Vokac, email@example.com. I will share them here!
The bottom line is, come to the Commodore’s Dinner this Saturday, but make sure to RSVP!!
See you at the lake!!
These two regattas are each one-one-day races for which the winners take home a traveling trophy. There are typically multiple fleets (cabin boats, Flying Scots, and a mixed fleet) in both races—any sailboat is welcome!
For the Triangle Regatta Sunday, October 9, there will be a skipper's meeting at noon at the club's pavilion where the race committee will announce the location of the course and the race particulars based on weather reports and wind conditions. The race committee tries to schedule the start for the first of 3 or 4 races at 1:00 p.m. The race course is typically a triangle or a windward/leeward course. Traveling trophies — a one-design fleet trophy and a regatta winner trophy — will be awarded.
For the Distance Regatta, Saturday, October 15, the course is a loop about 11 nautical miles long and provides a very scenic round trip of Clinton Lake. There will be a skipper's meeting at noon at the CLSA pavilion. The race committee will determine race course details, which depend on weather conditions. The start of the race is scheduled for 1:00. A traveling winner's trophy will be awarded.
These two regattas have ended the CLSA sailing season for many years. When Clinton Lake opened in the early 80’s, our esteemed member, Francis Smith, owned a sailboat dealership in LeRoy, IL. In addition to other makes of sailboats, he sold Victoria 18’s, and a group of them competed in early CLSA races. Because of their prominence, the last two CLSA races of the season were named for them. I have not seen one of these beautiful boats at Clinton Lake for years, but we still celebrate their early contribution to our racing program!
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