The Constitution Of
Lakefront Yacht Club, Inc.
Article I – Name
The name of this club shall be Lakefront Yacht Club Inc., referred to in this document as the
Article II – Purpose
The purpose of the Club is to promote Boating and other aquatic sports in the state of Ohio
in general, and Port Clinton in particular. It is the intent of this Club to improve the quality of
life in Port Clinton by the best use of Lake Erie resources, and to use the waters and shores of
this State wisely and for the betterment of all. To that end, the Club shall encourage the
exchange of ideas and information among boaters and shall seek to provide an atmosphere for
camaraderie among its members.
Article III – Membership
Section 1. Classes of Membership:
Membership shall be divided into three classes: Resident, Non-Resident, and Social.
Resident members are members who harbor their watercraft at Lakefront Marina or Spinnaker
Bay, Port Clinton Ohio. Non-Resident members are members who harbor their watercraft in
the Port Clinton Area, within 10 miles of but not at Lakefront Marina. Social members are
members who are not eligible for Resident or Non-Resident membership.
Section 2. Limitations on Membership:
Membership shall be available to any person age 18 years or older, regardless of race,
religion, sex, or national origin. A candidate for membership must be referred or proposed by
a current member of the Club except when renewing said membership. At no time, shall Non-
Resident and Social voting members outnumber Resident voting members; that is, Resident
members shall always have a majority (fifty percent plus one) over Non-Resident and Social
Section 3. Categories of Membership:
A. Active Membership: Any person who makes a proper application to the Club, has been
approved by a simple majority of the Board of Directors (Board), and has paid the yearly dues
for the Club, who is not a Family, Life or Retired member, shall be an Active Member. Active
members must pay yearly dues as established by the Board, and shall be Resident, Non-
Resident, or Social Members.
1. All Active Memberships are required to work a total of 10 hours each year for the
club. Any unworked hours will be assessed at the end of the year at a rate of $10/unworked
B. Family Membership: Any spouse or a child under the age of 18 years of an Active
Member shall be a Family Member. Family members shall have all the benefits of
membership in the Club, but shall neither pay dues, nor vote.
C. Life Membership: Any Active member of this Club for a period of thirty years shall be
considered a Life Member and shall be exempt from further payment of dues. Life members
shall be Resident, Non-Resident, or Social.
D. Retired Membership: Any Active member, over the age of Sixty-Five years, who is
retired from gainful employment, and has been an Active member of this Club for at least 15
years may, at that member’s option, become a Retired Member of the Club and pay dues as
set by the Board. Retired dues shall not count toward Life membership. Retired members
shall be Resident, Non-Resident, or Social.
Section 1. The Bridge:
The day to day operations of the Club shall be governed by The Bridge. The officers of the
Bridge shall be elected at the annual meeting of the Club in accordance with the rules and
procedures hereinafter set forth.
Section 2. Officers of the Bridge and Rank:
The officers of the Bridge shall be, and rank as follows: Commodore, Vice Commodore,
Rear Commodore, Fleet Captain, Quartermaster, Secretary and an appointed Treasurer.
Section 3. Duties of Bridge Officers:
A. The Commodore shall command the fleet and preside over all meetings of the Club and
the Bridge. The Commodore shall enforce the rules and regulations of the Club, appoint all
committee chairs, and shall be an ex-officio member of all committees. The commodore shall
fill by appointment any vacancy on the Bridge until a meeting can be called to elect a new
B. The Vice Commodore shall assist the Commodore in the discharge of the Commodore’s
duties, and shall perform such legitimate duties as may be assigned by the Commodore. The
Vice Commodore shall officiate in the absence of the Commodore.
C. The Rear Commodore shall assist the Commodore and the Vice Commodore in the
discharge of their duties and shall perform such legitimate duties as may be assigned by them.
The Rear Commodore’s primary duties shall consist of Chairman of the Social Committee.
The Rear Commodore shall work with the Fleet Captain and Quartermaster to facilitate all
Social functions of the Club. The Rear Commodore shall officiate in the absence of the
Commodore and the Vice Commodore.
D. The Fleet Captain shall be the principal boating activities officer of the Club, and shall
be an ex-officio member of all committees which deal with such activities. With the assistance
of the Secretary, the Fleet Captain shall keep an accurate fleet roster, including the general
types and measurements of the vessels and the names and address of their owners. The Fleet
Captain shall assemble the fleet at waterborne events and, with the Commodore, shall preside
at all Club races and cruises.
E. The Quartermaster shall work with the Rear Commodore and the Fleet Captain to aid in
facilitation of all social functions of the Club.
