Marianne Ross, Trisha Hartge, Alan Gelb,
David Winer, Jane Winer, Lucky Marmon, Bill
Marmon, Karen Possner, John G. Stapko, Phoebe
Hamill, Star Mitchell, Jody Benjamin, Bobby Benjamin,
Gerry Barton, Whitney Pinger, John Stapko, Drew
Walsh, Joe Hage, Ann Marie Cunningham, Sherry
Fitzdale, Charlotte Brewer, Larry Heilman, Caroline
Gelb. Tryon Wells
The Membership Lottery
Prior to the meeting, members
assembled to witness the lottery by which applicants
were selected for a place on the club waiting List.
Applicants were placed in two pools… 40-years-old and
older and 39-years-old and under. There were 94 applicants
in the 40-and-older group and 28 in the 39-andunder
group. Each applicant received a number which
was written on a poker chip. The chips of each age
group were different colors (white and red) and were
drawn from separate bags. The first 32 from the 40-and older group and all 28 in the younger group will be
placed in alternating sequence on the future waiting list.
Successful applicants will be notified by Membership
Secretary John Noble. Larry Heilman read out the numbers
on the chips. The numbers were recorded by
Sherry Fizdale. Bill Marmon presided over the drawing.
The meeting was called to order by club
vice-president Bill Marmon. President Jim Drew was
out of town.
The March minutes were corrected to include
Marianne Ross and Gerry Barton as attendees. Ann
Marie Cunningham’s proposal regarding allowing alcohol
on the island was redefined and clarified as a proposal,
not a motion.
Treasurer Alan Gelb has filed the
Club’s annual financial report with the IRS.
Tryon Wells and Joe met to discuss
planning for the work fest on April 22. The clubhouse
roofing work has been completed.
Regular membership has dipped from its ceiling of 160 to 148. Some members were dropped for non-payment of dues; others elected senior status. Still others selected inactive status because of a move out of the area.
David Winer proposed that 10 applicants on the
current active waiting list be elected to regular membership:
Penelope Mitchell, Jennifer Urguard and
Michael Edwards, Kein and Carole Hearle, Thomas
Barry, Kaitlin Barry, Gretchen Sinclair and Joseph
Stauton, Geoff Holdridge and Bonnie Roberts, Corrine
Roosevelt and Michael Colon, Ellen Kennedy and Kent
Marcoux, Drew Walsh
There was a lively discussion about how often members
on the old waiting should be allowed to defer joining
the club. Many of these persons—17 to 20—are the
children of members and have been on the waiting list
There was a motion that members of this group
would be officially advised that by April 2014, which is
the time of the next lottery, they will, if asked, be
required to accept membership or be dropped from the
waiting list. These persons may defer up to April, 2014.
Deferral of membership will not be permitted for persons
on the new waiting list. This motion will be voted
on at the next meeting.
The sixty members on the new waiting list will be
added to the bottom of the old waiting list.
Beer and wine on the Island. Ann Marie
Cunningham made a motion that consumption of beer
and wine be allowed on the island after 6:00 pm by
those of legal drinking age. Island rules currently prohibit alcohol consumption on the Island, and members
can be expelled for violating this rule. People voice
concern about safety and liability and insurance issues.
Other members treasure the “no drinking” culture of
the Island. It was noted that it would be very difficult
to police drinking and ascertain who was drinking too
much. Some members noted that the no drinking policy
was routinely violated by members, including by
teenage children of members. As President Jim Drew
had previously requested that this motion be discussed
for several months, no vote was taken. In accordance
with the the Standing Rules, notice of when the vote
will be taken will be placed in the Islander.
Speaker at Next Meeting
Robin Broder, vice president of the Potomac Riverkeeper will be the club’s featured speaker for the 2012 State of the Nation’s River
talk scheduled for Wednesday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. on Sycamore Island. Robin will provide her perspectives on the state of the Potomac River and highlight some of the important work being done by Potomac Riverkeeper to improve water quality. More info on Riverkeeper can be found at: http://www.potomacriverkeeper.org.
Carl Linden died several weeks ago. Various members
spoke of Carl’s incredible patience and civility. He was a
valuable member of Sycamore Island and will be remember
with great affection. The recording secretary will send
a card to Carl’s family on behalf of the membership.
The party scheduled by Lucky and Bill Marmon for April 14 was canceled and will be rescheduled for June 8.
It was suggested that the Islander be sent out earlier so
that announcements of events are more time relevant.
The meeting was adjourned.