John Gardner Chapter: January 5, 2014 Meeting Minutes
The Meeting was called to order at 1:45pm by President John
President Symons read a letter he had sent to the widow of
Bryon Steger expressing the Chapter’s sympathy regarding
the recent loss of her husband. Bryon was a founding member
of the JGTSCA Chapter.
President Symons introduced new member Eric Bohman of Old
1. Secretary’s Report
The Minutes of the December 2013 Regular Business Meeting
were accepted as posted on the JGTSCA website. Reading was
2. Treasurer’s Report.
Treasurer Karen Rutherford reported a bank balance of $5412.22
as of 12/13/2013 2013. The opening balance for 2013 was $5091.36.
A check was issued to Phil Behney in compensation for his
purchase of shop project supplies.
The $15.00 JGTSCA Membership dues for 2014 are due as of 1/2014
from all members. Membership forms were handed out and are
available for download at the JGTSCA Website.
Hard copy forms are also available in the Club House at Avery
The Treasurer’s Report was accepted as presented.
3. Old Business
a. Prescott Littlefield
Phil Behney said that Prescott Littlefield will attend the
February JGTSCA Business meeting, February 2, 2014 in order
to talk about the history of his grandfather’s dory.
He will also talk about his activities as director of the
waterfront programs at the UCONN Avery Point Campus.
b. “Nina” construction
Discussion centered around progress on the centerboard trunk.
c. Sea Legs
d. Custom House Visit/Meeting and Float
Rob Pittaway reported on the Chapter’s successful December
meeting at the Custom House Museum located on Bank Street
in New London. A donation of $100.00 for its use has been
made to the Museum.
e. Solstice Row
Phil Behney reported on the successful participation in the
12/21/2013 Solstice Row on the Mystic River by six rowers
using three of the Chapter’s dories (despite the cold
weather). The rowers were joined by non-rowers later at the
Harp and Hound in downtown Mystic. Pictures of the event are
posted on the Chapter’s Facebook site.
f. Trailer rebuild.
Bill Armitage and Dave Clark reported that the rewiring of
the trailer was nearly complete with only one light left to
Karen Rutherford provided up-to-date copies of the trailer
registration which are now posted on the club house wall near
the entry door. Any member using the trailer should carry
a copy of the registration with them.
4. New Business
a. Event schedule for 2014
President Symons stated that one of his goals for 2014 was
to have two events scheduled for each month – 1 internal
event and 1 external event.
By “Internal Event” he meant a meeting held indoors,
such as a visit to a museum, boat shop, etc. As an example,
he suggested a visit to the International Yacht Restoration
School (IYRS) http://www.iyrs.edu/ in Newport, RI in order
to experience the students’ projects and progress on
the CORONET http://coronet1885.com/
By “External Event” he meant an active event which
would occur on the water. He cited the list of launch ramps
and hand-carry put-in locations in CT and RI put together
by Peter Vermilya as a tool with which to begin planning efforts.
Individual members could be tasked with investigating a given
location. The CT DEP also maintains an excellent site of CT
DEP launch ramps.
Bill Rutherford volunteered to organize a Fall and a Spring
Row, as well as to be the Chapter’s contact for the
John Gardner Small Craft Workshop held in conjunction with
the WoodenBoat Show at Mystic Seaport on the last weekend
Phil Behney volunteered to organize a row to Mamacoke Island
located on the Thames River. The island is run as a wildlife
refuge by Connecticut College’s Arboretum and is considered
an important bird habitat site. See http://www.conncoll.edu/the-arboretum/natural-areas/mamacoke-important-bird-area/
b: Club dories
Phil also volunteered to be steward of the Club’s dories.
c: Project ideas
There was a spirited discussion of the possibility of the
building by the Chapter of a class of boats which were lighter
in weight than the Chapter dories. Bill Armitage suggested
consideration of the 12’ and 15’ plywood guideboat
adaptations designed by John Gardner of British Columbia,
Canada. A 21’ version of this design class was built
by the JGTSCA chapter (See http://www.tsca.net/johngardner/lastchance.htm
) and was raced with considerable success by Chapter members.
Bill has successfully built the 12’ model with UCONN
Avery Point students. See http://guideboat.ca/index.php/12-foot-guideboat/
There are more URLs on this site referring to other efforts
with this class of boats.
The meeting was adjourned at 2:15pm
Peter T. Vermilya