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                                                                                                   February 24th 2019

Dear Fellow Goats,

       I hope everyone is coping with the snow and the cold.  Fear not, in a few short months we will be back out on the water taking full advantage of sun, wind and waves!

       This past December approximately 90 Goats and their guests attended our annual Holiday Party.  We were joined by several officers from the USCGC Mackinac.  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.  Thank you to Commander John Stone for entertaining the group with a memorable story from the Cutter Mackinac.

       For those of you that have paid your 2019 IGSS dues, thank you!  To the procrastinators, no time like the present!  After March 1st an extra $25 late fee will apply to reinstate your membership.  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 year’s race.  Let us know if you sailed in the 2018 Mac and if so, on which boat.  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 through The Ambulance Fund and we also support The Chicago Maritime Museum.  Links to those organizations are provided on The IGSS Website.  Thank you for your continued support.

       We appreciate our sponsors!  Their support is a great benefit to our membership.  This year Peroni Beer was our major sponsor.  They graciously donated 235 IGSS Mac hats that were distributed at our 2018 events starting with our Spring Dinner.  We also want to thank North Sails, Columbia Yacht Club & Doyle Sails for providing nautical items for our raffle drawings.  Please support our sponsors!

       On a Sad note, since publishing our last newsletter, we recently lost Bob Phelps and Rich Corbett (Double Goat), they will be missed.  We would like to know whenever any Goat passes.  If we’ve missed anyone, please let us know.

        Please include the following dates in your calendar:
       • May 4, 2019 – Spring Awards and Induction Dinner – CYC Belmont Station
       • July 12, 2019 – Pre-Mac Party – Columbia YC
       • July 12-13, 2019 – Starts – 111th Chicago Mackinac Race
       • July 16, 2019 – Post-Mac Party – Island House, Mackinac Island

        You can always find updated event information on our
        Website’s Events Page.

        If you are looking for Goat Merchandise, go to our  Goat Store  for ordering information.   In addition to regular items available at our events, the site provides information on ordering from Land’s End, who can add the Goat Logo to any of their gear.

        All of the Flag Officers and Board members wish you Warm thoughts during the Cold Chicago Winter.

                                                                                                    Shawn O'Neill
                                                                                                    IGSS Commodore

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Shawn O'Neill

Tim Hoffman
Vice Commodore

Peter Barrett

Larry Kwiat

Angela Graham

Tom McLaughlin
Past Commodore

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


Bruce Hillstrom
Deane Tank, Sr.

Shawn O'Neill
IGSS Commodore
5016 Lunt Avenue
Skokie IL 60077


Shawn O'Neill@IslandGoats. Org

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