Isles Yacht Club members are never at a loss for activities they can participate in!!

The Admirals club is a group of women with an interest in boating. Lady sailors or power cruisers, novice or experienced, ALL are welcome.

The purpose of the Admirals is to promote and enhance’ life on the water’ in a variety of ways through experience and education.

“Knowledge is Power” is our motto.

We host a luncheon/ program four times per year during ‘Season’. Our meetings begin at 10:30am on the first Thursday of October, December, February and April. Additional off-site programs are sometimes offered as well.

You do not have to own a boat to be part of our group, ALL women, boaters or not, are welcome to the Admirals!


Harbor 20 Sailing
Cruise to Cayo Costa


The International Order of the Blue Gavel was formed in 1953, in 1970 District 8 (Florida) was formed and in 1981 an IYC Chapter was established. The IYC Chapter gathers at monthly luncheon meetings, thus providing a forum to cultivate ties of friendship, honor, and social relationships. The IYC Blue Gavel participates in IYC ceremonies including Flag Ceremonies, Fleet Review, and Memorial Day, thus aiding in the preservation of Yacht Club traditions. Past Commodores of Yacht Clubs that offer similar facilities are welcome to inquire about joining the IYC Chapter of the Blue Gavel by contacting any one of the 2022 IYC Chapter Officers:

Gary Anderson, President
Bill Miller, Vice President
Jim Nuzzo, Secretary/Treasurer

Click HERE to see the complete list of the Objects & Purposes of the IYC Chapter. 
Click HERE to view the By-Laws
Click HERE to view the Member Roster
Click HERE to view Uniform Instructions

Click HERE to be re-directed to the IOBG website.
Click HERE to be re-directed to the District 8 IOBG website

Honoring our Flag with a Sundown Ceremony

Passing of the Blue Gavel at Change of Watch

Serving refreshments at Fleet Review

IOBG Summer Regional Meeting

Folding the Flag to retire for the evening

Blue Gavel meeting
General Information
The Book Club meets the 2nd Thursday of every month from September to May, at 4:00 p.m. in the Compass Room and provides a venue for discussing books of interest.
For meetings we choose two books, a fiction and a non-fiction, for discussion. The monthly selections are chosen by the members, usually several months in advance. We try to include book selections of "books on tape" for visually impaired.


The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles (Fiction)
A story spanning just ten days and told from multiple points of view about two brothers, two friends and their travel destination to California via New York.

A Land Remembered by Patrick Smith (Fiction)
This book was a winner of the Florida Historical Society's Tebeau Prize as the Most Outstanding Florida Historical Novel.  A story of three generations of the MacIvey's starting in 1858 and ending two generations later in 1968.

12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson (Non-fiction) 
Order and chaos are vague philosophical notions that may seem to have no connection to real life, but chaos is most certainly a part of your life.  Good advice will give you the power to resist chaos and order will then return to your life.

The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles (Historical Fiction)
Based on the true WWII story of the heroic librarians at the American Library in Paris, The Paris Library is an unforgettable story of friendship, family, romance and the power of literature to bring us together.
Do No Harm by Christina McDonald (Fiction)
Tense, taut, and absolutely keeps you hooked.  You'll find yourself wondering how far you would go to save your child's life.  An unforgettable and heart-wrenching novel about the lengths one woman will go to save her son.

Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri (Fiction)
A married couple living a simple life, rich in family and friends in Syrian.  When war breaks out, they start their perilous journey through Turkey and Greece towards Britain.  They confront not only the pain of their own unspeakable loss but dangers that would overwhelm even the bravest souls.  Moving, intimate and beautifully written.

Windswept by Annabel Abbs (Part Historical Fiction / Part Memoir)
A beautifully written meditation on connecting with the outdoors through the simple act of walking.  Abbs follows in the footsteps of women who boldly reclaimed wild landscapes for themselves.  The stories of these writers and artists are laced together by moments in Abbs’ own life, beginning with her poet father who raised her in the Welsh countryside as an “experiment” according to the principals of Rousseau.

The Rose Code by Kate Quinn (Historical Fiction)
Three very different women trained to break German military codes are friends, turned enemies, then reunited by a mysterious encrypted letter where they resurrect their old alliance and crack one last code together.
This will be the only book discussion due to the length of this book.

The Girl Who Wrote in Silk by Kelli Estes (Fiction)

A dual-time period novel that explores how a delicate piece of silk interweaves the past and the present, reminding us that today's actions have far reaching implications.  A historical novel inspired by true events, Kelli Estes's brilliant and atmospheric debut is a poignant tale of two women determined to do the right thing, highlighting the power of our own stories.  The smallest items can hold centuries of secrets...

Author Presentation: Warren “Chuck” Johnson’s book: Exit Strategy
“While sailing to and exploring some of Earth’s most beautiful and remote places, my most important discoveries are the elements of inner peace and a plan for the time I have left.” My exit strategy.

West With Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge (Historical Fiction)

It’s 1938. The Great Depression lingers. Hitler is threatening Europe, and world-weary Americans long for wonder. They find it in two giraffes who miraculously survive a hurricane while crossing the Atlantic. What follows is a twelve-day road trip in a custom truck to deliver Southern California’s first giraffes to the San Diego Zoo. Behind the wheel is the young Dust Bowl rowdy Woodrow. Inspired by true events, the tale weaves real-life figures with fictional ones, including the world’s first female zoo director, a crusty old man with a past, a young female photographer with a secret, and assorted reprobates as spotty as the giraffes. Part adventure, part historical saga, and part coming-of-age love story, West with Giraffes explores what it means to be changed by the grace of animals, the kindness of strangers, the passing of time, and a story told before it’s too late.

