Mystic Seaport Waterfront

John Gardner Chapter: February 6, 2015 Meeting Minutes

JGTSCA President Ellie Czarnowski was in the Chair. She called the Meeting to order at 5:55pm.

1. Introduction of Members

Ellie Czarnowski, Peter Vermilya, John Symons, George Spragg, Andy Strode, John Hacunda, Bill Armitage, Phil Behney, Rob Pittaway and Jim Clark were present.

Ellie thanked Karen and Bill Rutherford for publishing the Club’s new monthly news Letter.

2. Minutes from January 02, 2014 meeting

The Minutes for the 11/02/2014 Meeting, as published on the JGTSCA Website, were discussed extremely briefly.

3. Next Meeting

The next Business meeting will be SUNDAY March 01, 2015 at 1:30pm at the Avery Point Club House. The meeting will be combined with a potluck lunch.

Spring maintenance work will be done on one of the Club dories starting at 12:30 prior to the meeting and will resume again after the meeting. Phil Behney and John Symons will deliver the dory, weather permitting.

4. The Fleet

Between now and the March meeting, Bill Armitage will remove the foot stretchers now in place in the SUSAN B HOLLAND and will install new stretchers of his own design. He will do whatever paint repair is necessary.

John Symons will apply vinyl letters spelling out her name. The boat will then be stored on the racks in the west end of the building until she is next used.

The club dory “Jane”, built with A/C plywood, is in rough shape and not worthy of restoration. It was the consensus of the meeting that she be sold, but not until the club has built a replacement, as the club should keep four dories on hand. George Spragg and Ellie Czarnowski will repair a window pane in the Club’s Mystic Shipyard East storage building.

Bill Armitage asked that he and a friend be allowed to use the SUSAN B HOLLAND for a 5 to 8 day rowing trip. Members present were enthusiastically in favor.

Bill also asked for suggestions for a suitable location for the trip. The Maine Island Trail, the Hudson River, Lake Champlain and the Quabbin Resevoir were suggested. They are looking for a loop trip – start and end at the same location.

5. Treasurer’s Report

John Symons reported a beginning bank balance for 2015 of $4097.00. Since then Income has been $104.00 and Expenses 134.79, for an ending Bank balance to date of $4,097. A complete report will be published on the club’s website.

Ellie Czarnowski will purchase a zip drive for use by the Club Treasurer.
John Symons and Ellie will arrange for Ellie to be a co-signee for the Club’s bank account this week.

6. Club House Queue

John Symons is the next person in line to use the club house for a private member project. Dory maintenance will take priority, however.


Members present discussed whether to use oil or paint on the boat’s interior. There was consensus that the decision will be made after an attempt is made to remove the black magic marker lettering now on the inside of the planking. George said he can remove the black lettering. There was a vote on the matter of oiling the interior (3-4?) yes, 1 no. Hence the interior will be oiled.
The exterior will be painted. After a year of use, the club will decide to sell or retain the boat.

8. Annual Dinner at the Custom House Museum

Ellie called for suggestions for a speaker for the December 2015 dinner.
One suggestion was that the director of the Custom House Museum might be persuaded to give her presentation on local light houses.
A docent-led tour of one of the Museum’s rooms was also suggested.

9. Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 6:30pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Peter Vermilya, JGTSCA Secretary



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