Minutes OARS Board Meeting 2019

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OARS BOARD MEETING MINUTES

October 22, 2019

Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room

The meeting was called to order by President Peter Heffelfinger at 10:31 am.

Present were:  Peter Heffelfinger – President, Skip Dassler - Vice-President, Marilyn Sollers – Treasurer, Nora McMillan – Secretary, Jack Darnton – Communications, Cathy Schaeffer – Safety, and Mindy Sorensen – Membership.

The minutes from September 24, 2019 were read and approved with corrections.

REPORTS

1.   Installation of New Officers will be Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 7-9pm at Seafarer’s Park. It will be a potluck dessert and Skip and Cathy will prepare a video program. The rental fee, insurance and banquet license are complete. The general OARS membership meeting Friday, November 15 is cancelled.

The Slate of Officers for 2020 is:

President – Skip Dassler

Vice-President – Susan Guterbock

Treasurer – Marilyn Sollers

Secretary – Nora McMillan

Immediate Past President – Peter Heffelfinger

The Board voted and approved the slate of officers. The membership can nominate officers from the floor, and then will vote at the regular OARS meeting Friday, November 1.

2.   Committee Chairs (ongoing):

Membership – Mindy Sorensen

Maintenance – Robin Pestarino

Bosun – Charley Drake

Communications – Jack Darnton + Jon Hodgdon

Safety – Cathy Schaeffer

Outreach – duties assigned to the Vice-President

3.   Treasurer – Marilyn Sollers reported the liability insurance for the directors and officers has been paid. There was a slight decrease in the premium this year. She presented the month-end financials. Mindy will be the back-up Treasurer while Marilyn is out of the country.

The 2020 Budget was reviewed. The Website has been moved out of Operating to Capital budget. She recommended the membership read the narrative for the budget proposal that she prepared prior to the meeting. Cathy will resend the narrative and budget to the members. The membership then can discuss and vote on the budget at the November 1 meeting.

4.   Membership – Mindy Sorensen reported we remain at 111 members. She reminded us that Marilyn will hold renewal and new membership checks till January 2020. All membership categories have been increased by $10 for annual memberships. New members who join in the last 3 months of the year will be responsible for the additional $10, and that their membership carries over to 2020.

5.   Maintenance – Robin Pestarino absent. All the boat maintenance has been completed for the year. Next year, only bottom paint on two boats needs to be done.

6.   Communication – Jack Darnton reported that further progress on the website is on hold till January 2020. The budget will reflect the $10,000 donation to be spent in 2020.

NEW BUSINESS

Mindy found a reference to the Brice Wood Award while going through the Archives. It was given in 1998 to Bob and Erica Pickett. The purpose of the award is still unknown and will need more research.

There was a discussion about proposing honorary members. Robin Pestarino has indicated she would nominate Torgy. The Board moved and approved the recommended nomination for Torgy pending written sponsorship by Robin Pestarino.

There was a discussion about OARS participation in the Veteran’s Day program.

Peter noted that Leah Kefgen, who lives in Port Townsend, has launched a clothing line using canvas with a wool lining. Her website also has a video of the boat that she and Jay Smith built.

The meeting wa adjourned at 11:10 am.

The next OARS meeting is Friday, November 1, 2020 at 7:30 am at the Library Meeting Room.

The next OARS Board Meeting is Tuesday, November 26, 2020 at 10:30 am at the Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room. .

Respectfully submitted by Nora McMillan, Secretary

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OARS BOARD MEETING MINUTES

September 24, 2019

Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room

The meeting was called to order by Vice-President Skip Dassler at 10:29 am

Present were:  Skip Dassler - Vice-President, Marilyn Sollers – Treasurer, Nora McMillan – Secretary, Jack Darnton – Communications, Robin Pestarino – Maintenance, and Mindy Sorensen – Membership.

The minutes from August 27, 2019 were read and approved with corrections.

