Bill Marmon, Sherry Fizdale, Sandra
Purohit, Geoff Holdridge, Rodolfo Castro, Robin
Richter, Tryon Wells, Chris White, Richard Bertaut,
Karen Possner, Lenore Ostrowsky, Stan Fowler, Dan
Smith, Kathy Carroll, Marianne Ross, Jim Drew, Ann
Marie Cunningham, Ned Goddard, Drew Walsh
President Tryon Wells called the meeting to order.
The April minutes were amended by Sherry
Fizdale to say that, in the incident reported last month
where adolescents were standing in club canoes without
life vests, the water temperature was below 55°,
thus creating a very dangerous risk of hypothermia.
The minutes were unanimously approved with the
John Noble had two wonderful
events for us. The first was voting into membership
seven new families, who applied in 2012. The new
• Peter and Charlotte Dean and their three children
Julian, Clara and Jack, who were sponsored and recommended
by Kermit Roosevelt, Stan Fowler, and
• Nicole Fraser and Harley Feldbaum and their two
children Nora and Maddox, who were sponsored and
recommended by Andy Malmgren, Gerry Barton, and
• Sandra and Raj Purohit, who were sponsored and recommended
by Alan and Caroline Gelb, Robert Gelb,
Linda Greer, and Mike Tilchin
• Gary and Linda Slayen, who were sponsored and recommended
by Barbara Matthews, Jody and Bobby
Benjamin, Tamara Zemlo and Chris White, and John
• Drew Schaumber, who was sponsored and recommended
by Patricia Roth, Lauren Bauer, and Jennifer
and Davey Hearn
• Jamie and Daniel Smith and their three children
Claire, Benjamin and Sarah, who were sponsored and
recommended by Jim Drew, Rachael Moshman, and
• Clayton and Ellen Teague, who were sponsored and
recommended by Geoff Holdridge, Martha
Holdridge, and Tryon Wells
The next event was the new member lottery. 134
applicants had applied by the deadline, 38 are younger
than 40, and 96 have passed their 40th birthday.
Numbered poker chips were drawn, alternating
between the two age groups. Each group gets 15 slots
and 5 alternate slots in case some do not pay the application
fee. A concern was voiced that some applicants
had not met their sponsor; instead the sponsor had had
a telephone interview with them. The response was that
this does not get them admitted to the club; they have
time to meet folks who will provide recommendations.
Potomac Watershed Clean-up
Ned Goddard reported
that since only one person volunteered in advance, the
Clean-up will be done on Sunday, April 17. A man and
his son will help clean Ruppert’s Island.
Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Ned Goddard reported
that he received word from the IRS that the club’s Form
990 needed some revisions, which he has made and
submitted. There were no fines or penalties. Ned
reported that Lisa Kliefoth will present an update next
month on the status of the dues payments. Despite the
unbudgeted expense for filling the old well, the finances
still appear sound.
Captain Drew Walsh reported that
there are no major projects planned at this time. He
thanked Joe Hage and Stan Fowler for the electrical
work performed to repair the sconces. The sinkhole
that was reported last month actually is an old well that
was probably abandoned when the current clubhouse
was built. It has been filled, and the appropriate papers
will be filed with the county and state to show that the
work has been done according to code. Other work that
is planned or underway is to replace the windows in
the quarters, complete painting the exterior, replace the
screen door, repair and rewire the lighting system on
the trail (possibly with solar power), and put a bumper
and shelf on the canoe dock for kayakers. Rodolfo
Castro and Dave Winer have developed a prototype
bench with storage space where the back can be
switched to either side.
The Island now receives power from Green Energy
sources (wind, solar), as well as enrolled in PEPCO’s
green energy program. Jared Farber’s company, Ethical
Energy, provides the power as well as subsidizing the
cost by providing green energy credits. The thermostats
have been replaced and can be remotely controlled by
the Caretaker and PEPCO during periods of high usage.
The club can opt out of the program if it doesn’t meet
with our approval.
Jerry Barton has given Karen
Possner every Islander since 1997, as well as other documents.
She also noted reports on Island usage over the
years and guest notes. She has enjoyed reading them,
and selections of articles may appear in The Islander in
Chris White reported that firefighters
will come to familiarize themselves with the Island, in
case there ever should be an emergency. Drew asked
him if they might be able to teach water safety or CPR.
The meeting was adjourned.
The next meeting is Wednesday, May 11th, on the
Island at 8:00 pm.
Ann Marie Cunningham