Minutes, Oars Meetings 2018


Meeting was called to order at 7:30 AM.  Present:  president Cathy Schaeffer, past president Jack Darnton, vice president Peter Heffelfinger, treasurer Marilyn Sollers, secretary Priscilla Legg and a quorum of members.  Minutes of May 4 meeting were read and approved.


Messabout:  Cathy schaeffer reported two donated dinghys were sold for $280.00 at the swap meet.  Also sold: some sailboards. More publicity is needed to involve the community.   Frank Orr has sign frames from the the antique machinery group that he will donate to OARS.  He also suggested wallet cards as an effective, inexpensive way to advertise events.  Beth Bell asked the treasurer to check whether OARS had donated to support the messabout. 

Safety:  Skip Dassler.  13 of 16 masters completed the sea trial at the rodeo.  Comments:  man overboard drill needed to be more realistic.




Meeting was called to order at 7:30 AM.  Present:  president Cathy Schaeffer, past president Jack Darnton, vice president Peter Heffelfinger, treasurer Marilyn Sollers, secretary Priscilla Legg and 17 members.  Minutes of April 20th meeting were read and approved.


Messabout:  Peter Heffelfinger, Andy Stewart.  Robin has organized crews to provide community rides from 10:00 to noon.  Chris Mathes is providing A-frame sign boards. Help is needed for set-up from 8:30 to 9:00.  Cathy and Bill will transport two dinghies from David Jackson's hou- se to the swap meet.

Masters' Rodeo:  Skip Dassler.  Rodeo will be at 2:00 with three staions:  knots, rig-for-towing, and man overboard.  Rodeo is designed as a continuing education situation for masters to work together with each other and share knowledge while completing their required 5-year sea trial.  Considerable discussion of ways to recover a man overboard started that process.

Treasurer's report:  Marilyn Sollers.  Fund balances: operating - $7,908.90, community outreach - $4,874.79, capital - $10,898.46.  A request was made to reconsider the viability of family memberships.

T-shirts:  Cathy Schaeffer.  OARS has more small t-shirts than small people.  Motion to give smalls to the deaf school rowers and reimburse the operating fund from the community out reach fund.  Passed.

Meeting adjourned at 8:06.


Priscilla Legg, secretary




Meeting was called to order at 7:31 AM.  Present:  president Cathy Schaeffer, past president Jack Darnton, vice president Peter Heffelfinger, secretary Priscilla Legg and nine members.  Minutes from meeting of April 6 were read and approved.


New trailer:  Peter Heffelfinger.  New trailer has been assembled and is under the Preston.  Trailer for the Annie C is in the new area.

Treasury:  Cathy Schaeffer.  Cathy is handling routine matters untol the return of Marilyn at the end of the month.

Messabout:  Andy Stewart. Theme this year is to get more people out in small boats.     OARS will be taking people out for rows.  The Messabout will include a swap meet, hoist training , the OARS masters' rodeo, potluck, and a Friday evening talk by Jay Smith on the construction of the Viking ship. Help is neede for setup, take-down and signage.

Communications:  Jack Darnton.  Jack and others are having problems signing on to the membership list,  Bill Testerman is making slides into movie on Vimeo.

Maintenance:  Robin Pestarino.  Submitted an updated maintenance schedule for the boats.  The Rescue still needs to be added to the schedule.  No action on the Glide, yet.  There is a crack in the starboard bow of the Erica.

Safety:  Skip Dassler.  Adair ia a new master.  Beth Bell retreived an old email saying Andy Stewart had passed his master's exam in 2006.  The out-of-area request for the 70/48 and for Jetty Island race has been approved.  Adair is planning a s-7 hour out-of-area practice row for May 12.  The sea trial for 5-year master renewal at the messabout rodeo will have three stations:  knots. towing harness, and man overboard drills. Skip has new lines with eye splices for the boats.

.Bylaws:  Cathy schaeffer.  A list of housekeeping changes will be submitted to the committee for revision.

Meeting adjourned.


Priscilla Legg, secretary.

Meeting adjourned




Meeting called to order at 7:05 AM due to library scheduling problems.  Present:  president Cathy Schaeffer, past president JackDarnton, vice president Peter Heffelfinger., secretary Priscilla Legg and eight members.  Minutes from meeting March 16 were read and approved.


New oars for Erica:  Cathy Schaeffer.  Oars have been completed and are being varnished.

New trailer:  Peter Heffelfinger.  Trailer has arrived and work party is scheduled for Sunday to fit it to the Erica.

Photograph:  Peter Heffelfinger. Two copies of the photo of Bob Pickett and crew have been framed.  Motion to reimbuse Peter $105 for cost.  Passed.