REPORTS                                                        

1.   Communications: Jack Darnton and the Board discussed concerns raised re: proxy votes at the OARS general meeting. The membership had voted to proceed with the website development and launch. One proxy vote was counted. Proxy votes are not allowed by the By-Laws.

Jared has slotted time in November to start the work on the website. His terms are ½ down and ½ at completion of the project. An anonymous donor has pledged $10,000 to pay for the new website development and launch. The club would pay the initial development cost if it occurs in 2019, to be reimbursed to the club in January 2020 from the donation. The club will be responsible for the yearly maintenance costs.

A line-item will be added to the budget for the website.

Jack will contact Jared about beginning the work.

2.   Treasurer:  Marilyn Sollers presented year-end and projected amounts for the budget. There was a discussion on ways to present a balanced budget. A proposal was made to increase the annual membership dues to $60 (up from $50) and not increase the row cards price. The club’s Annual Budget Meeting is October 18. Marilyn will prepare the projected budget for 2020 with a letter explaining each item.

3.   Maintenance: Robin Pestarino reported that boat maintenance tasks are completed for this year. Maintenance for next year 2020, would include bottom paint for the Annie C and possibly work on the Rescue. Emerald Marine has been cleaned. There is a red float in the entrance to the boat shed that is abraded and covered with mussels. It will be changed or adjusted.

4.   Safety:  Skip Dassler reported the trailer accident which occurred at the Lake Samish race. Robin has the trailer’s instruction book and Skip will review and get parts ordered. The Women’s Racing Team will pay for the towing and the repairs.

NEW BUSINESS

The Annual Business/Budget Meeting is October 18. The 2020 budget will be reviewed and voted upon.

The Installation Meeting will be Wednesday, November 13 at Seafarer's Memorial Park, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. There will be desserts and refreshments and a program. The meeting on Friday November 15 will be canceled.

The meeting was adjourned at 12:07pm.

The next Board Meeting is October 22, 2019 10:30am at the Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room.

Respectfully submitted by Nora McMillan, Secretary

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OARS BOARD MEETING MINUTES

August 27, 2019

Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room

The meeting was called to order by President Peter Heffelfinger at 10:35 am

Present were:  Peter Heffelfinger – President, Cathy Schaeffer - Past President, Skip Dassler - Vice-President, Nora McMillan – Secretary, Charley Drake - Bosun, Jack Darnton and Jon Hodgdon – Communications, and Mindy Sorensen – Membership.

The minutes from July 23, 2019 were read and approved.

REPORTS                                                        

1.   Treasurer:  Marilyn Sollers sent a report that she will manage the replacement of the shelter’s west wall. She is communicating with the vender re: original vs modifications.

2.   Membership:  Mindy Sorensen reported we have 113 members, 2 of which are 3-month memberships. There have been 1 – 2 newbie rows each Friday through August. When she receives the release form, she emails the person a thank you and encourages them to look at the website for membership information and view the video on how to row. There was a discussion re: rowers’ technique, and masters are encouraged to help rowers improve their technique.

3.   Maintenance: Cathy Schaeffer reported that the Elizabeth Bonaventure’s work is nearly completed. Bottom paint is planned for this week.

4.   Communication:  Jack Darnton discussed priorities for the website.     1. We want to focus on membership/marketing and a file cabinet. These need to be user-friendly. 2. Functionality, such as individual email addresses, on-line forms, and on-line payment. 3. Data base activities, such as individual management of membership rosters, requesting subs. There was a discussion of what our small club needs and can afford vs wants. We are estimating about $4500 to accomplish 1 and maybe 2. We have budgeted $2800 this year for website development and would budget $1300 next year. This would be a capital expense. This includes the monthly upkeep charge of $25/month. Jared Harrison has been helpful in planning. He uses WIX platform. Jon noted that this platform would probably not be able to do the data-base functions that we might like in the future.  Jack moved and Skip seconded that we commit to work with Jared Harrison to build the OARS website using the WIX platform for $4500 total over 2 years. The motion passed. Jack will send a summary of the website development progress to Peter and Cathy will send an email to the members informing them of the progress. The proposal will be presented at the next membership meeting September 6 for discussion and vote.

