John Gardner Chapter: November 6, 2015 Meeting Minutes
Meeting called to order at 5:50pm by President Ellie Czarnowski
Introduction of Members, Welcome Guests and New Members
Present: Ellie Czarnowski, John Symons, Dan Nelson, Andy Strode,
Marissa LaCoursiere, Bill Rutherford, Bill Armitage, George
Spragg, Peter Vermilya, Jim Clark, John Hacunda.
Special welcome was given to our new member Marissa.
Minutes from October meeting – See
online at: http://www.tsca.net/johngardner/about.htm
A motion to accept the Minutes of the October 3rd Regular
Business Meeting as published on the JGTSCA Website was accepted
Treasurer ’s Report
John Symons, JGTSCA Treasurer, reported that Income for the
month of October was $15.00, expenses were $00.00 and that
the current, 11/06/2015 bank balance was $4357.62. A motion
to accept the Treasurer’s Report was accepted unanimously.
1. 2015 Membership Dues report
a. John Symons reported a membership check was received from
Karl Kaufmann during the month of October for total revenue
Bill Armitage reminded members that if a new member paid for
a membership in October or later in a given year that their
dues would also pay for their membership for the following
a. List of expenses
John Symons reported that he is working on developing a list
of NINA construction expenses. This list will aid in setting
an eventual sale price for the boat. A motion to consider
selling the boat in the Spring was unanimously accepted by
members present. Bill Armitage made the point that the Club
has a tradition of building a boat as a club project and then
selling it soon after completion. This avoids the problem
of long term storage.
b. Give the boat a name.
Members also agreed not to give the boat a name at this point.
3. Fleet Report and Club Boat Maintenance
a. Phil Behney reported that he is rowing the dory “JANE”
to work and storing the boat on the club trailer when it is
not in the water. The boat leaks badly and will be replaced
by the next club boat building project.
b. Dory #2, DONNA, is in the club house and is ready to be
c. The dory named LOUISE is being stored on a float in Wequetequock
Cove and is available for club member use.
d. All the club dories will be stored for the winter at Mystic
4. Shop queue:
a. No change: Club dory, John Symons, Phil Behney, Dan Nelson,
5. Replacement Dory – discussion on thickness of the
a. Members present agreed that the sides for the replacement
dory for the JANE should be 6mm Okoume plywood and that the
bottom should be 9mm. Bill Armitage agreed to purchase sufficient
plywood for the project on behalf of the club.
6. Table saw maintenance – two options for blade guard:
a Delta Deluxe Uniguard and a
PSI Woodworking TSGuard sawdust collecting.
a. Because the cost of an acceptable table saw blade guard
would be over $400.00, Bill Armitage agreed to research the
possible purchase of a suitable new table saw instead of the
new blade guard.
1. Accepting nominations for Club officers:
a. Members were encouraged to consider nominations for Vice
President, Treasurer, and Secretary. The election will be
at the December 6th meeting.
2. Member contributions to the annual December meeting meal
a. The meeting will begin at 12 noon Sunday December 6 and
will be held at the Custom House Museum on Bank Street in
New London. Lunch will begin at 12 Noon followed by the meeting
around 1pm. The lunch will be pot luck. Phil Behney will bring
a spiral ham. Members are encouraged to contact Ellie Czarnowski
with a description of what they plan to bring. 24 people usually
attend. Susan Tamulavich will give a presentation on the history
of light houses.
1. A second club trailer.
a. George Spragg made the case for a second club trailer to
be used for NINA. Perhaps a second trailer could be obtained
for around $2-300.00. Members present agreed that an e-mail
should be sent to all members requesting a donation of a used
trailer. Phil Behney will formulate the email and Ellie Czarnowski
will circulate it. The donation would be tax deductible.
2. Shop stationary sanding machine.
a. Phil Behney commented on the woeful condition of the club’s
stationary sanding machine. Bill Armitage agreed to research
sanding machines along with the table saws.
b. Members present agreed on the need for orientation sessions
for all members on the operation and maintenance of all the
Clubs stationary power tools. The first session will take
place in January.
3. Requirement for Club event notices.
a. John Hacunda made the point that all club sanctioned events
should include the statement that participants need to comply
with the safety requirements issued by the CT DEP. He particularly
mentioned the requirement for people who use small open boats
after October 1st to wear life jackets. John Hacunda will
write the statement.
4. TSCA National insurance for JGTSCA official events.
a. Bill Meier recently researched the requirements for JGTSCA
events to be covered by the event insurance carried by the
National TSCA. He found:
The TSCA National maintains an event liability policy through
Gowrie Inc. This insurance covers individual chapter events
as long as the event has been publicized to chapter members
in advance by web, email, newsletter, or meeting minutes.
The policy covers all participants, whether chapter members
or guests, and the boats they use in the event. It does not
include hull coverage for the boats. If an event venue demands
a certificate of insurance, Gowrie will issue it after reviewing
the event particulars. John Weiss is the go-to person for
contact with Gowrie. John Weiss says that Gowrie has a turnaround
time of 1-2 days. firstname.lastname@example.org
(The above paragraph is excerpted from the 2/3/2013 JGTSCA
5. Shirts and hats;
a. Bill Rutherford announced that he has a very limited supply
of national TSCA hats and shirts available for sale a very
6. Mystic Shipyard East storage:
a. Ellie Czarnowski announced that George Spragg has fixed
a broken window in the building used to store equipment located
at Mystic Shipyard East. Kudos to George!
1. UConn mailbox
No correspondence reported
Nov – suggestions are welcome
Dec 6th 12:00 – Annual dinner at The Customs House,
speaker Susan Tamulavich
Dec 22 – Winter Solstice row and meet at the Harp and
Hound in Mystic. Time TBA
Motion to Adjourn
The Meeting was adjourned at 6:54
Peter Vermilya, JGTSCA Secretary