John Gardner Chapter: October 2012 Meeting Minutes
Call to Order
President Rob Pittaway called the monthly meeting to order
on Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 1:35pm at the Avery Point Boat
House in Groton, CT.
Introduction of Members and Guests:
Officers: Rob Pittaway (pres.), Phil Behney (v. pres.), Bill
Armitage (treasurer), Gen Favre (sec.), John Symons (past
pres.). Members: Sandy D’Esopo, and Jim Clark.
Motion was made and passed to dispense of the reading of the
September 9, 2012 Minutes and to accept as distributed via
email to the Officers and as posted on the JGTSCA website
Treasurer Bill Armitage read the Treasurer's Report noting
no activity to the treasury balance. The balance remains at
1. Member Queue
Members with projects presently in the shop are Sandy D'Esopo.
Tom Jannke's project is no longer in the shop and he will
be contacted as to his plans and if he wishes to remain in
the queue. Next in line is Bill Armitage, then Tim Weaver,
followed by Phil Behney. John Symons has been added to the
queue following Phil Behney. Sandy's project is ready to be
moved outside when space is needed for the next project.
2. Chapter Project
Rob Pittaway presented his plans for the "Nina"
as discussed in the September monthly meeting and asked if
there should be consideration as to what to do with the final
project regarding resale value. Discussion ensued. Genevieve
Favre stated that she felt that the project's value as a learning
experience and a way to get members engaged was important
as there was no guarantee that a challenging project would
be executed to the standards of resale. Phil Behney stated
that donating the finished project to another nonprofit group
meeting the guidelines of our Chapter's nonprofit status could
Phil Behney asked if there was a budget estimate for the "Nina".
Sandy D'Esopo stated that he had gone over the plans quickly
and estimated about $1000.00 plus or minus.
John Symons asked Rob Pittaway if Rob had any plans for a
Rob Pittaway design that would be appropriate for the Chapter
to build. Discussion followed with Rob noting that most of
his own designs were too large or too ambitious for the Chapter
but that his "Stonington Pulling Boat" might meet
the criteria and that he could bring in the plans for consideration
at the next monthly meeting.
John Symons and Phil Behney asked Bill Armitage to repeat
the suggestion Bill had in the last meeting. Bill stated that
he had suggested an "Adirondack Guide Boat" (a kit
strip built boat) considering the cost and ease of procuring
materials and resale value. Bill conceded that this was not
an issue if resale was not the point of the project. Bill
also stated that he would not be able to lead or coordinate
Members and Officers agreed that a vote will be held at the
next monthly meeting in November on the following submissions:
• The "Nina" presented by Rob Pittaway.
• The Rob Pittaway designed "Stonington Pulling
Boat" suggested by John Symons and presented by Rob Pittaway.
• The strip built kit "Adirondack Guide Boat"
suggested by Bill Armitage.
3. Time Limits for Member Projects
Bill Armitage asked Secretary Genevieve Favre for clarification
of time limits for member projects in the shop. Genevieve
read the following from the March 2012 minutes:
"Bill Armitage noted that, with the present time limits
for member projects, the wait in queue could be years. The
time limit presently adopted by the Chapter is one year. George
Spragg made a motion to limit a member project to three months
after which there would be a mandatory monthly review. Motion
was seconded and passed.
4. Maintenance Projects in the Shop
The trailer project has been completed.
Next in will be the conversion of the single dory to a double.
Bill Armitage stated that he could wait to bring in his project
until the dory has been converted. Members agreed that the
next Chapter project will not be started until the dory conversion
5. In Memory of Pat Symons
John Symons expressed his appreciation of the Chapter's recognition
at the September Monthly meeting of his wife, Pat, who passed
August 25, 2012. John also responded by email with the following:
"Thank you very much for honoring Pat. She never looked
for recognition but would be very flattered with this one".
1. Nomination of Officers
Nominations will be open from the beginning of October until
the first Sunday of November at the monthly Chapter meeting.
Voting will be held at the December monthly meeting.
Terms ending as of January 2013 and up for election in December,
will be for the offices of Vice President and Treasurer.
The present Vice President, Phil Behney, will assume the office
of President as per JGTSCA Bylaws. The present President,
Rob Pittaway, will assume the office of Past President as
per JGTSCA Bylaws.
As per the JGTSCA Bylaws, prerequisite to nomination and election
are as follows:
"All Officers must be members in good standing of the
Association and the JGTSCA at the time of their nomination
and election and must remain so throughout the duration of
their term of office".
Information on the duties of Officers can be found in the
JGTSCA Bylaws on the JGTSCA website: http://www.tsca.net/johngardner/about.htm.
• Nominations for Vice President accepted at this meeting:
Phil Behney nominated member Sandy D'Esopo for the office
of Vice President. John Symons seconded the nomination, Sandy
• Nominations for Treasurer accepted at this meeting:
Bill Armitage nominated member Karen Rutherford for the office
of Treasurer. Phil Behney seconded the nomination. Karen Rutherford
(not present) has told Bill Armitage that she would accept
2. Use of Chapter Assets, Facilities, and Other Protocols.
Treasurer Bill Armitage, on behalf of the Executive Committee,
asked that protocols be reviewed concerning the use of Chapter
assets and facilities noting that most members have complied
with the appropriate use of Chapter boats, facilities, and
Use of Chapter boats and facilities by members:
Members are welcomed to use the Chapter boats for their own
enjoyment and recreational use and are welcomed to invite
family and friends as long as the member accompanies them
and will take responsibility of said guests.
Members are welcomed to use the Chapter facilities for their
own personal projects.
Members cannot use the boats or facilities in conjunction
with, or for the benefit of, or have the appearance of benefiting
any group or organization that is not the Chapter, without
the Chapter's express permission.
Members cannot use the boats or facilities for any personal
activity in which they will be compensated for either in currency
Use of Chapter Boats, facilities and assets by outside organizations:
The use of Chapter boats and facilities or the conducting
of any activity in the name of the Chapter or implying the
sponsorship of the Chapter cannot be done without the Chapter's
Other matters related to the use of Chapter boats:
Bill Armitage and other members suggested that the Chapter
boats at the Mystic boat house be secured. It was agreed that
Phil Behney and Bill Armitage will procure and attach a lock
system to secure the boats prior to the next monthly meeting
in November. Access to key or combination to the lock will
be provided to members.
Slocum River Regatta: Phil Behney and Genevieve Favre participated
in the Slocum River Regatta, October 6th, in Dartmouth, MA,
entering in the mixed doubles fixed seat Rowing Boat class
and received a first place medal.
Next Monthly Meeting: President Rob Pittaway suggested, and
members agreed, that the next monthly meeting, November 4,
2012 be held at the Custom House on 150 Bank Street, New London,
CT. Member are welcomed to bring simple finger foods to share
if they would like. Information on the Custom House Maritime
Museum can be found at http://www.nlmaritimesociety.org/.
October 27: Head of the Weir River Race, Hull, MA http://www.lifesavingmuseum.org/.
Other events and interesting information about the Chapter
can be found on http://www.tsca.net/johngardner/schedule.htm
Motion was made and passed to adjourn @ 2:55pm.
Next monthly meeting: November 4, 2012 to be held at 1:30pm
at the Custom House Maritime Museum, 150 Bank Street, New
Weekly meetings are held every Friday at the Boat House at
the UConn Avery Point Campus, Groton, CT. at 6:30pm.
Respectfully submitted, Genevieve Favre, Secretary