Mae Winkle

Mae Winkle was the “First Lady” of Yankee Lake.

Mae Winkle

She was an organizer and a leader. When she wanted to get something done, there was no stopping her. She accomplished everything with grace and a smile. Mae transformed the Yankee Lake Club House kitchen. She initiated “Game Nights” at the Club House. Mae always personally called members to be certain that there would be enough people to play poker. Mae really enjoyed playing poker! She would come early to open the Club House and welcome all members. During the off season, she often hosted poker night at her home. 

Mae loved Yankee Lake. She was one of the founding members of the “Committee to Save Yankee Lake.” She worked to form the Yankee Lake Preservation Alliance. With her diligence, we were able to purchase the Big Island, the Lake, and the dam.

Mae served on the Board of Directors of the YLPA for many years. She was the chairwoman of the Social Committee, and organized many summers of fun for all members, including concerts on the dam, barbeques, and arts and crafts for children.

Mae also volunteered for many years at Horton Hospital and the Orange Regional Hospital. 

She cherished her family including her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She proudly displayed a blanket with the pictures of all of her eight great grandchildren.  She lived with her loving daughter, Joy.

Mae never complained about her aliments, and always asked how everyone else was feeling. She greeted her friends with warmth and love.

Mae was a very dear friend and she will be missed by so many at Yankee Lake. Mae's family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, a donation be made in Mae's name to the YLPA.

News & Events 6/23/2017

Paint & Sip Party!

Join us in a Paint & Sip Party, Saturday 8 July from 7-9 PM in the Clubhouse. This two-hour painting party is BYOB, and you will paint a Yankee Lake scene guided by Shawn Dell Joyce, an artist from the Wallkill School of Art. All materials and supplies will be provided. You must pre-register to participate! Cost is $30/person. Capacity is limited! Please register online at or call Liam or Regina at (845) 457-2787.

Sponsor a Clubhouse Window!

The YLPA is replacing windows in the “Roller Rink” area of the Clubhouse. You can help defray the costs by sponsoring a window. Sponsorships are $500 per window, and covers purchase and installation. A plaque will be placed under each sponsored window with a message up to 150 characters. Please click this link to download the order form. Submit your form and payment early before we run out of windows!

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Local News 3/14/2017

Spiders Eat 400-800 Million Tons of Prey Every Year

It has long been suspected that spiders are one of the most important groups of predators of insects. Zoologists at the University of Basel and Lund University in Sweden have now shown just how true this is – spiders kill astronomical numbers o...

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