Mystic Seaport Waterfront

John Gardner Chapter: November 2, 2014 Meeting Minutes

JGTSCA President John Symons was in the Chair. He called the Meeting to order at 1:32.

1. Introduction of Members, Welcome Guests and New Members

John Symons, Jim Clark, Sandy D’Esopo, Bill Armitage, Bill Rutherford, Phil Behney, Andy Strode, Peter Vermilya, Karen Rutherford, Ellie Czarnowski, George Spragg, Laurie Iturino and Wil Iturino were present.

John Symons thanked Wil Iturino for his presentation on decoy carving at the October Meeting.

2. Minutes from October 5, 2014 meeting

The Minutes for the 10/05/2014 Meeting were unanimously accepted as published on the JGTSCA Website.

3. Treasurer’s Report

Treasurer Karen Rutherford presented a Treasurer’s Report which consisted of Journal entries for the 2014 Fiscal Calendar to date. The Bank Balance on 10/31/2014 was $4,677.09. Her Report was accepted unanimously as presented.

She also asked JGTSCA members present to comment on her list of thirty six paid up member e-mail addresses. Ellie Czarnowski will compare it to a list which she has recently updated.

4. Old Business

a. 2014 Dues report

The Dues Report was incorporated in the Treasurer’ Report.

b. “Nina” construction

George Spragg reported that progress was proceeding adequately. Planking is still underway.
Bill Rutherford said that work on the mast is also underway. Bill will be on hand at the Avery Point shop every Wednesday from 9am until 3pm and would welcome those who can stop by to work.

c. Fleet Report

John Symons reported that he is nearly finished working on the SUSAN B HOLLAND’s exterior. Members present decided that a name plaque should be built. John and Phil Behney will see to this.
The Club dories will need work.
Karen reported that the name plaques for the dories are in the pipe line.

d. Chaisson Dory

Sandy said he planned to complete the rebuilding of his Chaisson dory and will remove the boat from beside the Club house with help from George Spragg.

e. Adirondack Prototype

Bill Armitage reported that his Adirondack Guide boat based pulling boat is in storage for the winter.

f. December 2014 Meeting

Rob Pittaway has secured the Custom House Museum in New London for the JGTSCA December 7th Meeting. The meeting will take place at 1:30pm followed by a pot luck lunch.

Members present unanimously voted to donate $100.00 to the Custom House Museum.

g. Monthly Regular Business Meeting time.

Members present unanimously voted, starting in January of 2015, to hold quarterly business meetings on the first Sunday of each quarter at 1:30 pm. On the other two months of the quarter, business meetings will occur on the first Friday of the month and will combine the business meeting with a pot luck supper and will begin at 5:30 pm. All business meetings will be held at the JGTSCA Avery Point Community Boat House unless otherwise announced.

A properly labelled coffee can will be available on top of the refrigerator strictly for money contributions for sodas, snacks and pot luck food. The can will not be used for other purposes such as receipt of annual dues payments and for reimbursement for club oriented expenditures. Monies for the sodas, snacks and potluck food will be recorded separately from regular Club financial records.
Ellie Czarnowski will prepare a 2015 meeting calendar.

h. Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival (MASCF) Report

Bill Rutherford reported that he and Karen participated in the 2014 MASCF, one of the best to date. He encouraged all members to consider going to the 2015 event.

i. Club House queue

The club dories will have first priority for shop space for maintenance. John Symons will follow with his project.

j. Club shop tools

Jim Clark reported that the sanders were in good shape but that the vacuum cleaner hose and brush attachment needed replacement. Jim and John Symons will work on this. Andy Strode said he had repaired the dust extractor and suggested all member should use it when possible. Bill Armitage said he had recently successfully cleaned the club house using a leaf blower to remove accumulated dust.

5. New Business

a. Nominations:

Bill Rutherford was nominated for Vice President.
There were no nominations for Treasurer.
Voting for officers will take place at the December 7th meeting.

b. Propane gas tanks

There are four propane gas tanks in the Club house. The club needs only a working tank and a spare for the propane grill. Two tanks need to go back to their respective owners.

c. Mamacoke Island Row

Phil Behney put together a list of e-mails for persons at the meeting who were interested in rowing to Mamacoke Island this fall. He will e-mail to the list the date and time as plans develop. The island is on the west side of the Thames River directly across the river from the Navy Base. Launchings could take place from under the Gold Star Bridge. Info on the island can be found at:

d. Solstice Row

There will be a Solstice Row on Sunday, 12/21/2014. Participants should meet at the Mystic location of the West Mystic Shipyard at a time to be published by e-mail by Phil Behney as plans develop. All members are invited to meet after the row at 6:30pm at the Harp and Hound, located in downtown Mystic.

6. Events

a. November
i. Mamacoke Island Row. Date and time TBA
b. December
i. Solstice Row, 12/21/2014

7. Motion to Adjourn:

The Meeting was adjourned at 2:31 pm. The next Members Meeting will take place Sunday, December 7th, 2014, 1:30pm, at the Custom House Museum in New London. Speaker and pot luck lunch to follow.

Respectfully submitted,

Peter Vermilya, JGTSCA Secretary

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