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LVYC was established in October 1987 as 'an informal group of friends' over dinner at the Sea Pine Inn, Waretown, NJ. We had just finished preparing our boats for winter storage, and a good meal with friends finalized the season. Some where in our conversation, because of the camaraderie of new friendships and social gatherings at Leaming's Marina, someone suggested we form a Yacht Club; none of us owned yachts (18' to 29').

After several names were discussed, Barnegat Bay Yacht Club, Barnegat Beach Yacht Club, Barnegat Light, etc., Shirley Clegg suggested Lagoon View (Leaming's is located at Lagoon View Road & Marine Road). A vote was taken and an informal election held. The founders were (first) Commodore Ernst & Hilda Vesely; Vice Commodore Bill & Rita Morgen; Rear Commodore Bill & Shirley Clegg. All Chiefs, no Indians. Over the winter months, Vice Commodore Bill Morgen, with the assistance of Commander Tony Marini (our first Executive Officer) solicited many of their Pennsway Power Squadron Officers/members (the foundation of our club) to join LVYC. That summer, marina tenants were solicited, bringing the membership to 28.

Bob Gosser, a dedicated NJ/Chesapeake boater of 30 years, a former Officer of Salem Yacht Club joined LVYC. Bob was instrumental in formalizing activities, gaining accreditation with Yachting Club of America, and co-authored our by-laws with the assistance of several clubs. The membership became a little concerned as the original concept of 'informal' became organized.

In April 1992 Commodore Ernst Vesely resigned. Bill Morgen assumed the interim position of Commodore and elections followed in October. Many of the current Officers serving today are from the original 1992 slate. The membership continues to grow.

In 1994 the club incorporated as a NJ non-profit fraternal boating association "dedicated to safe Boating Education and Children Charities". New member Jack C. Carini organized fundraisers to benefit the club, with the view of building a facility. That concept was rejected, as the members did not want a formal structure, especially uniforms. It was decided, since we weren't building a facility, that any fundraising monies collected be donated to children charities. Within boating circles we became known as "The Charity Yacht Club".

In 1995 the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Clubs Association (132 clubs) accepted us into membership. In 1996 Bill Morgen was elected to the CBYCA Board as Member at Large for the PA/NJ region (1996-2004). In 1998 we were accepted into membership by the Delaware River Yachtsmen's League (an association of 38 yachts clubs on the PA/NJ Delaware River). We are a member of Yachting Club of America, and we're listed in the Register of American Yacht Clubs. LVYC severed it's association with CBYCA January 2005.

We've come a long way since '87 thanks to the continued support of our members and friends. Our membership today totals 102 family members. We pride ourselves in our camaraderie and charitable endeavors.

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