John Gardner Chapter: April 3, 2015 Meeting Minutes
JGTSCA President Ellie Czarnowski was in the Chair. She called
the Meeting to order at 5:52pm.
Introduction of Members
Members Ellie Czarnowski, Peter Vermilya, John Symons, Bill
Rutherford, Karen Rutherford, George Spragg, Will Iturrino,
Andy Strode, Larry Magee, Phil Behney, Rob Pittaway, John
Stambaugh, Sandy D’Esopo and Jim Clark were present.
1. Minutes from February 01, 2015 meeting
The Minutes for the 03/01/2015 Meeting, as published on the
JGTSCA Website, were unanimously adopted.
2. Old Business
a. NINA, club building project.
Andy Strode stated that the spars were nearly finished, oarlock
pads were being prepared, and that Bill Rutherford had volunteered
to make oars.
There was discussion of how the boat should be painted. The
transom and the thwarts are already bright. The outwales will
also be bright. The topsides may be “JGTSCA Green”
although there was no definite agreement on this.
George Spragg reminded members that the Wednesday sessions
at the Avery Point shop were still meeting from 9am until
3pm and that any member who could stop by would be welcome.
b. Fleet Report and Club Fleet Maintenance.
Phil Behney reported that one club dory was now outside the
Shop awaiting maintenance, one dory was at Phil’s house
being used by him to row to work, while the two remaining
dories were at the Mystic Shipyard East location. Sandy D’ESopo’s
Chaisson dory will be moved from the concrete pad outside
the shop to the old trailer location allowing a club dory
to be worked on outside.
c. Shop Queue
The club dories have first priority for use of the club house
over any member use. The member queue for use of the shop
for private projects use is:
d. Mamacoke Island Row
Phil Behney said that although he had scheduled a JGTSCA row
to Mamacoke Island on April 26th, he had recently learned
that Connecticut College was sponsoring a lecture tour at
Mamacoke Island on April 25th, and he suggested members do
the row on Saturday and join the lecture.
The Connecticut College Arboretum website provides the following
“Mamacoke Mysteries Revealed
Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m.-noon
Beverly Chomiak, Lecturer in Geology and Environmental Studies
Meet and park at the east end of Bentham Avenue (Waterford)
just before the railroad tracks.
$5 members, $10 general public
Through the study of geology, we come to understand how the
earth came to be. On this two hour hike, Beverly will uncover
Mamacoke Island’s long and complex history. Participants
will climb the island, from sand flats to rock-strewn summit,
and learn the origins of many of its remarkable features.
Wear sturdy shoes and long pants appropriate for hiking. This
walk covers rugged terrain.”
e. Pine Island Cleanup w/ UConn marine sciences students
Ellie Czarnowski reported that approximately 24 students from
UCONN/Avery Point, led by their instructor Syma, will clean
up Pine Island. This is the Club’s opportunity to stay
connected with the college. JGTSCA Members can ride over to
the island on the UConn boat but must sign a liability waiver
before the trip. Departure will be from 10:30 to 11:00. No
JGTSCA dories will be involved. Some of the students will
come over to the club house after the cleanup for a picnic
lunch. Ellie can use some help cooking hotdogs and hamburgers.
She will be picking up gloves and bags and water from Super
Stop & Shop.
f. Cache In Trash Out (Earth Day Event) UConn EcoHuskies
and the Groton Open Space Association (GOSA)
The EcoHuskies are partnering with GOSA to clean up Haley
Farm Saturday 25th April from 10-2. JGTSCA was asked if it
would like to join them and to use the club dories for gathering
trash. After discussion, members present decided that the
shoreline was not suitable for using the dories. Ellie will
decline the offer.
Discussion of the two prior items brought up the CONNYak
website with its links to launch sites for small craft:
3. New Business
a. SUSAN B. HOLLAND
Thanks to John Symons and Bill Armitage, there is major progress
on the SUSAN B. HOLLAND. The interior has a full coat of JGTSCA
green and the foot risers are about to be installed.
The rack in the west end of the shop is ready to receive the
SUSAN B. HOLLAND once the lumber on it is relocated and the
boat is painted. Bill Armitage and his friend from New Zeeland
will use it this summer for a rowing expedition.
b. June Tag Sale
Ellie Czarnowski encouraged all members to scour their collection
of nautical cultch for items which could be sold at the June
JGTSCA tag sale. John Hacunda ordinarily lists the sale on
c. Establishing an regular event series:
Ellie Czarnowski reported that the JGTSCA Executive Committee
had discussed the concept that, during the summer, the club
could sponsor an event series which would occur on a regular
basis at a given location. Peter Vermilya elaborated, saying
that, for example, the event could be held once a week on
a regular given day or only twice a month. The location would
be at a fixed place. The event could be open to all small
craft, row, paddle or sail. A club member would need to be
on hand to lead the event. The event series could be advertised
in local community calendars published by the Day and the
Sun. The concept needs development but shows promise as an
d. Non-on-the-water Excursions.
The Executive Committee also discussed club trips to:
i. The MAYFLOWER, at Mystic Seaport (MSM). Available for tours
until 4/14. She goes back in the water on the 15th.
ii. The MSM Watercraft Collection.
iii. Local area boat shops
iv. International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS).
Ellie Czarnowski reported that the Executive Committee discussed
at its meeting the advantages of talking with the Groton and
Mystic Chambers of Commerce about the various JGTSCA activities.
Perhaps the Mystic Seaport could support the Club on the Museum’s
The Winter Solstice should be publicized in the local Community
events calendars published by the Day and the Sun.
UConn is hosting another Earth Day fair, Thursday April 23rd
from 11-1 pm. Setup starts at 10:30. John Symons and Sandy
D’Esopo offered to man a table. Table and chairs will
be provided by the school. Event will be on the lawn, if raining
it will be in the student center. There was discussion about
having a dory with oars and/or the Nina as a presentation
of our work.
f. Hats, Mugs
The Executive Committee discussed the possibility of having
mugs and hats made with the JGTSCA logo on them. They have
found prices ranging from $6.75 per hat for a quantity of
72 hats to $25.00 for a single hat. No figures on mugs, yet.
There may have been at least three different logos used by
the club in the past. Members are encouraged to design alternative
Hats or mugs could be given to people who present at JGTSCA
functions as well as sold to members and other interested
parties. The Executive Committee will continue to pursue this
The Club received membership renewals from Jim McGuire and
Brian Mitsch by mail.
5. Treasurers Report
Treasurer John Symons reported a Bank Balance of $4128.18
and said that there were 42 paid up members for 2015. The
Treasurer’s Report was unanimously adopted.
6. 2015 Activities:
Pine Island Cleanup with UConn students Thursday 9 April (waivers
to be signed)
Row and lecture at Mamacoke Island (contact Phil) Saturday
Business meeting Friday 1 May, 5:30 Pot Luck supper
Business meeting and Prep for Tag Sale Friday 5:30 Pot Luck
Annual Tag Sale Saturday 6th 8-1pm (Sale starts at 9am)
WoodenBoat Show and Small Craft Workshop 26th-28th
July – August
Beach picnic and row/sail. The Ophelia will be available to
sail. Time and place TBD
Business meetings TBD
September – October
Row the Lieutenant River in Old Lyme, Lunch at the Morning
Bill Rutherford said that Mystic Seaport was looking for volunteers
to up-rig the AMISTAD. Further details can be obtained on
the MSM website.
8. Motion to Adjourn
A motion to adjourn was unanimously adopted at 6:53pm
Peter Vermilya, JGTSCA Secretary