John Gardner Chapter: March 2011 Meeting Minutes
President John Symons called the meeting to order at 1:30
P.M. at the Avery Point Boat House.
Introduction of members and guests:
John Symons (pres.), Bill Armitage (treas.), Phil Behney
(sec.), Bruce Cresser, Sandy D’Esopo, George Spragg,
Rob Pittaway, Genevieve Favre, Bob Reed, and Scott Symons
were in attendance.
Minutes from February 6, 2011 were approved as distributed.
(see website: http://www.tsca.net/johngardner/minutes_feb11.htm
Treasurer’s report was read by Bill Armitage (balance
of 2,577.15) and approved by the membership.
Bill Armitage reported that, as of this meeting, the club
has 14 paid members as compared to a total of 28 paid members
for the whole of the preceding year.
Pine Island Cleanup Day:
• Russ Smith (not in attendance) has reported that
he spoke to the band leader of “Uncle Flatty”
and was told they will try to attend the Pine Island cleanup
in memory of our club member and their band member, Paul Robertson
who passed November 27, 2010.
• The Sea Scouts plan to participate in the annual Pine
Discussion for the sale of the “Rob Roy” canoe
The Rossie Mill visit is still in the planning stages and
is tentatively being scheduled for March or April.
The “Small Craft Workshop” at the Mystic Seaport
is scheduled for the same weekend as the “Wooden Boat
Show.” Chauncy Rucker will be the liaison for these
A Spring Equinox / Saint Patrick’s Day row is planned
for Sunday, March 20th, leaving Mystic Shipyard East at 9
A.M. sharp. Anyone interested should show up at the appointed
time and place.
Sandy D’Esopo has compiled a list for the dust collection
system and will submit an expense reimbursement to the treasurer.
The “Uncle Flatty” name stencil will be ready
in a week or two. Wooden plaques will need to be made at the
club house to be fastened to the boat.
The Symons runabout project needs participation from members
to help prepare for refinishing. The hope is for the boat
to be ready for small craft weekend.
Bruce Cresser submitted a plan of action for the restoration
of Sandy D’Esopo’s “Chaison Dory.”
Sandy has accepted responsibility for this as his personal
project, and will take on the costs making a submission of
a budget to the treasurer unnecessary.
Rob Pittaway reported that the fund raising dinner at the
“Dog Watch” in Stonington is on for March 28th.
Please try to attend with guests, friends, spouse or significant
other. The club will receive a percentage of the receipts
from anyone stating that they are there on behalf of the John
Gardner Chapter of Tradition Small Craft Association.
George reported evicting a mouse living in the gas grill.
• Friday Meetings, 6:30 P.M, Boat building, Avery Point
Campus, Groton, CT (weekly)
• March 12, 11 A.M. - Snow Row, Boathouse, Hull, MA
• April member meeting - March 28, 2011, Dog Watch Café
@ Dodson’s Boat Yard, Stonington Borough. Dinner 6:00
P.M. Meeting 7:00 P.M.
• March 20: Spring Equinox/Saint Patrick’s Row
on the river, club excursion leaving MSYE at 9 A.M.
• The Sea Scouts have asked the John Gardner Chapter
of Tradition Small Craft Association to once again participate
in the Maritime College and Career Fair at UCONN Avery Point
on April 14 - 5-7 P.M.
Good of the Order:
The Club wishes to thank Capt. Dan Nelson of the Research
Vessel Connecticut, for welcoming members and guests
aboard to explore on Friday evening and for his informative
presentation about its purpose and activities.
Motion was made and seconded to adjourn at 2:12 P.M.