5.   Safety:  Cathy Schaeffer reported the Rodeo is scheduled for Saturday, August 31st, 10am – 12noon. There will be man-overboard drills, knot tying practice plus other skills. Both Cathy and Torgy, wearing wetsuits, will be in the water.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:37am.

The next Board Meeting is September 24, 2019 10:30am at the Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room.

Respectfully submitted by Nora McMillan, Secretary

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OARS BOARD MEETING MINUTES

July 23, 2019

                                     Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room

The meeting was called to order by President Peter Heffelfinger at 10:30 am

Present were:  Peter Heffelfinger – President, Cathy Schaeffer - Past President, Skip Dassler - Vice-President, Nora McMillan – Secretary, Robin Pestarino - Maintenance, Marilyn Sollers - Treasurer, Jack Darnton – Communications, and Mindy Sorensen – Membership.

The minutes from June 25 were read and approved with corrections.

REPORTS                                                        

1.   President: Peter Heffelfinger reported Bonnie Bowers, Port Commissioner candidate’s presentation at the membership meeting was positive for her interest in working with OARS and the boating community.

2.   Treasurer:  Marilyn Sollers reported she has closed the Banner Bank account. She reviewed the budget and projected year end budget for 2019. She has added the projected 2019 budget to the financial report. There was a discussion about protocols for activities concerning the budget. Jack pointed out the By-Laws state the Board can approve funds up to $200. If the amount is greater than $200, the membership needs to approve. Jack moved and Robin seconded reimbursing Christine Mathes the $327 for the cost of the sandwich boards advertising the newbie rows. The motion passed. There was a discussion about funding the repair of the Elizabeth Bonaventure. Robin moved and Skip seconded that Outreach money be used to maintain the EB. The motion passed. Skip will repair the EB’s trailer. Marilyn recommended at the next general meeting that the membership approve the funding for the maintenance of the EB and the Rescue.

3.   Membership:  Mindy Sorensen reported we have another 3-month member. We have 111 members.

4.   Maintenance: Robin Pestarino reported the Erica is back in the water and stored in the shelter in place of the EB which is at Emerald Marine for maintenance. The Erica is still waiting for the brace for the stern sheet. Skip prepared a work order for the EB. Robin will get an estimate for the cost of materials needed. She has been updating the manual with the current maintenance products used for the individual boats. Cathy sends out emails of the work shifts schedule to the membership.

5.   Shelter:  Walt Guterbock has a copy of the original drawings for the shelter. A committee will update the drawing to reflect the modifications.

6.   Communication:  Jack Darnton reported there has been no further progress on the website. The estimated cost of the project could be about $10,000. Jack has prepared a sign-out form for the GoPro camera, equipment and accessories. There is also a link to a video with instructions on how to use the camera. The video of the 4th of July parade is available for viewing on-line.

7.   Safety:  Cathy Schaeffer reported the red man-overboard lines are installed in all the boats, velcroed to the gunnels. She plans to have the Rodeo Saturday, August 24th. There will be man-overboard drills, knot tying practice plus other skills.

NEW BUSINESS

Robin found the lost OARS files in a file drawer at Emerald Marine. There was information about the Wood Award as well as various ribbons from OARS races. Nora will shred the financial papers. Robin will research the Wood Award. She knows someone interested in donating 2 wetsuits to the club. The Board agreed to accept them.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:55

The next Board Meeting is August 27, 2019 10:30am at the Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room.

Respectfully submitted by Nora McMillan, Secretary

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OARS Board Meeting Minutes

June 25, 2019

Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room

The meeting was called to order by President Peter Heffelfinger at 10:30 am

Present were:  Peter Heffelfinger – President, Cathy Schaeffer - Past President, Skip Dassler - Vice-President, Nora McMillan – Secretary, Robin Pestarino - Maintenance, Marilyn Sollers - Treasurer, Jack Darnton – Communications, Mindy Sorensen – Membership, and Charlie Drake - Bosun.

