Commonwealth Yacht Club

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


Send your officers 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.   

Dave Rittenhouse - Commodore

  You will find David and his wife Janet Rittenhouse on pier 11 slip 1 aboard the DaJaRi II during much of the summer. As Professor of Computer Drafting Technology for Kaskaskia College careerobligations result in much of the fall to spring spent in the classroom. Boating has been a part of our lives since 1986 with many hours of travel and skiing. As more leisure time became available, we began to visit the marinas, resorts and boat shows. Our conversation moved from ski boats to yachts. Barkley and Kentucky Lakes had long been favor boating locations. We could anchor in a cove, walk the shoreline or cruise the waterways. We found good food, good accommodations and good friends.

  Our friend, Tom Pape, gave some great leads and provided a positive insight about Green Turtle Bay Resort. The day we boarded the former “Special Lady” our interest grew the most and the 1986 Carver 4207 Aft Cabin was ours. Convenience of the pier was the primary consideration, but we quickly found that the friendly nature of the people at Kentucky and Barkley Lakes as well as Green Turtle Bay Resort bring are what truly make the trips, the cost and the boating season worthy of our precious relaxation time. We have found that which we were seeking.


 Emory Pence - Vice Commodore

 Kim Hall - Rear Commodore

  Kim was transplanted to the area from Kansas because of her love of water. (There is a shortage of it many years in Kansas.) She has been boating off and on since she was old enough to walk.  In the 1990s she began scuba diving frequently and renewed her love of and desire to be on the water. Over several years she drug her daughter Rachel all over the United States while on vacations looking at boats until in 2005 they found and bought Salty Lady in Jeffersonville Indiana. They had never owned a large boat (their most recent boat having been a 19 foot bass boat) but had been preparing for this for years.  So the day after they closed on the boat they headed off on their first solo cruise.  They brought her down the Ohio River and up the Cumberland.

  After 4 long days of cruising and anchoring out on the Ohio River they finally ended up in Grand Rivers Kentucky. Rachel was glad to put on her swim suit and hit the pool after being the first mate through all those locks. Shortly after relocating the boat they joined the CYC and have gradually become more involved in the activities.  After a year of commuting back and forth from Kansas they eventually relocated themselves to a small renovated cabin on Kentucky Lake so they could spend more time on the boat exploring the rivers.  Kim hopes to one day throw off the lines for an extended period of time and explore the Great Loop including the Bahamas.

Beverly Reed - Fleet Captain, Commonwealth Cup Regatta 

  Bev has been boating most of her life, but came into the sailing world with a Hobie Cat in 1991 at Chickamauga Lake in Chattanooga, TN.  After moving to Western Kentucky in 1994,  Bev quickly moved to mono-hulls with a Hunter 23.5 and then to a Hunter 30. Bev has sailed on Lake Michigan, the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean, and also sailed in Puerto Cervo, Sardinia, where she met several of the crew from Alinghi in 2000.

  In 2002, Bev married her best friend, Harry Reed, who introduced her to racing on Kentucky Lake.  They have since raced and cruised a number of boats.  They currently have 13 boats, ranging from 2 Sunfish to their Offshore Yacht 54.  While Bev’s passion is sailing, she also has a love of her business, providing employee benefits to employers.  She has been in the insurance industry for 26 years and has been employed by McConnell Insurance since 2010 as a sales representative.  In addition, Bev teaches several continuing education insurance courses for Professional Insurance Agents of Kentucky.  She is a former member of Insurance Women of Marshall County and Insurance Women of Chattanooga.  She holds her Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter designation as well as her Certified Insurance Counselor and Certified Insurance Service Representative designations.  She holds a bachelor degree from Murray State University in Organizational Communication and is currently completing her Masters Degree.

  Bev has also been very instrumental in several non-profit and civic organizations.  She is former Secretary and a director of Kentucky Lake Sailing Club.  She also handled the communication tasks and newsletter in the club as well.  Bev also has been very active in the Paducah Rotary Club, and is currently a member of the Murray Rotary Club, where she has been the chair of the Murray Rotary Ham Breakfast for several years. She also chaired the Soap Box Derby for 2 years, and was Co-Chairman of the Membership Committee and Attendance Committees.  She is also a Paul Harris Fellow.  Bev formerly served as Secretary of St. Marks Anglican Church and served as a Vestry member.

  A proud grandmother of four, Peyton, 13, Hailey, 11, and Weylin, 6, and Devyn, 3 months.  Bev also loves to ride horses and shares a love of living in the country with Harry.  

