John Gardner Chapter: December 7, 2014 Meeting Minutes
The meeting was held at the New London Custom House Museum.
JGTSCA President John Symons was in the Chair. He called
the Meeting to order at 1:30.
1. Introduction of Members, Welcome Guests and New Members
20 members, guests, and members of the speaker’s party
John Symons called for thanks to both the Custom House Museum
and to Rob Pittaway for making this meeting possible.
2. Minutes from November 02, 2014 meeting
The Minutes for the 11/02/2014 Meeting were unanimously accepted
as published on the JGTSCA Website.
3. Treasurer’s Report
Treasurer Karen Rutherford reported that the JGTSCA bank balance
was $4611.09 as of this meeting.
Recompensed expenses for the construction of the NINA are
$1680.23 to date. A further $771.00 is owed to Jim Clark for
his purchase of wood. A full Treasurer’s Report will
be posted on the Web Site.
The Treasurer’s Report was unanimously accepted as presented.
Members present called for thanks to Karen and Peter for their
services to the organization.
4. Old Business
a. “Nina” construction
Andy Strode reported that planking was complete and that the
stern knee was fitted and would soon be fastened in place
Bill Rutherford reminded members that he will be on hand at
the Avery Point shop every Wednesday from 9am until 3pm and
would welcome those who can stop by to work.
b. Fleet Report
Phil Behney reported that he was working on the club trailer
and that the club dories still need work. He complimented
John Symons on his excellent work completing needed work on
the SUSAN B. HOLLAND.
A round of applause was awarded Bill Armitage and Bill Rutherford
for their work maintaining cleanliness and order in the shop.
c. Change in the Monthly Regular Business Meeting schedule.
In continuance of the November Business Meeting discussion
about changing the day and time of the Regular Business Meeting,
Ellie Czarnowski proposed that the monthly Business Meeting
be held on first Sundays of the month at 1:30 pm in December,
March, June and September as has been the custom to date.
In January, February, April, May, October and November, however,
the day and time of the Business meeting would be changed
to first Fridays of the month at 5:30 pm in combination with
a pot-luck supper. All business meetings would be held at
the JGTSCA Avery Point Community Boat House unless otherwise
Members present unanimously voted to approve Ellie’s
5. New Business
Vice President Ellie Czarnowski succeeds to office of President
as per the By-laws.
Bill Rutherford was unanimously elected Vice President.
Now Past-President John Symons volunteered for, and was unanimously
elected to the position of Treasurer.
There was discussion of purchasing an inexpensive computer
equipped with Quicken for use by successive Treasurers.
b. New JGTSCA Newsletter.
Bill Rutherford proposed that he and Karen Rutherford publish
a monthly newsletter in digital format to the current JGTSCA
e-mail list. Hard copies would be available at the Club House.
Content would include, among other topics, the monthly Business
Meeting Minutes, expanded progress reports on Club shop activities,
scheduled off-site activities, short technical and historical
articles, and reports on what members were doing in their
own shops. The Rutherfords produced a similar newsletter for
the Delaware River chapter which was very successful.
Bill cited the advantage of pushing information out to the
member e-mail list rather than making it necessary for them
to actively seek it out on the JGTSCA website.
It was the sense of the meeting that Bill’s proposal
c. Mamacoke Island Row
Phil Behney reported that he will postpone the Mamacoke Island
Row until early in the Spring of 2015.
d. Solstice Row
Phil Behney will lead a Solstice Row on Sunday, 12/21/2014.
Participants who wish to participate should meet at the east
Mystic location of the Mystic Shipyard at 8:15 AM for departure
at 8:30 AM. The row will likely proceed up-river to Mystic
Seaport Museum, then back down the river to Mystic proper
where participants will adjourn to the Mystic Drawbridge restaurant
for coffee and doughnuts before returning to home base at
the Mystic location of the Mystic Shipyard.
e. All present gave retiring President John Symons a hearty
round of applause for his service to the organization.
i. Solstice Row, 12/21/2014 at 8:15AM Mystic Shipyard East.
7. Motion to Adjourn:
The Meeting was adjourned at 2:15 pm.
The next Regular Business Meeting will take place Friday
January 2nd , 2015, 5:30pm, at the club house on the Avery
Point campus of UCONN. The meeting will be in combination
with a pot-luck supper. Yum.
After the meeting, Captain Dick Lathrop, president and CEO
of Sea Legs (www.sea-legs.org) gave a presentation to a very
receptive audience on his 1999 voyage around New England and
Maritime Canada aboard his 1975 32’ Ericson sloop. Go
to www.virtualvoyages.net for further information on this
Peter Vermilya, JGTSCA Secretary