Sycamore Island
Meeting Minutes

February 8, 2000

Jane Winer, Bill Kugler, Jeff Komarow, Bill Bays, Trip Reid, Alan Gelb, Tryon Wells, John Matthews, Brad Collidge, Maurice Tobin, Gerry Barton, Marcia and George Loeb, Renee Dunham

President Tryon Wells called the meeting to order at 8:10 p.m.

The minutes of the last meeting were approved after two corrections were made: Brad Coolidge's name should have appeared among the attendants. The statement "Doc suggested that the Club supply canoes at Lock 7 for the April river cleanup" is not correct. Your secretary misreported and the correct version appears in an article elsewhere in this issue.

Islander Report
Jane Winer solicits you all to send ideas, thoughts, photos, etc. Otherwise, all is fine.

Treasurer's Report
Alan Gelb reports that a source for Workman's Compensation for the caretaker has been found but not yet finalized.

Grounds Report
Trip Reid reports "cold and icy."

Relief Caretaking Report
Jeff Komarow reports that, due to the Island closing, relief caretakers will be rescheduled.

Captain's Report
John Matthews reported in one phrase, "ice walking." Several people had walked out on the River towards Virginia. Doc on one occasion "fell though."

Old business:

Various ideas were discussed for identifying ferry passengers to substitute caretakers. On a trial basis, a list of members and waiting list pass holders will be available on the ferry.

Standing Rules
The Board of Directors met to consider membership procedures. Tryon Wells made a motion to reorder and renumber the Standing Rules to make it more readable. A sample was distributed at the meeting in which the most critical items (conduct, Clubhouse rules, penalties, etc.) appeared first and the "dull stuff" (officers jobs) appeared later. The motion was passed unanimously.

New business:

Improving the caretaker's quarters: John Matthews summarized discussions with John Wiebenson on repair or reconstruction of part or all of the caretaker's current quarters. The goal is to make the quarters less affected by floods. Assurance was given that Club funds are available for realizing some solution to this problem. Members at this meeting discussed many aspects of the issue - flood frequency, post-flood recovery, materials, cost, design, etc. Alan Gelb suggested that we investigate the different capital issues involved and determine the long-term impact on our budget. He then moved that we request formal plans with cost estimates for repair or replacement of the caretakers quarters. The motion was passed.

The meeting thanked Maurice Tobin for hosting our meeting and providing luscious sustenance in a much more regal setting than our simple Island. Another experience we could not have had on our Island was the inclusion of a Saint Bernard who almost was voted into membership when it appeared that we might not have the necessary quorum of ten.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:35 p.m.

-- Renee Dunham, Recording Secretary