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Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

Question:
Why should I join?

Answer:
Two main reasons -- First, because you'd like how you'd feel looking in the mirror at... someone who's helped teach kids how to swim, potentially saving their lives; ... at someone who's helped wives and moms know how to safely take command of the family boat if something befell its captain; ... and at someone who's helped vacationers return safely home having been able to navigate back to their tent or cabin after a night out on another lake on the chain.  Second, because you'd like the opportunity to meet other similarly-minded people at either of the member dinners - spring and fall, and held at members' modest expense - and thereafter have even more nice people to say 'Hi' to, or discuss issues with, around town.  Those are a couple of pretty good reasons.

Question:
How do I get involved?

Answer: 
First, join the club.  Ways to do that are here:  Membership Options.  Second, get involved.  To do that, upload your picture onto your member page.  (Or look for our club photographer at a dinner; she'll usually have a camera with her and you can get a nice picture that the club can upload for you.)  Also, familiarize yourself with other members, many of whom have pictures in the Member Directory (open to members only).  All the board members are pictured here: Board of Directors and several have area businesses where you can introduce yourself when you are nearby.  Another way: come to a board meeting.  There are two formal board meetings each year, one in May and one in September.  They're usually held on the second floor of The Wharf on a Saturday morning and are open to all members.  Yet another way is to stop by the WCYC booth at either the Classic and Wood Boat Rendezvous (held in June at Moonlite Bay) or at the Cardboard Boat Race (also at Moonlite Bay, in August) and introduce yourself to whomever is handling the booth (usually a board member or a equally-dedicated member).

Question:
What is the reciprocity card program?
How do I request my reciprocity card?
Where do I find a list of Yacht Clubs that offer reciprocal privileges?

Answer:
The answer to all of these questions is on the Reciprocity Cards page.

Question: 
I am careful about whom I donate money to.  Is WCYC really a legitimate charity?

Answer:
The answer is a resounding YES.  We have been properly registered as a 501(c)(3) since 1998 and have our IRS Determination Letter on file. In addition, we are registered with two major forces in non-profit analysis, Guidestar (part of Candid, which analyses 2.7M non-profits) and YourCause (part of the Global Good Network).  Guidestar has granted us its Bronze Seal of Transparency Bronze Seal of Transparency, placing us - according to them -  in the top 2% of their list of non-profits.