John Pinney - Fleet Captain, Sunfish Sailing Fleet

Ann Donnelly - Recording Secretary

Diane Howard - Treasurer 

  Diane and her husband Tom have been on Pier (formerly Jetty) 1, on their Beneteau 281 for since 1999.  They had spent many years as "motor boaters" before coming to GTB as sailors.  They also enjoy crewing with friends during the KLSC racing season. Tom and Diane enjoy spending their vacations away from the Lake sailing.  A highlight was in the summer of 2008 they sailed the Adriatic, traveling from the Greek Island of Corfu to Venice, Italy. When not on the water, Diane is busy practicing law in Cape Girardeau.  But when not occupied with work or her boating life, she is spending time with her family.  Tom and Diane have a grown daughter, Katherine, who is also a lawyer.  Their son Matt, an Environmental Scientist, and his wife Kristie, are most importantly parents of their grandsons Samuel, born in October 2007, and Sean Patrick, who followed shortly thereafter in January of 2009. 

Sharon Brown - Club Historian

  Sharon Brown has served as secretary of CYC since its beginning in 1973, and in 2008 left that position behind to serve as the club’s historian, a newly formed position.She retired in 2006 after having been an art and humanities teacher in both Jefferson and Marshall Counties in Kentucky.  During the 35 years she and her husband have lived in the lakes area of western Kentucky, along with their children Alyn and Ashley, they navigated the lakes and the rivers of the area in boats ranging from ancient fishing boats to houseboats and cruisers, most often named Teacher’s Pet.  When Bob passed away in 2007, Sharon chose to remain in western Kentucky close to the beloved lakes and friends the family made while boating. 

  She has served as chairman of the Fine Arts Departments in the high schools in which she taught, most recently in Marshall County, which borders Kentucky Lake.  She has also served on state and local committees involving the arts, both in education and within the community.  She has directed school and community theatre productions, and has been active in local community theatre.  Her training includes degrees and studies within the areas of Art, Ancient History and Writing.

  More recently, she is a writer for a gardening website, occasionally for the Nauti News, and is currently involved in writing a book about the native medicinal plants of Kentucky.

  As an artist, she does several commissioned paintings as time allows, and spends much of her free time in her flower gardens, photographing, painting, and researching every bud and bloom.  Other hobbies include quilting, restoration of historic handmade furniture and fabrics, and photographical studies of the lakes and surrounding plant and wildlife.  She is also director of the Courtroom Gallery, an art gallery which shows the work of community artists.  It is located on the second floor of the historic courthouse located on the square in downtown Benton, KY.

  Alyn and Ashley grew up and moved away, but both continue to live near the water in Florida and in northern Illinois.  They never forgot their roots, nor the boating friends who influenced their lives.  Sharon now has a 4 year old grandson, Ethan, who is not only made in her image, but is also the love of her life and an avid boater.  She is looking forward to creating a scrapbook that will hold all the stories and photos that make up the history of the Commonwealth Yacht Club.  More importantly, she looks forward to continuing friendships through the club.


Virgil "Butch" Jones - Immediate Past Commodore

  Just about every weekend you can find Butch on the water somewhere. In the summer months, you will find Butch and his wife Pat on their Sea Ray Sundancer on pier 11 or in one of the many bays on Barkley or Kentucky Lakes.  In the winter months, boating and scuba diving in the Florida Keys is their favorite destination. Although an avid power boater, Butch sails from time to time, whenever anyone will let him crew.

  Butch and Pat have cruised the waters of the Tennessee River from the Kentucky Dam to Wheeler Lodge.  The Fisherdale Dock and Fat Daddy's are two of their favorite party places on the Tennessee.  Grand Harbor in Pickwick Lake is also a favorite destination.  In fact, N2Deep lost an anchor in 2009 in the cove by the famous Picwick waterfall.  Butch and Pat have also cruised the Cumberland River from mile 0 at the Ohio River to Old Hickory Lake and the Cedar Creek Yacht Club.  Nashville's downtown dock and the new municipal dock in Clarksville are their favorite and most visited spots on the Cumberland.

  Boating in the Florida Keys is also one of their favorite activities.  Although they sold their boat in Florida, they still enjoy going.  They've cruised their own boat, the Sea Turtle, from the upper portions of Key Largo to Key West.  They've sailed a good portion of these waters and have logged over 100 dives in these waters.  Boating, scuba diving, fishing and eating seafood are their activities of choice when in the Keys.  Ask them about their other trips to sail, boat, scuba dive and just plain "veg out" on the beach the next time you see them.

Last updated by Butch Jones Oct 20, 2010.

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