Tuscarora RC Club Minutes
From October 3, 2016 meeting. 12 members were present.
President Walt Basiago called the meeting to order at 7:01 PM in the meeting room of the Tuscarora State Park Office.
Joe St Onge led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance.
President Walt Basiago asked for the minutes to be read. The minutes from the September 2016 meeting were read. Jim Dunn made a motion to accept the minutes as read. Bernie Wargo second the motion.
Kathy Basiago gave the Treasurer's Report. Frank Bobick made a motion to accept the treasurer's report as read. Scott White seconded the motion.
Passing of a member
Walt Basiago provided three past rosters to show that Bob Bendzewicz was a member. Some members at the September meeting did not recall him.
The club picnic was a bust. Seven members showed up and it was very windy. The members decided to leave. Frank Bobick indicated that some do attend church services. Going forward it may be better to start later or have the picnic on a Saturday. This can be discussed more next year.
Raise in Dues
Walt Basiago opened a discussion to review the need to raise the dues by presenting the club's status. After expenses to include the grass cutting and another porta-a-potty rental the club showed a $62 profit. Member agreed this was a break even year. Joe St Onge indicated that the vote to raise dues to $70.00 was passed last year. Walt answered that this was an important issue to have a motion made and voted on with little discussion in one session. Frank Bobick expressed a concern that members may drop out if the dues were raised. Nancy Stevens asked if ticket would still be sold at Mall Shows. Walt answered that the tickets would still be sold but it is likely that there will only be the show at the Laurel Mall as the second mall show was unproductive. Walt made mention that 2017 is the last year of his contract to mow grass at the field and it is not likely he will renew. Members voted not to raise dues for 2017.
Walt Basiago said that there will need to be discussion on the future status of Aerorama. He did not propose doing away with it. More of a change toward a fun fly.
Requirement to Vote for Officers
Joe St Onge brought up that at the September meeting Scott White had asked a question to require members to attend a certain number of meetings in order to be eligible to vote. Walt Basiago indicated this is a hobby and it would be hard to make members attend. Some members may not be able to attend due to work schedules. Frank Bobick started discussion on the topic by asking what was stated in the By-Laws. By-Laws stated that a member must be in good standing to vote. Frank stated that any change would require an update to the By-Laws. He also stated that, in his experience, it is very difficult to force members of small groups to attend meetings. He had been a member in a group that required a member to pay a fine if meetings were missed. Members still missed meetings and paid the fine. Frank also mentioned that if this change was made it would be three months into 2017 before any member could vote on business. At that time, Joe and Scott clarified that the change would only apply to voting for officers. Joe St Onge made a motion to start the process to change the By-Laws to state that a member in good standing must attend three (3) meetings in a calendar year and be present at the designated meeting to be eligible to vote for President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Scott White seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous to start the process. An email will be sent to members stating the motion to be voted on. The correspondence will indicate that votes are due by the December 5, 2016 meeting in order to be counted. Those members who have not provided an email address will be mailed the information.
As the weather has been good, Walt Basiago asked members if they want to extend the port-a-potty into November. Jim Dunn made a motion to extend the port-a-potty rental into November. Dave Kessler seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous.
Condition of Parking Lot
As the state had done work on the roads in the park recently, Joe St Onge asked if the club could ask for the millings to fill in holes in the parking lot. Walt Basiago will contact the park office.
As there was no more business to be discussed, Frank Bobick made a motion to adjourn. Jim Dunn seconded the motion. President Walt Basiago adjourned the meeting at 7:47 PM.