Mystic Seaport Waterfront

John Gardner Chapter: March 2010 Meeting Minutes

President John Hacunda called the meeting to order at 1:30 PM 3-7-2010.

Introduction of members and guests:

John Hacunda (pres.), John Symons (vice pres.), Bill Armitage (treas.), Phil Behney (sec.), Sandy D’Esopo, Bruce Cresser, Larry Magee, Rob Pittaway, Paul Robertson, Andy Strode, George Spragg, Judy Strode (guest), and Genevieve Favre (guest).

Minutes from February 7, 2010 were approved as distributed.

Treasurer’s Report
Treasurer’s report was read by Bill Armitage (balance of $2,225.82) and approved by the membership.

Old Business

Mystic Shipyard East Garage Cleanup – Larry Magee commented on size of building (18x20) and condition, and took photos. Further discussion was tabled to next meeting.

Shop activities include:

- The Dory “Jane” is in the shop for maintenance and repairs and is ready for paint.

- George continues to make progress on his canoe.

Fund Raising Activities:

- JGTSCA Nautical Tag sale has been set for June 12th 9 AM -12 PM. Discussion followed regarding appropriate dumpster use.

- Sandy D’Esopo agreed to contact a boat rescue organization for possible tag sale items.

- Bruce Cresser offered to put an ad in “By the Sea” for the tag sale.

Community Outreach:

Sandy D’Esopo contacted Helen Rozwadowski concerning Bill Armitage’s boatbuilding course. The idea was well received by Helen and a meeting will be set up with Helen Rozwadowski, Bill Armitage, Russ Smith, Sandy D’Esopo, and interested parties to discuss the details.

The Sea Scouts have asked for assistance with Boat Projects and have asked to bring the boats to the shop on April 9th. A lengthy discussion ensued regarding the ownership of the boats in question and liability for work performed. The boats are believed to belong to the CROPC Chapter. Andy Strode and George Spragg offered to contact Dave McCullough to see if he would be willing to take on this project.

John Hacunda and Sandy D’Esopo will man a table at the “Maritime College and Career Fair” to be held at the Branford House, Avery Point Campus, April 21st, 5pm to 7pm. For more information regarding the Fair, see flyers which are available at the boat house. Members are encouraged to help John and Sandy man the table or simply drop in to visit

New Business

Bruce Cresser has offered to host a visit to MP&G boat shop (Mystic, CT) to view the restoration of New York 30 AMORITA –rescheduled to April 18 at 1:30pm (For info on AMORITA, see

Larry Magee offered to put together an article for the “Ash Breeze” from his personal journal on the “Fafnir” project which he headed with the Sea Scouts.

John Hacunda volunteered to look into printing new brochures and a motion was made and seconded to authorize John to have them printed.

The club is planning a trip to Seldon Island for Sunday, March 21st. We will meet at the Deep River Landing at 9 AM and row across the river to the Island. Paul Roberson has offered to give a tour and some background history on Connecticut’s largest island. Phil Behney has offered to help transport the club Dories to the Deep River Landing. Phil cautioned members to be aware of spring runoff conditions. Paul will be emailing directions. Phil and Paul asked members to let them know who plans to attend.

Upcoming Events:

March 12 to 14, 2010: Teaching with Small Boats Conference, Alexandria, VA.See link:

March 19-21, 2010: Maine Boat builders Show, Portland, ME

March 21, 2010: Club messabout to Seldon Island 9am Deep River landing.

April 18, 2010: Field trip to see New York 30 AMORITA.

(For info on AMORITA, see

April 21, 2010, 5-7 PM: Maritime College and Career Fair at Branford House, UConn Avery Point Campus, Groton, CT. For more information flyers are available at the boat house. As mentioned members are encouraged to help John and Sandy man the table or simply drop in to visit.

June 5, 2010, 9-12 PM: Small Craft workshop at Mystic Seaport.

Motion was made and seconded to adjourn at 2:12.

>> Return


  © Copyright 2010 John Gardner Chapter TSCA. All Rights Reserved. Design by Interspire