John Gardner Chapter: February 12, 2016 Meeting Minutes
JGTSCA President Bill Rutherford called the Meeting to order
1. Introduction of Members and Guests
Ellie Czarnowski, Bill Rutherford, Peter Vermilya, Dan Nelson,
John Hacunda, Andy Strode, John Symons, Bill Armitage, Jim
Clark, Rob Pittaway, Phil Behney, Dane Rochelle, David Tang,
Ron Reinhart, Steve Barton, Marissa Lacoursiere and Karl Kaufman
2. Minutes for the January 08, 2016 meeting
The Minutes for the 01/08/2016 Meeting, as published on the
JGTSCA Website, were unanimously adopted.
3. Treasurer’s Report
Treasurer Ellie Czarnowski reported that the balance on hand
in the Chelsea Groton Bank account was $3,981.59 as of the
02/12/2016 Statement. At this 02/12/2016 meeting, nine envelopes
which had been mailed to the JGTSCA mail box containing membership
dues were received.
The Treasurer’s report was unanimously adopted.
4. Old Business
a. Replacement Dory
Dan Nelson is lead builder on this project.
Dan Nelson reported that the side panels for the replacement
dory have been sawn to shape, the parts for the transom were
in hand and materials for the chines were in the shop. One
of the next major steps will be to build the center mold.
b. Boat rack for storing the dories at Mystic Shipyard East.
Phil Behney reported that he is working on a template with
which to build the rack for four dories to be located at the
Club site at Mystic Shipyard East. He will request member
help to build the rack in a couple of months when the weather
c. New table saw guard
Bill Rutherford thanked Bill Armitage for procuring a blade
guard for the club table saw. Armitage did so at the request
of the JGTSCA Board. Members present at this meeting unanimously
approved reimbursing Armitage for his expense, approximately
The guard was installed last Friday by Dan Nelson, Jim Clark,
and Bill Rutherford.
d. The second Club trailer
Dane Rochelle, donor to the club of the second trailer, is
working on finding his registration. Dave McCulloch has donated
lumber for the beds.
e. Shop Queue
The queue is: replacement Club dory (being built now), John
Symons (whose boat is now in the shop), Phil Behney, Dan Nelson,
Bill Rutherford and Steve Barton.
Phil indicated that he would be willing to cede his position
to Dan as Dan will probably receive his kit for a South West
Dory from CLC in about two weeks.
Members present were in favor of the idea that once the replacement
dory was complete that two member projects could occupy the
shop at one time.
Bill Armitage has reserved time to work on an Annapolis wherry
during the weekdays of his school spring break.
f. Donations to the Custom House.
Treasurer Ellie Czarnowski reported that the donation was
underway of $100.00 to the New London Custom House Museum
to purchase a plank in the Museum’s new pier, suitably
inscribed with the name of the JGTSCA.
5. New Business
a. March Meeting presentation
After considerable discussion, it was decided that further
discussion was needed before definitely scheduling either
the oar leathering presentation by Rob Pittaway or a tour
of the UCONN research vessel by Dan Nelson as the March after-meeting
There are six pairs of oars that need re-leathering. They
will need to be varnished beforehand. To do all six oars during
the presentation, Members will need to provide at least six
sets of palms and appropriate needles.
Dan Nelson will need to research the operating schedule of
the UCONN vessel and will need the permission of the UCONN
officials to take JGTSCA members aboard.
b. Review of 2016 Meeting dates:
Members present were in favor of continuing the Sunday and
Friday meeting schedule as it was done in 2015.
Bill Rutherford presented and discussed an excellent chart
of possible 2016 events which was much appreciated. The chart
is attached to these minutes.
c. JGTSCA Newsletter
Bill Rutherford said that he and Karen had just published
the January Newsletter. Bill called for other authors to submit
articles and images (at 300 dpi). The newsletter has proven
to be an effective recruiting tool.
d. A flick to see:
Bill Armitage brought to members’ attention that the
Garde Theatre in New London would be presenting on March 3rd
“The Finest Hours”, a film about the Coast Guard’s
heroic rescue of crewmembers of the freighter “Pendleton”.
Check with the Garde for time. http://www.gardearts.org/savemovies/
e. Shop First Aid kit:
Members present voted to authorize Dan Nelson to spend up
to $50.00 for supplies to update the Shop first aid kit.
6. 2016 Activities:
02/19, 26 Regular Friday Meetings at 5:30pm at the Avery Point
03/06 a Sunday Business Meeting at 1:30 with a potluck prior.
03/11, 18, 25 Regular Friday Meetings at 5:30pm.
Please see the chart of possible 2016 activities attached
to these minutes.
7. Motion to Adjourn
A motion to adjourn was unanimously voted at 7:31pm.
Peter Vermilya, JGTSCA Secretary