January 21, 2020 — 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 Clifford at 7:15 pm. All officers and directors were present except for John Sioninen. 31 total IOC voting members attended the meeting.

Commodore Clifford welcomed all to the 2020 IOC annual meeting. Pizza and water was provided.

Secretary Morin mentioned the January 22, 2019 annual meeting minutes were approved at the board meeting in February 2019. 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 2019. Motion seconded and approved by a unanimous vote.

Secretary’s Report:

  • 2020 stickers are purple and will be sent out very shortly.
  • Thank you to the members who paid already.
  • Ipswich Waterways Advisory Committee update: A Harbor Plan is being written for the Ipswich River. The Ipswich River dredging is still being discussed. Article 11 being worked on the change the IWAC responsibilities and appointments.
  • Please email or call if anything is needed.
  • Scholarship essays are due May 1st. 4 scholarships were awarded in 2019. The response has been awesome. Koya Partnership donated $1500 to the scholarship fund.

The secretary’s report was approved as submitted.

Treasurer’s Report (read by Commodore Clifford):

  • The 2019 annual financial report reviewed by the audit committee was distributed and read along with comments. The IOC is in good shape financially. All expenses were reviewed.
  • The 2020 budget was reviewed.
  • A question was asked about $5100 repair and maintenance line item being for gangway and catwalk improvements. A: Yes, the replacement was planned for 2019 but was not completed due to lack of time. Being planned for this spring. Project was approved in 2019.
  • A capital plan is being considered.
  • Motion to accept the treasurer’s report including the audit report and 2019 budget, seconded, and approved unanimously.

The treasurer’s report was approved as submitted.

Vice Commodore’s Report:

  • We are in winter mode right now.
  • Property in good shape.
  • Knotweed has been taken care of.
  • Q: Will dredging be in the future? The bottom of the ramp is concerning. A: The IOC Board will look at it and ask for professional opinion. Will keep an eye on it.
  • Q: The new owner of Melansons going to install a large dock and block the river? A: The new owner is a good friend for the IOC and will talk with the club about his plans. It would be very difficult for him to block river access.

The Vice Commodore’s Report was approved as submitted.

Nomination Committee (read by Mike Sikora and Stew Blessington): 

  • Directors nominated for a new three year term: Russell Spencer and Donald Clapp. 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: Steve Clifford, Commodore; Rick Tucker, Vice Commodore; John Sioninen, Treasurer; David Morin, Secretary. The secretary made a motion to accept the slate of nominees, seconded, and all were approved unanimously.
  • The secretary swore himself in and thanked everyone.


  • Commodore Clifford 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, volunteers, the dockmaster, and all volunteers with float haul/launch.

Member Participation:

  • A question was made about the IOC being involved with the local coast guard about hosting a free vessel inspection. This was a great idea and it will be looked into before the boating season. Training was also discussed on boat safety.
  • The Coast Guard application has a tremendous amount of information. The IOC Board will coordinate with Ralph Milroy and Scott Goodwin.

Motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting at 7:40 pm. Motion seconded and approved.

Attest: David Morin, Secretary
Steve Clifford, Commodore