Mystic Seaport Waterfront

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 were present.

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:

Treasurer’s Report

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.

Old Business

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 reinstallation.

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.

New Business

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

Next Meetings:
Work sessions on March 11, 18 and 25 at 6:30.
Business Meeting: April 1, 2016. Potluck at 5:30, Meeting to follow.
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.

Respectfully submitted,
Peter T. Vermilya, JGTSCA Secretary

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