F. The Secretary shall be the custodian of the corporate seal and shall keep a true record of
all proceedings of the regular and special meeting of the Club and the Bridge. The Secretary
shall keep the role of members and shall provide each Board member with an updated roster
including names, address and telephone numbers no later than January 1st of each year. The
Secretary shall conduct all correspondence of the Club and perform such other legitimate
duties as may be required by the Commodore and the Bridge. In the case of the inability of
the Secretary to perform the duties set forth herein, it shall be the duty of the Secretary to
cause the appropriate books and records of the Club to be delivered to the Bridge until such
time as the Commodore shall appoint an acting Secretary.
G. The Treasurer shall keep an accurate account of all receipts and disbursements of the
Club and all monies due it and bills contracted by it. The Treasurer shall arrange for the
safekeeping of all cash and securities and report at each meeting of the Bridge and at the
annual meeting of the members on the financial condition of the Club. The Treasurer shall file
or provide for the filing of all appropriate financial documents with the Federal and State
governments and shall make such disbursements from the Club’s treasury as shall be
approved by the Bridge. In the case of the inability of the Treasurer to perform the duties set
forth herein, it shall be the duty of the Treasurer to cause the appropriate books and records of
the Club to be delivered to the Bridge, until such time as the Commodore shall appoint an
. Section 4. Past Commodores
Past Commodores of this Club shall be ex-officio members of the Bridge. They shall not be
entitled to vote at regular meetings of the Bridge, but shall, at any time, be entitled to claim
the privilege of the floor.
Section 2. The Board of Directors:
The Directors of the Club will look to the mission statement and constitution of the
Club and make informed recommendations to guide the Bridge. All Past Commodores
and former members of the Bridge are eligible to serve as Directors. No member of the
standing Bridge may serve on the Board. The Past Commodores are charged with the
responsibility of the initial Board set up and structure. The Board will elect its Chairman, Vice
Chairman, and secretary. The Board will consist of three to seven members as necessary. The
Board shall determine its meeting schedule and agenda. At its discretion, the Board may, with
proper notice as described herein, request an Executive meeting of the Commodore and
Article V – Nominations, Elections and Voting
Section 1. Nominations Committee
The Nominations Committee should consist of the Immediate Past Commodore of the Club,
and two to four members of his choosing.
The Nomination Committee shall meet as necessary to present a slate of candidates to the
members in writing no less than thirty (30) days prior to the annual meeting.
Section 2. Elections
At the annual meeting of the Club, the members shall elect the officers of the Bridge for the
ensuing years as follows:
A. All officers shall be elected for a term of 1 year. The Commodore, Vice
Commodore, and Rear Commodore, should move from lowest ranking officer to highest
ranking officer after each term.
B. Limitations on terms of office shall take effect with those elections which are held to
elect members of the Bridge for the first full calendar year after the adoption of this
Section 3. Voting
Each Active, Retired, and Life member of the Club, in attendance, shall be entitled to cast
one vote for each officer and for each question raised at the annual meeting of members. A
simple majority being required for approval.
Section 4. Terms of Office
Each person elected at the annual meeting shall take office on January 1st of the year
following the year in which that officer was elected.
\Article VI – Meetings
Section 1. Monthly Meetings
Monthly meetings should be held at Lakefront Yacht Club as set forth by the Commodore.
Section 2. The Annual Meeting
The annual meeting of the Club shall be held each year on a date as set by the Bridge.
Sections 3. Special Meetings
Special meetings of the Club membership should be called at the discretion of the
Commodore, or the request of four (4) members of the Bridge, or at the request of ten (10)
members of the Club in good standing.
Section 4. Notices
Notices of meeting called under Art.VI Section 3shall be mailed, either electronically or by
US Mail, by the Secretary to the Active, Retired, or Life members of the Club at the address
listed in the Club roster as follows:
A. Notice of meetings, at which members will be elected to the Bridge, or at which an
expelled member will appeal from the decision of the Bridge, or at which this Constitution
will be approved or amended, shall be mailed to the members, by first class mail or electronic
mail, no later than thirty (30) days prior to the date of said meeting, and shall contain a written
statement of the purpose of the meeting.
B. The Board may request of the Commodore and Bridge, an Executive Session with ten
days’ notice. This notice may be served via first class mail or electronically.
C. All other notices of Special Meetings called under Section 3 shall be mailed to the
members, by first class mail or electronically, at their addresses as shown by the Club’s roster
at least 10 days prior to such meeting.
