John Noble, Bill Marmon, Joe Hage, Whit Overstreet, Tryon Wells, Sherry Fizdale, Bill Marmon, Lucky Marmon, Jim Drew, Tryon Wells, Ann Lucy, Drew Walsh, Dave Winer, Jane Winer, Louise Meyer, Larry Heilman, Gerry Barton, Mary Kearney
The meeting was called to order by President Jim Drew. The minutes of the August, 2012 meeting were approved.
Captain Drew Walsh asked Dave Winer to discuss
the state of the ferry. Dave reported that the ferry
needs to be drained and patched. Drew said that he will
meet with Davey Hearn, Joe Hage, and Gerry Barton to
look at the ferry and give advice on patching it. The
landing steps also need repairing.
Drew noted that the club’s generator should be
placed above the flood plain, possibly in the tool shed.
There was some discussion of the large quantity of
gasoline the island would need to store in order provide
power during a two- to three-day power outage.
This could present a fire hazard. Drew felt it was not
necessary to store more than 5 gallons, enough for several
hours, and that the generator should be turned off
when not needed.
The Work Fest will be held on November 11th. Joe
will keep members posted on the various jobs to be
New stairs for the tool shed
It was suggested that
the stairs be moved from underneath the shed to one
of the sides, thus freeing up space for more flooring
and enabling the door to close and keep out rats.
Hopefully, there will be a design ready by the Work Fest
and participants can help to move the building materials
onto the Island.
A large tree landed on the new bridge
crossing the canal. The bridge itself withstood the
assault, but some parts, such as the trusses and some of
the railing, need repairing. Drew will try to get the Park
Service’s timeline for repairing the bridge. Meanwhile,
the Fishing Derby was canceled. (Other events threatened
by the bridge closing will now not be affected due
to the existence of new makeshift bridge.)
The Old Timer’s Party will take place on Oct. 9th.
Membership Chairman John Noble
reported that as of this meeting there were 158 regular
members, Inactive 15, Honorary 16, Waiting List 77.
Next month, additional persons from the waiting list
will be invited to join the club. One member requested
inactive status, which was granted. Another member
who was dropped from membership in 2010 for nonpayment
of dues requested reinstatement, but was
denied due to failure to respond to dues notices. It was
noted that the Membership Chairman could make
decisions on such matters without being voted on at a
monthly meeting. John Noble also presented a list of
regulations concerning Inactive Membership. These can
be found on the Club website.
It was noted that Canoe
Supervisor John Membrino cannot attend meetings
because of his work schedule but is doing an excellent
Sherry Fizdale suggested that everyone
in each member’s family should be required to
attend an orientation. She has witnessed too many incidents
where a relief caretaker leaves early and doesn’t
monitor the ferry and cases when persons eager to pull
the ferry across have no idea how it operates. In addition,
she has seen a number of club members and their
guests misjudge the difficulty of swimming in the river
and needing help. Larry Heilman, who has spent considerable
time and energy working on swim safety
issues, added his thoughts on swim safety devices and
their inadequacy. It was suggested that a committee figure
out a way to get information to our membership
on handling canoes, kayaks, and the ferry, as well as
swimming in the river. John Noble, Sherry Fizdale, and
Larry Heilman should be on the committee.
Joe Hage suggested that it might be to
the club’s advantage to have him certified as a canoe
instructor. He will look into the details of obtaining
certification and present them at the next meeting.
Thanks to Tryon Wells for hosting the meeting. The
meeting was adjourned.