John Gardner Chapter: October 5, 2014 Meeting Minutes
JGTSCA President John Symons was in the Chair. He called
the Meeting to order at 1:41.
1. Introduction of Members, Welcome Guests and New
John Symons, Peter Vermilya, Andy Strode, George Spragg, Bill
Armitage, John Hacunda, Will Iturino and Jim Clark were present
2. Minutes from September 7, 2014 meeting
The Minutes for the 9/7/2014 Meeting were unanimously accepted
as published on the JGTSCA Website.
3. Treasurer’s Report
There was no Treasurer’s Report
4. Old Business
a. 2014 Dues report
There was no Dues Report.
b. “Nina” construction
George Spragg reported that progress was proceeding adequately.
Good quality wood is on hand for the spars. Bill Rutherford
has volunteered to build the spars. The second run of planking
is ready to be hung. George said that Karen Rutherford is
keeping track of expenses incurred. He also said that work
on the sails could start at any time. Karen Rutherford may
be able to build them over the winter.
c. Fleet Report
John Symons reported that he was working on the SUSAN B HOLLAND’s
bottom. There was discussion about how deeply JGTSCA should
be involved in repairing the boat given the fact that the
Club does not own the boat. The boat belongs to New York City’s
Floating the Apple.
d. Chaisson Dory
e. Adirondack Prototype
Bill Armitage reported that the launch date and location are
to be determined.
5. New Business
a. Sea-Legs Outreach Work
John Hacunda said that he had talked with Dick Lathrop, CEO
of Sea Legs, and that Dick expressed his appreciation for
the work that JGTSCA, Andy Strode in particular, had done
for Sea Legs.
Dick also has agreed to give a talk at the JGTSCA December
Meeting on his “Big Loop” cruise.
John Symons will check with Rob Pittaway on the availability
of the Custom House building for the December Meeting.
b. Gig Offer:
The Floating the Apple offer to have the JGTSCA Chapter renovate
one of its gigs, sell it, and split the proceeds with them
was discussed again. The consensus of the September meeting
had been that the JGTSCA Club house was too small to accommodate
the boat and that the offer should be turned down.
c. Mamacoke Island Row
John Symons said he will work with Phil Behney to schedule
a row to Mamacoke Island, perhaps to take place in October.
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. Permission to use the
Island, a wonderful place to walk and to bird watch, may be
needed from the owners, the Arboretum of Connecticut College.
Info at: http://www.theday.com/article/20101111/nws1501/311119250
6. Other New Business
a. New Time for Sunday Members Meeting discussed:
Members present agree that 9:30 on Sunday morning might be
a more convenient meeting time for a greater number of JGTSCA
members. This issue will be voted on at the December 2014
meeting after John Symons has sent out an e-mail to all JGTSCA
informing members and requesting their input. This change,
if adopted, would not take effect until the January meeting.
b. Middle Atlantic Small Craft Festival
Bill Rutherford will report on his and Karen Rutherford’s
c. Boat House Queue:
A number of the Club boats need repairs and should be entered
onto the Queue governing the use of Club Boat House space.
d. Jim Clark reported that the Club House sanders were in
bad repair. Bill Armitage said that one of the two sanders
he purchased for the club recently was in a box on one of
the shelves and that the Club had a good supply of adhesive
back sanding materials.
7. 2014 Activities
Row: Possible row to Mamacoke Island
Row: Mystic River
8. Special Presentation
JGTSCA member Will Iturrino gave a very informative presentation
of what he has learned about the craft of building duck hunting
decoys. Members present were especially appreciative.
9. Motion to Adjourn
The Meeting was adjourned at 2:08 pm. The next Members Meeting
will take place Sunday, November 2nd, 2014, 1:30pm, at the
Club House on the Avery Point Campus of UCONN.
Peter Vermilya, JGTSCA Secretary