Lucky Marmon, Bill Marmon, Suzette
Risachek, Joe Hage, Tryon Wells, John Membrino, Jared
Farber, John Noble, Gerry Barton, Marianne Ross, Jim
Drew, Sherry Fizdale, Ann Marie Cunningham, Ned
Goddard, Drew Walsh, Sarah Fraidin
President Tryon Wells called the meeting to order.
The February Minutes were unanimously approved.
Attendees welcomed and elected to
membership Sarah Faidin and Stephen Roggie, along
with their three children. The family has been using the
club as waiterlisters and are enthusiastic about finally
Julia Strasser requested by letter an extension of her
family’s waitlist status due to “extraordinary” circumstances.”
Members voted 9 to 1 to allow a one-year deferral
from the date of the decision.
Waitlisters Nichole Fraser and Harley Feldbaum have
come to the top of the Waitlist, but are on assignment in
Geneva. They propose to pay their dues and apply for
inactive status until the their return. Gerry Barton and
Bill Marmon volunteered to act as their sponsors in
absentia and communicate with them via email.
The youngest applicant for the 2016 membership lottery
is 10-years-old. He was advised that his parents
must be the applicants.
Relief Caretaker’s Report
Madeleine Carter has taken
over for Jodi Benjamin, who did a wonderful job scheduling
relief caretakers for the past several years. This is
certainly one of the most important jobs. Thanks for
stepping up to the plate, Madeleine.
And thanks to the following who served as relief caretakers
during February: Joe and Tammy Belden, Ned
Goddard, Lisa Hemmer, and Eric Simpson. We couldn’t
do without you.
Treasurer Ned Goddard reported
that the club’s finances are solid at this time of the year,
due to the annual influx of member dues, waitlist fees,
rentals, etc. He will have a more detailed report at the
next meeting after discussing the 2016 income report
with Financial Secretary Lisa Kleifoth.
Captain Drew Walsh announced that
the Spring Workfest is Sunday, April 17th, starting at
9:00 a.m. The raindate is Sunday, April 24th. If anyone
has a specific task he/she would like to do or see done,
please contact Caretaker Joe Hage.
Gerry Barton pointed out several areas on the Island
where there are serious drainage problems and said
that a discussion of how they might be resolved is
ongoing. Three windows in the caretaker’s apartment
need replacing. There is a sink hole which will require
some professional engineering input to remedy.
Long-time Sycamore Island Club member,
Charlotte Brewer, passed away in February. She was
an enthusiastic participant in Sycamore Island activities
and an avid environmentalist. She had left instructions
that her friends not commemorate her life with flowers,
but with donations to various organizations, one of
which was Sycamore Island.
Jim Drew reported that he had taken advantage of the
unseasonably warm and sunny weather to visit Rupert’s
Island. It was a “magical experience,” he said, “very beautiful,
and no poison ivy.”
Sherry Fitzdale has observed that members’ adolescent
children, who visit the Island unchaperoned, often
throw caution to the wind and take few or no safety precautions
while on the water. She has seen some of them
paddling canoes while standing up and wearing no life
vests. Her observations prompted a discussion of how
best to enforce the club’s safety rules. Several suggestions:
a special event or Safety Day, reporting those indulging
in unsafe behavior to the club president. Bill Marmon
noted that it is every member’s responsibility to enforce
the club’s safety rules. If you see something, say something.
Don’t hesitate to speak up.
Potomac Watershed Clean-up
Ned Goddard announced that this event is scheduled for April 16th.
Just show up at 11a.m. at the ferry and help fill garbage
bags of trash on the Island, above and below on the towpath,
and path to MacArthur Boulevard. As a precaution,
make sure to wear gloves. All are welcome; please email
Ned at MSICTreasurer@yahoo.com if you plan to come.
Green Energy for the club
Ned Goddard introduced waitlister Jared Farber of Ethical Electric, who proposed a plan for the club to switch from coal-generated power
(dirty energy) to wind-and solar-generated power (cleansourced
energy), and thereby reduce the club’s carbon
footprint. Since 2012, all consumers and businesses in
Maryland have a choice of energy providers. Ethical
Electric is a mission-based, for-profit company that has a
small budget set aside for non-profits. The company buys
green/clean energy from regionally sourced solar and
wind energy providers. Pepco transmits power to customers
along its transmission lines, but generates electricity
from coal-fired sources. The proposal would retain
PEPCO’s transmission services, but the club would contract
with Ethical Electric for clean/green energy generation
services. The cost of switching to clean power would
increase the club’s electricity cost by an estimated
$300–$600, based on last year’s bills, as green energy is
currently more expensive than dirtier sources like coal.
Ethical Electrical is willing to make a donation of “energy
credits” for the club to offset the increased cost of green
energy for the club’s electric bill. No change in hardware
would be involved, and Ethical Electric would handle the
paperwork involved in switching. A proposal to try the
clean energy program for one year was accepted by a vote
of 9 to 2. Thank you Ethical Energy.
The next meeting
Wednesday, April 13th, on the Island at 8:00 p.m.
The meeting was adjourned.