Ann Marie Cunningham, Richard Bertaut,
Steve Newman, John Membrino, John Noble, Drew
Walsh, Tryon Wells, Bill Marmon, Lucky Marmon,
Star Mitchell, Cathy Carroll, Jim Drew, Ned Goddard,
President Tryon Wells called the meeting to order at
The September Minutes were unanimously
approved. Notes taken at the October meeting did not
need approval as there was not a quorum present and,
therefore, not an official meeting.
Treasurer Ned Goddard reported
that the Sycamore Island Club’s financial picture is revenue
neutral—our revenues taken in the beginning of
the year look to meet our operating expenses throughout
the year for 2015. However, due to an unplanned
accounting change with respect to the Caretaker’s withholding
taxes in the final quarter of this year as
requested by the IRS (filing Fed, SS and State W/H the
end of each month, rather than the end of each quarter),
any expected surplus will go to making these payments
in this budget year, rather than in January of 2016.
The club’s annual budget traditionally reflects an
increase over the previous year by the US Consumer
Price Index (1.7% in 2014). This year the CPI was
0.2%, reflecting the economy’s sluggish performance.
Consequently, Ned presented the 2016 Annual Budget
similar to last year’s budget. The proposed 2016 MSIC
Budget maintains few adjustments in operational
expenses of all lines (including Insurance and
Employee payroll and benefits), with slight decrease to
the facilities budget line—$10,000 vs. $13,000 last year,
a figure that was used in prior years to fund the club
The good news is that there will be no dues increase
for 2016, as next year is a membership lottery year,
which is traditionally a year that Club builds reserves to
maintain one year of operating expenses (approximately
$85,000). Based on discussions in the last club meetings,
Ned recommends the club devote any 2016 surplus to
reserves as has been done in the past, as he received no
new requests from the committees to increase their
2016 budget lines. He emphasized that he was willing to
discuss and accommodate any compelling request of
any committee for funding any increase or new expenditures
in 2016 not appearing in the budget.
He noted that our membership revenues have grown
more slowly than our operational expenses, and he
emphasized fiscal prudence and responsibility, as has
been the club’s fiscal practice in the past. John Noble
urged us not to adhere too strictly to the policy of keeping
a year’s budget in reserve. There are projects, he
emphasized, that should be taken care of to keep the
grounds and club house from deteriorating. Ned agreed.
“If something comes up, we could fund it,” he said.
Membership Chairman John
Noble reported that there will be at least 15 openings
for the wait list at the time of the April 1 lottery. That
number could increase if some members fail to pay
their dues in by the February 15th deadline or retire
from membership. The following are the next ten persons/
families on the waitblist, who will likely become
members. They are: Nicole Fraser and Harley
Feldbaum, Sharon and David Gustafson, Julia Strasser
and Andrew Cassidy, Rodolfo and Caroline Castro,
Robin and Florian Kogelnik, Peter and Charlotte Dean,
Sarah Fraidin and Stephen Roggie, Drew Schaumber,
Michael Beer and Latanja Thomas. John will contact
these people and urge them to round up their two
endorsements by members.
John noted that in the previous lottery there were
100 applicants in the 40-years-old and under group,
and 200 applicants ages 41 and up. We now have 45
persons on the wait list. This year’s lottery will open to
applicants on January 1, 2016. The application is
online. John gave notice that applicants will not receive
confirmation that their applications have been received.
Some attendees wondered how those wishing to join
the club would know about the lottery. Most people
stated that the news spread swiftly by word of mouth.
Lucky Marmon put it on her town list serve.
Richard Young’s proposal, made at the September
meeting on the Island, to amend Standing Rules to
allow members’ children to bypass the lottery system,
thus fast-tracking them for the wait list and club membership
was discussed and voted down nine to three.
Ann Marie Cunningham noted that senior
members have the right to vote at club meetings,
but the by-laws don’t specifically allow it. She proposed
an amendment to the by-laws, which made it clear that
senior members can vote. It was seconded and
Captain Drew Walsh expressed concern
about the huge fallen tree by the Old Trestle
Bridge. He suggested calling the County at 311 to find
out if they had plans to dispose of the tree.
Cathy Carroll recommended purchasing new kayak paddles.
Caretaker Joe Hage received praised for stories, such
as the “Fox and the Deer,” that appear in his log in The
Relief Caretakers’ Report
Relief Caretaker Supervisors
Jody and Bobby Benjamin wish to thank the following
for substitute caretaking during the past month: James
Hess and Betsy Cody, Jonathan Rose, David Lyles,
Ashley Baquie, Kevin Haley, Madeleine Carter
(Graham), Julie Saulnier and Mark Friedrichs,
Meredith Griggs, Patricia Benton, David and Emily
The next meeting and Holiday Party will take place on
Wednesday, December 9th at 8:00 p.m. at the home of
Lynda and Gary Slayen, 6605 Rivercrest Court in
Mohican Hills. Club members and club applicants are
invited to attend. Please bring a dish to share.
From the club parking lot, turn left onto
MacArthur Boulevard, towards Glen Echo. Take the
first right (past Walhounding) onto Mohican Road. Go
up the hill and turn left at the stop sign. Stay left to