Mystic Seaport Waterfront

John Gardner Chapter: February 2010 Meeting Minutes

President John Hacunda called the meeting to order at 1:30 PM 2-7-2010.
Introduction of members and guests:

John Hacunda (pres.), John Symons (vice pres.), Phil Behney (sec), Bill Armitage (treas.), Wil Iturino, Sandy D’Esopo, Rob Pittaway, Larry Magee, Bob Reed, Bruce Cresser, Andy Strode, Paul Robertson, George Spragg. Genevieve Favre (guest)


Minutes from January 10, 2010 were approved as distributed.

Treasurer’s Report

Treasurer’s report was read by Bill Armitage and approved by the membership.

Old Business

Mystic shipyard East (MSYE) garage repairs were discussed. John Symons inspected the building and gave an overview of its present condition. Russ has spoken to the owner. Russ will give us an update at the next meeting.
Bill Armitage will investigate different selling options for the Robb Roy Canoe and report back to the membership next meeting.
John Hacunda offered to put together an ad for soliciting donations for the tag sale.

Discussion on other fundraising ideas was tabled.

Shop activities include:
• Hacunda Skiff moving towards completion
• Avery Point Dory is being painted and will be out of the shop shortly.
• George Spragg continues to add planks to his canoe and will be completed soon.
Schedule for upcoming shop projects:
• Blaiklock’s Robb Roy Canoe will be brought down at the next meeting to be surveyed for possible repairs in preparation to sell.
• John Symons Skiff for refurbishing in the next few weeks.
• Paul Robertson’s canoe for repairs.

Community outreach:
Russ Smith has stenciled some of the Dories with our web address.

The Facebook site is up and running with a total of sixteen fans as of this writing.

Bill Armitage offered to run a workshop for UConn students and/or faculty to build three or four solo guide boats the same as the two he built for himself, follow the link for pictures:

The Sea Scouts have once again offered to join with us for our annual Pine Island cleanup on May 2, 2010.

The Scouts have asked for help repairing their boats and provided a list. Bruce C offered to meet with Parson’s to survey the work needed.

Activities for attracting and sustaining members were discussed. Possible ideas included offering boats to the general public via ads. Concern over fee’s, and insurance issues were discussed.

New Business

Volunteers are needed to man a table with John Hacunda at the “Maritime College and Career Fair” to be held at the Branford House, Avery Point Campus, April 21st, 5pm to 7pm. For more information regarding the Fair, see flyers which are available at the boat house.

New brochures need to be printed. Discussion ensued. Phil Behney will mail the PDF of existing brochure to John Hacunda for review. Further discussion was tabled until the next meeting.

Upcoming Events:

March 6, 2010: Race Start at 12 PM, 31st Annual Snow Row in Hull, Massachusetts.
See link:

March 12 to 14, 2010: Teaching with Small Boats Conference, Alexandria, VA.
See link:

April 21, 2010: 5-7 PM Maritime College and Career Fair at Branford House, UConn Avery Point Campus, Groton, CT. For more information flyers are available at the boat house. As mentioned John Hacunda is looking for volunteers to help man a table.

Motion was made and seconded to adjourn at 2:14.

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