Star Mitchell, Jim Drew, Tryon Wells, Dave
Winer, Jane Winer, Karen Possner, Meredith Griggs,
John Noble, Bill Marmon, Lucky Marmon, Jody
Benjamin, Gerry Barton, Marianne Ross, Ned Goddard,
Gary Slayen, Lynda Slayen, John Butler, Renee Butler
Club President Tryon Wells called the meeting to order.
The December Minutes were approved unanimously.
Relief Caretakers Report
Jody Benjamin reported that
she and Bobby Benjamin made a special appeal to
members to sign up for relief caretaking both on
Saturdays and during Caretaker Joe Hage’s vacation
periods. The response for relief caretakers was very successful.
Ten new names were added to the list of those
willing to volunteer for special activities, such as the
Spring and Fall Workfests. This appeal appears again in
this month’s Islander.
Thanks to those who have served or signed to be
Relief Caretakers since the December meeting. They are:
Richard and Jan Pappalardo, Witt and Annie Farquhar,
Meredith Griggs, Trip Reid, and Avi Gabrow.
It was noted that the buoys and signs
on both sides of the shore and on Sycamore Island that
warned boaters and swimmers about the dangers of the
water intake dam just below the Island are no longer
there. Most likely they were swept away during storms or
high winds. These signs had been placed there because
of an incident in the early 1980s in which several people
who went over the dam lost their lives. Gerry Barton
said he planned to attend a late-January meeting sponsored
by the Army Corp of Engineers and other groups
where the issue of the signs can be discussed. Jim Drew
suggested that the club use its “suasion” to have the
buoys and signs on shore restored, but agreed with others
that the sign on the Island was an eyesore.
It was suggested that someone do an article on the
dam incident for The Islander. Our former caretaker,
Doc, might have written one.
Membership Secretary’s Report
John Noble announced
that the annual dues notice had been mailed out.
He reported that 12 persons were now eligible for
senior membership, which will reduce their annual dues
by 50 percent and allow 20 waitlisters to join the club.
There was a lengthy discussion about the future distribution
of The Islander. Responding to a general consensus,
Lucky Marmon proposed that beginning with
the March issue, The Islander would be sent by email.
Those members who still wish to receive The Islander in
hard copy must send a check for $32 to Financial
Secretary Lisa Kleifoth by February 15th. This proposal
was passed. Lisa Kleifoth’s address is: 6613 80th Place,
Cabin John, MD 20818.
There are several community service organizations
which receive The Islander. It will be sent to their preferred
Archivist Karen Possner will send a hard copy of The
Islander each month to The Washington Historical
Society, where they are routinely stored.
Ned Goddard volunteered to print out copies of The
Islander on his color printer each month and bring
them to the Island.
President Tryon Wells listed the various
events to be scheduled on the Island during 2015. They
include the following: Fall Work Fest; Spring Work Fest;
Good Timers/Old Timers, Lucky Marmon/ Sept. 16th
Raindate October 14th; Bird Walk,Paul Hagen; Flower
Walk,Jane Winer; Down River Race; Bar-BQ and
Hootenanny; Soltice Party, Lynda Slayen; Canoe Class;
Fishing Derby, George Malusky; October Dance, Robin
Richter; Labor Day Regatta. Volunteers willing to head
up these events are needed. Tryon will follow up on
It was suggested that more members might attend
monthly meeting if there were interesting speakers on
the agenda. Some suggestions: the chief scientist of the
World Wildlife Fund, the head of the DC Historical
Society. Tryon requested that suggestions for speakers
be sent to him.
Thanks to Gary and Linda Slayen for hosting the
January meeting in their lovely home. The atmosphere
was warm and welcoming and the food delicious.
The February meeting will be held at 8:00 p.m. at
the home of Vicki Judson and Michael Esoh at 6203
Dahlonega Road, Bethesda.
The meeting was adjourned.