Sycamore Island
Meeting Minutes


December 9, 2009

It was with considerable difficulty that vice president David Winer called the meeting to order. The difficulty was because the year-end party, graciously hosted by Meg and Charlie Jones, was already going full tilt boogie. Delicious food and drink were spread over two tables.

Eventually, at about 8:15 p.m., David managed to coax members away from the bountiful refreshments and into meeting chairs.

No problem about securing quorum with the following present: Judy and John Lentz, Philip Ross, Pat Roth, John and Susanna Membrino, Larry Heilman, John and Ann Marie Cunningham, Drew Walsh, Karen Possner, Stan Wiggins, Alan and Caroline Gelb, Bill and Lucky Marmon, Renee Dunham, Peggy Thomson, Star Mitchell, Jody and Robert Benjamin, Tryon Wells, Charlie and Meg Jones, Jim Drew, and David and Jane Winer. (There was such a crowd that others may have been there who did not get far enough from the food and drink to sign in.)

David Winer presided in the absence of President Jeff Komarow. David reported that because of the heavy rains, the ferry was not operating although the Island was not closed to any member who could navigate passage without the ferry. Compensation for caretaker Joe was also approved, with Alan noting to the meeting that the 2010 budget would be adjusted to take into account the decision.

The minutes of the last meeting, as reported in the December Islander, were approved with the amendment that Jane Winer should have been listed as volunteering to serve on the special committee, chaired by Peter Winkler, to consider new rules for club membership.

Alan Gelb gave the treasurerís report. (See separate report below). Alan requested approval for an operating budget of $75,615 for 2010, which was approved unanimously. Compensation for caretaker Joe was also approved. Joe was commended for his good service and good humor and patience during the long and sometimes chaotic construction process.

Captain Tryon Wells reported that members should notify Tryon about whether they would want a locker, probably at no charge, in the renovated club house and if so, full length or half length.

The following slate of elected officers and supervisors for 2010 was approved unanimously:

Officers
PRESIDENT David Winer
VICE-PRESIDENT Jim Drew
RECORDING SECRETARY Bill Marmon and Anne Marie Cunningham
TREASURER Alan & Caroline Gelb
FINANCIAL SECRETARY Lisa Kliefoth
MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY Peter Winkler
EDITOR Carol Beehler
ARCHIVIST Larry Heilman
CAPTAIN Tryon Wells
DEPUTY CAPTAIN John Stapko/Drew Walsh

Supervisors
FINANCE Bill Eichbaum
LAWMaurice Tobin
CLUBHOUSE Karl Kosok
GROUNDS Carol Kavanaugh
CARPENTRY/PAINTING Charles Pill
WEBSITE Tryon Wells
ENTERTAINMENT George and Shelley Malusky
CAMPING/PARTIES John Noble
CANOEING John Membrino
SWIMMING Larry Heilman
RELIEF CARETAKING Alison Burns

David opened the floor to new business. There was a suggestion that members should be encouraged to remove perishable food from the clubhouse and not leave food in the clubhouse after departing. Lucky Marmon volunteered to make a sign for the refrigerator to that effect.

A motion was made to commend outgoing president Jeff Komarow as well as former president Ann Marie Cunningham for the successful completion of the clubhouse renovation and to thank Jeff for his excellent service as immediate past president. The motion was passed unanimously with applause. Meeting, but not the party, was adjourned at 9:10 p.m. President Elect David Winer put down his papers and proceeded to concoct a large vat of delicious and dangerously alcoholic eggnog.

Respectfully submitted,

Bill Marmon, Co-Recording Secretary