January 30, 2024 — 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 p.m. All officers and directors were present. 35 total IOC voting members attended the meeting.

Commodore Clifford thanked all and welcomed everyone to the 2024 IOC annual meeting. Pizza and water was provided. The IOC Board was introduced.

Secretary Morin motioned to dispense with the reading of the 2023 annual minutes, seconded, and approved.

Secretary’s Report:

  • A moment of silence was held for Phil Light and David Prentice.
  • 2024 renewals have been steady coming in. New stickers are orange 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. Possible 3 new memberships this year. None since 2019.
  • Scholarship donations have been coming in-thank you!
  • Please email through the club website with any needs.
  • A question was asked about a possible boat wash down station.

The secretary’s report was approved as submitted.

Treasurer’s Report:

  • The 2023 audited annual financial report was reviewed in detail including revenues and expenses.
  • 2024 budget was discussed.
  • A $78,000 balance at year end is in the bank account, and no debt.
  • The IOC is in excellent financial condition.

The treasurer’s report was approved as submitted.

Vice Commodore’s Report:

  • 2023 was a good boating year.
  • Maintenance being looked at in the parking lot to help with drainage.
  • Maintenance on floats needed.

The Vice Commodore’s Report was approved as submitted.

Nomination Committee (read by Mike Sikora):

  • Directors nominated for a new three year term: Donald Clapp and Rusty Spencer. 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 and all the members for their input. He thanked  the cookout staff, float haul/launch crew, the contractors, and the St Lawrence Club for the room.

Member Participation:

  • Richard Sheppard presented a form to fill out for the club to possibly be free from paying property taxes due to being a 501C7 organization. The IOC Board will look into the possibility.
  • Ted Flaherty said the IOC “was the best deal in town” and thanked the board for their efforts.
  • A question came from the members about letting everyone know if help is needed.
  • A thank you was given for the aluminum catwalks and gangways.
  • A comment was made from Brian Zilinsky stating all work to be done by contractors should be bid out and a relative of the board doing work at the club is a conflict of interest. A spirited discussion ensued and the board assured the membership the club contractors are properly chosen and charge competitive rates.

Motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting at 7:30 p.m. Motion seconded and approved.

Attest: David Morin, Secretary
Steve Clifford, Commodore