Treasury:  Cathy Schaeffer.  Operating fund -  balance of $8707.85.  Community outreach fund - $4874.79,  Capital fund - $10968.19.

Maintenance:  Robin Pestarino.  Robin submitted a written report on the estimated replacement dates and costs for the boats.  Discussion centered on the difficulties of estimating life expectancy of the boats.  The Bonaventure and the Rescue need to be added to the list and the maintenance rotation.

Master's renewal exams:  Skip Dassler.  The two-year self- grading written exam is ready and will be sent out to masters of record.  The five -year sea trial is still being finalized with an emphasis on continuing education.

70/48 race:  Skip Dassler.  Float plan has been recived for the Island Star.  Masters still need to be qualified.  No chase boat is needed, as the Coast Guard is monitoring the race.

Website:  Jack Darnton. Option for discussion:  more space can be bought on the the existing website for $24 or $69/month.  


Small boat center:  Kevin Pratt.  Kevin has been appointed the community boating director by the SBC board.  He discussed his plans dor the position this year.  The youth Dynamics program is on hold for now.

Meeting adjourned at 7:48.

Priscilla Legg, secretary



Meeting was called to order at 7:30 AM.  Present:  president Cathy Schaeffer, past president Jack Darnton, vice president Peter Heffelfinger, treasurer Marilyn Sollers, secretary Priscilla Legg and six members.  Minutes from March 2 were read and approved.


Preston storage:  Peter Heffelfinger.  Nothing from city on MOU.

Treasurer:  Marilyn Sollers.    OARS has received a $2000 anonymous donation for the purchase of an aluminum trailer.  The trailer has been ordered and should arrive by the end of the month.  The two oars for the Erica have been completed and given to Torgy for final varnishing.  Cost: $1600 ($0.38 over budget).  OARS has received six donations, total of $300, as memorials for Bob Pickett.  Marilyn is sending thank you cards to the the donors and a card naming the donors to Erica Pickett.  Marilyn and Mindy have completed a reconciliation of the number of members and the membership funds received.

Maintenance:  Robin Pestarino.  The chamber of commerce is looking for a volunteer to supervise the Channel of Discovery 501(c)3 area at the Waterfront Festival where OARS and other nonprofit organizations have their display booths.  Robin has details. The spring wine festival is also looking for volunteers. Robin circulated photographs that could be used for Boys of 36 mural.

Boat longevity committee met and recommends that the Glide be repaired, if feasible. Andy Stewart and David Jackson will examine her with the aim of making her seaworthy before the Erica is pulled for maintenance in July. At the committee meeting Andy estimated a cost of $3000 to $4000 if a plank must be replaced.  He recommends oiling the boats when they are put in dry storage, and rotating the Glide and the Erica yearly. With the aging of the boats, the club should begin discussions on how many and what kind of replacements are wanted for what future activites.

Frank and Adair worked onthe shelter, including the hard-to-reach top.  Adair received  a free rowing card.

Safety:  Skip Dassler.  70/48 race requires a chase boat.  Lady Oars Bellingham Bay race cancelled for lack of a dock.


Bob Pickett:  Peter has posted an old OARS photo of Bob Pickett and would like to have it enlarged and presented to Erica.

Bylaws: Bylaws referred to committee for updating.

Priscilla Legg, secretary



Meeting was called to orderat 7:30 AM. Present:  president Cathy Schaeffer, past president Jack Darnton, vice president Peter Heffelfinger, Treasurer Marilyn Sollers, secretary Priscilla Legg and 13 members .  Minutes of February 16 were read,amended to show $400 maintenance cost for mural if it is purchased, and approved.  


Preston storage area:  Peter Heffelfinger.  Frank Orr will remove remaining items from the additional storage area amd OARS may use it with the proviso that if the Tommy Thompson train runs again, it will have prior claim on that area.  Some work needs to be done outside for convenient trailer access.

Membership:  Mindy Sorensen.  Members:  78 individual, 27 families, 11 honorary. Only two of last year's members have not been heard from. 

Treasurer:  Marilyn Sollers.  Balances:  operating fund - $4924.02; outreach fund - $4874.79; capital fund - $12,286.52.  Bill Testerman says taxes filed and paid.

Communications:  Jack Darnton.  Both the OARS rowing video and the Viking ship are up an running on the web site

Mural Project: Funding for project is uncertain.  Club will try to ask for donations.

New trailer:  Motion:  that the club commit funds to pay for a new trailer if donation does not cover the purchase.  Passed.

Safety:  Skip Dassler.  Has out-of-area request for Lady OARS for Bellingham Bay race on March 10  Cathy is exploring the possibility of a second for the 70/48 race.  Skip is checcking policy on chase boat for that race.


