John Gardner Chapter: December 1, 2013 Meeting Minutes
Meeting called to order at 1:31pm
16 members and 2 guests introduced themselves.
The Minutes of the November 3 Regular Business Meeting were
accepted as posted on the JGTSCA website. Reading was waived.
Treasurer Karen Rutherford reported a bank balance of $5406.20
as of 11/13/2013. The opening balance for 2013 was $5091.36.
During November of 2013 Bill Rutherford gave a donation to
the JGTSCA of $100.00. In addition, the JGTSCA Chapter gave
$300.00 to the Artist Cooperative Gallery of Westerly, RI,
in memory of Louise Pittaway.
Bruce Cresser has been given a replacement check for his expenses
and the original check has been cancelled.
The Treasurer’s Report was accepted as presented.
1. Old Business
a. Reformatted Membership Form and Annual Dues
i. A majority of the members present voted to adopt the redesigned
membership form submitted for member review by Karen Rutherford
at the November Business Meeting. This form can be seen on
the JGTSCA website.
ii. All members will be required to fill out this new form
so that the information on each member will be up-to-date.
iii. The new form also gives members a chance to join the
National TSCA at the same time they join the JGTSCA.
iv. A majority of the members present voted to reduce the
annual dues from $20.00 to $15.00. This reduction reflects
the fact that food is no longer served at the Friday meetings.
i. President Behney thanked John Hacunda for arranging for
representatives of Sea- Legs, Inc., to give a presentation
at the December meeting.
2. New Business
a. Custom House Museum
Members present voted to contribute $100.00 to the Custom
House Museum in recognition of the Museum’s hosting
of the December Regular Business meeting.
b. Prescott Littlefield
President Behney announced that he has been talking with Prescott
Littlefield, Waterfront Programs Director for the UCONN Avery
Point campus, about Littlefield giving a presentation about
the programs he runs.
c. Will Iturrino/Parade of Lights
An illustrated article about Will Iturrino’s participation
in the Parade of Lights on the Mystic River, Saturday 11/23/2013,
will be posted to the JGTSCA website.
d. Custom House Museum Parade Float
Rob Pittaway called for ideas and participation in preparing
a parade float for the Custom House Museum. The parade will
occur in May of 2014. The float might include men dressed
in 19th century garb in imitation of the members of the now
defunct Jib Boom Club of New London. A group of Custom House
Museum members, called the “Gam”, meets monthly
at the Museum and is considered quite similar in nature to
the old Jib Boom Club.
The exact form of the float has yet to be determined. Shop
space will be donated for the float’s construction starting
in March of 2014. The Custom House Museum will pay for expenses.
e. JGTSCA Trailer rebuild
George Sprague called for recognition of Andy Strode and Jim
Clark for their efforts in rebuilding the JGTSCA trailer.
f. Solstice Row
Phil Behney announced that he will be leading a row on the
Mystic River scheduled for Saturday, December 21st, the date
of the 2013 Winter Solstice. Participants should meet at the
West Mystic Shipyard, East (located near the train station
in Mystic, CT) at 3:30pm.
Those not rowing may wish to join the rowers later at The
Harp and Hound located at 4 Pearl Street Mystic, CT 06355
(860) 572-7778. Music will be provided by The Intractables!
g. Sea-Legs, Inc
Richard Lathrop, CEO, and Patricia Sparkman, Board Chair,
of Sea-Legs, Inc., gave a presentation on the Sea Legs programs
and discussed how their programs could benefit from participation
by JGTSCA members.
Quoting from a Sea Legs publication:
“Sea Legs, Inc. offers boating experience to those boys
and girls who, because of their circumstances, may not have
access to the water.
Since 1998, when we first got underway, more than a thousand
such children have found their sea-legs aboard our boats.
Some have found much more.
Each child is a member of a crew that sets sail once a week
during school vacation. With increased experience and confidence,
every sailor takes on additional responsibility aboard the
boat. They find that history, meteorology, physics, and geometry
have real-time applications to sailing. As they grow through
adolescence many sailors become leaders. At age 18 they may
join our group of mentors modeling for younger sailors, who
are just starting out, all the things that finding their sea-legs
Sea-Legs, Inc. also offers an apprentice program where advanced
sailors become skilled in the repair and maintenance of boats.
Apprentices work in a 1000 square-foot shop near New London’s
waterfront. The apprentice program runs year round.
Sea-Legs, Inc. remains a small, low-overhead organization
with no paid administrators or costly offices. Virtually all
of our revenue goes toward serving kids. Because we’re
501(c)(3), donations – including vehicle and boat donations
– are tax deductible.”
Captain Lathrop suggested that there might be three immediate
ways that the JGTSCA could help Sea-Legs, Inc.:
1) Restore or rebuild various wooden parts of boats donated
to Sea-Legs, Inc. A box in the Avery Point boat house might
contain the parts to be repaired by JGTSCA members who would
do so as they could.
2) Expert advice could be given on how to properly rebuild/restore
a donated George Lawley & Son built launch.
3) Expert advice could be given on the maintenance and care
of a Bruce Kirby designed 25 foot cat yawl.
In the latter two cases the JGTSCA member would not necessarily
work directly with the students but would advise the Sea-Legs,
Inc., staff on how they should direct the students to accomplish
the steps involved in the project.
The JGTSCA can work toward increasing the students time in
small boats, rowing , sculling, etc.
It was the consensus of the meeting that the JGTSCA should
meet with the principals of Sea-Legs, Inc. to work out the
next steps to be taken.
For further information on Sea-Legs, Inc., go to:
The meeting was adjourned at 1:50pm
Peter T. Vermilya