John Gardner Chapter: September 7, 2014 Meeting Minutes
JGTSCA Vice President Ellie Czarnowski was in the Chair.
She called the Meeting to order at 1:45pm.
1. Introduction of Members, Welcome Guests and New
Ellie Czarnowski, Peter Vermilya, Phil Behney, Karen Rutherford,
Bill Rutherford, George Spragg, Sandy D’Esopo, and Jim
Clark were present.
2. Minutes from May 30, 2014 meeting –
The Minutes for the 5/30/2014 Meeting were accepted as published
on the JGTSCA Website.
The 5/30 Meeting was a special planning meeting held in preparation
for the 6/7/2014 Annual Tag Sale. The 5/30 meeting, on a Friday,
took the place of the 6/8/2014 regularly scheduled monthly
Sunday Membership Meeting.
It was the sense of the 9/7/2014 Meeting that all future planning
meetings for the annual Tag Sale should take place on the
Friday immediately proceeding the Saturday event.
3. Treasurer’s Report
Treasurer Karen Rutherford reported that the last bank balance
was $4847.65. Two dues payments amounting to a total of 30.00
have been received since then and there are two outstanding
bills: $34.01 for Sikaflex for the NINA and $25.00 for renewal
of the JGTSCA trailer license. The report was accepted as
4. Old Business
a. 2014 Dues report
See Treasurer’s report.
b. “Nina” construction
George Spragg reported that progress was proceeding adequately.
He called for volunteers to help with getting out the spars.
The spar stock will be bought this week.
c. Fleet Report
Phil Behney reported that the SUSAN B. HOLLAND needed the
bottom sanded out and repainted. He suggested this might be
done this coming Friday. He also said that one dory was at
the Club House at Avery Point and that three were in Mystic.
He called on members to use them.
Karen Rutherford said she was progressing on the name boards
for three of the club dories.
d. Chaisson Dory
Sandy D’Esopo said he had got out the oak for the false
bottom but will need tar for bedding it. He has permission
from his landlord to move the boat to his new home.
e. Adirondack Prototype
Members present examined Bill Armitage’s latest work
and were universal in their admiration.
f. TSCA, Wooden Boat Show
Bill Rutherford reported that the John Gardner Small Craft
Workshop held in conjunction with the WoodenBoat Show at Mystic
Seaport, June 25 – 27, of this year was a resounding
success. He especially credited Phil Behney for making sure
the Club dories got delivered and retrieved from the show,
and Jim Clark and Andy Strode for their management of the
dories during the event.
5. New Business
a. Sea-Legs Outreach Work
b. Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival, New London September
10-14, 2014. George Spragg said he will row a boat to the
event and will try to raise further interest in others in
participating. Sandy D’Esopo said he will row a club
dory to the event. For complete details go to:
c. Gig Offer:
The Floating the Apple offer to have the JGTSCA Chapter renovate
one of their gigs, sell it, and split the proceeds with them
was discussed. The consensus of the meeting was that the JGTSCA
Club house was too small to accommodate the boat and that
the offer should be turned down. Ellie Czarnowski will communicate
with John Symons on this.
d. Mamacoke Island Row
Phil Behney suggested a row to Mamacoke Island, perhaps to
take place in October. The island is on the west side of the
Thames 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. Ellie Czarnowski will work with Phil to develop this
event. Info at: http://www.theday.com/article/20101111/nws1501/311119250
6. Other New Business
a. New Time for Sunday Members Meeting discussed:
Ellie Czarnowski called for input from all members, active
and inactive, for their opinions about changing the time of
the monthly Sunday Members Meeting. The consensus of those
present at the 9/7 Meeting was that a Sunday afternoon meeting
was not convenient. Possibilities suggested were Sunday morning
or a weekday evening.
b. Middle Atlantic Small Craft Festival
Bill Rutherford reminded members that MASCF would be taking
place on the first weekend on October 3 – 5 at the Chesapeake
Bay Maritime Museum. This is not an event to miss if you have
not been to it yet. For further info go to http://www.cbmm.org/mascf/
c. Introduction: Will Iturrino presentation of The Art and
Craft of Duck Decoys Subject not held.
7. 2014 Activities:
Row: Gardner Lake – 10 PM Sunday, September 14? 21?
Row: Possible row to Mamacoke Island
Row: Mystic River
8. Next Meeting:
The next Members Meeting will take place Sunday, October 5th,
2014, 1:30pm, at the Club House on the Avery Point Campus
9. Motion to Adjourn:
The Meeting was adjourned at 2:20pm.
Peter Vermilya, JGTSCA Secretary