Vicki Judson welcomed us into her home in Glen Echo for the February meeting and provided substantial and delicious food and drink.
President Tryon Wells called the meeting to order
sometime after 8:00 p.m., when it was determined that
we had a quorum.
Tryon Wells, Bill Marmon, Karen Possner,
Jim Drew, Drew Walsh, Stan Fowler, Vici Judson, David
Gustafson, Kathy Carroll, Marianne Ross, Sherry
Fizdale, Kathy Carroll, and Jane Winer. Also in attendance
were David Gustafson and Rodolfo Castro and
Lisa Catalone, who entered the meeting as prospective
new members and left it as members.
Minutes of the January 2016 meeting, as printed in
The Islander, were approved by unanimous vote.
Bill Marmon announced the death of
long-time member Charlotte Brewer in January, and
noted that her obituary in The Washington Post suggested
that those wishing to make a memorial gift consider
a donation to the Sycamore Island Club, among
others of her favorite organizations.
In the absence of chair John Noble, copies of his
written membership report were passed to the attendees.
There were three resignations since the last
report: in addition to Charlotte Brewer, Sara Clark,
who is more often in Michigan than D.C., and George
Malusky, a senior member who joined the club in 1977.
John Noble’s membership notes were emailed to the
editor for inclusion in The Islander and are as follows:
"As of February 28, there were 37 applications from 40-
and-overs and nine applications from 39-and-unders to
be considered for the waiting list lottery. It will be conducted
at the April monthly meeting. We expect there
will be 25–30 vacancies in the waiting list roster.”
Tryon Wells noted that when past illustrious members
who resigned, such as George Malusky, a former
club president and “an august figure from an earlier
time,” they have been honored for being a credit to the
club. A motion was made and passed to add George
Malusky’s name to the roll of Honorary Members.
Next on the membership report was the proposal of
three families for regular membership:
-- Rodolfo Castro and Lisa Catalone and their two
children, sponsored by Dave Winer
-- Robin and Florin Kogelnik and their two children,
sponsored by John Noble
-- Sharon and David Gustafson and their four children,
sponsored by Andrew Umhau
David Gustafson, and Rodolfo Castro and
Lisa Catalone introduced themselves and spoke about
their reasons for wanting to join. After a brief discussion,
a motion was presented to admit them all, which
passed in a unanimous vote.
Karen Possner reported that her appointment
to deposit club records at the DC Historical Society
were hijacked by the snowstorm in January. A discussion
followed about why we deposit records there, why
paper records, why print any newsletters at all—a topic
which has been discussed many times in past and likely
Drew Walsh first expressed thanks to
our Caretaker Joe Hage for taking care of the Island in
the high-water event in early February that followed
the January blizzard. The Little Falls gauge showed a
flood level of 9.92 feet.
Vicki Judson said that she will head up
the June Solstice party efforts, depending on response
to the notice she plans to submit to The Islander.
Drew Walsh expressed the club’s thanks
to Steve Newman for serving as Deputy Captain. He
then proposed newly-minted member Rodolfo Castro
as Deputy Captain, and this proposal was immediately
met with a vote of approval.
The date of the Spring Workfest was changed to
April 17, with a raindate of the 24th.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:40 p.m.
Sherry Pettie Fizdale
Substitute Recording Secretary