Attendees: Gerry Barton, Melanie Clark, Lauren Bauer,
Geoff Holdridge, Bettina Stern, Karen Possner, Rodolfo
Castro, David Winer, Ann Marie Cunningham, Star
Mitchell, Tove A. Ektstrom, Jim Drew, Tryon Wells,
Lucky Marmon, Maureen Jeffreys, Michael Bergsman,
Jeff Kamarow, Ned Goddard, Richard Bertaut, Meredith
Griggs, Joseph Kildea, Judy Lentz
Club President Tryon Wells called the meeting to order.
The January 2015 minutes were approved unanimously.
Treasurer Ned Goddard reported that
Montgomery County has given the club a tax credit of
$3,400 for a solid waste charge made on last July’s property
tax. Goddard pointed out to county officials that the
club does not generate waste. What garbage we have is
taken off the Island by club members. The club also
received a $100 credit for the cell phone we give to our
caretaker, Joe Hage. Joe has been given a different phone.
Members’ Club dues are coming in on schedule. So
far, we have received $40,000 in dues.
Membership Chairman’s Report
Chairman John Noble’s report was delivered by Richard Bertaut. In this 2015 dues cycle, 10 members have or will move to senior
status, thus creating new openings for regular membership.
He noted that six applicants would be presented at
this meeting (March 11) and four will be presented at
the April meeting. The waiting list will be reduced to 46
applicants. Dues payment by the 2015 deadline was
good. Results from the intensive follow-up with nonpayers
will determine either valid inadvertent losing of
membership or a decision not to continue membership.
Twenty six applicants paid for passes for 2015.
Candidates presented for membership were the following:
Christopher and Bettina Stern, Michael
Bergsman and Maureen Jeffreys, Michael Borek and
Rebecca Beynon, Joseph Kilea, John Weiner and Caroline
Shiffer, Lauren Bauer. Four of the six were present, and
all six were unanimously voted into membership.
Archivist Karen Possner noted that she
had recently received a document written in 1920 that
relates to the Island. She urges members who possess
other relevant documents to give them to her. Older
documents that were once stored on the Island or at
Tryon Wells’ home are kept at the Washington Historical
Society. Many of our documents such as The Islander,
Minutes, and reports have been stored online and are
available on the club’s website.
Captain Drew Walsh reported that he
and a small cadre of club members have been looking
into a replacement option for the canoe dock. Their hope
is to have a dock that is esthetically pleasing and lighter
and easier to put in and take out each spring and fall.
Drew wanted feedback from members about the various
options he and his small group have been researching.
One option is the Candock, a Canadian product,
which is made up of modular floating units or cubes that
are connected at the corners. The Candock floats about
two inches down in the water. Rudolfo Castro, who has
helped to put out the dock in the past, stressed the
importance of purchasing a dock that is lighter than our
traditional wooden dock. He has forwarded information
to Drew about an aluminum framed dock that can be
clad with a variety of materials, including plastic. A resolution
was passed authorizing the group that has been
working on this issue to explore the options and decide
on a dock that meets budget constraints as well as the
other criteria. In the meantime, the old dock can be used.
New Business: Judy Lentz asked to permission to host a
party that would celebrate her husband’s life on June
6th. John Lentz was an avid canoeist and contributed
greatly to the club over many years. Her request was
One member of the wait list requested permission to
hold a large party on the Island on June 20th. Lucky
Marmon explained that in addition to having large parties
approved at a monthly meeting, there is a form that
needs to be filled out and certain eligibility requirements
that need to be met in order to host a large party. She
referred the applicant to the information on large parties
on the Island website.
Jim Drew congratulated Caretaker Joe Hage on the
quality and content of his blog in The Islander. Jim particularly
enjoyed the recent quote from the Metallica
song, “TrappedUnder Ice,” which pretty much sums up
Joe’s existence on the Island this winter.
David Winer has designed an attractive Sycamore
Island Club logo that can be used on coffee mugs, shirts
and other Island paraphernalia. Attendees authorized
him to purchase 144 10 oz. mugs for $5.40 each. These
will be sold for $10 or less at events such as the upcoming
Work Fest, the summer Regatta, and the Solstice
The Work Fest is Sunday, April 12th, starting at 9:00.
Bring food to share at a potluck lunch.
The next meeting will be on Wednesday, April 8th, on