The meeting was called to order by President Bill Marmon at the home of Star Mitchell.
Larry Heilman, Star Mitchell, Bill Marmon,
Lucky Marmon, Drew Walsh, John Noble, Tryon Wells,
David Winer, Jane Winer, Alan Gelb, Jim Drew, Sherry
Bill Marmon read a touching letter from Laura Bauer, the wife of Jack Bauer (37), who died recently of a heart attack. The Bauer family is on the Waiting List. Laura talked about the family’s time on the Island, her husband’s love of nature, and of all that Sycamore had to offer.
Alan Gelb reported that everything is "on track."
Financial Secretary’s Report
Lisa Kliefoth reported
that the annual dues are coming in. She has received
74% of dues from Regular Members, 80% from Senior
Members, 72% from Inactive Members, and 55% from
those on the waiting list. There have been no resignations
since last month. One active member went inactive;
one inactive member went active. These numbers
are expected to move as the dues deadline gets closer.
Membership Chair’s Report
John Noble reported that
the due date for payment of membership dues is March
31, 2013. As of now there are 159 regular members, 64
senior members, 14 inactive members, 14 honorary
members, 75 waiting list members (60 new and 15
from previous list).
Alan Gelb expressed concern that the club might
have periods where there are membership vacancies.
That would have financial implications for the club. He
was reassured that we have many waiting list members
who are ready to become full-fledged members. Many
of had their orientations and are ready to join.
Tryon noted that there will be an increasing number
of senior members down the road. There was a suggestion
that the requirements for becoming a senior member
There was a discussion of orientation for new members
and whether spending time with Joe Hage walking
the Island could qualify as an orientation. There was a
consensus that time spent with Joe could be a valuable
experience, but should be considered supplemental to a
Captain Drew Walsh urged members
to come on down and admire the new workbench constructed
by Dave Winer and thanked Dave, Tryon
Wells, Gerry Barton, Steve Newman, John Noble, and
Wayne Limberg for their work on the beautiful new
steps leading up to the tool shed. Rudolfo Castro, Tove
Estrom, and Kevin Haley worked on the door, and Joe
Hage added the final touches. All that’s needed now is a
doorknob. Kudos all around!
Drew, Gerry, and Karl Kosok will meet to develop a list
of short-term projects.
Waitlist Member Alice
Bullard is taking over as head of the Greens Sub-
Committee. A group of members met at Ann Lucy’s. They
are working to categorize plants and discuss soil building
methods. They will also look for the best and most economical
place for the club to purchase new trees.
Renee Dunham brought to the sub-committee’s
attention a tree tour sponsored by Casey Trees, a
Washington, DC-based nonprofit committed to restoring,
enhancing and protecting the tree canopy. Tryon
congratulated Drew for developing several ad hoc groups
that are working on different environmental issues.
Swim Chair Larry Heilman reported on a meeting
of the Ad Hoc Safety Committee.
Larry noted that his report from this meeting was
published in the last Islander. All the swim safety
equipment mentioned in that report…safety rings,
poles, etc….will be in place by June. There will be six
stations equipped with lifesaving equipment, safety instructions. Instructions for the use of this equipment
will be boldly displayed at each station. The result is
that all members will have “lifeguard potential” and be
able to do the right thing in case of an emergency.
There was some discussion of how best to communicate
with our membership the importance of safety
and the use of the equipment. Alan Gelb suggested that
all safety procedures , rules and guidelines have a
prominent place on the club’s website.
Concern for the safety of children is paramount.
There was a discussion of whether rules or guidelines
need to be developed regarding the supervision of
members’ children and their friends. As of now, standing
rule #3 of our bylaws says that members are
responsible for their guests. There is no specific mention
of child supervision. It was mentioned that if rules
are established, the club members would be responsible
for enforcing them. Alan Gelb suggested that parents
should have to sign a form that endorses their responsibility
for the safety of their children and their guests.
This is more important now because we are encouraging
more young families to join through our two-tier
lottery process. Larry Heilman said he would like to
know by the end of April what our guidelines or rules
are going to be. Sherry Fitzdale noted that it is very
important that the children of new members attend an
orientation. Lucky Marmon suggested that the rules/
guidelines be posted on the ferry next to the sign-up
Larry Heilman stressed the importance of making
sure that the safety equipment was in place every day.
He suggested that Joe be required to check the equipment
on a daily basis and sign off in a log. Any serious
swimming incidents should also be recorded. The
Saturday caretaker should also be required to check the
safety equipment when he arrives on the Island.
Bill Marmon charged the Safety Committee with coming
up with a final set of recommendations emphasizing
parent responsibility for children, member’s responsibility
for guests, and Joe’s role in promoting safety.
Relief Caretaker Supervisor
Jodi Benjamin would like
to have the caretaking schedule published in The
Islander as it used to be. It was suggested that Relief
Caretakers be reminded to read over their list of duties.
A copy of these duties is in the red book that is shelved
on the wall just outside the kitchen.
Spring Work Fest, Sunday, April 7th
Orientation for New Members – Saturday, May 5th
Canoe Cruiser Race – Saturday, May 11th.
Alan Gelb noted that club insurance does not cover
sporting events. The definition of “sporting event” is
broad and even includes three-legged races or and our
Island regatta. Sycamore Island Club insurance does
not cover participants in the Canoe Cruisers race. To be
insured, paddlers would have to be members of the
Canoe Cruisers Association.
Hats off to Star Mitchell for welcoming
us into her home on this frosty night. The fire was cozy
and the food and drink were plentiful and delicious.
The next meeting will be held on March 13th at 8:00
on the Island.