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John Gardner Chapter: February 2008 Meeting Minutes

The John Gardner Chapter of the Traditional Small Craft Association.

Minutes for the February 3, 2008 membership meeting of the John Gardner Chapter of the TSCA.

Pres. Behney in Avery Point Boathouse called the meeting to order at 1:45 P.M.

Eight members were in attendance: Phil Behney, John Maxon, John Symons, Russell Smith, Andy Strode, Bill Armitage, John Hacunda and George Spragg.

A motion was made, seconded and passed to accept the Secretary’s report from the January 2008 meeting as distributed.

Treasurer Smith reported on the discrepancy between the running balance and the $4053.47 reported in Dec.’07. Chelsea Bank will audit our account for a fee. It was voted at the January meeting to authorize the audit. The January report distributed states an income of $265.00 since the last meeting with a new balance of $3428.30.

Old Business:

Boathouse upkeep and Activities:

Members should remember to send their 2008 membership dues.

Russell Smith met with Ledyard Parks & Recreation. They agreed to hire him to teach rowing at Highland Lake Weds. And Sat. using the gig and (2) sliding seat boats.

John Hacunda sent email to Westerly Sea Scouts leader for JGTSCA involvement interest. Russ suggested we contact New London/Groton squadron and show them our facility and what we can provide. Also, Russell received a messag from Marshall Parsons, (860-448-1215), skipper ot the Sea Scout Ship Dragon for our off offer to take the the scouts out for a “Sound Experience.”

Project Priority Established:

1. John Maxon – Faering dory construction

2. George Spragg lapstrake canoe

3. Phil Behney – Avery Point dory

4. Bill Amitage – smaller version of Last Chance

5. Heather McDonald – Safe Sailor, but is considering another design.

It was suggested that the clubhouse be rearranged to accommodate several projects.

The Avery Pt. Dory will be painted and skeg repaired during warmer weather.

Upcoming Events:

Snow Row March 1 Hull, MA

Essex River Race May 15, 2008 Essex. MA

Blackburn Challenge July 12, 2008 Gloucester, MA

Movie, Stephen Jones new book “Rum Runners,” February 23, 2008 :
Garde Arts Theater, New London; $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Earth Day participation May 4, 2008 Pine Island cleanup

John Gardner Small Craft Workshop June 7, 2008 Mystic Seaport

JGTSCA Nautical Tag Sale June 14, 2008 Avery Point

Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival October 25, 2008 St. Michaels, MD

New Business:

The sign on west side of building needs painting; it will be removed and updated soon.

JGTSCA is still a member of Boats U.S. so our members can join for half price, entitling them to West Marine, fuel, repair, overnight slip discounts and disabled boat towing.

Bill Armitage invited members to piggyback marine plywood orders with him soon in order to get discount over (10) sheets. George Spragg added his order and the members voted to buy (4) 5mm sheets of for the club. Shipping cost per sheet will be added. Members can see what they will be getting at

The next meeting will be in the Avery Pt. Boathouse, 1:30 P.M., March 2, 2008. Please attend.

Motion to Adjourn at 2:20.

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