John Gardner Chapter: April 1, 2016 Meeting Minutes
Friday, April 1, 2016 6:30 pm
Introduction of Members, Welcome Guests and New Members
Bill Armitage, Steve Barton, Phil Behney, Jim Clark, Ellie
Czarnowski, Tom Jannke, Karl Kaufman, Dan Nelson, Rob Pittaway,
Bill Rutherford, Andy Strode, John Symons, and Peter Vermilya
Minutes from February meeting
Members present unanimously voted to accept the Minutes for
3/6/2016 as posted on the JGTSCA Website. See online at: http://www.tsca.net/johngardner/about.htm
Treasurer Ellie Czarnowski presented her Report for March
2nd through April 01, 2016. Members present unanimously voted
to accept the Report which is attached to these Minutes. Ellie
has sent membership cards to JGTSCA members who do not regularly
show up for meetings. She now has a debit card drawing on
the JGTSCA account at Chelsea Groton Bank. Ellie is working
on the NINA expense report.
1. Status of New Dory Build
Vice President and Lead Builder Dan Nelson reported that the
side panels have been glued and fastened to the transom and
joined at the stem, the next step is to install the chines.
Work on the dory is ongoing on Friday nights at the Avery
Point Clubhouse. The work sessions usually run from 6:30pm
to about 8pm. All members are invited to take part.
2. Boat rack for holding dories at Mystic Shipyard East
Phil Behney reported that he will be putting the rack together
when the weather ameliorates. Part of the necessary lumber
is in the shop, Phil will soon obtain the rest.
3. Second club trailer – licensing
Bill Rutherford reported that it will be necessary to present
the trailer to the State as a “home built” trailer
with a trip to Willimantic for inspection being necessary.
4. Table Saw Repair
Andy Strode reported that the motor for the shop table has
been repaired. Chapter thanks go to Brian Mitsch for a successful
5. Shop Queue
The shop queue is: the replacement dory, John Symons, Dan
Nelson, Phil Behney, Bill Rutherford and Steve Barton. Once
the club dory is no longer in the shop, two member projects
can be worked on at the same time.
Bill Armitage reiterated his request to reserve time to work
on his Annapolis wherry during his school spring break. He
estimates his project will take about a week.
1. Pine Island Clean Up
Ellie Czarnowski reported that the annual Pine Island Cleanup
day is scheduled for Tuesday, April 12. The event is run by
staff and students from the UCONN Avery Point campus. All
JGTSCA members are welcome to help in the Island clean up.
Members will need to sign a release form if they go to the
island in a UCONN boat
and should show up at [location], sharply at [time] am.
Ellie Czarnowski is point person for the lunch and can use
member help – especially for manning the grill. To help,
members should show up at the Club House at 11am. The event
is usually over by 1:30.
2. Mamacoke Island Row
The Club row to Mamacoke Island is scheduled for Sunday May
15th. Club dories will be available or bring your own boat.
Boats will launch at 9am sharp at the DEP Kenneth Streeter
State Boat Launch Ramp located under the Groton side of the
Gold Star Bridge (access on the north side). The row usually
lasts for three hours so bring your own lunch. Phil Behney
is point person for this event. See:
3. John Gardner Small Craft Workshop/WoodenBoat Show
This annual event is planned for the weekend of June 24-26
at Mystic Seaport Museum.
The usual early morning rows up and down the Mystic River
will take place, as well as workshops and demonstrations.
Thad Danielson is already scheduled to either give a presentation
about Albert Strange and a Strange designed boat that Thad
is planning to build or to talk about his Mower dory. Not
to be missed.
JGTSCA dories will be on hand for rowing. If members don’t
go to the WoodenBoat dinner in honor of John Harris of CLC
fame, they will be welcome at the justly famous barbeque hosted
by Bill and Karen Rutherford at their house in nearby Stonington.
Registration forms for the John Gardner Small Craft Workshop
are on line at Mystic Seaport’s website. Registration
includes the workshop and admission to the WoodenBoat Show
for the weekend.
4. Gail Ferris presentation
Gail Ferris, famous to readers of Messing About in Boats and
to long time attendees at the Small Craft Workshop for her
Greenland kayaking adventures, will be back in Connecticut
this Spring. She may be willing to give a presentation on
her present kayaking adventures near Sitka, Alaska, either
at the May JGTSCA business meeting or at the John Gardner
Workshop/TSCA Annual Meeting in June. Peter Vermilya will
work with her on this.
5. Discussion of June Picnic/July Regatta
Ellie Czarnowski made the point that what with the presently
scheduled June 5th picnic, the June 23-25 John Gardner Workshop,
and the July 23rd Regatta, that the calendar was perhaps too
full and that the Picnic and the Regatta should be combined.
After discussion, members present concurred. Although no hard
date was set for this combined event, July 3rd, a Sunday,
was suggested. It might include a 12:30 potluck picnic, followed
by a 1:30 business meeting, with the rest of the afternoon
spent sailing or rowing.
Any Other Business
There was no new business.
Post meeting note the annual UCONN Earth Day celebration will
be WED Apr 20 this year, from 11-1 (set up at 10) on the green
and in the student union in case of rain.
Repair/Refinish/Re-leather Oars - Rob Pittaway lead
Work sessions on March 11, 18 and 25 at 6:30.
Business Meeting: April 1, 2016. Potluck at 5:30, Meeting
All meetings except the December Annual Meeting take place
in the UCONN Avery Point Club House.
Motion to Adjourn
The meeting was adjourned at 2:25pm.
Peter T. Vermilya, JGTSCA Secretary