Larry Heilman, Jim Drew, Joe Hage, David
Winer, Bill and Lucky Marmon, Gerry Barton, John
Noble, Tryon Wells, Drew Walsh, Peter Winkler, Marc
Bergeron, Alison and Richard Burns, Alan Gelb,
Charlotte Brewer, Jeff Komarow, Sherry Fitzdale, Ann
The meeting was called to order by President Jim Drew
after a fascinating slide show of the wildlife of the
Galapagos Islands, presented by our host, Larry
The minutes, as printed in The Islander, were
Chuck Pill wrote from Rwanda that
he will be unable to perform the duties of the supervisor
of Carpentry/Painting. He insists that the demands
of the supervisor job was not the reason he left for
Kigali, as there has been little demand for his services
since the completion of the club house renovation
planning, and because of Joeís supreme skills in painting
and caretaking. A volunteer is needed to step into
Tryon Wells reports that
construction of the new captainís float will be postponed
until next weekend due to the prediction of high
water and the subsequent closure of the ferry. The
materials have been purchased and are on the Island.
The new float will be like a floating veranda, approximately
12' x 20' in size. It will be built in sections, like
the canoe float, but there will be a more robust method
of connecting the sections for increased stability. The
cost will be between $2,000 and $2,500.
The preparations for a 12' flood have been completed,
with the floats and canoes from the lower level
of the shed tied up. Joe Hage, Tryon Wells, and Drew
Walsh welcome others to their work crew.
Joe Hage had not heard from the Park Service volunteer
coordinator about adopting a mile along the
towpath. The coordinator will write a contract that will
specify tasks such as picking up trash, reporting incidents,
shoveling the bridge, and will cover liability
issues. Joe will present details at a future meeting after
he receives the contract and has an opportunity to discuss
it with the coordinator.
Joe has completed Weed Warrior training and gotten
his license to kill invasives such as English ivy with little
disturbance to native plants.
Gerry Barton will investigate alternatives
to construction of a warm bathroom by next
winter. Possibilities include a new bathroom that would
be next to the caretakerís, a heated stall in one of the
existing bathrooms, a bucket. Gerry was presented with
a sign from the old bathroom and encouraged to use it
to maintain the atmosphere of the former facility.
Peter Winkler conducted a meeting earlier
this week to discuss a method of admitting new
members as the waiting list diminishes. There are passionate,
strong-willed folks on the committee, which
will result in two or three options being presented to
the members for discussion. There will be a report
published in The Islander in a month or two describing
the options, with debate to follow. The options may be
revised according to input during the debate.
New members will be nominated for admission to
the club after the deadline passes for paying dues.
The question was raised as to what the optimum
number of members would be for the club. It was
noted that when waiting list members became active,
the Island seemed busier, but the activity level has since
John Noble introduced Marc Bergeron
and his request for a large party to celebrate a big
birthday. The party will be held on May 21. The request
The request sparked a discussion about whether the
guidelines on large parties should be revised.
Currently, the hosts are encouraged to provide ferry
service for their guests. Large parties on weekends are
only to be held on odd-numbered days. Current large
party guidelines are on the web.
Larry Heilman suggests that items that
should be included in the archive should be emailed to
him, if possible. If it isnít available in digital format,
then mail it to him.
Alison Burns would like to brainstorm an efficient way to schedule relieve caretakers. It takes her five to ten hours per month to accomplish this.
Tryon sends an email to those who have not been relief caretaker in two years, reminding them that this club relies on active participation of members. Is it possible to create a webpage where individuals could sign themselves up for a slot? It was suggested that those who do
not volunteer should be charged a fee, perhaps $50, or that it be a requirement of membership and that those who do not volunteer would lose their membership. In the past, high school students were hired to work on weekends, but that raises issues of liability insurances
and workmanís compensation.
The meeting was adjourned with warm gratitude to
Ann and Larry Heilman for hosting the meeting.
Anne Marie Cunningham