All Meeting Minutes

1998.03.05 - General

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Thursday March 05, 1998
Minutes of the
Cal Sailing Club

for March 5th, 1998

Below please find both the Excom minutes and
the General Membership minutes

 

 

 

Minutes of the March 5, 1998 Ex Com meeting

Present:  Rebecca Haussmann, Dan Twelker, Matthias Reinsch, Brandon Gates, Virginia Nido, Wilder Lee, Martin Scanlon

Member Joe Matera was also present

Commodore Report by Rebecca: The Commodore mentioned the short time for the meeting and urged us to keep ‘em tight.

Vice-Commodore Report by Virginia: Needs volunteers for the Albany Middle School Healthy Lifestyles fair in March.

First Vice-Commodore Scanlon: This is the time of year to revive the adopt-a-boat program. Anyone interested in adopting a Lido or other boat to love and cuddle and repair is encouraged to do so.

Second Vice-Commodore Matthias: There was a windsurfers meeting last week. The windsurfers would like to buy 4-6 Revos boards and 10 carbon fiber masts. Matthias will make a firm proposal on this purchase to Ex Com at a future meeting.

Third Vice-Commodore Report by Brandon: The radio on Daisy does not transmit but does receive; more investigation will be done to see if we need a new radio. Haulouts on Daisy and Louie are scheduled for April. Keelboat sailors have been leaving lots of trash (i.e., beer cans) on the boats to the irritation of other sailors. Please clean up after yourself. Brandon is interested in soliciting more boat donations and would like to develop a plan for doing so.

Treasurer Report: Although she was absent, Marceline left this great report for the meeting. Treasurer’s Report

As of February 28, the club had $9,748.00 in its checking account, and $42,617.85 in our Money Market account.

As expected, receipts have slowed considerably due to our normal winter slack period. However, we are already $9,600 over our projected membership dues for this year.

The club’s next major upcoming expense will be approximately $10,000 for our annual insurance premium. Joe Matera is presently get quotes from a number of competing firms to see if we can this premium reduced, since it represents an unacceptably large portion of our annual operating budget of about $60,000.

We budgeted $1,000 for dinghy sails which has not been spent, and 1,200 on winsurfing sails that has not been spent yet. We also have another $3,600 budgeted for keelboat maintenance which hasn’t been spent yet. This will hopefully be used to haul out two keelboats this spring. We have not spent any money on keelboat sails.

We are $2,500 over budget in printing, and this should probably be addressed as it can not be completely attributed to higher membership. We are also about $1,200 over budget in dinghy maintenance, but this is understandable due both the poor quality of the boats and the high usage.

Altogether, with two months to go, we are about $18,000 under budget for expenses.

Hopefully, we will finish the current fiscal year with a net "gain" of about $30,000. Once this amount is more clear, I will begin investigating a number of higher yielding, but still secure, ways for us to invest this money. So far this year we have earned $730 in interest income.

With another good year like this year, would could conceivably finish setting aside everything we need for dinghy fleet replacement by the end of next year.

I think that club members should also begin discussing what our future keelboat needs will be.

Port Captain: gave report only at General meeting

Joe Matera updated Ex Com on his review of the club’s insurance policy. He has gotten quotes from other insurers and has found some items that can be eliminated from our coverage such as the liquor liability insurance and the guest dock coverage. He also suggested dropping the catastrophic coverage on the boats and the clubhouse. Ex com requested that he investigate what the cost of catastrophic insurance for the Lidos only because they are the heart of our club. Ex com also thanked Joe for the great job he is doing. Thanks, Joe

The meeting was then adjourned so that the General Membership Meeting could commence.

 


The Quarterly General Membership Meeting was held on March 5, 1998. The reports were as follows:

Commodore Rebecca Hausmann thanked Jennifer and Jerry, our cooks, for the delicious meal. Jerry even baked bread for the whole fleet.

Vice-Commodore Report by Virgina Nido: CSC will run ads in the Daily Cal, the Express, the Oakland Tribune, the Sierra Club Yodeler, and the Bay Guardian this summer. The survey project has gone well, the results are in, and the data is being analyzed; the results will be publicized at a later date. Two volunteers are needed to table at Albany Middle School on Fri., March 20,

Port Captain Dan Twelker reported "Everything is goin’ pretty well." The club has two new dayleaders, Jody and Megan. We are looking for one more dayleader to replace the irreplaceable Chi who has retired for the immediate future.

