Ned Goddard, John Noble, Gerry Barton,
Rodolf Castro, Jim Drew, Dave Winer, Geoff Holdridge,
Tryon Wells, Karen Possner, Drew Walsh, Sherry
Fizdale, Lucky Marmon
Webmaster Tryon Wells, standing in for club
President Bill Marmon, called the meeting to order.
Attendees introduced themselves.
The October Minutes were approved unanimously.
Tryon reports that the monthly
Islander will henceforth be distributed only by email.
Treasurer Nick Goddard presented
the 2015 draft budget to be distributed at the club’s
December meeting. Ned reported that projected expenditures
through the end of December 2014 are
expected to exceed the budgeted amount of $85,086 by
14%, for a total of $96,589. The club’s reserve of
$84,000 allowed for some leeway in spending on additional
safety equipment, Officers and Directors insurance,
painting, roof and gutter repairs, and various
member-requested capital expense items. An expected
credit of $3,400 from Montgomery County for solid
waste removal as well as a “bump” from the everyother-
year membership lottery is estimated to close the
gap between budget and actual expenditure.
The club’s 2015 draft budget, which is adjusted to
inflation (taken from Consumer Price Index of 1.6% as
of October 2014), reflects increases in fixed operational
costs similar to past years with greater increases in the
variable categories, such as facilities and social budget.
The total amount budgeted for 2015 is $89,409, an
increase of 5% over 2014. The club will continue to
have the same pressures to maintain facilities, replace
equipment, and fund new projects. In light of a projected
budget shortfall, Ned is recommending an
increase in member dues of 5 percent.
The 2015 budget is submitted and voted upon by the
membership at the December meeting.
Captain Drew Walsh presented a
proposal for facilities maintenance, new projects, and
additional equipment for 2015 in the amount of
$17,305. This proposal is several thousand dollars over what had been allotted in these categories in the
Treasurer’s budget. Drew recommended that club dues
be increased by 10% instead of 5%. He also suggested
that money could be raised through the purchase of
wait list passes.
Members recommended that new projects and
equipment purchases be prioritized. Some can be postponed
to 2016; others can be addressed on an individual
basis next year. Emergencies can be covered by the
club’s Reserve Fund.
A straw vote was taken favoring a 5% increase in
Drew reminded everyone to attend the Fall Work
Fest on Sunday, Nov. 16th and asked for volunteers to
head up various projects.
Relief Caretakers’ Report
Jodi and Bobby Benjamin
reported that the following members and wait list
members served as relief caretakers over the past
month: Robin Richter, Norman and Nancy Metzger,
John Cunningham, Garret Rasmussen, Nancy Shute
and Roman Kulbashny, Meredith Griggs, Robert
Braunchler, John Lord, and Madeleine Carter
(Graham). Jodi and Bobby thanked all of them for
keeping the ferry running.
The Holiday party and December meeting will be held
at the home of John and Diane Noble, 7024 Arandale
Road, Bethesda, MD 20815. Important: Please bring
food and drink to share.
The meeting was adjourned.