Richard Bertaut, Jody Benjamin, Star
Mitchell, Meredith Griggs, Jeff Komarow, Jane Winer,
Renee Butler, John Butler, Dave Winer, Marianne Ross,
Jim Drew, Karen Possner, John Noble, Tryon Wells,
Vicky Judson, Sherry Fizdale, Drew Walsh, Ned
Goddard, and Ann Marie Cunningham.
Call to Order and Minutes
The meeting was called to order by President Wells at the home of our gracious
hosts Vicky Judson and Michael Esch. The minutes of the January meeting were approved after being amended to say that John Noble projects that 10 members will move to senior membership, which allows 10 waitlisters to join.
This year the dues were due on February
15, rather than March 31, as in the past. Tryon Wells
sent an email to the approximately 50 members with
dues outstanding. There will be follow-up calls to prevent
members from overlooking the due date. Vicky
related how it is important that your email address be
current so that they can contact you so that you don’t lose your membership.
John Noble nominated John and Ann Marie
Cunningham, Partricia Hartge and Alan Strasser, Lisa
and Christopher Kliefoth, Wayne and Susan Limberg,
John and Susanna Membrino, Patricia and Richard
Roth, Jack and Brenda Sanders, Richard and Carol
Schleicher, and Peter Winkler and Barbara Kraft for
John also nominated George and Marcia Loeb for
Honorary Membership. They had resigned after 53
years of membership because they are unable to participate
in club activities due to age and health. George
and Marcia organized the Labor Day Regatta for many
years and devised games and races that are still being
used. They supervised the entertainment committee
and manned the grill at many events over eight years.
The nomination passed unanimously.
Tryon Wells began a discussion about changing the
rules concerning eligibility for honorary and senior
membership. Currently, to be an honorary member,
one must resign from the club and then be nominated
in writing by a current member, and have been a member
for 25 years or more, or have performed outstanding
or unusual service to the club. To be a senior member,
one must have been a member for 20 years or
more, and apply in writing to the Membership Secretary. An exception is for caretakers who have
served long and well. Tryon is considering lengthening
the time to be eligible for senior membership and honorary
Drew Walsh is currently working on
reviewing, planning, and designing spring projects that
fit within the budget. Tove Elfstrom is going to rebuild
the canoe dock. One under consideration is to declutter
the screened porch, and to build benches with backrests
that flip so that you can look into or out of the porch.
Drew also requested approval to host a large party of
more than 35 persons on March 21, which was approved.
The spring workday will be held on April 12th with the
19th as the rain date. The Flower Walk will be May 4th.
Drew also thanked Jody Benjamin for the article in
last month’s Islander and her work recruiting substitute
caretakers for Saturdays—Joe’s day off—and his vacations
during the year. Jody has also built a list of
Islanders who have volunteered to lend a hand on small
ad hoc projects around the Island, as the need may
arise throughout the year.
Relief Caretakers Report
Jody Benjamin thanked the
caretakers who volunteered during the last month:
Meredith Griggs, Penelope Mitchell, Wayne Limberg,
and David and Sharon Gustafson. She particularly
wanted to recognize Meredith and Penelope who have
been regularly volunteering each month.
Ned Goddard has completed all of
the federal and state filings that are required at this
time for Employee Insurance, payroll and Sycamore
Notes. The club’s 2014 Federal Tax Filing will be completed
in April for the May deadline. He also reported
that the county tax refund due to the club as a result of
the solid waste assessment appeal is still outstanding.
Due to a database irregularity on paying interest, rather
than collecting it, he will continue to work with
County Finance Director to resolve and get the refund.
Ned commended Lisa Kleifoth for the admirable and
honorable work she does at this time of year to collect
and deposit the dues payments. Lisa reports that there
are 50 member families who have not yet paid their
dues, which is much better than at this point in previous
years. This year’s earlier deadline so far appears to
benefit the club to bring in revenue more quickly, and
enables new members to join earlier in the year.
The Downriver Race will be held on
May 16 and ends at Sycamore Island. A volunteer is
needed to staff and coordinate the safety boat volunteers
who primary responsibility is to ensure that the
racers stop at Sycamore Island rather than paddling
past it. Volunteers receive a T-shirt and lunch provided
by the Canoe Cruisers Association. Jim will submit an
article to The Islander requesting volunteers. Vicky
Judson can provide pictures and Star Mitchell will
write an article after the race.
Sherry Fizdale reported that She, David Winer,
Marianne Ross, and Tryon Wells attended a presentation
by the C&O Park Superintendent about the proposal
to raise entrance fees. While initially opposed to
the proposal, she was swayed by the reasonableness of
it, and the dire financial straits the park is in. The
budget has been cut repeatedly over the years, so there
is fewer staff and less funding for maintenance. She
explained the the proposed fees were similar to those
charged at parks nationwide and that they would only
be charged at the current parking lots plus at Fletcher’s.
Only a portion of the fees would go directly to the
C&O Park. The rest would go to the Park Service where
all parks could compete for the funds. A few days later,
she heard that the proposal has been shelved.
Star Mitchell was thanked for the wonderful memories
she shared of John Lentz, who we will miss greatly.
We all appreciated the generous spread of refreshments
that Vicky provided for us.
The meeting was adjourned.