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SAKONNET YACHT CLUB

ORIGIN, PURPOSE AND MISSION STATEMENTS

 

ORIGIN STATEMENT

As of August 13, 1996

 

Prior to 1937 the Sakonnet Fishing Company had fallen on hard financial times and bank foreclosure proceedings made its dock “Shaw’s Wharf”, along with immediate adjoining property, available for $800 to a group with the foresight to form a yacht club.  The property was placed in Sakonnet Yacht Club, Inc. (Holding Company), a Rhode Island business corporation, in exchange for stock to the original investor founders.  Later in the 1970’s, a founder’s generosity gave the Holding Company the triangle property and the four contiguous parcels where the “shed” stands.  The Holding company also acquired the “Flag Pole” Property and the Drennan Property.

           

The Sakonnet Yacht Club (Operating Club) was formed as a Rhode Island non-business corporation on June 8, 1939.  The Operating Club, which does not issue stock, leases the land, docks and other real property from the Holding Company.  Its legal existence continues today under Title 7, Chapter 6, Rhode Island Nonprofit Corporation Act of the General Laws of Rhode Island.

 

 

CLUB PURPOSES:  STATEMENT OF ASSOCIATION

Paraphrased From June 8, 1939, Articles of Association

 

To foster good feeling among members, promote interest and participation in yachting, in yacht racing, in dinghy racing, in boat racing, regattas and cruising, in the design, construction and racing of model yachts, in boat building, in the science of naval architecture, in navigation, piloting, and seamanship, in lending assistance to the governments of the United States and Rhode Island in times of emergency and to provide facilities for the aforesaid purposes including facilities for the hauling and storage of boats and yachts.

 
 

CLUB MISSION STATEMENT

Adopted: December, 1995

 

To promote safe, affordable, fun boating in a relaxed social atmosphere for Club members,their families and their guests.




FORMER COMMODORES

Edward Brayton 1939-1947
Maxwell Huntoon
1947-1949
Leonard Colt 1949-1952
Howard Huntoon
1952-1954
Howard Merriman 1954-1956
William Nightingale 1956-1958
Richard Lisle 1958-1960
Richard O. Howe 1960-1962
Thomas Marvell 1962-1964
Joshua B. Richmond 1964-1966
Alden M. Taylor 1966-1968
Noel M. Field, Jr. 1968-1971
Hillary G. Woodhouse 1971-1973
Christopher Ingraham 1973-1975
Ian MacDonald 1975-1978
Alden Harrington 1978-1981
Phyllis Field 1981-1984
Charles Donelan 1984-1986
Peter Hopkinson 1986-1988
William H. Richmond 1988-1990
Thomas Buffum, Jr. 1990-1992
Jeffrey F. Chandor 1992-1994
Stephen O'Connor 1994-1996
Ralph Watson 1996-1998
John Ingalls 1998-2000
Howard Garsh 2000-2003
Scott Brown 2003-2006
Paul Cissel 2006-2008
Nancy Osborn 2008-2010
Bart Littlefield 2010-2012
Charlie Truslow 2012-2014
Mara Shore 2014-2016