Mystic Seaport Waterfront

John Gardner Chapter: November 2012 Meeting Minutes

Call to Order: 1:40 P.M. at the Customs House in New London, CT

Introduction of 12 Members and 1 Guest, including the following Officers: Rob Pittaway (pres.), Phil Behney (v. pres.), Bill Armitage (treas.), and John Symons (past pres.). Absent was Genevieve Favre (sec.). Bill Armitage agreed to take the minutes in her stead.


A motion was made and passed to amend the wordage from the October Monthly Meeting Minutes in section New Business/ of Chapter Assets, Facilities, and Other Protocols. from "Treasurer Bill Armitage asked that protocols be reviewed concerning the use of Chapter assets……" to " Treasurer Bill Armitage, on behalf of the Executive Committee, asked that protocols be reviewed concerning the use of Chapter assets…"

Treasurer’s Report:

Current balance of $4531.36

Old Business

1. Member Queue

Sandy D'Esopo will remove his skiff from the shop during the December meeting.

Tom Jannke's project is next on the list. If he does not contact us, Bill Armitage will bring his guide boat in for cosmetic work in December. Tim Weaver is after Bill, followed by Phil Behney then John Symons.

2. Next Chapter Project

A motion was made and passed to delay making a decision on the next chapter project until our existing fleet of dories have been maintained. One boat remains to be converted to a double and other boats require light maintenance and painting.

Rob reported that Russ is a proponent of building another dory.

Bill Armitage displayed a set of drawings for the Stonington Pulling Boat.

3. Nomination of Officers

John Symons was nominated for the position of Vice President. The nomination was seconded and John indicated his willingness to serve.
Nominations are NOW CLOSED.

Karen Rutherford is running unopposed for the office of Treasurer.
Candidates for the office of Vice President are Sandy D’Esopo and John Symons.

4. Procedure for voting for Officers

Members have the option of voting in person at the December 2nd meeting or casting their ballot by email prior to December 2nd. Email ballots should be forwarded to Gen Favre at Please indicate your choice for next year’s Vice President between:

Sandy D’Esopo or John Symons

New officers will be seated at the January 6th meeting.

New Business

Bill Armitage has arranged the donation of a table saw, drill press, combination sander and dust collector from the Waterford Schools. Members are asked to assist with the equipment pickup at Clark Lane Middle School at 6:00 on Friday November 15th.

Contact Bill at with any questions.

Bill Rutherford spoke concerning the early stages for a planned TSCA event at next year’s Wooden Boat Show in Mystic. Information will be published in the Ash Breeze. More details will become available in the future.

Sandy D’Esopo is interested in organizing some type of rowing picnic event in an attempt to gain new members. There will be further discussion on this in the future.

Motion to Adjourn 2:20 followed by a potluck of goodies.

Submitted by Bill Armitage

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