Meredith Griggs, John Cunningham, Drew
Walsh, Tryon Wells, Jennifer Hearn, Joe Hage, Jane
Winer, Ned Goddard, Robin Richter, David Winer,
Steve Newman, Sherry Pettie Fizdale, Larry Heilman,
John Noble, Marianne Ross, and Ann Marie
Call to Order and Minutes
The meeting was called to
order by vice president Tryon Wells following a very
interesting talk presented by Joe Bell of the US
Geological Survey on water quality in the Potomac. The
minutes of the May 14, 2014, meeting were approved.
Ann Marie Cunningham was elected
chair of this committee, which is responsible for nominating
a slate of officers in November to be voted upon
at the annual meeting in December. Bill Marmon and
Tryon Wells will serve on the committee. If interested
in supporting the club next year as an officer or supervisor,
please contact Ann Marie.
Ann Lucy has had to resign as supervisor due
to health concerns. Alice Bullard, has been very
involved with the environmental work that has been
done lately and was elected to replace her. Please thank
Alice (and offer to help) when you next see her.
John Noble presented his proposed
amendment to Bylaw 15. Currently, Bylaw 14 specifies
that dues payment are due “in advance on January first,
or in four equal installments, each quarter in advance,”
and Bylaw 15 says that members “shall be dropped
from membership, without advance notice” if payment
is not received by April 1. Currently, payments are
received each month from January to April, yet the late
ones incur no penalty. This process delays admission of
new members since number of club vacancies is not
firm until well into the year, and in years when there is
a lottery for admission to the wait list, the number of
spots is not clear until the last minute. John’s proposal
is to move the date by which the payments must be
received earlier, and institute a short period thereafter
during which the member could request reinstatement
with payment of a penalty. John will rewrite the proposed
amendment based upon the discussion, and a
vote will be held next month.
Drew Walsh reported that a new roof
has been installed above the caretaker’s apartment.
Considerable progress had been made in the previous
week in addressing the safety concerns. Larry Heilman
still feels the stanchions should be placed closer to the
water and that there should be greater accountability
for ensuring the equipment is always in place. Watch
for emails announcing a swim safety event, which may
be held in conjunction with another event in order to
Ned Goddard proposed a plan to
repay the building debt early. The debt was to be repaid
over the next 5 years. Ned proposed repaying the construction
notes in the next three years. This would
require $5,000 more to paid out in each of the three
years, but would save approximately $3,000 in interest.
The construction dues would continue as planned. The
motion was carried.
Relief Caretaker’s Report
Jody Benjamin reported by
email that that she is very grateful to those who volunteered
to be relief caretaker so that Joe could have a wellearned
day off. In June, the relief caretakers were Terry
Topaz, Melanie Clark, Madeleine Carter (Graham), Russ
Shaw (Stutman), Jody Benjamin, Susan Dunham and
Dan Schember, Rosemary Hart and Craig Iscoe,
Charlotte Brewer, and Terry Topaz and Melanie Clark.
We’re all very thankful for their help and support.
David Winer moved that the children’s
slide, which was removed for safety reasons, be reinstalled
on the swim dock. Dave said that the slide has
appealed to children for years and helps them develop
self-reliance and outdoor skills and that it is low risk
compared to other hazards. The motion carried.
Steve Newman made laminated cards with safety
advice which will be placed in appropriate places
around the Island.
Jennifer Hearn said that she hoped everyone would
speak up in a friendly manner if they see people acting
in a way that is not safe. Everyone has to be a lifeguard
on the Island.
In response to a question, it was stated that committee
supervisors have the authority to act on things
within the purview without seeking approval at a meeting
unless the action requires funds above their budget or if
it is counter to an existing practice.
Jane Winer is planning a dance in late September. She
asked for the sense of the meeting as to the possibility of
allowing adults to bring their own alcoholic beverage. It
was felt that since it is a family event with teenagers, it
was not appropriate.
The meeting was adjourned.
Ann Marie Cunningham