The meeting was called to order by President Jim Drew at the home of Jane and Dave Winer, who graciously hosted as the bridge is under repair, making the trek to and from the Island a bit challenging in the dark.
Judy and John Lentz, Trisha Hartge, Jody
and Bobby Benjamin, Drew Walsh, Sherry Fizdale, Jim
Drew, Alan Gelb, Tryon Wells, Jeff Komarow, Jane and
Dave Winer, and Ann Marie Cunningham
The minutes, as printed in the Islander, were
Jenny Shubert Boawn said her parents
were lifelong members who spent lots of time on
the Island. Her mother, Miriam Shubert, died in April.
She would like to have a picnic on November 6 in her
memory. It was approved, providing there are no large
parties or other conflicts on that day.
Alan Gelb reported that we continue
to spend on routine items, as budgeted. There
have been no unusual expenses.
The bridge is being
repaired. A pontoon bridge has been built as a temporary
means of crossing the canal. There is a path down
to the pontoon bridge from the side of the old bridge,
but that may be challenging for some people. The
stated finish date is the end of September, but those at
the meeting were less than encouraged that it would be
completed by that time.
The current concept for the winter toilet is to isolate
one toilet in the mens’ room, but an Oriental-type of
screen around the sink and one toilet up to the ceiling
using a flexible membrane. This will keep the heat in.
Keeping the pipes warm is a little more complex.
Another jocular concept includes the possibility of a
heated toilet seat. There are tentative plans to complete
this before the workfest which is scheduled for
There were no problems associated with the rains
brought by tropical storm Lee.
The refrigerator doesn’t keep things cold. Drew Walsh
will look into prices for a basic model and delivery.
Special Membership Committee: The draft proposal
for the process for accepting new members is available
on the web at http://www.sycamoreisland.org/syMemApp.htm. Please
review and comment. The proposal will be discussed at
the October meeting, and voted on at the November
meeting. The well-considered proposal is designed to:
• Prevent a long waiting period as in the past, instead
keeping it to approximately four years
• Encourage the admission of younger members, as the
demographics of the current membership are skewed
Allison Burns has resigned as supervisor
of relief caretaking, due to the difficulties of the role.
Sherry Fizdale agreed to take on the role with Trisha
Hartge as understudy. Sherry will develop ways of
encouraging members to volunteer, which will include
more effective email communications, and may include
sanctions against those who do not serve, as the club is
dependent on the contributions of the members.
Drew Walsh reported that honorary member and
former captain, John Matthews is home from the hospital.
We are all grateful to John for the many years of
service that he provided to the Club, and we hope that
he fully recovers.
The meeting adjourned to tasty treats offered by our
hosts, Dave and Jane Winer.
Anne Marie Cunningham