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Welcome from Your New Chairman
As Mark McLaughlin steps back into the role of Chairman of the Board, a position he also held in 2006-2007, he presents the membership with information on his personal background, his volunteer experience within the Club and his goals and vision for the year ahead.

I joined the St. Francis Yacht Club forty years ago. Since then, the rich history, strong traditions, and polished reputation of our Club have remained at the pinnacle of the local, national and international yachting community. I am honored to serve again as Chairman of the Club’s Board of Directors, a role I also filled in 2006–2007.

Over the years, I have had the pleasure of serving in many roles at our fine Club. They include Assistant Treasurer, Treasurer, Director and Chairman. I have been active on many committees including Audit, Finance, Fresh Crew, Long Range Planning, New Member Development, Nominating Committee, GM Search Committee and more. The role I enjoy most is that of being a member in good standing at the finest yacht club in the world.

Each of my volunteer engagements has presented different focus requirements. The principal business issues have included debt reduction, two different Union negotiations and our seven-year lease negotiations with the City of San Francisco, which Dick Robinson and I worked on together. I still have the original pen we used to sign our current 49-year lease with city of SF.

Unquestionably, our Club has undergone some meaningful change in recent months, including a vacancy on the Board of Directors to serve as Chairman. This is a pivotal volunteer position at our Club—one that I step into with optimism, focus and experience. I believe that my years of volunteer work at the Club and on the Board will lend me insight as I help lead this new Board in a respectful and collaborative capacity.

At present, we are in the midst of a significant transition following an unprecedented contested election for Commodore. My listening skills have been polished. The Board is sorting out some disciplinary situations that arose throughout the Election as well as some that have arisen since. We are moving forward at the appropriate pace and making balanced decisions while always keeping the best interest of the Club top of mind.

As I shared with the Board at our first meeting of 2018, our responsibility is to steward your Club to a better place in January 2019 than we found it in January 2018. This is always the responsibility of every Board, but the path looks different from year to year, and this one is just beginning to unfold. My focus this year will be three-fold:

1.         Unite the Board in its strategic, cultural and operational capacity

2.         Mend relationships that experienced friction through recent changes

3.         Most importantly—unite and engage you, our membership!

The membership of our Club is dynamic, passionate and diverse in its priorities, ranging from Tinsley to Race to Cruising to Entertainment, with an amazing calendar of events to keep us all engaged year-round. Whatever interests and passions you hold at StFYC, please remember that at the end of the day, we are all members at the same fine club.

I am a dedicated Club member and volunteer and I believe in transparency. I welcome your calls and conversations! We will have succeeded if you embrace the Club and participate more in 2018 than you did in 2017. That is certainly my plan, and I hope you’ll join me! 

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