January 25, 2022 — 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 7:01 pm. All officers and directors were present. Thirty five total IOC voting members attended the meeting.

Commodore Clifford thanked all and welcomed everyone to the 2022 IOC annual meeting. Pizza and water were provided. The IOC Board introduced itself.

Secretary Morin mentioned the 2020 annual report was sent out in January 2021 versus meeting in person due to the pandemic. The membership was asked if any questions needed to be answered. No questions were asked. Motion made to accept the 2020 annual report, seconded, and approved by a unanimous vote.

Secretary’s Report:

  • A moment of silence was held for Nobby Gallant, Ed Sikora, and Joe Paone. Best wishes were given for Pierre Doucet and Paul Marchand.
  • 2022 renewals have been steady coming in. New stickers are green and are being sent out. We will reuse the white/blue hangtags.
  • Membership will be full again this year at 230 total. 53 on the waiting list.
  • Please email the secretary with any needs.

The secretary’s report was approved as submitted.

Treasurer’s Report:

  • The 2021 audited annual financial report was reviewed in detail including revenues and expenses.
  • 2022 budget was presented.
  • A large discussion was held on Section V of the bylaws changing the expenditure of $5000 needing approval by members. After discussion, motion made and seconded to raise $5000 to $10,000. After further discussion, motion was made to amend the original motion from $5000 to $20,000, seconded and approved by unanimous vote.
  • Voting can be conducted by email.

The treasurer’s report was approved as submitted.

Vice Commodore’s Report:

  • Many projects completed were presented including 4 floats being rebuilt, new catwalks and gangways, concrete ramps, and flagpole recondition.
  • A large discussion was held on the cement pilings deteriorating and need to be rebuilt. After discussion, motion made to have the IOC Board hire a contractor to rebuild the pilings. Motion seconded and approved by unanimous vote.

The Vice Commodore’s Report was approved as submitted.

Nomination Committee (read by Vincent Martineau):

  • Directors nominated for a new three year term: David Morin, Perry Paone, and Rick Tucker.  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; Donald Clapp, 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 nominating committee.


  • 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 database coordination, and all volunteers.

Member Participation:

  • A question was made about non members using the club. The IOC Board told members to take pictures and report the incident to the board. Police can be called as well.
  • A question was asked about a possible detail officer or second dockmaster to help patrol the club. The IOC Board will discuss.
  • A question was made about club liability. We are self-insured for the property being damaged but heavily insured for personal injury.

Motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting at 7:45 pm. Motion seconded and approved.

Attest: David Morin, Secretary
Steve Clifford, Commodore