Mystic Seaport Waterfront

John Gardner Chapter: May 1, 2015 Meeting Minutes

JGTSCA President Ellie Czarnowski called the Meeting to order at 5:50pm.

Introduction of Members

Members Ellie Czarnowski, Peter Vermilya, John Symons, Bill Rutherford, George Spragg, Andy Strode, Phil Behney, Bill Armitage, John Hacunda, John Stambaugh, Sandy D’Esopo and Sid Whelan were present.

1. Minutes for the April 03, 2015 meeting

The Minutes for the 04/03/2015 Meeting, as published on the JGTSCA Website, were unanimously adopted:

2. Treasurer’s Report

Treasurer John Symons reported that the JGTSCA bank balance was $4151.19 as of 5/1/2015. Income for the month was $95.00 while expenses were $216.99.

3. Old Business

a. Membership Dues report.

Sharon Brown is now a paid up member of the JGTSCA for 2015.

b. NINA, Club building project.

Andy Strode stated that the spars were nearly finished and that the boat was ready to be turned right side up. The seats have received 5 coats of varnish and the stem 1 coat. The rails will be installed and the bottom painted.

c. Fleet Report and Club Fleet Maintenance.

Phil Behney reported that two club dories were now outside the Shop awaiting maintenance and that the SUSAN B. HOLLAND was ready to be placed in the rack on the west wall of the shop. Bill Armitage said he intends to install nylon cleats on her rails to allow the boat to be tied off. He has installed the foot risers.

d. Shop Queue

Discussion of the Shop queue was included with item 4b under New Business.

e. Mamacoke Island Row

Phil Behney reported that he was the only JGTSCA member to go on the guided tour of Mamacoke Island on April 26th. He said that some twenty people enjoyed a very informative hike, that the geology was interesting, and the island was very pretty. He suggested a JGTSCA row to the island, perhaps in the Fall when the foliage turns. There is a good landing place for small boats.

f. Pine Island Cleanup w/ UConn marine sciences students Thursday 9-Apr

Ellie Czarnowski thanked John Symons and Andy Strode for their help in providing food at the Club House for UCONN students after the Pine Island clean up. She added that this is the Club’s opportunity to stay connected with the college.

g. Annual Tag Sale.

Ellie Czarnowski urged members to bring to the shop their items meant for the Annual Tag Sale, Saturday, June 6th prior to the event. Members are urged to show up Saturday at 6am, if possible, to help lay out the items on tables. The Sale will run from 8am to 12 noon.
The regular business meeting and pot luck supper will occur on Friday June 5th at 5:30pm and will be devoted to getting ready for the sale.

Bill Armitage reminded members that they should price their sale items in advance and that they will not be permitted to buy any items before the Sale opens on Saturday.
John Hacunda will list the sale in the Day, the Patch and on Craig’s List.

h. Establishing a regularly scheduled event at a definite location:

No further developments were reported.

i. Non on-water excursions

No further developments were reported.

j. Communications/Outreach

Bill Rutherford reported that Mystic Seaport Museum has been very cooperative in publicizing the TSCA-run John Gardner Small Craft Workshop on the MSM website. See:

The SCW will occur in tandem with the WoodenBoat Show (June 26-28) at Mystic Seaport June 27 and 28th.

k. JGTSCA logo and mugs, hats:
No further developments were reported.

4. New Business

a. JGTSCA Bank Account authorized signatures:

Bill Armitage moved and Andy Strode seconded a motion that “The names of Ellie Czarnowski and Bill Rutherford be added to the authorized signature list for the JGTSCA Bank Account at the Chelsea Groton Savings Bank and that the name Karen Rutherford be removed.”
The motion was approved unanimously.

b. Chaisson Dory and Shop Queue:

Sandy D’Esopo proposed that the Club sell his Chaisson dory at the June 6th Tag Sale for a set price of $2600.00. Of this $2600.00, $1600.00 would go to Sandy and $1000.00 would go to the club. The Club would then put its $1000.00 toward the purchase of a Saw Stop table saw which would replace the present table saw. Sandy said that dory would need to be brought into the shop so that repairs could be finished before it could be sold. Sandy said that he and other volunteers would be able to accomplish this work by June 5th.
Considerable discussion occurred around issues of shop space, available manpower for this and other club projects, and the fairness of changes to the shop queue.

Bill Armitage made a motion, which was seconded by Phil Behney:
“That the Chaisson dory be brought into the shop, repaired, and sold at the June tag sale, and that the dory must be gone from the Club premises by the second week in June”

The motion was passed unanimously.

It was the sense of the members present that, to make this possible, the SUSAN B HOLLAND would be moved to the west racks and the NINA would be moved toward the east wall so that the Chaisson dory could be moved into the shop and that enough room would be available so that one of the Club dories could be moved into the shop for seasonal maintenance on an as-needed basis.

5. Correspondence

Nat Trumbell, Director of the UCONN Avery Point Maritime Studies program invited JGTSCA members to attend a student and faculty picnic which was held from 12:30 to 3PM on May 1, 2015.
Andy Strode represented the Club.

6. Other

a. George Spragg said that there would be a Tag Sale at the Thames Yacht Club on May 2nd, 2015.
b. Ellie Czarnowski urged members to suggest a speaker for the JGTSCA December meeting.
c. John Symons said that he had placed a foot pump for inflating the air rollers in the garage at the Club site at the Mystic Shipyard East location.

7. 2015 Activities:

Business Meeting with a pot luck supper to prep for Tag Sale, Friday June 5th.
Annual Tag Sale, Saturday, June 6th, 8am to 12 noon.
Wooden Boat Show, June 26 thru 28th, Mystic Seaport
Small Craft Workshop, June 2th and 28th, Mystic Seaport

July - August
Business meeting TBD
Sail and Row to a beach (TBD) for picnic and sailing the Ophelia (and the NINA)

September – October
Row the Lieutenant River in Old Lyme, Lunch at the Morning Glory Café.

8. Motion to Adjourn

A motion to adjourn was unanimously adopted at 6:31pm

Respectfully submitted,
Peter Vermilya, JGTSCA Secretary

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