East Lyme Rowing Association
Sept. 3, 2009
Call to Order: Meeting was called to order at 7:05 pm
Attendees: Bobbi McGirr, Cindy and Dan Holle, John Cooke, Mike Ritz, Katrina and Greg
Vymola, Sue and Frank Soldato, Mark and Dawn Bond, Robin and Andy Pellitier, Sue Muir,
Lisa Steele, Ray Campbell, Esti Roosli, Kim Shukis, Teresa Tucchio,
Review/Acceptance of May, 2009 Meeting
Motion Andy Pelletier and second by Robin Pelletier
Secretary’s Report: Nothing to report.
Treasurer’s Report: by Bobbi McGirr
Savings $19,707.76, Checking $5354.24 Total $25,062.00
Bobbi reminded us to take advantage of our tax-free status when purchasing items at big-box
Scott Mahon, Bobbi McGirr and Ray Campbell will discuss creating a future budget for new
items and maintenance.
Ray Campbell reported:
Heather Fried will return as novice girls coach in spring.
Scott Mahon-varsity girl
Ray Campbell-varsity boys
Rob Durham is co-coaching the fall program and may coach Novice boys program for
Ray Campbell reported that our fall program will race in the Head of Connecticut in
Middletown on Oct. 12 and Head of the Riverfront in Hartford on Oct 4. Three boats will
We will transport our boats on Bloods Street Sculls trailer. No tents are needed. Rowers
will transport themselves to the races. Buses will not be provided.
The coaches are still considering a fall race in Mystic or possibly at the Coast Guard
Ray discussed maintenance on two boats that need new foot stretchers, seats, boards and
hardware. Teresa mentioned that all parts need to be fitted. Approximate cost is $2000.00
per boat. Tabled until Oct. meeting
A discussion pursued regarding selling obsolete equipment and using the money for
refurbishment or purchase of new equipment. Ray will put together a proposal regarding
selling of equipment to be discussed at Oct. meeting.
Teresa Tucchio reported on Scott Mahon’s behalf.
We have 2 new Cox boxes and 5 ERG machines were donated from the Coast Guard
Summer Camp: 29 rowers, net $862.50 profit for club.
Scott wants to get sign-ups ready for Spring Rowing within the next 2 weeks.
Ray Campbell painted all of the oars over the summer. Thank you.
Bobbi McGirr reported that USRowing charges $1500 for insurance. A general liability
policy can be purchased for $250.00 per year that covers $1million dollar liability policy.
We can move the dishonesty bond from Fallon Ins. to AIM which reduces fee from $170
to $105 for a 25,000 limit.
Sue Soldato accepted position of food chair position 2009/10 rowing season
Lisa Ritz will look into holding a tag sale fundraiser.
Ray Campbell will look into reserving the commons for a late October or early
November date. This tag sale would be in addition to our annual tropical fruit sale.
A discussion ensued regarding fruit pricing, profit and increase of rower’s participation fees. A
discussion will be tabled until the Oct. meeting.
By-laws were presented and reviewed for approval.
A Conduct policy was added in Article II, section 3, regarding keeping and the basic
philosophies, guidelines and policies of the East Lyme Public School District.
Quorum shall be changed to read 3 members. In Article IV sec. 7
A discussion ensued regarding holding 4 quarterly membership meetings rather than
monthly meetings. A quorum at the membership meetings shall be 7 instead of 10. The
Board would hold separate meetings. Mike Ritz motioned to adopt the amended by-laws.
Dan Holle seconded the motion.
By-laws were voted and approved.
Election of officers:
President Dan Holle – 2 years
Vice President: Kim Shukis 1 year
Treasurer: Bobbi McGirr2 years
Alumni: Teresa Tucchio-2 years
Secretary: Sue Muir-1 year
Vice President of Fund Raising-Lisa Steele-2 years
A motion was made by Mark Bond for election of officers.
Voted and approved.
Meeting was adjourned at 8:35.