Jay Zimmerman, Drew Walsh, Gerald S. Barton, Marianne Ross, Rich Lodish, Sherry Fizdale, Alan Gelb, Ned Goddard, Star Mitchell, Cindy Bertaut,
Richard Bertaut, Jim Drew, John Noble, Russel Shaw, Natalia Shaw, Ma’ayan Shaw and Ann Marie Cunningham
Vice president Sherry Fizdale called the meeting to order.
John Noble nominated Shira Stutman
and Russell Shaw and their children Caleb, Ma’ayan and
Natalia for membership. Shira is a rabbi at the Sixth and
I Historic Synagogue and Russell is Head of School at
Georgetown Day School. They were sponsored by Alissa
Stern, and recommended by Greg and Maia Kats and
Russell Sturm. Russell, Ma’ayan, and Natalia were present
at the meeting. He said that he used to teach in an
Outbound program before becoming a classroom
teacher and when he first came to the Island he felt that
he was coming home. The nomination was accepted
and they were welcomed into membership.
Upon presentation of letters of recommendation,
Catherine Bourassa and her son will be nominated next
month, which will bring the total membership to the
maximum of 160.
The rate of vacancies for admitting new members
(nine per year) is slower than was expected. John will
make a recommendation later this year to delay at least
two years the next new member recruitment and lottery.
The minutes of the May meeting as published in The Islander were approved.
Several officers received an email
from someone who expressed great love for the Island
and wondered if he could have access. John Noble
responded that there was nothing in our rules that
allowed such access.
Treasurer Alan Gelb reported that
there was about $126,000 in the treasury at the end of
May. If spending trends are stable, there should be
approximately $80,000 at the end of the year, slightly
higher than the $78,000 at the end of last year.
Alan has reviewed the costs of insurance, a major portion
of the budget. The cost of FEMA-sponsored flood
insurance has been rising steadily. From $3,567 in 2010 to
$5,425 now. This is due both to rising costs and increased
coverage for the renovated building. The commercial
propery policy also increased somewhat from earlier
years, due to the increased value after the renovation.
Under current building codes, if a flood destroyed
more than 50% of the clubhouse, we would not have
the right to rebuild it. If the building were determined
to be a historic structure by Montgomery County, we
would be able to rebuild according to the current
design and materials. Of course, being designated an
historic property comes with restrictions as to repairs
and renovations we would be allowed to make. For
example, during the renovations vinyl windows were
installed which would not be allowed if it was officially
an historic structure. (Secretary’s note: for historic
information, the flood that destroyed the previous
clubhouse and the design of the current one, read this
article written by the architect. http://www.sycamoreisland.
Drew Walsh reported that he is redesigning
the anchors that hold the swim float in place,
as the float has moved downstream from its preferred
location. He is working on a list of short and long term
projects, and will talk to the treasurer about funding
the projects and will then schedule them. He said that
Tryon Wells is working on two more rollable benches
to replace two fixed workbenches in the toolshed.
Jay Zimmerman reported that people who
request large parties are good about meeting the requirements.
There have been a lot of requests for camping.
Relief Caretaking Report
Jody Benjamin reported via
email that the following people served as relief caretakers
in April and May: Abigail Wiebenson, Abby Porter
and David Kay, Dirk and Kim Suringa, Susan
O’Sullivan, Cindy Bertaut, Stan Fowler, Peter Levine,
Chris White and Tamara Zemlo, David Lyles, Norman
and Nancy Metzger, Paul E. Hagen, Fred and Tina
Ohly, Joe and Tammy Belden, and Mike Petrilli. In
addition, Linda Greer, Louise Meyer, and Hester Ohbi
volunteered but were thwarted by flood waters. All
members of the club are grateful for the passages that
these folks provide across the channel.
Sherry noted the article by Larry
Heilman in The Islander and emphasized his point that
we are all lifeguards. We all share in the safety of others
and should make others aware of hazards in the water,
strong undercurrents, appropriate ways to help those in
trouble without endangering self or others. A discussion
ensued about expanding new member orientation
to include all family members who might come to the
Island. Signs will be reviewed to ensure that they
emphasize all the key issues.
Ann Marie Cunningham reported that
Joe Bell and two colleagues from the US Geological
Survey visited the Island on May 30 to survey the
Island and take measurements on the river depth in
order to determine the best location for instruments
that would be used to gather measurements of pollutants
in the water, as they have learned that some measurements
of the chemical composition of the water
that have been taken near the pumping station are not
accurate during periods of heavy rain. They expect to
complete the report by the end of the month and present
it to an ad hoc committee of the club for review.
The committee’s recommendations will be presented to
the club for consideration.
Jim Drew applauded the great cover
photo in the June Islander.
The next meeting will be on the Island on July 10 at
8:00. The meeting was adjourned.
Ann Marie Cunningham