Mystic Seaport Waterfront

John Gardner Chapter: March 6, 2016 Meeting Minutes

Introduction of Members, Welcome Guests and New Members

Ellie Czarnowski, Bill Rutherford, Peter Vermilya, Andy Strode, Bill Armitage, Rob Pittaway, Phil Behney, Karl Kaufman and Brian Cooper were present.

Minutes from February meeting

Members present unanimously voted to accept the Minutes for 2/6/2016 as posted on the JGTSCA Website. See online at:

Treasurer’s Report

Treasurer Ellie Czarnowski presented her Report for 12 February through March 2nd, 2016. As of 3/6, there are 22 members who have paid their 2016 dues.
Members present unanimously voted to accept the Report which is attached to these Minutes.
Members also unanimously voted to reimburse Dan Nelson for $45.05 which he spent to bring the Shop first aid kit up to standard.
Ellie is working on the NINA expense report.

Old Business

1. Status of New Dory Build

Bill Armitage reported that the transom, the side panels, the midsection mold, and the chines have been built and the next step is to assemble these parts.
Work on the dory is ongoing on Friday nights at the Avery Point Clubhouse. The work sessions usually run from 6:30pm to about 8pm. You are invited to take part.

2. Boat rack for holding dories at Mystic Shipyard East

Phil Behney reported that he will be putting the rack together when the weather ameliorates.

Bill Armitage and Phil Behney are working on a new oarlock system for the dory fleet. The system may involve round oarlocks which will be captured on the oars by turksheads. The oarlocks may go into ½” nylon sleeves which in turn will be permanently inserted into 5/8th inch holes. This system will be quieter, involve less slop, and result in fewer lost oarlocks. They intend to possibly retrofit the dories with multiple oarlock locations to allow for greater flexibility in locating the rower, thus improving trim.

The motor for the shop table saw is broken. Members present authorized Andy Strode to spend that amount of money he thought was reasonable to get the motor repaired.

3. Second club trailer – licensing

Bill Rutherford reported that his and Dane Rochelle’s progress finding the newly donated trailer’s registration was proving to be difficult. It may be necessary to present the trailer to the State as a “home built” trailer with a trip to Willimantic being necessary.

4. Purchase of a plank for light house dock (100 dollars)

Ellie Czarnowski reported that she had cut a check to the New London Custom House Museum. The money will go toward a plank on a new access walkway to the Museum’s New London Harbor Lighthouse.

5. Shop Queue

The shop queue is: the replacement dory, John Symons, Dan Nelson, Phil Behney, Bill Rutherford and Steve Barton. Once the dory is no longer in the shop, two member projects can be worked on at the same time.

New Business

1. Upcoming activities: review Calendar

Bill Rutherford presented a calendar of scheduled events which is attached to these minutes.
In addition:

March: The Mystic Model Club will host a one-day show, 3/19, 10am to 4pm, on the third floor of the Stillman Building at Mystic Seaport featuring a wide range of model ships and boats.

The Maine Boatbuilders show is scheduled for 3/18 – 20 at the Portland Yacht Services facility in downtown Portland. The boats are mostly wood. A superior boat show.

April: The annual Pine Island Cleanup day is scheduled for Tuesday, April 12. The event is run by staff and students from the UCONN Avery Point campus. You are welcome to help but you will need to sign a release form if you go to the island in a UCONN boat. The event generally runs from 10am to around 11:30 followed by lunch at the JGTSCA shop provided by the Club. Ellie Czarnowski is point person for the lunch and can use member help – especially for manning the grill.
Members present authorized Ellie to spend up to $100.00 for food .

May: A Club row to Mamacoke Island is scheduled for Sunday the 15th. Club dories will be available or bring your own boat. Boats will launch at 9am sharp at the DEP Kenneth Streeter State Boat Launch Ramp located under the Groton side of the Gold Star Bridge (access on the north side). Phil Behney is point person for this event. It will be a 3 hour tour, bring a bag lunch.

June: Registration forms for the John Gardner Small Craft Workshop (6/24 - 26) are on line at Mystic Seaport’s website.

Any Other Business
There was no new business.

Post meeting note the annual UCONN Earth Day celebration will be WED Apr 20 this year, from 11-1 (set up at 10) on the green and in the student union in case of rain.

Repair/Refinish/Re-leather Oars - Rob Pittaway lead

Next Meetings:
Work sessions on March 11, 18 and 25 at 6:30.
Business Meeting: April 1, 2016. Potluck at 5:30, Meeting to follow.
All meetings except the December Annual Meeting take place in the UCONN Avery Point Club House.

Motion to Adjourn
The meeting was adjourned at 2:25pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Peter T. Vermilya, JGTSCA Secretary

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