Web updates:  .Bill Testerman.  Asks that he be used as regular contact person for updating website.

OARS gear:  Cathy Schaeffer.  Would like to know what gear we have stored in various places.  Looking for items for a possible swap meet at the messabout.

Meeting adjourned ar 8:14.

Priscilla Legg, secretary




Meeting was called to order at 7:30.  Present:  president Cathy Schaeffer, vice president Peter Heffelfinger, past president Jack Darnton, secretary Priscilla Legg, treasurer Marilyn Sollers, and nine members.

Minutes from February 2nd were read and approved.


Vice president:  Peter Heffelfinger.  Still working with city on MOU for the space under the Preston and pursuing additional space.

Treasurer:  Marilyn Sollers.  CD renewed for 7 months.

Membership:  Mindy Sorensen.  Still seven members not renewed.  Most are out of town.

Communications:  Jack Darnton.  Rowing video has been compressed to fit in website using Vimeo  Jack would like to see if can use the same program for the digital pictures.  

Maintenance:  Robin Pestarino.  Robin would like a small committee to evaluate the Glide and to project the life expectancy of each of the boats.

Mural Project:  Robin Pestarino.  Robin spoke to Bill Mitchell.  Nothing will be done until April.  Bill would like a 12-foot oar to be part of the mural.  Possible sites are the Guemes ferry dock, Seafarer's Park or Pier 1 building.  Cost:  $800.00 to sponsor, $1600. plus $400 maintenance fee to own.

Cruise ships:  Robin Pestarino.  Two cruise ships will be coming to Anacortes April through October.  Chamber of Commerce is looking for tour guides at $75.00/hour.

Safety/Scheduling:  Skip Dassler.  Skip is still making changes to the rowing schedule,  He is the contact for any out-of-area row or off-schedule row.

LaConner race:  Steve McLean, Robin Pestarino.  Men's and women's crews both finished the race in fine shape, although the men took a 10-minute rest break on a log in the middle of the race.  Steve said it looks like the Erica's stern is about 5 degrees off center.  Robin said money has been donated to purchase another aluminum trailer to replace the heavy red trailer.  

Seventy48 race:  Robin Pestarino.  Adair is putting together a float plan for the race on June 11-12.   

ASL classes:  Deaf school faculty is offering a free 6-week ASL class starting Tuesday, Feb.20, 5:30-7:00 at B-EHS.

Meeting adjourned at 8:07.  

Priscilla Legg, secretary.


 Minutes, OARS meeting February 2, 2018, Anacortes Public Library

Meeting was called to order at 7:30 AM.  Present:  president Cathy Schaeffer, past president Jack Darnton, vice president Peter Heffelfinger, secretary Priscilla Legg, treasurer Marilyn Sollers and eleven members.

Minutes from meeting of January 19 were read an approved.


Vice president:  Peter Heffelfinger.  Still working with city on paperwork for boat storage under the Preston.  Peter will check for any additional available space.

Treasurer/Finance:  Marilyn Sollers.  Report has a new format and is now done in Excel.  Balances:  operating fund - $7839.93;  community outreach fund - $4874.79; capitol fund - $12,266.52.   

Membership:  Mindy Sorensen.  27 members from last year unpaid right now.

Communications;  Jack Darnton.  Jack has had no response from the high school on compressing the video.  He is taking suggestions from members.

Maintenance:  Robin Pestarino.  The accumulation of water in the Annie C is apparently from weather and dripping oars, clothes, etc.  Water in the bottom should be sponged out after use.  The Erica needs some work on the rudder.

Shelter:  Walter Guterbock.  Walt has glued some loose parts and reolaced ties as needed.  

Safety:  Skip Dassler.  Two crews have submitted float plans for the LaConner Sound Rowers race on February 2.  A crack was noted on the Glide when it was pulled.  It may be near the end of its useful life.

Scheduling:  Skip Dassler.  Skip has updated the rowing schedule, and is waiting for Bill Testerman's return to post on the web site.


Youth Dynamics:  Kevin Pratt.  He has approval from his organization for his program and is now looking for a slow start in April.  YD and OARS need to develop a working agreement for the use of the Bonaventure.  Kevin is working towards qualifying as a master.

Anemometer:  Torgy Torgersen:  The marina anemometer routinely quits working over night, and only starts again after marina personnel arrrive at work in the morning, too late to be useful for the early crews. Torgy would like the club to formally request the port to have it working 24/7.  Cathy will write a letter.

Oars for Erica:  Torgy Torgersen.  Torgy will discuss with Andy Stewart having the #2 and #3 oars made from Douglas fir instead of laminate.

