The First Mates organization is the ladies auxiliary of the Ford Yacht Club. We operate the Ship Store gift shop; the proceeds from the store benefit the women and children’s activities in the club. We traditionally hold Children’s parties throughout the year; Easter Party, Halloween Party, and Christmas Party. We also provide a spring and fall event for the women of FYC. The First Mates is a terrific way to meet new friends.
The First Mates organization was formed in 1959. The formation was strictly as a venue for the wives to become involved in the club. Although it is still a women’s organization, it has developed and grown into an auxiliary organization that welcomes gentlemen as boosters and encourages all women who are members or companions of members to join and participate.
The First Mates run the Ship’s Store which is located in the hallway of Ford Yacht Club. Our store carries not only nautical gifts and Ford Yacht club clothing, but we also have pump out fittings, burgees and various other boating necessities. First Mates also supports various committees with donations whenever possible. Additional funds at the end of each fiscal year are used to purchase items for the club house or grounds. Donated to the club from our additional funds have been major items such as the large screen television and a gaming system both located in the children’s activity room. We offer work hours when you help with First Mate activities or work in the Ship’s Store.
Unless otherwise noted, we hold open meetings on the second Thursday of the months of January, March, April, May, September, October and November at 7:30 p.m. in the Board Room upstairs (see Entertainment calendar). We enjoy having demonstrations or informative discussions on topics of interest at the meetings. You can submit any suggestion you may have to enrich our auxiliary (put it in our mailbox). We also act as a representative for the needs of the women and children at Ford Yacht Club and will take issues and requests to the Commodores and/or the Board of Directors.
I encourage you to attend whenever possible. It is a great way to meet other members. Yearly membership is only $10.00 each for the First Mates or a Male Boosters.
Please join us!
First Mates President 2018
Support of First Mates helps keep FYC a wonderful family oriented Club.