Mystic Seaport Waterfront

John Gardner Chapter: March 4, 2018 Meeting Minutes
UConn Avery Point Campus Boathouse

Members Present

President Dane Rochelle called the meeting to order @ 1335.

Dan Nelson, Dane Rochelle, Ellie Czarnowski, Bill Rutherford, Karen Rutherford, Carl Kaufmann, Brian Cooper, Bill Armitage, Philip Behney, Dave Tang, and John Hacunda.

Minutes from February Meeting

(Secretary not present) Action on February minutes tabled until further notice.

Treasurer’s Report

The treasurer’s report was accepted as presented. Balance as of 2/15/18 = $5357.19.

Old Business

Reminder of the important of shop safety

• Club oar making report by Dan Nelson. Progress being made. All is well.

• Uconn student oar project update by Dan Nelson. Good progress. He will continue to report progress to Professor McKenzie periodically.

• Solicitation of “non-hands on boats” ideas - art, music, writing, history, quarterly meeting presentations, expansion of out-reach

• Plans and modified NINA molds have been acquired for the Good Little Skiff project.

New Business

• Bill Rutherford provided an overview of 2018 WBS/SCW. See Seaport web site for up to date details. Wristbands are required this year. Bill is looking for presenters for the SCW – time slots on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Carl Kaufmann will help with rowing clinic.

• Discussion on the spring visit(s) to Newport area maritime attractions – IYRS, Herreshoff Museum etc. - TBD - nothing definite yet.

• Pine Island Clean-up/Earth Day/Uconn BBQ – no new info

• Phil Behney will host a Full Moon Row on Friday March 30th. Meet at the Avery Point Boathouse at 7:30 pm and the group will go from there, out and around the Bluff Point area; or head over to Mystic Shipyard East and row around there. Watch club email for updates as the event draws near.

• “Barn Raising” at the Thames River Chapter (Russ Smith) – no new info – Stay tuned

The need for more membership renewal postcards was discussed and will most likely be printed by the Rutherford Group.


The latest issue of the newsletter has been published and is available by asking, via email or print.

• Viking Days Weekend preceding the WBS/SCW at Mystic Seaport. See Seaport web site for details.

• Invitation to visit Carl Kaufmann’s shop in Noank following this meeting. Several small craft are under construction and several others are on display (stored) therein.

Next Meeting:

Friday, April 6th, 2017. Potluck @ 1730 with meeting to follow.
Building 36 (Boat Shop) UCONN – Avery Point.

Motion to Adjourn

Motion to adjourn; motion seconded; all in favor; motion carried; meeting adjourned @ 1420.

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