John Noble, David Winer, Bill Marmon, Jim
Drew, Marianne Ross, Tryon Wells, John Cunningham,
John Lentz, Molly Newberry, Meredith Griggs, Larry
Heilman, Gerald Stanley Barton, Jonathan Rose,
Duncan Thomson (F.O.J.), Jody Benjamin, Bobby
Benjamin, Charlotte Brewer, and Ann Marie
Call to Order and Minutes
The meeting was called to
order by President Bill Marmon on the Island. The
minutes of the May 14, 2014, meeting were approved.
Ned Goddard reported by email
that he will report next month on the possibilities of
repaying the construction notes early. In other respects,
the finances are copacetic.
Bill Marmon reported on behalf of
Drew Walsh that a roofer is under contract to repair
the roof above the apartment.
An arborist has been hired to do some tree work and
to replace the rope on the rope swing with a better,
safer cable—the same as used on the zipline.
The swim dock will be returned to the water as soon
as the new anchor is ready—in approximately 3 weeks.
Ann Lucy resigned as Grounds Supervisor. Alice
Ballard is willing to replace her. This will be decided
The surfboard has been installed, and the safety
equipment that washed away has been replaced at the
Joe Hage reported that his life’s
mission is to let everyone know how great canoeing on
the Potomac is. To that end, he and Mary Kearney
canoed the Potomac alongside the C&O Canal, from
Cumberland to Georgetown, raising awareness of the
river, the canal, and the C&O Canal Trust. They presented
a slideshow on their Canal-by-Canoe expedition.
Under the auspices of the Canal Trust, they were
able to stay in some of the lockhouses and they met
Brent Walls, the new Upper Potomac Riverkeeper who
posted an interview with Joe and Mary on the Upper
Potomac Riverkeeper Facebook page. See pictures and
read more about their trip at http://canalbycanoe.com/.
John Noble proposed the election of new members.
• Molly and Edward Newberry, and their children Thomas, Erin and John. They love swimming, hiking, boating, biking and fishing. They are recommended
by Silvija Strikis and Miguel Browne, and Garret Rasmussen.
• Jonathan Rose. He is an economist from the
Adirondacks who has bicycled across the US twice for
worthy causes. He is recommended by Charlotte
Brewer, Sue and Greg Super, and Jody Benjamin.
Please welcome our new members.
John also reported that 37 waitlisters have purchased
passes. The membership will be published this month.
John is proposing a revision to Bylaw 15, Expulsion for
Non-Payment of Dues that would shorten the period
from three months, as it is now, to one month and add
a penalty for late payments. The proposed amendment
will be discussed and voted upon next month.
Relief Caretaker’s Report
Jody Benjamin expressed
gratitude to those members and wait-listers who volunteer
to pull the ferry on Joe’s day off. In May, they were
Gerry Barton, Marianne and Phil Ross, Louis Boorstin,
Andrew Umhau, Harely Feldbaum and Nicole Fraser,
Louise Meyer, Chris White and Tamara Zemko, Joe
McBride, and David and Sharon Gustafson.
Jody also reported that the horseshoe pits have been
rehabilitated. If anyone has horseshoes to donate,
please contact Jody or Joe.
When Joe is on vacation, members serve as temporary
caretakers. If you are willing to be contacted to
serve as caretaker so Joe can revigorate himself, please
contact Jody at firstname.lastname@example.org. When Joe
plans his next outing, she will contact you to see if you
are available. It’s worth $50 per day.
Tryon Wells reported that the Solstice
party is evolving into a square dance with a DJ, possibly
to be held on September 27th. This is intended as more
of an adult activity than most events on the Island. The
planners are considering asking for a one day exception
to the no alcohol rule.
Please contact Tryon at email@example.com or
Jane Winer at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
And watch for more details.
As lightning flashed and thunder clapped and rumbled,
Joe Hage reported that we still don’t have a generator
on the Island, which was approved a year ago. Bill
Marmon will talk to our captain, Drew Walsh about it.
Next month, Joe Bell of the US Geological Survey will
come to the Island to discuss their proposal to upgrade
the instruments that measure water quality in the
Potomac. He will also lead an informal, interactive discussion
on water quality to the members, which will include:
• New monitoring at Little Falls Pumping Station
• Continuous nitrate concentrations in the Potomac
• A cross-section of the river just downstream of Sycamore Island
• Lasting influences of road salts in the Potomac
As this will be a very interesting discussion, the next
meeting will begin at 7:30 on July 9th to allow more time.
The striking photo on the page 1 of June Islander is of
a Prothonotary Warbler and was taken by Bruce Beehler.
Larry Heilman expressed his concern that if there is
any incident, we could lose the privilege of swimming.
When he was the Supervisor of Swimming, an ad hoc
special committee was formed that established guidelines
on swimming safety that was to include training.
He is concerned that we must keep a log of all incidents,
ensure that the equipment is always available
and in good working order through daily inspections.
The meeting was adjourned.
Ann Marie Cunningham