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2019 Yacht Club Leadership Seminar
October 18 - 19
Pelican Yacht Club
Ft. Pierce, Florida

The Leadership Seminar is an intensive two day learning experience sponsored by the Florida Commodores Association. The seminar provides everything a yacht club officer or director needs to know in order to perform effectively in the complex and demanding world of club life.


The management of a yacht club is much more complex than the management of most businesses.  The fact that a yacht club’s members are both the owners and customers presents issues that require some unique management approaches.


The seminar is appropriate for incoming and serving yacht club officers, directors and general managers, but is open to all those interested in learning how to manage a yacht club.


Seminar modules are presented by Past Commodores and professionals in financial, management, insurance and other areas.  This is an intensive program of how to manage and direct your yacht club today and plan for its future.

During the seminar, attendees will have ample opportunity to ask questions and seek advice from fellow attendees and presenters on issues unique to their clubs.

We encourage yacht clubs to support their officers and directors in minimizing the financial commitment required to attend by subsidizing all or part of the expense involved in attending.  The investment by a yacht club, we believe, will be repaid by better prepared officers and directors managing their club.


Your registration includes lunch on Friday and Saturday.  On Friday night you may  take advantage of dining at the club. We encourage attendees to use this opportunity to get together with officers and directors of other clubs affording them the opportunity to establish a network relationship for future support and advice.  


In order to maximize the learning and sharing opportunity afforded by this program it is necessary to limit attendance to 30 participants. 

Men are requested to wear slacks and collared shirts and the same appropriate attire for women to conform to the club’s dress code.


Seminar Details
Seminar Registration   Hotel Information

Click here for a brochure you can print out and give to a current or future leader of your club.  2019 Seminar Brochure

Hotel Information:

A discounted rate for seminar attendees is available for $79 per night at the Hutchinson Island Plaza Hotel, located a short walk from the Pelican Yacht Club.  In order to take advantage of this rate you must reserve your room by September 20.  

When you contact the hotel to reserve a room be sure and mention the group code FCAT Seminar to get the special rate.  The reduced rate is good for the nights of October 17,18 and 19.

Hutchinson Island Plaza Hotel

1230 Seaway Drive
Ft. Pierce FL 34949


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The cost of the seminar is only $110 for FCA members and $135 for non-members.  This includes Lunch on both Friday and Saturday.

If you make your reservation online you will have an opportunity to print an invoice for the registration fee.  A copy of the invoice and your check, payable to FCA, should be mailed to:  Florida Commodores Association, P.O. Box 488, Shalimar, FL 32579.  Please note 'LRC' on your envelope.

To register online click the button below and it will take you to the registration page, click the "Register Now" button on the right and follow the registration process.

Register Online

You may also complete a registration form on your computer, print it out and mail it with your check, payable to FCA, to Florida Commodores Association, P.O. Box 488, Shalimar, FL 32579.  Please note 'LRC' on your envelope.

Registration Form

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Seminar Details

The major areas to be covered are:


Leadership: Gaining the trust of members,  motivating volunteers to be productive and earning the respect of members and employees.


Effective Presentations:  The ability for yacht club leaders to effectively deliver information and explain plans and decisions is critical in gaining the support of the club’s  members.

Fully understanding the tax laws as they apply to yacht club revenue sourcing in the only way to protect your club’s tax status.


Communication: External (advertising, news releases, newspaper/magazine articles and social media) and internal (newsletters, e-mails, websites, and member meetings.)


Meeting Management: How to properly and efficiently conduct committee, Board and member meetings.


Followship: How committee member and volunteer support of the club’s leaders is crucial in accomplishing the goals and objectives of a successful organization.


Club Management: Hear the ‘secrets’ of effective yacht club management in the areas of hiring, firing, testing, managing and compensating employees. 


Insurance: Understanding the myriad of insurance necessary to protect your club in many areas you may not have considered is necessary for today’s yacht club leaders.


Club Business: Understanding that every club is a business and it’s leaders cannot effectively oversee it’s management without a basic understanding of finances, cost, pricing and asset management.


Commodore/Manager Relations:  The ability for these two senior positions to share concepts, plans and data is essential in insuring a well-run and successful club.


Recruiting, Retention and Marketing: Recruiting new members, member retention and membership diversity and interests is the primary way you can insure the continued success of your club.

Safety: Canned safety programs are fine for cans but every yacht club is different.  We provide the structure and guidelines each club needs to develop and maintain a custom safety program.


Seminar Schedule:  To be posted

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