The minutes from May 28 were read and approved.

REPORTS

1.   President: Peter Heffelfinger reported the annual insurance for the moorage lease for the shelter has been completed. The insurance document was already on-line as Scott Richards sent it directly to the Port.

2.   Treasurer:  Marilyn Sollers discussed changing banks to Bank of the Pacific. Peter and Marilyn will have signature authority. Nora will get read-only access to print out statements.

3.   Membership:  Mindy Sorensen discussed Honorary Memberships. Criteria for receiving Honorary Membership were reviewed. There was a discussion about possibly recognizing members with 20 years membership. David Jackson said there was a “Wood Award” which was given in the past. Erica may have information about it Also, Robin will research the award. The Board recommended a card with well-wishes to Rudy Gahler. Mindy requested that the OARS rack card be placed at the Visitor’s Center.

4.   Maintenance: Robin Pestarino reported Skip, Robin, and Cathy are organizing the schedule for maintenance of the Erica. Work shifts will be Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 1:00pm and Fridays at 10am. All are at Emerald Marine. The Bonaventure is next. Adair is compiling a list of work that is needed.

5.   Shelter:  Walt Guterbock received an estimate for the west end of the shelter of $870. There was a discussion about trying to repair it instead of replacing it. This will be done in July. The Port has a platform that can be used to access it. If repairing isn’t possible, then it can be replaced.

6.   Communication:  Jack Darnton reported the website proposal has been sent to the 2 designers. The 1st one declined the job as he did not have the expertise to make parts of the website. He has not heard back from the 2nd one. Due to the scope of the planned website, the budget may require that it be implemented in stages. Robin suggested we get an estimate of the cost for our ideal website. We may be able to work out a way to fund it. Jack asked about use of our GoPro camera. We will try to use it more, for example at the 4th of July Parade and Lake Samish Lady Oars race. It could also be lent to AWA as needed. Sign-out procedures were discussed.

7.   Events:  Skip Dassler reviewed plans for the 4th of July Parade. All areas of participation are ready to go.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:48

The next Board Meeting is July 23, 2019 10:30am at the Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room.

Respectfully submitted by Nora McMillan, Secretary

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OARS Board Meeting Minutes

May 28, 2019

                        Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room

 

The meeting was called to order by President Peter Heffelfinger at 10:34 am.

Present were:  Peter Heffelfinger – President, Cathy Schaeffer - Past President, Skip Dassler - Vice-President, Nora McMillan – Secretary, Robin Pestarino - Maintenance, Marilyn Sollers - Treasurer, Jack Darnton – Communications, Jon Hodgdon – Website, Bill Testerman – Website and Charlie Drake - Bosun.

The minutes from April 23 were read, corrected to read: AWA fundraising event was Friday May 3, and all the fees from the boat house will go to AWA, then approved. 

REPORTS

1.   Treasurer:  Marilyn Sollers discussed Bank of the Pacific charges. OARS can do on-line banking with them with no charges. As we are getting low on checks and deposit slips, this would be a good time to discuss changing banks. Bill Testerman asked if any of the funds from the CD / Capital Fund would be available for funding the building? Those funds are designated for new boats. Marilyn also brought up the need for oversight of the financial reports. She suggested adopting new procedures for increased security.

2.   Membership:  We have 3 new members. Jack reported the Get-Acquainted rows will begin mid-July on Friday mornings. Christine Mathes has agreed to oversee the rows. Dan Worra indicated interest in the Port having a dedicated time for Port employees to row. This would allow the Port employees to see the marina from the small boat perspective. He would manage the monthly fees and releases. There was a discussion about corporate memberships.

