Commonwealth Yacht Club

A place for members to find & share information about the happenings of the CYC


Send your directors an electronic message by clicking on their name.  These links will take you to their Member Page where you can leave a comment or send them a private message.  Send your request for events, your comments about all club events and activities or just let them know what's on your mind.  


Cecile Gibson

In 2005, my husband Phil (Hooter) and I decided it was time for a move.  The main criteria for a new location was that it had to be by a lake.  We moved to Grand Rivers in January 2007

During our first summer here we traded in our run-about for a 24 ft. Suncruiser pontoon, named Hunky Dory.  When I went to rent our covered boat slip on Pier 9C, Bill Gary IV asked if we would be interested in joining the Yacht Club.  I laughed, and said "With a pontoon boat?"  He said "Sure!".  We decided to take advantage of the opportunity to meet other people with the same love of the water as us and have been grateful for that decision ever since. 

We have made many wonderful  new friends and thoroughly enjoy our time spent at CYC as well as time spent boating on the lakes.  Cecile has been in the broadcast industry for the past 26 years.  She has been employed for the past 8 years as a broadcast equipment salesperson for Broadcasters General Store located in Ocala, FL, and works from her home office.


Vebbie Griffith

Vebbie has spent most of her life on the water. She was an avid water skier as a teenager and spent entire summers boating in Southern Illinois.  After she and her husband, Roger, had their two children, Brandon and Emily, she was determined to give them the same love and respect that she had for the water. We started boating with a Rinker and later a MasterCraft for teaching water skiing and wake boarding to kids in western Kentucky while living on Jonathan Creek of Kentucky Lake.


After our kids left home, we decide to trade up to a cruiser so that we could spend more time out on the lake. Ten years ago we feel in love with our current classic 38’ Hatteras 1969 motor yacht. We have always had a love for Green Turtle Bay and have lifelong friends that we made while docked here.


Our boat is our home every weekend; I am always happiest when we are out on the water. One of my favorite times was the day that we went out for a cruise on a sunny New Year’s Day. Another favorite day was when our son, Brandon and his wife, Jennifer bought their 40’ Coastal Cruiser and starting spending time with us out on the lake. We have made numerous trips in our boat and have fond memories of each and every one.


Vebbie has over 25 years sales & marketing experience. Having owned a motel and a corporate apartment complex, she has joined the sales team at Green Turtle Bay Yacht Sales as a broker. “I have a true love for boats; I learn something new each and every day. My goal at Green Turtle Bay Yacht Sales is to maintain lifelong relationships with my customers. I am extremely fortunate that I am able to go to work each day and interact with people that share the same passion for boating that I do."


Her life long dream of living on the water will soon be a reality. She and her husband are planning to make the “Great Loop” in a few years when they retire.



Mary Ann Osborne

Mary Anne and her husband Bill have been boating since they were children.  Mary Anne's very first boating memories were fishing with her dad on the St Lawrence river along the Canadian American border of NY state.  When she bought her first boat it was a 16 fot canoe, but quickly moved up to  a  21 foot runabout. 

From there, when she met Bill in Washington DC, Bill and she owned a 42 Chris sport on the Chespeake Bay.  Their jobs moved them about the country, and from the Cheapeake they went to Texas and a 300 Sundancer on Lake Texoma which they moved to Lake Norman in NC when they went to work in Charlotte. 

For a few years they were boatless in New Mexico but eventually found their back to Kentucky Lake at Green Turtle Bay Pier 8 Slip 4 with a DeFever 44 and plans to do the loop.  Yes, it was back to Kentucky at least for Bill who grew up on the lake before leaving to go to college at UK.  In October 2007 they cast off from GTB for the trip of a lifetime and spent 11 months doing the Great American Loop.  Upon their return, they sold the DeFever, bought a Tiara 35 Open but with no room at the Inn (GTB was full) they took up residence at Kentucky Dam Marina

Never straying far from their roots, they solidified ties with CYC when Mary Anne joined the board this year.  "Of all the lakes, rivers and waterways we have  travelled, Kentucky Lake was where we chose to retire because of the location, the people and CYC."



Vickie Frost

My husband, Richard Green, and I made GTB Pier 4 our second home in 2004 when we purchased our Beneteau 383 from Joe and Ann Donnelly.   Since then we have spent the majority of weekends at the lake, and still always crave more time on the boat and with the wonderful friends we found here.


We have three grown children and four – soon to be five – grandchildren.  Our thirteen-year-old grandson is our sailor-in-training, spending as much of his summer as he can with us at GTB.  He has already chosen the name for the sailboat he intends to buy.


I own Papyrus Consultants, a company providing technical writing and training development.  My specialty is in developing company standards and training programs on electrical safety.


I look forward to serving on the board of the CYC and being an active member of this great organization.

Stuart "Stu" Schwalm - Director

Stu and Marcia have been boating since 1976 when he brought home life jackets and announced that the family was going to buy a sail boat.  Today, 32 years later, Stu and Marcia no longer sail.  As Stu says, “We don’t have one good knee between the two of us”, therefore, it’s now a power boat.  Retiring in 2005 as a systems improvement (LEAN, 6sigma, ISO) manager at General Dynamics Land Systems, Stu and Marcia started searching for “their” perfect power boat.  After two years and 10,000 miles of travel the search took them to Hamilton, ON, to purchase the Canadian built, “Silver Lady”, and a lady she is!  Launched at GTB in May, 2007, she found a permanent home on pier 4 amongst those beautiful sailboats. 

Stu and Marcia now live in West Virginia. They come to their boat year-round several weeks at a time, going home to recoup/recover. They discovered GTB and CYC via a search on the internet.  After sailing for years on the Great Lakes, they thought it was time to encounter smoother waters, i.e., on top of the water, not under it. GTB was originally to be jumping off point for a Great Loop adventure; however, now pier 4 will be home port as Stu and Marcia are comfortable exploring the rivers, bays and coves.   Long time members of the United States Power Squadron, they are now members of the Kanawah River Power Squadron in Charleston, WV.  Always looking to improve his piloting skills, Stu is currently enrolled in a series of advanced navigation and maritime related courses. 

For Stu and Marcia, GTB and CYC brings friendship of true boaters.  They enjoy meeting not only GTB members but also transients.   They have made lasting friends with several “Loopers”.  All these people have spoken highly of GTB and CYC for the friendliness of the members, staff and the first class facilities.  In short, Stu and Marcia are glad to be apart of the GTB/CYC family.



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