OARS Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, April 25, 2017

Minutes of the OARS Board of Directors Meeting, Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

President Jack Darnton started the meeting at 10:35 a.m.

Present: Cathy Schaeffer – Vice-President, Bill Epler – Treasurer, Skip Dassler – Safety, and Simone Spiess – Secretary.

Finance:  Bill Epler reviewed our coverage for liability as OARS members for activities in the harbor and when transporting OARS boats on our trailers. Jack asked Bill to prepare a one-page summary of our coverage. Cathy will check with the Salish Sea Deaf School about their school liability coverage. 

Bill discussed the impact of the current low demand for rowing cards on our Operating Capital. Bill proposed to prepare a mid-year check of the financial status for review by the Board and members.

The monthly Masters meeting and the General meeting could be held in the Anacortes Library meeting room at no charge. This would mean a savings of $600 annually. Cathy offered to contact the library and get the details for the next Masters’ meeting on May 5. 

Committee Reports:


 Small Boat Messabout:  Cathy has the brochures and will circulate sign-up sheets for the Community Rows.

Waterfront Festival Planning: Skip talked about the process of cleaning the Island Star. It may be best to use the facilities of Bubba Suds. In that case, the new trailer will need to be fitted to the Island Star. Skip will discuss this with his Tuesday morning rowing group.

Fourth of July Parade: Cathy will start to develop a plan. 


Skip proposed that scheduling the Masters on the water test could be a group project in one day with several Masters in the boats and each taking turns for the test. This would eliminate the difficulties in scheduling of each individual test with the inevitable weather delays. September was mentioned as a possible date when most Masters would be available.   

The meeting was adjourned at 11:20 a.m.

Prepared by Simone Spiess, Secretary, May 3, 2017.



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