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John Gardner Chapter: October 2009 Meeting Minutes

The John Gardner Chapter of the Traditional Small Craft Association.

Minutes for the October 4, 2009 membership meeting of the John Gardner Chapter of the TSCA.

Vice President John Hacunda called the meeting to order at 1:43.P.M. at the Avery Point Boathouse. In attendance were John Symons, Don Betts, Rob Pittaway, Phil Behney, George Spragg, Wil Iturriino, Andy Strode, Bill Armitage, and Bruce Cresser.

Secretary’s Report

The secretary’s report was presented by Vice President Hacunda and approved as distributed.

Treasurer’s Report:

Treasurer Armitage distributed report for October. The balance as of Sept.6, 2009 was $2,756.85 with dues income of $45 from new members Trahan, D’Esopo and Zilz dues, expenses of $1.00 to UCONN for rent leaving a balance for October 5, 2009 of $2,800.85. Motion to accept was made and approved.

Old Business:

Uconn Family Day: George Spragg reported that the he greeted visitors at the boathouse and used John Hacunda’s boat to demonstrate the clubs’ activities and skills.

Boat Inventory: The long boat and fiberglass boat with outriggers were cut up and disposed of for lack of interest. This was followed by a complaint from the college of the clubs’ misuse of their dumpsters and the members discussed being more careful in the future.

New Business:

Phil Behney scheduled a cleanup of the boathouse for the November meeting.

Bill Armitage will take an inventory of the boathouse supplies and make up a list of new supplies needed.

A suggestion was made that the club have a monthly rowing event.

Bill Armitage explained to the members that Russell Smith’s rowing program with Ledyard Parks and Recreation is not covered by insurance and thus the clubs’ exposure thru ownership of the gig Russell uses.

A motion to give the gig to Russell was made, seconded and approved. Another motion was made, seconded and approved to award Russell $700 for his needs to conduct his rowing program.

Elections for 2010 officers are coming up in December so nominations for Vice President and Secretary will be needed at the November meeting.

Dues for 2010 membership are due. New members’ dues will be carried over until 2011.

A safety railing around the deck was discussed by Andy Strode and George Spragg.

Boathouse Projects:

John Hacunda’s new 12’ skiff is nearing completion.

George Spragg progressing on his canoe.

Upcoming Events:

October 31, 2009 - Head of the Weir – Hull Lifesaving Museum, Windmill Pt., Hull, MA

November 11, 2009 – Plymouth Bay Row – Plymouth, MA –

November 14, 2009 – Pemberton Sprints– Hull Lifesaving Museum, Windmill Pt., Hull, MA

November 21, 2009 – Icebreaker, N.E.Region Youth Championships – Hull, MA

Motion to adjourn at 2:24 P.M.

Next Meeting: 1:30 P.M. on November 1, 2009 at Avery Point Campus

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