The meeting was held by conference call. Participating were Commodore Honey Leveen, Vice-commodore Alice Nissen, Boatswain Paul Woodcock, Fleet Captain Natalie Wiest, Purser Kent Walters, and Recorder Frank Ohrt.
Ms. Leveen called the meeting to order. She noted that Mr. Walters would be a bit late calling in, and asked if we needed to have the Purser’s report, as he had sent everyone a copy by e-mail. Mr. Ohrt said he would like to have the report, as he had some questions.
Ms. Wiest said she didn’t have the Fleet Captain’s report ready, but that she had led a trip on Sheldon Lake on March 31, and that Mr. Walters could report on his Buffalo River trip when he joined the meeting. She noted that the trip report he sent her was well done, with participants’ names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers, and would be a good template for other trip reports. At this point Mr. Walters joined the conference call, and said that he had created the spreadsheet he used, and didn’t get it from the club website. He noted that he had no preference for cash or checks for payment of non-ACA member participation fees.
Mr. Woodcock gave the Boatswain’s report. The club has 147 members, with new members Greg Baggy and Pharr Smith.
Ms. Nissen announced that she had arranged for speakers at all the membership meetings for the year, except for November. She said that Dan Roy would speak in July, on building a wooden kayak. Ms. Wiest asked if Ms. Nissen could send her a list of the scheduled speakers, so she could put them in the website events calendar. Mr. Ohrt said that he had put some of the information in previous months’ minutes, but that it was likely to be incomplete and troublesome to retrieve. Ms. Nissen said she would send the list to Ms. Wiest. Ms. Leveen suggested Ms. Nissen ask the membership for suggestions for the November meeting’s speaker.
Ms. Leveen asked Mr. Ohrt if he had a Safety Minute topic for the membership meeting. He said he really didn’t, and, after some general discussion, he said he’d talk about watching your step when out on shore.
Mr. Walters gave the Purser’s report. The club is slightly behind budget for the year, due to expenses for 100-Miler and Trip Leader Awards, but that it was expected, and we are doing fine. Mr. Ohrt asked if it would be difficult to withdraw funds from the club’s certificate of deposit, should it be necessary. Mr. Walters said we would lose some interest, but that, given our pitiful interest rate, it would be a trivial loss.
Ms. Leveen asked for further questions. Ms. Wiest asks who would be speaking next week, and Ms. Nissen said Malcolm LeFevre, talking about his UK organization devoted to getting special needs children involved in paddling. Mr. Walters said he had taken care of the club’s IRS filing for 2017.
Ms. Leveen adjourned the meeting.