The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni (Fiction)
Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called “Devil Boy” by his classmates.  40 years later, Sam is a small-town eye doctor.  The story of his life, friendships and his mother’s promised he’d live an extraordinary life.

Fates and Traitors by Jennifer Chiaverini (Historical Fiction)
John Wiles Booth and the 4 women who kept his perilous confidence.  The characters, some willing, others unwitting, who made an indelible mark on the history of our nation.

The Orphan Collector by Ellen Marie Wiseman (Fiction)
In the fall of 1918, thirteen-year-old German immigrant Pia Lange longs to be far from Philadelphia’s overcrowded slums and the anti-immigrant sentiment that compelled her father to enlist in the U.S. Army. But as her city celebrates the end of war, an even more urgent threat arrives: the Spanish flu. One woman becomes her sinister mission to tear families apart when they’re at their most vulnerable, planning to transform the city’s orphans and immigrant children into what she feels are “true Americans.”  Readers will not be able to help making comparisons to the COVID-19 pandemic, and how little has changed since 1918. Wiseman has written a touching tale of loss, survival, and perseverance with some light fantastical elements. Highly recommended.” 

The Magnolia Palace by Fiona Davis (Fiction)
A tantalizing novel about the secrets, betrayal, and murder within one of New York City’s most impressive Gilded Age mansions.

Three Sisters by Heather Morris (Historical Fiction)
Against all odds, 3 Slovakian sisters have survived years of imprisonment in the death camp in Nazi Germany.  Inspired by a true story, this book will hold a place in reader’s hearts and remind us what true courage really is. 

Everyone is welcome and invited to help choose and discuss selections!
If you are interested in joining the IYC Book Club, please contact Nancy Meadows.

Isle-ettes Meetings & Luncheons

The ladies Isle-ettes group meets on the second Tuesday of the month from October to May. The social begins at 11:00 a.m. and the business meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. with a program and luncheon immediately following the meeting. Be sure to make your reservations in advance. 

All ladies of the Isles Yacht Club are welcome to come join the fun!

Click HERE to view and download the Isle-ettes 2023 Fashion Show Donation Form.

Isle-ettes Board 2022/2023

Donna Palmer
Phyllis Gambone  
Vice President
Nada Kumar
Lisa Kleinbach

Linda Avallone
Cynthia Fisher
Trudy Flesher

Sunshine Announcement

Sunshine Chair, Anne Marie Pflanz, needs your help in identifying individuals who are ill, had surgery, may have suffered a lost in their family, need encouragement or are having a special event in their lives. The Sunshine Chairman sends cards to these members if we know about the situation, so please contact her with requests. 

Cards & Games

If cards and games are your pleasure, then you have come to the right place! Our players range from beginners, who enjoy just getting together, to serious players.
Mah Jongg Kathy Kelle Monday 1:00 p.m.
Mexican Train Susan Cravens Wednesday 12:00 p.m.
Ladies Bridge Ann Christman Thursday 12:00 p.m.
Pinochle Joann Hyltin Thursday 12:00 p.m.

Volunteering is always more fun with friends!

The purpose of this club is to foster volunteering and physical support within our community. This organization does not contribute funds, nor raise money, for any organization or charity. It is a matter of contributing our time as a group of like-minded women who wish to represent IYC in a way that shows empathy for others by partnering in our town’s projects. Members of the IYC can bring to the club numerous projects throughout Charlotte County.
Salvation Army Bell Ringers

Meals of Hope

Paint Your Heart Out Punta Gorda

St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry
Bridge is a trick-taking game using a standard 52-card deck. The game consists of several deals each progressing through four phases: dealing the cards, the auction, playing the hand and scoring the results.

There is a weekly Duplicate Bridge group that meets on Wednesday's at 2:30 p.m. Many of the players stay for dinner in the Commodore's Grille afterwards. Ladies have a weekly bridge game for experienced players on Thursday at 12:00 p.m. with lunch preceding the game. Ladies also have Duplicate Bridge the first and third Friday of every month at 12:00 p.m. with optional lunch at 11:00 a.m. Men have a weekly bridge game on Friday at 12:00 p.m. with lunch preceding the game. Partners are drawn at random.

Mah-Jongg is usually played by four persons with 144 domino-like pieces or tiles marked in suits, counters, and dice, with the object being to build a winning combination of pieces.

Mexican Train
Mexican Train is played with dominos. The object is for a player to play all the dominoes from his or her hand onto one or more chains, or "trains", emanating from a central hub or "station".
Ladies enjoy lunch each Wednesday at 11:00a.m. followed by this spirited game.

Pinochle is a trick-taking card game typically for two to four players and played with a 48 card deck. Players score points by trick-taking and also by forming combinations of cards into melds. One of the co-chairs will arrange a partner if needed or couples can play together.

Ladies pinochle players meet each Thursday at 12:00 p.m. for lunch followed by the game.

Poker is a card game played by two or more persons in which the players bet on the value of their hands, the winner taking the pool. Games are dealer's choice with no wild cards, but high-low games are allowed.

Poker is played Thursday evenings in the Compass Room at 7:00 p.m.

Duplicate Bridge
2:30 p.m.
Jackie Whitaker

  1st Wednesday  
7: 00 p.m.

Bob Sween
 Ladies Bridge Thursday 
12:00 p.m.

Ann Christman
Chris Waindle

Ladies Duplicate Bridge

1st and 3rd Friday
12:00 p.m.
Jackie Whitaker
(Lessons Available!)

1:00 p.m.

Kathy Kelle
Mens Bridge
12:00 p.m.
Bob Whitaker
Mexican Train
11:00 a.m.

Contact the IYC Office
Pinochle Pals Thursday
12:00 p.m.

Joanne Hyltin
Dina Palumbo
7:00 p.m.
Tom Hamilton