Article VII — Dues and Initiation Fees
The membership dues shall be set annually by the Bridge. The initiation fee, if any, shall
likewise be set annually by the Bridge and shall be paid in such method as shall be provided
by the Bridge.
Article VIII — Resignations and Expulsions
Section 1. Resignations
Any member who is not in financial arrears to the Club may resign from the Club.
Section 2. Suspensions
The treasurer shall report the name of any member who is more than sixty (60) days in
financial arrears, from the last statement, to the Bridge and the Bridge may, at its discretion,
suspend such member from active participation in the affairs of the Club until such arrearage
shall be brought current.
Section 3. Expulsions
Members who are expelled from the Club may not use the facilities of the Club or attend any
functions of the Club as a guest of a Club member.
A. Any member who remains in financial arrears to the Club for a period of ninety
(90) days, shall upon written notice mailed to such member, contact a Bridge member within
10 days or be expelled from membership. Any member who is found to be in arrears and is
notified as aforesaid, and contacts a Bridge member may provide an explanation of
circumstances. If the Bridge finds there exists sufficient cause, it may refuse to expel such
member and instead suspend the member until such financial arrears to the Club are brought
B. Any member of the Club who, as determined by the Bridge, shall engage in conduct
unbecoming a member of the Club, whose personal conduct is a source of embarrassment to
the Club, or whose conduct upon the waters or shores of this State constitutes a danger to
others, shall upon written notice mailed to such member contact a Bridge member within 10
days or be expelled from membership.
C. If the Bridge finds sufficient cause for expulsion in such circumstance, it shall offer the
member an opportunity to resign upon condition that such member agrees not to reapply for
membership for a period of one (1) year from the date of the resignation. If the member so
charged does not accept such offer of resignation, then the Bridge may expel such member by
no less than a 2/3rds vote of the Bridge with no recourse to reapply for Club membership.
Section 4. Appeals
Any member expelled by action of the Bridge shall have the right within thirty (30) days
thereafter to appeal to the Club from the decision of the Bridge by filing with the Secretary a
written notice of such appeal. The Secretary shall thereupon bring the matter before the
Bridge which shall be required to call a special meeting of the Club within thirty (30) days
with notice as provided in Article VI, Section 4.2. At such special meeting, the expelled
member may appeal to the members of the Club and the members present by a 2 /3rds vote
may reverse the action of the Bridge and restore the expelled member to membership. Until
such reversal, however, the action of the Bridge shall stand, and the expelled member shall
not be entitled to any rights or privilege of membership.
Section 5. Relinquishment
Resignation or expulsion from the Club shall constitute a relinquishment of all right, title and
interest in and to any Club property.
Article IX — Crest
The Crest of the Lakefront Yacht Club, Inc. shall consist of a likeness of the burgee.
Article X— Burgee
The Burgee of the Lakefront Yacht Club, Inc. shall be triangular, with the length one and
one-half times the hoist. The burgee shall be Red over white over blue, with LYC centered in
“City Blueprint” font over Port Clinton in “Script” font in the center white field.
Article XI — Insignia and Flags
Section 1. Officers’ Insignia
The insignia for officers shall be as follows:
1. Commodore: Three gold stars. The Commodore’s flag shall be Blue, rectangular,
with a foul anchor in white, surrounded by thirteen (13) white five pointed stars.
2. Vice Commodore: Two gold stars. The Vice Commodore’s flag shall be Red,
Rectangular, with a foul anchor in white surrounded by thirteen (13) white five pointed stars.
3. Rear Commodore: One gold star. The Rear Commodore’s flag shall be White,
rectangular, with a foul anchor in red, surrounded by thirteen (13) red five pointed stars.
4. Fleet Captain: A gold foul anchor. The Fleet Captain’s flag shall be White,
rectangular, with a blue foul anchor.
5. Quartermaster: A gold foul anchor. The Quartermaster’s flag shall be white,
rectangular with a red foul anchor.
6. Secretary: Two gold crossed quills. The secretary’s flag shall be blue, rectangular with
two white crossed quills.
7. Treasure: A gold acorn. The treasure’s flag shall be blue, with a white acorn in the
Club shall be responsible for the debts and behavior of their guests.
Article XIII — Approval and Amendments
The Constitution shall be approved and may be amended only by the affirmative vote of
2/3rds of all the members of this Club present at any meeting called for that purpose.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Constitution of the Lakefront Yacht Club,
Inc. was adopted by two thirds (2/3rds) of the members of the Lakefront Yacht Club,
Inc. present and voting, at the meeting, at Lakefront Marina in Port Clinton Ohio.
Revised and amended this