January 19, 2016 — Annual Meeting Minutes

The Ipswich Outboard Club Board of Directors held the IOC annual meeting at St. Lawrence Literary Society, Fairview Ave., Ipswich, Ma. The meeting was called to order by Commodore Wright at 7:02 pm. All officers and directors were present. 29 IOC voting members attended the meeting.

Commodore Wright welcomed all to the 2016 IOC annual meeting and mentioned this is the 60th anniversary for the club. The IOC Board was introduced and the stage was set for an open meeting.

Secretary Morin mentioned the 2015 annual meeting minutes were approved at the board meeting in February 2015. Members were asked if anyone had a question on the minutes. A motion was made to dispense with the reading of the annual minutes from 2015. Motion seconded and approved by a unanimous vote.

Secretary’s Report:

  • Membership as of today: Regular 63, LOA 7, directors 9, junior 7, WL 52, honorary 4.
  • The membership is expected to be full again this year.
  • The 2016 stickers are purple.
  • Cook-out being planned for May again this year.
  • Please call the secretary if you need anything.

The secretary’s report was approved as submitted.

Treasurer’s Report:

  • The 2015 annual financial report reviewed by the audit committee was distributed and read along with comments from the treasurer.
  • The scholarship recipients were announced.
  • The 2016 budget was reviewed.

The treasurer’s report was approved as submitted.

Vice Commodore’s Report:

  • Maintenance done: New lighting, shed improvements, grading in staging area being planned, and new parking sign.
  • Steve Clifford asked if anyone had any comments or suggestions. Guest passes and parking issues were brought up to the board for review. The board will have as a take away.
  • The new float project was discussed in length including new composite material to be used, skids, and cleats instead of uprights. Questions were asked about the design and answered. A motion was made to allow the board to spend up to $7500 on new floats, seconded, and approved unanimously.

The Vice Commodore’s Report was approved as submitted.

Nomination Committee (read by Mike Bennett):

  • Directors nominated for a new three year term: John Sionenen, Joe Wright, Steve Clifford, and Liz Lombard.  No other nominations were given. The secretary made a motion to accept the slate of nominees, seconded, and approved  unanimously.
  • Officers nominated for 1 year terms: Joseph Wright, Commodore; Steve Clifford,      Vice Commodore; John Sionenen, Treasurer; David Morin, Secretary. No other nominations were made. A motion was made to accept the slate of nominees, seconded, and all were approved unanimously.
  • The secretary swore himself in and thanked everyone.


  • Commodore Wright thanked the board for their dedication and efforts, The St Lawrence Club for the room, the membership for making the club great, the cook out staff and a tribute to Mike Jillson.
  • Members were encouraged to come to the board with ideas.
  • The commodore mentioned doing more fun things such as Halloween night, Illumination night party, community events, and scholarships are a great thing. He also wants to be more recognized in town versus the quiet boat club.

Member Participation:

  • No other questions were asked the members thanked the board for their efforts.

Motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting at 8 pm. Motion seconded and approved.

Attest: David Morin, Secretary
Joe Wright, Commodore