2009-03-28 / Editorials & Letters

Yacht club member is fed up


Sour... party of one? Oh, that would be me! This is just a FYI for your readers and the guys who are running the Buckeye Lake Yacht Club at this point. For yacht club members, January brings your renewal membership bill. I just got my final notice to pay my dues or else, so I didn't want to miss the opportunity to speak out.

Let's review what you get for your annual $800 investment. You get to wait in line for a dock you don't need. (If you do need a dock, you have to wait until someone dies to get one.) You get to swim in a pool packed with young children. You get to pay for overpriced special events where you get packed in like a sardine. The meals and service don't match the price. You have to put up with some members who are rude, obnoxious and who think they are all that and a box of chocolates. You get to see favoritism and prejudice up close and personal, including watching a small group use the club free of charge for many things.

Here's what you don't get! You can't have dinner at the club if a special event is going on and you don't want to be part of it. If your family has been members for generations and supported the club financially, you get disrespected and dismissed. You get absolutely no say in how money is spent or what assets are sold. Plus there's no outside audit to guarantee that the books are kept correctly. There is no transparency.

Maybe you were lucky enough to get in on the third class blue light membership special last year. For some of us who paid the full price to join this swank place, that was completely out of line.

A couple of years ago, I worked very hard to put on a fireworks show for the 100th Anniversary Celebration. I made a deal with the governor in charge at the time. In return for coordinating the special fireworks show, the spokesman for the Club agreed to donate at least $1,000 annually to the BLASST. Has the Club upheld its side of the deal? No! Last year the Club was packed for BLASST, but we didn't get a thin dime. Unfortunately, very few of the club's governors care about what goes on in the surrounding community. That behavior was part of the reason I didn't join the club sooner. Because it is painfully obvious these things will never change, my resignation is publicly mandatory.

To the membership governor and the rest of the folks in white, this Wolfe family member is fed up. So much so, if the Club doors are open this coming July 3 and it hasn't paid its $1,000 annual pledge, it will be the last time I volunteer my time to BLASST. I'm not going to work my butt off, so your boys club can make a huge profit that night. You were the ONLY bar on Buckeye Lake that didn't donate money to BLASST. Shame on you! You can't fix ignorant, but you can walk away.

I hope some of the less confrontational members will help support change at the Club by reducing their expenditures there. Maybe some day, the Club will become a member of our Buckeye Lake community. But that's just beginning even if that is accomplished.

Victoria Wolfe Ft. Myers, Florida

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