John Gardner Chapter: October 7, 2016 Meeting Minutes
Friday, October 7, 2016 6:30 pm
Introduction of Members, Welcome Guests and New Members
Bill Armitage, Steve Barton, Phil Behney, Jim Clark, Tom Clark,
Ellie Czarnowski, Jim Friedlander, Karl Kaufman, Dan Nelson,
Rob Pittaway, Dane Rochelle, Bill Rutherford, Karen Rutherford,
George Spragg, Andy Strode, David Tang, Peter Vermilya, and
Minutes from September meeting
Members present unanimously voted to accept the Minutes for
09/09/2016 as posted on the JGTSCA Website.
See online at: http://www.tsca.net/johngardner/about.htm
Treasurer Ellie Czarnowski reported a closing balance of $6,005.82
for the period ending 09/15/2016 in the JGTSCA checking account
at the Chelsea Groton Savings Bank. Members present unanimously
voted to accept the Report as presented.
1. Celebration of New South West Dory built by Dan Nelson.
Bill Rutherford congratulated Dan on his successful build
of his South West Dory. Dan reported that he has successfully
used the boat both locally and on Lake Winnipesaukee. Dan
thanked both JGTSCA for the use of the shop and Andy Strode
for his help in the build.
Dan has a complete photo-documentation of his build process
and will post his images online and notify the membership
of the link to them.
2. 9/17 Event for Oar and Sail.
Dan Nelson and Dane Rochelle had a completely informal unorganized
row/sail event on 9/17, launching from Bayberry Lane.
3. Oct 2 2016 Wood River Paddle
Dan Nelson reported that the paddle on the Wood River was
successfully completed by 4 people in 3 boats. The boats were
launched at the Bradford put-in on RI Route 216. The paddlers
headed upstream along the Pawcatuck River through what is
described as “wild” and “remote” country
in several paddle-sport guides. Andy Strode reported that
he rowed much of the way facing forward. “Many snags”
4. Boat rack at Mystic Shipyard East/Club Dories.
Although no firm date is set for completion of the racks,
Phil Behney reported that part of the needed lumber is on
Two club dories are at Mystic Shipyard East and one is on
a float in Wequetequock Cove. Members are welcome to use these
boats, but should be sure to fill out the use-log at MS East
so that the Club can keep a record of the use of these two
boats. There is no log at Wequetequock Cove.
5. Shop Queue
Now in the shop: the replacement dory and Steve Barton’s
rebuild of his kayak.
Progress continues on the replacement dory with principal
effort provided by Bill Armitage and Phil Behney.
Steve reports that his deck is made and that the wood and
patterns for the rest of the parts are in the shop. He may
need member help when it comes to his boats frames.
Once the replacement dory is no longer in the shop, two member
projects can be accommodated. The remaining names on the que
are Phil Behney, Bill Rutherford, Bill Armitage Alan Barton
and Jim Friedlander. Dan Nelson can build his oars whenever.
Jim Friedlander said that he could donate a thickness planer
to the shop. It is, however, powered with a 220 motor and
the shop is wired with 110. Steve Barton volunteered to see
if a 110 motor he owns would be suitable for the planer.
Bill Rutherford called for suggestions for future Club build
6. Tour of local boat shops.
Dane Rochelle said he had contacted Tommy Thompson about a
Club tour of his boat shop. Tommy is most willing to comply
but is in the process of moving his shop into a new building.
Karl Kaufman volunteered to maintain contact with Tommy and
to arrange a tour when Tommy is back in full operation.
The Dave Snediker shop, the MPG shop, and Mystic Shipyard
were also discussed.
7. Annual December Holiday Party
The tentative date for the Holiday Party is 12/04/2016, with
a pot-luck lunch at 12:30 followed by a speaker. The suggestion
was made that the speaker this year might be a member of the
UCONN Avery Point faculty who would speak on some aspect of
the environment. Ellie Czarnowski volunteered to work with
If available, the Branford House on the Avery Point campus
might be the venue this year.
8. Disposal of club dory JANE
Prompted by the advisability to keep the surroundings of the
Shop in good order, members present voted unanimously to offer
the dory JANE, gratis, to Russ Smith for use in his youth
rowing program. The boat is named after his wife.
9. Block Island School 18 foot sharpie
Karl Kaufman said that an 18 foot sharpie was still available
for pick up – free - from the owners, the Block Island
School. The boat is in as-is condition and will require work.
Karl said there was a trailer that would go with the boat
but that he was not knowledgeable about the trailer’s
10. Nominations for JGTSCA Officers for 2017
Nominations are needed for Vice-President and for Secretary.
Friday, November 4th. Potluck at 5:30, Meeting at
6:30 pm. UCONN Avery Point Boat shop..
Motion to Adjourn
The Meeting was adjourned at 7:14 pm.
Peter T. Vermilya, JGTSCA Secretary