Because of predicted high winds, the meeting was held at the home of Bill and Lucky Marmon instead of on the Island.
Star Mitchell, Fred Pinkney, Bill Marmon,
Lucky Marmon, David Winer, Karen Possner, Tryon
Wells, Drew Walsh, Gerry Barton, Marianne Ross, Jim
Drew, John Noble, Mike Petrilli, Davey Hearn
The minutes of December, 2013, were approved. Because of the lack of quorums at the January and February meetings, there are no official minutes for those meetings.
Star Mitchell brought to our attention
the recent death of long-time club member John
Heidemann. John is remembered by many for his contributions
to the life of the Island. He, along with John
Thompson and a few others, paddled across the river
from Sycamore Island and climbed the hill on the
Virginia side to their offices at the CIA. His little dog
often accompanied him in his canoe. John was editor of
the Canoe Cruisers Association newsletter and for years
taught canoeing at Fletcher’s Cove and Swain’s Lock.
John was also a mainstay of the Flower Walk.
Supervisors Jody and Bobby
Benjamin wrote to club President Bill Marmon about
the difficulty she is having getting members to fulfill
their obligation to serve as relief caretaker as least one
Saturday per year. This issue was discussed and suggestions
as to how to remedy this problem were discussed.
Members will be reminded that the question is not "if"
they will substitute as caretakers, but "when."
Treasurer Ned Goddard was out of
town but submitted this report. Officers and Directors
insurance is in place for officers, supervisors, and those
serving official offices of the club.
Ned is preparing the 2013 tax filings to meet the April
deadline. Ned continues to receive guidance for this job
from Alan Gelb to whom he is very grateful.
Captain Drew Walsh reported that he
planned to meet with Swimming Supervisor Roger Herst
to discuss the various safety issues that have been
addressed at previous meetings and to make sure that
the proper equipment is in place when the warm
weather arrives. Drew is considering putting some of the
equipment on the shore instead of on the docks where it
is often mistaken for swim toys.
Supervision of children who are swimming and
canoeing remains of paramount concern. There seems to
be a consensus that parents are responsible for the
supervision of their child and their child’s guests. Karen
Possner suggested that it be the part of the caretaker and
relief caretakers’ duties to advise persons coming over on
the ferry of this responsibility. It will also be announced
during the orientation of new members. Captain Drew
Walsh recommends that supervision be mandatory for
children twelve and under.
Star Mitchell talked about the difficulty of docking
the ferry when the wind was strong. Later in the meeting,
Dave Winer shared his technique for accomplishing
this. Drew will talk to Joe about how to instruct new
members to successfully dock the ferry.
The Greens Committee,
which is a subcommittee of the Environment
Committee, is planning a Tree Planting Day. The purpose
is to prevent erosion of the Island. Committee
members are planning to stake off and grid the Island so
that it can be studied section by section. They are hoping
to find some Google Earth satellite photos so that they
can compare the Island of today with the old one.
The Work Fest is Sunday, April 13, 9:00 a.m.
Raindate: Sunday, April 27th.
Drew will start planning
the Work Fest with Steve Newman, Gerry Barton, and
Tryon Wells. They will develop a master plan for repairs.
Drew will work on a list of tasks to be posted in in The
Islander. The canoe dock will have to be repaired before
the Work Fest. Drew will also contact George Malusky,
our master chef at the Work Fest.
Membership Chair John Noble
proposed for election to membership the following four
families: David and Jennifer Hearn and son, Jesse; W.
Parker and Molly Moore and their son, Rawles; Mike
Petrilli and Meghan Mullan and their sons, Nico and
Leandro; Fred Pinkney and Pamela Sommers and their
children Gabriel and Gregory.
The Hearns are volunteer quartermasters of
Lockhouse 6 and owners of Sweet Composites, offering
everything you need to build your own canoe or kayak. David was a member of the US whitewater Team for 26
years and won the World Championships twice. W. Parker
Moore is a principal with a large environmental law firm
in the U.S. Their focus: clean water and wetlands. Fred
Pinkney works for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in
Annapolis, where he studies the effects of contaminants
on the tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. Mike Petrilli
works at the Fordham Institute, an education policy think
tank. He bikes to work on the towpath. All four applicants
were voted membership unanimously. Two additional
applicants will be voted on at the next meeting.
The lottery to select new wait listers
will be held at the club meeting on April 9th. So far,
70 applications have been received, twenty-two in the
under-40 category. Those selected in the lottery will be
added to the waiting list. Membership Chair John Noble
predicts that 10 to 15 openings will be filled on the waiting list.
March 31, 2013 is the deadline for payment of
membership dues. As of the meeting, a total of 41 (regular,
seniors, inactive, and waiting list) persons have not
paid their dues. Membership stands as follows: 154 regular,
67 senior, 20 inactive, 14 honorary, 56 waiting list.
Relief Caretaker Supervisors Jody
and Bobby Benjamin say that a frequently asked question
by prospective caretakers is whether there is WiFi on the
Island. The answer could be “Yes,” according to Tryon,
who will look into installing a router to hook up with the
internet connection already on the Island.
The following members have volunteered as relief caretakers
since the last published list: Jim Drew, Pat Roth,
Robert and Barbara McCartney, Benjamin Robinson,
Trip Reid, Star Mitchell, John Cunningham, and Clayton
and Ellen Teague.
Gerry Barton noted that parking on both
levels is a problem during the eight weeks that kayakers
and canoeists are training for various races. They use the
steps leading down to our ferry to access the river. These
steps are the club’s to maintain, but are not on property
owned by the club.
Archivist Karen Possner reported that
all necessary documents have been delivered to the D.C.
Historical Society and stored in an acid-free storage box.
So far, there are 155 folders containing documents dating
back to 1885. Karen asked that any member possessing
important documents concerning the Island give them to
her or to the Historical Society.
The meeting was adjourned. The next meeting will be
held on the Island on April 9th at 8:00.