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John Gardner Chapter: March 2008 Meeting Minutes

The John Gardner Chapter of the Traditional Small Craft Association.

Minutes for the March 2, 2008 membership meeting of the John Gardner Chapter of the TSCA.

Pres. Behney in Avery Point Boathouse called the meeting to order at 1:40 P.M.

Ten members were in attendance: Phil Behney, John Maxon, John Symons, Andy Strode, Bill Armitage, Wil Iturrino, Donna and Larry Magee, Steve Jones and George Spragg.

A motion was made, seconded and passed to accept the Secretary’s report from the February 2008 meeting as distributed.

President Behney reported that the current bank balance was $1,508.

Old Business:

The Snow Row was held in Hull, MA, March 2nd. Bill Armitage and Shawn won 3rd place in the doubles class. Russell Smith placed 5th in the work boat class

The Sea Scouts have been contacted in order to create some rapport with our club. Phil Behney discussed helping repair their boat and getting them to participate in the Pine Island cleanup Earth Day celebration. Timing for the cleanup created a conflict with them that probably can be resolved with further discussion.

The Boathouse Upkeep and Activities:

Project Priority Established:

1. John Maxon – Fairing dory construction. March 26 target for completion

2. George Spragg – new boat started

3. Phil Behney – Avery Point dory

4. Bill Amitage – smaller version of Last Chance

5. Heather McDonald – Safe Sailor, but is considering another design.

Upcoming Events:

Essex River Race (contact Bill Armitage) May 15, 2008 Essex. MA

Blackburn Challenge July 12, 2008 Gloucester, MA

Earth Day participation May 4, 2008 Pine Island cleanup

John Gardner Small Craft Workshop June 7, 2008 Mystic Seaport

JGTSCA Nautical Tag Sale June 14, 2008 Avery Point

Blessing of the Fleet (contact Phil Behney) July Stonington, CT

Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival October 2008 St. Michaels, MD

New Business:

Steve Jones spoke about JGTSCA outreach to the college by making our resources available for their Marine Studies internship program. He presented the internship handbook for our examination.

Steve invited our members to visit West Mystic Boat Yard to see the restoration of “Annie,” an 1886 oyster boat. Notify Pete of your presence and advance notification is requested for group visits. He also invited us to launch small craft there.

The next meeting will be in the Avery Pt. Boathouse, 1:30 P.M., April 6, 2008. Please attend.

Meeting adjourned at 2:12.

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