President’s Message                 October, 2022Welcome Back!   Our fabulous Welcome Back Cocktail Party is next Sunday, October 23rd from 5 – 7 pm on the lower deck of the Sarasota Yacht Club. Tickets are $35 per person and include one drink (thereafter cash bar), plentiful hors d’oeuvres, our favorite classical/jazz guitarist providing background music, and of course great conversations with your fellow Yalies.  You do not want to miss this stellar event!  (Casual attire.  Blazers optional.)  Swap your best Hurricane Ian stories! It is the 65th Anniversary of the Yale Club of the Suncoast, according to longstanding members Ed Williams and Oliver Janney.   There will be cake!  RSVP by clicking this link. you are not able to make a reservation online, you can email me at   It’s time to Renew your Membership as well.  Click on this link to renew online.  There will also be paper Membership Renewal forms at the Welcome Back Party – bring a check or cash to renew in person.  You must renew by December 1, 2022, if you want to be included in the 2022 – 2023 Yale Club of the Suncoast Directory.  Be sure to include any changes of email address, phone numbers, or mailing addresses. We have had some unforeseen changes to our 2022 – 2023 Schedule.  Our Program Committee, ably chaired by volunteer Rick Lannamann, has been working overtime. I’ve decided to double his salary.  Here is the latest version as of mid-October.  Stay tuned for updates via our website. Sunday October 23    Welcome Back Cocktail Party  5 – 7 pm                                    Sarasota Yacht Club  – Lower Deck Tuesday November 8  Luncheon.   Sarasota Yacht Club                           Mark Pritchett,President and CEO Gulf Coast Community Foundation                          Jon Thaxton,Senior Vice President for Community Leadership                                                  Saturday, November 19  Yale/Harvard Game Watch Party                            Kick Off is 12 pm                          Rafferty’s Sports Bar,​                         1888 Main St., Sarasota Tuesday, December 13  Luncheon. Sarasota Yacht Club.                         Dr. Susan MacManus,Distinguished Professor Emerita, University of South Florida                  November 2022 Election Results                                      January Luncheon – Date TBD, Sarasota Yacht Club.                        Ambassador Eric Rubin,President, American Foreign Service Association                                     Monday, January 23  Dinner and Presentation,                         Dr. Larry Thompson,President, Ringling College of Art                       Ringling College of Art Thursday, February 2 Luncheon. Sarasota Yacht Club.                        Murray Biggs,            Yale Professor Emeritus                       Andy Sandberg, Artistic Director and CEO, Hermitage Artist Retreat                                    Friday, February 10   Yale/Harvard/Princeton luncheon.                                     Robert Blocker,   Dean, Yale School of Music; Professor of Piano;                Professor of Leadership Strategies at Yale School of Management                                    Michael’s on East Sunday, February 26  Feb Club Emeritus.   Cocktails, 4 – 6 pm                                    Dockside Waterfront Grill,                                    Fisherman’s Wharf Marina                        509 N Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL 34285 Tuesday, March 14    Luncheon. Sarasota Yacht Club.                                    Yale Professor TBD                                  Sunday, March 26      Baltimore Orioles baseball game vs. Philadelphia                                    Ed Smith Stadium Tuesday, April 11      Luncheon. Sarasota Yacht Club.                                     Nate Jacobs,                               Founder and Artistic Director or                                    Julie Leach,                               Executive Director                                    West Coast Black Theater Troupe                                   Monday, April 24        Tour and Dinner                                    Bishop Planetarium, Bradenton Tuesday, May 9          Luncheon                                    Program and location TBD  See you all at the Welcome Back Party, October 23rd.   Happy Birthday to Us! Boola! Elizabeth Spahn,PresidentYale Club of the Suncoast