Great people. Great lakes. Great times.
Grosse Ile Yacht Club (GIYC) has been in existence since 1935, and have been been stepping up their game to attract new members as well as to show appreciation for their current members.
The Club has been spending a lot of time making sure its outside is as beautiful as its inside, adding a patio area that features a fire pit, and a second-floor deck, that is partially covered so that it is perfect for rain or shine. Both areas enjoy perfect views of the Detroit River and Lake Erie.
General Manager Sandy Cullen cannot rave enough about the improvements to club’s exterior and notes new additions to the dining room staff.
“We wanted to step up our game at the club and emphasize food preparation,” Cullen said. “Our whole food presentation is beautiful.”
To attract new members, the club holds an Open House each spring. Membership chairman Roger Pollack said some people might’ve wanted to call the open house a membership drive, but the event was as much for the members as it was for prospective ones.
The GIYC ‘After Hours’ is our big focus right now.Sandy Cullen, Club Manager
Something new GIYC added this season was the ability for members to make use of the club’s facilities after closing time.
“The GIYC ‘After Hours’ is our big focus right now,” Cullen said. “We feel that people want more available hours at their club, and by opening it up, we’re making it convenient for the members to enjoy their club whenever they want to.”
At present the club has around 230 members, but with all the improvements that have been made, Cullen and Pollack believe that number will rapidly increase.
“We’re hoping to see growth. That’s why we’re putting all of this effort into enhancing the club experience and making all the improvements,” Cullen said.
The club is already planning to do more not just for its members but for the community as a whole.