3.   Maintenance: Robin Pestarino reported June 15 is the date for maintenance at Emerald Marine. The Erica will be the first boat in the schedule. The Annie C paint is holding up well. She reminded users to wipe their feet before entering the boats and sponge the boat out after. She reported that Letty Curvers bought 2 used carbon fiber oars for OARS to use. Marilyn has replaced the seat cushion on the Annie C that flew off while retuning from the Lake Whatcom Race.

4.   Peter inquired about the North Basin restroom codes. They appear to be working okay.

5.   Communication:  Jon Hodgdon gave a presentation of the proposed new website. He clarified several areas before sharing the video with the potential designers. He emphasized that a website is an on-going project and to expect changes.

6.   Safety:  Cathy Schaefer reviewed an incident on the Deaf School row. She will file a report indicating the student was evaluated and follow-up occurred.

NEW BUSINESS

The Waterfront Festival plans were reviewed. Friday, May 31 the Island Star will be pulled, washed, and placed on site. The schedule for Booth sitting June 1 and 2 was reviewed. AWA will have flyers available in our booth.

July 4th parade. Robin volunteered to coordinate the event. Nora and Dave will tow the boat in the parade. We will finalize plans at the June 7 and 21 meetings.

The meeting was adjourned at 12:00pm.

The next Board Meeting is June 25, 2019 10:30am at the Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room.

Respectfully submitted by Nora McMillan, Secretary

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OARS Board Meeting Minutes

April 23, 2019

                        Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room

 

The meeting was called to order by President Peter Heffelfinger at 10:33am

Present were:  Peter Heffelfinger – President, Cathy Schaeffer - Past President, Skip Dassler - Vice-President, Nora McMillan – Secretary, Mindy Sorensen - Membership, Robin Pestarino - Maintenance, Marilyn Sollers - Treasurer, and Charlie Drake.

The minutes from March 26 were read, corrected to read: Marilyn has bought the foam for the seat cushions for the Erica and Glide, then approved.

REPORTS

1.   Treasurer:  Marilyn Sollers reported the insurance bill from Liberty Mutual for $476.00 arrived. There needs to be clarification about the policy covering the boats. It is also for general liability. We used to send the payment to Scott Richards but are now sending it directly to Liberty Mutual. B+O insurance would be about $1000 per year.

2.   Membership:  Mindy Sorensen reported we have 107 members.

3.   Maintenance: Robin Pestarino reported that Emerald Marine is very busy and won’t have a spot for us until June. There was a discussion about finding other sites to do maintenance during the winter. There was a discussion on the paint to use to redo the Annie C. A suggestion was made to ask if Fisheries Supply or Frontier if they could give us a discount, or perhaps give a donation of the paint. Skip can put the Annie C in his garage to work on. It will take about a week to complete. It was suggested to put the Glide in the water while the Annie C is getting worked on. Robin and Skip agreed to launch the Glide on May 7, while the Annie C is being maintained.

4.   Skip Dassler distributed the schedule of activities for the Messabout. There will be a fund-raising event on Friday 5:30 to 7:30. It is $20 per person. This will support programs for the summer through AWA and Parks and Rec.

The new maintenance building project was discussed. The floor plan will be available. OARS will need to set up a Building Fund and begin planning to raise $50,000. There will be on-going monthly costs. Care must be taken to avoid negative environmental impact. We must keep the amount of hazardous waste low to avoid having to do Department of Ecology reports. AWA is the building’s owner and will be the supervisor of the building. Fees will be charged for using the bays. There will be 3 bays, the right and left side bays will be the largest. The middle bay will have the bathroom.  We will need a memorandum of understanding with AWA so that OARS will have 1 bay dedicated to them.  We also need to clarify OARS role and responsibilities. All the fees will go to AWA to cover the maintenance costs. Robin, Skip, and Bill Epler are on the Board of Directors. Robin is Vice-President and then will become President.

5.   Communication:  Jack Darnton and Jon Hodgdon are working on the Website. The planning is going well. Jack will present the report at the next OARS meeting.

