John Noble, Ann Lucy, Roger Herst, Ned
Goddard, Drew Walsh, Lisa Kliefoth, Nat Reid, Star
Mitchell, Rachel Rudy, David Winer, Bill Marmon, Alice
Bullard, Jim Drew, Jane Winer, Marianne Ross, Tryon Wells,
Richard Bertaut, Trip Reid, and Ann Marie Cunningham
Call to Order and Minutes
The meeting was called to
order by President Bill Marmon on the Island. The minutes
of the March 12, 2014 meeting were approved.
Lisa Kleifoth reported that she
had made the last deposit of dues payments that day. She
said that 42% of the members paid in January, 42% in
February, and the rest paid in March, for a total of
$90,500. She hopes that in the future, dues payment will
become as routine as the sun rising, so that additional
prompting isn’t necessary to secure payment. Installment
payments are available for those who prefer them.
More and more members are making online payments.
Drew Walsh reports that the workfest
will be held on Sunday, April 13, with the main task
being to put the floats in the water. Once that is complete,
everyone will enjoy the pot luck lunch.
Roger Herst led us all in a chant of “Safety, Safety,
Safety!” He is concerned that the state could shut down
all swimming if there is an incident. He proposed purchasing
a rescue surfboard with handles that is very easy
to launch and easy to hang on to. This would be kept
near the swim float. The aluminum canoe could be
moved near the captain’s float. Roger will write an article
about safety that will stress that we are all responsible
for the safety of children, guests, and members.
Greens Committee Report
Alice Butler will publish
notes of the committee meeting that will describe the
satellite photos they studied to determine the growth
and shrinkage of the Island over time, and their plans
for fall plantings that may help slow the erosion on the
John Noble proposed the election of new members.
Nat Reid grew up on the Island, as he is the son of
long-time member Trip Reid. Nat is the director of
Dayspring Retreat Center. His wife Rachel Rudy first
came to the Island 20 years ago and is a landscape
designer. They have two children, Leland, 8, and Daniel,
6. They were recommended by Ann Satterthwaite and
Thomas Haley fell in love with the Island as a guest
of friends Louise Mayer, Bernard Veuthey, and Cora
Shaw, and has been actively supporting the club by
pulling the ferry and supporting workfests. He was recommended
by Jody and Bobby Benjamin and Drew
Walsh. Please welcome our new members.
There are now three vacancies which will be filled at
the next meeting. The club receive 114 applications for
the waiting list, with 34 in the age group of 39 or
younger, and 80 in the older group. 12 applicants’
names were drawn from each group to be placed on the
waiting list. The applicants will receive an invitation to
join the waiting list, and will have 15 days to respond.
Thanks to Elizabeth Thomas who helped organize the
database used for the lottery.
Jody and Bobby Benjamin expressed
gratitude to the stalwart volunteers who harnessed the
ferry and pulled it through the vicissitudes of March
weather. They are Kevin Haley, Thomas Gibbon, Alice
Bullard (Waite), Chris Weals (Hancock), Sandi and Jeff
Komarow, Russell Sturm and Michele McNally, Steve
Taswell and Joey Lampl, Moll Carr and mac Thornton,
and Gerry Barton.
The Summer Solstice party has been a
wonderful tradition on the Island, with a live band, pot
luck, dancing, karaoke, and activities for the kids. It is in
need of an organizer. Joe Hage is always willing to help
the organizer pull it together, and Jane Winer is willing to
share her experience. But they need a leader. Please help!
Canal By Canoe
Joe Hage continues his efforts to bring
awareness to the water and waterways around us. This
time he is partnering with Mary Kearney in an exploration
by canoe of the entire length of the beautiful
C&O Canal, from Cumberland, MD to Washington,
DC, May 5–17. They are doing this to promote the work
of the C&O Canal Trust to protect, restore, and promote
the canal. Follow their trip on their website
The meeting was adjourned.