John Gardner Chapter: November 3, 2013 Meeting Minutes
TThe meeting was called to order by President Phil Behney
Introductions were made. Twelve members were present.
The Minutes of the October meeting were accepted as presented
on the Web site. Reading was
2. Treasurer’s Report:
Treasurer Karen Rutherford presented a statement of JGTSCA
Income and Expenses for the year-to-date as of October 31,
2013. It will be posted on the JGTSCA website. Karen also
introduced, for members review, a revised JGTSCA membership
form to take affect 1/1/2014, if approved. Annual JGTSCA dues
would be reduced from $20.00 to $15.00 to reflect the elimination
of the $5.00 annual food cost. The new membership form would
also provide an opportunity to join the National TSCA.
Members present were in support of having individual JGTSCA
members join the National because of benefits such as the
ASH BREEZE, event insurance , and the national oversight the
national provides. All members are urged to inspect the new
membership form before a vote for its approval which will
take place at the December 1 meeting.
To improve the chapter’s responsiveness to its USPS
mail, Andy Strode will check the JGTSCA mailbox at UCONN Avery
Pt. once per week for an indefinite trial period. If this
solution does not suffice, a permanent US P.O. Box will be
obtained, most likely at a local Groton P.O. address.
3. Old Business
Bill Rutherford announced that Sid Whelan has given several
books to the JGTSCA for sale to benefit the Chapter. Bill
arranged with Sid, pending Chapter approval, to pay the Chapter
$100.00 for the books. The money will go to the chapter and
will be in Sid’s name. Bill will
share use of the books with the membership. The Chapter unanimously
voted its acceptance of this agreement.
The books are only the latest in the many donations Sid
has given to the chapter. Peter Vermilya will write a letter
of thanks to Sid on behalf of the Chapter.
Ellie has removed her boat from the Shop. As there is no one
in the queue for use of the shop for a personal project, the
queue is open.
John Hacunda will continue to research opportunities to work
with Sea Legs of New London. Several members expressed willingness
to work with Sea Legs on repair of boats either in their programs
or on boats donated to Sea Legs for resale. Any JGTSCA participation
would be on a case-by-case basis.
John will invite the Director of Sea Legs to attend our Friday
night sessions. Please see the October 2013 Minutes for a
fuller description of Sea Legs.
Ellie reported on her meeting with Syma Ebbins, UCONN Avery
Point faculty member, about possible UCONN/JGTSCA activities.
Syma will be in contact with the JGTSCA in the Spring about
a Pine Island clean-up date. The students would like a BBQ.
The Eco-Huskies like to do beach clean-ups. They have been
offered the JGTSCA boats, if needed, for access to other sites
than Pine Island.
Syma will spread word with her students about the JGTSCA and
Elections for 2014:
Ellie Czarnowski was elected Vice President,
Peter Vermilya was elected Secretary.
John Symonds will assume the Presidency, Karen Rutherford
will continue as Treasurer,
and Phil Behney will become Past President. All will assume
their duties as of 1/1/2014.
4. Old Business
Members were reminded that Professor Stephen Jones of the
UCONN/Avery Point faculty makes use of the Shop for classes
on a some-time basis, therefore an on-going appearance of
order and cleanliness is imperative.
The JGTSCA dories will be stored at the Mystic Shipyard East
this winter. Dory #1 may need to be adjusted for single person
rowing. Phil Behney will investigate. Phil Behney, who has
been rowing a dory across the Thames River to work in New
London on a daily basis, is looking for a suitable place to
tie the boat up on the Groton side.
It was unanimously voted to name the #2 dory the Louise Pittaway
and dory #3 the Pat Symonds.
Jib Boom Club parade:
Rob Pittaway announced that he is researching the possibility
of the JGTSCA building a float, possibly in conjunction with
the Custom House Museum, which would participate in the annual
Job Boom Club parade. Rob is investigating dates, requirements,
Bill Rutherford announced that the JGTSCA has been offered
a selection of natural crooks which could be used in a club
project. The project would need to be a traditional boat for
Club ownership, not a private member project.
December JGTSCA Meeting:
The next meeting will take place on December 1, 2013. Rob
Pittaway is looking into the possibility of staging a potluck
at the Custom House Museum.
The Meeting was adjourned at 2:46.