6.   There was a discussion about several requests for sponsorships. The AMS Science and Sailing Trip doesn’t go with our goals. Mindy moved and Robin seconded that we not support with money the AMS Program. Another request was for Traditional Small Craft Association (TSCA). TSCA is a national organization that provides insurance coverage for events. For groups it is $75 - $150 per year. For individuals it is $10 to $20. If we have enough members, perhaps we might form a chapter. Peter will discuss with the regional director, Claire. Mindy moved and Robin seconded we buy a Silver Sponsor for $75. Then we can publicize the benefits of the group at the membership meeting.

7.   Safety – Cathy Schaeffer reviewed plans for the Messabout. The Dock Masters will wear an OARS cap and a vest borrowed from the Port to help identify them. Boats will probably raft together at the dock. She will have release forms for guests on the OARS boats.

NEW BUSINESS

There was a brief discussion about revising the manual and handbook to incorporate the revised by-laws.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:56 am.

The next Board Meeting is May 28, 2019 at the Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room.

Respectfully submitted by Nora McMillan, Secretary

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OARS Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

March 26, 2019

Chamber Meeting Room

Present: Vice President Skip Dassler, Treasurer Marilyn Sollers, Past President Cathy Schaeffer, Communications Chairman Jack Darnton, Maintenance Chairman Robin Pestarino.

A quorum was established:  Three officers were present.

The minutes were read and approved with the following changes:

  1. The Board voted to exceed the Bosun’s budget by $200.00

  2. Marilyn has purchased material for seat covers for the Erica only.

  3. Only one tholepad has been identified as needing replacement on the Glide.

Vice President’s Report:

The Messabout will be on May 10-11.  OARS has previously authorized a $100 donation to AWA, which Marilyn should send out.

Skip will contact Andy about holding a lift class on Friday at 5pm.  Sign up lists will go out in April. We will practice lifting one of our boats.  OARS will man the lift from 3-4pm on Saturday.

OARS will hold their Masters Rodeo at a different date so we will not complicate the Messabout.  Cathy will determine a good day to hold the event during morning hours.

Treasurer’s Report:

Marilyn reports our CD ($20,046.00) comes due in April.  The Board suggested another 7 month certificate with approximately 2.13% interest.  

Boat license renewal:  Marilyn has discovered that because we are a non-profit and use our trailers occasionally, we are eligible for a permanent license that costs $187.50 per trailer.  It would take 4 years to break even on the permanent license vs annual licensing.

Motion made by Jack Darnton to purchase a permanent license for the trailer that is currently due.  Seconded by Robin Pestarino, passed unanimously.

Marilyn reports she has purchased the seat foam for  The Glide and The Erica.

Maintenance Report:

Andy says Emerald Marine is busy,  so there is no space in the tent until June.  Plan for maintenance is:

  1. Erica

  2. Tholepad on the Glide

  3. Bonaventure

  4. Rescue

  5. Annie C floor fix, using non skid boat deck paint. This repair will be done in Skip’s garage.

Cathy reports she has contacted Boshie about replacing the broken buttons on the shelter.

Communications Report:

Jack thought the website meeting was good.  There were 12 people present. There will be more meetings as the website project moves forward.

The ByLaw revisions are complete.

Policy updates are the next item to work on.  Some topics include: membership dues, administrative items, conflict resolution, policy on reprimanding members, Master testing, who may charge for OARS, reimbursement policy, other policy suggestions, looking at website marketing.

Lady OARS will not be participating in the Bellingham Bay race. It would require a beach launch and the area is rocky.  The dock is not installed until April. The trailer launch area is steep and difficult.

Honorary Member Proposal:  

Robin has nominated Torgy Torgerson to be an Honorary Member of OARS.  Robin will sponsor Torgy and he will be honored at the Annual Meeting.

Jack reports the dedication for the Three Sails sculpture on Ferry Terminal Road is this afternoon.  It is an artist’s rendition of three sails (the jib is upside down).

