Mystic Seaport Waterfront

John Gardner Chapter: May 2009 Meeting Minutes

The John Gardner Chapter of the Traditional Small Craft Association.

Minutes for the May 3, 2009 membership meeting of the John Gardner Chapter of the TSCA.

President Russell Smith called the meeting to order at 1:31.P.M. at the Avery Point Boathouse. In attendance were John Symons, John Hacunda, Rob Pittaway, Larry Magee, Bill Armitage, Andrew Strode, Paul Robertson, Phil Behney, Scott Brand, guest helpers for the Pine Island cleanup Evan Bensko, Kate Webler from the Ledyard rowing program and Caroline Hacunda.

Secretary’s Report

The secretary’s report was approved as distributed with one correction to the date of the Essex River Row to May 9Th.

Treasurer’s Report:
The report was approved as reported and distributed by Treas. Bill Armitage. Bill reported expenditures of

$130 to George Spragg for the new Community Boating signs and $113.15 to F.H. Ebinger for oar leather.

No income reported leaving a new balance of $2,163,15 as of 5/1/09.

Old Business:

The Pine Island clean up project held this morning was a success with the rain holding off until the row back to the boat launch. The usual amount of trash that accumulates on the island each year was collected and disposed of with help from Evan Bensko, Kate Webler from the Ledyard rowing program and Caroline Hacunda that was much appreciated. All participants retired to the boat shop that was set up for the short monthly meeting and barbecue that included the SSS 584 Sea Scout Squadron.

George Spragg and Andy Strode completed and installed the new Community Boating signs displayed fore and aft on the boathouse exterior.

New Business:

Volunteers and sale items are still needed for the Nautical Tag Sale coming up in June.

Russell is working on getting a boathouse on Highland Lake for his Ledyard rowingprogram.

Boathouse Projects:

John Hacunda’s new 14’ skiff is nearing completion. Planking almost done and ready for gunwales.

Bill Armitage's new boat is in the shop and appears to be getting a new coat of paint.

Upcoming Events:

Essex River Race, Essex, MA Row – 5.5 miles open water - May 9Th.

Messabout – date to be determined – staff to be formed to handle food, destination, participates, etc.

The Nautical Tag Sale – Boat shop parking lot, June 13Th. 9A.M to 2P.M.

Campout on Selden Island in the Connecticut River to be determined. Possible combined with messabout.

Good of the Order: The JGTSCA warmly welcomes new member Scott Brand!

A salute to the members who participated in the Earth Day celebration Pine Island cleanup, Phil Behney for barbecue provisions and Scott Brand for grilling the hamburgers and hotdogs.

Appreciation to George Spragg and Andy Strode for installing the new signs on the boat shop.

Motion to adjourn at 1:47 P.M.

Next Meeting: 2:00 P.M. on June 6, 2009 at the Mystic Seaport Small Craft Workshop.

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