John Gardner Chapter: December 2010 Meeting Minutes
President John Hacunda called the meeting to order at The
Custom House in New London CT. 1:30pm
Introduction of members and guests:
Officers: John Hacunda (president), John Symons (vice president),
Bill Armitage (treasurer), Phil Behney (secretary). Members:
Sandy D’Esopo, Bruce Cresser George Spragg, Andy Strode,
Scott Symons, Genevieve Favre. Guests: Chauncy Rucker, Ellen
Hacunda, Pat Symons, Shuerain Wolfe, Richard Wolfe. Nancy
Minutes from Nov. 7, 2010 were approved as distributed.
Treasurer’s report was read by Bill Armitage (balance
of 2,467.15) and approved by the membership. Bill asked for
annual Dues ($15.00) and noted that people who joined late
in the year are paid in full.
John Hacunda asked the membership to observe a moment of silence
in memory of member Paul Robertson who passed away unexpectedly
on November 26. Several members attended a memorial service
for Paul on Saturday, December 4th.
John Hacunda’s Skiff is completed. Members agreed that
the skiff should be christened “Uncle Flatty”
in memory of Paul Robertson. Permission to do so will be requested
from his family and fellow band members. A launching at the
Avery Point beach will be arranged with the date to be announced
at a future time. Chauncy volunteered to bring a bottle of
Champagne for the event.
John and Scott Symons’ runabout is coming along nicely
with the interior nearly completely stripped of old varnish.
George has just installed bulkheads in his canoe with Andy’s
Bill Armitage suggested putting time limits on shop projects,
some discussion followed. No resolution suggested at this
Chauncy Rucker asked to be added to the queue for shop space.
Sandy D’Esopo is next in line for the restoration of
the “Chaisson Dory”. Bruce offered to look over
his boat and assess its needs.
John Symons will be the new President for 2011; Rob Pittaway
will be vice President.
Bill Armitage and Matt McKenzie are working out the details
for a boat building class for senior students from Uconn.
Bill worked up an estimate of approximately $750.00 per boat
for the cost of materials to be paid by the students. Tentative
time slot would be for the spring semester on Tuesday’s
and Thursday’s at 4pm.
A motion was made and seconded to grant a JGTSCA life member
status to Scottish small boat designer Iain Oughtred http://www.jordanboats.co.uk/JB/iain_oughtred.htm
Phil Behney suggested a possible field trip for September
2011 to Faulkner Island where Connecticut’s second oldest
lighthouse stands. The island and lighthouse are being preserved
by a group named the Faulkner light brigade< http://www.lighthouse.cc/FLB/
The group runs an open house in September. More information
as becomes available.
Fund Raising Activities:
Bill Armitage and Rob Pittaway are looking into possible restaurant
donations from local restaurants that donate 10% dinner proceeds
to non-profits when customer’s request our organization
by name. Rob will contact the “Dog Watch Café”
in Stonington and Bill will look into “Senor Flaco’s”
in Westerly. The possibility of having a club gathering/meeting
at one of the restaurants was discussed.
Potluck at January Meeting.
Adjournment occurred at 2:10pm followed by pot luck with
discussion and a movie on building Irish Currach’s given
by Jim Gallagher.