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                                                                                                   February 2017

Dear Fellow Goats,

        I hope everyone had a great Holiday Season and are looking forward to better sailing weather.

        This past December we had two IGSS events.   On Friday, December 2nd, under the direction of Goat Lloyd Karzen and with the assistance of Past Commodore Gary Allie, we again helped decorate the Christmas Tree Ship, The USCGC Mackinaw, to dress it up for its mission of bringing joy to many needy families.   Thank you for the help of those Goats who came out to help string lights.

        The following evening approximately 90 Goats and their guests attended our Annual Holiday Party.   We were joined by several officers from The USCGC Mackinaw.   As always, the cocktail hour was very lively and the Chicago Yacht Club put out a great buffet for those who opted to stay for dinner.   In addition to two cocktails for each Goat attending, IGSS provided each table with complementary wine.

        You should have already received your 2017 Dues Notice via email.   As you have noticed, we are doing things a little bit differently this year.   We are now offering the opportunity to pay your dues through PayPal.   This saves us some mailing costs and makes it easier to pay dues to those members who elect this option.   Of course, you still can send us a check if you wish.   Please help us avoid the unnecessary and time consuming process of sending second notices by either updating your information and paying your dues online or printing out and returning the Dues Notice with your dues payment.   As in the past, the Notice requests that you respond with information regarding the previous yearís race.   Let us know if you did the 2016 Mac and if so, on which boat.   Please let us know if you wish to have future mailings from the IGSS sent to you via regular US mail.   The ability to hold down our costs using e-mail helps maintain our low annual dues.

        The IGSS continues to support the Mackinac Island Medical Center and you may include a completely voluntary donation with your annual dues.   The Board has also elected to offer the members the chance to support the Chicago Maritime Museum.   Please make any donations using a separate check made out to the Mackinac Island Medical Center and/or the Chicago Maritime Museum.   You can send the donations directly to the organizations.   You can go to our website to find mailing information for both organizations.   WWW.IGSS.Org  Look in the left-hand column for links with more information.

        Our next event, The IGSS Spring Dinner, will be on Saturday, May 6th at CYC Belmont Station.   Mark your calendars now.   You will receive further information as the date gets closer.   You can always find updated event information on our website at   WWW.IGSS.Org  In addition to inducting New Goats, at the Spring Dinner, New Officers will be elected and the IGSS recognizes a person for meritorious service or outstanding contributions to off-shore sailing with The Freshwater Award.

        If you know of a person that you think might meet the criteria for The Freshwater Award, please contact any of your officers regarding a possible nomination.   A list of Past Awardees can be found on the website.   WWW.IGSS.Org/awards.htm 

        Remember, if your boat has Competed in 25 Macs, you can get it registered as a Goat Boat.   Please use the regular on-line Membership Application putting in the boat name as the applicantís first name and list the years that the boat sailed the Mac.   Use your full name as the last name and donít forget your contact information. Also, if you have a friend who should be a Goat and hasnít yet sent in an application, be sure to remind him or her of the April 1st filing deadline for applicants for induction at the Spring Dinner.   The application is available on our website.   WWW.IGSS.Org/application.htm 

        July 14-15 is the start of the 109th Race to Mackinac. As always, we are all looking forward to a fast and safe ride. Of course, we will have our usual cocktail parties, Pre-Race at Columbia YC on Friday July 14th and post-race on Tuesday July 18th at The Island House Hotel.

        Iím sad to have to report on the recent passing of a fellow Goat. Richard Kruke recently passed away.   Rich was inducted in 1994 and had raced in 26 Macs.

        If you are looking for Goat Merchandise, go to our website   WWW.IGSS.Org/store.htm  for ordering information.   In addition to regular items available at our events, the site provides information on ordering from Landís End, who can add the Goat Logo to any of their gear.

        I hope to see you at the Spring Dinner and the Parties before and after the Race.

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                                                                                                    Tom OíLaughlin

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Tom O'Laughlin

Shawn O'Neill
Vice Commodore

Peter Barrett

Larry Kwiat

Tim Hoffman

Gary Allie
Past Commodore

Jim Armstrong
Don Glasell
Angela Graham
Jack Kunze
Jamie Lowe
George Morrissey
Allan Teske
Bob Zeman


Bruce Hillstrom
Deane Tank, Sr.

Tom Oílaughlin
IGSS Commodore
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Chicago, IL 60631



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