Meet The Officers
Poughkeepsie Yacht Club
Flag Officers & Officers
Commodore, Greg Smith
Greg has been a member of the PYC since the mid 90’s and has sail boats, power boats and canoes. He has served as the Chair Person for several committees and has spent countless hours working at the club. He has a strong interest in the building and restoration of classic wooden boats. Greg enjoys connecting with nature and history by taking trips in his RV.
Vice Commodore, Mark Van Demark
Mark and his wife Mary have been PYC members since 2006. Mark is very active in the club and has led many committees and held various board positions. Among them have been Newsletter Editor, Fleet Captain, and House Chairman. Mark is currently head of our Docks Committee as well as holding the Vice Commodore Board seat.
Mark and Mary own a power boat and enjoy taking day trips and overnighters to various clubs and anchorages on the Hudson River.
John Menghini, Fleet Captain
John has been been a member of the PYC for a relatively short time but has been able to apply his love of D.I.Y. with the moorings and docks team. Additionally there has not been a problem finding plenty of projects around the club needing attention as he is always willing to lend a hand to other boaters.
Being a keen sailor he welcomes members to join him for a sail, to exchange ideas and expertise or crewing on their boat be it power or sail.
After moving to Hyde Park a few years ago, Scott and his wife Romaine joined the PYC two years ago and was made Bar Chairman in December of 2015. Scott works on the Hudson River as a commercial ship pilot and spends his spare time hanging out and helping around the PYC. Romaine & Scott love the social gatherings at the club, the boating activities, and the wonderful friendships they've developed since joining the PYC family.
Nancy Fritz, Financial Secretary
Nancy and Richard bought a 25' Catalina sailboat and joined the PYC in 2001. She has been more active as the demands of her time by family shift. Over the years you could see her helping at docks in and out, regattas, cleaning the house and patio chairs, decorating for social functions and painting marker buoys for the mooring team. She has been the Participation Chairperson and is taking on the challenge of the Financial Secretary. She and her husband recently bought a 30' Catalina sailboat for cruising and sailing to distant waters. They have taken safety, navigation and engine classes to prepare. All these skills were useful on the 2015 trip to Shelter Island. She has discovered kayaking and enjoys seeing the river from a whole new perspective.
David Jones, Finance Director
"Carol and I have been a part of the Poughkeepsie Yacht Club for 3 years. I have learned more about boating here cooking over the grills, traveling with other boaters and sharing in conversations around the clubhouse, becoming friends with many of the members here. I am excited to serve on the Financial Board and look forward to a long-term membership here at Poughkeepsie Yacht Club."