John Gardner Chapter: February 3, 2013 Meeting Minutes
Meeting called to order at 1:35pm by President Phil Behney.
Reading of the minutes from the 1/6/2013 meeting was waived.
The minutes were accepted as presented on the Website.
Karen Rutherford reported that the bank balance as of 1/15/2013
was $5091.36, and that there were seven more paid-in-full
members added since the 1/6/2013 meeting.
The Treasurer’s Report was accepted as presented.
Bill Armitage reported that he was finishing the oars on his
Private project queue:
President Behney reported that he had contacted Tom Jaanke
and Tim Weaver and that both had relinquished their positions
on the private shop project queue. The queue is now: Phil
Behney, John Symons, Sandy DeSopo, and Ellie Czarnowski.
Current club shop project:
Good progress was reported on club dory #1, the current club
shop project. Bruce Cresser has put in many week-day hours
– much appreciated. Bill Armitage will be ordering Davis-pattern
oarlocks for the boat this week.
Donated equipment sale update:
Bill Armitage submitted draft advertising copy for the donated
table saw and drill press for review by President Behney.
Bill also called for volunteers to help him rehabilitate the
table saw prior to sale. The donated sander has been sold
to member Kevin Tierney for the full club asking price.
New Table saw purchase:
Club dory #2:
The dory needs cosmetic maintenance prior to starting the
next club shop project. Bill Armitage suggested painting dory
#1 and dory #2 at the same time.
Shop Organization and a Shop Steward position:
Considerable discussion focused on the disorganized state
of the shop. It was agreed that, for safety sake and efficiency,
that shop order should be a priority and an on-going activity.
Tag sale items should tagged as such and segregated, tag sale
items which did not sell at the last tag sale should be disposed
of, fasteners should be sorted and located with each other,
the various counters should be cleared, and that food and
toxic materials should be separated. Karen Rutherford will
lead this effort starting this Friday. A special Spring Cleaning
day will be determined, after which a Shop Steward will be
2013 John Gardner Small Craft Workshop (June
The 2013 WoodenBoat Show will again incorporate the John Gardner
Small Craft Workshop.
Bill Rutherford reported that organizational efforts on the
national level were well underway, but that local JGTSCA input
was eagerly sought. Free use by the public of the Mystic Seaport
livery boats has been obtained for the weekend. Private boats
will again be available for public use only by permission
of the owner. A discussion of the development of the Green
Machine, designed and built by John Gardner, and a sail building
workshop have been suggested as workshops. TSCA will have
a booth at the show and is looking for volunteers to staff
it. Andy Strode, Kevin Tierney, Peter Vermilya and Bill Rutherford
(Chair) make up the local committee.
Annual tag Sale (6/8/2013)
John Symonds requested that any items dropped off at the club
house for sale at the tag sale be tagged beforehand by the
owner as being tag sale items and that the donor price the
item. Owners of potential consignment items must check with
President Behney before leaving an item for consignment at
the club house.
Pine Island cleanup (5/5/2013):
John Hacunda reported that he was in the process of ascertaining
if the Groton CT Sea Scout Ship would be participating in
this year’s Pine Island Clean Up. He will contact the
new leader of the Ship. He will also contact Shop Rite about
possible material support. Ellie Czarnowski will contact UConn/Avery
Point officials to coordinate JGTSCA cleanup activities with
possible UConn Maritime Studies student similar efforts. Suggested
names for her to contact were Randall Patterson (Student Activities),
Mary Kay Bercaw, and Ellen Anderson.
Peter Vermilya reported on the current event liability insurance
status. This report is attached to these minutes.
The Executive Committee will discuss whether or not the Chapter
should obtain its own domain for its web site.
John Symons suggested that member-only events should be scheduled
during July and August and that they originate at the West
Mystic Shipyard East location. He also suggested that the
Sea Scouts and the Boy Scouts be offered the possibility of
NINA, Club shop project:
Bruce Cresser reported that he had studied the NINA plans
as requested. He suggested that work start immediately with
the purchase of 2 sheets of ¾” plywood, to be
used for the molds, as well as “two-by” stock
for the mold set up. No lofting will be necessary. The Club
members present discussed three options for how the bottom
should be planked, (1) bottom boards splined and sealed with
epoxy resin, top and bottom. (2) Plywood, or (3) Traditional
cross planked. Bruce will look into local sources for white
oak for the chines, keel batten, framing, etc. Bruce will
put together a list of the necessary building steps in numerical
order. No drywall screws or stainless steel decking screws
will be permitted. No budget has been set for this boat.
President Behney presented the following list of scheduled
Cape Cod Boat Builders Show
March 2, 10:30am
Snow Row, New England's premiere winter rowing event,
Windmill Point Boathouse, Hull, MA Resort and Conference Center,
Friday- Sat 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-4pm
Maine Boat builders Show,
Pine Island Cleanup, 10:00am (tentative)
June 8, 9am - 1pm
JGTSCA Tag Sale
Avery Point, CT
June XX, 10am (TBD)
Buzzards Bay Open Water Challenge
Fort Taber Park, New Bedford, MA
Small Craft Workshop
July 20, 7am
The Blackburn Challenge
See web-site for details: http://www.tsca.net/johngardner/schedule.htm
The meeting was adjourned at 2:44pm.
Peter Vermilya, Secretary JGTSCA
TSCA Insurance and Tax information.
Prepared from e-mail correspondence with John Weiss
The TSCA National maintains an event liability policy through
Gowrie Inc. This insurance covers individual chapter events
as long as the event has been publicized to chapter members
in advance by web, email, newsletter, or meeting minutes.
The policy covers all participants, whether chapter members
or guests, and the boats they use in the event. It does not
include hull coverage for the boats. If an event venue demands
a certificate of insurance, Gowrie will issue it after reviewing
the event particulars. John Weiss is the go-to person for
contact with Gowrie. John Weiss says that Gowrie has a turnaround
time of 1-2 days.
The JGTSCA chapter has 501-c-3 status by virtue of being a
chapter of the National TSCA. The Chapter handles all paperwork
involved in documenting donations. In recent years, the annual
aggregate gifts to all TSCA chapters has not approached the
income threshold of 25,000.00/year for the National.