Lynda Slayen, Gary Slayen, Karen B. Possner,
Bill Eichbaum, Renee Butler, John Butler, Vicki Judson,
Penelope Mitchell, Cora Shaw, Bernard Neuthey,
Meredith Griggs, Jody Benjamin, David Winer, Sandi
Komarow, Jeff Komarow, Joe Hage, Star Mithcell, John
Membrino, Susanna Membrino, Renee Dunham, Gerry
Barton, Jim Drew, Phill Ross, Marianne Ross, William
Marmon, Kathy Carroll, Lucky Marmon, Ann Marie
Cunningham, Rodolfo Castro, Lisa Catalone
President Tryon Wells called the meeting to order
just after 8:00 pm at the lovely home of Lynda and
The November Minutes were unanimously approved.
Ned Goddard reported that the
operating budget for 2015 was $89,409. The club
funded numerous projects including the new canoe
float, a new canoe carrier, wireless router and network,
clubhouse painting, well, septic, lighting, and general
facilities maintenance. In the last months of the year,
unexpected expenditures arose, including earlier payments
to the IRS, making it necessary to expend $5,500
from the reserve. The members thanked Ned for his
efforts in securing a $3,400 refund from the county for
The budget proposal for 2016 addresses the Cost of
Living CPI of just 0.2% and balances it against the
usual pressures of maintenance of our facilities,
increased tax withholding for our caretaker, health care
and casualty insurance. The proposed budget of
$89,655 is “flat” with no increase compared to last year,
and does not include a dues increase. The new member
lottery is expected to generate additional income,
which may be used for compelling requests for new
expenditures or to rebuild the reserve fund.
The final payments will be made to retire the clubhouse
renovation debt in 2017, two years earlier than
The budget passed unanimously.
Nominating Committee Report
The nominating committee reported the slate of officers for 2017. Most of the officers and supervisors have consented to serve for another year. They include:
President - Tryon Wells
Vice President - Richard Bertaut
Co-Recording Secretary - Ann Marie Cunningham
Co-Recording Secretary - Lucky Marmon
Treasurer - Ned Goddard
Financial Secretary - Lisa Kliefoth
Membership Secretary - John Noble
Editor - Carol Beehler
Archivist - Karen Possner
Captain - Drew Walsh
Deputy Captain - Vacant
Finance - Ellen Kennedy
Law - Parker Moore
Clubhouse - Marianne Ross
Grounds - Alice Bullard
Painting/Carpentry - Karl Kosok
Website - Tryon Wells
Entertainment - George & Shelley Malusky
Camping/Parties - Jonathan Zimmerman
Canoeing - Joe Cecil
Swimming - Roger Herst
Relief Caretaker Scheduling - Vacant
The position of Relief Caretaker Scheduler is vacant as
Jody Benjamin has retired, but she encouraged all to
consider volunteering for the role. She was very appreciative
of the many volunteers, but especially to those
who volunteered frequently, including Vicky Judson
and Meredith Griggs. In the most recent month, the
volunteer caretakers were Meg Beuchert, Jones Sherry
Pettie Fizdale, Jody and Bobby Benjamin, Cora Shaw
and Bernard Veuthey, Sarah Fraidin, and Stephen
The position of Deputy Captain is also vacant as
Steve Newman had to resign this fall due to other commitments.
If you are interested in becoming more involved in
the life of Sycamore Island, please contact Tryon Wells
at email@example.com or 301 576 6339 to volunteer
to serve in one of these positions.
Those in attendance expressed gratitude to all who
have served the club this year, including those who held
office as well as those who just showed up when
The slate of officers was elected by acclamation.
Membership: The membership lottery will be held in
2016. Encourage folks you know who may be interested
to get the application from the website and submit it
between January 1 and March 31.
Gerry Barton asked for volunteers to cut wood for the woodstove. Ned Goddard cut some during the workfest, but more is needed to get us through the winter.
The January Meeting of the Montgomery Sycamore Island Club will be held at 8:00 p.m. at the home of Madeleine Carter and Alec Graham at 7106 Radcliffe Lane in Glen Echo. All members and club applicants are invited to attend.
From Glen Echo circle (MacArthur and Goldsboro) head towards the single lane bridge. Take a left on Cornell (the last left before the single lane bridge), then an immediate right on Wellesley. Park on Wellesley. Walk down Radcliffe Lane (parallel to MacArthur just off Wellesley). House is at the end of
the lane with a fishpond in front.
The meeting was adjourned to enjoy the gracious hospitality of our hosts, Lynda and Gary Slayen, the colorful artwork, and the savory and sweet goodies that
were provided by the members.
Ann Marie Cunningham