The meeting was called to order by President Jim Drew after an enjoyable dining experience including homemade cookies.
Jody Benjamin, Jeff Komarow, Jim Drew,
Louise Meyer, Fred Pinkney, Peter Dean, Sherry
Fizdale, Jane Winer, Phil Ross, Carol Beehler, Olya
Duzey, Trip Reid, Ben Robinson, Alan Gelb, Tryon
Wells, John Butler, Phoebe Hamill, Kathy Carroll, Drew
Walsh, Star Mitchell, Gerald S. Barton, Rich Lodish,
Julie Saulnier, Mark Friedrick, John Cunningham, and
Ann Marie Cunningham.
The minutes were amended to read “applicants
on the waiting list” rather than “waiting list
members” wherever the phrase appears. The minutes,
as amended, were approved.
The club is solvent.
Swimming Supervisor’s Report:
The Swim and Water Safety Workshop, planned for June 30, was postponed
due to the storm that occurred the day before it was to
be held. However, Larry Heilman and Bob Whelan, a
swim and safety expert and Island wait-lister who is
serving as interim swim supervisor in Larry’s absence,
walked around the Island evaluating the current water
safety situation. Jim Drew received an email with
detailed suggestions. Olya Duzey summarized the suggestions,
which included purchasing a torpedo-like
safety tool, installing the safety rings and other equipment
in such a way as to eliminate or minimize the
amount of untying that must be done to use them,
placing a throw ring in the canoe by the swim float, and
adding a whistle and safety ring to the captain’s float.
Carol Beehler reported that it is her
goal to get The Islander out before the upcoming meeting.
She commented that often the content is redundant,
since the minutes report upcoming events that
have already occurred by the time it is published. It was suggested that a publication date of the first of the
month be set so that all contributors can word their
content accordingly. A limitation to what she can do
with The Islander is the current format which dictates
that the number of pages be in multiples of four due to
the way that the paper copies are printed. A discussion
ensued as to whether we should continue to print and
mail paper copies. Currently, there are about 60 copies
printed each month, 40 to members with no email
address, and 20 to organizations such as the DC
Historical Society for inclusion in the Club’s Archives
and the Glen Echo Fire Department. Over time the cost
of printed copies has been greatly reduced, from more
than $8,000 to $1,800 per year. All agreed that The
Islander looks beautiful each month, with a nice balance
of text and photos.
The membership numbers are
unchanged. Waiting list passes will be mailed next week.
As a result of a suggestion last month, an amendment to
change the second sentence in the second paragraph of
Standing Rule number 7 to read, “Waiting List Pass
holders my bring up to four guests while visiting the
Island,” was moved and seconded. The current rule
allows those who purchase the passes to use the Island
on Monday through Friday from May to October except
for national holidays, and allows full use of the Island
during the rest of the year. For safety reasons, the current
rule allows single pass holders to bring a friend so as to
be able to swim or boat with a buddy. Those opposed to
the change were concerned that the increased usage
would result in full utilization of the picnic tables and
floats, making them unavailable to members that arrived
later. An amendment to the motion to change the number
from four to two was made, seconded, and then
defeated. The motion as written was passed.
Drew Walsh reported that several
large branches and trees fell during the derecho, leaving
a great hole in the canopy at the upriver end of the
Island. Twelve members and applicants came to a special
workfest on Sunday, July 7, to help cut, stack and
otherwise eliminate the debris. Another mini-workfest
will be scheduled to finish the cleanup.
An overview of the Environment Committee and a
report on activities to help stabilize the Island from
future floods will be printed in The Islander.
Tryon Wells reported that a rule
that allows applicants who volunteer to support a clubapproved
activity, can receive a pass that entitles use of
the Island for the volunteer and up to nine guests was
inadvertently deleted from the Standing Rules. This rule
was passed to encourage applicants to become involved
with the club by serving as relief caretakers, helping at
workfests, and providing other service to the club.
Tryon will look into methods of backing up the website
so that other losses will not occur.
Devin Millett, former captain John Matthews’ grandson, is serving as caretaker during Joe’s absence.
The meeting was adjourned.
Ann Marie Cunningham