President Tryon Wells called the meeting to order at 8:00 p.m.
The April Minutes were approved unanimously.
Captain Drew Walsh reported via Tryon Wells that the new canoe dock is up and operating. The famed “Geezer Pole” —so dearly loved by all— is installed, but still a bit wobbly. “It will be stabilized,” said Geezer Pole Officianado David Winer. The swim dock and float are ready also except for painting. John Noble saluted Drew Walsh for his hard work on all projects.
Membership Chairman John Noble reported that all dues have been collected with the exception of those from three new members. The waiting list
will be reduced from 60 to 45. The next lottery for spots
on that waiting list will be April, 2016. Application for the
lottery will be available online in January.
The club currently has 162 regular members, 76 senior
members, 20 inactive members, 16 honorary members,
and 45 on the waiting list. None of those on the
waiting list are from the old waiting list.
President Tryon Wells noted that in the event that
the number of person that move from the waiting list
to membership each year is below what we originally
predicted, we can make an adjustment of the number
of persons added to the waiting list through the lottery.
Treasurer Ned Goddard reported
that the club’s financial situation was similar to the way
it was last year at this time. It is “on track.” As he
pointed out at the last meeting, the $13,000 allotted for
variable expenses, such as repairs and refurbishing, is
close to being spent. Hopefully, we will not have any
catastrophic problems that would require additional
funding. Next year, when the club adds new members,
there will be additional revenues. Like our former
Treasurer Alan Gelb, Ned wants to keep a full year’s
budget in the club reserve account.
Relief Caretaker’s Report
Thanks to the following
members who served recently as relief caretakers: Lisa
Hemmer, Linda Greer, Susan Dunham, Dan Schember,
Peter and Debra Friedmann, Lynda and Gary Slayen,
Kathy Kelley, Vicki Judson, Sue and Greg Super, Avi
Garbow (Anderson), Meryl Silverman, Mark Carlin,
Leslie and Casey Johnson, Abigail Wiebenson, Sherry
Relief Caretaker Supervisor Jody Benjamin said that
there was a problem with adult children of club member
using the club, bringing guests to the club and having
parties. Some of them do not realize that once they
leave home, usually after college, that they are no
Caretaker Joe Hage said that it wasn’t uncommon
for adult children of members to visit the Island, since
many of them have memories of great times there in
their youth. He deals with the issue by letting them stay
that one time, but reminds them that they are no
longer members. They can come only as guests of their
parent or of another member. They should be encouraged
to enter the membership lottery in April.
Most members at the meeting felt that the real
problem was members’ failure to acquaint themselves
and their children with the basic rules, tenets, and privileges
of club membership.
It was suggested that President Tryon Wells draft a
“summary” of must-know rules around membership
for next month’s Islander and also post it on the club
website for quick and easy reference. The first “must-know”
item are the club’s rules, which are contained in
full, in the Bylaws and Standing Rules, which have been
on the website for years.
It was suggested that a list of members be kept on
the ferry. The ferry operator should introduce herself
to passengers and ask for their names.
Another suggestion was to have a set age cut-off at,
say 22, rather than two different ones—currently 18 for
adult children who have moved out, and none for adult
children still living at home.
It is members’ responsibility to know the rules and
make sure their children know the rules.
David Winer, who presented his wonderful
Sycamore Island Club coffee mugs at the last meeting,
announced that the price of the mugs would be
$6.00/each. Persons who took home mugs at the last
meeting should send checks to Ned Goddard, 6717 79th
Street, Cabin John, MD 20818. No profit will be made
on the sale of the mugs. Members will be able to buy
them at meetings, parties, the Regatta, and clean-ups.
Star Mitchell reported that the Down River Race
went well. Vicki Judson and John Stapko volunteered as
Joe Hage informed us that the second
toilet in the ladies rest room was not broken, but simply
turned off. The two toilets will be functional when
there are larger groups of people on the Island.
Members approved a large party request made by
Vickie Judson for Sunday, August 9th. A large party
request made by Donna Messersmith Jones for July
19th for 25 people was also approved.
The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 8th,
on the Island. The meeting was adjourned.