John Gardner Chapter: October 2008 Meeting Minutes
The John Gardner Chapter of the Traditional Small Craft Association.
Minutes for the October, 2008 membership meeting of the John
Gardner Chapter of the TSCA.
President Behney in Avery Point Boathouse called the meeting
to order at 1:45.P.M. In attendance were Peter Vermilya, Phil
Behney, Pres., Russell Smith Treas., Bill Armitage, Carol
Mauro, John Maxson, John Symons, Secretary’s Report
Report approved as distributed via email.
Tres. Russell Smith distributed and read report: 8/08 bal.
$3444.96 Expenses lighthouse trip $390.60, boards and fasterners
$109.53, paint $82.50. Income lighthouse trip $414.00. 9/08
bal. $3276.33. Report approved.
Carol Mauro was given authority to have 500 new and updated
JGTSCA brochures printed using her discretion to choose the
most economical printer
Pres. Behney and Carol reported on their attendance at the
Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival stating that it was very
well organized very beautiful down there. They missed the
TSCA annual meeting, being held a day later than scheduled
when they had to leave for home. The Ash Breeze will be published
by Mike Wick for the Deleware River Chapter taking over the
task from Dan Drath.
The dory “Jane” has been successfully converted
to a double and will be given sea trials today.
Bill Armitage and Sean Bercaw competed in the Slocum River
Regatta in Dartmouth, MA winning the 2 ½ mile race
in a record 17 minutes. John Maxson won the singles race in
the boat he built at the clubhouse last year.
The Ledge Light tour was held as scheduled. Everyone seemed
to enjoy it enhanced by a film crew who set up to record or
detect the presence of a couple of ghosts who supposedly inhabit
the lighthouse. We were told the stories about them but no
Russell Smith has planned to take a group of kids to row
the John Gardner gig in the Head of the Weir race in Hull,
MA. He also has other plans for a race on Gardner Lake.
Phil Behney is recruiting rowers for a trip to Narrow River
in Rhode Island that has pretty scenery.
Bill Armitage has completed his two Solo Guide Boats.
Avery Pt. Dory conversions.
John Hacunda has a boat that he has started at home but
needs help with applying the lap strake exterior.
Proposed to finish the Kevlar covering of a hull frame donated
to the club.
Working Waterfront Festival October 17, 2008 New Bedford,
[amended date - actually took place September 27-28]
Head of the Weir race October 18, 2008 Hull, MA
Plymouth Bay race November 1, 2008 Plymouth, MA
Good of the Order: Please pickup, put away tools after
a project; then cleanup the shavings and sawdust!
Motion to adjourn at 2:15 P.M.
Small Craft Workshop:
After the meeting was adjourned we met with Peter Vermilya
to discuss ways and means to keep the Small Craft Workshop
active. Peter, who manages the classic small boat collection
at the Mystic Seaport was not able to conduct the Small Craft
Workshop this year because of financial constraints the Seaport
experiencing. In the future the Workshop participants will
have to take responsiblity to keep it going. We all seemed
to agree that to keep cost within reach of the participants
that downsizing makes the most sense, eliminating all or most
of the services supplied by the Seaport such as registration,
breakfast and lunch (included in registration fees) but still
requiring manpower, seminars and assistance launching and
hauling boats. If essential these services would have to be
supplied by the participants. It was suggested that the Workshop
be held during the Wooden Boat Show but this seemed impractical
because of the large size of the show that is held to solicit
If the Mystic Seaport is the favored place to conduct the
Small Craft Workshop each year in June then means must be
worked out so that both the Seaport and attending small boat
enthusiasts will benefit.
Peter indicated that we should be hearing more about the
meeting held during the Wooden Boat Show this summer to discuss