Traditions play a big role in the development of any social organization. While many WDYC traditions have come and gone, many still remain. Harkening to the days when the club closed for the winter months, the Commissioning is held on Memorial Day weekend to mark the beginning of the summer season and typically features dinner and dancing. The Commodore’s Ball, typically Labor Day weekend, marks the passing of the flags to the new officers of the club for the coming year. This event is also normally marked by a dining and social event. Finally, the De-Commissioning, typically held on Columbus Day weekend marks the traditional end of the season with another social gathering. Each of the more “formal” activities, particularly the Commodore’s Ball, features the “striking of the colors” accompanied with the firing of the WDYC cannon. Other traditions at the WDYC include the Junior Yacht Club-sponsored community dances, the WDYC Invitational Regatta, the King Fishing Tournament, watching the Dennis fireworks from our deck, a full slate of social activities between the 4th of July and Labor Day, as well as Sunday Cookouts. The WDYC is approaching 300 membership units (approximately 500 individuals) with a very wide variety of backgrounds and interests. Despite having full and part-time staff, the organization depends on volunteers to plan and organize activities, participate on budget and long-range planning committees, supervise the waterfront and the sailing program, as well as attend the many social events held each season.