John Gardner Chapter: September 8, 2013 Meeting Minutes
The meeting was called to order by President Philip Behney
at 1:45 pm.
Each person present introduced himself/herself. 11 members
The reading of the June 2, 2013 Minutes was waived. The Minutes
were accepted as presented on the JGTSCA Website. There were
no business meetings in July and August 2013.
3. Treasurer’s Report:
As Karen Rutherford was absent, her Treasurers report was
presented by Peter Vermilya. It was accepted as presented
and is appended to these Minutes.
4. Old Business:
a. Private Shop Projects:
There are no private projects in the shop.
b. Shop Queue: John Symons, Sandy D’Esopo, and Ellie
c. Dory #1 is in the shop for minor repairs.
d. The June Tag sale was a success, netting $383.50.
Club participation in the 2013 John Gardner Small Craft Workshop
was a success. The dories were in constant use.
e. Possible purchase of a “Saw Stop” table saw.
f. NINA, current Club project:
Discussion centered around the need for 1) more direction
for those working on the project and 2) instruction in the
steps involved in boat building, in general, for those members
who are less knowledgeable. Tim Weaver volunteered to write
up the steps involved in building the NINA from start to finish.
There is a possibility that Bob Hicks may publish Tim’s
work in “Messing About.
g. President Behney repeated his continuing concern about
shop cleanliness and stated that we must all pitch in.
5. New Business
a. By-Law changes:
President Behney led a discussion of the section of the current
By-Laws that governs the succession of the Club officers.
As presently written, once a club member is elected as Vice
President, this person automatically advances to President
in year two, Past President in year three, and in year four
is out of office. Some club members believe that this automatic
succession has meant that good people are sometimes eliminated
from office against their wishes and to the detriment of the
Club. Vigorous discussion led to the matter being tabled.
President Behney said that Karen Rutherford had volunteered
to investigate how other TSCA chapters handled officer succession.
The discussion segued into a discussion of the need for more
club members. Contacting Dave McCullach, John Stratton, and
John Perssons was suggested. Peter Vermilya will contact Mathew
Goldman, the “Constant Waterman” columnist in
Messing About, who lives in Mystic, CT.
b. Outreach/Civic support:
President Behney reported that John Hacunda had suggested
that Sea Legs may be worthy of Club support. Sea-Legs, located
in New London, is an organization which teaches life-skills
through exposure to sailing to those kids who would not ordinarily
have the chance to go sailing. Sea-Legs supports itself through
the resale of boats. The organization would appreciate Club
help in repairing the boats donated to it for use in its programs
and for resale. For further information members should go
to www.sea-legs.org . No decision was made on Sea-Legs.
Ellie Czarnowski volunteered to pursue her contact with Syma
Ebbins, a faculty member in the UCONN Avery Point Marine Sciences
Department, with the hope that a mutual project could be developed.
President Behney requested that club members come up with
other ideas that involved the JGTSCA with the public as well
as the University.
c. Food at Club Meetings:
Club members generally agreed that serving food at the Friday
work meetings led to the meetings devolving into social gatherings
and that, as a result, very little work got done. The Club
has spent over $300.00 on food since the beginning of the
year, an amount greatly in excess of the amount realized from
the $5.00 dollar a year increase in dues which was meant to
handle the cost of food. A motion that the Club no longer
provide food at the Friday work meetings was made, seconded
and unanimously passed.
d. Scheduling of Meetings:
A number of club members have expressed dissatisfaction with
the days of the week and month on which work meetings (every
Friday) and the business meetings (first Sunday) are scheduled.
President Behney led a vigorous discussion of the subject,
but it was decided to table the subject pending further discussion
at the October business meeting.
e. Committee Reports:
i. Nominations for the offices of Vice President and Secretary
are needed by the November meeting.
ii. Standing Committee memberships:
President Behney reviewed the following Committee memberships:
John Gardner Small Craft Workshop: Bill Rutherford
Annual Tag Sale: John Symons
Pine Island Clean-Up: John Hacunda, Elle Czarnowski
Trips/outings: John Symons
Hearing no objections, the Committees stand as listed.
6. Calendar of Events:
a. Schooner Festival, New London, CT.
9/11 thru 9/15. The event will start at Mystic Seaport on
9/11 and will transit to New London on 9/13. A race will take
place 9/14. Sandy DeSopo has suggested that, on 9/14 (Saturday),
members launch at 8:30am at the CT DEP launch site located
under the Gold Star Bridge on the Groton side, row down to
the event, see the vessels, and tie up at the New London City
pier at noon-time for lunch in order to enjoy the Chowder
Fest. The club dories will be provided if enough interest
is shown. To show interest, contact Sandy at 860-448-0827
(home) or 860-231-1126 (cell).
b. Fall Foliage Row, Gardner Lake, October 26, 2013
The row will take place on Saturday, October 26th. For further
details contact John Symons or attend the October Business
c. Tour of RV Connecticut:
Captain Dan Nelson reported that the proposed 9/20 date for
the tour is no longer available. Dan will keep us posted as
to other available dates.
d. Memorial Service for Louise Pittaway:
A memorial service for Louise Pittaway, wife of Club Member
and present Past President, Rob Pittaway, will be held at
the LaGrua Center, located in the Stonington Borough, at 11am,
on the 19th of October.
7. The meeting was adjourned at 2:28 pm.
Peter Vermilya, TSCA Secretary