The meeting was adjourned at noon.

 

Respectfully submitted by Cathy Schaeffer


OARS Board Meeting Minutes

February 26, 2019

Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room

The meeting was called to order by President Peter Heffelfinger at 10:32am

Present were:  Peter Heffelfinger – President, Cathy Schaeffer - Past President, Skip Dassler - Vice-President, Nora McMillan – Secretary, Mindy Sorensen, Robin Pestarino, Peter Jackson, Marilyn Sollers, and Jack Darnton.

The minutes from January 22 were read, corrected to read Robin Pestarino and Cathy Schaeffer fixed the ratchet in the boat shelter, then approved.

REPORTS

1.   President:  Peter Heffelfinger reported that his article will appear in the April edition of Fidalgo Living magazine. Just in time for boating season.

 2.   Vice-President:  Skip Dassler 

 3.   Treasurer:  Marilyn Sollers reported no new items for February. The February report will be ready for the next meeting. There was a discussion about the Bosun budget which is $150 per year. Recently, 2 70-foot lines were purchased for the Island Star for $75. They will be cut in half for the boats. There was a discussion about buying new foam for the Erica and the Glide. Skip moved we add $200 to the budget for unbudgeted items, such as the mooring lines and the foam. Robin seconded, the motion was approved.

 4.   Membership:  Mindy Sorensen reported we have 8 Honorary members, 1 friend, and 101 members. We lost 13. Discussion about short term memberships (3-6 months) and fees.

 5.   Maintenance:  Robin Pestarino sent a letter from the Lady OARS to the organizers of the La Conner race identifying some of the problems encountered and our desire to help in any way to correct them. Their next race will be in Bellingham March 23: Open Water Race. Several from the group will go to Bellingham to evaluate the launch site which is in Fairhaven. The docks are not put in the water till April, so it will be a water launch. 

 The Erica needs painting: bottom, top, and floorboards. Torgy suggested we replace the thole pads on the Glide within 1 year. Cathy wondered if it were possible to switch sides with the oars? Marilyn has the seat covers for both the Erica and Glide. With the recent snow and ice melt on the sidewalks, some salt got into the Island Star. Robin wiped it out. In some places the floor boards show rub marks, down to the wood. It was decided to put sponges at every seat in all the boats, so they can be wiped out after every row.

 6.   AWA:  Robin Pestarino met with Dan and Brenda from the Port regarding the proposed boat shelter. It will be at the North Basin. Does the Port expect to own the building or manage it?  They have taken over the building at Seafarer’s Park. Originally OARS was to do the cleanup. Soroptimists donated $25,000 for the building. RCO, a company employed by the Port, was responsible for overseeing the project. The new building, possibly a pole building, may be done within a year.

 7.   There was a discussion about “branding” our club. This might include colors, logo, stationary, website, burgees. Peter H. has been looking at burgees from various clubs up the coast, and a common theme is crossed oars. Jack agreed to start thinking about designing a burgee for OARS.

 8.   Communication:  Jack Darnton and Jon Hodgdon are working on the Website. They would like to open the discussion on Website design preferences to the membership. A meeting has been arranged for Monday March 18, at the Library Meeting Room.

9.   By-Laws:  Article X: Dissolution was reviewed. The IRS and Washington State have rules for dissolution of non-profit groups. The Board of Directors recommend that any remaining assets be donated to organization(s) with similar purposes as OARS. The changes to Article X will be sent out to the membership 14 days prior to the next general meeting.

 NEW BUSINESS

1.   Short-term membership was discussed. These are designed for people who are not residents of Anacortes or Skagit County. A 3-month membership would be $25 with a 5-row card. A 6-month membership would be $50 with a 5-row card. The purpose is to attract members. Newbies are allowed 3 rows and then would need to become members. The Master is to check that rowers on the boat are members.  Mindy will redesign the membership form.

