Welcome to the Yale Club of the Suncoast Membership page

You are cordially invited you to join the Yale Club of the Suncoast (YCS), an active group that sponsors monthly luncheons at the Sarasota Yacht Club with interesting speakers (including distinguished Yale professors) through the Winter season, and “drop-in” lunches during the Summer and early Fall.  Our Club is a great place to re-connect with classmates and to make new Yale friends.  Note our joint February luncheon of the combined Yale-Harvard-Princeton Clubs is held annually at Michaels-on-East.

The Yale Club of the Suncoast comprises some 140 members along with spouses and partners, current Yalies and their families from Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto and Charlotte Counties. YCS also supports our alma mater by interviewing all local applicants to Yale, presenting book awards to outstanding juniors at area high schools and sponsoring an annual reception for book award recipients and their families, in order to acquaint them with the many opportunities that Yale offers.  In recent years our area has generated a significant number of admissions to Yale College.

Dues have remained constant for many years now – truly a bargain at $40 per year. Members receive discounts on all luncheons and events sponsored by the YCS, listing in our hard copy YCS Directory, and the heartfelt thanks from a hardworking Board who depend on membership dues to underwrite our Club’s activities.

Eligibility for membership extends to the entire family of our Yale community including spouses, parents, and grandparents.

If you have any questions about the Club or membership, please feel free to contact our Membership Chair, Clarissa Moore at clarissa.petrino@gmail.com.

To join the Yale Club of the Suncoast, or to renew your membership click on the link below where you may complete an application. 

Dues are only $40 per year.  For luncheon meetings and special events, members will receive a notice by e-mail and they may go to the website to register.

Our speaker luncheons are held the second Tuesday of the month beginning in November and extending through May.  The cost is $30/person for registered guests. Yale affiliated non-members, non-member guests and all walk-ins are $35/person. See Schedule of Events below, Click on Events tab to register for events.

If  you have any questions about the Club or membership, please feel free to contact our Membership Chair, Clarissa Moore at clarissa.petrino@gmail.com

Our Club members look forward to meeting you and introducing you to our very active Club.

Please review our eligibility criteria:

Any person who has been connected with any department of Yale University as a student or as an instructor, or who has received an honorary degree from the University, shall be eligible for membership in the association. Also eligible for membership shall be the surviving spouse of any deceased member and the parents and grandparents of current or past students at the University. (BY-LAWS, Yale Club of the Suncoast, Inc, Article II, Section I)

2021 – 2022 Season

Saturday, November 20, 2021 –The Game. Yale/Harvard football game Watch Party at Raffurty’s 1818 Main Street together with our friends from that other university. Noon.

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 – Rick Piccolo, President and CEO of Sarasota Bradenton International Airport. Noon, at the Sarasota Yacht Club.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 – Michael Morand ’87, ’93 MDiv, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library public relations and communications officer. Previously he was Associate Vice President of Yale for New Haven and State Affairs from 2000-2010. He will speak on the archives of American historian and sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois (1868–1963). Beginning with the Beinecke’s copy of Du Bois’s magnum opus, Black Reconstruction in America (1935), he will explore the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection of African American Arts and Letters, perhaps the top archive of its type at any university in the United States, named for the Florida-born writer and civil rights activist (1871–1938). Noon, Sarasota Yacht Club.

Sunday, January 16, 2022 – Welcome Back Cocktail Party, Sarasota Yacht Club 3:30 pm outdoors on the Lower Deck of the Sarasota Yacht Club, weather permitting. (Indoors in the event of poor weather.)

Monday, January 31, 2022 – 11:30 a.m. Tour the Hermitage with CEO Andy Sandburg, Yale ’05. Box lunch from Panera Bread with a resident artist who will share a few words about their Hermitage experience.

Friday, February 11, 2022 – Yale/Harvard/Princeton lunch at Michael’s on East, with a speaker provided by Princeton. Noon.

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 – Ringing Art Museum Tour followed by luncheon outdoors on the terrace at The Grill Room.

Sunday, March 6, 2022 – Yale Club trip to Baltimore Orioles/Tampa Bay Rays spring training game, potentially hosted by Mike Elias, Orioles General Manager and a Yalie.

Tuesday, March 9, 2022 – Yale professor to be named. Sarasota Yacht Club. Noon.

Sunday, April 10, 2022 – Sunset Dinner cruise departing from Marina Jack’s. Enjoy beautiful Sarasota Bay and our glorious Gulf sunsets with cocktails, a delicious dinner, and your fellow Yalies from Marina Jack’s luxury yacht.

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 –TBA. Sarasota Yacht Club, noon. We hope you will decide to join the Yale Club of the Suncoast as a full member, and we look forward to greeting you in person at one of our events in the near future.

Boola! Elizabeth Spahn, ‘72 President, Yale Club of the Suncoast

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