Gerry Barton, Charlotte Brewer, Jim Drew,
Sandy Robinson, Bill Marmon, Lucky Marmon, Jeff
Komarow, Alan Gelb, Tryon Wells, Drew Walsh, John
Noble, Joe Hage, Larry Heilman, David Winer, Jane
President Bill Marmon called the meeting to
order. The minutes for the February meeting were
Bill thanked Gerry Barton and Tryon Wells for alerting
members to the fact that the river level was too high
to operate the ferry safely. The meeting was moved to
the Marmon home.
Tryon Wells reported that the raccoon
that had attacked a woman on the canal in February was
Treasurer Alan Gelb noted that the club was "on track."
Treasurer Alan Gelb confirmed his earlier notification
that after 14 years as treasurer he will step down at the end of this year. Alan reported that member Ned Goddard, who has had experience as treasurer for other non-profit organizations, has agreed to take the job in January 2014. A motion to instruct the club nominating committee in November to name Goddard as candidate for treasurer was passed unanimously.
Financial Secretary’s Report
The deadline for paying dues is March 31. At present, 29 members have not paid.
Capt. Drew Walsh is preparing for the
Work Fest on April 7th. He and his crew of member
helpers are getting the stands set up for the swim safety
equipment. The tool shed crew has been very industrious.
Gerry Barton praised Dave Winer’s contribution,
noting that he had drilled holes for “hold down bars,”
and is making little stoppers that will be part of the
workbench. Tryon has made shelves. Members reported
that Joe Hage is a standout at organizing everything.
Screws and nails are sorted by their use and size. Shovels
and rakes are hanging in holders. We may soon have
pegs on which to hang life vests.
Tryon Wells will send out an email publicizing the
Work Fest and the April 6th Flower Walk. The Flower
Walk is on rain or shine.
Membership Chair’s Report
Membership Chair John
Noble nominated two families for membership. They
have met all the requirements for membership. They are
Ashley Baquie and Elizabeth Ewing and Louis Smith.
Ashley Baquie, a resident of the Washington area since
1992, is VP of Human Resources for Morgan Franklin
Corp. in McLean. She is involved in scouting activities
through her 10-year-old son, Finian, who is an outdoor
enthusiast and eager to begin fishing and canoeing on
the river with his granddad.
Beth Ewing and Louis Smith are the parents of outdoor
sportsmen Will (12), Max (10), and Charlie (8).
These boys love Sycamore Island. Louis is a
lawyer/teacher and musician who plays in two bands;
Beth is a consultant on energy and environmental issues.
The motion to admit both families passed unanimously.
John Noble suggested that the orientation on May 5
be open to all members and those on the waiting list.
Ad Hoc Safety Committee Report
Copies of Larry
Heilman’s comprehensive and detailed report were distributed
to attendees. Drew Walsh reported that the
committee is readying stands on all three docks, the
swim float, the ferry, and the ferry landing. Each will
hold variety of swim safety equipment, including whistles,
bamboo poles, a safety ring, a torpedo-life safety
tube. Everything will be installed by the beginning of the
swim season in May. Work will begin at the Work Fest.
The plan is to have a signs and possibily a publication
that give clear directions about how the equipment is to
be used and what steps to take to execute a rescue. There
was a discussion of what kind of meter might be
installed to indicate the water levels and the danger to
swimmers. One possibility is a pole, which is red above a
certain water level. Red would be a warning not to swim.
Attendees voted to accept the report and congratulated
Larry Heilman on his hard work on developing the plan.
Caretaker Joe Hage was encouraged to speak out
whenever he witnesses dangerous behavior on the
Island. Joe stressed the importance of members familiarizing
themselves and their children with the rules of the
Island, the operation of the ferry and the dangers of
swimming in the river. He noted that many members’
children have never attended an orientation.
Relief Caretaking Supervisors
Jody and Bobby Benjamin
submitted the names of members who have served as
relief caretakers since names were last published in the
January minutes. They are: Cindy Bertaut, Jack Sanders,
Cora Shaw, Bernard Veuthey, Joe Cecil, Patricia Benton,
Wayne Limberg, Witt and Annie Farquhar, Meg Jones,
Sue and Greg Super, Renee Dunham, Andy Malmgen. All
members should remember to sign up for this duty.
The next meeting with be on April 10th at 8:00 p.m. on