 2.   Robin brought the information from Bill Testerman about the Annie C. The information discussed the limitations of the Annie C. When using the Annie C care must be taken to be aware of weight recommendations, and amount of freeboard when out on the water.  The Club rules take concerns of safety seriously. When using the Annie C, rowers should be careful to have an even distribution of weight, the lighter rowers on the ends, and the heavier ones in the middle. Also, to use longer strokes on the oars.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:50pm.

The Website planning meeting is Monday, March 18, from 10:30 to 12:30 at the Library Meeting Room.

The next Board Meeting is March 26, 2019 at the Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room.

Submitted by Nora McMillan, Secretary

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OARS Board Meeting Minutes

January 22, 2019

Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room

The meeting was called to order by President Peter Heffelfinger at 10:30am

Present were:  Peter Heffelfinger – President, Cathy Schaeffer - Past President, Skip Dassler - Vice-President, Nora McMillan – Secretary, Mindy Sorensen, Robin Pestarino, Charlie Drake, and Jack Darnton.

The minutes from November 27, 2018 were read and approved.

REPORTS

1.   President:  Peter Heffelfinger reported that the increased dues are stable. Maintenance of the boats was good. Discussed the repairs needed to the boat shelter. Peter will write a small article for the Fidalgo Living magazine for the April edition. He also reported that he has signed the bank signatures. Peter and Robin attended the AWA meeting. Peter tried to contact the Puget Sound Rowers Association for information about becoming partners with the group but was unable to reach anyone from that organization. 

2.   Vice-President:  Skip Dassler reported that he would be gone July 4th. The Vice-President oversees organizing events.  

3.   Safety:  Skip Dassler reported that local current tables have been placed in the log book at the shelter. 

4.   Treasurer:  Marilyn Sollers is out of town. 

5.   Communication:  Jack Darnton and Jon Hodgdon met with Art Designs about the website. Art built the Audubon Society’s website.  Jon recommended forming small working groups to review privilege and privacy issues, Outreach needs, member needs, and who can post and re-arrange things on the website. There was a discussion about using an on-line program such as PayPal for memberships and dues. OARS will keep the current website until the new one is up and running. 

6.   Maintenance:  Robin Pestarino reported that she and Cathy Shaeffer fixed the NW ratchet in the boat shelter. There was a discussion about the shelter’s fabric and stitching is aging. The doors fasteners need rivets to fix them.  

7.   AWA:  Robin Pestarino reported on the building committee for the planned maintenance building. AWA is very interested in pursuing this. She needs to know what OARS needs for the maintenance building, so she can provide that to the committee. The original plan was to have a 2-story structure with 3 bays and upstairs with a meeting room, full bath (for decontamination), small kitchenette, and heat. Now the plan is for a 1-story structure, possibly aluminum. There will be 3 bays, with one dedicated to OARS, and public use of the remaining 2 bays. AWA would own the building and run it, with OARS as partnership. There was a discussion that 1 person should oversee scheduling the use of both the maintenance building and Seafarer’s Park. 

8.   Membership:  Mindy Sorensen. There will be a “gentle reminder” to members who haven’t renewed.  The deadline is January 31. 

9.   By-Laws:  Jack Darnton. He, Mindy, and Robin presented the By-Laws with revisions: red type – new, blue type – previous wording. The name will include “and sailing”. The Board reviewed the changes:  

·         Article III – Membership. Mindy moved, Skip seconded, changes approved.

·         Article IV – Meetings. Mindy moved, Robin seconded, changes approved.

·         Article V – Board of Directors. Mindy moved, Skip seconded, changes approved.

·         Article VII – Standing Committee Chairs. Mindy moved, Robin seconded, changes approved.

·         Honorary Membership and Short-Term Membership (3 – 6 months) was discussed.

The By-Laws with changes will be presented to the membership. Cathy will email them out to the membership. A copy of the proposed By-Laws is provided below.

The meeting was adjourned at 12:00pm.

The next Board Meeting is February 26, 2019 at the Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room.

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