The meeting was held at the home of EJ Haskell and Shane Bouslough in Riverside, CT.
28 members attended.
The formal part of the meeting started at 2:10 led by Commodore Marie Genteale.
Secretary: The minutes from the previous meeting were accepted.
Marie read the treasurer's report in Meghan's absence.
Most expenditures were for moorings - $1,146.76.
Previous balance: approximately $6100 Current balance: $4979.84
PayPal account balance: $0
No major expenses are expected in the near future.
Marie reported that some events were very successful and some not.
March - good participation at Rizutto's in Westport.
April - spring meeting held at Mike & Julie Seligman's in Milford had very good attendance.
May - Hot Dogs on the beach had a good turnout at Port Jefferson.
June - Picnic on the beach in Oyster Bay was well attended
June - Seven LISCA boats participated in the NYC cruise.
July - Rendezvous did not take place July 4th,
August - Summer Cruise was very lightly attended. A few members joined sporadically.
August – 2nd Oyster Bay Picnic was cancelled twice – once because of weather and the second time, poor participation
September - Lobsters on the beach – Well attended.
A few members suggested that we explore some method of letting each other know when we will be sailing to different ports for the purpose of connecting. Some thought Facebook be an option; others disagreed. Shane will explore possibilities.
Bob Flemming reported that we currently have 75 paid members. At one point membership was as high as 125, then dropped to 90. 25 have paid for 2019, 10 through 2020. Bob will send a reminder email to those paid and unpaid for 2019.
Lee suggested that LISCA send an invitation to younger members and those with smaller boats to make them feel welcome and encourage more participation. Lee also thinks it important for us to build legacy offering a junior program with events and classes to assure sailing and LISCA continues. They belong to City Island YC which offers free sailing lessons.
City Island Yacht Club offers to teach you how to sail for free.
It was also suggested to consider the cost of using yacht clubs. Anchoring can be option.
"New Member" meeting - January 19, 1:00 p.m. at Chris & Marie's home in Greenwich.
March get - together - date TBD (Leslie will call for availability) - Rizutto's in Westport, CT
Spring meeting - April 27, 5 p.m. at Julie & Mike's home in Milford, CT. (the evening time was chosen at the request of some members as spring weekends are important for boat preparation.)
Annual Meeting - November - TBD.
The Bridge for 2019:
Commodore - Marie Genteale
Vice-Commodore - Leslie Napoleon
Treasurer - Meghan Rathsack
Secretary - Eileen Hawe
Membership - Bob Flemming
Website - Shane Bouslough
Cruise Director - Ed Brown
January meetings at one time were instructional, hosting a technical speaker. It was suggested that John McGuiness present on the proper procedure for secure anchoring.
Marie asked for volunteers to lead the summer cruise of 2019 if Ed Brown decides not to lead.
The meeting ended at 2:50 p.m. in time to enjoy the sumptuous meal and commradery.