Don Hume mural:  Robin Pestarino.  Robin would like to revive the idea of having a Bill Mitchell mural of Don Hume made.

Seventy48 race:  Adair Orr.  Adair is interested in organizing a crew for the 70-mile, 2-day race from Tacoma to Pt. Townsend on June 11-12.  The Salish Stat is entering.

OARS gear:   Jackie Boss.  Gear will only be sold at the masters meeting each month.  T-shirts on hand are $5.00 off.  Jackets and vests require a minimum combined order of six.

Meeting adjourned at 8:12.

Priscilla Legg, secretary.


Minutes, OARS  meeting January 19, 2018, Anacortes Public Library

Meeting was called to order at 7:30AM.  Present:  president, Cathy Schaeffer, vice president Peter Heffelfinger, secretary Priscilla Legg, treasurer Marilyn Sollers, and six members.

Minutes from January 5 were read and approved.


Finance and Membership:  Bill Epler.  Official transfer to new treasurer, Marilyn Sollers is not yet complete due to illness.   About half the dues for 2018 have been received.  The letter for new members has been updated.

Deaf School:  Cathy Schaeffer.  Students will not resume rowing until March.  The time of the rows will be changed to Wednesday afternoons to accommodate the sailing program.

Communications:  Jack Darnton.  The small boat center has Steve Orsini working with the high school sailing program.  They're still looking for someone to so the summer program.  Filling the coordinator position is second priority.

The rowing video is too big to post, so Jack has contacted the school  about a way to compress it.

Maintenance:  No report.  There was discussion about the amount of water in the Annie C and possible reasons.  Cathy Schaeffer suggested crews record observations in the log book.

Safety:  Skip Dassler.  Lady OARS have filed a float plan for the LaConner race on February 3.  Current information for the rea is contradictory.  Dunlap Towing in La Conner are the experts on the current there.

Scheduling:  Skip Dassler.  Skip will work with Mindy updating the boat rowing schedule.


Boat storage under the Preston:  Bret Lunsfrord told Peter Heffelfinger that the city has no paper trail for OARS use of the area under the Preston.  The city would like to create paperwork.  Peter was referred to Frank Orr for the history of the arrangement.

Boat cleaning:  Cathy Schaeffer.  Cathy will organize a work party to clean donated boats so they can be sold. 

Meeting was adjourned at 7:47.

Priscilla Legg, secretary.



Minutes, OARS Masters meeting January 5, 2018, Anacortes Public Library

Meeting called to order at 7:30.  Present:  Cathy Schaeffer president, Peter Heffelfinger vice president. Priscilla Legg secretary, and 14 members.

Minutes of December 15 meeting were read and approved,

Committee reports and updates

Deaf School:  Cathy Schaeffer.  School will be resuming next week.

Communications:  Jack Darnton.  No report.

Finance:  Bill Epler, outgoing treasurer,In the absence of Marilyn Sollers.  Balances: operating fund - $4,410.90, capital fund - $23,937.39, outreach fund - $21,372.21.  Bill also reviewed the year-end financial statements.  New rowing cards will now cost $50.00.

Membership:  Mindy Sorenson.  Annual membership dues deadline is the end of January.  Please submit a new membership form with your dues.  Liability forms for new rowers require a master's signature.  Old members do not need to fill out annual forms.

Maintenance:  Robin Pestarino.  Robin is coordinating with Andy Stewart and is looking for all the support she can get.  Susan and Walter Guterbock are still doing shelter maintenance.

Safety and Scheduling:  Skip Dassler.  John Guinn has been added to the safety committee.  Masters skills checks for 2017 are almost complete.  Skip is planning a masters' rodeo, probably some time in April to practice skills and check them off.  Andy Stewart suggested some of this could be done at the messabout.

Lady Oars racing team:  Robin Pestarino.  An organizational meetin will be held Saturday, January 6 at Robin's.  The first race is in LaConner on February 2.  Robin stated that the Lady OARS have always paid their own way, and have never requested or received any money from the club towards race participation.  

Steve McLean is working on forming a men's racing team for the LaConner race   Tryouts are scheduled for Thursday, January 11 at 10:00.

Special events:  Vice president Peter Heffelfinger will coordinate participation in the messabout, the Waterfront Festival and the 4th of July Parade.  Cathy Schaeffer will organize the summer picnic/row, the annual business meeting and party.  John Guinn will handle the Veterans' Day participation.

Andy said there is an opportunity to have an event prior to the messabout, and the organizers are open to ideas.

John Guinn will continue serving as representative on the marina advisory committee.

No new business.  

Next board meeting is Tuesday the 23rd, 10:00 in the Chamber of Commerce building.

Meeting adjourned at 8:00.

Priscilla Legg, secretary






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