Executive Meeting Minutes Nov 26 2018

Lots to read…about Thunderbird Marina, cruises, meeting schedule, and more:

Attendees: Fred Nolte, Joel Westereng, Steve Cook, Ken Murray, Rebecca Frame, John Binns, Michael Quick, Gabriel Mora (by phone). Regrets: Tom Mayson (sent report), Shawna Little, Graham Dalton, Vitali Didenko

Call to order:      7:07        PM           Quorum:                 Yes         

Approval of minutes of the previous meeting Oct 29: Michael/John: approved


President’s Report: Fred Nolte – Congratulations to Rebecca for her work and team organization for the Winter Social that was, by all accounts, a great event; and to Joel for his and his team’s work on the new website. Fred also had information and encouragement for us all on conducting meetings that are efficient, respectful, and result in positive outcomes for all co-op members. Brevity, respect for others’ ideas, adherence to the topic at hand, and preparation (such as formulating motions beforehand) were all on the list of encouragements.

Treasurer’s Report: Steve Cook gave an update on the budget including fees paid etc. Postal job action may be causing some delays in our receiving cheques. There were a few questions on line items that Steve (new treasurer) will consult with Jan (previous treasurer) for details and previous practice.

Fleet: Michael Quick – winterizing is going well. Graham is working with Brenda (person who sews canvas at Reed Point Marina) on a prototype canvas tarp to provide better winter protection for our boats.

Orientation: Tom Mayson (sent report by email) – There have been four 1-3 Orientations since the last Exc. mtg. with
Stephen, Tamiko, Dennis and Joel having completed these stages. There are three more to be completed, when a common time needs to be worked out.

Membership: Gabriel Mora (by phone) – Discussion with Joel, Steve and Rebecca about: updating/coordinating members-paid and qualifications lists and regarding contacts with new members re social activities and orientations. We are all getting used to using the new website as a ‘record of source’ for this information.

Cruises: John Binns – Lots of discussion about meeting the needs of new members while at the same time creating more interest in cruises and social activities. It was generally agreed and strongly felt that maintaining the social learning aspects of this co-op is paramount, that this is not simply a boat-sharing group but a sailing/learning community and that cruises are a central activity of this community. In addition there was some discussion about extending the community spirit within the coop and enhancing the social experiences on cruises and at meetings.

Vice-President (Technology): Joel Westereng – In addition to the background on issues discussed above (under membership), Joel reminded us of the new ‘executive discussion’ function on the new website that could replace the current email list discussions that we have.

Business Items

  1. Thunderbird Marina: The slip that we have acquired will be up for renewal in March and we must make a decision on renewal by February 14. We have two membership meetings before that (January 7 and February 4) for members to make the decision. It will be our job to present clear options to the membership. We have received a number of comments and it seems to be generally felt that we must maintain a slip at Westport (Sidney). In preparation for the next meeting we will be investigating and providing numbers for the following options if we are to keep the Thunderbird slip (And there may be other options):
  • simply absorbing the cost of the new slip (with or without an extra summer slip elsewhere)
  • giving up the hammerhead at Reed point and reducing costs there (and what that might involve)
  • subletting part of the hammerhead part-time

2. Executive Role Review – Roles reviewed are listed in the Orientation documents; we also discussed that there may some updating required as roles evolve vis a vis the use of the new website.

  1. Volunteer Proposal: Gustavo has volunteered to help members prepare to challenge the Sail Canada Navigation exams in return for volunteer hours. This was well received and supported by the executive. This item was tabled for the next exec meeting so we (Ken) can prepare a motion with wording that addresses this sort of volunteer work in general especially respecting that our volunteers might not be certified by Sail Canada to “teach” the navigation course; they are only helping members to challenge an exam.
  1. Meeting Schedule for 2019 – The following schedule is proposed for 2019 pending negotiations/approval from Burnaby Winter Club


Wed 02-Jan Executive Meeting
Mon 07-Jan Membership Meeting
Wed 16-Jan Boat Group Meeting
Mon 28-Jan Exec
Mon 04-Feb Membership
Wed 20-Feb Boat
Mon 25-Feb Exec
Mon 04-Mar Membership
Wed 20-Mar Boat
Mon 25-Mar Exec
Mon 01-Apr Membership
Wed 17-Apr Boat
Mon 29-Apr Exec
Mon 06-May Membership
Wed 15-May Boat
Mon 27-May Exec
Mon 03-Jun Membership
Wed 19-Jun Boat
Wed 04 – Sept Exec
Wed 18 -Sept Boat
Mon 30-Sept Exec
Mon 07-Oct Membership
Wed 16 -Oct Boat
Mon 28-Oct Exec
Mon 04-Nov Annual General Meeting
Mon 25-Nov Exec


Adjourn – 9:03 PM

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