President Bill Marmon called the meeting on the Island to order.
Lucky Marmon, Bill Marmon, Tryon Wells, Jody
Benjamin, Gerry Barton, David Winer, Ann Lucy, Jim Drew,
John Noble, John Membrino, Larry Heilman, Alan Gelb, Ann
Marie Cunningham, Drew Walsh
Bill Marmon brought to members’
attention a story which appeared in the Sunday, August
11, Washington Post about the perils of the Potomac
River at and near Great Falls. It is mounted on cardboard
and standing for all to see and read in the club
At the end of July, the club had a
balance of $117,000 in the treasurer’s account. Our
operations spending over the current year was almost
$50,000. Barring unfortunate and costly events, we are
on track to spend $85,000 in 2013. This would leave us
with a carryover balance (reserve) of about $82,000—a
little below our long-run target of one year’s spending,
but pretty close.
This opens up the question of whether the club
should consider partial prepayment of the Notes taken
out to fund the rebuilding of the clubhouse a few years
ago. Following the discussion of this option at the
meeting, Alan agreed to prepare a proposal for consideration
later in the year.
Captain Drew Walsh discussed
replacement of the screen doors leading to the club
porch. Member Tove Elstrom recommends that PVC or
metal replacement doors be considered.
Drew reported that Joe Hage’s trail crew worked
hard to clear overgrowth around the curlicue bridge
and the high small path leading to it. They also did
work near the upper parking lot.
Joe Hage has built a kayak stand for club kayaks.
Drew reports that he is planning to purchase a new
ping pong table. Tryon Wells offered to help with the
selection, aiming towards buying a high end table that
will last a long time.
Membership Chair John Noble reports that there are no vacancies.
Canoeing Supervisor John
Membrino reported that special canoe instruction
classes held in the past have been sparsely attended.
Frank Daspit is the instructor and those who have
attended his classes give rave reviews. How to beef up
attendance? It was suggested that the instruction be
coupled with new member orientation session. There
will be more discussion of this in the future as it was
felt that while a great deal of attention has been paid to
swimming safety, canoeing skills and canoe safety need
to be addressed.
Relief Caretaking Scheduling
Jody Benjamin thanked
those members who volunteered as relief caretakers
during July and early August. They are: Adrienne
Allison, Topaz Terry and Melanie Clark, Rachel Rudy
and Nat Reid, Louise Meyer, Ann Marie and John
Cunningham, Julia Strasser and Andrew Cassidy, Julie
Saulnier and Mark Friedrichs, Sandra Young and Raj
Purohit, Penelope Mitchell, Fred Wright, Ashley
Baquie, and Bruce Delaplaine.
The motion to amend Standing Rule 2
by adding section g that reads, “Smoking is prohibited
in the clubhouse, deck, and toolshed” was voted on and
Chairman of the Special Nominating
Committee, David Winer, reported that the committee
has selected Roger Herst as the new Supervisor of
Swimming. Roger agreed to serve and his appointment
was approved unanimously. It was suggested that the
swimming safety committee meet with Roger to brief
him thoroughly on members’ concerns for water safety
and the steps taken so far to promote it.
Jim Drew and others commented that Roger will
“have big shoes to fill,” noting that former Swim
Supervisor Larry Heilman has put incredible energy
and effort into making the Island a safer place to swim
and paddle. Thank you, Larry.
Labor Day Regatta
Bill Marmon said that he would
contact Cindy Bertaut, who in the past has organized
the Club’s Labor Day Regatta. Subsequently, Cindy
agreed to schedule the event for Labor Day, Monday,
Bill Marmon agreed to contact George
Malusky regarding the annual Fishing Derby.
Subsequently, George scheduled the Derby for
Saturday, September 28.
Annual Young Timers/Old Timers Mid-week Potluck Lunch
This event is scheduled for 11:30 on Tuesday,
October 1, with the rain date of Tuesday, October 8.
The next meeting will be held on the Island on
Wednesday, September 11, at 8: 00 pm. The meeting