Lucky Marmon, Alan Gelb, John Membrino,
Caroline Gelb, Karen B. Possner, Mary Tisdale, Steve
Newman, Jane Winer, Jody Benjamin, Diane Noble,
Louise Meyer, David Winer, John Lentz, Judy Lentz,
Meredith Griggs, Stan Wiggins, John Noble, Edward,
Sherry Fizdale, Christine Henny, Ned Goddard,
Jeff Komarow, Cecily Abram, Robin Richter, Bill
Eichbaum, Bruce Gaber, Renee Dunham, Star Mitchell,
Marianne and Phil Ross, and Jim Drew
Call to Order and Minutes
The meeting was called to
order by President Bill Marmon at the lovely home of
Diane and John Noble. The minutes of the November
meeting were approved.
Ann Marie Cunningham read the nominees
for officer and supervisory positions, and thanked
those that are continuing in their previous roles as well
as the new folks who are stepping up to assume new
responsibilities. There were special commendations to
Bill Marmon for his service as president. Tryon Wells
was recognized for stepping up to that role. The complete
slate was printed in the November Islander.
Ned Goddard reported that volunteers
and our Caretaker did a lot of work on the Island
this year. There were repairs and upgrades to the
Caretakerís Quarters and many purchases, including a
new lawnmower, tools, and safety equipment. Our primary
asset is our Caretaker, who, with the help of many
volunteers, helped to minimize costs. Despite their
efforts, expenditures exceeded the budget. However, due
to the lottery that brought in additional revenue from
new members selected from the waiting list, we were
close to revenue neutral in 2014. Ned noted that there
will be no lottery in 2015 to bring in this extra revenue,
even though our current costs need to be maintained to
protect our facilities and support our Caretaker.
Ned promised that he will be vigilant and ďhold the
lineĒ on expenditures in the 2015 budget but that a
small increase in dues will be necessary, which has been
discussed in previous meetings. He recommended an
increase of 5%, the first increase in two years, applied
to all dues and fees. The regular dues will increase from
$358 to $375, senior dues and waiting list passes from
$179 to $188, and the waiting list fee from $30 to $32.
Members with any questions relating to the budget
should contact the treasurer. The budget was approved.
Ned also reported that he expected a refund with
interest from the County for being overcharged for
solid waste removal. He expressed gratitude at the confidence
that he has received.
Drew Walsh reported that there was
a low turnout for the workfest, possibly because there
had not been an email reminder sent to all. He is considering
a new rule to encourage volunteerism, in addition
to the current one that allows folks on the wait list
to earn a pass to use the Island.
Drew was commended for his hard work and creative
ideas in maintaining our Island paradise.
Print version of The Islander
As a result of the
announcement in the December Islander to cease printing
and mailing of the print version of The Islander,
John Noble volunteered to looking into printing costs
that would be passed directly to those who wish to continue
receiving it. A motion was passed to continue the
current mailing until February. This gives John the
time to look into options and for notification to those
who currently receive the print version.
Relief Caretakerís Report
Jody Benjamin reported that
Kathy Carroll, Penelope Mitchell, Christy and Garth Ross,
John Lord, Joe and Tammy Belden, and Greg Hitz have
served as caretakers since the last meeting. We are grateful
to those who it make possible for us to enjoy the Island.
We expressed our gratitude to John and Diane Noble
for their hospitality. The meeting was adjourned so that
we could all enjoy each otherís company and the tasty
refreshments that had been contributed.
Ann Marie Cunningham