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John Gardner Chapter: February 2009 Meeting Minutes

Minutes for the February, 2009 membership meeting of the John Gardner Chapter of the TSCA

Meeting called to order at 1:35 by President Russ Smith at Rossi Mill, Mystic Seaport

In attendance: Peter Vermilya, Will & Lori Iturrino, Bill Armitage, Chuck Nado, Carol & Chris Mauro, Kevin Tierney, Andy Strode, Bob Reed, Bruce Cresser, John Hacunda, Phil Behney, John Symons.

Secretary’s Report:

Membership voted to accept report as distributed via e-mail.

Treasurer’s Report:

Membership voted to accept the report as read and distributed by Bill Armitage . Bill commented that he has made up forms for reimbursement for expenses that have been approved.

Old Business:

Russ attended coaches meeting last weekend in Hull Mass.where different ideas for events were discussed.

Russ met with Tom Duguay to continue the discussion on a summer event at Avery Point for the second weekend in June. Russ talked about having a one day race by utilizing the list of race participants from “Hull Lifesaving Museum.” Our Annual Tag Sale would still take place in the morning.

Russ also read our mission statement from our bylaws and talked about the donation from John Blaiklock in the context of our mission.

New Business:

Russ has asked for volunteers to head up five committees as follows:

  • Education Series ( To share and teach skills )
  • Membership Committee ( To keep current membership list )
  • Building & Supplies ( To maintain & Track supplies )
  • Boat Managers ( To maintain Log and schedule Maintenance of boats )
  • Events Committee ( To track and inform membership of upcoming & relevant events ) Plan?

Discussion ensued

Upcoming Events:

Tues. Feb 11 Mystic Shipyard: talk on the wreck of the “Jenny Dubois” LINK

Thurs. Feb 19 Mystic Seaport lecture series on the Submarine “Grunion” LINK

Sat. Feb 28 Snow Row at Hull Mass. See Russ for details.

Fri Feb 13-15 Cape Cod Marine Trades assoc. at Hyannis Mass. See Bruce Cresser for details.

Sat Mar 9 Race hosted by Sound School on New Haven harbour.


Thanks was extended to Peter Vermilya for opening the Small Craft collection to our Chapter whereupon we adjourned to the Mill for the tour. John Hacunda will be posting more on this on the Web Site.

Good of the Order: Please pay your $15 membership dues for 2009 if you haven’t done so. Thanks.

Next meeting: Sunday, March 1, 2009 at 1:30 P.M.

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