First-Vice Commodore Martin Scanlon reported that the dinghies float. The Adopt-a-boat program is alive and well and searching for parents for Lidos, 470s , Rhodes, and other boats. So anyone who wants the joys of boat ownership without the pinkslip should contact Martin. Thanks to Peter Kuhn and the Racers for their help in keeping the Lidos sailing. In closing, Martin reminded all Lido skippers to put the rudderlock down when sailing.

Second Vice-Commodore Matthias Reinsch reported that the windsurfing program was contemplating the purchase of new novice boards and new carbon fiber masts. Also the windsurfers would like to find out more information about the water quality of the south sailing basin. If anyone knows of studies on water quality or monitoring for our part of the bay, please let Matthias know.

Third Vice-Commodore Report by Brandon Gates: Thanks to Peter Baczek, Robert Ofsevit, Edmond Gauvin, and Marceline Therrien for the work that they have done on the keel boats over the last quarter. There have been some problems putting the keelboats away, so please (1) do not leave sails, PFDs, or bags on the floor of the cabin; put them on the benches so things stay relatively dry; (2) remove all litter when you are done sailing; (3) report items that go missing such as throwable PFDs, winch handles, etc. Brandon is interested in the club soliciting more boat donations as a fundraiser for

the club. Anyone with interest or ideas about donations should talk to Brandon or Virginia. A haul-out of Daisy and Louie are scheduled for April.

Rear Commodore Dan Acland: Lido Lesson Instruction Training will be held the last Saturday of every month at 2:00 pm. This training will not only cover how to teach but will also be a forum for sharing ideas on what works—and what doesn’t—for Lido instructors. Sunday morning Lido racing has experienced an excellent turn-out lately and Joe "Mr. Sunday Morning" Matera is holding a racing seminar on the last Sunday of each month. Plans for a high performance dinghy lesson program are underway. Louie Benainous will revive his popular lecture series that covers subjects such as celestial navigation, heavy weather sailing, and cruising in April. Plans for the continuation of a Saturday morning orientation series for students waiting for a lesson are in the works. Dan also mentioned that a new committee, the Tool Shed Committee, and chairmanship have been created. We are hoping to fill this position with someone who will organize the tool shed and prepare maintenance kits with the requisite equipment and instructions for oft-repeated repair jobs—such as tiller extensions. Anyone interested in this position, and the free membership that comes with it, should contact Rebecca.

Treasurer Marceline Therrien filed this report: As of February 28, the club had $9,748.00 in its checking account, and $42,617.85 in our Money Market account.

As expected, receipts have slowed considerably due to our normal winter slack period. However, we are already $9,600 over our projected membership dues for this year.

The club’s next major upcoming expense will be approximately $10,000 for our annual insurance premium. Joe Matera is presently get quotes from a number of competing firms to see if we can this premium reduced, since it represents an unacceptably large portion of our annual operating budget of about $60,000.

We budgeted $1,000 for dinghy sails which has not been spent, and 1,200 on winsurfing sails that has not been spent yet. We also have another $3,600 budgeted for keelboat maintenance which hasn’t been spent yet. This will hopefully be used to haul out two keelboats this spring. We have not spent any money on keelboat sails.

We are $2,500 over budget in printing, and this should probably be addressed as it can not be completely attributed to higher membership. We are also about $1,200 over budget in dinghy maintenance, but this is understandable due both the poor quality of the boats and the high usage.

Altogether, with two months to go, we are about $18,000 under budget for expenses.

Hopefully, we will finish the current fiscal year with a net "gain" of about $30,000. Once this amount is more clear, I will begin investigating a number of higher yielding, but still secure, ways for us to invest this money. So far this year we have earned $730 in interest income.

With another good year like this year, would could conceivably finish setting aside everything we need for dinghy fleet replacement by the end of next year.

I think that club members should also begin discussing what our future keelboat needs will be.

The secretary wrote things down.

During an open discussion period after the reports. Club members vocalized their support for dropping the catstrophic insurance coverage on the boats and the clubhouse. An advisory vote by the membership showed that 21 favored dropping that insurance, 2 were opposed, and five sagely abstained from voting.

The idea of a motoring test for cruising skippers was broached.

The meeting was then adjourned.